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.
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.
Staff Sgt. Alexis Johnson (left) and Staff Sgt. Nicole Beye, from the 447th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, remove debris from inside the Victory Over America Palace as more than 35 volunteers cleaned up the palace June 11, 2011, at Camp Slayer outside Baghdad, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Lake)
Sgt. Nicholas Laganas (right), a military police officer with 94th Military Police Company, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and a Lowell, Mass., native, demonstrates how to lead with the weapon upon entering a room Jan. 3 during Special Weapons and Tactics training for Iraqi police officers in Baghdad. Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Johnson.
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The personnel security detachment team with the 512th Quartermaster Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), out of Hunter Army Air Field, Ga., stands under the “Hands of Victory” in Baghdad, Iraq. Courtesy Photo.
Spc. David Kovach, a Chinook crew chief serving in Iraq with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, sits on the tail ramp of his aircraft during a mission in the Baghdad area, Nov. 5. Kovach and other crew chiefs in the brigade have been flying nonstop during operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, moving nearly 90,000 personnel, 4 million pounds of cargo, and flying over 15,000 flight hours since this March.Photo by Spc. Roland Hale.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jeff Caslen (right), a platoon leader with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Division – Center, and a Fort Leavenworth, Kan., native, talks with an Iraqi National Police officer (center) during a joint counter-improvised explosive device patrol in Baghdad, Oct. 23, 2010. Photo by Cpl. Daniel Eddy.
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The Baghdad River Patrol, with the Iraqi Police, conducts a joint mission Oct. 17 with the 94th Military Police Company, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, United States Division – Center, to secure the Tigris River in Baghdad. Photo by Kimberly Johnson.
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Army Pfc. Dominick Skompski, right, an Iraq-deployed armor crewman with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Division–Center, passes out soccer balls to Iraqi children in a rural area of Baghdad Sept. 13, 2010. The soccer balls were donated by Americans through the Winning Hearts and Minds Project, a charity created by Skompski’s father, Joe D’Alessandro, the president of the Cohansey Soccer Club in Upper Deerfield Township, N.J. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger
An Iraqi C-130 takes off from New Al Muthana Air Base, Baghdad, Sept. 1, 2010, with the inaugural class of cadets bound for the recently re-built Iraqi Air Force College in Tikrit. (U.S. Air Force photo)
An Iraqi Army Huey and a U.S. Army Black Hawk depart for a training mission over Baghdad, July 19, 2010.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robinson Inchiparambil (left) and Petty Officer Ronnel J. Philpott, both Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21, set up power for the team’s improvised work area in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 7, 2010.
DoD photo by Spc. Victor J. Ayala, U.S. Army. (Released)
A 7th Iraqi Army Division Commando provides security as his fellow Commandos run practice drills prior to an air assault mission to a Baghdad village in search of bomb making materials, June 22, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine.
Command Sgt. Maj. Aaron Alexander takes the non-commissioned officers sword from Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Thomson in a transfer of responsibility ceremony June 20.
The ceremony signified Alexander’s assumption of responsibility as the senior non-commissioned officer for the CAB’s support battalion, 601st ASB.
Photo by Spc. Roland Hale
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U.S. Soldiers pull security with Iraqi police during an ambush at a hospital in the Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad, Iraq, May 15, 2010. The Soldiers, who are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, are a part of Operation Medical Alliance, designed to provide knowledge between Iraqi and American providers for the growth of Iraqi provider health care networking. (DoD photo by Spc. Advin Illa-Medina, U.S. Army/Released)
U.S. Soldiers move a water bladder at Joint Site Security Shaura Um Jidr in Baghdad, Iraq, April 6, 2010, prior to emptying and stowing it. The Soldiers, who are assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, are packing up the water treatment facility prior to turning over the security site. (DoD photo by Spc. Jesse Gross, U.S. Army/Released)
U.S. Army soldiers cross a canal during a patrol while providing security for polling stations 300 meters away on election day near Baghdad, March 7, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Becky Bort
Lt. Gen. Robert Cone and Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur L. Coleman, Jr., present the Third Corps colors during a transfer of authority ceremony, March 13, 2010, at Baghdad’s Al Faw Palace aboard Camp Victory. Photo by Lee Craker, USF-I.
A U.S. Army soldier guards a window of a building in Baghdad, March 7, 2010. He is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Brigade, which was securing a patrol base near a voting poll during Iraqi election day. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Advin Illa-Medina
U.S. Army Spc. Jameson Gurley, 49th Military Police Brigade, tests his laser sight prior to an election patrol in Baghdad in support of Iraqi Security Forces, March 7, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Edward Siguenza.
Sgt. Jason Delancey, the assistant convoy commander and a Columbus, Neb., native, Spc. Seth A. Weyeneth, a gunner and a McCook, Neb., native, and Sgt. Clint L. Hay, a truck commander and a Lexington, Neb., native, with the 1195th Transportation company, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), perform preventive-maintenance checks and services on a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle March 2 at Contingency Operating Base Liberty in Baghdad.
The Kearney, Neb., unit later went on a convoy security mission to Forward Operating Base Shield to deliver much-needed supplies.
Photo by Sgt. John Stimac
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