26 February 2007
An Airman walks back to his room after a long duty day at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Most Airmen assigned at the air base live in a compound surrounded by towering T-barriers. The T-barriers act as a line of defense against stray bullets and as blast protection from mortar attacks. The weight of the T-barriers varies from four to 17 tons. Pic: Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.
An enthusiastic crowd cheers on rapper Stu Stone as he turns around to grab another handful of DVDs to toss out during the Jamie Kennedy Hip-Hop Comedy Tour. Stone was one of five performers to entertain service members during their stop to Camp Liberty, Iraq, Feb. 23. The two-hour set, which headlined Houston-based rapper Paul Wall, was the last stop for the USO-sponsored comedy tour.
Pic: CPL Abel Trevino
Newbern, N.C., native SGT Shawn Mackey, a health care specialist with Company C, 299th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, assesses the health of a newborn Iraqi baby during a medical assistance mission in the village of Abidone inside the Bay Al Sabir High School of the Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad. The event was to thank the community for its continued support of coalition and Iraqi security forces by offering health and dental care to the village's residents. Pic: SPC L.B. Edgar
Newbern, N.C., native SGT Shawn Mackey, a health care specialist with Company C, 299th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, assesses the health of a 6-year-old Iraqi during a medical assistance mission in the village of Abidone inside the Bay Al Sabir High School of the Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad. The event was to thank the community for its continued support of coalition and Iraqi security forces by offering health and dental care to the village's residents. Pic" SPC L.B. Edgar
A Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division searches the shadows of a palm grove on a recent patrol in the area of Mahmudiyah, Iraq, 17 miles south of the Iraqi capital. Coalition and Iraqi army soldiers patrol this area together to deny the enemy safe haven and staging grounds to launch attacks against the capital city. Pic: PFC Jon Cano
Soldiers from a platoon of 3rd battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi army Division, "Baghdad Eagles," move stealthily through the muddied ground of a palm grove on a recent patrol in the area of Mahmudiayh, Iraq, 17 miles south of the Iraqi capital. Coalition and Iraqi army soldiers patrol this area together to deny the enemy safe haven and staging grounds to launch attacks against the capital city. Insurgents use the palm groves like these to hide weapon caches from the coalition aircraft overhead. Pic: PFC Jon Cano
Staff Sgt. Kathryn Robinson embraces Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Gregoire after receiving her Purple Heart medal for wounds received from small arms fire. Robinson was on a cordon and search rescue mission with the Military Transition Teams and Iraqi army near Baqubah when she was struck by a snipers bullet in the left forearm and upper right thumb. Robinson is assigned to the 4th Combat Camera Squadron. Pic: Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.)
U.S. Army Soldiers, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, from Fort Bliss, Texas, and an Iraqi Force Protection Secuirty guard search for bomb making chemicals used in recent IED attacks on U.S forces, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pic: Senior Airman Vanessa Valentine
An Iraqi Interpreter, contracted by the U.S. Army, uses a bullhorn to give instructions to residents of Haifa Street to line up during a humanitarian aid operation in Baghdad, Iraq. Elements of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are handing out kerosene heaters and blankets to the residents of the downtown Baghdad neighborhood. Pic: SSG Sean A. Foley
21 February 2007
Maj. Jalal Sabri Khmaees, head of the Al-Sulakh Police Station, and CPT Tim Marzano of Clemons, N.C., commander of A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, walk the streets of Adhamiyah, Baghdad on a patrol. U.S. paratroopers and Iraqi police live and work together at the Al-Sulakh Joint Security Station.
Pic: SGT Michael Pryor
Iraqi policeman Hamid Zaid Ahmed (l.) writes down an Arabic word for SGT John Orr of Ann Arbor, Mich., a team leader with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, while the two stand guard at the entrance to the Al-Sulakh Joint Security Station in Adhamiyah. The JSS is home to U.S. paratroopers, Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi policemen all working together to improve security in the neighborhood
Pic: SGT Michael Pryor
1LT Rusty Shackleford, a platoon leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks with Iraqi men in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad while on patrol Feb. 15. The Charlotte, N.C. native and his Soldiers were out to make contact with the residents they help protect.
Duluth, Minn., native SPC Michael Benusa, a medic with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, explains to an English-speaking Iraqi girl how to apply medication to her younger sister. The young girl had been suffering from a skin condition around her mouth and eyes.
Pic: SGT Michael Garrett
20 February 2007
Wichita, Kan., native PFC Andrew Woods, 20, a saw gunner with 1st Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, which is attached to 2nd BCT, 1st Inf. Div., provides force protection to the Hurriyah Joint Security Station in Baghdad. Six months earlier Woods was wounded by a sniper, but now he has made a full recovery and returned to duty on his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pic: CPL Leith Edgar
Soldiers from Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, attached to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, prepare to fire a 120 mm mortar to ensure their proper distance and accuracy at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in East Baghdad, Iraq. Pic: SSG Bronco Suzuki
13 February 2007
Major Mark C. Boone with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Navy Construction Regiment, informs Brigadier General James A. Kessler, Commanding General, 2D Marine Logistics Group (FWD), about the new improvements made on the vehicles in Engineer Village on Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq. The 9th Engineer Support Battalion is deployed with I MEF (FWD) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq to develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction. Pic: Lance Corporal Christopher A. Baldwin.
11 February 2007
Criminal Insurgents Can't Sleep At Night
U.S. Army CPT Darren Fowler Commanding Officer of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division stands by while his Iraqi Army counterpart questions an Iraqi local national during a combined mission with Iraqi Army in Ghazaliya, Iraq.
Pic: SSG Martin K Newton
09 February 2007
Staff Sgt. Michael Holzworth of the 332nd Communications Squadron Balad Air Base, Iraq takes stock video footage of the Hero's Highway Helicopter pad, Balad Air Base, Iraq. Staff Sgt Holzworth is deployed from Aviano Air Force Base, Italy and he is assigned to the 31st Communications Squadron.
Pic: Airman 1st Class Nathan Doza
Col. Lawrence Jackson, 732nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group commander, presents the Purple Heart to Special Agent Cameron Allen Siegfried, Weapons and Intelligence Team assistant leader, during an award ceremony. Siegfried sustained injuries to his head Aug. 21, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated next to his vehicle, injuring him and killing Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons.
Pic: CPL Abel Trevino
SGT Cliff Yohn, with the 169th Fires Brigade of the Colorado National Guard, applies an intravenous drip to Sgt. Josiah B. Inman, also with the 169th FB. Soldiers with the 169th FB Personal Security Detachment conducted Combat Life Saver recertification at Foward Operating Base Marez in Mosul.
Pic: SGT Antonieta Rico
SGT Victor Jorgensen, an infantryman with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division takes a break to teach an Iraqi child how to yo-yo after searching a warehouse for illegal weapons in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq. The Tacoma Wash., native used an interpreter to help explain how to use the device after observing the child having difficulty with the toy.
Pic: SGT Michael Garrett
A New Corner is Turned
Soldiers with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division move down a street and into a compound that contains a factory and several warehouses in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq. The Soldiers disrupted insurgent activities in the area in preparation of a new Combat Out Post that is being established in the neighborhood.
Pic: SGT Michael Garrett
05 February 2007
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