U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Nelson provides security during a key leader engagement at Malaa Lay Maiwand School in Farah City in Afghanistan’s Farah province. Nelson is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, whose members met with local officials to assess the condition of city schools and encourage student participation.
(Photographer unknown, 1 August 2012 via Defense News Media.)
[I’ve seen this photograph elsewhere on tumblr without any caption at all, and am posting it here for that reason alone. Captions are important. These images aren’t just artistic photography. These are humans, soldiers, on the front lines in a bloody battle that’s been raging for over a decade. Removing the caption is dehumanizing, sterilizing. A denial of reality. Their reality. Please, have some respect. -R]