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BAF airmen earn cavalry gold spurs

Staff Sgt. Esteban Longoria, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Charlie Sector lead trainer, displays his skills in land navigation at one of the stations during the Spur Ride at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2012. Longoria completed all tasks and earned gold spurs, an honor which indicated a trooper who deployed and engaged in combat while attached to a cavalry unit.

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This work, BAF airmen earn cavalry gold spurs [Image 5 of 9], by SSG Andrea Merritt, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.21.2012

Date Posted:03.05.2012 10:39

Photo ID:535435



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