To insurgents, it didn't matter that the soldier firing the weapon was a woman. And, for the most part, her gender hasn't mattered to the troops she's served with, either.
After a decade in Afghanistan, U.S. forces are now up against a deadline for preparing the nation to stand on its own.
In a busy office in a busy shack at the headquarters of Special Operations Task Force South, a staff sergeant from St. Petersburg is the man to see if you want to get from Point A to Point B.
The men and women of the 7th Special Forces Group don't wait for Memorial Day to remember fellow commandos killed in action.
Special Forces are turning to locals to help track down who is making the explosives and where the devices can be found.
A translator has personal reasons for helping Special Forces, though he knows when the troops are gone his life will be in danger.
Even special operations forces are pulling back, but Special Forces have an enduring mission – creating a network among Afghan villages that can stand up to the Taliban.
With the military facing big spending cuts and a new emphasis on places around the globe, U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, is working to adapt to new realities.
One thing that makes the Special Operations Command special is the authority it has to develop and buy its own equipment and services.
I will travel this month to Kabul for a short embed with special operations forces. My goal is to get a sense, in this very compressed time frame, of the future of special operations.