AP Photo/Mike Groll
This Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 photo shows U.S. Army Maj. Jeffrey Wayne Pickler at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. For parts of eight straight years, he was at war. Four tours in Afghanistan. One in Iraq. On his first, he met some Afghans in remote villages who didn't even know U.S. forces were there _ or why. On his last, he spent a grueling 15 months facing an experienced, organized enemy and on average, more than three firefights a day.