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October 20, 2005

American Myrmidons in Action.

For our veterans of the 7th Cavalry...

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A young girl gets her feet measured for a new pair of shoes. Soldiers of B Company 448th Civil Affairs Battalion CATA 5 attached to 3-7 Cavalry give away shoes in Al Nafees primary school in Al Kafajyeh, Baghdad, 08 October, 2005.

Depending on your view, this is a "Aw, shucks" kind of picture. But a Brit soldier might well come away with a slighty different view. Not negative about what is being done - but about the armed and armored soldier. A Brit troop might or might not be wearing body armor in this situation, but would probably have a beret on vice a helmet. There is some truth to the observation, but there is also some truth to the fact that the Stars and Stripes draws more fire than the Union flag.

And in general (click the leading numbers in the captions)

051018-N-5526M-004 18, Oct 2005 A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter passes over a CH-47 Chinook on its way back from a mission providing food, water, and medicine to remote villages suffering from hurricane Stan in Guatemala. Personnel from U.S. Southern Command from Joint Task Force Bravo continues to provide assistance to the government and the people of Guatemala as part of an ongoing disaster relief effort. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate 1st class Robert McRill (RELEASED)

051016-N-5526M-048 16 Oct 2005 Specialist Ryan Becker from Easton, Pennsylvania unloads food, water, and medicine from a Army Blackhawk helicopter during relief efforts for victims of hurricane Stan. Personnel from U.S. Southern Command Joint Task Force Bravo continue to provide assistance to the government and the people of Guatemala as part of an ongoing disaster relief effort. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate 1st class Robert McRill (RELEASED)

Reference a point made my Dr. Funk in the comments - does anyone know if any European nations are directly helping with relief efforts? Vice I'm sure there is monetary/in-kind assistance coming out of the EU, I was wondering if there was any other kind - granting, this is somewhat in our backyard and therefore easier for us to get to - but I recall Dutch Navy vessels helping out in New Orleans.