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  • US Armed Forces news in pictures - April 14-20, 2008

    Week 16

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  • #2
    April 14, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    Servicemembers in Iraq become U.S. citizens
    Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp (April 12, 2008)
    Servicemembers from throughout Iraq met at the Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory April 12 in which 259 troops became U.S citizens during the largest overseas U.S. naturalization ceremony in history.

    101st Uncases Colors
    Photo by Staff Sgt. Tyffani L. Davis (April 11, 2008)
    Maj. Gen. Jefferey Schloesser and Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Camacho of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) uncase the division colors during the Transfer of Authority Ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan April 10.
    Last edited by Boonierat; 14 Apr 08, 03:14.

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    • #3
      April 14, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

      HIT, Iraq - Lance Cpl. Brandon M. Barnes, 21, a team leader with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, from Fairbanks, Ala., patrols through the city of Hit, Iraq, April 9 with an Iraqi policeman trailing him. Marines with I Company conducted the security patrol with the Iraqi policemen. Despite the language barrier, the Marines and policemen were able to work together. (Photo Cpl. Erik Villagran)

      HIT, Iraq - Marines with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine, Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, and Iraqi Provisional Security Force troops play a game of soccer at Hit, Iraq, April 10. The PSF and Marines play once a week to build unity amongst the two units. At the end of the game, Marines took home the victory with the final score being 10-8. (Photo Cpl. Erik Villagran)

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      • #4
        April 14, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

        PACIFIC OCEAN (April 9, 2008) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666 and (LCU) 1632 assigned to Amphibious Craft Unit (ACU) 1 prepare to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to offload vehicles and personnel. Peleliu is in final preparations for deployment as part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter Shannon (Released)

        SHANGHAI, People's Republic of China (April 10, 2008) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) is moored with the Shanghai skyline behind her. Lassen arrived in Shanghai April 8 for a scheduled port visit. While in port Sailors from Lassen will experience the local culture and interact with People's Liberation Army Navy counterparts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (Released)

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        • #5
          April 14, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

          April 10 airpower summary: Predator fires missiles on enemy mortar team
          An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle takes off in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Predator provides armed reconnaissance, airborne surveillance and target acquisition for Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Rob Valenca)

          Flying high and free
          Four T-38 Talons fly over Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, March 27 for the 35th anniversary reunion of the "Freedom Flyers." These former prisoners of war return to Randolph each year and three of them flew back seat during the mission. The aircraft are from the 560th Flying Training Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott Reed)

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          • #6
            April 14, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

            Jisr Diyala, IQ - Soldiers from the mortar platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, currently assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, return fire during a gun battle in Jisr Diyala, Iraq, on March 26. Photographer: Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

            Mosul, IQ - Pvt. 1st Class Mitchell Wallace of Hartford, Conn., and Sgt. Christopher Ryder of Grants Pass, Ore., both assigned to Iron Hawk Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, move to set a cordon around their commander upon their arrival at Combat Out Post Shan in the al-Bareed neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq April 6. The COP is still under construction and not yet secure. Photographer: Capt. Richard Ybarra, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

            Mosul, IQ - Pvt. 1st Class Mitchell Wallace of Hartford, Conn. and Sgt. Christopher Ryder of Grants Pass, Ore., both assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, "spell the alphabet" with their feet to avoid standing still, thereby making themselves less of a target for snipers that have attempted to disrupt Combat Outpost Shan's construction, Mosul, Iraq, on April 6. Photographer: Capt. Richard Ybarra, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

            Camp Striker, IQ - Staff Sgt. Charles Moore, a psychological operations sergeant with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads Iraqi army soldiers through the town of Al Rashid during operations on April 1. Photographer: Pvt. Christopher McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.

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            • #7
              Great pictures ,i wish when i was in i would of took more pic,s

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              • #8
                April 15, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                IRAQ - A U.S. Army Soldier and his working dog Lucky conduct a search for explosive devices in an area covered in disposed metal April 2, 2008, in Al Sinaa, Iraq. The canine team is assisting U.S. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah De Boise)

                IRAQ - A member of the U.S. Army National Police Transition Team searches for weapons caches during a an operation with Iraqi National Police in Jisr Diyala, Iraq, March 31, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric C. Hein)

                IRAQ - U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel Patterson, of 320th Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, helps secure a street with other U.S. Soldiers during a mission in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, March 30, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Del Vecchio)

                IRAQ - A Stryker vehicle assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment moves through an Iraqi police checkpoint in Al Rashid, Baghdad, Iraq, April 1, 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Greg Pierot)

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                • #9
                  April 15, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

                  ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq - A Light Armored Vehicle 25 A2 from Charlie Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, drives off to be refueled during a re-supply mission in western Anbar province, Iraq, April 9. A new site for LAV-25’s weapon system was used by Charlie Company during ‘Mojave Viper’ at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., ensuring gunners would be efficient with the sites for deployment. (Photo: Cpl Ryan Tomlinson)

                  Fort Pickett, Virgina - Marines and sailors from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Combat Logistics Battalion-26 pass through a checkpoint on their way to waiting CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (Rein), during a mass casualty evacuation exercise, April 2, 2008, at Fort Pickett, Va. The unit's training at Fort Pickett is the first overall MEU exercise in the six month predeployment training cycle. (Official USMC photo by Cpl. Aaron J. Rock)

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                  • #10
                    April 15, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                    Pacific Ocean (April 12, 2008) An Aviation Ordnanceman assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 waits to mount an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile to the wingtip of an F/A-18F Super Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 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)

                    CAMP MOREELL, Kuwait (April 11, 2008) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Jason Shantz, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, prepares to fire his M-16 rifle during a weapons course in the Kuwaiti desert. Seabees from NMCB-3 recently arrived in Kuwait before moving on to Iraq and Afghanistan to begin a six-month deployment supporting operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez (Released)

                    Pacific Ocean (April 12, 2008) An aircraft director braces against jet blast as he waits to position an EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Lancers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and 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 11, 2008) The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) and other ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 transit through the Philippine Straits. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) 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 3rd Class Geoffrey Lewis (Released)

                    PACIFIC OCEAN
                    (April 12, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Courtney Morrison, assigned to Weapon's Department G-1F Division, checks BLU-III bombs for discrepancies aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating off the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Orrin Batiste (Released)

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

                      HAWIJAH, IQ - Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division congratulate Khalaf Ibrahim Ali, a Sons of Iraq leader, on his efforts that thwarted a suicide bomber's attempt on his life, April 2, in Hawijah, Iraq. (Photographer: Staff Sgt. Margaret Nelson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

                      MOSUL, IQ - Spc. Alex Evans of Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment pulls security in a produce market during a presence patrol in the al-Zeira neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq, Apr. 10. (Photographer: Capt. Richard Ybarra, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

                      MOSUL, IQ - Pvt. 1st Class Jared Bottorff and Sgt. Robert Johnson, both assigned to Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, track a sniper as he moves from rooftop to rooftop in western Mosul, Iraq, Apr. 10. (Photographer: Capt. Richard Ybarra, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

                      KUNAR PROVINCE, AF - Col. Charles Preysler, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team commander, pins a Bronze Star for valor on Army Sgt. Kyle S. Dirkintis, a medic attached for Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, April 1, on Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar province. Dirkintis was recognized for his actions during fire-fight at Ranch House Outpost, Kunar province. (U.S. Army photo/Maj. Nicholas Sternberg)

                      BAGHDAD, IQ - Soldiers from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, maneuver an M1-A2 Abrams tank as they return to Combat Outpost Ford, April 9, after a mission in northern Baghdad. (Photographer: Spc. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

                      FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, IQ - Soldiers assigned to Team Iraqi security forces, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, provide security at the site of a possible improvised explosive device, April 9, in eastern Baghdad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Bailey)

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                      • #12
                        April 16, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                        Good Marksmanship
                        Photo by Sgt. David House (April 15, 2008)
                        1st Lt. Melissa Lewis takes out a simulated sniper during a United Nations peacekeeping exercise in Rajendrapur Cantonment, Bangladesh, April 12, 2008. She is the platoon leader of 1st Platoon, 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade.

                        ARLINGTON, Va. - U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment"Old Guard" participate in the funeral for Air Force Maj. Robert F. Woods April 9, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Woods, a pilot who crashed in Vietnam June 26, 1968, is being laid to rest at the cemetery nearly 40 years after his disappearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol)

                        IRAQ - U.S. Army Col. David Paschal, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, speaks with Sheik Sami-Al-Assi, a provincial council member and tribal leader, in Kirkuk, Iraq, April 7, 2008. The two men met to sign a contract negotiating for 2000 Sons of Iraq members to secure several neighborhoods in Iraq. Sons of Iraq is a security force comprised of groups of local residents that help maintain security in their own villages and neighborhoods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet)

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                        • #13
                          April 16, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                          YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 14, 2008) A large harbor tug assists the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) as it pulls into Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio (Released)

                          BAHRAIN (April 14, 2008) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead greets the chiefs of staff of the Royal Bahrain Navy (RBN) at the conclusion of an honors ceremony at the Mina Salman Naval Base (MSNB) in Bahrain. Roughead is visiting Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) area of responsibility to strengthen international maritime partnerships as part of the "Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower." U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones (Released)

                          YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 10, 2008) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. congratulates Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) after they earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin. MCPON is on a tour visiting forward deployed naval forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos (Released)

                          YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 15, 2008) Japanese workers look on as large harbor tugs assist the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as it departs Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio (Released)

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                          • #14
                            April 16, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                            Afghanistan airdrop
                            Forty bundles of humanitarian supplies are dropped from a C-17 Globemaster III using the Joint Precision Airdrop Delivery System to a drop zone April 13 in Afghanistan. The C-17 aircrew is from the 17th Airlift Squadron from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

                            April 14 airpower summary: F-15s destroy enemy combatants
                            An F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a mission over Afghanistan. The F-15 frequently performs shows of force to deter enemy activities and protect coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

                            Secretary of state receives honorary Air University degree
                            Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to Air University's board of visitors, commanders, faculty and students after receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from university officials April 14 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Air University bestowed the honor for her academic achievements and contributions to international relations and national security. (U.S. Air Force photo/Donna Burnett)

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                            • #15
                              April 17, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                              PERSIAN GULF (April 13, 2008) A search and rescue swimmer (SAR) jumps out of an MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 during SAR training in the Persian Gulf. HSC-21 is deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) and is conducting exercises in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David A. Brandenburg (Released)

                              GULF OF OMAN (April 8, 2008) Sailors and Marines wait their turn to jump off the portside aircraft elevator during a swim call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1). More than 500 personnel participated in the swim call. Tarawa and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Mike Leporati (Released)

                              PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 1st Class Eleazar Rojas and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Jessica Carter run operational tests on a catapult prior to flight operations aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility off the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil (Released)

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