We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 16, 2010

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US Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Shepp of 3rd Platoon, “Fighting Eagles” Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment directs US Army Pfc. Travis Maize from Colorado Springs, Colo., to push sand dunes away from the roadside using a bucket loader during a route sanitation operation in Maysan province, Iraq, on July 3. Photo via the US Army by Pfc. Lukas McWhorter.

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