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Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha (Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Goodyear, Ariz., uses an electric saw to dismantle a HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Afghanistan patrol bases demilitarized

U.S. patrol bases in Afghanistan are demilitarizing their equipment in efforts to end the Afghanistan war by 2014. The patrol base, FB Saenz, was among the first bases to be demilitarized in Dec. 2011.

Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, a combat engineer with Alpha
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of West Valley, Utah, guides a bulldozer as it moves the berm surrounding a guard post at Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, left, and Staff Sgt. Ty
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, left, and Staff Sgt. Ty Horn, both combat engineers with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, guide a bulldozer as it moves the berm surrounding a guard post at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Lance Cpl. Paul Flores, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Paul Flores, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Moundsville, W.Va, uses a pick ax to clear away dirt from a HESCO barrier so it can be dismantled at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

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Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, a combat engineer with Alpha
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Sgt. Cody Palfreyman, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of West Valley, Utah, guides a bulldozer as it moves the berm surrounding a guard post at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

A tractor pulls up a piece of HESCO
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

A tractor pulls up a piece of HESCO barrier at Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Lance Cpl. Tameka Demps, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Tameka Demps, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Las Vegas, holds a pair of bolt cutters as she looks for a HESCO barrier to dismantle at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Lance Cpl. Paul Flores, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Paul Flores, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Moundsville, W.Va, helps empty the sand from a dismantled HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Lance Cpl. Jennifer Herman, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Jennifer Herman, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Madison, Wis., helps move a piece of a HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 14, 2013)

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Lance Cpl. Luis Holguin, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Luis Holguin, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Orlando, Fla., waits for a tractor to move so he can use his bolt cutters to dismantle a HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Lance Cpl. Timothy Peskie, a combat engineer with
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Lance Cpl. Timothy Peskie, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Fond du Lac, Wyo., watches a tractor pull up a piece of HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha
(Credit: Bryan Nygaard)

Cpl. James Hernandez, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and a native of Goodyear, Ariz., uses an electric saw to dismantle a HESCO barrier at the Firebase Saenz, Helmand province. (Dec. 13, 2011)

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