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U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade take positions near their armored vehicles during a patrol on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, in August 2009. Months later, they got the anti-IED gear they requested.  (Associated Press)

U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade take positions near their armored vehicles during a patrol on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, in August 2009. Months later, they got the anti-IED gear they requested. (Associated Press)

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