FILE – In a May 9, 2012 file photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall, File)
OFF THE COAST OF CAMP LEJEUNE N.C. (May 14, 2008) — Hospitalman Armando Doc Rebledo, a corpsman for Battalion Landing Team 2/6s Company F, receives orders from his platoon sergeant during a simulated raid, Tuesday. The raid was part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Units Expeditionary Strike Group Integration Training here. The raid was an excellent training opportunity for the Marines and sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima to work together, and addressed critical muscle movements that well be required to perform when we are forward deployed, said Capt. Mark Cameron, the commander of Fox Company. The training is part of the 26th MEUs six month predeployment training cycle and is the first time the elements of the MEU loaded their equipment and personnel aboard the ships that will make up the USS Iwo Jima ESG.
US Army 101st Airborne 3-187 “Bravo” company platoon leaders direct troop movements as they conduct a sensitive site exploitation (SSE) mission in the Southeastern Afghanistan town of Narizah 23 July, 2002. The three day mission, intended to deny sanctuary to Al Qaida and Taliban fighters in villages along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border resulted in the recovery of several weapons caches and one Afghan detained for questioning. (Photo by Scott Nelson/Getty Images)
Soldiers from the 1230th Transportation Company, a National Guard Unit out of Thomasville, Ga., supporting the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, made one last retrograde run to Forward Operating Base Kunduz, in October 2013, to pick up the last items to be retrograded prior to transferring the base to Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Army courtesy photo from 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion/Released)
080715-N-4431B-581 BUKIT TIOMAN DARAT, Malaysia (July 15, 2008) Malaysian army rangers and U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marines, wade ashore from Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1634 at a beachhead during an amphibious exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist (Released)
Eight MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft from the Air Force Reserve’s 711th Special Operations Squadron, 919th Special Operations Wing line a portion of the flight line, Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Campbell Army Airfield. The crews and aircraft traveled from Duke Field, Fla. to wait out the severe weather expected from Isaac. (U.S. Army photo by Nondice L. Thurman, Fort Campbell Public Affairs)
Paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division lay down suppressive fire while assaulting an objective on Sicily Drop Zone during the Joint Readiness Training Exercise conducted during the final day of the 2008 All American Week held at Fort Bragg. (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor)
051022-F-2828D-160 Two U.S. Army AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopters return from a combat mission to Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, on Oct. 22, 2005. The Apaches are attached to the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
July 21, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ave I. Pele/Released)
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment, patrol a vacant lot in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Steve Faulisi)
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion-8th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade-25th Infantry Division fire an M777 A2 howitzer to calibrate the guns and improve accuracy. The calibration took place at Camp Buehring, Kuwait and was the last requirement for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team to complete before heading into Iraq.
980726-A-0089G-001 26 July 1998, Ft. Benning, GA Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division Ft. Campbell KY, simulate a slingloade, in preparation for the exercise Rapid Force Projection Initiative (RFPI) being held at Fort Benning GA. RFPI is a field experiment designed to test new equipment and its usefulness with the Light Forces on the battle field. Image by SPC Russell J. Good 55th SIgnal Co. (COMCAM) Ft. Meade MD 20755.
Multi-National Division–Baghdad Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, maneuver down a path while receiving heavy indirect fire and rocket-propelled grenade fire just on the outskirts of Shulla May 16. The troops were in the area searching for a possible weapons cache when an improvised-explosive device was detonated, followed by hours of indirect and RPG fire. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. James Hunter)
Marines from Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment fire an M777 howitzer during a training exercise aboard Camp Fallujah, Iraq, April 19. Marines from the battery are supporting a myriad of roles during their deployment with Regimental Combat Team 1 including personal security detachments and explosive ordnance disposal security teams. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Nathaniel C. LeBlanc)
Soldiers from the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to attach a Humvee to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter June 26, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers participated in a two-day training exercise, which further developed the company’s competency at providing logistical support through sling loads. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan U.S. Army Pfc. John L. Wempe, a human resources specialist with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is handed a pair of gold spurs, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
The 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron held a “Final Guardmount” ceremony May 15 to honor those who have fallen in combat from both security forces and the office of special investigations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Domonique Simmons)
080110-N-6891S-184 BAGHDAD (Jan. 10, 2008) U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 502 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, take point during Operation NANNO II. The U.S. Army-led mission focused on clearing Al Qaeda operatives out of a south Baghdad neighborhood. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Petty Officer Kim Smith (Released)
A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, delivers two Humvees during air assault training at Campbell Army Airfield on Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 7, 2012. The unit was practicing an air assault demonstration for the upcoming Week of the Eagles Air Show. (U.S. Army photo by Sam Shore/Released)
Spc. D’Metri Q. Sullivan a native of Albany, Ga., and a patient administrator with the Task Force Lifeliner, gathers medical information from Pfc. Mark A. Welch and Staff Sgt. Craig A. Greene, both medics with TF Lifeliner during a mass-casualty training exercise June 7, at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Sullivans responsibility during this training is to keep track and compile data for those casualties. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)
Photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs May 16, 2008 Soldiers from Troop B, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, rush a simulated enemy hideout during a situational training exercise May 8.
Paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division lay down suppressive fire to cover the assault on an objective while C-17s drop more parachutists onto the drop zone behind them during the Joint Readiness Training Exercise held on the final day of the 2008 All American Week celebration at Fort Bragg. (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor)
Marines from Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment fire an M777 howitzer during a training exercise aboard Camp Fallujah, Iraq, April 19. Marines from the battery are supporting a myriad of roles during their deployment with Regimental Combat Team 1 including personal security detachments and explosive ordnance disposal security teams. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Ted Vickers)
A Soldier with C Company, 3-187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division walks across a field during a joint patrol with Afghan National Security Forces in Andar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 07, 2011. The 3-187th also known as the Iron Rakkasans are partnering with Afghan National Security Forces to bring stability to the Andar District in Eastern Afghanistan. (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)
Spc. Zachary Nattrass, a vehicle gunner assigned to Distribution Platoon, Company G, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), demonstrates the proper usage of a head space and timing gage for Afghan National Army soldiers on a M2 Browning .50 calibre machine gun at an ANA outpost in Qalandar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 8, 2013. The class was held in conjunction with a partnership mission to assist ANA forces with security in their area of operations. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)
First Lt. Steve Whitton, a platoon leader with Company A, 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 17th Fires Brigade, briefs his platoon before they convoy through an improvised-explosive-device training lane during a situational training exercise. Soldiers with Company A conducted training operations to develop leadership capabilities, teamwork and overall situational awareness. As a support unit, the company is made up of soldiers who must be ready to undergo any unforeseen obstacles in order to provide mission-essential supplies during a deployment. By completing training scenarios, the soldiers can actively practice techniques needed to achieve mission success and will stand ready to employ those techniques at any time. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Goodall, 17th Fires Brigade Public Affairs)
Combined Joint Task Force-101 Commander, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, is greeted by Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, Operations Officer, U.S.Army Maj. Carlos Martinez, upon arrival to Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, to do a battle field assessment, July 29, 2010. (Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Ave I. Pele/Released)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander, commends U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy Schumacher of Taloma, Tenn., Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in the Pech River Valley March 31. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, Task Force Bastogne)
Corporal Roland L. Ramirez, 22, a team leader with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, from Mission, Texas, patrols through the city of Bani Dahir, Iraq, during a census patrol in the city. Marines with Company K conducted the patrol to find out what the community thinks about Marines and Iraqi Police. Marines were pleased to find out that the local populace’s confidence in the IP is growing.
FORT CAMPBELL, KY – Soldiers and Leaders from the Strike Brigade staff, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), create a plan of attack prior to an air assault mission during an operation Talon Shock, July 12 held at Fort Campbell, Ky. Talon Shock is a 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, training exercise that puts stateside Strike Soldiers in a deployed like scenario.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)
110118-A-6760G-041 U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Oszczakiewicz, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, scans for insurgents as the platoon receives small-arms fire from across a wadi, or valley, in Zambar, Khowst province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 18, 2011. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, U.S. Army. (Released)
OFF THE COAST OF CAMP LEJEUNE N.C. (May 14, 2008) Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Battalion Landing Team 2/6s Company F, fire blank rounds at simulated targets during a pretend raid, Tuesday. The raid was part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Units Expeditionary Strike Group Integration Training here. The raid was an excellent training opportunity for the Marines and sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima to work together, and addressed critical muscle movements that well be required to perform when we are forward deployed, said Capt. Mark Cameron, the commander of Fox Company. The training is part of the 26th MEUs six month predeployment training cycle and is the first time the elements of the MEU loaded their equipment and personnel aboard the ships that will make up the USS Iwo Jima ESG.
Marines from Weapons Platoon, Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, rush to the firing line with their Shoulder-fired Multipurpose Anti-armor Weapons, or SMAWs, Sept. 25, 2008, aboard Fort Pickett, Va., a Virginia Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center. Kilo Company trained with practice grenades, trainer variants of the AT-4 light anti-armor weapon, and SMAWs loaded with small-caliber spotting rounds. BLT 3/2 is aboard Fort Pickett for their off-site training, the first in a series of progressively more complex exercises during the 22nd MEU’s six-month pre-deployment training cycle. The MEU is preparing for a scheduled six-month deployment this spring. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Theodore W. Ritchie)
FALLUJAH, Iraq (Sept. 21, 2008) – Lance Cpl. Jeffery Evans (above), a TOW gunner with Mobile Assault Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, fires an M220 Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked Wire-Guided (TOW) missile from a HMMWV turret here, Sept. 21. The platoon performed the live-fire exercise in conjunction with medium and heavy machine gun suppression to train junior Marines who are trained TOW gunners by military occupational specialty (MOS). (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chris Lyttle) (RELEASED)
080710-N-1424C-545- CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (July 10, 2008)- Marine Amphibious Assult Vehicles storm up Red Beach while Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) 2008 operations are ongoing. JLOTS 2008 will establish command and control of Army and Navy units, construct a Life Support Area (LSA), conduct force protection operations, execute an in-stream offload of shipping from a sea echelon area, employ Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS), retrograde and safely redeploy allocated forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian P. Caracci. (RELEASED)
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100808-A-4830W-003 U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Charles Evans (right) a platoon leader with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division gives a briefing to soldiers from the Afghan National Army before an air assault mission on the Tut village in Andar district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 8, 2010. DoD photo by Spc. Lorenzo D. Ware, U.S. Army. (Released)
U.S. Soldiers, with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provide security for a medical evacuation scenario during training at Campbell Army Airfield on Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 7, 2012. The unit was practicing an air assault demonstration for the upcoming Week of the Eagles Air Show. Shown are UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Sam Shore/Released)
Pfc. Mckindrea Harvey, a cook with 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shoots her M4 rifle during a squad live fire exercise, here, Feb. 15. The live fire was both a training opportunity for the soldiers and a test for leadership within the unit. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr., 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)