U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Anitkabir Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 16, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
Airmen unfold and position stretchers at the side of a Turkish air force C-130 on the flightline, June 22. Eleven victims of a June 20, suicide truck bombing in Taza District south of Kirkuk city that killed more than 80 people and injured 250 were brought here for aeromedical evacuation to Ankara, Turkey. U.S. and Turkish Airmen, U.S. State Department and Army officials at the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team, or PRT, and Turkish Red Crescent Society medical responders helped coordinate and facilitate the flight. The victims were downloaded from ambulance gurneys on to the stretchers and then carried on the plane. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Land.