Gates Visits Joint Base Balad in Iraq

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks off a U.S. Air Force plane as U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Multinational Force Iraq commander,  salutes him on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. Gates traveled to Iraq, where he held a town hall meeting with troops in Balad. The Iraq stop was the last in four-day tour of the Middle East in which Gates met with regional commanders and troops.   DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates prepares to eat lunch with troops on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates eats lunch with troops representing all the military services on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates eats lunch with troops representing all the military services on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • Seen through a window, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with servicemembers during lunch on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, holds a town hall meeting with troops serving on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks with the troops during a town hall meeting on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • Servicemembers listen as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks during a town hall meeting on Joint Base Balad in Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, and U.S. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Force Iraq,  during a meeting on Joint Base Balad in Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, second from left, Multinational Force Iraq commander, walk together after a meeting on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets servicemembers before leaving Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 13, 2008. Gates wrapped up a four-day tour of the Middle East meeting with regional commanders and troops. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison