Burn pits behind Fred Slape's living quarters at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, in 2009. The pit burned all day every day unless a general or the Secretary of Defense was visiting. It was 50 feet from his living and working area.
Bruce Hopping, pictured in 2010, shows one of several awards given to him over the years for his community involvement and contributions to swimming and diving. Hopping died last month at age 96. (File Photo)