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March 2008

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U.S. Navy Seabees Build School in Ethiopia

U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Army soldiers deliver backpacks and school supplies to students in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, March. 18, 2008. A mosque is being used as a temporary school until the Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74, finish refurbishing the Abadir Primary School's ceilings, bathrooms and classrooms. The work is part of a Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa community service project. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock


Gates Visits Belgium

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Victoria Nuland, greets, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates upon his arrival in Brussels, Belgium, Mar. 31, 2008. Secretary Gates is in Belgium to visit the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Defense Dept. photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison


Gates Visits CENTCOM in Florida

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, shakes hands with Adm. William J. Fallon, outgoing commander of U.S. Central Command, as Gates arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 28, 2008. Fallon's wife Mary, center, and daughter Susan, left, were also on hand to greet Gates. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby


Medical Engagement in Kabani

U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Lisa A. Crutcher, assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group and team leader with the Iraqi Women’s Engagement, stands in the doorway of the Kabani school, controlling the throng of children awaiting medical attention during the Cooperative Medical Engagement, March 18, 2008. Crutcher, from York, Penn., headed the IWE who was in charge of searching the villagers who attended the CME. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler B. Barstow


Project HOPE in Monrovia, Liberia

U.S. Army Capt. Brian Smith and U.S. Army Pvt. Valerie McCants administer a rabies vaccine to a pet cat in Monrovia, Liberia, Mar. 24, 2008. Throughout the day, 150 doses of vaccine were administered to area pets. McCants is assigned to the 64th Medical Battalion, attached to the Africa Partnership Station. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak


U.S. Marines Provide Aid in Monrovia, Liberia

U.S. Marine Maj. Jason P. Smith, convoy commander and amphibious assault officer, takes time away from convoy operations to interact and play with some Liberian children during a convoy to deliver humanitarian supplies throughout the city of Monrovia, Liberia, March 25, 2008. Convoy operations are taking place during West African Training Cruise 2008 and in conjunction with Africa Partnership Station. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rocco DeFilippis


USO Presents Awards

Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, makes a joke about Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," at the USO Metro awards in Arlington, Va., March 25, 2008. Cartwright introduced Stewart, who received the 2008 USO-Metro Merit Award. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump


Joint Caches Search

An Iraqi National Police officer directs traffic during a cordon and search mission in Baghdad, Iraq, March 15, 2008. The search mission for illegal firearms and improvised explosive device caches is being conducted with U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey.

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