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March 2006

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Leaving Iwo Jima

U.S. Marine Corps armored amphibious vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team leave the beach on the island of Iwo Jima to return to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry in the Philippine Sea, March 8, 2006. The Harpers Ferry, along with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are visiting Iwo Jima to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the famous Pacific War battle in February 1945. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian P. Biller


Welcome Home

Cyril Vickens welcomes home his brother U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Bashir Bilala, an aviation maintenance administrator with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Detachment 4, upon the unit's arrival at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., March 8, 2006. The unit completed a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia and Eastern Africa with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kimara Johnson


Standing Guard

U.S. Marine Corps Lance. Cpl. Wilson stands guard in an abandoned house serving as a patrol base in Fallujah, Iraq, March 2, 2006. Wilson is assigned to the 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Adaecus G. Brooks


Training Execise

A U.S. Marine fast ropes from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to the deck of the USS Peleliu during a training exercise, March 8, 2006. The Marine is assigned to Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Camp Pendleton, Calif. The unit is on a six-month deployment throughout the western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Marine Corps photo by 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit


End of an Era

U.S. Navy Lt. Ken Hockycko and Lt. Roy Emanuel, F-14D Tomcat pilots assigned to the "Black Lions" of Fighter Squadron 213, launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Atlantic Ocean, March 10, 2006. Fighter Squadrons 213 and 31 are completing their final deployment flying the F-14 Tomcat and this takeoff marks the final launch of an F-14 on deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Cole


Flight Deck Ops

U.S. Navy sailors observe flight operations on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise March 9, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Jhi L. Scott



U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Williston, assigned with the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron, uses his firefighting skills to put out a fire during a training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 2, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kasey Zickmund


Galaxy Support

A C-5 Galaxy from the Air Force Reserve Command's 433rd Airlift Wing is ready to depart a deployed location, March 9, 2006, on another mission supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jeremy Angel

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