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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – Iraq Special Forces commandos with the 6th Regional Commando Battalion prepare to assault an objective during Operation Lions Leap at Khor Al Zubair, April 28, after being dropped off by Iraqi Air Force helicopters. Operation Lions leap was the largest joint-military exercise in Iraqi history since 2003 involving the Iraqi Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Forces Operations. (Photo by Sgt. James Kennedy Benjamin)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces gathered at Khor Al Zubair, Iraq, April 28, to witness one of the largest joint-military exercises in ISF history.
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Pentagon Police Department Officers Johnnie Boynes, Arthur Garrelts and Jason Cummiskey begin a night shift with the retiring of the colors from the Pentagon’s riverside flag poles. DOD photo by Paul Taylor
WASHINGTON – On the evening of March 4, 2010, an armed gunman approached the Pentagon’s metro entrance and opened fire.
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Osama bin Laden
WASHINGTON – The United States will not become complacent in the aftermath of killing Osama bin Laden, but will continue its efforts to stamp out terrorism with new resolve, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today.
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SAN ANTONIO – When Erin Hirvela was 2, her parents, Air Force Master Sgts. Gus and Danielle Hirvela, enlisted Sesame Street’s Elmo to help their daughter understand why her daddy was going away for a while.
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Osama bin Laden
WASHINGTON – The plan to attack the compound of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was the result of relentless intelligence work and operational professionalism, White House officials, speaking on background, said this morning.
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ORLANDO, Fla. – As the military works to shrink its operational energy footprint, experts in solar power, microgrids and “smart” generators recently took that technology to a crucial jury: the troops.
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U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to service members during an all-hands call on Camp Victory, Iraq, April 22. The gathering included an awards and reenlistment ceremony, as well as a question and answer session between Mullen and the service members.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul Holston)
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - During a two-day visit to Iraq, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, awarded joint service medals to four service members and a civilian. He also administered the oath of reenlistment to eight Soldiers in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, April 22.
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KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq – Iraqi Army soldiers emplace an M198 howitzer during familiarization training at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, April 25, 2011. U.S. and Iraqi leaders began dedicated field artillery training at KMTB to supplement the IA’s Tadreeb al Shamil initiative to train infantry units.(U.S. Army photo)
KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE – ‘On Time’ Battalion Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment began training Iraqi Army field artillery soldiers of Light Battery, 20th Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division on the M198 howitzer at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, April 27.
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SSG Pelon instructs one of his Soldiers.JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Ray Pelon, a personal security detachment team leader assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, works with one of his Soldiers on the range during marksmanship training with the M249 squad automatic weapon at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Pelon is currently serving on his third deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, after previously deploying during the initial invasion and the troop surge.(U.S. Army Photo)
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq – The war in Iraq—starting with Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now concluding with Operation New Dawn—has crossed over several calendars, requiring many Soldiers to be mobilized and deployed numerous times.
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Brig. Gen. Stephen Sanders, deputy commander of support for U.S. Division – South and the 36th Infantry Division, along with Samuel Madsen, the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team leader, and Iraqi officials, cut a ceremonial ribbon at the official opening of the Al-Aziziyah school in Iraq’s Wasit province, April 27.
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – The Al-Aziziyah school held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 27 in the province of Wasit, Iraq. It was attended by the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Brig. Gen. Stephen Sanders, the U.S. Division - South and 36th Inf. Div. deputy commander for support, as well as local officials from the city itself, eager to show their support for the completion of the project.
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