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Lance Cpl. Sorina Langer, base operations flight clearance clerk, holds up a photo at the flight line on the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2011. The photo is of a Female Engagement Team she was a member of. Langer returned to the states Oct. 14, 2010, and came back to the air station Dec. 4, 2010, after an eight-month deployment to Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of operations there. While overseas, she helped establish rapport with locals and villagers. Because males are allowed virtually no contact with Afghan females, female Marines are often cast in the role of mediator between the two. - Lance Cpl. Sorina Langer, base operations flight clearance clerk, holds up a photo at the flight line on the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2011. The photo is of a Female Engagement Team she was a member of. Langer returned to the states Oct. 14, 2010, and came back to the air station Dec. 4, 2010, after an eight-month deployment to Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of operations there. While overseas, she helped establish rapport with locals and villagers. Because males are allowed virtually no contact with Afghan females, female Marines are often cast in the role of mediator between the two.

Steel targets simulate Afghan insurgents at the Al Brutus training complex within target area 15 North in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in California, Jan. 24, 2011. Al Brutus insurgent village, created in August 2009 and named after the call sign of Maj. Cesar Freitas who died in a 2007 Search and Rescue helicopter crash, is now the largest Afghan::r::::n::training complex on the Yuma ranges. “The requirement for Al Brutus was generated by various local users ... to train to theater specific combat tactics requiring an Afghan-type village in which key targets could be designated, engaged and neutralized,” said John Gordon, range plans officer. - Steel targets simulate Afghan insurgents at the Al Brutus training complex within target area 15 North in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in California, Jan. 24, 2011. Al Brutus insurgent village, created in August 2009 and named after the call sign of Maj. Cesar Freitas who died in a 2007 Search and Rescue helicopter crash, is now the largest Afghan::r::::n::training complex on the Yuma ranges. “The requirement for Al Brutus was generated by various local users ... to train to theater specific combat tactics requiring an Afghan-type village in which key targets could be designated, engaged and neutralized,” said John Gordon, range plans officer.

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