"A Soldier competing in the "Best Warrior" competition participates in a night-fire exercise at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 2. Twenty-four of the Army's finest warriors representing 12 commands from across the Army gathered at Fort Lee, Va., from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2008, to compete in the competition which named the Army's soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year."
"Field artillerymen of Battery A, 2-218th Field Artillery, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, fire a 105mm shell from a Howitzer at Yakima Training Grounds, Wash., during the units annual training Aug. 9. Photo by Sgt. Chad Layton of Battery A, 2-218th Field Artillery, Oregon Army National Guard"
"A transport worker walks ahead of a heavy generator trailer as it crosses a bridge, Aug. 22, 2008. U.S. Soldiers of Charlie Troop, 3-89th Cavalry Regiment, 5th Squadron, 25th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (not shown) provided security for four heavy power generators as part of Operation Silver Mammoth II. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian D. Lehnhardt/Released)"
"U.S. Army Sgt. William Reese watches flames rise into the night sky after setting canal vegetation ablaze in Tahwilla, Iraq, July 30, 2008. Extremists have been using the canal's thick vegetation to plant bombs under the cover of darkness. The soldiers are assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment.U.S. Army photo by Spc. David J. Marshall"
"1st Sgt. Jon A. Martin, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (Assault), stands atop a UH-60 Black Hawk before it's pulled into the belly of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III. The Black Hawk was the very last of the 3-158 aircraft to be loaded before the unit's redeployment to Germany."
"COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Paratroopers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct airborne operations from a Colorado Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook assigned to 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, into the snow-covered terrain of Fort Carson, Colo., Dec. 10, 2008. The airborne operation conducted under the command of Dutch Special Forces with the assistances of a 10th SFG (A) jumpmaster, helped familiarize the American paratroopers with Dutch commands. Operations like this help sustain and foster a good working relationship with the Dutch, said a 10th SFG (A) operations officer. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli, Colorado National Guard)"
"Cpl. Amber Jones (right) of Fort Bragg, N.C., portrays Michael Jackson, sneaking up on Pfc. Casey Long of the Tennessee Army National Guard during the 2008 U.S. Army Soldier Show's salute to the 25th anniversary of Jackson's Thriller album and video."
"U.S. Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division conduct pre-jump mock door training during a joint forcible entry exercise on Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 21, 2008. JFEX provides U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division with training on real-world contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer/Released)"
"Sgt. Joshua Robbins, native of Dickson, Tenn., serving with the 66th Engineers Company, "Sappers," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, "Warrior," 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, torches an area with a flame thrower in an effort to deny terrorists concealment, and give coalition forces at Joint Security Station Mushada East a clear line of sight along a road, which lies between Mushada and Tarmiyah in the Tarmiyah Qada."
"A Soldier uses a tank as an anchor to exercise with a TRX Suspension Trainer Force Training Kit. Photo by Courtesy photo"
"U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Highberger, left, and Pvt. Charles Joiner from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, sit in a patrol base on an overnight mission near Forward Operation Base Lane, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, March 13, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini/Released)"
"Sgt. Robert Solesbee, a native of Corona, Calif., assigned to 710th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group, glances around at his surroundings, looking for potentially dangerous ordnance among the scrap metal at the Sheik Khalid scrap yard March 18. Photo by Spc. Laura Johnson"
"U.S Soldiers detonate firebombs in an Iraqi palm grove to destroy hidden booby traps, explosives and weapons, Dec. 22, 2008. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Pels, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq."
"The sun sets behind a C-17 Globemaster III as Soldiers wait in line to board the aircraft taking them back to the United States Nov. 17 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. C-17s can carry payloads up to 169,000 pounds and can land on small airfields. The C-17 is deployed from the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson)"
"CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (July 17, 2008)- A Bulldozer pushes Army Lighterage back out to sea to make another practice run during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008. JLOTS 2008 will establish command and control of Army and Navy units, construct a Life Support Area (LSA), conduct force protection operations, execute an in-stream offload of shipping from a sea echelon area, employ OPDS, retrograde and safely redeploy allocated forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P. Caracci."
"A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter provides aerial security for Soldiers in Company F, 3rd Helicopter Assault Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, as they move wounded Soldiers during a downed aircraft training exercise Jan. 15 on Fort Hood, Texas."
"National Guardsmen help guide a rancher as he loads bundles of hay aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to deliver to stranded livestock who have been trapped by the flooded salt-waters without food or fresh water since Hurricane Ike struck the Southwest coast of Louisiana."
"U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) on board a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) observe an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 159th Aviation Regiment as it lifts another RHIB during a maritime external air transportation system (MEATS) training exercise in the Virginia Capes near Fort Eustis, Va., July 16, 2008 MEATS trains members of SWCC on extending their operational reach by attaching special operations crafts to helicopters for transport to remote locations for further training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robyn Gerstenslager)"
"U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposalmen from the 447th Air Expeditionary Group detonate explosives attached to the wings of a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Sather Air Base in Iraq July 7, 2008. The aircraft was disabled after it made an emergency landing last month, and the Airmen are using a series of controlled detonations to divide the aircraft into smaller pieces so it can be moved. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Allen, U.S. Air Force."
"Paratroopers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, jump into the frigid night sky during the brigade-wide Joint Force Entry Exercise on Jan. 29. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Frank Smith, 982nd Combat Camera)"
"General Lee lies on its side aftrer surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. The Stryker was recovered and protected its Soldiers on more missions until another bomb finally put it out of action. Photo by courtesy of C-52 of 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team"
"U.S. Army Spc. David Cartwright from Martinsburg, W. Va., of the 1st Platoon, 230th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, improves community relations by engaging with local Iraqi puppies at the Iraqi Police District Headquarters in Mahawil, Iraq, on Dec. 21."
"Airmen and Soldiers prepare for Operation Lewis and Clark Sept. 11 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Operation Lewis and Clark was a joint patrol in which Air Force security forces Airmen were introduced to Balad's outer perimeter, an area in which they will assume responsibility for from 5th Battalion 82nd Field Artillery Soldiers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon/Image has been cleared for public release)"
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