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June 2009

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Soldiers Conduct Evacuation Training

U.S. Army Cpt. Andrew Salmo, center, answers questions from evacuees before moving them during a noncombatant evacuation training exercise conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team on Camp Mackall, N.C., June 25, 2009. Salmo is the commander of Company A., 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. The exercise tested the unit's ability to deploy on short notice to help evacuate American citizens and others trapped in a war-torn third-world country. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor


Gates and Mullen Attend Change of Command Ceremony

Left to right; U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, incoming commander of European Command, U.S. Army Gen. John Craddock, outgoing commander, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates share a light moment before the change of command ceremony at European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, June 30, 2009. Craddock relinquished command to Stavridis. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison


U.S. Soldiers Assess Civil Improvement Projects

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Pete Van Hooser discusses progress on a local sewer project with an Iraqi resident during a mission to assess civil improvement projects in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, June 21, 2009. The projects include improving market areas, street paving and local sewers. Hooser is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Company A, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick


82nd Airborne Jumpers Demonstrate Skills

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Hackett, left, and Sgt. Richard Sloan demonstrate their skills for about 10,000 spectators at the Chicago 2016 Olympic Day celebration on North Avenue Beach in Chicago, June 23, 2009. Hackett and Sloan are members of the 82nd Airborne Division's All-American Freefall Team on Fort Bragg, N.C. Sloan is displaying the newly unveiled 750 square-foot American flag. U.S. Army photo by Brandi Schiff


Mullen Visits Warsaw, Poland

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is welcomed to Warsaw, Poland, by Gen. Franciszek Gagor, chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, with a full-honors ceremony, June 29, 2009. Mullen is concluding a six-day trip to Europe visiting defense counterparts in Russia and Poland by attending the U.S. European Command change-of-command ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


U.S. Paratroopers and Iraqi Police Conduct Air Assault Mission

U.S. paratroopers and Iraqi national police rehearse the proper way to exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter prior to conducting an air assault operation on Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, June 26, 2009. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Troop K, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry. The combined forces partnered during Winged Lion ll, an Iraqi-led operation to assess security in the Ma’dain region outside eastern Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Alex Licea


Mullen Visits Moscow

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses students attending the Russian Military of the General Staff, June 27, 2009, in Moscow. Mullen, on the second day of his visit to Russia, also visited the Russian Army 27th Separate Motorized Rifle Infantry Brigade and the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


Wounded Warriors Climb Mount Denali

Four wounded warriors set out June 1 for Mount McKinley's summit with a lenicular formation, Denali Nationial Park, Alaska, June 3, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister

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