173rd Paratroopers in snow-covered Afghan mountains
An Afghan National Policeman makes a snowball at Forward Operating Base Michigan in Kunar Province, Afghanistan Jan. 10. Roughly six inches of snow fell during the night. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), walks next to a creek during a patrol to Omar in Kunar Province Afghanistan Jan. 11. The snow and bitter cold are a part of daily life for the battalion during the winter months in Afghanistan. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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A Paratrooper from 2nd Platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), navigates a steep incline during a patrol to Omar in Kunar Province Afghanistan Jan. 11. The hazardous mountain terrain is rendered even more difficult due to recent snow fall in the mountains. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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1st Lt. Kareem F. Hernandez, a New York resident and 2nd Platoon Leader in Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), talks on the radio while village elders and a Afghan National Policeman walk down the mountain during a patrol to Omar in Kunar Province Afghanistan Jan. 11. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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Paratroopers from 2nd Platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), walk in the snow during a patrol to Omar in Kunar Province Afghanistan Jan. 11. Six inches of snow fell in the area the night prior. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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Paratroopers from 2nd Platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), walk in the snow during a patrol to Omar in Kunar Province Afghanistan Jan. 11. 2nd Platoon engaged village elders in Omar about upcoming shuras and humanitarian aid delivery.  “I want to give cold weather clothes to the poorest families in Omar,” said 1st Lt. Kareem F. Hernandez, a New York resident and also 2nd Platoon Leader in Able Company. (Photos by Sgt. Brandon Aird, 173rd ABCT Public Affairs)

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