While deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003, a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter from Company G, 104th Aviation Regiment, call sign Yankee 2-6, was participating in the 10th Mountain Division Operation Mountain Resolve in the remote and rugged mountainous region of Nuristan Province in northeastern Afghanistan. The 2nd of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, "Triple Deuce", requested an extraction of detainees from their position. They selected the only clear site available to them, a "postage stamp" size spot atop a tenuous appearing adobe structure perched on a steep mountainside. The Yankee 2-6 Aircrew, Pilots CW3 Larry Murphy (Aircraft Commander) and CW3 Paul Barnes, Flight Engineer SSG Jim Duggan, Crew Chief SGT Brian Kilburn and Door Gunner SPC Margaret Haydock, maneuvered the aircraft into position and performed an uncommon, distinctive precise rear wheel pinnacle style landing onto the rooftop, boarded the detainees, and completed the extraction.
Image size: 15¼" x 25"
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