We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for January 13, 2011


U.S. Army Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire their weapons as part of the “stress shoot” at Forward Operating Base Sharana Jan. 9. The stress shoot is the final phase of the Toccoa Tough resiliency training class hosted by the Task Force Currahee resiliency team to give Soldiers the opportunity to take a break from their daily routine and help them refocus on their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

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