We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 17, 2013


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jahrahrah Gousby, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a gunner with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sights in a 105 mm M119A2 howitzer during a dry-fire exercise at Combat Outpost Sultan Kheyl, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2013. The M119A2 howitzer is capable of hitting targets up to 12 miles away. Since the Battery A fire team arrived at Sultan Kheyl in September, enemy mortar and rocket attacks against the COP have been dramatically reduced, largely due to the fire team’s accuracy and quick response time. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED.

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