Sgt. David Watters, 25, of Scranton, Penn., with the 112th Military Police Battalion, inspects a boy’s box that contained chicks at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on Sunday.
Pfc. Todd Tviede, center, from Huntington Beach, Calif., and other members of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, relax at their camp in Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday. The Marines plan to conduct joint patrols with Iraqi paramilitary troops in the city later this week.
An Iraqi man on Sunday talks with a member of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) while trying to cross a military checkpoint run jointly by the U.S. Army and the ICDC on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq. Military policeman Dan Hughes, from Shamokin, Penn., looks on.
Adnan Saleb Ibrahim, a member of the U.S.-trained Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC), greets an American military policeman at a checkpoint at the entrance to Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday.
Skyler Delang, 3, of Lancaster, N.Y., salutes as the 105th Military Police Company arrives at the Niagara Falls Air Base in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Saturday after returning from Iraq. Delang was brought to the ceremony by his grandfather, a retired air base official.
Sgt. Dan Hughes, 22, of Shamokin, Penn., a member of the 112th Military Police Battalion, hands out candies to children at a checkpoint operated by U.S. military and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps personnel on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on Sunday.
An outgoing U.S. military convoy passes by residents of Fallujah, Iraq, as they make their way into the city on Sunday after passing through a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city.
Lance Cpl. Michael Boscia, 23, of Bedford, N.Y., a member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, keeps a security post on Friday while standing near a 7-ton truck destroyed by enemy fire on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq.
Sergeant 1st Class (Promotable) Matt Wilson and Staff Sgt. John Sheaffer hug coach Eddie Noland, center, facing camera, after crossing the finish line for the Buddy Run on Sunday. All three soldiers are with the 75th Ranger Regiment, based out of Fort Benning, Ga. Their team came in second at the Best Ranger Competition.
An Iraqi man throws gas onto a burning Army Humvee in Baghdad on Monday. An explosion leveled a building in the northern part of the city Monday, setting four nearby Humvees on fire. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in the blast. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.
Lance Cpl. Antonio Villanueva, 20, from Del Rio, Texas, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, trains members of the Iraqi police on Tuesday in Fallujah, Iraq. As part of a peace agreement, Marines will begin joint-training operations with the Iraqi organizations beginning this week
Cpl. Matthew Basso, 23, from Staten Island, N.Y., and a member of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, trains members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) on Tuesday in Fallujah, Iraq.
Marine 1st Sgt. Dwayne Farr, with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, plays his bagpipes in Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday for his fellow Marines.
Army Cpl. Lamont Frey, 48, from Tamaqua, Penn., a member of the 112th Military Police Battalion, has a cigarette lit by a member of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on Tuesday.
Army Rangers jump from a Black Hawk helicopter during the helocast/swim event at the 21st Annual Best Ranger Competition, at Fort Benning, Ga., on Sunday. The competition is held to test contestants’ physical, mental and technical abilities.
Capt. John Serafini, a Ranger from Joint Security Area Korea, attempts to land in the drop zone during the spot-jump portion of the 2004 Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., on Friday. The competition started in 1981 with the goal of creating a contest that would place extreme demands on the teams’ physical, mental, and technical abilities as Rangers.
Hospital corpsmen deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) work together to pull a victim out of the water and into a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during Search and Rescue (SAR) training. Kennedy is finishing up final preparations for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.
Marines inspect a vehicle in which the occupants were killed by U.S. soldiers after it broke through a checkpoint and fired on the soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, on Thursday
A Marine untangles himself from security wire while he and other Marines from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, break down their camp defenses in Fallujah, Iraq, on Thursday. Military officials on Thursday announced an agreement to end a bloody, nearly four-week-old siege of Fallujah, saying American forces will pull back and allow an all-Iraqi force, commanded by a former general in Saddam Hussein’s regime, to take over security.
Lt. Col. Thomas Brewer shares a light moment with his daughter Kalee, 10, after he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Lakota Warrior Award in a ceremony in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday. Brewer received the Bronze Star for bravery in action when he was pinned down and separated from his unit following an ambush in Afghanistan
Cpl. Matthew Basso, 23, of Staten Island, N.Y., a member of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, demonstrates patrol tactics to members of the Iraqi police in Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday. Marines are training Iraqi police in preparation for upcoming joint patrols in the city.
Lance Cpl. Clayton Schmidt, 23, from Naperville, Ill., a member of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, gives a thumbs-up to a member of the Iraqi police, April 28, 2004, during training for upcoming joint patrol missions in Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday.
A member of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps takes cover behind a Marine 7-ton truck in Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday, during training for joint patrol missions with the Marines scheduled to begin Thursday.
Lance Cpl. Jordan Sherwood, 21, of Roanoke, Va., with the Marines’ Combat Camera, shows members of the Iraqi police photos he made at a training event for upcoming joint patrol missions in Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday.
Soldiers detain an Iraqi woman and her son as they search an area in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Several Iraqis were detained after an unknown gunman shot dead a soldier there on Tuesday, an Army officer said.
A soldier’s helmet lies on the asphalt after an attack on an Army convoy outside Baqubah, Iraq, on Thursday. One soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy, a U.S. military spokesman said.
A soldier guards a checkpoint as an Iraqi man and child look on at the entrance to Fallujah, Iraq, on Friday. U.S. commanders met with local representatives to work out details of a deal aimed at lifting the month-long siege of the city.
Spc. Lawrence Sims, from New Jersy, Pfc. Mike Doswell, from Atlanta, and Spec. William Baily, from Worland, Wyo., detain a terrorist suspect in southeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday. Soldiers from Blackfoot Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, have been searching the area for al Qaida, Taliban and other terrorist elements.
Army Lt. Jim Estes, from Lancaster, Calif., and leader of 3rd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, and Bryan Hanks, from Spokane, Wash., pause Tuesday while walking down from the village of Zan Shora, in southeastern Afghanistan.
Air Force Lt. Jim Estes talks with Capt. A. Rodell Severson, an A-10 pilot and battalion air liaison officer from San Diego on Wednesday. Pictured with them is a soldier from the Afghan Militia Force.
Lt. Jim Estes looks for targets during an engagement with anti-coalition forces near the Pakistani border on Wednesday.
Air Force Capt. A. Rodell Severson and Airman 1st Class Kristopher Dunning, from Brookfield, Wis., signal to patrolling A-10s in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. Both are with the 354th Operations Group from the 354th Fighter Wing based at Eilson Air Force Base, Alaska.
Army Spc. Colby Hover, from Moroni, Utah, makes friends with a little goat outside the village of Zan Shora, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.
Spc. Joshua, from Jamestown, N.H., and attached to the Sapper Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, rides atop an up-armored Humvee in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Spc. Paul Rains, from Tibbie, Ala., passes lip balm to Spc. Michael Slack, from Claremont, N.H., after a night spent watching the Pakistani border on Wednesday.
Coast Guardsman Jeremy Cummings mans an M-60 machine gun Wednesday on a patrol boat that is part of Joint Task Force operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees from the Afghanistan conflict are held. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider whether the detainees can ask U.S. courts to review their cases. Approximately 600 prisoners from the U.S. war in Afghanistan remain in detention.