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U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (4-4 Cav.) talk on
their radios in Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2011. They were calling a Medical
Evacuation for a Soldier who had stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device on a rooftop. (U.S. Army
photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


This was my first true exposure to the war; also my first IED. I was documenting the interrogation of a
Taliban member we had detained when the soldier triggered the IED. Everyone's first thought was that it
was an unannounced BIP (and IED getting blown-in-place by our EOD techs). It was the screams that
alerted us to our fallen comrade. Blood was everywhere. I caught this image as the MEDEVAC bird was
landing at our location. The image of the soldier being carried out on the litter holding his lower leg and his
foot against his chest is something that will never leave my mind. To the man that we nearly lost that day-
you are a hero. Though you made it home under horrid conditions, at least we didn't have to bring you home
underneath a folded flag. Thank you brother.



My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
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This is quite the picture. It is brilliant in showing the real heroes of this world. The men who fight, not for their selves but for others. This in especially powerful from my perspective due to the fact that I have a brother (not by blood, but he has always been like a brother to me) who is in the United States Army at this time. And I believe that this picture might very well have a very similar impact on any one who currently has someone close to them serving in the armed forces. I personally would not purchase this picture as a print, but it is truly appreciable in its imagery. Thank you for sharing this with the world.
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:iconmikhanator:
Mikhanator Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
fav.me/d7npt0v « There you are tanikel! It's sadly unfinished but hey, at least it turned out alright hahaha! Thanks again for letting me use your image!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Photographer
Not a problem, it looks awesome!
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:iconmikhanator:
Mikhanator Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconomg-blushplz:
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:iconmurrball2000:
murrball2000 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The story behind the photo makes the impact that much more.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Photographer
Thanks.  I love hearing stories behind or related to images, they make them so much more special. 
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:iconclippercarrillo:
clippercarrillo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD, Kristina. You are all heroes to me.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much, I appreciate it.  :glomp:
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:iconshadow-guardian0:
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice work again! I'm so glad people realize the important work you do. :D 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Photographer
Thanks, though it doesn't always feel important. 
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:iconshadow-guardian0:
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student General Artist
It is, trust me. Even if it doesn't feel it. At least, I think so.
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:iconsgtsareth:
SgtSareth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Thank you for sharing this.

(Former) SSG Hinton, 10th Mtn. Div, OEF IV & OEF VII.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank YOU for serving. 
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:icond-goldenheart:
D-Goldenheart Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. And Great picture. Keep up the great work, and I hope to see more deviations from you in the future! Bye-bye!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  Unfortunately, I'm being forced to take a break from tactical photography for the next few years.  =/
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:icond-goldenheart:
D-Goldenheart Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm sorry to hear about that man... But thank you for making these photos reach out to the public. So... Thank you very much.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
It happens, unfortunately.  I'll be teaching the next generation of COMCAMs.
But thank YOU for the support.  It really keeps me going. 
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:icond-goldenheart:
D-Goldenheart Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I wish you luck with your teachings and I hope that things will get great for you in the future!
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:iconartisticaxis:
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Takes balls to do photography in combat zones. Props.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   Photographer
Thanks.  Strange as it sounds, I love doing it. 
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
well done to the us soldiers killing dem Taliban but also killing more civilians in fact. 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Honestly, we do our best to avoid harming civilians.  =/
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
nah i mean america dosent need to invade these countries, they should focus more on their economy as its going shit rather than caring about afhanistan, syria and crimea
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:iconenaisiaion:
EnaiSiaion Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Perhaps, but don't blame the soldiers for that.

Not sure why the Crimea is thrown in with the rest. Uncomfortably, there was a referendum and the Crimean people voted to return to Russia. At this point the NATO has to choose between coming across as weak (Chamberlain's disastrous appeasement politics aren't forgotten yet) and starting a war with Russia while being the villain to the actual Crimeans. Or perhaps the referendum turns out to have been rigged, which would most likely lead to war in Ukraine.

Any outcome is going to suck I'm afraid.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Ah, gotcha.  That I agree with.  Unfortunately, folks high up on the food chain have messed up priorities. 
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
society is fucked thats why. rich help rich, rich dont help the poor
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:iconphoenixangel924:
Phoenixangel924 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Guys calm down with that political BS. The gal took a photo to capture a moment in time that struck a chord to her and wished to share it with us. That alone takes courage to do. She sure doesn't need some political crap to flood her comment section. Go somewhere else and preach it.

By the way before I got lost in this raged filled moment seeing such political garbage.

You're photo is absolutley stunning. To share that moment with people like us is something to be cherished and not forgotten. You did a fantastic job capturing the atmosphere and the dire situation with such gravitas.
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
haha lol, u wrote a whole paragraph and i wrote a sentence
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:iconvornorack:
VORNORACK Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
God Bless the U.S.A. and our Troops!
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, Kristina.  It is a fine image and a tough one.
Steve
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.  It was something that training never really prepares you for. 
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:iconjessie-a:
JessiE-A Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God bless you.
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD!  :dummy:
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Thanks!  :dance:
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:icongoninja:
goninja Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
A IED on a roof though?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Yep.  They're fairly common in that area.  It was a reaction to when we used to drop service members off on buildings. 
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Cool
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
=D
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
:nod:
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:icon147combatmedic:
147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Gratz on the DD!
:w00t: :hug: :w00t:
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  It's quite the surprise.  :glomp:
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:iconmekiarika:
mekiarika Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Хватит воевать! Давайте лучше выпьем водки ;)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Sorry, I don't understand.  =(
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:iconmekiarika:
mekiarika Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Use translate.google.com! :) (Smile) 
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:iconsavagefrog:
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Enough to Fight! Let's drink vodka"

I'm guessing it's some type of saying?
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squirrels-are-evil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
10th mountain represent
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
It's a good unit save for some bad apples in 3rd brigade.  =p
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:iconsquirrels-are-evil:
squirrels-are-evil Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh they're in every brigade ;)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   Photographer
Hahahaha too true. 
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:iconrhyn-art:
Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   General Artist
although I hate wars, this is an awesome!..
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! 
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