We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 24, 2012

Spc. Quentin Bradford, an air traffic control specialist for 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Corsair, guides two CH-47 Chinooks as they descend onto his flight line on Forward Operating Base Shank on April 11, 2012. The air traffic controllers at FOB Shank oversee the movement of hundreds of aircraft every day without the benefit of much of the advanced technology available to their civilian counterparts in the States. Photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD.

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