Images: Patrick the pirate [Image 8 of 8]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Crail
Pfc. Shaun Patrick "The Pirate," a native of Barrataria Bay, La., shows off his eye patch while on guard duty in the remote village of Marzak. Marzak has been a haven for insurgent fighters over the past decade. A new police checkpoint is being constructed through the winter in Marzak to disrupt the movement of insurgent forces through the area, located just 6 km from the site of the Battle of Takur Ghar.