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December 2007

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12/21/2007

Chairman, USO Visit Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen gives commerative coins to troops stationed at Forward Operating Base Wilson near Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2007. Mullen arrived with the USO for a show at the base. Defense Dept. photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/21/2007

Mullen Visits Ramadi, Iraq

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen speaks with the leadership of Task Force 1/8 during a visit to the Marines forward deployed in Ramadi, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2007. After receiving the briefing, Mullen took a walking tour of the once volatile city to get a closer perspective on the gains being made in the Al-Anbar provincial city, and was greeted warmly by the locals. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/20/2007

USO Holiday Tour Visits Balad

Comedian Lewis Black, Miss USA Rachel Smith, comedian Robin Williams, musician Kid Rock and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong pose for a photo at the completion of the 2007 USO Holiday Tour stop at Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Balad, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2007. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen hosted a seven day, 15-stop tour wishing service members a happy holiday season and thanking them for their service and sacrifice. Defense Dept. photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/19/2007

Last Regional Hospital Opens in Afghanistan

A soldier from the Afghan National Army stands security watch while preparations are made to formally open a new ANA hospital, Dec. 15, 2007. The $5 million facility in Kandahar is the last of four regional hospitals to be built for the ANA by the coalition. It will serve as a trauma center, and in late 2008 it will expand from 50 to 100 beds. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Votroubek

12/19/2007

Chairman Continues Holiday Tour

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen introduces Miss USA Rachel Smith during the USO Holiday Tour stop in Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2007. Mullen also was joined by comedians Lewis Black and Robin Williams, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and award-winning recording artist Kid Rock. The group will make 15 stops in seven countries to thank troops for their sacrifice and service. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/18/2007

Operation Deep Freeze

An LC-130 Hercules is unloaded on the annual sea ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica Nov. 27, 2007, during Operation Deep Freeze. Ski-equipped LC-130s, crews and support personnel from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing are supporting the 13th Air Force-led Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica, Operation Deep Freeze. Operation Deep Freeze is a unique joint and total force mission that has supported the National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctic Program that began in 1955. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

12/18/2007

Training at Camp Atterbury

Brig. Gen. Blake E. Williams, deputy commander for First Army East, visits with mobilizing solders of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Indiana Army National Guard at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The Soldiers are being trained by First Army Operation Warrior Trainers of the 205th Infantry Brigade. More than 3,400 will take part in the state’s largest deployment efforts to Iraq. The brigade is scheduled to ship out from Fort Stewart, Ga., in January as part of their scheduled deployment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Klika

12/18/2007

Chairman, USO Make Holiday Visit

Award-winning musician Kid Rock and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong arrive at Qatar, for the USO Holiday Tour, Dec. 17, 2007. Along with Kid Rock and Armstrong, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and host of the tour Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was joined by comedians Lewis Black and Robin Williams, and Miss USA Rachel Smith in the 15-stop, seven-country tour thanking forward deployed troops for their sacrifice and service. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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