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Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Long Island troops in Afghanistan

In 2008 and 2009, photojournalist Charles Eckert traveled to Afghanistan twice to photograph local troops training Afghan national security forces and fighting the Taliban.

Army Lt. Joseph Theinert on patrol in Afghanistan,
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Army Lt. Joseph Theinert on patrol in Afghanistan, where he was killed on June 3, 2010, when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

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Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Hemand Province. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

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Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

U.S. soldiers patrol an area in southern Afghanistan.
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

U.S. soldiers patrol an area in southern Afghanistan. (Sept. 25, 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

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Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setaukat, patrols
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setaukat, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villages of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 26, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, left, of Setauket, and
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, left, of Setauket, and Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, right, of East Meadow, discuss a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villages of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 26, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Both are with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company (September 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, patrols with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, of Setauket, right, briefs
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, of Setauket, right, briefs Marines from the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, including Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, second from right, before a patrol with Afghan National Army in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. (September 2009)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, walks past the location where two Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed on Sept. 3, 2009, by an improvised explosive device while securing the Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most southwestern outpost in Helmand Province. (Sept. 29, 2009)

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Sgt, Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt, Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. (Sept. 29, 2009)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, walks past the location where two Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed on Sept. 3, 2009, by an improvised explosive device while securing the Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most southwestern outpost in Helmand Province. (Sept. 29, 2009)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Warren, 21, of East Meadow, gives Afghan children water during a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Warren is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company.

U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan. (Sept. 27, 2009)
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan. (Sept. 27, 2009)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

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Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket, talks
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket, talks with Afghan villagers during a census operation in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 27, 2009. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company.

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket, meets
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Marine Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, of Setauket, meets Afghan villagers during while leading a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, 2009. The Combat Outpost is the most south western outpost in Helmand Province. Salemi is with the Second Marine Division, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company. (September 2009)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a U.S. Marine from
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a U.S. Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit by the district governor to their combat outpost in Shaibat, in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most southwestern outpost in Hemand Province. (Sept. 28, 2009)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a U.S. Marine from
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a U.S. Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, asks villagers questions during a census operation in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. (Sept. 28, 2009)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, asks villagers questions during a census operation in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. (Sept. 28, 2009)

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Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sgt. Michael Salemi, 24, a Marine from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, and a resident of Setauket, leads a patrol with Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most southwestern outpost in Helmand Province. (Sept. 28, 2009)

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company, conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to inform villagers of the upcoming visit of the district governor to their Combat Outpost in Shaibat, southern Afghanistan. The outpost is the most southwestern outpost in Helmand Province. (Sept. 28, 2009)

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