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December 2008

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12/24/2008

Santa Claus Visits Iraq

An Iraqi girl waits for the arrival of Santa Claus during a holiday-themed meeting of the Victory Base Council scouting program on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. The Victory Base Council is a group of volunteers who are working towards helping local Iraqis establish a scouting program of their own. Each week, the council gathers and leads the children through a number of events including crafts, sports and team-building events. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante

12/23/2008

Bush Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center

President George W. Bush shakes hands with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Stipp of Avon, Ind., after presenting him with two Purple Hearts, Dec. 22, 2008, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where the soldier is recovering from wounds suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Looking on are his wife, Megan, and father, Mitch Stipp. White House photo by Eric Draper

12/22/2008

Mullen Vists Troops in Afghanistan

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens to a question during an all-hands call with forward deployed servicemembers assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/22/2008

2008 USO Holiday Tour Stops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq

Grammy award-winning musician Kid Rock and Zac Brown entertain Marines and sailors stationed at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec, 19, 2008. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with his wife Deborah, welcomed musician Zac Brown; comedians John Bowman, Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black; actress Tichina Arnold; American Idol contestant and country musician Kellie Pickler on the tour. The group brought music and entertainment to servicemembers and their families stationed overseas. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/19/2008

K-9 Team Brings Added Capabilities to Rashid District

Ryky, a three-year-old Belgian Malanois, who is partnered with U.S. Army Sgt. James Harrington, prepares to leave Forward Operating Base Falcon, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2008, on cache and search operations and route clearance in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad. Harrington is assigned to the 947th Military Police Detachment, part of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.” U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Harrington

12/19/2008

U.S. Air Force Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills and Training

A new five-day deployment exercise called the Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills and Training, nicknamed BEAST, kicked off on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 15, 2008. BEAST has been added to the eight-and-a-half week Basic Military Training curriculum that began Nov. 5. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios

12/19/2008

Mullen Visits Patrol Base Olsen and Tours Samarra, Iraq

Maj. Gen. Robert Caslen, commanding general, Multinational Division North, escorts U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a tour of Patrol Base Olsen, Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2008. Mullen is visiting the base with plans to meet with residents of the area in the shadows of the Golden Dome Mosque that was nearly destroyed in 2006 by extremists. Along with his wife Deborah, Mullen is touring the Central Command Area of Responsibility as host of 2008 USO Holiday Tour. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

12/18/2008

2008 USO Holiday Tour Visits Troops in Afghanistan

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, enjoys a laugh with comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan, Dec. 17, en route to Kandahar, Afghanistan, during the 2008 USO Holiday Tour. Along with his wife Deborah, Mulllen welcomed comedian John Bowman; actress Tichina Arnold; American Idol contestant and country musician Kellie Pickler and Grammy award-winning musician Kid Rock on the tour bringing music and entertainment to servicemembers and their families stationed overseas. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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