Iraq and Afghanistan





A Navy F/A-18 Hornet, armed with two AIM 9L Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips
and two GBU 16 1,000-pound Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs,
patrols the skies over Afghanistan 11/07/2001

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An M-270 armored vehicle-mounted rocket launcher (AVMRL), left,
and an M-88 armored recovery vehicle assigned to the 2nd Armored Division
sit in the desert near the Kuwaiti border during Operation Desert Storm. 02/16/1991

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US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Myron Verett and USAF SSGT Joseph Trumbull
of Task Force (TF) 1041 conduct a dismounted patrol near Balad Air Base (AB), Iraq (IRQ).
TF 1041 is comprised primarily of Airmen from the 820th Security Forces Group (SFG),
Moody Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia (GA), and supports DESERT SAFESIDE during IRAQI FREEDOM,
by performing patrols, searches, and engaging Anti-Iraqi Forces,
these missions are traditionally performed by US Army (USA) units.
This is the first time USAF Security Forces (SF) personnel performed
such missions since the Vietnam War.
Both are armed with KAC 5.56 mm Modular Weapon System (MWS) SOPMOD

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Two Navy F/A-18 Hornets, VFA-97 "Warhawks,"
patrol the skies over Afghanistan
in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Both carry external fuel tanks and are armed with
Paveway II laser guided GBU-16 1,000-pound bombs
and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT),
fighting terrorism abroad: 11/07/2001

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Two AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles from 2nd Plt., Co. A, 2nd Assault Amphibian Bn.,
drive onto the beach as equipment is unloaded from the utility landing craft LCU-1663 in the background.
The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade's (4th MEB's) ground units are coming ashore
at Onslow Beach after disembarking from the amphibious ships on which they were deployed
in the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm: 04/01/1991

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120823-N-NZ569-144 ARABIAN SEA (Aug. 23, 2012)
An F/A-18C Hornet from the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83
launches from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts
and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Bloom/Released)














USMC Harrier

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier V/STOL attack aircraft lands
on the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7)
on Sep. 19, 2006 in the Persian Gulf.
The IWO JIMA is on a six-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations
and the Global War on Terrorism.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST SEAMAN (AW) Joshua T. Rodriguez)
(Released), 09/19/2006





A B-52H Stratofortress from the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing heads back,
with an unused GBU-32 (Mk-84 2,000-pound bomb) JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition),
to Diego Garcia after a successful bombing mission over Afghanistan. 10/30/2001

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A U.S. Army Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member stands by to assist
in the presentation the Global War on Terror awards to Soldiers
of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan,
on Sept. 6, 2004, during a Combat Unit Patch ceremony.
(U.S. Army photo by SPEC. Jerry T. Combs) (Released): 09/06/2004

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After searching the village of Basleng a rainbow appears as US Army (USA) Soldiers
prepare to walk to their next objective while participating in Operation VIPER.
Charlie Company (C CO), 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) (2/504th)
are visiting various villages, during Operation VIPER, searching for
members of the Taliban and any weapons that could be used against forces fighting
the war on terrorism in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM: 02/19/2003

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A demolished Iraqi T-55 main battle tank lies abandoned in the desert
after Iraqi forces deserted the region during Operation Desert Storm: 03/04/1991

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Lance CPL. John M. Patton wipes down his M-2 .50-caliber machine gun
while standing guard on the perimeter of a desert camp site following
the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm: 02/01/1991

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An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber from the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing,
takes off in full after-burner for a combat mission over Afghanistan.
B-1B bombers have dropped over 3.8 million pounds of weapons and over 60 percent
of all Joint Direct Attack Munitions to date and flown over 120 sorties
for an overall sortie rate of 93 percent. 11/12/2001

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An Air Force load crew from the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing, prepare GBU-32,
a 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to be loaded on a B-1B Lancer bomber.
Air Force B-2 Spirit, B-1 Lancer, and B-52 Stratofortress bombers expended more
than 80 percent of the tonnage dropped on combat missions over Afghanistan to date.
The Air Force flew more than 600 sorties including strike missions against al Qaeda
and Taliban targets in Afghanistan. These targets include early-warning radar systems,
ground forces, Command-and-Control facilities, al Qaeda infrastructure, airfields and aircraft.
11/06/2001

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