The 'scenic' side of Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Frederick Goldacker from Lewiston is a National Guard member assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry. He is serving as a member of SECFOR Alpha attached to a PMT in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
The sergeant previously served on active duty, and following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks he served many weeks of duty on homeland defense duty in New York.
He has spent so much time on either state or federal active duty that he has had little time for his civilian graphics design work. But he is managing to find some interesting things in the rugged Afghan countryside. The first photo, he says, is "just a cool pic of me on one of the gun trucks at sunrise before rolling out on mission."
The second photo is of the war ravaged ruins of the King's Palace, with rugged mountains in the distance.