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  • US Armed Forces news in pictures - April 28-May 4 , 2008

    Week 18

    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.
    Last edited by Boonierat; 28 Apr 08, 08:56.

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    April 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    BNCOC Course Graduation
    Photo by U.S. Army (April 27, 2008)
    Soldiers in a 25U Radio Operator Maintenance BNCOC Class at Fort Hood, Texas, attend their graduation ceremony Friday. NCOs who recently returned from Iraq were able to complete the course without spending six more weeks away from their Families.

    1-14 Cav training 5
    Photo by Jason Kaye (April 25, 2008)
    Soldiers from B Troop, 1-14 Cav. march toward Fort Lewis' Sequalitchew Lake after completing the confidence course.

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    • #3
      April 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2008) Lt. J.G. Michael Papa, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), takes a bearing reading on the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) as it replenishes the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67). Lassen, Kitty Hawk and Shiloh are operating in the western Pacific and are permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (Released)

      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2008) The landing craft air-cushioned (LCAC) 81, assigned to the "Swift Intruders" of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 follows another LCAC into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is undergoing unit level training assessment-certification (ULTRA-C). An ULTRA-C certification shows a ship's competency in fire fighting, anchoring, small boat attack and various other items evaluated by assessors from Afloat Training Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy (Released)

      CAMPO, Calif. (April 22, 2008) SEAL qualification training (SQT) students finish a five-mile hike after completing their seventh day of close-quarters combat instruction. This instructional block teaches SQT students the skills they will need to know to properly clear a house from possible threats. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training students go to SQT for 15 weeks of training to learn basic skills required for assignment to a SEAL platoon. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erika N. Jones (Released)

      PACIFIC OCEAN (April 15, 2008) An SH-60B Seahawk assigned to the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 lands aboard the guided-missile frigate RSS Steadfast (FFG 70) during flight deck qualifications with the Republic of Singapore Navy. HSL-47 and other squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility with the USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

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      • #4
        April 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

        Airmen help restore Berlin Airlift memorial
        Staff Sgt. Federico Hudson cleans the nose art on a static C-54 aircraft on display at the Berlin Airlift Memorial site at the former Rhein Main Air Base near Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. Sergeant Hudson and a team of approximately 30 volunteers from Ramstein AB spent three days cleaning the display aircraft for refurbishing in prepartion for a Berlin Airlift 60th Anniversary Celebration to take place there in June. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Corey Clements)

        Can you see me now?
        Using red smoke to signal the nearby HH-60 Pave Hawk, 1st Lt. Alex Goldberg participates in the Red Flag-Alaska exercise April 16 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Lieutenant Goldberg is a "downed pilot" behind enemy lines and must communicate with the Pave Hawk for extraction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

        A watchful eye
        Airman 1st Class Tasha Gonzalez stands alert April 18 at an entry control point at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Constant vigilance ensures security of airpower assets and personnel. Airman Gonzalez is deployed from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)

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        • #5
          April 28, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

          Mosul, IQ - Spc. Tracey Collins of Ogden, Utah, assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment knocks on the gate to a home in the during a "cordon and knock" raid as the remainder of his squad pulls security, Mosul, Iraq, on April 21. (Photographer: Capt. Richard Ybarra, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

          Patrol Base Assassin, IQ - Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Pearson, from Philadelphia, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, talks to Soldiers of Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, on April 24 at Patrol Base Assassin, Iraq. "Those who served in the Army after Sept. 11 may go down in history as the greatest generation ever," Pearson said. "You may be the greatest generation ever." (Photographer: Sgt. Natalie Rostek, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs)

          Live Fire Village Complex, N.C., US - Paratroopers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division perform the stacking techique on a door as they prepare to clear a building during a training event on April 15 at Live Fire Village complex. Paratroopers train on all aspects of combat operations to prepare them for deployments in support of the war on terror. (Photographer: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs)

          Camp Victory, IQ - Air Force Staff Sgt. Melissa Szczerbiac and her explosives/detection dog, Tim, take a play break during detection training at Striker Kennels. Rewards are crucial to successful training. (Photographer: Sgt. Joy Pariante, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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          • #6
            April 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

            Airborne Soldier Awarded Bronze Star for Valor
            Photo by Pfc. Christina Sinders (April 29, 2008)
            Brig. Gen. Mark Milley, CJTF-101 deputy commanding general of operations, awards the Bronze Star with "V" device for valor to Army Sgt. Ryan P. Inabnet, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 1-91 Cavalry Squadron.

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            • #7
              April 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

              HONOLULU (April 19, 2008) Lt. Bruce McDonald, center, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band bandmaster, showcases the ensemble set to embark aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for the upcoming Pacific Partnership 2008 mission to Southeast Asia. During this mission, the band will perform community-relations concerts in the Republic of Philippines, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia in support of the host nations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hight (Released)

              ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 27, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) steams alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) during a fueling-at-sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Laird (Released)

              OKINAWA, Japan (April 27, 2008) Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) 73 assigned to the "Swift Intruders" of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 brings transports vehicles and equipment to the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy (Released)

              ISIOLO, Kenya (April 23, 2008) Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Command Master Chief Roy Maddocks, left, and Kenyan Defense Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 1, Ashford Miriti Nbubi address students at the School of Infantry. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Steve Cline (Released)

              GARISSA, Kenya (April 21, 2008) Steelworker 3rd Class Mandy Lewis, Equipment Operator 1st Class Steven Barczak and Equipment Operator 2nd Class Casey Rider, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, steady a drill pipe that is being hoisted as the team assembles a well drilling rig during site set up at Shabaha village. The Seabees will drill at three locations throughout Garissa. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock (Released)

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              • #8
                April 29, 2008 - All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                CAP TAJI, IQ - Spc. Richard Bobbitt, a Brenham, Texas, native, instructs Iraqi army soldiers on how to enter and clear a hallway during a training exercise April 12 at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad. Bobbitt is a mortarman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad.(U.S. Army photo/Spc. Brian Pierce)

                BAGHDAD, IQ - Sgt. Patrick Delacruz, a native of Saipan, signals for a vehicle to stop while operating at a tactical checkpoint in northwest Baghdad April 20. Delacruz serves with 3rd Platoon, Company C "Cobra," 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Mutli-National Division -- Baghdad.

                BAGHDAD, IQ - Sgt. Daniel Lopez, a native of Seattle, Wash., and Sgt. Christopher Warnes, a native of Guilford, Conn., patrol the streets of northwest Baghdad April 20. Lopez and Warnes serve with Company C "Cobra," 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Mutli-National Division -- Baghdad.

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                • #9
                  May 1, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                  No Dilly-dallying Here
                  Photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry (May 01, 2008)
                  Soldiers from 1st Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, run to a Black Hawk helicopter after conducting a search for weapons caches in Albu Issa, Iraq.

                  NEVADA - Sgt. 1st Class Michael Connell from the Nevada National Guard plays the bag pipes during funeral services for Command Sgt. maj. Tosolini.

                  HONDURAS - A paratrooper leaps from the back of a Joint Task Force-Bravo CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Tamara Drop Zone, the site of this year's Iguana Voladora 2008. The airborne exercise is Joint Task Force-Bravo's largest joint and combined training event developed to strengthen regional cooperation and security between countries of the Americas. Photo by Tech. Sgt. William Farrow.

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                  • #10
                    May 1, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

                    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - A Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected “Buffalo” vehicle from Reaper platoon, Company A, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 1 creeps down a rural road with its flood lights revealing the ground below, allowing combat engineers to observe for any suspicious objects in their path during a route clearance mission. The Reapers have successfully cleared nearly 9,000 miles of roads throughout the area of operations at a crawling pace of 10 miles per hour, and discovered six improvised explosive devices during their seven month deployment. (Photo: Sgt. Nathaniel C. LeBlanc)

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                    • #11
                      May 1, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                      SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) prepares to anchor in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong is Kitty Hawk's last scheduled overseas port visit before its return to the United States later this year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

                      PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 28, 2008) Sailors line the deck of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) as the sub Port Everglades, Fla., for Fleet Week. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dean Lohmeyer (Released)

                      RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (April 24, 2008) Commander, George Washington Strike Group, Rear Adm. Philip Hart Cullom, takes a moment of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at The National World War II Memorial in Flamengo Park. The memorial was built to honor Brazilian service members lost during World War II. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Najah M. Stanford (Released)

                      GUAM (April 20, 2008) The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrives in Guam for a four-day port visit. Nimitz is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Steven Maksinchuk (Released)

                      OKINAWA, Japan (April 25, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 navigate the "covert" during a 3.4-mile endurance course at the U.S. Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonslaves. The six-day Jungle Skills Course is designed to refine a unit's patrolling and combat skills in a jungle environment with the intent to test individual endurance, build confidence, and develop small unit leaders. NMCB-5 is one of the Naval Expeditionary Combat Commands warfighting support elements providing host nation construction operations and security supporting the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Construction Electrician 1st Class Charles S. Zook (Released)

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                      • #12
                        May 1, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                        Soaring over Arizona
                        Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., fly in formation over Arizona April 29. The A-10s received in-flight refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alesia Goosic)



                        Airmen master Soldier skills training
                        Tech Sgt. Richard Cooley stays ever vigilant during Individual Movement Technique training at the Fort Dix, N.J., improvised explosive device range. The training teaches troops how to conduct maneuvers in an unknown, often hostile, environment. Sergeant Cooley and his fellow Airmen, members of USAF class 25, are completing the Soldier Skills Training Course as they prepare for various deployments around the globe. There are about 75 Airmen currently going through the month-long course. (U.S. Army photo)

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                        • #13
                          May 2, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                          VIRGINIA - Brig. Gen. Jesse R. Cross and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt, Quartermaster Center and School, honor the fifth president's gravesite with a wreath April 28. The ceremony commemorated the 250th birthday of President James Monroe. Photo by T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs Office Photo by T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee Public Affairs Office.

                          TEXAS - Pilots from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, talk to children and their parents about the capabilities of the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, during a static display at the Killeen Community Center in Killeen, Texas, April 26. "They see the aircraft flying over ... but when it's actually on the ground and you can actually interface with the community, it gives them a better understanding and maybe a better appreciation of what we do," said Belton, S.C., native Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Motes, an Apache pilot for 1-227th, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div.
                          Last edited by Boonierat; 02 May 08, 07:28.

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                          • #14
                            May 2, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                            SAN DIEGO (May 1, 2008) The Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) passes under the Coronado Bridge as it departs San Diego for a humanitarian mission to the western Pacific and Southeast Asia supporting Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is designed to strengthen the goodwill developed during previous humanitarian civic assistance missions. Mercy is scheduled to visit the Republic of Philippines, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Don Bray (Released)

                            SAN DIEGO. (May 1, 2008) Operations Specialist 2nd Class Dung Pham says goodbye to a loved one before boarding the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) for Pacific Partnership 2008. Pacific Partnership 2008 is designed to strengthen the goodwill developed during previous humanitarian civic assistance missions. Mercy is scheduled to visit the Republic of Philippines, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Cale Bentley (Released)

                            SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 1, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Michael Quintos, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), directs the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier assigned to the "Nightmares" of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber (Released)

                            HONG KONG (April 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) prepares to anchor in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong is Kitty Hawk's last overseas port visit before being relieved by the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) this summer. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)

                            RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (April 26, 2008) U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Scott Roark, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), retrieves a flight drone with the help of a Coast Guard Cutter Northland small boat crew off the coast of Brazil. The drone was used as a gun-exercise target during this year's UNITAS exercise, a multi-national event testing the interoperability of U.S. and foreign navies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Henise (Released)

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                            • #15
                              May 2, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                              Thais, Americans join forces for Operation Teak Torch training
                              Special forces from the Royal Thai air force prepare to jump from an MC-130P Combat Shadow during Exercise Teak Torch at Udon Thani, Thailand. The Thai troops and 353rd Special Operations Group Airmen exercised together as part of Pacific Command's joint combined exchange training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)

                              T-38 Talon crashes at Sheppard AFB
                              A T-38C Talon similar to this one crashed May 1 at Sheppard Air Base, Texas. The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. It is used primarily by Air Education and Training Command for undergraduate pilot and pilot instructor training. Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration also use the T-38 in various roles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White)

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