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  • #16
    March 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    Transformation Delivers USAG Baden-Württemberg
    Photo by Art McQueen - March 28, 2008
    Col. Robert Ulses unfurls the guidon of his newly renamed command, U.S. Army Garrison Baden Württemberg, during a renaming ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany, March 27.

    IRAQ - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Jemison, digs as Sgt. Paul Griffin search for hidden weapons caches with a metal dector near a village southeast of Salman Pak, Iraq, Feb. 15, 2008. Both Soldiers are with Command Security Detachment, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Timothy Kingston)

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    • #17
      March 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

      IRAQ - Army 1st Lt. Josh T. Hill, maintenance platoon commander of 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, (front) poses with his brothers (in order) Lance Cpl. Robert A. Hill, a light armored vehicle mechanic with Delta Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and Lance Cpl. Bryan G. Hill, an armorer with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group, during a re-union at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, March 22. The Hill brothers were gathered together for the first time in more than a year in Iraq. Delta Company, 4th LAR, is a reserve unit attached to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (United States Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan L. Tomlinson)

      TWENTYNINE PALMS - Maj. George D. Hasseltine, former Company F commander, 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment , pins the Silver Star Medal on Rifleman Cpl. Ian M. Dollard on Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center March 21.

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      • #18
        March 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

        PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) load 20mm rounds into a Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) before a test-firing of the weapon as part of regular maintenance during training exercises in the U.S. 7th fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

        PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during a replenishment-at-sea. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac (Released)

        STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (Feb. 14, 2008) An Army Reserve CH-47D, assigned to the 159th Aviation Regiment based in Fort Eustis, Va., hovers over an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) during a maritime external air transportation system along the Pearl River in Mississippi. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robyn Gerstenslager (Released)

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        • #19
          March 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

          Airmen augment Romanian security for NATO summit
          An F-15 Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, arrives March 25 at Campia Turzii, a Romanian airfield near Cluj, to support the NATO Summit to be held April 2 to 4 in Bucharest, Romanian. President George W. Bush will be among the world leaders attending the summit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Teresa M. Hawkins)

          Combat truckers haul cargo through dangerous roads
          Tech. Sgt. Scott Neu (center) gives a safety briefing before leading a recent convoy from an Army camp in Southwest Asia. The Airmen of the 70th and 424th Medium Truck detachments assigned to the 586th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron are in-lieu-of forces supporting the Army support line-haul convoy movements in and out of Iraq. Sergeant Neu is a convoy commander from the 586th ELRS, 70th MTD deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrick Dixon)

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          • #20
            March 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

            Bronze Star
            Photo by Spc. Samuel J. Phillips (March 28, 2008)
            Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commanding general, Multi-National Corps-Iraq presents Pvt. Erick Rodriguez, medic, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, with a bronze star for valor at Forward Operating Base Kalsu March 20.

            SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater
            Photo by U.S. Army (March 28, 2008)
            New Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles are staged in the seaport staging area in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 15. These MRAPs will be shipped to the Middle East.

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            • #21
              March 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

              IRAQ - Marines with Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, fire their M-777 Howitzer during a training exercise March 8. The booming sound was heard for miles around, dust rose as they disturbed the desert floor. The battery can provide support with their Howitzer from long ranges to troops on the ground by softening the enemy’s position. The nine-man crew ran firing drills all day and night, using illumination rounds to light their targets during night fires.

              IRAQ - Sgt. Dane N. Winget, section chief of Gun Two, Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, gives the firing command to his Marines here Mar. 8. “In this line of work it is easy to mess up,” said Winget, from Albany, N.Y. “I have to make sure every man is doing his job.” Winget’s fire team has not only been firing their cannons, they have been part of convoy security teams throughout al-Anbar province. The Howitzer is a long-range, indirect weapon system. A slight miscalculation can drastically effect a round’s destination.

              NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif., (March 12, 2008) -- Gorkha 1/1 Indian Army Soldiers, firing Marine Corps weapons, aim in at a fixed target during a live-fire exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. as part of Exercise Shatrujeet 2008. Exercise Shatrujeet is a combined arms exercise conducted by U.S Forces and members of the Indian Army to share knowledge and build interoperability for possible future operations. The 15th MEU Command Element, BLT 2/5, CLB-15 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-165 are continuing with pre-deployment training for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the spring of 2008.

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              • #22
                March 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                YOKOSUKA, Japan (March 27, 2008) Line handlers assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) heave on the aft mooring lines as large harbor tugs assist the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) as it moors at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. McCain and Stethem are two of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio (Released)

                PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 26, 2008) A Sailor assigned to the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), makes his way to the flight deck during a boarding drill aboard the decommissioned amphibious transport dock ship EX-Duluth (LPD 6). The drill tests weapons handling techniques, tactical team movement, clearing rooms and passageways, tactical communications, intelligence gathering and combat first aid. U.S Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Rush (Released)

                PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sails off the coast of Hawaii. Lincoln, embarked Carrier Air Wing Two, and the rest of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 are on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

                OKINAWA, Japan (March 27, 2008) A landing craft air cushioned (LCAC) assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC brings Marine equipment from the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during the offload of personnel and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at White Beach Naval Facility. Harpers Ferry Sailors and embarked Marines are returning from bilateral training exercises and humanitarian civic action projects throughout the western Pacific as part of Spring Patrol 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl (Released)

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                • #23
                  March 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                  Air Force's navy
                  Byron Howle keeps the drone model steady with a rope as John Wise (right) directs the crane movements to lower it on to the drone cradle during a recovery demonstration March 26 in the waters off of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The ship is one of three 120-foot boats owned by the Air Force. They are contracted from through the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron to help recover sub-scale drones after they are shot down during live-fire exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

                  It's a bird, it's a plane
                  Crowds gather around a CV-22 Osprey as an F-15E Strike Eagle performs aerobatics in the background at Air Fiesta '08 March 15 at Mathis Field in San Angelo, Texas. There were 68 performing and static aircraft at the air show sponsored by Goodfellow Air Force Base and the city of San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Paul Martin)

                  You're cleared for take-off
                  Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers give a C-130 Hercules take off clearance and provide air traffic control during a mission to establish and assess an airfield March 15 at a forward deployed location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock)

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