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    PERSIAN GULF (April 2, 2008) F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the "Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 fly near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during flight operations. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kevin T. Murray Jr.

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and the embarked CVW-5 squadrons deployed in early March and will undergo several training evolutions over the next month. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau

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    Squadron Leader Mark Wright renders a salute at a sunset ceremony in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, April 1, as two RAF GR-4 Tornados from the 14th Squadron and a VC10 tanker from the Number 101 Squadron perform a fly over. The ceremony concluded with the raising of the Royal Air Force Ensign toward the sky. (RAF photo/Sergeant Gary Morgan)

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    The Air Force Raptor recruiting vehicle is posed with its namesake, the F-22 Raptor, March 28 on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The vehicle and its crew of recruiters were on hand for the Monster Jam World Finals Monster Truck Competition held in Las Vegas March 28 and 29. The Air Force Afterburner monster truck was one of the headline vehicles in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery)

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    Damon Bradshaw drives the Air Force Afterburner monster truck through the obstacle course March 29 at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.)

    Military officers supervise an area before drop of paratroopers from the US Air Force C-130 Hercules during jointly U.S - Bulgarian Air Force exercise named "Thracian Spring 2008" near the airbase of Bezmer some 300 kms. (187 miles) east of the capital Sofia, Thursday, April, 3, 2008. The exercise has allowed U.S. and Bulgarian personnel to familiarize themselves with each others operations. The exercise also strengthened Bezmer Air force base as a host to U.S. forces as a training facility

    Paratrooper jump from the US Air Force C-130 Hercules during joint U.S - Bulgarian Air Force exercise named "Thracian Spring 2008" near the airbase of Bezmer some 300 kms. (187 miles) east of the capital Sofia, Thursday, April, 3, 2008. The exercise has allowed U.S. and Bulgarian personnel to familiarize themselves with each others operations. The exercise also strengthened Bezmer Air force base as a host to U.S. forces as a training facility


    Military officials watch a paratrooper who jumped from the US Air Force C-130 Hercules during joint U.S - Bulgarian Air Force exercise named "Thracian Spring 2008" near the airbase of Bezmer some 300 kms. (187 miles) east of the capital Sofia, Thursday, April, 3, 2008. The exercise has allowed U.S. and Bulgarian personnel to familiarize themselves with each others operations. The exercise also strengthened Bezmer Air force base as a host to U.S. forces as a training facility

    American author John Steinbeck, left, fires an M79 grenade launcher as Marine Lance Corp. Antonio Rivera, 19, of the Bronx Borough of New York City gives advice on Dec. 28, 1966 in Hill 55, five miles southwest of Danang, South Vietnam. Steinbeck, who is gathering the headquarters of the 9th Marines on Hill 55, five miles southwest of Danang, South Vietnam.

    A Canadian soldier with the International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) stands guard in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 3, 2008.

    Canadian soldiers, left, with the International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) sit during a meeting with officials and elders of Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 3, 2008

    A UN soldier stands in Ledra street at UN buffer zone after its opening in divided Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, April 3, 2008. Greek and Turkish Cypriots opened a crossing at Ledra Street, a main shopping street in Cyprus' divided capital that has come to symbolize the island's ethnic partition. Ledra Street has been split for 44 years. The rival leaders on the island agreed to open a crossing there during a meeting last month that revived hopes for an overall peace deal.

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    Nice pics He!



    Police officers detain a member of the anti-NATO demonstration in Moscow, Russia, 03 April 2008. Police detained some demonstrators when they marched to the NATO office in Moscow, which had not been allowed by Moscow authorities.


    Romanian special forces guard patrol the street in Bucharest during the NATO summit. 03 April 2008. NATO heads of state and guest leaders are meeting for a three-day summit of the military alliance from 02 - 04 April 2008 in the Romanian capital




    Iraqi soldiers inspect the wreckage of a vehicle used in a car bomb attack in Baghdad,Iraq, 03 April 2008. Three people were killed and 10 others wounded in the attack




    Albanians celebrate in center of Tirana, Albania on 03 April 2008 after getting news that Albania receive the invitation to join NATO together with Croatia in NATO Summit in Bucharest. NATO leaders meeting in Bucharest on Wednesday invite Albania and Croatia into their alliance while placing Macedonia's ambitions on hold owing to a name dispute with Greece.








    Afghan women police officers (R) stand alert as they pass out after a four month training course at Herat Police Chief office in Herat Afghanistan 03 April 2008. The women were banned from working and going to school under the Taleban regime, between 1996 and 2001


    Indonesian Muslim protestors use mask and paint their body slogans during a rally outside the Dutch embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 03 April 2008. Dozens of Muslim protestors condemned a controversial film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who released his anti-Islam film 'Fitna' on March 28


    A U.N. soldier stands on Ledra Street in Nicosia, 03 April 2008. Ledra Street, a barricaded street which has symbolised Cyprus's ethnic partition for decades, opened on Thursday


    South Korean soldiers stand in line to cast their absentee ballots for the 09 April 2008 South Korean general elections at a polling station in Incheon International Airport, South Korea, on 03 April 2008


    A file photo dated 10 September 2006 showing a group of alleged members of a youth gang known as 'maras' in Honduras. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), said on 02 April 2008, there were almost 5,000 maras members in Central America, 56 percent of them of Mexican origin. Maras are youth gangs that are considered to be a serious threat to the Honduran society.




    Ecuadorean soldiers try to stop protesters approaching during a 'preventive strike' in Tarqui, southern Ecuador on 02 April 2008. Hundreds of environmentalist, farmers and students closed the main highways for several hours to protest against the mining exploration in the country and to demand from the Constituent Assembly, whom are evaluating new laws for the sector, to stop a great scale mining activity


    Italian policemen battle with demonstrators during the electoral speech of a candidate, Giuliano Ferrara, campaigning for the next election on anti - abortion list 'Pro life' in Bologna, Italy, 02 April 2008




    Israeli Border Police scuffle with Jewish settler youths as they are evacuated from the illegal outpost settlement of Shvut Ami near Kedumim on 02 April 2008. Two illegal settlements were evacuated today.

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    U.S. soldiers prepare to board a helicopter in Mussayab, a predominately Shi'ite neighbourhood 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad April 2, 2008. The United States could quickly lose its security gains in Iraq to insurgents if troops are sent home prematurely, Major General Rick Lynch, commander of U.S. forces south of Baghdad said on Wednesday. *******/Ceerwan Aziz

    A soldier casts his absentee vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul April 3, 2008. Absentee voting for South Korea's April 9 parliamentary election began on Thursday across the country and will last for two days to accommodate those who cannot vote on the day itself. *******/Jo Yong-hak

    A U.N. soldier stands on Ledra Street in Nicosia early April 3, 2008. Ledra Street, a barricaded street which has symbolised Cyprus's ethnic partition for decades, opened on Thursday. *******/Yiorgos Karahalis

    A woman injured in a protest waits for an ambulance in Rabat, Morocco, April 2, 2008. More than 1000 people blocked an avenue as they demanded for more public sector jobs. *******/Rafael Marchante

    Riot policemen try to detain a Tibetan monk protesting outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 2, 2008. Dozens of Tibetan monks and activists were detained after shouting anti-China slogans and yelling "free Tibet" in Kathmandu on Wednesday. *******/Gopal Chitrakar

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    Great pics guys.



    OK.....shortbus driver?

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    ^ Hah, nice set of starter pixs, gotta give it to these brave afgan women.

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    AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters from Task Force XII prepare to take off from Camp Taji, Iraq on a mission in the Baghdad region.

    I don't know if my picture will come up or not, please don't crucify me, I'm fairly new. I thought Longbows always had that extra disk on top of the rotary hub, or whatever you call that..

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    Steinbeck, nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyRanchers View Post
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...2-101347dotjpg

    AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters from Task Force XII prepare to take off from Camp Taji, Iraq on a mission in the Baghdad region.

    I don't know if my picture will come up or not, please don't crucify me, I'm fairly new. I thought Longbows always had that extra disk on top of the rotary hub, or whatever you call that..
    They've removed the radar from most of the Longbows since they aren't needed and removing them eases the maintenance load and improves aircraft performance.

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    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen speaks with senior-ranking sailors and Marines at the base theater on Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 1, 2008. Mullen spent time answering questions and passing out coins to servicemembers. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen takes a tour of living conditions for Wounded Warrior Battalion East from Marine Master Sgt. Ken Barnes during a visit to Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 1, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump.

    Seaman Nicholas C. Vassilopolous, 25, a corpsman from Southwick, Mass., and Lance Cpl. Israel H. Aguirre, 21, a team leader from Miluakia, Ore., speak with a doctor at Hit's hospital March 30. Both are with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, which visited both the hospital and an Iraqi Police station. The objective of the patrol was to see if there was anything Marines could do to assist the hospital or police. Representatives at both locations gave Marines a quick tour of the facilities.

    Navy sailor Bryce P. Moheit watches a child do a handstand during a patrol March 11. The Marines are conducting missions to provide safety and security to the citizens of Fallujah. Moheit is with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1.

    Lance Cpl. Edwin S. Contreras, 19, an assaultman from Pico Rivera, Calif., assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, gives an Iraqi boy a lollipop March 29 in Hit, Iraq. Marines with I Company occasionally take candy on their patrols to hand out to the local children. Many Marines said they believe making the kids in the city happy helps show the families that they are there to help. (Photo by Cpl. Erik Villagan)

    Lance Cpl. Austin L. Barnhill patrols through the city of Hit, Iraq, March 29 with Iraqi children following close behind. Barnhill, 23, a rifleman from Riverside, Calif., assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, spent part of the patrol handing candy out to kids. Marines had to tell the kids, through an interpreter, to keep away when the mob got to big. Throughout the security patrol, groups of children followed Marines wherever they went. (Photo by Cpl. Erik Villagan)

    Lance Cpl. Austin L. Barnhill, 23, a rifleman from Riverside, Calif., assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, hands an Iraqi girl candy March 29 in Hit, Iraq. Marine with I Company handed out candy to Iraqi children while conducting a security patrol through the city and spoke with Iraqi locals about their thoughts on the Iraqi Provisional Security Force, Iraqi Police and Marines. (Photo by Cpl. Erik Villagan)

    Cpl. Andrew H. Oquendo, a scout with Delta Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, provides security during a patrol in the western Anbar province of Iraq April 1. The battalion is stationed out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene, N.C., and will be operating in the western Anbar province for the next seven months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    Byline:Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson

    Sgt. Cody Gaeta, radio operator, Personal Security Detachment, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO International Security Assistance Force, monitors his Marines as they protect other Marines from the battalion during a heavy machine gun shoot, here. Gaeta's experience in Iraq was helpful in keeping the nerves of his Marines in check during their first excursion off base.
    Byline:Cpl. Randall A. Clinton

    A Marine from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO International Security Assistance Force, escort an armored vehicle outside of their Kandahar Province, Afghanistan base. The Marines began going outside the wire to test fire their heavy machine guns, mortars and rockets.
    Byline:Cpl. Randall A. Clinton

    Two Iraqi army soldiers manuever during an firefight with the Jaysh Al-Mahdi extremist group in Mahmuhdiyah, March 30.

    Photographer: Pvt. Christopher McKenna
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    Iraqi army soldiers prepare to move to another objective after clearing a house, finding two supposed Jaysh Al-Mahdi extremist supporters, during joint operations in Mahmuhdiyah on March 30.

    Photographer: Pvt. Christopher McKenna
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    An Iraqi army soldier looks through an opening on a rooftop while pulling security from an observation post in northern Ghazaliyah on March 29. Working side-by-side with Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to secure checkpoints and ensure no further criminal activity or supplies are pushed through the area.

    Photographer: Sgt. James Hunter
    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

    An Iraqi army soldier looks through an opening on a rooftop while pulling security from an observation post in northern Ghazaliyah on March 29. Working side-by-side with Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to secure checkpoints and ensure no further criminal activity or supplies are pushed through the area.

    Photographer: Sgt. James Hunter
    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

    Iraqi national policemen with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Division, load into a pick-up truck as they leave a checkpoint in northeastern Baghdad on March 31.

    Photographer: Sgt. Zachary Mott
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    An Iraqi national policeman stands watch at a checkpoint in northeastern Baghdad on March 31. He, along with his fellow policemen with the 3rd battalion, 4th brigade, 1st national police Division, continued to man checkpoints across Baghdad despite recent increases in violence in the area.

    Photographer: Sgt. Zachary Mott
    3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    This checkpoint helps to keep residents of the northeastern Baghdad neighborhood it borders safe. Iraqi national police with the 3rd battalion, 4th brigade, 1st division, continue to man this spot in wake of increased attacks in the capital. "This is our job. We must give people the ability to be free. We must stop bombs and explosions and things like that," said Capt. Jallal Farris, a commander with the division.

    Photographer: Sgt. Zachary Mott
    3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    Essential services, such as health care, continue to be supplied to residents of Baghdad. At this checkpoint in northeastern Baghdad, Iraqi national police with the 3rd battalion, 4th brigade, 1st division, prepare to search an ambulance on March 31.

    Photographer: Sgt. Zachary Mott
    3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    Iraqi army soldiers in a convoy approach a checkpoint manned by the 3rd battalion, 4th brigade, 1st national police division, in northeastern Baghdad on March 31.

    Photographer: Sgt. Zachary Mott
    3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    Iraqi police patrol with members of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, in the Rashid district in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 28. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Lester Colley)

    An Iraqi police officer takes a break during a patrol in Rashid district of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 28. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Lester Colley)

    Iraqi police talk with a local resident during a patrol in the Rashid district of Baghdad on March 28. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Lester Colley)

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    I'm noticing a lot less Iraqi army and police wearing any type of mask or hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigvig View Post
    Great pics guys.



    OK.....shortbus driver?
    LOL LOL LOL!!!

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    Why do some U.S. Marine units have the desert camo scheme and other units chose to wear those 1 color tan over all types?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussDill View Post
    I'm noticing a lot less Iraqi army and police wearing any type of mask or hood.
    This is only a guess, but it could be an effort to improve Police/Civilian relations. Putting a 'face' on local law enforcement, as it were.

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Sailors move an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Aces" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 onto an elevator to lift the aircraft to the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Lance Cpl. Jerry Doughten, assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, inspects an F/A-18 Hornet engine on the fantail of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) Fire Controlman Second Class Sol Benavides loads 20mm ammunition into a Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are on a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Scarberry (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2008) An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting composite training unit exercise preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jennifer S. Kimball (Released
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    GULFPORT, Miss. (March 28, 2008) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 proceed to their second checkpoint during a patrol training exercise. The exercise was part of the annual Chief and Officers' Field Exercise where each E-7 and above must undergo classroom instruction before going into the field. NMCB 7 is for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender (Released)
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Tomacatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 launches from the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Cole (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Zack Tersteege, front, a native of Carson City, Nev., points to a smoke flare target to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Cole Drews, left, a native of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Daniel Rendon, a native of Bullhead City, Ariz., during a live-fire exercise with a Browning .50 cal. machine gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). The exercise prepares Kitty Hawk Sailors to respond to close-in threats to the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)
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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a replenishment at sea during a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk and the embarked CVW-5 squadrons deployed in early March and will undergo several training evolutions over the next month. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) An(Contracted) AS-332 Super Puma helicopter transports supplies from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew J. Lanese (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2008) Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Choi Lucero carves a roasted pig in the chief's mess aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the establishment of the chief petty officer rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Painter (Released)
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    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 31, 2008) Midshipmen from Virginia Military Institute ride a special warfare combatant craft during a Navy Expeditionary Combat Command boat formation and maneuvering demonstration. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Miller (Released)
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (March 31, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class John Lambert checks to ensure that ammunition is properly loaded into a .50-cal. rifle on the fantail of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong (Released)

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    An Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) student from Commando Course crosses an elevated tight rope of an obstacle course on February 28, 2008. The tight rope was designed to test the student’s balance and mental awareness before they can ultimately be proclaimed commandos. (Army photo)

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    Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) student descends a rope while his teammates watch during “fast rope” training in Baghdad, 22 Jan. 2008. This is part of an ongoing effort to prepare ISOF for counter-terrorism operations in Iraq. Fast roping is a method of quickly inserting troops into an area from helicopter. It demonstrates an advanced operational technique employed by ISOF

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    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – The newly formed Special Mission Platoon for the Iraqi Army 27th Brigade, being instructed by U.S Special Operations, practice INFIL/EXFIL drills with U.S. Marine CV-22 tilt rotor aircraft. (Courtesy Photo)

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    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq – The newly formed Special Mission Platoon for the Iraqi Army 27th Brigade, being instructed by U.S Special Operations, practice INFIL/EXFIL drills with U.S. Marine MH-53 helicopter crews. (Courtesy Photo)

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