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.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Charles Folk with the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade exchanges smiles with his baby Ethan during the reunion ceremony welcoming home the unit from their ten month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. Photo by Staff Sgt. Patricia McMurphy.
Iraqi Army Aviation Command, Squadron 21 members prepare a Bell 407 helicopter for takeoff at Taji Air Base, July 14, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Meares.
U.S. Soldiers with 40th Combat Aviation Brigade hands over the responsibility of theater aviation to the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade Nov. 9, 2011 during a ceremony on the flightline at Camp Taji, Iraq. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan, U.S. Army.
Senior Airman Ryan Baker, with the 70th Medium Truck Detachment, works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant ambush protector on a trailer at Forward Operating Base Warrior on Oct. 27, 2011. Members of the 70th MTD are hauling equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the U.S. military transition from Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Perez, convoy commander, 70th Medium Truck Detachment and Santa Fe, N.M., native, briefs his team on convoy tactics during a "rock drill" before departing on a mission to transport equipment out of Iraq Oct. 22, 2011. Perez is responsible for moving a convoy of 43 vehicles and 60 passengers more than 1,100 miles through Iraq. Members of the 70th MTD are hauling equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the U.S. military transition from Iraq. Photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen.
Spc. Kenneth J. Russell, III, multi-channels transmission systems operator and maintainer, Bravo Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, from Fountain, Mich., threads fishing line through his pole on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Nov. 6. Photo by Spc. Anthony Zane.
Tech. Sgt. LaMarcus Molden recites the oath of enlistment along with 125 other service members during a re-enlistment ceremony Oct. 5, 2011, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Molden is a 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Iraq personnel manager. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Anthony Rock, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission – Air director, speaks with Scott Hosking, technical supervisor for Lockheed Martin, at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Nov. 5. During his visit, Rock took a tour of the radar facility built for the Iraqi air force by Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Photo by Pvt. Andrew Slovensky.
Members from the 633rd Security Forces Squadron, which is at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., ride back to base on a bus after welcoming home and picking up Staff Sgt. John Duncan, Senior Airmen Kristian Robles Cruz and Amber Boyd, and Airman Basic Joseph Wesley from the airport Nov. 2, 2011. The four Airmen were deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. About 10 633rd SFS members are still deployed in Iraq, but they are scheduled to return later this month, although more are expected to deploy to Afghanistan in the next few months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock)