A U.S. Army mortar platoon from 4th Battalion 64 Armor Regiment fires on Iraqi forces from a presidential palace compound in Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday, April 8, 2003
A U.S. Army tank guards the entrance to a presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad Monday, April 7, 2003. The Army entered the Iraqi capital in force Monday
An M1A1 Abrams Tank sends a HEAT round down range during the tank screening.
A U.S. Army vehicle from the 4th Battalion 64 Armor Regiment "Assasins" smashes a mosaic of Saddam Hussein outside the Iraqi Republican Guard Medina Division headquarters south of Baghdad Saturday, April 5, 2003. U.S. forces took over the compound Saturday, which had been heavily bombed by the U.S. Air Force and abandoned by Iraqi forces
Soldiers of Detachment 2, Charlie Company 1-169 Aviation Battalion and 1207th US Army Hospital tests their skills during a medical evacuation exercise on Camp Bondsteel. The exercise had been part of A Mass Causality Exercise to help both the aviation and hospital medical teams work together to hone their crafts. November 7th 2009
U.S Army Soldiers during Mobilization training for KFOR 12. All Photos are from between 08 Oct 2007 & 26 Aug 2009
Some Photos of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the late 1990's
Historical Images (SETAF)
All Photos are of the 5th Southern European Task Force (SETAF), Vicenza, Italy and are from the SETAF Historical Images Archive
(Sorry but there are no captions with any of these Photos)
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I love it! All you have to do is look at those pictures and you can understand how much a combat equipped jump sucks!
^--Quite common for a training Humvee when 1151s aren't available. All they need to stop is blanks, so who cares what it is made out of?
So has the US decided on wich upgrade for the blackhawk they are going to do? In terms of making a multipurpose heli? Would be nice if they are making it intense combat capable.
BAGHDAD – Soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division take weapon clearing procedures very seriously, as if their battle buddy's life depended on it: Because it does.
"The very moment you take the weapon clearing procedures lightly is the moment where a Soldier could get seriously injured or maybe killed," said Staff Sgt. John Moore, from Dresden, Germany.
Clearing a weapon isn't a one-time thing or done just when you feel like it.
"When we go out on missions, we lock and load all of our weapons to protect ourselves from the enemy," said 1st Lt. Brandon Pasko, a Cincinnati native. "So when we return it's our responsibility, as leaders, to protect ourselves, from ourselves, by conducting and checking for the proper weapon clearing procedures."
They explained that there are several reasons why weapon clearing procedures are so important, and why it is necessary to be aware of what to do when you are standing in front of the clearing barrel.
"By ensuring that my Soldiers know the steps [to clearing a weapon] and can perform it every time, I can ensure my Soldiers aren't carrying a loaded weapon back to their room," said Moore. "I am also implementing discipline into each Soldier."
Soldiers in the unit said they understand the purpose for the constant performing of the weapon clearing procedures.
"When I become that leader of a couple Soldiers, it will be my responsibility to teach them the procedures and the reason why we do it," said Spc. Joshua Winslow, a Raleigh, N.C., native. "After I teach my Soldiers and [when] they get Soldiers, they will teach them."
It may seem like a simple thing to remember, but the Soldiers said that they are aware of the importance of the procedure and know that complacency kills.
"It's the small details and routine things that can be the most important," said Pasko. "We are constantly in a fight against fratricide, and this is just one of our tools."
U.S. Soldiers of the 4-31st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, walk through a local farm in search of a possible mortar impact site at Forward Operating Base Carver, Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 22, 2009.