We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 7, 2011

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Capt. Donna Buono (left), the commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and an AH-64 Apache pilot, introduces Afghan Air Force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, to the helicopter during the general’s visit with Task Force Thunder here April 2. Sherzai met with Col. Todd Royar – the task force commander – and his subordinate leaders to discuss future partnering opportunities between their two units. Task Force Thunder comprises the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and its subordinate battalions, which are deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky., along with MEDEVAC additions from Alaska and Germany, Chinook assets from the Hawaii National Guard and Australia, and the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Regiment, from Fort Hood, Texas. Photo via US Army

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