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February 26, 2006

Around the world this week.

Just a window into what the services are up to. Mostly the stuff that isn't getting all the coverage. Hover your cursor over the photo for caption and credits.


by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II</p>

<p>February 24, 2006</p>

<p>Soldiers in OH-58D Kiowa and AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment conduct a combat air patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq. 3rd ACR returns this week to Fort Carson, Colo., and is being relieved by the 1st Armored Division.

Marine Corps

060223-N-0318R-037 Atlantic Ocean (Feb. 23, 2006) – U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) assigned to the 2nd AA Battalion, Bravo Company prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during well deck certification trials. Bataan is preparing for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Ken J. Riley (RELEASED) <br />


060225-N-4772B-112 Philippine Sea (Feb. 25, 2006) - An SH-60S Seahawk from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) maneuvers over the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202), while transferring supplies to the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Sailors and Marines from the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived off the coast of Leyte Feb. 19 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of the Feb. 17 landslide on the island of Leyte, Republic of the Philippines. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian P. Biller (RELEASED)

Air Force

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFPN) – Members from the 734th Air Mobility Squadron load a 10K fork lift on a C-17 Globemaster III while the loadmaster over see the progress. The 535th Airlift Squadron and the 204th Airlift Squadron is conducting its first contingency response mission to support relief efforts in the Philippines. The composite C-17 squadron of active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard will carry meals ready to eat, water, cots, tents and personnel from the 15th Airlift Wing to help out with the mudslide. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Coast Guard.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb 17, 2006)--A boat crew on a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, Fla., conduct hoist basket training about mile off Cocoa Beach, Fla., with a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. This training is essential to keep both boat crews and air crews proficient in the lifesaving skills that Coast Guardsmen use everyday. The helicopter pounds the boat crew with neaarly 100-MPH winds and sea spray. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska

And our ABCA Allies...


KA2006-R106-0174a<br />
21 February 2006<br />
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan</p>

<p>Chief Warrant Officer Steve Bartlett, Task Force Afghanistan’s Regimental Sergeant Major takes time to reflect on the fallen. A consecration ceremony was held of the Memorial dedicated to those Canadians who gave their lives in the service of peace while serving in Afghanistan. This Memorial was originally consecrated in November 2003 at Camp Julien, Kabul. The closure of Camp Julien in November 2005 necessitated the move of the Memorial to its present location at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.<br />
Canada’s mission in Afghanistan is part of our contribution to the international campaign against terrorism. The overarching goal is to prevent Afghanistan from relapsing into a failed state that gives terrorists and terrorist organizations a safe haven. The next phase of Canadian operations in Afghanistan will continue to help improve the quality of life for the Afghan people, and to ensure that the progress made is sustainable.</p>

<p>The Canadian Forces (CF) contribution to Afghanistan will grow to about 2,000-strong by March 2006, and the deployment of additional troops has begun. Task Force Afghanistan will be based primarily at Kandahar Airfield and Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City, while approximately 85 other personnel are assigned to various military headquarters and civilian organizations in Kabul. Lastly, about 200 CF members are deployed at a support base elsewhere in South West Asia.<br />


No sleep: Heavily clothed against the cold, Pte Rob Dean and Pte Dwayne Bould watch over the suburbs of Baghdad at night.

United Kingdom

Troops provide cover for a patrol near Umm Qasr in southern Iraq.  Brit MoD photo by Allan House.