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07-31-2009, 08:49 AM
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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 28, 2009) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead delivers remarks during the rollout ceremony for the F-35C Lightning II, the Navy's first-ever stealth fighter. The aircraft will enable the Navy to possess 5th generation fighter capabilities at sea, extending America's reach and reducing the timeline from threat to response. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released)http://i26.*******.com/3135f6adotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) Storekeeper Seaman Matthew King and Storekeeper Seaman Kyle Buchanan, both assigned to the supply department of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), move stores during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean during her inaugural deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phillip Pavlovich/Released) http://i26.*******.com/2m4sqy1dotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2009) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class George Byrd, assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, works on the canopy harness of an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John J. Mike/Released)http://i28.*******.com/1431b7odotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 27, 2009) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 and An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 make an arrested landings during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz(CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting operations off the coast of Southern California in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Merrill/Released)http://i29.*******.com/2lu8cxddotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the Island Knights of Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conduct a vertical replenishment between the Military Sealift Command dry-cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) and the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photos/Released)http://i30.*******.com/akfim8dotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) Sailors assigned to the air department of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) wait for the aircraft elevator to be lowered with stores during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry-cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rachel N. Hatch/Released) http://i28.*******.com/34exky1dotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nicholas Briscoe, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, troubleshoots the communications system on an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Hirayama/Released) http://i30.*******.com/dhffcmdotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 27, 2009) Operations Specialist 3rd Class Wendy Rambo identifies air contacts and issues queries to unknown aircraft approaching the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory A. Streit/Released)http://i25.*******.com/6t1f7kdotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) Sailors assigned to the supply department of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) move pallets of produce on the flight deck during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry-cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)http://i30.*******.com/vct4cidotjpg
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2009) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 debarks the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Rushmore is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean later this year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah E. Bitter/Released)http://i25.*******.com/6nuo1fdotjpg
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MAYPORT, Fla. (July 28, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Get*ysburg (CG 64) moors at Naval Station Mayport after returning from a scheduled deployment. *****sburg participated in several counter piracy operations, capturing 17 suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebecca Kruck/Released)http://i29.*******.com/14wzuhjdotjpg
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CARIBBEAN SEA (July 28, 2009) Cmdr. Harry Schmidt, right, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Diligence (WMEC 616), Lt. Colin Macinnes, and Lt. Michael Carrol board the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) for a luncheon before the start of Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX), a Mexican-hosted naval exercise. Kauffman is on a four-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean as part of Southern Seas 2009 supporting the U.S. Southern Command Partnership of the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Shelander/Released)http://i26.*******.com/2h89vo8dotjpg
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An excellent photo of the USN NWU(Navy Working Uniform)

NORFOLK (July 28, 2009) Hospitalman Jeremy Wyche draws blood from Chief Interior Communications Electrician Donivan Marlin during a blood drive aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is at homeport in Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Marie Brindovas/Released)http://i29.*******.com/207nml1dotjpg
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 28, 2009) Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1643, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 based in Little Creek, Va., transport an M149 water buffalo trailer back to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). (U.S Army photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Cory Rose/Released)

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07-31-2009, 09:03 AM
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Protesters try to hold their ground while riot police push them as they try to march closer to the Philippine Congress for a rally to coincide with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Gloria_Macapagal-Arroyo)'s last state of the nation address, in Manila's Quezon City suburb, Monday, July 27, 2009, in the Philippines. Arroyo was expected to defend her spotty achievements during her final state of the nation address Monday against a backdrop of widespread protests that have dogged her turbulent 8 1/2-year rule in the Philippines.

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******* and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. A woman passes patrolling police officers on a motorcycle as supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi gather in north Tehranin Tehran July 30, 2009. Baton-wielding Iranian police fired tear gas on Thursday and arrested protesters mourning the young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders. Picture taken July 30, 2009.

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Spanish Civil Guards attend the vigil of fellow officers who were killed in an attack in Palma de Mallorca July 31, 2009. A bomb placed under a police car killed two officers on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca on Thursday, in what authorities called the second major attack by the Basque separatist rebel group ETA in two days.

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Police confront supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Manuel_Zelaya) during a protest in Tegucigalpa July 30, 2009. The defacto Honduran government insists it will not allow ousted Zelaya to return to office, cooling hopes of a deal to end a political crisis following a coup last month.

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 09:06 AM
That's a lot of pics. Thanks for the extra effort popeye. Much appreciated.

Supplanter
07-31-2009, 09:27 AM
Wow, amazing start BDwoot

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Chaplain Steve Neuhaus leads a prayer during the service to farewell Private Ben Ranaudo. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_150dotjpg)

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Chaplain Steve Neuhaus leads the Bearer Party from the chapel, at the conclusion of the service to farewell Private Benjamin Ranaudo. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_161dotjpg)

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The gun carriage carrying Private Ben Ranaudo is escorted from the chapel to the graveside at Springvale Cemetery. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_182dotjpg)

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Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd with mourners after the church service to farewell Private Benjamin Ranaudo. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_047dotjpg)

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Private Ben Ranaudo is transported to the graveside aboard a gun carriage, surrounded by friends, family and his Army colleagues. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_058dotjpg)

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The Bearer Party carry the casket of Private Benjamin Ranaudo to the graveside. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_091dotjpg)

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The Last Post is played at the burial of Private Ben Ranaudo. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090731/20090731adf8143085_112dotjpg)

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Corporal Andrew Hebden lowers the Australian National Flag which had been flying over 'Aussie Island' at Camp Victory in Baghdad.
Corporal Hebden is based at Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, QLD. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opcatalyst/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090728adf8083167_100dotjpg)

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Corporal Don Mander (left) and Corporal Andrew Hebden (right) prepare the Australian National Flag - which had flown over 'Aussie Island' at Camp Victory - to be handed over to Major General Mark Kelly, AO, Commander of Australian Forces in Afghanistan.
The ceremony marked the end of Operation Catalyst in Iraq. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opcatalyst/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090728adf8083167_109dotjpg)

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Corporal Andrew Hebden presents Major General Mark Kelly, AO, Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, with the Australian National Flag which had flown over 'Aussie Island' at Camp Victory in Baghdad.
The lowering of the flag and handing over to Major General Kelly, marked the close of Operation Catalyst in Iraq. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opcatalyst/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090728adf8083167_112dotjpg)

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Warrant Officer Wagener, one of the last Australian EMBED's serving in Iraq with Operation Catalyst, is farewelled by a United States Air Force colleague at Baghdad International Airport.
In the background, baggage for the EMBED's is loaded onto an Army unimog to be taken out to a waiting Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opcatalyst/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090728adf8083167_133dotjpg)

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Corporal Don Mander, the last of the Australians associated with Operation Catalyst nears an Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules at Baghdad International Airport. Corporal Mander provided a one-stop shop for support to Australian personnel serving in Baghdad including logistics and administration.
Earlier in the day at a flag lowering ceremony marking the end of Operation Catalyst, he received a commendation from the Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General Mark Kelly, AO.
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Andrew Taylor and Jonathon Zion are shown over an Armoured Personnel Carrier by Lance Corporal Brenton Shevlin while in East Timor for Tour de Force 16 to entertain the troops serving with the International Stabilisation Force. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090729adf8144078_028dotjpg)

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Ian '****o' ****son is shown through an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) by Sergeant Scott Healy of 1st Armoured Regiment, currently serving with the International Stabilisation Force. ****o is in East Timor for Tour de Force 16, where he is broadcasting his morning breakfast show. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090729adf8144078_045dotjpg)

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Entertainers with Tour de Force 16, Mark Spano, Ian '****o' ****son and Ian Moss are shown through an Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) by Sergeant Scott Healy, of 1st Armoured Regiment, during their tour of East Timor where they are entertaining the troops serving with the International Stabilisation Force. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090729adf8144078_142dotjpg)

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Lance Corporal James Moore shows comedian Jeff Green and Australian Idol contestant Mark Spano an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) while they are in East Timor for Tour de Force 16 to entertain the troops serving with the International Stabilisation Force. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731a/20090729adf8144078_213dotjpg)

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Tour de Force 16 entertainer, comedian Jeff Green, shares a joke with soldiers serving with the International Stabilisation Force in East Timor. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731/20090729adf8144078_431dotjpg)

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Rock legend Ian Moss and band members, Peter Jones (Drummer) and Jonathan Zion (Bass) rock " FOB Chauvel" during a Tour de Force 16 concert for soldiers on deployment in East Timor. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731/20090729adf8144078_542dotjpg)

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Rock legend Ian Moss and Navy Band member Leading Seaman Grant Metcalfe rock" FOB Chauvel" during a Tour de Force 16 concert for International Stabilisation Force soldiers on deployment in East Timor. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/global/opastute/images/gallery/2009/0731/20090729adf8144078_664dotjpg)

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Australian Army Combat Engineer Lieutenant Mick Collaros and New Zealand Army Warrant Officer Class 2 Carl Fairbairn enjoy the festivities at the official Tongan Opening Ceremony of Humanitarian Civic Assistance mission PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009 in Ha'apai. The ANZAC brothers represented their respective countries at the ceremony and worked closely on construction sites in Tonga refurbishing primary schools a nurses clinic and a community centre. The two are seated with US Navy engineers 'SEABEES' and Royal Australian Navy Landing Craft Heavy HMA Ships BETANO and WEWAK Executive Officers. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090715adf_rago_AUS-10dotjpg)

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Royal Australian Navy Landing Craft Heavy HMAS WEWAK alongside the 23,852 tonnes light US Navy merchant vessel USNS RICHARD.E.BYRD loads stores to complete humanitarian civic assistance programs for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009 ashore in Tonga. Civilian Mariners onboard the 'BYRD' work closely with the Landing Craft Heavy to safety shift equipment and supplies in rough weather. Lieutenant Rob Smilie is the Commanding Officer of WEWAK. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090724adf_rago_aus3dotjpg)

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Australian Army engineers pose with Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, His Excellency Mr Bruce Hunt, on the engineering and construction projects achieved in Tonga as part of PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009. His Excellency Bruce Hunt visited the Australian Defence Force members on the mission in Tonga , spending two days examining sites and a tour of the mission enabling platform US Navy merchant vessel USNS RICHARD.E.BYRD. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090726adf_rago_aus114dotjpg)

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Crew of HMAS BETANO support a expeditionary medical program in regional Tonga during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009. BETANO transported and accommodated US Navy health professionals to remote Tonga and processed patients, provided fluoride treatments, entertained children whilst they awaited examinations, fixed toilets and water catchments, stocktaked medicine at the makeshift pharmacy and taught children how to wash their hands. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090726adf_rago_aus40dotjpg)

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Australian Army engineers have a group picture with US Navy “SEABEES” and New Zealand Army engineers during their PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009 certificate presentation ceremony by mission Commander Captain Cully, US Navy. The 12 Australian Army engineers participated in the first phase of the US sponsored humanitarian civic assistance mission, delivering vital engineering and construction aid to Samoa and Tonga. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090729adf_rago_31dotjpg)

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Australian Army Sappers Ross Paine and Jarred Foster dance with local school children at the Tonga closing ceremony for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009. 12 Australian engineers delivered vital construction aid and integrated into local communities in Samoa and Tonga. The mission will also visit the Solomon Islands, Kiribatis and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/pp09/gallery/20090730/20090730adf_rago_aus13dotjpg)

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Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, the Hon Greg Combet AM, MP, holds the Star Safire hand controller as the 92 Wing Officer Commanding, Group Captain Warren McDonald, discusses the capabilities onboard an AP-3C Orion, during Mr Combet's visit to RAAF Base Edinburgh. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/gregCombet/gallery/20090730/20090728raaf8526959_0024dotjpg)

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Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, the Hon Greg Combet AM, MP, accepts a presentation from 92 Wing Officer Commanding, Group Captain Warren McDonald, during Mr Combet's visit to RAAF Base Edinburgh. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/gregCombet/gallery/20090730/20090728raaf8526959_0030dotjpg)

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Wreckage of Canberra Bomber A84-231 engine found below the main crash site during Operation Magpies Return. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090730/20090713raaf8526964_0141dotjpg)

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Aircraft Crash Investigator, Squadron Leader William Savill and a Vietnamese worker sieving soil at the crash site of Canberra Bomber A84-231. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090730/20090716raaf8526964_0227dotjpg)

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Group photograph of Operation Magpies Return team members with Mr Greng Nien, one of the Vietnamese hunters to come across the crash site of Canberra Bomber A84-231 in 1978. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090730/20090718raaf8526964_0016dotjpg)

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The Principal Investigator of Operation Magpies Return, Major Jack Thurgar, deploying out of the crash site of Canberra Bomber A84-231 after completing the operation. www.defence.gov.au hires (http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/Jul/20090730/20090722raaf8526964_0074dotjpg)

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Airdrop of food and equipment. Chad: the sappers of the air on the track Moussoro(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Largage de vivres et de matériel. Tchad : le génie de l’air sur la piste de Moussoro

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The convoy of Engineers(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Le convoi du génie

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Medical support to the integrated device(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Soutien sanitaire intégré au dispositif

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Construction of a loading dock(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Construction d’un quai de déchargement

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Arrival and discharge of the compactor(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Arrivée et déchargement du compacteur

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Grader on a field Moussoro(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Une niveleuse sur le terrain de Moussoro

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Resupply the camp by air(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Ravitaillement du camp par voie aérienne

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Operation Bédraou Valley. Afghanistan: Operation thousand ports in Kapisa(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Opération en vallée de Bédraou. Afghanistan : opération « Mille sabords » en Kapisa

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In the village of Gadakheyl(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Dans le village de Gadakheyl

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Shura(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Shura

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Bridge built by the ACM(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Passerelle construite par les ACM

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Posed to storm from a Transall C160. Chad: A new commander for the french elements in Chad(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Posé d'assaut d'un C160 Transall. Tchad : un nouveau commandant pour les EFT

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Colonel Caitucoli and civil and military authorities(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Le colonel Caïtucoli et les autorités civiles et militaires

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Colonel de Cugnac and Colonel Caitucoli(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Le colonel de Cugnac et le colonel Caïtucoli

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Colonel Caitucoli, new commander of french elements in Chad(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/ema Le colonel Caïtucoli, nouveau commandant des EFT

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The new interactive games for the Army(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/terre Les nouveaux jeux interactifs de l'armée de Terre Game (http://www.defense.gouv.fr/terre/mediatheque/ludotheque)

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The French Acrobatic Patrol with the Red Arrows(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/air La Patrouille de France en compagnie des Red Arrows

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The French Acrobatic Patrol at this homage to Louis Blériot.(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/air La Patrouille de France présente lors de l’hommage à Louis Blériot.

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Awards to students technicians in the Arènes de Saintes(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/air Remise des prix aux élèves techniciens dans les Arènes de Saintes

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NATO appoints General Abrial "Supreme Allied Commander Transformation"(google translation) www.defense.gouv.fr/air L’Otan nomme le général Abrial «commandant suprême allié transformation»

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U.S. Coast Guard boarding team members on an Over-the-Horizon small boat from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare, climb aboard the Moroccan Royal Navy vessel Rais Charkaoui during a boarding exercise off the coast of Morocco, July 22. Legare and crew concluded a nine-day law enforcement operation alongside crew members from the Moroccan Royal Navy vessel Rais Charkaoui. During the mission, boarding team members from both the Coast Guard and Moroccan Royal Navy shared boarding tactics and law enforcement procedures. The U.S. Coast Guard, under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, conducted law enforcement operations with the Moroccan Royal Navy in a partnership to build a safer, more prosperous sea-trade environment in the region. hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=623519&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Moroccan Royal Navy boarding team members from the Moroccan Royal Navy vessel Rais Charkaoui climb aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare during a boarding exercise off the coast of Morocco, July 22. Legare and crew concluded a nine-day law enforcement operation alongside crew members from the Moroccan Royal Navy vessel Rais Charkaoui. During the mission, boarding team members from both the Coast Guard and Moroccan Royal Navy shared boarding tactics and law enforcement procedures. The U.S. Coast Guard, under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, conducted law enforcement operations with the Moroccan Royal Navy in a partnership to build a safer, more prosperous sea-trade environment in the region. hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=623437&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, is saluted by side boys as he prepares go aboard the USS Momsen for a dinner reception in honor of Fleet Week, Thursday, July 30, 2009. The Momsen hosted dignitaries from the U.S. and Canadian military. (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco) hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=623195&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Aviation Survival Technician First Class Chuck Ferrante, a crewman from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak hovering above, holds onto a lifering and two kayaks as crewmen from the fishing vessel Vigilant tow him toward the vessel to take the weathered kayakers aboard July 30, 2009. The aircrew located the two men after a search near Gore Point about 40 miles southeast of Homer. The men were on a trip from Seward to Homer and had been kayaking for eight days. Weather worsened and they became tired and lost some gear prompting them to use their emergency locator beacon and contact the Coast Guard. The kayakers remained aboard the fishing vessel Vigilant and will be taken to Homer in the next 48 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis ) hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=623692&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Tito Sabagan and Aviation Survival Technician First Class Chuck Ferrante, crewmen aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers in distress July 30, 2009. They located the two men after a search near Gore Point about 40 miles southeast of Homer. The men were on a trip from Seward to Homer and had been kayaking for eight days. Weather worsened and they became tired and lost some gear prompting them to use their emergency locator beacon and contact the Coast Guard. The men remained aboard the fishing vessel Vigilant and will be taken to Homer in the next 48 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis ) hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=623689&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Stenback (RIGHT), of Ames, Iowa, performs the role of investigator aboard Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Wednesday, July 29, 2009, as the crew responds to a simulated class alpha fire in the ship's wardroom galley. Investigators are sent out in pairs and are the first personnel to respond to a casualty onboard. They assess the severity of the emergency and report their findings back to the repair locker leader to better determine which personnel and equipment are needed to respond. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith) hires (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=622436&g2_imageViewsIndex=1)

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Crewmembers man the rails of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf to render honors to military dignitaries along Seattle’s Elliot Bay waterfront during the annual Seafair Parade of Ships, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Bertholf was the lead ship in the parade, followed by two U.S. Navy Destroyers and two Canadian Coastal Defense vessels (U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA2 Jetta H. Disco) hires ("]hires[/URL]

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A Coast Guard response boat participates in 2009 Seattle Seafair Parade of Ships, Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, U.S. Navy and Canadian Navy will remain in Seattle for the public to view through Monday, August 3, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle) [url]www.mod.uk

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Commander Mark Southorn, Commanding Officer of HMS Richmond, was met on the ship's gangway by his wife and children [Picture: LA(Phot) Chris Mumby, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009] www.mod.uk

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Police Constable Chris Swallow's photograph of the big cat [Picture: via MOD] www.mod.uk
MOD policeman sights mythical big cat
A Ministry of Defence Police dog handler has made a sighting of one of Britain's mythical big cats outside Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, where he is based.

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Police Constable Chris Swallow with his police dog, Smokey [Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009] www.mod.uk

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HMS Albion arriving in Portsmouth [Picture: LA(Phot) Guy Pool, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009] www.mod.uk
HMS Albion visits Portsmouth after £26m refit
After a £26m maintenance programme, the amphibious assault command ship HMS Albion made her first visit, on returning to the Royal Navy's operational fleet, to Portsmouth last week.

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Commodore Bennett (2nd from left) shakes hands with Mike Weeks of Babcock Marine onboard HMS Albion [Picture: LA(Phot) Martin Carney, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009] www.mod.uk

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Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (R) places a medal over a coffin during a vigil for two Civil Guards who were killed in an attack in Palma de Mallorca, July 31, 2009. A bomb placed under a police car killed two officers on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca on Thursday, in what authorities called the second major attack by the Basque separatist rebel group ETA in two days. *******

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Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (C) stands with Popular Party opposition leader Mariano Rajoy (L) as they attend vigil for two Civil Guards who were killed in an attack in Palma de Mallorca, July 31, 2009. A bomb placed under a police car killed two officers on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca on Thursday, in what authorities called the second major attack by the Basque separatist rebel group ETA in two days. *******

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Spain's Infantas Elena and Cristina (back) preside at a vigil for two Civil Guards who were killed in an attack in Palma de Mallorca July 31, 2009. A bomb placed under a police car killed two officers on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca on Thursday, in what authorities called the second major attack by the Basque separatist rebel group ETA in two days. *******

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Israeli border police officers take part in prayers marking Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City early morning July 30, 2009. Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting and lament, is traditionally the date in the Jewish calendar on which the First and Second Temples were destroyed, respectively in the sixth century B.C. by the Babylonians and the first century A.D. by the Romans. *******

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (front) walks after delivering a speech in front of the Surion, South Korea's first produced helicopter, during an unveiling ceremony in Sacheon, about 440 km (273 miles) south of Seoul, July 31, 2009. Yonhap reported that helped by Europe's helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter, Korea Aerospace Industries designed the Surion, 60 percent of which is made using domestically produced parts, officials said. *******

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (3rd L) looks at the Surion, South Korea's first produced helicopter, during an unveiling ceremony in Sacheon, about 440 km (273 miles) south of Seoul, July 31, 2009. Yonhap reported that helped by Europe's helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter, Korea Aerospace Industries designed the Surion, 60 percent of which is made using domestically produced parts, officials said. *******

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak sits in the cockpit of the Surion, South Korea's first produced helicopter, during an unveiling ceremony in Sacheon, about 440 km (273 miles) south of Seoul, July 31, 2009. Yonhap reported that helped by Europe's helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter, Korea Aerospace Industries designed the Surion, 60 percent of which is made using domestically produced parts, officials said. *******






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A model poses in a fashion market, part of the "Colombiamoda" fashion show, in Medellin July 30, 2009. *******

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Models present creations from Colombian brand Leonisa during the "Colombiamoda" fashion show in Medellin July 29, 2009. *******

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 09:35 AM
You are welcome VAMAN! Outstanding pix supplanter!

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Amanda Rodrigues (front), widow of the late world champion boxer Arturo Gatti (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Arturo_Gatti), leaves a women's jail with her sister Flavia in Pernanbuco July 30, 2009. Gatti was found dead on July 11, 2009 in the northern Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galinhas. A Brazilian police investigation has determined that Gatti committed suicide.http://i27.*******.com/50jubddotjpg


Police patrol during a protest by supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Manuel_Zelaya) in Las Mercedes neighborhood in Tegucigalpa July 30, 2009. The defacto Honduran government insists it will not allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to office, cooling hopes of a deal to end a political crisis following a coup last month.http://i29.*******.com/n5knxudotjpg


A police vehicle drives trough the streets after residents unhappy with living conditions protested by blocking roads at Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, July 30, 2009. South Africa's government on Thursday threatened to crack down on violent protests which erupted this week over jobs and living conditions, posing an early challenge to President Jacob Zuma (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Jacob_Zuma). *******/Chad Chapman.http://i32.*******.com/23tmwoxdotjpg


The rank insignia of General Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, is seen during his speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London July 30, 2009. The head of Britain's army argued for more resources to fight the war in Afghanistan on Thursday, saying the country's future and its place in the world order depended on it.http://i32.*******.com/xo4905dotjpg


Sergeant Paszko of the U.S. Army's Road Clearance Package (RCP) of the 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade aims his weapon towards militant positions during a patrol in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 30, 2009.http://i25.*******.com/5cdnb7dotjpg


Sergeant Paszko of the U.S. Army's Road Clearance Package (RCP) of the 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade rests inside an armoured vehicle during a pause in patrol in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 30, 2009.http://i26.*******.com/e1utvdotjpg


A Mexican soldier stands guard behind a police tape that reads "No Trespassing" at a beach in Cancun July 30, 2009. Mexicos Federal Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Environmental_Protection_Agency), together with the Federal Police and Navy, closed down parts of a beach after two hotels were investigated for illegal land reclamation in the popular tourist destination of Cancun. Five employees in charge of sand dredging were arrested by authorities, according to local media.http://i32.*******.com/10e58cwdotjpg

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Boeing (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Boeing) Co.'s new U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft is officially unveiled Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Renton, Wash. The plane, a military version of Boeing's 737-800 passenger jet, will be used for a variety of functions, including anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, reconnaissance and patrol by the Navy.http://i31.*******.com/33yqk3kdotjpg


Henry Allingham (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Henry_Allingham)'s great-grandson, Michael Gray (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Michael_Gray), U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, left, and great-grandson, Brent Gray, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, second left, follow the coffin of WWI veteran, Henry Allingham into St Nicholas' Church in Brighton, England, for a funeral service, Thursday, July 30, 2009. Politicians, military chiefs, relatives and hundreds of strangers bade farewell Thursday to Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last survivors of World War I. Allingham was the last founding member of the Royal Air Force and one of only a handful of World War I veterans left in the world when he passed away at 113 on July 18.http://i26.*******.com/14v4i0jdotjpg


Petty officer 3rd class Michael Gray (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Michael_Gray) (L) and his brother Petty officer 2nd class Brent Gray of the U.S. Navy, attend the funeral of their great grandfather Henry Allingham (http://www.daylife.com/topic/Henry_Allingham) at St Nicholas' Church in Brighton, southern England, July 30, 2009http://i25.*******.com/21pvo5dotjpg


The crew of The Armada de la Republica de Colombia (ARC) Gloria, a brig type sail-training ship of the Republic of Colombia, stand on the masts to greet officials of the Philippine Navy during their arrival at the south harbour port area in Manila July 30, 2009. ARC Gloria, is now on its 63rd cruise to showcase Colombian history to the foreign dignitaries who step onboard and to forge international ties with other countries. The ship arrived in the capital on Thursday and will stay until August 2, 2009.

boreal
07-31-2009, 10:18 AM
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Looks like a big W-3 Sokol

guidehog
07-31-2009, 10:28 AM
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Download HiRes (http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/090723-N-1255R-032dotjpg)

Anyone know what the bump on the sub is?
Something to do with the Navy special warefare guys?

And those Navy Seahawks get some nice paintjobs..
There was a good one of the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 about a month ago too.

Thanks again to all the contributors.

Eagle The Lightning
07-31-2009, 11:03 AM
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Two Typhoon multi-role aircraft from 17 Squadron
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A Royal Air Force XI Squadron Typhoon in the air over Nellis Air Force Base, in the United States, during an allied exercise involving close air support to troops
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A 17 Squadron Typhoon takes off
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Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, chats with Sergeant Tim Grinnell and Major Nathan Webber from 57 (Bhurtpore) Battery, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery, with a model of the Watchkeeper at yesterday's Unamanned Air Systems event in MOD Main Building
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The High Endurance Rapid Technology Insertion (HERTI) UAS has been trialled by the Royal Air Force and is capable of autonomous high quality image collection and exploitation
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A soldier of the Royal Artillery prepares to launch a Desert Hawk unmanned air vehicle
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The Watchkeeper UAS is due to replaces the Hermes 450 in 2010
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The future of UK military aviation? The Taranis concept project will inform the decisions that could lead to the UK's first fully autonomous fighter-bomber aircraft
[Picture: BAE Systems]

grabie_bis
07-31-2009, 11:16 AM
This guy really scares me... WTF!

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Ronguild
07-31-2009, 11:17 AM
Anyone know what the bump on the sub is?
Something to do with the Navy special warefare guys?

DDS : Dry Dock Shelter. Interface with the sea for SEALS.

AROUETLJ
07-31-2009, 11:25 AM
http://www.lefigaro.fr/lefigaromagazine/2009/04/17/01006-20090417DIMWWW00409-afghanistan-la-guerre-vue-du-ciel.php

Lancero
07-31-2009, 11:36 AM
Nice start gents!


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A handout picture made available on 31 July 2009 by Spanish Minister of Internal Affairs which shows the six alleged ETA members who could be related to the last terrorist attacks. Early 29 July 2009 a bomb went off next to a Guardia Civil building in Burgos, north Spain, causing only injuries. On 30 July 2009 a device placed in an official vehicle blew up and killed two members of Guardia Civil forces in Calvia, Majorca (Balearic Islands). From left to right and top to bottom, Itziar Moreno Martinez, Iratxe Yañez Ortiz de Barron, Alberto Machain Beraza, Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza, Joanes Larretxea Mendiola and Ivan Saez de Jauregui Ortigosa. Spanish Minister of Internal Affairs and security forces have asked for citizen's help to find them and arrest them.


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Several Civil Guard members (R) carry the coffin of one of the two killed Spanish Civil Guard officers as Spanish Crown Prince, Felipe de Borbon (C), and his wife, Princess Letizia (C-L), and Spanish authorities (L) look on upon the arrival of the bodies at Majorca's Cathedral to celebrate the funeral 31 July 2009 in Palma de Mallorca city, Majorca island, eastern Spain. The Spanish Civil Guard policemen Diego Salva and Carlos Saenz de Tejada García died after an explosive device, which was placed in their police vehicle, went off as they were inside in Palmanova district, Majorca island, 30 July 2009


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Several members of Civil Guard's forensic unit search for evidences in the surrounding area of the place where two Spanish Civil Guard policemen died 30 July 2009 after an explosive device, which was placed in their police vehicle, went off as they were inside, in Palmanova district, Majorca island, 31 July 2009. The funeral of Civil Guard policemen Diego Salva and Carlos Saenz de Tejada Garcia is to hold at Palma de Mallorca's cathedral later today


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A mortuary worker, right, prepares for the arrival of a hearse as a United States Border Patrol honor guard stands at attention before a memorial service for Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas at the Faith Assembly Church in Imperial, California, U.S.A. on July 30, 2009. Rosas was attacked and killed by gunfire July 23, 2009, while on patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo, California


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An anti riot police launch a tear gas grenade during a clash between followers of the ousted President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, and security forces that tried to clear a blockade set by demonstrator in a street of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 30 July 2009. Supporters of Zelaya have denounced that authorities have used tankettes, tear gases and rubber bullets to clear the area


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Supporters of the Polish soccer club Legia Warszawa clash with Danish police prior to the Europa League match between Brondby and Warszawa 30 July 2009 on Brondby Stadium outside Copenhagen


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Iranian anti-riot police disperses protestors during an opposition rally at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery, outside Tehran, Iran, 30 July 2009. Iranian police and security forces broke up a demonstration by mourners remembering those killed in recent post-election clashes, and prevented Mir Hussein Moussavi from attending, witnesses said. Police used batons to break up a crowd of several hundred who had gathered around the grave of Neda Agha-Soltan, who died during lastmonth‘s protests against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Witnesses said there were a number of arrests


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Civil Guard agents stand guard at the Son San Juan airport in Palma de Mallorca on 30 July 2009. Spain blocked temporarily planes and ships from leaving the resort island of Mallorca while they hunt suspects in the bombing that killed two police officers. Palma airport was reopened after a closure lasting one hour and 40 minutes, which led to delays but no cancellations of flights, the airport authority AENA said
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The King of Spain, Juan Carlos (C), is welcomed by Portuguese President, Cavaco Silva (L) upon his arrival at Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, 30 July 2009.


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Dominican Republic police stand guard outside the Dominican Social Security building during a strike on 30 July 2009, in Santo Domingo, where public health workers are striking for 72 hours demanding an increase in their incomes


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Combo picture released by Spanish Home Affairs Ministry on 30 July 2009 showing Spanish Civil Guards Diego Salva Lezaun (L) and Carlos Saenz de Tejada Garcia (R), who died when they were patrolling with a ****y-trapped car, placed by Basque Terrorist band ETA, near a Civil Guard police station at Palmanova in Calvia, Balearics Islands. Police sources confirmed that two officers of the paramilitary Civil Guard were killed in the bomb blast. The two victims were believed to have been inside a four-wheel drive which exploded in Palmanova on the western coast, one of the most popular tourism sites on Majorca, where hotels were full at the time.

qaborg
07-31-2009, 11:50 AM
They are not quite what the tourists might expect when they come looking for a snapshot of a Buckingham Palace guard.

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There's not a red coat or a bearskin in sight - but there are two immaculately wrapped turbans in fetching shades of blue.
Because they are changing the guard at Buckingham Palace.

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And Signaller Simranjit Singh and Lance Corporal Sarvjit Singh are it - the first Sikh soldiers to guard the Queen.There has been a long tradition of Sikhs serving in or with the British Army, but not until now has a Sikh soldier been among those charged with the responsibility of guarding the queen at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
The honour of being the first Sikh to take up the prestigious role fell to Signaller Singh, 'Sim' to his colleagues, earlier this summer.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1203463/First-Sikh-soldiers-parade-guard-Queen-traditional-forage-cap.html

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 11:58 AM
Britain has it's own Sikh regiment? Or these Sikh soldiers are part of some regular British regiment? One soldier has signals badges on his uniform though.

welshmann
07-31-2009, 12:07 PM
yep royal sigs & the light blue is the army air corps

qaborg
07-31-2009, 12:08 PM
Britain has it's own Sikh regiment? Or these Sikh soldiers are part of some regular British regiment? One soldier has signals badges on his uniform though.

No the Bitish Army does does not have a Sikh regimnet Lnc Cpl Singh is in the Army Air Corps and Signaller Simranjit Singh is in 21 Signal Regiment.

Britishhawk
07-31-2009, 12:08 PM
They are just regular soldiers. Good on them, they look very proud and professional serving HM The Queen.

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 12:12 PM
Thanks for clarifications.

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07-31-2009, 12:17 PM
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SEATTLE (July 30, 2009)(top photo) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, center, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and senior executives of the Boeing Company pose for a photo in front of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a rollout ceremony in Seattle. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2009) During exercise Stellar Avenger, the Aegis-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) launches a standard missile (SM) 3 Blk IA, successfully intercepting a sub-scale short range ballistic missile, launched from the Kauai Test Facility, Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sans, Kauai. This was the 19th successful intercept in 23 at-sea firings, for the Aegis BMD program, including the February 2008 destruction of a malfunctioning satellite above the earth's atmosphere. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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SIGONELLA, Sicily (July 29, 2009) Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 run through Naval Air Station Sigonella to honor Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Tony Randolph and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Edward Koth. Randolph was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom July 6, 2009 and Koth was killed July 26, 2006 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan P. Idle/Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2009) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) observe an explosion during a missile exercise conducted by Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher S. Harte/Released)

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SEATTLE (July 29, 2009) A U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team perform a search and rescue demonstration for the people of Seattle after a parade of ships. U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Canadian Navy ships are participating in the 60th annual Seattle Seafair. Fleet Week activities afford the opportunity for U.S. and Canadian Sailors and Coast Guard personnel to experience what the local community has to offer as well as promote awareness of the maritime forces through tours and presentations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton/Released)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 29, 2009) Marines from the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Uruguay are transported aboard Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1643 from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) to Governor's Island in Rio De Janeiro. Oak Hill is participating in Southern Partnership Station '09. Southern Partnership Station is a combined naval and amphibious operation with Oak Hill and maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. Oak Hill is also supporting U.S. Marine Corps Forces South multinational amphibious exercise Southern Exchange 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Cory Torres/Released)

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Lance Cpl. Sean Simmonds, with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 27. Marines are conducting patrols outside Patrol Base Hasan Abad to restrict insurgents' freedom of movement. The Marines are deployed to support NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counter insurgency operations. They will train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and stability in the country.
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A scout sniper aims at rioters during a noncombatant evacuation exercise here July 29, part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s pre-deployment training.
Photo Date Taken: 7/29/2009
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CAV-TROOPER
07-31-2009, 12:24 PM
This guy really scares me... WTF!

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SpongeBob Squarepants was FIRED UP for today's training.:)

drevil5000
07-31-2009, 12:42 PM
Masiphumelele residents and police clash as service delivery protests erupt in the Kommetjie informal settlement, Cape Town.


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VAMAN
07-31-2009, 12:46 PM
Lot of unrest is SA these days.

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 12:48 PM
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Paramilitary policemen attend a training session at an army base in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, July 31, 2009. (*******)


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A U.S. Chinook helicopter carries a M777 A2 howitzer as it lands on base in the outskirts of Spin Boldak, about 100 kilometers (63 miles) southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2009. Thousands of U.S. troops are deploying in southern Afghanistan as part of an effort to prevent the Taliban from disrupting the country's Aug. 20 presidential ballot. (AP) http://i26.*******.com/2rduligdotjpg

An U.S. Chinook helicopter carries a M777 A2 howitzer as it lands on base in the outskirts of Spin Boldak, about 100 kilometers (63 miles) southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP)

drevil5000
07-31-2009, 12:50 PM
Lot of unrest is SA these days.

yeah, reminds me of the 1980's.

Japidson
07-31-2009, 01:18 PM
31.07.2009
Members of reconnaissance units operating in Lebanon meet

On Tuesday, 28 July, the Slovenian part of the UN Military Base Shama in South Lebanon hosted a meeting of members of reconnaissance units belonging to Italian and Slovenian Armed Forces. The Commander of the 6th Slovenian UNIFIL Contingent, LTC Jani Topolovec, presented the Slovenian Contingent, its tasks and structure, and stressed the importance of meetings at this level, since both reconnaissance units conduct the same tasks in the joint area of operations of the Sector West in South Lebanon.
Members of the 6th Slovenian Contingent presented their Italian guests with the conditions in which they live, as well as with their tasks, vehicles, reconnaissance equipment and weapons. Italian soldiers were most interested in the special reconnaissance equipment and a new Slovenian rifle, as well as in tactical reconnaissance procedures. Both commanders exchanged their experience in preparations for the tasks and the conduct of reconnaissance and surveillance.
The Commander of the Italian reconnaissance unit thanked the Slovenian hosts for their hospitality and invited the Slovenian unit to visit them.




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Origin
07-31-2009, 01:18 PM
finally, the P-8A comes ture

Japidson
07-31-2009, 01:23 PM
31.07.2009
Members of the Slovenian Armed Forces in Kosovo take over a new area of responsibility

On Friday, 31 July, members of the Battle Group Sokol officially took over an area of responsibility from members of the Spanish Contingent who are leaving Kosovo in line with the process of decreasing the number of KFOR troops.
The new area of responsibility comprises the Istok Municipality of 451 km2 which, together with the municipality of Klina, represents an area of 760 km2 in which the members of the 19th Slovenian Contingent have been successfully conducting their tasks for five months.
The Battle Group Sokol, together with the integrated part of the command, two Hungarian and two Slovenian companies, consists of 570 members. Besides the conduct of regular patrols, they will also be responsible for a 24-hour protection of the Goriok Monastery near the town Istok.





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Facaletz
07-31-2009, 02:04 PM
nice pics today guys

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 02:27 PM
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Tourists look at the smoke and flames coming from a car explosion in the Palmanova beach area, southwest of the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Thursday, July 30, 2009. An explosion on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca killed two police officers Thursday and authorities blocked all outgoing flights and ships from leaving as part of a manhunt. The bombing, blamed on Basque separatist group ETA, targeted a police vehicle. It was the second attack linked to ETA in less than 36 hours. A powerful car bomb Wednesday destroyed a police barracks in the northern Spanish city of Burgos, injuring about 60 people. (AP)http://i26.*******.com/k488jcdotjpg

Spanish police officers stand beside the wreckage of a car after a explosion in the Palmanova beach area, southwest of the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The explosion may have been caused by a bomb attached to the underside of a police patrol vehicle, killing two officers a day after another car bombing blamed on Basque separatist group ETA destroyed a police barracks in the northern city of Burgos. (AP / Manu Mielniezuk)http://i29.*******.com/rw1gfsdotjpg

Amy Carlson (R), great granddaughter of Henry Allingham gives the second reading during his funeral at St Nicholas Church on July 30, 2009 in Brighton, England. Henry Alligham was Britain's oldest surviving World War I veteran, the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, a founder member of the Royal Air Force and at the time of his death was the oldest man in the world at 113 years. (Dylan Martinez / WPA / ***** Images)http://i29.*******.com/wjgbcldotjpg

Three replica World War I SE5A fighter aircraft fly in formation over the pier at Brighton after the funeral of veteran Henry Allingham at St Nicholas church on July 30, 2009 in England. Henry Alligham was Britain's oldest surviving World War I veteran, the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, a founder member of the Royal Air Force and at the time of his death was the oldest man in the world at 113. (Peter Macdiarmid / ***** Images)http://i28.*******.com/2a0eqnrdotjpg

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A tourist watches as Mexican federal environmental authorities and navy sailors close a section of beach built by allegedly pumping sand from the ocean bottom to combat erosion at a hotel in Cancun, Mexico, Thursday, July 30, 2009. Five people were detained in the incident. While Cancun suffers severe beach erosion problems caused by recent hurricanes and storms, authorities say such unauthorized private efforts only worsen the problem. (AP)

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 02:28 PM
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This photo taken of the English language government China Daily newspapoer on July 31, 2009 in Beijing shows photographs released by Urumqi police of 15 suspects still at large, under the heading "Wanted in Urumqi". Trials of suspects involved in deadly July unrest that shook the capital of China's Xinjiang region are slated to begin in mid-August, state press said, adding that "only a small number of those arrested are charged and will stand trial for the riot," the newspaper said, quoting unidentified court and police sources in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/***** Images)

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In this photo taken Wednesday, July 29, 2009, a couple runs during a staged military-style wedding photo shoot in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. It is fashionable in China to have wedding photos ready well before the actual wedding ceremony. The couple also plans to hold a military style wedding. (AP Photo)

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SHENYANG, CHINA - JULY 30: Overweight students attend military training during a weight-loss summer camp on July 30, 2009 in Shenyang of Liaoning Province, China. China saw a growing number of diabetics amongst children and adolescents in its major cities, approximately 12 percent of whom were found to be obese, according to a report released in 2008 by Ministry of Health. (Photo by Yang Xinyue/ChinaFotoPress/***** Images)

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NANCHANG, CHINA - JULY 31: Chinese armed policemen take part in an anti-terrorism drill on July 31, 2009 in Nanchang of Jiangxi Province, China. More than 2300 armed policemen participate in the drill to test and improve the ability of police to handle emergencies. (Photo by Yuan Zheng/ChinaFotoPress/***** Images)

He219
07-31-2009, 02:29 PM
Nice pix guys!
:D

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First time I've seen USAF pattern outside ..

okiebugg
07-31-2009, 02:35 PM
Can someone email me and tell me how to post pix off of my hard drive????? I have killer ((nice) ******s to show. okiebugg200 at cox.net

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 02:36 PM
Can someone email me and tell me how to post pix off of my hard drive????? I have killer ((nice) ******s to show. okiebugg200 at cox.net


Ahh... you have to post 10 military pix in order to post one "Fridays Speical"' The ****** pix are only for Fridays!! Dems are the rules.

Thanks to all for the kind words and PMs!p-)


finally, the P-8A comes ture

Been true. Where have you been??:roll:. Yesterday was just the offical roll out..That's all. .Check the date of the photo below..

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SEATTLE (June 5, 2009) A Boeing P-8A Poseidon test conducts a test flight June 5, 2009. (Photo courtesy Boeing/Released)

LEGEND
07-31-2009, 02:39 PM
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Wrangler Strong!

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07-31-2009, 02:51 PM
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I have to see the video...

VAMAN
07-31-2009, 03:12 PM
This thread is getting better and better.

Help I'm stuck!
07-31-2009, 03:14 PM
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Does any one have any info about the Jeep J8 in the background?

He219
07-31-2009, 03:16 PM
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Pvt. 1st Class Eric Geyer, a gunner with the 108th Military Police Company, fires a 9-mm tracer round at a battle-damaged tank during a firing range meant to familiarize the Soldiers with the weapon.
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A live AT-4 rocket collides with its intended target and sends a cloud of dust into the air. The 108th Military Police Company held an AT-4 range to train up the junior Soldiers on how to operate the rocket system.
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Spc. Lucas Butler scans the horizon with the sight of his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during an anti-improvised explosive device and anti-indirect fire mission in the Abu Ghraib area, here, July 30. Butler is an infantryman from State College, Pa., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The Soldiers of the 2nd Bn., 112th Inf. Regt. chose an area known as "the big concrete slab" to conduct their mission to catch insurgents in the act of placing IEDs or planning IDF attacks.
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U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Genaw, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, looks through his scope while providing security at an Afghan National Army Tactical Control Point as local children watch in Kandarou, Afghanistan, July 23
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U.S. Marine 1Lt. Brian Bulaud looks through his scope while providing security at a Afghan National Army Tactical Control Point in Kandarou, Afghanistan, July 23. U.S. Marines typically train and supervise ANA soldiers to help improve their military capabilities.
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1st Lt. Charles Lamb, convoy commander, waits to brief the quick reaction force arriving from Camp Dwyer after one of the vehicles in his convoy struck an IED on the way to Combat Outpost Geronimo, July 28.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Keron Frazier, from Colorado Springs, Colo., with the 25th Special Troops Battalion Security Detachment, 25th Infantry Division, acts as a spotter during weapons qualifications on the firing range of Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, July 15.
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A convoy of U.S. Army tactical vehicles drives through a sand storm prior to leaving Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, July 15.

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1st Lt. Jeffrey W. Wismann (right), of Winchester, Ky., discusses strategies with Capt. Dallas Cheatham, of Fayetteville N.C., in order to keep the farm roads in the town of Salman Pak safe during a foot patrol, July 30, in the Ma'dain region, located outside of southeastern Baghdad, July 30. The foot patrol was conducted to ensure the area was free from improvised explosive devices or any suspicious activity following the recent discovering of an IED along one of the roads. Both infantry officers serve with Company B, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

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The Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing, flies 11 of their helicopters in the celebration of 45 years of service with CH-46A, nicknamed the 'Phrog.' HMM-265 was the first helicopter squadron to be issued the 'Phrog.'
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A U.S. Marine Corps instructor and a hospital corpsman assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit ensure the safety of Marines fast-roping from a static CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. The 11th MEU is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean later this year.

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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington observe an explosion during a missile exercise conducted by Carrier Air Wing 5. George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean during her inaugural deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

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Two members of the United States Military Academy "Black Knights" parachute team, leap from a Chinook Ch-47 belonging to the New York Army National Guard, 12,500 feet above Geneseo, N.Y., July 30. The pilots and crews from Detachment 1, B Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation, provided skydiving platforms for the West Point parachute teams annual training sessions. The West Point Parachute Team is made up of cadet members. The Cadets join the team during their plebe year and train with coaches from the Military Academies Department of Military Instruction. The team competes at national and college events, provides demonstrations, and jumps the game ball into Mitchie Stadium for Army football home games.

ramthor
07-31-2009, 03:18 PM
Removed by request.

Tunasa
07-31-2009, 03:33 PM
Your point is?

Nice pix guys.

He219
07-31-2009, 03:54 PM
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Afghan National Army soldiers prepare for an inspection at Patrol Base Jaker in the Nawa district of Helmand, Afghanistan, July 28, 2009. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment occupy Patrol Base Jaker. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force. The Marines will participate in counterinsurgency operations and train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and stability in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090728-M-2581P-949dotjpg

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Afghan soldiers take cover from an incoming sand blast from a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D Super Stallion helicopter while preparing for the arrival of Afghan National Army Gens. Sher Mohammad Zazai and Mohayoddin Ghuri at Patrol Base Jaker, Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 28, 2009. Zazi and Ghuri are visiting Jaker to discuss the operational status of the district. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment currently occupy Patrol Base Jaker. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090728-M-0440G-854dotjpg

Afghan National Army (ANA) Capt. Saki Dod and his men prepare for the arrival of ANA Gens. Sheer Mohmmad Zazenear and Mahydin Ghoori, at Patrol Base Jaker, in the Nawa District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 28, 2009. The generals visited Patrol Base Jaker to discuss the operational status of the District. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090728-M-0440G-031dotjpg

Afghan National Army (ANA) Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, commander, Squadron 3, 205th Atal Corps, addresses some of his soldiers during a key leader engagement meeting at Patrol Base Jaker, Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 28, 2009. Zazai and ANA Gen. Mohayoddin Ghuri are visiting Patrol Base Jaker to discuss the operational status of the district. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment occupy Patrol Base Jaker. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces to improve security and stability in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090727-M-6159T-079dotjpg

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Raymond Brabau, left, and Sgt. Jared Hansen, both with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provide security during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. Fox Company Marines are conducting patrols outside Patrol Base Hasan Abad to restrict insurgents' freedom of movement. The Marines are deployed here to support NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations. They will train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and stability in the country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Schuhmacher, with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. Fox Company Marines are conducting patrols outside Patrol Base Hasan Abad to restrict insurgents' freedom of movement. The Marines are deployed here to support NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations. They will train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and stability in the country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090727-M-6159T-091dotjpg

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Schuhmacher, with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. Fox Company Marines are conducting patrols outside Patrol Base Hasan Abad to restrict insurgents' freedom of movement. The Marines are deployed here to support NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations. They will train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces to improve security and stability in the country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090727-M-2581P-711dotjpg

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D Super Stallion helicopter lands to deliver personnel and supplies at Patrol Base Jaker, Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment currently occupy Patrol Base Jaker. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Purschwitz/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090727-M-2581P-886dotjpg

A U.S. Marine Corps crew chief rests on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as it lands to deliver personnel and supplies at Patrol Base Jaker, Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Purschwitz/Released)

goat89
07-31-2009, 04:04 PM
SpongeBob Squarepants was FIRED UP for today's training.:)
If its true, no matter how scary or geeky he looks, hes me kind of man.
Nice pics today! Thx!

Fireball Sanchez
07-31-2009, 04:05 PM
Oh WTF! :cantbeli:

Imma getting to slow in my old age.

goat89
07-31-2009, 04:09 PM
"First Sikh soldiers go on parade to guard the Queen"

hmm...

"Indira Gandhi had numerous bodyguards, two of whom were Satwant Singh and Beant Singh,
both Sikhs. On 31 October 1984 they assassinated Indira Gandhi with their service weapons
in the garden of the Prime Minister's Residence at No. 1, Safdarjung Road in New Delhi." (wiki)

...just saying...

.
hmm...

There was this guy, last May, who said the uniforms of the Royal Malay Regiment of Malaysia was ugly & stupid and thus should not be allowed to be part of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace as it was an insult. We fought him for about 2 pages. He got banned.

...just saying...

He219
07-31-2009, 04:18 PM
Nice pix EMT ..
;)

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British Special Security Agent Ben Soden guards Ian Purves, a stabilization adviser with Provincial Reconstruction Team - Helmand, during a patrol in the Nawa District Bazaar, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces to improve security and stability in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)
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An Afghan National Police officer meets a British special security agent during a key leaders engagement between U.S. Marines of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and Nawa District officials in the Nawa District Bazaar, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009. U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan are deployed in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and will participate in counterinsurgency operations, and the training and mentoring of Afghan security forces to improve security and stability in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson/Released)

OABB
07-31-2009, 04:29 PM
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blasphemy!!!:-*$

Connaught Ranger
07-31-2009, 04:32 PM
"First Sikh soldiers go on parade to guard the Queen"

hmm...

"Indira Gandhi had numerous bodyguards, two of whom were Satwant Singh and Beant Singh,
both Sikhs. On 31 October 1984 they assassinated Indira Gandhi with their service weapons
in the garden of the Prime Minister's Residence at No. 1, Safdarjung Road in New Delhi." (wiki)

...just saying...

.

Yeah, just saying flame bait for the sake of it. . . . :roll:

somedude
07-31-2009, 04:36 PM
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ANA not issued protective eyewear?

goat89
07-31-2009, 04:58 PM
ANA not issued protective eyewear?
Not all I think. I am pretty sure the Regional Commando Kandaks are issued it.

Fireball Sanchez
07-31-2009, 05:01 PM
Ok lets try this again p-)

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A Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/4, descends from a helicopter parked on the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard during fast-rope training July 28. Company E, which trains as the team's heliborne infantry company, is deploying with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year.
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A Marine with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/4, descends from a helicopter parked on the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard during fast-rope training July 28. Company E, which trains as the team's heliborne infantry company, is deploying with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit later this year.
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A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 hovers above USNS Yukon as Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fast-rope to the flight deck during a maritime boarding exercise July 30.
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Charles Lynn Lowder’s unit films the first Special Purpose Insertion and Extraction (SPIE) rigging demonstration for submission to Headquarters Marine Corps in hopes of making the rigging a commonly used method of troop insertion and extraction from combat zones. The method was approved and is still used in the Marine Corps today.
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Lt. Gen. Ormond R. Simpson, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, presents Charles Lynn Lowder with the Silver Star medal in an Aug. 29, 1969 ceremony. Lowder was presented the medal for his heroic actions while apprehending prisoners along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on August 10. Lowder also received the Purple Heart medal for injuries sustained when an enemy hand grenade blew up next to him.
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Charles Lynn Lowder, middle, and a group of his Marines stop for a photo while on duty in Vietnam.
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‘Uncommon valor was a common virtue’ Silver Star recipient, depot mentor, shares Vietnam story

By Sgt. Carrie C. Booze , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO —

Charles Lynn Lowder marched onto Shepherds Memorial Drill Field on July 2, as the parade reviewing officer and positioned himself exactly six paces in front of the commander of troops. As the graduating recruits, drill instructors, and officers of Company I rendered a salute during the pass in review, Lowder thought back to 1967 when he marched across the very same grinder as his platoon’s honor man.

Former collegiate football player, pioneer in Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction or SPIE rigging, and Vietnam hero, Lowder owes his complex and voluminous life to the Corps.

When Lowder was a young child raised in the small town of Sullivan, Ill., his dream of becoming a United States Marine was born.

Lowder was in second grade when he saw his first Marine Corps recruiting poster, and he was attracted to the trademark dress blue uniform. In fourth grade he watched a movie called Battle Cry, based off the novel by author Leon Uris, that showed MCRD San Diego in the 1950s, which forever lingered in his mind as he advanced through school.

Upon graduating from high school, Lowder attended Northern Illinois University where he played as a starting strong-safety on the football team. Although he attempted to stay focused on school, the conflict between the United States and Vietnam began to heat up, and he refused to let the opportunity to participate pass him by so he dropped out of college and went to speak to a Marine Corps recruiter.

“They were drafting young men at the time, but I decided that if I was going to war I wanted to be with the best, so I enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman,” said Lowder. “I wasn’t going to wait around and get drafted.”

It wasn’t long before he was standing on the legendary yellow footprints in the middle of the night both drowsy and unnerved.

Lowder will never forget the day he was greeted by his senior drill instructor, Gunnery Sgt. Bell.

“My father was not present while I was child, so although I didn’t know it back then, I needed a strong male role model,” said Lowder. “Men are visual learners. I needed someone to show me what to do, not just tell me.

“(Bell) was the classic drill instructor and I watched everything that he did even when I probably wasn’t supposed to be,” said Lowder. “He stretched me both mentally and physically. More that I ever thought was possible.”

Bell ended up taking on the role as a father figure, something that Lowder didn’t expect to find while in boot camp.

“He proved to me that I always had more in my tank than I thought,” said Lowder. “He kept me on ‘true north,’ and didn’t let me blow left or right.”

At the time, Lowder was 21-years-old, which was older than the majority of recruits who were fresh out of high school.

“Although some of the recruits in my platoon were drafted, I couldn’t have told you which ones,” said Lowder. “They acted no different. We were all in the same soup.”

Lowder’s platoon was on the range when he was approached by his senior drill instructor and asked if he had any aspirations of being an officer.

“I immediately said no because I wanted to go to Vietnam as soon as possible,” said Lowder.

Because his drill instructor saw his strong leadership skills, Lowder was given the billet of guide on his first day at recruit training and kept it until graduation.

“Like I’ve said to several people, my birth certificate says December 19, 1945 - Decatur, Ill. That isn’t the case,” he said. “I was actually ‘born’ on September 4, 1967 at MCRD San Diego.”

Lowder’s next step in training was to attend the School of Infantry, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to train as an infantryman.

Although he could escape the depot, Lowder could not run from the prominent fact that he had what it took to be a Marine Corps officer.

While at SOI, Lowder’s first sergeant had been reviewing the Marines’ service record books and saw that Lowder was an exceptionally qualified Marine for the Enlisted Commissioning Program.

Despite Lowder’s initial hesitation, he attended the ECP screening and was accepted into the program, but unfortunately he had to wait for the next class.

While he waited, Lowder was sent to another training company where he trained alongside three noncommissioned officers in the infantry.

“They found out I was going to become an officer and took me under their wing,” he said. “They taught me a lot about (what to expect in) Vietnam.”

Lowder said he has witnessed first-hand, the power of mentorship.

He said his drill instructor changed the course of his life by teaching him inner strength. His first sergeant saw his potential and put in ECP; and those three NCOs passed on the extensive knowledge of Vietnam.

In 1968, Lowder earned his commission.

“I heard reconnaissance Marines were (tough). Naturally, I wanted to be one of them,” said Lowder. “So I pursued the secondary (military occupational speciality) of recon.”

With his newfound career goals, Lowder immediately told his sergeant major he wanted to become a recon Marine. In a few days, orders for recon were sitting on his desk.

“No one got an incentive check for helping me out in my career,” said Lowder. “I always had good leadership and people that believed in and saw more in me than I did myself.”

It wasn’t long before Lowder’s dreams became a reality and he was stuffed on an airplane with a load of other second lieutenants en route to the hostile jungles of Vietnam.

“The attrition rate of infantry units was high,” said Lowder. “If a lieutenant was doing his job, he would either be shot and injured, or killed.”



In 1968, Charles Lynn Lowder sat alongside more than 100 other second lieutenants, and peered out the windows of the Boeing 707 aircraft that flew over the dense jungles of Vietnam. The sea of green trees that blanketed the land was punctuated by circular clearings where airstrikes had already taken place. Lowder described this sight as surreal.

Lowder’s journey began on the depot in 1967 as a motivated private. Within a couple years, which were riddled with good luck and exceptional leaders, he became a commissioned officer with the secondary military occupational specialty of reconnaissance.

The plane landed at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and the Marines quickly deplaned into the nearly unbearable humidity.

Soon after landing, the 1st Marine Division personnel officer welcomed the new lieutenants.

“He asked for three volunteers for recon, and only three lieutenants raised their hands. I was one of them,” said Lowder. “He asked us our backgrounds and I told him I was (former enlisted) with an infantry primary MOS and a recon secondary MOS. He immediately assigned me to First Force Reconnaissance Company.”

Lowder then hopped into a CH-46 helicopter with the other volunteers en route to An Hoa Combat Base, located 30 miles south west of Da Nang.

“I was anxious to get to my platoon. I had already waited long enough and just wanted to find out what had been going on,” said Lowder.

Just after arriving, they received word that a team was in trouble. A helicopter had been shot down and a couple of Marines had been killed. So Lowder grabbed his rifle and jumped into another helicopter to retrieve the dead Marines.

“While out there I saw a sergeant who had been shot in the leg,” said Lowder. “It woke me up and made me realize that we weren’t using blanks anymore, this was combat.”

Later that month, Lowder was sent on a patrol with the same sergeant who had been shot.

As they walked along the banks of a river, a Viet Cong soldier snuck up behind them, but luckily the Marines reflexes were quicker. After killing the soldier, they rushed to higher grounds which would give them an advantage in a fire fight. Rounds zoomed above their heads and cracked on tree branches that shadowed over them as his team set up a 360 degree security and eliminated the rest of their enemies.

“This was my first fire fight, and after the incident I couldn’t help but wonder whether I would live through Vietnam,” said Lowder. “I seriously doubted it.”

Lowder tried to keep in high spirits, and came to the conclusion that even if he didn’t survive he wanted to make his mark in Vietnam.

While in combat, Marines gain ingenuity that enables them to get a mission accomplished quicker and more effectively, explained Lowder

In 1968, Lowder’s unit made history when Col. Roger Simmons, commanding officer, First Force Recon, invented Special Purpose Insertion and Extraction (SPIE) rigging.

During SPIE rigging, Marines wear harnesses hooked to carabiners which are attached to a 120-foot rope. While a helicopter dangles them between 250 to 1,000 feet above ground, the helicopter lowers the Marines into the jungle and they unhook themselves from the rope. This method is used for quick insertion of troops into areas where a helicopter cannot land.

Lowder said that his unit started using SPIE rigging before their commanding officer got it approved by the Marine Corps, but that the remarkable invention ended up saving many Marines’ lives.

“Before this was invented, a ladder was dropped through the helicopter’s hell hole and the Marines would have to scale up that during extractions,” said Lowder. “SPIE rigging gave us more mobility with our rifles.

Lowder and his Marines were in the first training video that presented SPIE rigging to Headquarters Marine Corps for approval. This troop insertion method has proven to be a great success and is still used today.

Lowder managed to stay untouched through 24 patrols, ambushes, and prisoner missions.

Although he was a warrior, his mother had taught him to respect the sanctity of life and he never let the nature of combat fog his values, he said.

Lowder said he remembers hiding in the brush and watching the Vietnamese soldiers march right beside him. While analyzing their faces, he thought about how much

they probably had in common.

“We were all men fighting for our country,” said Lowder. “They too were someone’s son, husband or father; humans.”

Although Lowder was capable of seeing the humanity in the enemy soldiers, he never lost the ‘kill or be killed’ mindset, he said. Standing 6 foot 5 inches, Lowder knew he was a big target.

During one fire fight, the enemy began rolling hand grenades into where Lowder and his team had set up their firing position. A hand grenade blew up next to Lowder, knocking him off his feet. Shrapnel penetrated his soft cover and grazed his skull.

For this, Lowder received the Purple Heart medal.

August 10, 1969, was the first time Lowder actually looked into his target’s eyes. While apprehending a prisoner south of DaNang along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Lowder moved in front of the route to observe the flow of traffic. Suddenly, six North Vietnamese soldiers, wielding AK–47 rifles, approached the Marines’ position. Lowder jumped in front of the enemy and demanded their surrender, but they responded with fire. Lowder killed the lead soldier while other Marines silenced the rest as they attempted to run up the trail. At the same time, five more soldiers approached their position. Lowder stood in full view and delivered accurate fire, therefore, protecting one of his Marines who was engaged in hand-to-hand combat with another soldier. He then ran back to assist his fellow Marine.

“I just responded and did my job,” said Lowder.

Lowder was awarded the Silver Star for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action that contributed significantly to his unit’s mission accomplishment.

Lowder said he is proud of being a Marine and doing his duty honorably, but now that his uniform simply hangs in his closet, he has to live with the fact that he has taken lives. Every day he lives with these memories playing vividly like a motion picture in his head.

Despite everything, Lowder said he has the highest respect for the North Vietnamese soldiers whom he described as both professional and courageous.

“At times, I wonder what great things some of the men I have killed could have done with their lives. I wonder what they could have accomplished and where they would be right now,” said Lowder.

Although Lowder no longer dons his olive drab attire, he still stays in touch with the men whom he fought alongside.

“Combat fuses the souls,” said Lowder. “We help each other stay grounded. Combat can be an intimate experience. We have a lot of love and understanding for each other.”

Despite his previous beliefs, Lowder’s remaining months in Vietnam turned into weeks and before he knew it, those weeks turned into days. Lowder and his men cheered as the helicopter lifted out of Vietnam for the last time.

Lowder said that although everyone was ecstatic about going home, it wasn’t long before their joyful chatter ceased. He said he remembers looking at of their tired and weary faces, all lost in their thoughts.

It has been more that 35 years since Lowder returned to the United States, and at that time, America had a negative view of the war and the men who fought in it.

While riding in a taxi cab through California with a few of his Marines, Lowder pulled up behind a old pick-up truck that had a man riding in the bed.

“The man looked back at us and noticed that we had our uniforms on. The look on his face immediately transformed to anger,” said Lowder. “He jumped up in the truck bed and began yelling profanities and making disrespectful hand gestures.

“When the warriors came back from WWII, they were respected and greeted with open arms, but the American society had negative feelings about Vietnam,” said Lowder.

He said that being welcomed and accepted back into society plays a big part in a servicemember’s recovery.

“The worst thing you can do to a warrior is deny what he has done and where he has been,” said Lowder. “Many Americans did that to the Vietnam veterans.”

Despite Lowder’s bad experience in California, he currently resides here and makes frequent trips to the depot to present motivational speeches to Drill Instructor School students.

He speaks to them about leadership and how to handle subordinate Marines by using his experiences from the battlefield. He also stresses the fact that the legendary drill instructor is the first example of a Marine the young recruits will see, so they need to set the example.

“The Marine Corps hardwires Marines for success. The older I am the more I say that it is true,” said Lowder. “So apply yourselves Marines. The United States needs you.”

Roy Batty
07-31-2009, 05:01 PM
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Spin Ballsac is nowhere near Kabul......this guy needs to consult a map.


Nice pics today guys.

LEGEND
07-31-2009, 05:01 PM
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I thought it was a Bundeswehr chopper at first:)

goat89
07-31-2009, 05:03 PM
I thought it was a Bundeswehr chopper at first:)
X2, then I saw the door and the quote and I was WTF? Any chance the pilot is former German Armed Forces? ;)

He219
07-31-2009, 05:04 PM
Nice job EMT-Trainee!
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U.S. Marines with the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) pose for a team picture during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090720-M-0581G-009dotjpg

U.S. Marines with the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) prepare to start the next event during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 20, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-018dotjpg
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joshua K. Martin, a team member with the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), engages a target with his MP-5 assault rifle while moving during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-009dotjpg
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew C. McCaskill, a member of the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), engages a target with an M-4 assault rifle during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-011dotjpg
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Ken S. Charles, a civilian member of the U.S. Marine Corps' Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), engages a target with an M-4 assault rifle during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-032dotjpg

U.S. Marines with the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) run to their firing positions during a timed pairs competition at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-036dotjpg

U.S. Marines with the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) engage targets during a training exercise at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090721-M-0581G-023dotjpg
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Gordon J. Moreau, leader of the Special Reaction Team, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), engages a target during a head-to-head competition with a fellow team member at MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2009. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green/Released)
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Vacationer Fanni Kozma cools herself in the Tisza river in Gergelyiugornya, 287 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 31 July 2009, as a heatwave sweeps across the eastern part of the Hungarian state

LEGEND
07-31-2009, 05:05 PM
Does any one have any info about the Jeep J8 in the background?

I don't think its J8, its a regular wrangler, J8s have short stubby metal bumper, this one has the non-us full length bumper with fog lights set at the ends.

LEGEND
07-31-2009, 05:08 PM
X2, then I saw the door and the quote and I was WTF? Any chance the pilot is former German Armed Forces? ;)

To me the drawing of a girl inside the cross gave it away:)

Help I'm stuck!
07-31-2009, 05:09 PM
I don't think its J8, its a regular wrangler, J8s have short stubby metal bumper, this one has the non-us full length bumper with fog lights set at the ends.


Yeah, I notice it now. Didn't catch that.

sepia
07-31-2009, 05:38 PM
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barrel is real or dummy because it's looks like steel. :|

Lancero
07-31-2009, 06:29 PM
Nice pics gents!


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Lol

Far
07-31-2009, 07:00 PM
Thanks...NSFW (NOT SAFE FOR WIFE) I found out....

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 07:09 PM
Thanks...NSFW (NOT SAFE FOR WIFE) I found out....

Are you referring to the Fridays Specials?? I never post those when the wife is home!

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 07:15 PM
http://www.lefigaro.fr/lefigaromagazine/2009/04/17/01006-20090417DIMWWW00409-afghanistan-la-guerre-vue-du-ciel.php

Those are some great photos in that link! YOU should TRY POSTING them.

Soldat_Américain
07-31-2009, 07:24 PM
barrel is real or dummy because it's looks like steel. :|

Old school rubber ducky...a cross between an A1 and a resin copy.

AroundTheCorner
07-31-2009, 07:32 PM
Good job, guys. Really nice pic's.

He219
07-31-2009, 08:50 PM
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Commandos parachutistes de l’air dans l’un des trois hélicoptères Caracal déployés par la France en Afghanistan et basés à Kaboul (contrairement à l’est du pays, la capitale est actuellement sous commandement français).http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/20090417PHOWWW00225dotjpg

Le 1er février 2009, dans la vallée de Bedraou, province de Kapisa. Un hélicoptère américain Chinook dépose les hommes du http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/20090417PHOWWW00224dotjpg

Dans un hélicoptère américain Black Hawk, à l’est de l’Afghanistan, le mitrailleur de porte scrute la montagne.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/090711-A-7238D-203EXPdotjpg
Hires (http://news.soc.mil/releases/News%20Archive/2009/July/090711-A-7238D-203EXPdotjpg)

Members of the Colorado Army National Guard’s 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fast-rope from a U.S. Air Force V-22 Osprey aircraft at Butts Army Air Field July 11, 2009. “The operators were conducting special operations training through collaboration with the active duty 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the U.S. Air Force’s 71st Special Operations Squadron out of Albuquerque, New Mexico,” said 5/19th SFG(A) Commander Lt. Col. Ken Chavez. The V-22 is a multi-mission, tiltrotor aircraft designed to perform missions like a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. (Official U.S. Army photo by Army Pfc. Kristoff Decloedt)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/He219/mpnet/0731pod16dotjpg

Endeavour and its seven astronauts returned to Earth at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday after a successful construction mission to boost the size and power of the International Space Station. The shuttle flight lasted 16 days. (Matt Stroshane/***** Images)

Sirpad
07-31-2009, 09:08 PM
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MTVR do mine clearing?!

Far
07-31-2009, 09:12 PM
Are you referring to the Fridays Specials?? I never post those when the wife is home!

Yessir BD...wife over shoulder...."what are those!?". Umm...nice pics guys thanks.

EDIT: Afganistan is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

dudski
07-31-2009, 09:14 PM
the F-35 being deployed? whats a roll out ceremony?

NUCKINFUTS
07-31-2009, 09:46 PM
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This country is truly beautiful.

mikextreme
07-31-2009, 11:07 PM
RIP to the fallen!

bd popeye
07-31-2009, 11:29 PM
the F-35 being deployed? whats a roll out ceremony?

No it's not yet being deployed. The roll out ceremony means that the USN is taking delivery of it's very first F-35C.


Yessir BD...wife over shoulder...."what are those!?". Umm...nice pics guys thanks.

Sorry you got busted... :roll: I'm happy you enjoyed those photos!

dudski
08-01-2009, 02:22 AM
holy s**t! the first f-35c thats awesome!!

wild_wild_wes
08-01-2009, 04:15 AM
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moar F-35C pix plzthnx

VAMAN
08-01-2009, 04:49 AM
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Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Friday July 31, 2009. Endeavour's seven member crew are returning from a mission to the International Space Station. (AP / Marta Lavandier, Pool)http://i26.*******.com/dmtzlidotjpg

This image provided by NASA shows the International Space Station backdropped by a blue and white Earth as seen from Space Shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation Tuesday July 28, 2009. Endeavour is sheduled to land at Florida's Kennedy Space Center Friday July 31, 2009 at 10:48 a.m. EDT. (NASA)http://i32.*******.com/10z339sdotjpg

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A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle is driven along the US-Mexico border fence as agents carry out "special operations" near the U.S.-Mexico border fence on July 30, 2009 near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California. Thirty -year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas was killed on July 23, 2009 when he tracked a suspicious group of people alone in remote brushy hills north of the border in this region, the first fatal shooting of a agent in more than a decade. Violence has been escalating in Mexico with fights between well-armed drug cartels and the Mexican army have become common since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began his army-backed war on the cartels. 12,800 have been killed since the conflict began in late 2006, Mexican officials charge that guns, which they say are easily smuggled in from the U.S., have flooded into Mexico where gun laws are strict. (David McNew / ***** Images)http://i26.*******.com/hrnd05dotjpg

Members of the U.S. Border Patrol escort the casket of Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas at his funeral service in El Centro, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2009. Rosas was shot and killed while tracking suspected illegal immigrants or drug smugglers in a remote part of San Diego County. (AP / Philip Scott Andrews)http://i29.*******.com/9vk508dotjpg

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - A Replica World War I Sopwith Triplane fighter aircraft passes over the sea at Brighton after the funeral of veteran Henry Allingham at St Nicholas church on July 30, 2009 in England. Henry Alligham was Britain's oldest surviving World War I veteran, the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, a founder member of the Royal Air Force and at the time of his death was the oldest man in the world at 113.http://i25.*******.com/30mq05idotjpg

Lance Corporal Sarjvit Singh, left, of The Army Air Corps, and Signaller Simranjit Singh of the Royal Signals, pose together at Wellington barracks in London, Thursday July 31, 2009. The two men are the first Sikh soldiers to wear their turbans while on public duties in London, which include guarding Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and protecting the crown jewels in the Tower of London. Ceremonial guard duties are normally carried out by Guards of the Household Division in their distinctive scarlet tunics and bearskin caps, but when the Guards units are busy with operational duties, other regiments step in.(AP / Tim Hales)http://i28.*******.com/2hy23tdotjpg

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Russian riot police arrest demonstrators at an unauthorised protest against the politics of the Kremlin in central Moscow on July 31, 2009. Russian writer Eduard Limonov and prominent leader of the anti-Kremlin opposition was arrested before the protest. (AFP / ***** Images)

VAMAN
08-01-2009, 05:54 AM
Spin Ballsac is nowhere near Kabul......this guy needs to consult a map.
Blame the news agency. I'm not to blame. :-(

seaghost
08-01-2009, 10:24 AM
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Wow!!! somebody pls explain ??

maa3057
08-01-2009, 04:24 PM
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Wow!!! somebody pls explain ??

From what it looks, he was up top the SUV and used his arm for support to semi-cart wheel his way off.

Straker
08-01-2009, 04:42 PM
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Non standard weapon. Check.
Hardman Face. Check.
Randon Patches. Check.

Epic fail.

Ginger can never be Ally. :)

Great pics everybody.

Big Lebowski
08-01-2009, 04:43 PM
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Looks like the guy on the left laying on the ground is about to get run over.

Soldat_Américain
08-01-2009, 04:54 PM
Non standard weapon. Check.
Hardman Face. Check.
Randon Patches. Check.

Epic fail.

Ginger can never be Ally. :)

Great pics everybody.
Patches are not random.

Eoin666
08-01-2009, 08:16 PM
Non standard weapon. Check.
Hardman Face. Check.
Randon Patches. Check.

Epic fail.

Ginger can never be Ally. :)

Great pics everybody.

Tell him that to his face, then we'll sit back and watch him tear you a new arsehole :roll:

546
08-02-2009, 08:34 AM
great pics everyone! RIP to the fallen :(

Roy Batty
08-02-2009, 10:05 AM
Blame the news agency. I'm not to blame. :-(

No worries man. I was refering to the guy who wrote the captions.

ZhukovG
08-02-2009, 01:23 PM
Thanks! ..I cheat;)

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Thank God is Friday
WHo of this beauties won??