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Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady

Army Staff Sgt. James Bates, a security force squad leader with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, pulls security at a landing zone Sept. 26. Behind him, his team loads a tactical vehicle into the cargo bay of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Pur Chaman district, Farah province. The mission marks the first time coalition forces have been to the Pur Chaman district in western Afghanistan in more than a year.