Women at War: 12_LA_WomenatWar_2

United States Marine, Cpl. Christina Oliver, 25, left, and Lance Cpl. Stephanie Robertson, right, members of the Female Engagement Teams attached to Second Batallian, 6th Marine Regiment, search an Afghan women at a check-point during an operation through Sistani Village to clear out Taliban from the area in preparation for parlimentary elections in Southern Marja, Afghanistan, September 15, 2010.  Though the overall mission of the FET teams is to engage Afghan women, the female marines are increasingly exposed to small arms fire and improvised explosive attacks while on their patrols to access villages.

United States Marine, Cpl. Christina Oliver, 25, left, and Lance Cpl. Stephanie Robertson, right, members of the Female Engagement Teams attached to Second Batallian, 6th Marine Regiment, search an Afghan women at a check-point during an operation through Sistani Village to clear out Taliban from the area in preparation for parlimentary elections in Southern Marja, Afghanistan, September 15, 2010. Though the overall mission of the FET teams is to engage Afghan women, the female marines are increasingly exposed to small arms fire and improvised explosive attacks while on their patrols to access villages.