CPT Sam Rico of the US Army's 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, NY, bows his head during a special prayer in the chapel for PFC Adam Hardt, 19, of Arizona, following the news of his death from non combat injuries on Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province Sunday March 22, 2009. The 3/10 were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the Wardak region that saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3/10 in nearby Wardak Province, less than 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 150 troops last year to 1500 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.  (image by David Goldman)
CPT Sam Rico of the US Army's 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, NY, bows his head during a special prayer in the chapel for PFC Adam Hardt, 19, of Arizona, following the news of his death from non combat injuries on Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province Sunday March 22, 2009. The 3/10 were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the Wardak region that saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3/10 in nearby Wardak Province, less than 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 150 troops last year to 1500 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.
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