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Breaking down language barriers during Operation Silver Creek

Local children read the phrase "point to it," from U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Torres-Cortes' language translation card, while patrolling the Wadawu valley of Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Aug. 7. U.S. service members are issued the cards, which offer basic phrases in Afghanistan's native languages, as well as pictures, before deploying there. Torres-Cortes is a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based out of Fort Carson, Colo. The patrol was part of an operation where Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Forces teamed up to disrupt insurgent activity before the nation's second national elections,

scheduled for late August.


Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew C. Moeller, 5th Mobile Public Affairs



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Taken on August 7, 2009