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  • US Armed Forces news in pictures - April 7-13, 2008

    Week 15

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  • #2
    April 8, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    ARLINGTON - U.S. Army Soldiers with Caisson Platoon, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) lead the caisson of Air Force Maj. Perry Henry Jefferson to his final resting spot in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 3, 2008. Jefferson, who went missing in action in Vietnam 39 years ago, was an intelligence officer with the Colorado Air National Guard's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron. More than 150 people attended Jefferson's service to watch Colorado's last reported Vietnam-era MIA service member be laid torest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf).

    IRAQ - U.S. Army Sgt. Brandon Maybush, 320th Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, walks ahead of his squad during a mission in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, April 1, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Del Vecchio)

    IRAQ - U.S. Army Sgt. Brandon Maybush, 320th Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provides security during a cordon and search of a factory in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, April 1, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Del Vecchio)

    IRAQ - U.S. Army Capt. Robert Mahoney, from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, breeches a door during a cordon and search for improvised explosive devices and weapon caches in Al Sinaa, Iraq, April 1, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah De Boise)

    AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Spc. David Caldwell checks the azimuth on 120-mm mortar as Pfc. Samuel Schuster prepares to fire a round during operations south of Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan, March 26, 2008. The Soldiers are firing the mortar in hopes of flushing out anti-coalition militia suspected of attacking an Afghan supply truck. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Derek Niccolson)

    AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Battalion, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team fire 120-mm mortars during operations south of Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan, March 26, 2008. The Soldiers are firing the mortar in hopes of flushing out anti-coalition militia suspected of attacking an Afghan supply truck. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Derek Niccolson)

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    • #3
      April 8, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

      RAMADI, IRAQ - U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Robert W. Breeden, with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a patrol in Ramadi, Iraq, March 18, 2008, to maintain security and assess the area living conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jeremy M. Giacomino) (Released)

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      • #4
        April 8, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

        NORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the only forward deployed aircraft-carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L.H. Davis (Released)

        YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 4, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) enters Yokosuka's Truman Bay after completing training with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the western Pacific Ocean. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 5, 2008) Sailors wait behind pallets of stores as an AS-332 Super Puma helicopter approaches to pick up bundles of empty cargo netting from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled 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)

        PERSIAN GULF (April 2, 2008) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, conduct an air-to-air refueling operation while flying over the Persian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes (Released)

        PERSIAN GULF (April 2, 2008) Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 fly near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are on a scheduled deployment supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes (Released)

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        • #5
          April 8, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

          Mezra, IQ - A Soldier from the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), watches for any suspicious activity, while taking a defensive kneeling position in a courtyard of a home in Mezra, Iraq, March 21. The Soldiers met with local citizens to talk about recent terrorist attacks on Soldiers in the area. Photographer: Spc. Johnathan Bentley, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.

          Forward Operating Base Delta, IQ - Maj. Shaikh-Khassan Zhazykbayev (left), the 9th Kazakhstani rotation commander, Capt. Aidar Issabekov (middle), the Kazakhstani sapper team commander, and a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal specialist check an unexploded ordnances for stability near Badrah, Iraq. This was the first off-the-base mission for the Kazakhstani soldiers since late 2006. The Kazakhstani soldiers provide unexploded ordnance disposal support to coalition forces at Forward Operating Base Delta. Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles , Multi-National Division-Central.

          Kandahar Province, AF - A vehicle target explodes after being shot by Marines of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO International Security Assistance Force. The Marines left the wire for the first time since arriving in country stirring up a range of emotions. Photographer: Cpl. Randall Clinton , 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs.

          BAGHDAD, IQ - Col. Ricky Gibbs, a native of Austin, Texas, who serves as the commander of Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, tours a waste treatment facility in southern Baghdad's Abu T'shir region with Brig. Gen. Mike Milano, the deputy commanding general for the 4th Infantry Division and MND-B, in southern Baghdad's Abu T'Shir region. The brigade has spent more than $200 million on quality-of-life improvements since arriving in February 2007. Photographer: Pfc. Nathaniel Smith , 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

          MOSUL, IQ - 1st Lt. Donald Maloy, 1st Platoon leader, Co. D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo., communicates through his radio while a Bradley Armored Personnel Carrier provides cord-on security during a joint Iraqi Army and coalition forces clearing operation in the al-Sinaa neighborhood of Mosul, April 1. Photographer: Spc. John Crosby , 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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          • #6
            April 9, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

            Iraqi officers visit Anniston and Red River Army Depots
            Photo by Jeremy Guthrie (April 04, 2008)
            As part of the Anniston depot tour, the visitors were given M1 tank rides at the test track, to include climbing and then stopping on the test incline area.

            Medal of Honor Recipient
            Photo by 3ID (April 05, 2008)
            Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, shown here days before the battle in which he gave his life.

            IRAQ - U.S. Army Sfc. Cory West and Spc. John Bell conduct a mission to investigate a house outside of Command Outpost Carver, Iraq, April 2, 2008, that was previously occupied by Al Qaeda operative Abu Ziyad. The Soldiers are from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera)

            AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Spc. Gabriel Green crosses a stream while en route to Rechah Lam village in the Kunar province of Afghanistan March 20, 2008. Green is the forward observer for Weapons Squad, 1st Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade. Thevillage is known to inhabit suspected anti-Afghan forces. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Segt. Tyffani L. Davis)

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            • #7
              April 9, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

              PORT HUENEME, Calif. (April 6, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 bring their gear to be turned in at Naval Base Ventura County prior to their departure for a six-month deployment to Iraq. More than 600 Seabees from NMCB-3 have deployed to the Middle East supporting Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez (Released)

              PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (April 05, 2008) Family and friends gather to greet attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) upon the submarine's return to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after spending more than a year at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for a depot modernization period. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Luciano Marano (Released)

              CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (April 4, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 carry fellow Seabees during a training course event. All NMCB-7 commissioned officers and chief petty officers participated in a weeklong field exercise to build teamwork and practical knowledge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender (Released)

              PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) Capt. Tom Nosenzo is sprayed down with a fire hose after finishing his last flight as the executive officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Nosenzo is slated to take command of the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dennis P. Irwin (Released)

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              • #8
                April 9, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                AF Board members visit Kunsan Air Base
                Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron demonstrate base defense tactics April 2 for Air Force Board members visiting Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. They were there to get a first hand look at the base and its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Quinton T. Burris)

                Tweet complete: T-37 retires after 39 years of service
                The final T-37 Tweet student training sortie lands March 31 at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. After serving the Air Force for more than 50 years, the T-37 is being replaced by the T-6 Texan II. The T-37 was officially retired from Columbus AFB Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training during a ceremony April 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Johnson)

                'Army Wives' films on Charleston
                Tech. Sgt. Erwin Arguilla and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Graham follow Catherine Bell while filming a scene for an upcoming episode of "Army Wives" April 7 on Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. Sergeants Arguilla and Graham both work in the 437th Airlift Wing Safety Office. Ms. Bell plays Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie for the Lifetime show "Army Wives." (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katie Gieratz)

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                • #9
                  April 9, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                  MEZRA, IQ - A Soldier from the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, watches for any suspicious activity in a courtyard adjacent to the one where he holds his position in Mezra, Iraq Mar. 21. The Soldiers met with local citizens to talk about recent terrorist attacks on Soldiers in the area. Photographer: Spc. Johnathan Bentley, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.

                  MEZRA, IQ - A Soldier from the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, watches for any suspicious activity in a courtyard, while fellow his Soldiers met with local citizens to talk about recent terrorist attacks on Soldiers in the area in Mezra, Iraq Mar. 21. Photographer: Spc. Johnathan Bentley, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.

                  BAGHDAD, IQ - Tankers roll back out on patrol after refueling at Joint Security Station Sadr in Baghdad, April 4. The tankers of Company D, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, currently attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, returned to their patrols mere minutes after their arrival. The Soldiers are currently patrolling the Sadr City District of Baghdad and providing security for the local citizens who live there. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Mark Matthews)

                  BAGHDAD, IQ - Under the protection of the Mobile Gun System, Sgt. Adam Daponte, a native of Charleston, S.C., along with Staff Sgt. Roberto Rodriguez, a native of Pharr, Texas, patrol the streets of Sadr City, April 1. Both Soldiers are assigned to 4th Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, “Gimlets,” 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti , 2nd Stryker Brigade 25th Infantry Division.

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                  • #10
                    April 10, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                    FORT HOOD, TX
                    Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rick Emert, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs (April 08, 2008)
                    Col. Dan Shanahan passes the 1st Air Cavalry "Warrior" Brigade guidon to Brig. Gen. (P) Vincent Brooks, 1st Cavalry Division commander, as the brigade's top noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Spiva, center, and the incoming commander, Col. Douglas M. Gabram, left, look on April 4 during a change of command ceremony on the division's parade field on Fort Hood, Texas.

                    IRAQ - U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vilma Cantu, a combat camera videographer with 37th Communications Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, documents U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Troop, 4th Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division as they conduct a patrol in Amiriyah, Iraq, April 4, 2008. Soldiers are in the area to seek information from family members of detainees and to assess security checkpoints. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Meg Harvey)

                    IRAQ - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Threatt prepares to hand out soccer balls to children during a medical operation in Sabah Nissan, Iraq, on March 27, 2008. Threatt is attached to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division. DoD photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera, U.S. Army.

                    AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Miles Perez and Sgt. Jefferey Shaw, both from 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, locate enemy movement in the Kunar province of Afghanistan March 20, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tyffani L. Davis)

                    AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alton Jefferson and Sgts. Ronald Williams and Jeremy Squires, all from Bravo Company, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, conduct final checks on a Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 17, 2008, prior to its launch. A UAV is used to track enemy activity. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tyffani L. Davis)

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                    • #11
                      April 10, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                      WASHINGTON (April 9, 2008) Sally Monsoor accepts the Medal of Honor flag in honor of her son from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (Seal) Michael A. Monsoor has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor 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. U.S. Navy photo by Oscar Sosa (Released)

                      BRUNEI (April 9, 2008) Commander, Adm. Timothy J. Keating, right, presents commander coins to members of the Royal Brunei Forces. Keating visited Brunei to meet with numerous senior defense and foreign affairs officials to discuss military to military relations, regional security issues, and the continuing importance of cooperation against violent extremism. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisia V. Gonzales (Released)

                      SAN DIEGO (April 7, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, cross San Diego Harbor to return to homeport at Naval Air Station North Island after successfully completing composite training unit exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call (Released)

                      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 5, 2008) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs a plane onto catapult 2 as an EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 launches from catapult 3 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 3rd Class Joe Painter (Released)

                      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) steams in the western Pacific Ocean. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled 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)

                      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) steams in the western Pacific Ocean. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled 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)

                      CORONADO, Calif. (April. 04, 2008) A student in Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class 270 navigates his way through the chaos of smoke and explosions in one of the final evolutions of Hell Week. On average, students are allowed only two hours of sleep during Hell Week, and those who complete it have about a 95 percent chance of graduating BUD/S. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Lindsey (Released)

                      CAMP MOREELL, Kuwait (March 17, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 17 pratice combat reloading the M-9 service pistol during weapons handling drills. NMCB-17, also known as the "Desert Battalion", is deployed to Iraq and other areas of operations sypporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth W. Robinson (Released)

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                      • #12
                        April 10, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                        Munitions loaders arm B-52s
                        Senior Airman Julia Unsworth and Airman First Class Casey Carrano inspect nose fuzes before inserting them into bombs. Airmen in the 36th Munitions Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, are assembling free-fall, unguided, general purpose 750-pound bombs that will eventually be loaded on a B-52 Stratofortress. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can carry nuclear or precision-guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability. capability. Airman Unsworth is deployed from the 2nd Maintenance Group from Barksdale AFB, La., and Airman Carrano is with the 36th MS at Andersen AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)

                        April 8 airpower summary: C-17s transport supplies
                        Air Force Capt.Travis Elliot takes off in a C-17 Globemaster III from Nairobi, Kenya after transporting 20 Navy Seabees, two water well drilling rigs and more than 100,000 pounds of equipment as part of a humanitarian well drilling mission enabling critical water supplies to regions in severe drought conditions. Capt. Elliot is an aircraft commander assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and is deployed from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christina M. Styer)

                        General leads morale tour at Tampa VA hospital
                        Members of the Air Force Heartland of America Band's Night Wing perform for servicemembers past and present April 5 at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla. The band performed throughout the hospital to lift the spirits of military members. Night Wing is an ensemble of the Heartland of America Band stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

                        Langley officials fight to keep F-22s from being damaged
                        Tom Olexa shoots pyrotechnics in front of the runway here to disperse a flock of birds before a pair of F-22 Raptors (background) take off March 5 at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Wet areas around the runway attract all sorts of wildlife, including birds, which pose a hazard to launching aircraft. Mr. Olexa, a U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist, works with the 1st Fighter Wing's Bird and Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard team. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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                        • #13
                          April 10, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                          Baghdad, IQ - A Soldier with Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provides security on a street in the Sadr City district of Baghdad as Iraqi army soldiers from 11th IA Division, conduct a humanitarian-aid mission on April 5. Terrorist elements attacked innocent civilians, who gathered to receive food and water. The Iraqi security forces, with support from Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers, repulsed the criminal elements and regained security in the area. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Mark Matthews)

                          Loyalty, IQ - A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, provides security as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tim Brochu and Sgt. Brian Hutchins, 761st Explosive Ordnance Disposal, prepare to detonate an unexploded ordnance found near Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 22, 2008.(U.S. Air Force photo)

                          Goshta, Nangahar province, AF - A United States Air Force C-130 drops supplies for the soldiers at a Goshta forward operating base, Nangahar province, Afghanistan on Feb. 6, 2008. The airdrop was in support of the construction of a new forward operating base in the area. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Derek Niccolson)

                          AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IQ - Two AT-12 tanks replenish their fuel supply from a CH-53E Super Stallion. The Super Stallions, provided by Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing delivered more than 32,000 gallons of fuel to ground units April 5. Photographer: Cpl. Scott McAdam, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs.

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                          • #14
                            April 11, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                            SOUDA BAY, Crete (Apr. 8, 2008) The "Don't Tread on Me" jack waves from the forecastle of the frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) as the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) pulls into Souda Bay. Both ships are participating in Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08), the third in a series of annual exercises to improve regional cooperation and maritime security by increasing interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of the participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)

                            MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 2, 2008) Color guard members parade the colors during an underway change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as Capt. Tushar R. Tembe relieves Capt. DeWolfe H. Miller. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Coleman Thompson (Released)

                            INDIAN OCEAN (April 6, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the "Hitmen" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 delivers cargo to the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawa (T-AO 196). Bulkeley is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Wyscaver (Released)

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                            • #15
                              April 11, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                              Mosul, IQ - An OH-58 returns from a patrol over Mosul, Iraq, April 5, to refuel at the Forward Arming and Refueling Point in Logistical Supply Area Diamondback. Soldiers of the Fuel Distribution Platoon, Troop G, 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment from Fort Lewis, Wash., are responsible for refueling and rearming aircraft, sometimes after enemy engagements, so that pilots may return to the fight in as little time as possible. Photographer: Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

                              FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, IQ - Lt. Col. Darren Werner, commander, 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, provides testament to the quality of the outgoing Soldiers within the 610th “Phoenix” Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, during a transfer of authority ceremony, April 10. “The Soldiers of the ‘Phoenix’ Battalion have accomplished their duties in a way that would make all commanders envious,” Werner said. The 1st BCT will assume responsibility of Baghdad’s Rashid District, April 13, signifying the beginning of its 15-month-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photographer: Spc. David Hodge, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs.

                              FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, IQ - Sgt. Paul Boyll, from Phoenix, uses a PSS-14 metal detector as Sgt. 1st Class Lyle, from Salt Lake City, waits to begin digging during Operation Dalian, April 7, near Diyarah, Iraq. Both Soldiers are from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

                              FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, IQ - Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Elgen and his military working dog Bram check a canal for munitions during Operation Dalian, April 7, near Diyarah, Iraq. Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

                              FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, IQ - Sgt. Joshua Perkins, a combat engineer from Tucson, Ariz., assigned to 2nd Platoon, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, takes a day a break to visit the parade field at the crossed sabers in Baghdad’s International Zone. Perkins conducts route-clearance operations on a daily basis, which is an important job in helping keep the streets of Baghdad clear for Iraqi citizens, Iraqi security and coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo/Capt. Rodney Manzo)

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