Paving The Way For Success In Gorbuz

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Chris Smith (left), Company C., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division commander from Spokane, Wash., meets with Gorbuz District Gov. Mohammed Akbar Zadram (right) and Afghan National Security Forces to discuss security in the area and decide what assistance is needed during a meeting at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana Feb. 20. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Duke)

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Life At Patrol Base Gorgak

Capt. Alfred Butler, the commanding officer of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, talks to elders of Belush, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, about flooding damage to the courtyard of a local mosque, Feb. 13. The flooding occurred the night before. Weapons Company's headquarters is Patrol Base Gorgak in Garmsir District. Photo by Sgt. Jesse Stence.

Bush And Truman Ordnance Transfer

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2011) The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), front, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct an ordnance transfer. Truman has spent the last three weeks supporting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications for Naval Aviation Training Command and suitability testing for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. George H.W. Bush is conducting a joint task force exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew D. Williams (Released).

Gunston Hall Action

CARIBBEAN SEA (Feb. 14, 2011) Marines, operating amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) with the Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF), prepare to debark the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) during Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 (A-SPS 11). A-SPS 11 will focus on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of subject matter expertise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lorraine S. Mendoza/Released)

Knee Deep Patrol

U.S. and Afghan soldiers move through Kherwar district to prevent Taliban freedom of movement in Logar province, Afghanistan, Feb.12, 2011. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, braved more than 3 feet of snow during the patrol. Photo by Sgt. Cooper T. Cash.

Iron Fist

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Visket gives a class on the M32A1 multi-shot grenade launcher to Japanese soldiers on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011. The troops are participating in Iron Fist, a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and Japanese militaries to increase interoperability. The Japanese soldiers are assigned to the Western Army Infantry Regiment, part of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. photo by Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam.

Vanguard’ Battalion Handles Supply Responsibility Around The Clock

Pfc. Christopher Rivera (left), with distribution platoon, Company F, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and a Waipahu, Hawaii, native, and Staff Sgt. Valerie Rodda (right), also with distribution platoon, Company F, 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt. and a Guam native, guide a vehicle during an equipment delivery in Baghdad. (Photo by: Spc. William Ermatinger)

Aviation Brigade Flies Final Hours, Sees Change In Iraq

Army Black Hawk crew chief Spc. Christopher Wilmeth watches the Iraqi countryside Feb. 10 during a mission near Baghdad. The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is flying its final hours in Iraq, where it has served as the Army’s first and only enhanced aviation brigade, responsible for providing support to the entire country. Wilmeth is assigned to the brigade’s A Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. Photo by Spc. Roland Hale.

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54th Engineer Soldiers Conduct Small-Arms Training

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle Keiser (standing) from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, Task Force Dolch of Versailles, Ohio, gives instructions to Soldiers on preliminary marksmanship before they zero their weapons and qualify on them at a range at Forward Operating Base Shank Feb. 13. Soldiers of the 54th Engineer Battalion are deployed in support of route-clearance operations in Logar Province. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Michael Chigbrow, Task Force Dolch)

Bulgarian Forces Change Command In Kabul

Soldiers of the 19th and 20th Bulgarian contingents of the Bulgarian Armed Forces salute Col. Tsekovski, outgoing 19th Bulgarian contingent commander, and incoming 20th Bulgarian contingent commander, Col. Gerdzhikov after a transition of authority ceremony Feb. 15, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gerdzhikov will lead the 20th, which will provide force protection for several different bases throughout the KBC. Sgt. Rebecca Linder.

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Pathfinder Overwatch

Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, maintains overwatch during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment’s 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Feb. 10. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns.Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein.

Military Ops Urban Terrain Training



Sfc. Atanacio Viera of 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, Delta Company corrects the stance of an Iraqi Army soldier from 41st Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division, during a Movement Over Urban Terrain course taught Jan. 23, at Joint Security Station Condor, Iraq.

The 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.

Photo by Spc. Lukas Mcwhorter.

Marine Wave

A U.S. Marine waves to local farmers during a security patrol near Turah Shah Ghundey, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 4, 2011. The Marine is assigned to Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2. Elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Afghanistan to provide regional security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Photo by Gunnery Sergeant Bryce Piper

Huey Lands Aboard Essex

A UH-1N Huey helicopter lands aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 2011, a U.S. and Thailand co-sponsored multinational exercise designed to improve interoperability between participating nations. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eva Marie Ramsaran.

California National Guardsmen Arriving in Iraq, Replacing Fort Riley Brigade

Chinook repairer Spc. Zachary Provenzano helps unload a Chinook helicopter belonging to the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade on Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 13. Assigned to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Provenzano and his peers are helping to welcome and train the 40th CAB, which will replace their unit next month. Photo by Spc. Roland Hale.

Rubber Removal Begins At Bagram Airfield

Senior Airman Robert Harris, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron force protection escort, watches an EMTA contractor remove paint at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 1, 2011. EMTA, a company headquartered in Turkey, has been awarded to remove excess rubber from runway and repainting of more than 40 aircraft parking spaces. Airman Harris is deployed from the 388th Combat Training Squadron, Offut Air Force Base, Neb. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sheila deVera)

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