That’s Captain Ethan Olberding, Class of 1999 and commander of Dealer Company in Raider Brigade, in the center of the picture. The other two Soldiers are a part of the company Ethan commands. They are currently operating out of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
It’s a challenging environment – temperatures well into the 100s, 10 day “trips” into the field, sleeping wherever and whenever you can. Two guys in the company were just killed by an IED during a combat operation. Not many places more important for the ability to “think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely”.