Clip Contest Winners: 2014: 04: 2014_04_06_02_10

Second Place | Multiple PhotosAndrew Craft, The Fayetteville ObserverThe stars shine brightly above Forward Operating Base Ghazni, which is in almost complete darkness at night. {quote}It's a pretty awesome experience,{quote} First Sgt. Edward King, of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, said. {quote}It was us in the lead. Then them in the lead, but not really. Now they're leading. It's good to see the change that's happened.{quote}Tapping his watch, King said time is running out for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.{quote}They know we're not going to be here to watch them,{quote} he said. {quote}This is their backyard. They want to protect their population, defend their land. We don't have to be standing there alongside them anymore,{quote} he said of the days when soldiers peered over Afghan shoulders to make sure they patrolled correctly. {quote}Those days are long gone.{quote}

Second Place | Multiple Photos

Andrew Craft, The Fayetteville Observer

The stars shine brightly above Forward Operating Base Ghazni, which is in almost complete darkness at night.

"It's a pretty awesome experience," First Sgt. Edward King, of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, said. "It was us in the lead. Then them in the lead, but not really. Now they're leading. It's good to see the change that's happened."

Tapping his watch, King said time is running out for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"They know we're not going to be here to watch them," he said. "This is their backyard. They want to protect their population, defend their land. We don't have to be standing there alongside them anymore," he said of the days when soldiers peered over Afghan shoulders to make sure they patrolled correctly. "Those days are long gone."