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Home Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Just minutes before an eight-hour firefight, U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Allen (right), an infantry team leader from Atlantic, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Cody M. Meidinger, a squad automatic weapon machine gunner from Emporia, KS, scan the horizon from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province Nov. 7th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. James T. Schmidt, an infantry squad leader from Decatur, IL, and other Soldiers with Task Force No Slack, get a closer view from their fighting position on a remote hilltop in the Shal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province of a ridge line while providing cover for a combat logistics patrol Nov. 9th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)