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  • #2
    All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

    U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Angela McLane, assigned to Combat Camera Pacific, documents two Soldiers assigned to Outlaw Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment providing overwatch security during the opening of Khalis Hospital in Khalis, Diyala, Iraq, Sep. 28, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ronald Wright/Released)

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, pose in front of an air ambulance helicopter on Camp Taji Sept. 29. Soldiers from the company are responsible for saving lives on the battlefield.
    (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt, CAB PAO, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B)

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Gibson scans the terrain while his battle buddies keep a watchful eye from the water during training on Camp Atterbury, Ind., Sept. 20, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 152nd Cavalry Reconnaissance and Surveillance Squadron Airborne.
    U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sheila Holifield

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    • #3
      All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

      PUSAN, Republic of Korea (Oct. 7, 2008) Helicopters fly over the Republic of Korea Aegis destroyer Sejong the Great (KDX 991) during the International Fleet Review "Pass and Review." The International Fleet Review, which runs from Oct. 5 through Oct. 10, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Korean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobbie G. Attaway (Released)

      PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 6, 2008) Capt. John Aquilino, outgoing commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 banks an F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighter over the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as he leaves incoming commander Capt. Alton Ross, to lead a formation of aircraft during a CVW 2 aerial change of command ceremony. Lincoln and CVW 2 are returning from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

      MIRAMAR, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2008) An F/A-18 Super Hornet flies alongside a World War II-era F-4U Corsair Bearcat during the Legacy Flight at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show. The annual show is the final event of Fleet Week San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jose Lopez, Jr./Released)

      ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Yuri Fernandez looks towards the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to ensure there are no personnel near the catapults before flight operations. Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are underway on a scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder/Released)

      PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Richard Hernandez, from El Paso, Texas, directs an EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Eagles" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 onto a catapult for launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis is conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josue L. Escobosa/Released)

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      • #4
        All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

        A B-1B Lancer goes full flaps and hits the brakes to stop after completing another combat mission recently. The B-1B is deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to an undisclosed air base in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Boquette)

        An HH-60G Pave Hawk conducts combat search and rescue training mission Sept. 25 near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The training mission was conducted with support from the Army's AH-64 Apaches in an effort to integrate operations in high-threat environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez)

        Preparing for an upcoming mission, pararescuemen jump out the back of a C-130 Hercules during jump training Sept. 24 over southwestern Germany. They are with the 786th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston

        Capt. Vanessa Mahan pauses after returning from a mission Sept. 15 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Captain Mahan is a F-15E Strike Eagle weapons systems officer deployed to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. She is from St. John, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Keith Brown)

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        • #5
          Nice pictures
          "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

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          • #6
            All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

            Marines with Charlie Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, search underneath a highway bridge while conducting cache sweeps in western al-Anbar province, Iraq, April 10. The battalion, based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., was replaced by 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, RCT-5 after completing their combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Two CH-53E Super Stallions fly through the skies of Afghanistan, as part of the aviation combat element augmenting the Marines and sailors of Task Force 2/7 currently serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Andrew S. Roberson)

            An AH-1W Super Cobra assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 waits on the Camp Bastion flight line to provide support to the Marines of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan, Sept. 30. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steve Cushman)

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            • #7
              All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

              AFGHANISTAN (Oct. 9, 2008) An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, holds in the port observation position on a British Royal Air Force L-1011 tanker aircraft while another Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 takes on fuel. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 are providing support to coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Commander Erik Etz/Released)

              PAKISTAN (Oct. 9, 2008) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 transits over the Pakistan coast. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 are providing support to coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Commander Erik Etz/Released)

              PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 09, 2008) Lt. Emily Wells, right, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kirsty Gerlach, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), treat a wounded patient as part of a mass casualty drill. Boxer is on a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean preparing for a Western Pacific deployment scheduled for early next year. (U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew N. Jackson/Released)

              IRAQ (Oct. 6, 2008) Command Master Chief James Heiland, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27, prepares to board a Marine CH-56 helicopter during a visit to the battalion work sites. NMCB-27, also known as the "Skibees," are deployed to Iraq and other areas of responsibility supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth W. Robinson/Released)

              NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) arrives in New York for the annual Columbus Celebration. Nassau Sailors will participate in the New York City Columbus Day parade on Oct. 13. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric M. Durie/Released)

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              • #8
                All photos courtesy of U.S. Air Force

                An MQ-1 Predator, like this one, fired an Air-to-Ground Missile-114 against enemies of Afghanistan on Oct. 12. The MQ-1 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. The primary mission of the UAS is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

                An F-15E Strike Eagle, from the 492th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, pops flairs during a combat sortie in Southwest Asia. The F-15E's primary role in Afghanistan is providing close-air support for ground troops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

                An A-10 Thunderbolt II flies a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A-10s provides close-air support and can employ a wide variety of conventional munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Robert Wieland)

                An aircrew on board an HH-60G Pave Hawk hover over one of two downed pilots during a crisis management exercise Oct. 8 off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Members of the 18th Wing from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the Japanese coast guard rehearsed response procedures for a simulated over the water aircraft accident. The aircrew are assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amanda Grabiec)

                Members of the Kapisa and Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team traversed rugged hand-forged mountain roads barely wide enough for a Humvee to pass in spots with pin-point 180-degree turns and steep cliff edges to provide medical services in Pacha Hawk, Afganistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Keith Brown)

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                • #9
                  All photos courtesy of Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System

                  Soldiers of Military Transition Team attached to 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Striker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, walk through a field in the Abu Ghuraib District of western Baghdad, Oct. 4, 2008, looking for weapons caches during Operation Gimlet Tidal Wave.

                  Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion 8th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade-25th Infantry Division fire an M777 A2 howitzer, Oct. 2, 2008. The calibration took place at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and was the last requirement for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team to complete before heading into Iraq.

                  An Italian air force AB-212 helicopter releases flares prior to landing during an International Security Assistance Force mission, Oct. 6, 2008. ISAF is assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising its authority and influence across the country, creating the conditions for stabilization and reconstruction.

                  Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 4th Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division, salute as the national anthems for the United States and Iraq are played during the transition ceremony for Patrol Base Dezil, Oct. 9, 2008.

                  Spc. Christina Brink, force protection sergeant, Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, directs the perimeter security during a mission to visit the Iraqi police Qada District headquarters in Diwaniya, Oct. 5, 2008. Williams comes from Howe, Texas.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boonierat View Post
                    Spc. Christina Brink, force protection sergeant, Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, directs the perimeter security during a mission to visit the Iraqi police Qada District headquarters in Diwaniya, Oct. 5, 2008. Williams comes from Howe, Texas.

                    What's that position?
                    For us, MPs are just like that name, dealing mostly with keeping military law in different methods, but that bombastic title (and in my eyes at least over-decorated weapon) makes her look/sound like a spec. ops. operator.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Golani View Post
                      What's that position?
                      For us, MPs are just like that name, dealing mostly with keeping military law in different methods, but that bombastic title (and in my eyes at least over-decorated weapon) makes her look/sound like a spec. ops. operator.
                      The weapon's not too decorated. Everyone in the army carries the M4 now. We don't use iron sights as the primary sights, so its either the ACOG or the M68 red dot. From what I've heard, the ACOG is the most popular, which is what she's got. The flashlight under the barrell is popular for door kickers, which as an MP, she will probably do. On top of the barrell is the laser pointer we use for night vision, again standard with most troops, since we like to rule the night.

                      What I'm more concerned about is her choice to wear rings on both her hands. That will probably cause more damage if she gets hit.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Larkin View Post
                        The weapon's not too decorated. Everyone in the army carries the M4 now. We don't use iron sights as the primary sights, so its either the ACOG or the M68 red dot. From what I've heard, the ACOG is the most popular, which is what she's got. The flashlight under the barrell is popular for door kickers, which as an MP, she will probably do. On top of the barrell is the laser pointer we use for night vision, again standard with most troops, since we like to rule the night.

                        What I'm more concerned about is her choice to wear rings on both her hands. That will probably cause more damage if she gets hit.
                        An ACOG, NVG's, laser AA indicator, flashlight and forward vertical grip as standard?

                        A wet dream....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Golani View Post
                          An ACOG, NVG's, laser AA indicator, flashlight and forward vertical grip as standard?

                          A wet dream....
                          Yeah, actually. I'm going to be training this summer, and apart from the attached flashlight, and a M68 red dot instead of an ACOG, I'll have all that stuff on my M4. And I'm almost as far removed from the front lines as you can be in the army.

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