17 July 2009

Want to help a platoon in Afghanistan?

Geronimo Scouts of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne) in eastern Afghanistan Photo: Chad Hunt.

Photographer Chad Hunt was recently with these guys and says they could use a supply of quality hiking socks.

While there, I was embedded with a platoon of Airborne Ranger Scouts near the border of Pakistan. I accompanied them on a grueling, five day mission through a Taliban valley. The terrain was brutal — sharp shards of rocks, on extremely steep slopes. My feet have never taken such a beating...

Good hiking socks are absolutely essential, and they don't last long under these conditions. If you're interested in helping out, email me for address and sock recommendations.

You can see more of Chad's photos in the current issue of Popular Mechanics.

Update: As a token of his appreciation, Chad Hunt is offering an 8" x 10" print from his Afghanistan 2009 collection of photos for all who are so generously responding to this request. Thank you Chad!

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