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Wounded Warriors visit Air Cav on journey back to Iraq

Observing the flight controls closely, Sgt. Jay Fain (right) from Columbia, S.C., receives instructions on the operations of an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter from Chief Warrant Officer 3 Edgar Lovitt, an Apache pilot for Company A, 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division - Center. Fain, who lost his right leg in 2007 due to a roadside bomb, visited 1st ACB Feb. 4 as part of Operation Proper Exit.

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This work, Wounded Warriors visit Air Cav on journey back to Iraq [Image 4 of 6], by Alun Thomas, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.04.2010

Date Posted:02.06.2010 12:09

Photo ID:248429



Size:596.43 KB

Location:CAMP TAJI, IQGlobe

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