by SSgt Evelyn Chavez

Afghan National Army soldiers wait to begin the marksmanship portion of the Inaugural Afghan National Army Combat Medic Challenge at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktya Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2011. A ruck march race, medical evacuation, hands on demonstrations and lectures, and marksmanship competition were some of the events that took place throughout the four day event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez)

Photographer's Narrative


When I took this photo during the marksmanship challenge during my first deployment to Afghanistan, I was struck by the interplay between the colors of the boots, targets, and gravel. I realized then how color would serve as a symbol of change from life at home station to life down range.