Clip Contest Winners: 2014: 04: 2014_04_06_02_03

Second Place | Multiple PhotosAndrew Craft, The Fayetteville ObserverParatroopers, from the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, play a game of cards Wednesday, April 16, 2014, outside their barracks on Bagram Airfield. Unlike other units, their mission doesn't involve a partnership with Afghan troops. They don't train, advise or assist. Instead, they stand on alert, ready to lend a hand to coalition or Afghan troops under attack. But since arriving in late February, the deployment has been quiet. Especially compared with the 2012 deployment to Ghazni province, where paratroopers lived in sparse conditions while undertaking the last major clearing operation of the war by U.S. troops.

Second Place | Multiple Photos

Andrew Craft, The Fayetteville Observer

Paratroopers, from the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, play a game of cards Wednesday, April 16, 2014, outside their barracks on Bagram Airfield. Unlike other units, their mission doesn't involve a partnership with Afghan troops. They don't train, advise or assist. Instead, they stand on alert, ready to lend a hand to coalition or Afghan troops under attack. But since arriving in late February, the deployment has been quiet. Especially compared with the 2012 deployment to Ghazni province, where paratroopers lived in sparse conditions while undertaking the last major clearing operation of the war by U.S. troops.