Afghan Outpost 2:40 "This look at what life is like as a soldier in Afghanistan brought realities home to NPR's audience online. It spoke specifically about the Bravo Company of the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, which has seen some of the fiercest combat of the war in the first six months of 2011, as it has struggled to take the bazaar in Charkh village away from open insurgent control. With about 140 soldiers, the Bravo Company has racked up 50 Purple Hearts in grenade and mortar attacks, ambushes and straight-ahead gun fights. The company had lost five soldiers as of May 2011. Through it all, David Gilkey and Quil Lawrence have focused on putting faces and voices to a war most often described in terms of numbers and points on a map. This piece, part of NPR’s ongoing coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan, gave the audience a personal, firsthand look inside the lives of those tasked with carrying out this war's objectives and helped create a forum for dialogue on its impact at home and abroad."