From Sand to Sea

A convoy of armored vehicles from Iraq arrives at the Shuaiba Port in Kuwait, July 22. The 1185th Deployment Distribution Support Battalion orchestrates the transportation of the vehicles, which will board the Motor Vessel Liberty for shipment back to the U.S. Port operations are essential to 1st TSC’s smooth and efficient drawdown of equipment from Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Natalie Cole.

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Supporting The Drawdown: Making Room

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.

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Mom Returns From Deployment To Iraq

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.

Last Airmen In Iraq Return

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.

Colors Ceremony

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.

Last Airmen Flying Out Of Iraq

Airmen of the 407th Air Expeditionary Group prepare to take-off on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Ali Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2011. These airmen are the last service members to fly out of Iraq. The last remaining U.S. airmen left Iraq per the Iraq and U.S. 2008 Security Agreement that required all U.S. service members to be out of the country by Dec. 31, 2011. Since 2003, more than 1 million airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines have served in Iraq. Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.

Stennis Launches Navy’s Final Air Mission Over Iraq

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.

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Airman’s Best Friend

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.

Biden, al-Maliki Honor U.S. And Iraqi Troops’ Sacrifices

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.

The End Of The U.S. Mission In Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks at the ceremony to mark the end of the U.S. mission in Iraq in Baghdad, Dec. 15, 2011. U.S. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, listened to Panetta's remarks. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.

Task Force Saber Back From Iraq

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.

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Moving On Up

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.

Turning The Lights Off In Iraq

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.

Air Force Bids Farewell To Ali Air Base

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.

The Oath

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 Bids Farewell To Ali Air Base

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.

Langley SFS Welcomes Home Deployed Defenders

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)