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'Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation' - Original Sketch

Original sketch by James Dietz. --- 'Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation' commemorates the  Intelligence Community’s collaborative paramilitary intelligence collection operations—in remote areas of the world and austere field environments—to prosecute the Global War on Terrorism. The painting honors their valiant efforts in pursuit of national security objectives across far-flung battlefields and serves as a memorial to our colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice. (Courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency)

Revisions of the painting 'Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation'

Yahoo News

This painting, “Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation,” shows a Russian-built Mi-17 helicopter, modified by the CIA, flying cash, food, and equipment to an agency team in Afghanistan shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Note the tail number. See the strange red “star” in the upper left-hand corner, representing airborne support for teams on the ground. Now look carefully at the AK-47 strapped to the back of the operative shaking hands under the rotor.

Not long before the painting was revealed, an astute observer noted that it showed the barrel of the AK-47 pointing up – an absolute no-no when under a helicopter’s rotor. The artist scraped the original assault rifle off the painting, then replaced it with one with the barrel pointing at the ground.

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Here's a look at the revisions.

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