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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.
Published in Press Releases - Iraq

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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CAMP TAJI, Iraq -- Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, command sergeant major of 4th Infantry Division and U.S. Division-North, center, discusses the Iraqi Army noncommissioned officer education system with command sergeants major of several U.S. Army brigades and Iraqi divisions at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 25, 2011. Senior leaders from both armies met to generate new ideas and methods to potentially improve upon NCO selection, education, and training within the Iraqi Army.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Strayer, 109th MPAD, USD-N PAO)
CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Senior enlisted leaders of the U.S. and Iraqi Armies gathered at the Iraqi Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy to discuss the current state of the NCO Corps and NCO Education Systems within the Iraqi Army at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 25.
Published in Press Releases - Iraq

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – A mortar crew assigned to 47th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division launch 120mm mortar smoke rounds at a simulated enemy position during Operation Lion’s Leap at Mahgoor Training Site in Kirkuk province, Iraq, April 24, 2011. During Operation Lion’s Leap, more than 500 soldiers from 12th IA Div. and Iraqi Special Operations Forces showcased their technical expertise and tactical prowess.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram, USD-N PAO)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Top Iraqi military leaders, officials and press gathered at the Mahgoor Training Site in Kirkuk province to bear witness as Iraqi Security Forces conducted Operation Lion’s Leap, a large-scale joint training exercise with the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Air Force, April 24.
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BASRAH, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Luis Vegamaldonado, a medic with the 36th Infantry Division’s personal security detachment, gets a temperature reading on Sgt. Juan Arriaga, an infantryman also with the 36th Inf. Div. PSD. Vegamaldonado, of Round Rock, Texas, performed the checkup on Arriaga, to confirm Arriaga was able to return to duty after having the flu. (Photo by Sgt. David A. Bryant, 36th Infantry Division Public Affairs)
BASRAH, Iraq – The list is daunting. It includes some very sensitive and private subjects: suicide, marital distress, the emotional turmoil that comes with taking another’s life – or seeing the life of a fellow Soldier violently taken away.
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Air Force Maj. Jesse Peterson and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shane Hargis, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, practice a hoist mission April 22, 2011, the day before they were called upon to recover the pilots of a downed Army helicopter in Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bill Cenna
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Airmen from Bagram Airfield's 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron performed a daring mountainside rescue here April 23 after an Army helicopter crashed in a hostile valley.
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Army Lt. Col. Darrin Ricketts, deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, prepares to fly to a village in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, April 28, 2011. DOD photo by Karen Parrish
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan – Intelligence is indispensible for soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team in the counterinsurgency fight here.
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Osama bin Laden
WASHINGTON – An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.
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WASHINGTON – “Justice has been done,” said President Barack Obama in announcing the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. military operation in Pakistan.
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