Image Copyright: Michael J. MacLeod/U.S. Army
By Drew Brooks
Copyright: The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team deployed looking for a fight.
The soldiers, not far removed from a 2012 deployment marked by long patrols and near daily enemy attacks, expected no less when they flew to Afghanistan to serve as the country's Theater Response Force ahead of national elections.
Once in the country, the soldiers prepped for the moment they would be called to action. On election day, they stood at the ready to fight the Taliban if needed.