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  • #16
    April 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    Special Olympics Torch Run
    Photo by Spc. Samuel J. Phillips (April 03, 2008)
    The torch bearer, Staff Sgt. Joseph Hazelton, 479th Engineer Battalion, and a formation of 716th Military Police Battalion Soldiers carrying their battalion and company guidons, march down the street to begin the Special Olympics 5K Torch Run.

    FORT HOOD, TX
    Photo by Sgt. Nicole Kojetin, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs (April 02, 2008)
    Brig. Gen. (P) Vincent K. Brooks, the commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division, presents Joe Galloway, an author and journalist who was with the Cav in Vietnam, with an commemorative magazine of the division's deployment that was signed by all the battalion commanders at a military ball March 26. Galloway was the guest speaker at the event.

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    • #17
      April 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

      CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - Cpl. Andrew H. Oquendo, a scout with Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, provides security during a patrol in the western Anbar province of Iraq April 1. The battalion is stationed out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene, N.C., and will be operating in the western Anbar province for the next seven months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo: Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson)

      CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - 'Kitt,' U.S. Government working dog, searches for firearms and explosives in the Anbar province of Iraq April 1 with Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael T. Williams, a kennel master with Task Force Military Police, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines. Prior to arriving in Iraq, the dogs are trained in San Antonio, Texas, to assist the Coalition forces with searching for weapons caches. (Photo: Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson)

      CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - Lt. Col. Russell E. Smith, battalion commander of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, tours around Trebil, Iraq, with Maj. Howard Gordon, commander, Border Transition Team of the 3rd, 5th, and 2nd Iraqi Border Brigade, during an initial visit of 2nd LAR. The battalion assumed control of western Anbar province March 31 to continue operations to maintain a safer and more sustained Iraq and its people. (Photo: Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson)

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      • #18
        April 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Sailors watch an EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 launch off the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball (Released)

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly above the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and the embarked CVW-5 squadrons deployed in early March and will undergo several training evolutions over the next month. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (Released)

        ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a replenishment at sea during a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder (Released)

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        • #19
          April 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

          Airmen judge junior ROTC drill competition
          Two hundred Air Force and Army Junior ROTC cadets from eight high schools participate in the opening ceremony of the 15th Annual Memorial Junior ROTC Drill Championships March 29 at Walter E. Stebbins High School in Riverside, Ohio. Nineteen military members from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, volunteered to be judges and work in other support positions during the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Bonnie A. White)

          HH-60G Pave Hawk
          Airmen prepare for a flight on an HH-60G Pave Hawk April 1 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The HH-60G is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter used in combat search and rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Barker)

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          • #20
            April 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

            Hichel, IQ - Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Marrero and Pfc. Jonny Ylvisaker search a building for suspected insurgents in a village near Hichel, Iraq, March 21. Marrero, of Puerto Rico, is the scout platoon sergeant and Ylvisaker, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a scout with Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following the capture of a high-level insurgent leader, Bandit is finding that insurgents in their area are fleeing.
            Photographer: Spc. Eric Rutherford, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

            Hichel, IQ - Lubbock, Texas, native Sgt. Adam Lofton steadies a spotting scope over the shoulder of Pvt. Chris Meyers, as they scan for threats during a reconciliation program event in Hichel, Iraq, March 10. Meyers, of Modesto, Calif., and Lofton are cavalry scouts for Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment.
            Photographer: Spc. Eric Rutherford, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

            Hichel, IQ - Soldiers with the scout platoon, Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol a street in a town near Hichel, Iraq, March 23. The Soldiers spent most of Easter investigating reports of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the neighborhood.
            Photographer: Spc. Eric Rutherford, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

            FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, IQ - Lt. Col. John Kolasheski (right), from Loudon, Tenn., commander of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, and squadron Soldiers conduct an operation, March 29, in Jisr Diyala, Iraq.
            Photographer: 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

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            • #21
              April 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

              Austin talks with Nance
              Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason R. Krawczyk (April 04, 2008)
              Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commanding general, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, visits a patrol base in Mosul April 1. Cpt. William Nance, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment points out the location of past attacks.

              Austin in Mosul
              Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason R. Krawczyk (April 04, 2008)
              Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commanding general, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, goes over the convoy route through Mosul with Lt. Col Keith Burclay, commander, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment before the convoy rolls out, April 1.

              BAGRAM AIRBASE, Afghanistan - 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Commander Col Christopher K. Haas and CJSOTF-A Support Command Sgt. Major, Command Sgt Maj. Edward A. Bell, pay their respects to their fallen comrades Staff Sgt. William Neil, Special Forces engineer and Tech. Sgt. William Jefferson Jr and Air Force Combat Controller, during a memorial ceremony at Bagram Airbase, March 27. Both men died in combat March 22, 2008 while conducting combat operation near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan. (CJSOTF-A photo by SSG Marie Schult)

              SADR CITY, IQ - U.S. Army Pfc. Jonathan Grundstrom, assigned to 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, provides security from the rooftop of Joint Security Station Oubaidy outside of Sadr City, Iraq, April 1, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)

              IRAQ - U.S. Army Spc. Rebecca Buck, a medic from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provides perimeter security outside an Iraqi police station in the Tarmiya Province of Iraq, March 30, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer)

              SADR CITY, IQ - U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 213th Psychological Operations Company observe reaction after playing an announcement over a loud speaker out of Joint Security Station Oubaidy located just outside Sadr City, Iraq, after a series of rocket and mortar attacks, March 29, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)

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              • #22
                April 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

                KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - Cpl. Sean P. Whitaker, a vehicle commander with Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, keeps his eyes open for suspicios activity during a route reconnaissance vehicle patrol in western Anbar province, Iraq, April 1. During these missions, the Delta Co. “Outlaws” search the desert and roadways for areas where insurgents may have stored, smuggled or planted weapons. (Photo: Cpl Ryan Tomlinson).

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                • #23
                  April 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                  PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Andrew Hill, directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 aboard the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

                  SAN DIEGO (March 31, 2008) Two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters, assigned to the "High Rollers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85, and a Bell 205 helicopter assigned to the Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agency of the San Diego County Sherriff's Office, fly above Petco Park during a ceremonial flyover ti start the opening game of the 2008 San Diego Padres major league baseball season. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Chris Fahey (Released)

                  ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 27, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) sails the Atlantic Ocean before a replenishment-at-sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are conducting tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder (Released)

                  PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) Seaman Mellisa J. Oakes guides fellow deck seamen as they carry a flag staff across the flight deck of the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor (Released)

                  In an undated file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Master-At-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor participates in a patrol in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Monsoor has been awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for diving onto a grenade to save his teammates in Ar Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. Monsoor also received the Silver Star for his actions in May during the same deployment in 2006 when he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to rescue and treat an injured teammate. A White House presentation ceremony is scheduled for April 8, 2008. Photo courtesy Monsoor family (Released)

                  NORFOLK, Va. (April 2, 2008) The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Augusta (SSN 710) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk. Augusta is in Norfolk to continue the inactivation process that began on Feb. 7, 2008 in Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards (Released)

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                  • #24
                    April 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                    B-1 involved in ground incident
                    A B-1B Lancer, similar to this one, was involved in a ground incident at an air base in Southwest Asia. The crew was not injured. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Douglas Olsen)

                    Just hanging around
                    A C-130 Hercules delivers U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Bulgarian special forces paratroopers to a drop zone near Bezmer Aviation Base, Bulgaria, during Exercise Thracian Spring 2008. The Airmen and Soldiers will conduct several day and night static line jumps in the bilateral exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

                    You go first, I can wait
                    A Bulgarian air force SU-26 yields to a C-130 Hercules landing at Bezmer Aviation Base, Bulgaria, following a tactical sortie conducted during Exercise Thracian Spring 2008. Aircraft and people from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)

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                    • #25
                      April 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                      Forward Operating Base Kalsu, IQ - Pvt. Eric Comstock, an artilleryman from Orlando Fla., Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, pulls security during Operation New York on March 29 north of Joint Security Site W-1. Photographer: Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

                      Forward Operating Base Kalsu, IQ - Members of an explosive ordnance disposal team destroy the components of an improvised explosive device during Operation New York, March 29, north of Joint Security Site W-1. Photographer: Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

                      Camp Victory, IQ - Task Force Marne Soldiers, who organized a remembrance ceremony on April 4 for Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, stand in the courtyard where Smith gave his life in defense of others five years ago. For his selfless service, Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2005. Photographer: Sgt. Jasmine Chopra, 302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

                      Camp Fallujah, IQ - Staff Sgt. Frank V. Scopa USMC (ret.) and his son HN Mark J. Scopa pose for a picture during a reunion visit aboard Camp Fallujah, Iraq, March 28. Mark, who is a corpsman attached to Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, spent three days with his father, a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, catching up and reminiscing about their lives back home in Richland, Wash. Photographer: Cpl. Nicholas Lienemann, Regimental Combat Team 1.

                      Convoy Support Center Scania, IQ - Paratroopers of 1st Platoon, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment prepare to kick in a door to clear a house during a patrol. Photographer: Spc. Jamie Avila , 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs.

                      BAGHDAD, IQ - Soldiers with 4th Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Multi-National Division -- Baghdad, pull security in Kadhamiyah April 3 while moving through the area inspecting Iraqi army checkpoints. Coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to maintain a presence in Kadhamiyah where a week ago fighting broke out between coalition forces and special groups operating in the area. Photographer: Sgt. James Hunter, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.

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                      • #26
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