In the summer fighting season of 2012, I embedded with Army Route Clearance in Kandahar and Helmand Provinces. I was with the Arctic Sappers—6th Battalion, 23rd Engineer Company, 3rd Platoon based out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. I was the director of photography for a three part mini-series on The Discovery Channel called The Heroes of Hell's Highway.
Our missions were largely in support of British and Dutch special operations. Four shooter/producers each went outside the wire on combat missions while one shooter/producer covered the story from the Tactical Operational Command back on base. Our missions were six to nine days long, and we each had to manage about eight cameras including a Sony EX3, three Pansonic HCK 10s, Toshiba Ice Cube Cameras, GoPros, and I was fortunate enought to be given a prototype model of the Phantom Miro 320s.
It was an incredible life experience that I think about every day. It was a privelege to accompany my friends in the Buffalo, and I hope to honor them any way I can.