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April 2009 Archive

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Part 4: Toby Keith Performs in Vicenza, Italy

Toby Keith performs for soldiers and families in Vicenza, Italy. This was the final concert in the America's Toughest USO Tour. Toby performed 17 shows in 10 days. April 30, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Willis Coley


Part 3: Toby Keith Tours Bases in Afghanistan

During his seventh tour to visit deployed troops, Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick put on two shows each day at the smaller, more remote bases FOBs & COPs. Then each night the full band would do a larger show at the closer of the large bases such as here at FOB Sharana, where the audience eagerly awaits the show to begin. USO Courtesy photo by Dave Gatley USO photo by Dave Gatley


U.S. Troops Conduct Rescue Exercise in Djibouti

A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter approaches an Air Force C-130P aircraft during a helicopter air refueling mission over Grand Bara, Djibouti, April 23, 2009. The helicopter crew is assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Six One, and the aircraft crew is assigned to the 81st Rescue Squadron. The helicopter received 13,800 pounds of fuel during the 45-minute mission. The exercise consisted of transporting pararescuemen to a water jump, aerial refueling of a CH-53E helicopter, an assault landing on an unimproved runway, and transloading a simulated survivor from the CH-53E. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt


Part 2: Toby Keith Entertains in Afghanistan

Toby Keith visits with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Battalion who are assigned to Task Force Spartan during a USO tour stop on Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province, Afghanistan, April 27,2009. U.S.Army photo by Sgt. Joshua LaPere


Part I: Toby Keith Entertains Troops in Afghanistan

Country singer/songwriter Toby Keith plays for more than 1,000 troops on Bagram Air Field, April 27, 2009. This was Keith's last show of 15 in Afghanistan as part of his seventh tour with the United Service Organizations. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger


Afghan Police Recruits Train

Afghan National Police recruits participate in entry-level training at the Central Training Center, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


Marines Conduct Air Assault Exercise in Yuma, Arizona

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jared Leiss counts the Marines in his squad as they board an MV-22 Osprey during an air assault exercise east of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 13, 2009. Leiss is a squad leader assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. The Marines were airlifted to the Blue Mountain Airfield for a live-fire exercise and to secure the airfield. The Camp Lejeune, N.C., battalion is scheduled to conclude their training in Yuma with a battalion-sized helicopter-borne assault exercise in late April, the largest exercise of its type conducted in approximately 10 years. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura A. Mapes


U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen Train in Balad, Iraq

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen are hoisted into an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a proficiency exercise outside Joint Base Balad, Iraq, April 10, 2009. The crew and airmen are assigned to the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

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