SHINDAND, Afghanistan - The 3rd Regiment 4th Cavalry ran the Great Aloha Run past Soviet wreckage in Shindand, Afghanistan, Jan. 30. The run is an annual event near the Cavs home station in Hawaii. Since the soldiers are currently deployed, they participated the only way they could by making due with their own version of the race. More than 250 people participated in the event. The 3-4 Cav deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-V April 9. The historic deployment marked the first OH-58D Kiowa Warriors operations in Afghanistan. The pilots flew more than 6,450 hours securing several regions of Afghanistan. Ground Scouts conducted more than 240 combat patrols. Task Force Saber made strides to reconstruct the province and spent approximately $424,000 building 17 wells and schools. In preparation for future elections, the scouts secured a total of 207 voter registration sites, allowing voters to register without incident. In efforts to improve the lives of the Afghan populace, the squadrons medics conducted more than 15 medical assistance visits to communities, relieving aches and pains, treating wounds, and advising in proper nutrition and hygiene of more than 1,000 patients. In November, the squadron suffered the tragic loss of Lt. Col. Michael McMahon, commander, and Travis Grogan, Chief Warrant Officer 2 pilot, and aircraft mechanic Specialist Harley Miller, in an accidental plane-crash in the mountains of the Bamyan central highlands. In the wake of their loss, the squadron continued operations to deny Taliban sanctuary throughout the winter months in Farah and Shindand. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force 1st Lt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt)
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