S: OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
FC: AFGHANISTAN | 2011-2012 | SSG MARANO | U.S.ARMY
1: Poor is the nation that has no heroes...Shameful is the one that, having them...forgets. | We will never forget...
2: Deployment Begins: | Bags are packed, goodbyes have been said and now your journey begins....
3: First stop...CAMP ATTERBURY. We spent 3 months training here in Indiana. It rained EVERY day. | aka | Camp | Porta | Potty
5: CAMP HADRIAN | Home Sweet Home
6: 1/111th PRT URUZUGAN
7: Michael Shane Marano | U.S. ARMY
8: Somehow, swimming never crossed our mind. | ARMY
9: U.S. ARMY | Not a Jeep, but it will do.
10: CAMP PETS : A Camel spider we named Maximus. Each day we fed it and watched it devour lizards,scorpions, whatever we found. Our hedgehog only stayed a short time before we set it free.
12: Out on a mission... another day in paradise!
13: Skype What would we have done without it.... | SS
14: Posing for a picture for Hunter's Veteran's Day program at school.
15: THE BALLOON watched over us day and night. The stories those cameras could tell....
16: Coffee... even in Afghanistan
18: I am an American Soldier... I am a Warrior and a member of a team.I serve the U.S. and live the Army values.I will always place the mission first.I will never accept defeat.I will never quit.I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined,physically and mentally tough,trained and proficient in my Warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms,my equipment,and myself.I am an expert and a professional.I stand ready to deploy,engage,and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.I am a guardian of freedom. I am an American Soldier.
21: Sand, dust, dirt, it's all the same thing!.
23: Living Quarters
24: Tools of the trade! | ARMY Strong
25: Target Practice
27: The burn barrel kept us warm on winter nights.
29: Village life...the children of Afghanistan
31: One close call... VERY CLOSE
32: We still found moments to recognize the beauty in the landscape.
35: A YEAR TO REMEMBER...
37: A way of life... snapshots of nearby villages and roads we traveled.
39: SPC Moore, SPC Forrest, SGT Hogan, SPC Molnar, SPC Ward, SSG Marano, SSG Melton, SGT Gregory, SPC Tompkins, SPC Gossett, SPC Leiato, SPC Gause
41: Deployment comes to an end...
42: ...my family awaits my safe return. WELCOME HOME
44: Dear Shane, | I can't believe you are finally home. All my prayers this past year were answered as I held you tight in my arms, where you belong. No more sleepless nights,wondering where you were and if you were safe.I am so proud of you and the sacrifices you made while deployed.Our family has grown so much this year, many lessons were learned. Our boys learned what it means to serve their country while supporting their father.Words can never explain how much you were missed and how blessed we are to have you back.Welcome home my love.... Your loving wife, Michele