Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, used his last stateside training before an Afghanistan deployment to practice interactions with Afghan villagers. He’s shown here in an August 2011 exercise at the National Training Center in California preparing for his last combat tour.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, used his last stateside training before an Afghanistan deployment to practice interactions with Afghan villagers. He’s shown here in an August 2011 exercise at the National Training Center in California preparing for his last combat tour. (U.S Army Photo) U.S Army file photo
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, used his last stateside training before an Afghanistan deployment to practice interactions with Afghan villagers. He’s shown here in an August 2011 exercise at the National Training Center in California preparing for his last combat tour. (U.S Army Photo) U.S Army file photo

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