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Posted: 12/12/2003 7:52:11 PM EDT

Crew members provide security while a blown tire is removed from a Stryker vehicle with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID, north of Baghdad on Monday.


Cpl. Brian Hartmann changes a blown tire from a Stryker vehicle with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID, north of Baghdad on Monday.


A Standard Missile-3 is launched from the Aegis cruiser Lake Erie as part of the Missile Defense Agency’s latest Ballistic Missile Defense System test to defeat a medium-range ballistic missile threat. The SM-3, part of the Aegis Weapon System, intercepted a target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii at an approximate speed of 3.7 kilometers per second.


Sgt. Krissy Beck, 21, left, looks over the engine of a heavy equipment transport truck as her father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Beck, 40, center, checks other parts of the truck while his wife, Sgt. Geraldine Beck, 33, looks on Sunday at Wendell H. Ford Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The family is preparing for eventual deployment to Iraq.


Army Sgt. David Mulvihill strains to get across a 50-foot guide wire in an obstacle course during the French Commando Training at Arta Plage, Horn of Africa, in November. The training was the first time American forces have gone through the three-week commando course that was held by French Foreign Legion instructors.


Combat Cargo crewmembers secure a forklift to a Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship Peleliu on Tuesday, which is currently operating in the Northern Arabian Sea in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


A troubleshooter with the “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 signals a go launch for an F/A-18 Hornet from one of four steam-powered catapults aboard the carrier George Washington somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.


An Apache AH-640 helicopter demonstrates it capabilities during the Dubai 2003 International Aerospace Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates Sunday. Dubai’s annual air show, one of the world’s largest, opened Sunday, attracting 550 aviation-related companies from 360 countries to display their wares.


Link Posted: 12/12/2003 8:11:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/12/2003 8:14:52 PM EDT by METT-T]
Sgt. Krissy Beck, 21, left, looks over the engine of a heavy equipment transport truck as her father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Beck, 40, center, checks other parts of the truck while his wife, Sgt. Geraldine Beck, 33, looks on Sunday at Wendell H. Ford Training Center in Greenville, Ky. The family is preparing for eventual deployment to Iraq. Gotta be the guy's second wife, right? Right? I guess it is Kentucky, tho. On edit: yes, stepmother. Sgt. Krissy Beck is right cute, too.
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 8:15:39 PM EDT
That is SO surreal seeing the 2ID patch in subdued desert camo. Second to None!
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