1st Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst

I was saddened today when I received word that one of the soldiers I was with in Afghanistan, 1st Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst, 25, of Onalaska, WI a soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, KY was killed in action. 1st Lt. Dewhirst died when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. For his service to the United States of America, and for his sacrifice, Lt. Dewhirst has my eternal gratitude.


1st. Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst (at right) on a night mission in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.

Obama


I saw this Obama poster today in Lawrenceville and thought it was interesting.

Jimmy Buffett Concert



Here is a photo of me and my sis, Jana, at the Jimmy Buffett concert last week. We are definitely the people are parents warned us about! I'm not even sure how many shows this has been for us. We've lost count, but as always we had a great time. It was nice to hear Jimmy play "Take Another Road," as well as an acoustic version of "Death of an Unpopular Poet." Two of my favorite songs with some of my favorite lyrics!

Hummingbird


A visitor to my butterfly bush in my front yard...a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Thought it was worth grabbing the camera and trying to make a picture.

Janelle & Jay's Wedding









These are some of my favorite photos from the nearly 4,000 photographs I made at Janelle & Jay's wedding on Saturday in Mars, PA.

Amos Lee







Here are some images from Amos Lee's concert on Friday night at the Rex Theater on the South Side...it was a great show!

Emilee & Greg's Wedding



Here are a few photos from Emilee & Greg's wedding this past Saturday.

Sen. John McCain






Here are some photos from Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy's visit to Pittsburgh over the last two days.

Haley & Kevin's Wedding







Here are some photos from Haley & Kevin's wedding this past weekend in Greensburg, PA.

The Battle for Afghanistan - Part VI


These are some of the images from today's story from Afghanistan..."A fight for their hearts." The story takes a look at the mission in the Khost province of Afghanistan. Be sure to check out the print edition of the paper as well, and of course check out the website www.pghtrib.com to see more images, slideshows, and a video that accompanies this story.











The Battle for Afghanistan - Part V

These are some of the images from today's story from Afghanistan..."Fog of war frustrates raid on Taliban." The story takes a look at a late night raid by the 101st Airborne soldiers in the Khost province of Afghanistan of a home suspected of housing a Taliban sub-commander. Be sure to check out the print edition of the paper as well, and of course check out the website www.pghtrib.com to see more images, slideshows, and a video that accompanies this story. These images were shot with night vision goggles.




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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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