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Photos From Afghanistan On Display

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Black Hills State University photography student Julieanne Morse finds it difficult to think of the exact words to describe her recent experience as a photojournalist in Afghanistan. She lets her photos tell the story. Morse, from Spearfish, recently returned from a nine-month deployment with South Dakota's National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and documented the daily lives of the troops. Her photos were either sent to the public affairs officers of each of the units she was embedded with and then passed on to the soldiers who shared it with their families, or added to the Department of Army wire service. Two of her photos from one of her foot patrols were picked up by Time.com. While in Afghanistan, Morse was promoted to staff sergeant and spent the last part of her deployment as a team leader helping to organize different missions for the journalists. She is also looking at possibilities with photojournalism and documentary photography. Morse's photo exhibit, on display this spring and summer at BHSU, is a continuation of a project she started before her deployment. She plans on continuing with a career in the National Guard and will pursue Officer Candidate School after her graduation from BHSU in December.