A large fuel bladder, nestled in a berm of earth, provides fuel for vehicles transporting equipment out of Iraq on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Nov. 5. Photo by Spc. Anthony Zane.
Transient tents on Camp Virginia, Kuwait, house units coming out of Iraq in time for the December 31 deadline. Camp Virginia’s Camp Command Cell, 134 Brigade Support Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, is responsible for forecasting billeting numbers to ensure proper housing is available for the units. Photo credit Chief Warrant Officer Daniel McGowan.
David Kelley, left, carries his wife's bags while his daughter gets reacquainted with her mom, U.S. Army Maj. Carina Kelley, as they head home from Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii, Dec. 18, 2011. Kelley, with the 25th Infantry Division (ID), returned home after completing a year-long deployment to Iraq. The 25th ID Headquarters was the last U.S. division headquarters to leave Iraq. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth, U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., left, greets U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad.
An Airman returning from Iraq greets his wife Dec. 20, 2011, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. More than 200 Airmen were on the flight that carried some of the last Airmen to return from Iraq. The Airmen arrived home in time for Christmas as stated by the president. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bennie Davis.
From left, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the last commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, attend a ceremony to retire colors from the U.S. Iraq mission on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2011. DOD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
President Barack Obama greets troops from U.S. Forces Iraq as they arrive home from Iraq on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2011. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
U.S. troops march in single file line to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during a ceremony at the former Sather Air Base in Baghdad, Dec. 15, 2011, marking the end of Operation New Dawn. Since 2003, more than 1 million service members have served in Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 18, 2011) An E-2C Hawkeye from the "Golden Hawks" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 launches from aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), marking the Navy's last air mission in support of Operation New Dawn. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with soldiers before departing Baghdad International Airport, Dec. 15, 2011. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen.
Senior Airman Stephen Hanks and Geri, a patrol and explosive detector dog with the 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, patrol the perimeter of Sather Air Base Dec. 11, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq. For the last six months, Geri and Hanks have been supporting Operation New Dawn by providing explosive and psychological deterrence. Hanks is a military working dog handler assigned to the 447th ESFS. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.
Iraqi military and police personnel stand in formation during the Government of Iraq Day of Commitment Ceremony at the Al Faw Palace on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2011. The ceremony commemorated the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi service members. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.