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  • US Armed Forces news in pictures - April 21-27, 2008

    Week 17

    Comments and posting of your own images are encouraged, provided they respect the following guidelines:
    -The picture must concern the US Military.
    -It must be fairly recent (less than a year old)
    -It shouldn't be wider than 800 or 900 pixels (If you picture is too large, resize it before posting with an image editor or an image host like ImageShack)
    -Try to provide a caption, if possible.
    -Pictures containing gore or obscenity should be avoided.

  • #2
    April 21, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    Best Ranger -- Finish Line
    Photo by J.D. Leipold (April 20, 2008)
    Finish Line at last for the top three teams in the 2008 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition April 18-20 at Fort Benning, Ga. From left to right: Team five made up of Staff Sgts. Michael Broussard and Shayne Cherry representing the 75th Ranger Regiment, who took first place; brothers Capt. Jeff Soule and Maj. Greg Soule took the second spot representing James Madison University ROTC; and, team nine made up of Sgt. Jeremy Billings and Sgt. Jeremiah Beck took third representing the 75th Ranger Regt.

    Artillery unit goes air assault
    Photo by Jason Kaye (April 17, 2008)
    Jason Kaye Soldiers from B Btry., 3-17 FA load a Ch-47 from 5-159th Avn. after a raid on the Regenburg MOUT site.

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    • #3
      April 21, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

      CAMP RIPPER, Iraq - Cpl. Chantel Saville,20, logistics clerk, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 5, yells out a command during the drill portion of RCT-5’s corporals course April 16 at Camp Ripper, Iraq. Nineteen corporals from 15 different military occupational specialties trained for 10 days to become better noncommissioned officers. (Photo: Gunnery Sgt Jason Bortz)

      CAMP RIPPER, Iraq - Cpl. Christie Baker, 20, civil affairs clerk, Detachment 1, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, Civil Affairs Group, Regimental Combat Team 5, carries Cpl. Chantel Saville, 20, Headquarters Company, RCT-5, during the combat fitness test portion of RCT-5’s corporals course at Camp Ripper, Iraq, April 12. In addition to learning a variety of leadership skills, the corporals were also pushed physically during several physical training sessions. (Photo: Gunnery Sgt Jason Bortz)

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      • #4
        April 21, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

        Norfolk, Va. (April 18, 2008) Aircraft from the "Pukin Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 and the "Checkmates" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 211 perform a flyover during a retirement ceremony for Adm. William J. Fallon aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Fallon has served 41 years in the Navy and is the first Naval officer to command U.S. Central Command. During his career he also served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command as well as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew D. Leistikow (Released)

        MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 17, 2008) The guided-missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) sails the Mediterranean Sea to participate in a visit, board, search and seizure exercise as a launching platform for rigid hull inflatable boats for multinational forces during exercise Phoenix Express (PE) 2008. PE-08 is the third annual exercise in a long-term effort to improve regional cooperation and maritime security. The principal aim is to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation. Exercises like PE-08 enable participants to advance information sharing which is crucial to maintaining a region free from transnational threats, as well as enhance capability to conduct multinational peacekeeping missions. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James C. Davis (Released)

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        • #5
          thanks For The Great Thread Boonie
          "Ask not what your country can do for you"

          Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

          you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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          • #6
            April 21, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

            Mosul, IQ - Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo., provide 360 degree security as their platoon leader talks with local market vendors in Mosul, Iraq, April 12. (Photographer: Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

            Mosul, IQ - Spc. Jeff During, an infantryman in 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo., keeps his weapon at the low ready during a combat patrol, as he moves through the streets of Mosul, Iraq, April 12. (Photographer: Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

            Mosul, IQ - As Iraqi children peek out their front gate Spc. Vencent Hashimoto, an infantryman in 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo., scans his surroundings during a combat patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on April 12. (Photographer: Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

            Mosul, IQ - Cpl. Marcus Owens pulls security while members of his squad run to mount a Bradley Armored Personnel Carrier during a combat patrol through Mosul, Iraq, April 12. The Soldiers are in 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo. (Photographer: Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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            • #7
              April 22, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

              Rakkasans run for the cure
              Approximately 200 Rakkasans from the 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT), wait to begin the Rakkasan Run for the Cure at Camp Striker, Iraq, in conjunction with the Ride for the Cure happening simultaneously in Clarksville, Tenn., April 19. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT))

              FORT HOOD, TX - Townsend, Mont., native Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow mounts a horse in true cavalry spirit during a patch ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas' Cooper Field April 18. The outgoing top noncommissioned officer said he will always be in the Cav in his mind and heart. (Photo by Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

              IRAQ - Iraqi National Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division discover a weapons cache near a checkpoint outside Abu Thayla, Iraq, April 13, 2008. Soldiers seized the cache, which consisted of 29 120-mm mortar rounds, 466 2.2 mines, 75 2.4 mines, seven Chinese 107-mm rockets and five rocket-propelled grenades, and detained three suspects. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera)

              AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Afghan National Army soldiers, and members of the Afghan Border Patrol prepare to conduct training on how to enter and exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in preparation for a combat operation April 11, 2008, on Forward Operating Base Fortress. in the Konar province of Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Johnny R. Aragon)

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              • #8
                April 22, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

                PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Party Band performs for the students of Fa'asao Marist College Prepatory School as part of the 108th anniversary of the American Flag Raising over American Samoa, April 14th. (Photo: Master Sgt. Lesli J. Coakley)

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                • #9
                  April 22, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                  PACIFIC OCEAN (April 19, 2008) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Jonathan Honebrink cleans a trailing wing on an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)

                  NORFOLK, Va. (April 18, 2008) Four F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighters perform a fly-over at the conclusion of the retirement ceremony for Adm. William J. Fallon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Fallon ended a 41-year naval career that started as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War and concluded with the responsibility of running a two-front war in the war on terrorism as Commander, Central Command. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley (Released) Fallon ended a 41-year naval career that started as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War and concluded with the responsibility of running a two-front war in the war on terrorism as Commander, Central Command. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley (Released)

                  ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 17, 2008) Sailors on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) watch aircraft from carrier airt wing (CVW) 17 perform an air-power demonstration above the ship. George Washington departed Norfolk en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Schoeneberg (Released)

                  PACIFIC OCEAN (April 16, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)

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                  • #10
                    April 22, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                    Deployed defenders show AF mission is more than just aircraft
                    Tech. Sgt. Kelly Beeler, 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, stands post in one of the base's many guard towers. While typical perceptions associated with the Air Force in combat might involve aircraft dropping bombs on targets, the several hundred security forces Airmen deployed here are proving these stereotypes outdated. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Dale Canofari)

                    Air traffic controllers keep aircraft soaring (this one's for you HP )
                    Senior Airman Eric Kindle communicates to aircraft taxiing on the runway through radio channels from the air traffic control tower April 15 at a Southwest Asian air base. Airman Kindle is a 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller journeyman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Domonique Simmons)

                    April 20 airpower summary: C-130s transport cargo
                    Senior Airman Matt Cooper provides security for a C-130 Hercules aircraft April 18, during a cargo mission in Afghanistan. SrA Cooper is part of a Fly Away Security Forces Team assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces and deployed from the 355th Security Forces Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The C-130 is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

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                    • #11
                      April 22, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                      CAMP ARIFJAN, KW - Joint Logistics Task Force 28 Battalion commander Lt. Col. Christopher Benoit and Command Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Adkins, lay their respective battalion coins down on the memorial center piece for Staff. Sgt. Jesse A. Ault, April 15. Ault died as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle Apr. 9 while on convoy in Central Baghdad. (Photographer: Spc. John Ortiz, 4th Sustainment Brigade)

                      FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN, IQ - Following his re-enlistment, Spc. Bobby Nieto, from Stonewall, Texas, flies the flag passed down to him by two of his brothers, who also re-enlisted with it during their deployments. Nieto, who re-enlisted on top of a 340-foot smokestack, April 8, at Forward Operating Base Iskan, Iraq, is an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. (Photo/1st Lt. Jordan Nearhoof)


                      IRAQ, IQ - Arkansas native, Maj. Kelly Kendrick, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) operations officer, looks through his optics for any enemy activity during Operation Marauder Harvest Apr. 12. (Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)


                      IRAQ, IQ - After clearing the objective during Operation Marauder Harvest in the desolate Western Desert of the Salah ad Din province in Iraq Apr. 12, Soldiers from the 56th Military Police Company and their Iraqi S.W.A.T. counterparts, prepare to load a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on their way back to a coalition base. (Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

                      IRAQ, IQ - Atlanta, Ga. native, Sgt. Benjamin Crews, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), takes up a defensive kneeling position as a CH-47 Chinook takes off during Operation Marauder Harvest Apr. 12 in the Western Desert of the Salah ad Din province. (Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

                      JOINT SECURITY STATION SHAWRA WA UM JIDIR, IQ - Mortar Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, fire an 81 mm mortar into an empty field as they register their weapon, April 11. (Photographer: Spc. Grant Okubo, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

                      FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, IQ - Col. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., from Prince George’s County, Md., the commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, awards Maj. Cynthia Majerske, from Bar Harbor, Maine, the brigade surgeon for the 3rd BCT, a Bronze Star Medal for her service during Operation Iraqi Freedom at Forward Operating Base Hammer, April 13. (Photographer: Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs)

                      CAMP TAJI, IQ - Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, the commanding general of I Corps, based out of Fort Lewis, Wash., talks to Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team 'Warrior,' 25th Infantry Division, while visiting the north Baghdad power plant that is currently under construction Apr. 16 in the Taji Qada District area, northwest of Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Waldemar Rivera)
                      Last edited by Boonierat; 22 Apr 08, 08:33.

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                      • #12
                        April 23, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                        Combat Action Badge
                        Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason R. Krawczyk (April 22, 2008)
                        Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, presents Spc. Zachary McGee, Troop A, 6-8 Cav., with the Army combat action badge, April 22 at Patrol Base Stone. McGee earned the CAB after a convoy he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

                        FORT BENNING - Sgt. 1st Class Blake Simms of the 4th Ranger Training Battalion nearly walks water at the start of the 2008 Best Ranger Competition April 18 at Fort Benning, Ga.

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                        • #13
                          April 23, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                          RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (April 21, 2008) In this panoramic photo illustration the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Rio de Janeiro for a scheduled port visit. USS George Washington departed Norfolk, Va. en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). US Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)

                          PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2008) The President of the Federal States of Micronesia, Emanuel Mori, watches flight operations on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)

                          WOOLMARKET, Miss. (April 17, 2008) Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Robin Nicely, a Seabee with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, attacks a convoy during a convoy immediate action drill. Immediate action drills are part of the convoy training portion of the Basic Combat Skills II course given to Seabees to build their combat knowledge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender (Released)

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                          • #14
                            April 23, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                            Pitsenbarger re-honored at Moody after 42 years
                            An Airman from the 38th Rescue Squadron rappels from an HH-60G Pave Hawk dressed in a Vietnam-era style uniform during a Medal of Honor ceremony for Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., April 18. Airman Pitsenbarger was a pararescueman who died in battle on April 11, 1966, and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross and later the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittany Barker)

                            Pilots contribute to 1M GWOT sorties statistic, much more
                            A 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, launches on a sortie at Balad Air Base, Iraq, April 21. On April 20, Air Force pilots had flown more than 1 million sorties in support of the war on terrorism. Many F-16 missions that depart from Balad provide close-air support to Army ground units by identifying improvised explosive devices and emplacers and either recording their actions using intelligence gathering equipment or engaging them with precision weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

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                            • #15
                              April 23, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                              FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, IQ - Pfc. Curtis Boyd, a 20-year-old infantryman from South Fulton, Tenn., maintains security at Al Qanat Joint Security Station in the Rusafa district of eastern Baghdad. Boyd serves with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

                              CAMP TAJI, IQ - Soldiers from Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 11 Field Artillery Regiment, "On Time," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, and soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Macedonian army run to the 10-meter line before they fire at their targets while practicing their reflexive-fire skills Apr. 18. The "On Time" Soldiers and the Macedonian army soldiers work together to ensure the safety of the inhabitants of Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad. (Photographer: Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti, 2nd Stryker Brigade 25th Infantry Division)

                              BAGHDAD, IQ - A coalition forces Soldier takes a knee while patrolling an island on the Tigris River near Samarra in a search of al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists, April 12. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Worrell)

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