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Flying by Blackhawk helicopter to the crank out valley in Afghanistan's northeast could not province is about as -- as the landscape is.
At the remote outpost where he lands.
Admiral Mike Mullen chairman of the joint chiefs surveyed the hard fought and hard won valley below.
About 150 soldiers from the 173.
Spent the past fourteen months fighting for every inch they lost nine men along the way.
They are going home August 1.
And half the battle scars and post traumatic stress to prove it me.
And about them and union.
-- will they have it it's just a condition that they certainly have been demonstrated the effects here.
Right now -- about fifteen miles from the Pakistan border which is directly that way just about fifteen minutes before we landed the shooting broke out on that ridge.
Nine guys laid in ambush for some of the insurgents that were coming over from the other valley shooting here in the distance is from that fight is going on right now.
Can -- about what Tom Ridge line of their.
Working -- on average life.
Laser guided bomb noses from the and they were able to ambush the enemy.
In short order were able to get a ten year round now the chairman's a sixty fours that -- -- They hold in our helicopters.
The fight we're actually attracted you about nuclear interest that you're getting there but we're interested in getting your helicopters that escorted out that we gotta -- just -- -- Admiral -- It was so personally moved by this unit's story he wanted to visit this forward operating post so he could personally hand out a silver star.
The army's second highest medal for valor.
A bronze star several more commendation medals.
At five purple hearts.
You don't -- in the lives of -- about it.
-- Rocha already had a bronze star today he added a silver star for literally running into a hail of gunfire on September 27.
To save his men.
They kept on single guy coming sauce are gonna try to.
-- -- -- Commandos -- able to repel their attack.
These men of the 173.
Airborne now control a mere two square miles of territory.
And hope to double that before they hand off to their replacements next month.
We say our fight proceeds at the speed of glacial -- -- that's what's forcefully Americans want.
To meet with the people one time comes in agreement have success.
It doesn't work.
Very slow clay -- reporters persistent patient presents.
A long term commitment and a lot more troops.
Traveling with the chairman of the joint chiefs in the -- -- valley Jennifer Griffin Fox News.
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