U.S. Army 1st Lt. Timothy Kao, a platoon leader assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, ignites a flare during a company live-fire exercise at Fort Drum, Jul. 4. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment are conducting pre-mobilization training in preparation of an upcoming deployment to Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Rector)