The tiltrotor was first deployed to Afghanistan in November 2009 with VMM-261 "Raging Bulls" and saw its first offensive combat mission during Operation Cobra Anger on 4 December 2009. Only a few months later, this picture was made at Kandahar when one of the Ranging Bulls Osprey's dropped of some high ranking military at the massive coalition base.
This former AH-64A (serial 86-08941) was thoroughly modified into AH-64D. Because of the massive modification, a new serial was applied. The attack helicopter is seen here after it returned from a combat mission over Uruzgan (Afghanistan) were it gave armed support to two CH-47F Chinooks.
In a war environment Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) is often necessary. Some UH-60s are assigned to this duty, and they received a red cross on their doors. In this way, during combat evacuations, the military are hoping they will not receive enemy ground-to-air fires on their helicopter. In a worldwide gentlemen agreement, fighting forces will not attack machines of buildings with these markings. Unfortunately... for some rebel and opposing forces it doesn't matter at all. This old UH-60A was seen during its take-off for another MedEvac mission from deployment location Kandahar.
Chinooks are a real workhorse, especially in combat environments. They are used for a broad range of missions. The standard US Army Helicopter Drab colour (FS34031) is on the CH-47Fs changed into Woodland Desert Sage (FS34201). This colour is tactical seen, much better in a desert environment. The 82nd Aviation Regiment deployed their Chinooks early 2010 to Kandahar.
The serials of US Army UH-60s are so difficult to read, so maintenance high lighted the last three of the serial. In that way, pilots can more simply find the helicopter on the flight line that they are going to fly.