Pictures from the front

How about a few pics? (Click on each for a larger version. Often going back to the source will get you an even larger larger version.)

U.S. Army Maj. Jennifer Bailey reads a book to Iraqi girls during a humanitarian mission near Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq, July 23, 2006. Bailey is from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika, U.S. Army. (Released)

Reminds me of Without them, man is nothing.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Preston A Disabb, of Dam Security Unit 2, mans the .50 caliber machine gun during an early morning patrol down the Euphrates River near Hadithah, Iraq, July 13, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian M Henner) (Released)

An F-14D Tomcat, aircraft number 100, assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) makes a near supersonic fly-by above the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet. Theodore Roosevelt is completing Joint Task Force Exercises with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird (RELEASED)

Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), an F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31), aircraft number 112, completes the final catapult launch of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. The last launch marks the end of an era for Naval Aviation. The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet. Theodore Roosevelt is completing Joint Task Force Exercises with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird (RELEASED)

Staff Sgt. Kim A. Rowland, combat engineer assigned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, found several insurgent weapons caches during Operation Spotlight. The operation covered Fuhaylat, south of Fallujah, Iraq. Marines rescured three Iraqi hostages and uncovered several weapons caches including enemy RPG’s, rockets, mines, rifles, ammunition, bomb-making material.

A group of Marines from 1st Battalion, 25 Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, move an insurgent rocket found while conducting Operation Spotlight. The operation took place in the Fuhaylat, south of Fallujah, Iraq where three hostages were rescued and several weapons caches were located and destroyed by Marines.

The story about the two preceding photos, along with a couple more pics, is at Marines rescue three hostages, uncover weapons caches in Operation Spotlight on Marines.mil.

U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment and Iraqi soldiers inspect the wreckage left from a suicide truck bomber against one of the Marines’ forward operating bases along the Iraqi-Syrian border, July 13, 2006. All that remains of the incident is a burnt chassis. The car bomb was described by Lt. Col. Nicholas F. Marano, the battalion’s commanding officer, as possibly the largest IED attack against Marines deployed near the border. One Marine, 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Lawrence F. Hiller of Austin, Texas, is credited to stopping the suicide bomber from breaching the Marines’ outpost and causing further damage. Hiller’s actions quite possibly saved lives, according to Marano. “Had Lance Cpl. Hiller not been alert at his post, this incident could have easily become catastrophic,” said Marano. Since the battalion arrived here four months ago, the Marines have encountered mostly IED attacks, they say. Firefights between insurgents and Marines in this area have become rare since a large-scale offensive operation was launched in November 2005 to hamper the terrorists’ control of the area. Back then, a previous Marine unit fought face-to-face daily with enemy forces during the four-week operation, which resulted in an estimated 150 insurgents killed or captured. (Photo by Cpl. Antonio Rosas)

Comments

  1. ‘One Marine, 24-year-old Lance Cpl. Lawrence F. Hiller of Austin, Texas, is credited to stopping the suicide bomber from breaching the Marines’ outpost and causing further damage. Had Lance Cpl. Hiller not been alert at his post, this incident could have easily become catastrophic,’ LAWRENCE? ‘Lawrence, what, of Arabia?’ ‘Only faggots and sailors are called Lawrence!’ Seriously, Lcpl Hiller should be awarded the Silver Star!

  2. MO, Regarding the first pic, I think it’s telling that you need to keep your brain bucket on even when you’re sitting down and reading stories to little girls.