Four noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from Mongolia graduated from the Primary Leadership Development Course at U.S. Army Hawaiis NCO Academy, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The training is a pilot program to help prepare Mongolian NCOs to run their own NCO schools. L to R are Mongolian Army Cpl. Enkhbold Jamiyansuren, Cpl. Oyunchimeg Tserensanj, Sgt. Donbayar Sangmyatau, and Cpl. Zolbadrakh Gankhuyag.
Monica Lin Brown, Specialist in the United States Army stationed in Afghanistan, saves the lives of her fellow soldiers by running through gunfire and using her body as a shield while mortars fell nearby. She earned a Silver Star medal for her actions
- Hester was the first female soldier to receive the award for exceptional valor since World War II and the first ever to be cited for valor in close quarters combat.
- Hester maneuvered her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she and her squad leader, Staff Sergeant Timothy F. Nein, assaulted a trench line with hand grenades and M203 grenade launcher rounds. Hester and Nein assaulted and cleared two trenches. During the 25-minute firefight, Hester killed at least three enemy combatants with her M4 carbine.
- When the battle was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one captured. Sergeants Hester and Nein were both awarded the Silver Star.