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Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Boy, oh boy, this stuff sure evokes memories of similar experiences, "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", when I was a young soldier in the United States Army serving in the Republic of Viet Nam!

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In this official United States Air Force photograph taken by Technical Sergeant Francisco V. Govea II on Friday 20 November 2009, a dog rides in the backpack of a soldier in the United States Army on Combat Outpost Jeleran, Afghanistan.

The dog, named "Cookie", is the unofficial mascot of the First Battalion, Seventeenth Infantry Regiment.

In this official United States Army photograph taken by Staff Sergeant Andrew Smith, soldiers in the United States Army enjoy their holiday meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 26 November 2009.
The soldiers are deployed with Company D, Third Battalion, Five Hundred and Ninth Infantry Regiment.

Second Lieutenant Peter Sprenger, who lost his eye in combat, and overcame tremendous obstacles in order to remain in the United States Army, become qualified as an Airborne Ranger, and become a commissioned officer, receives his second lieutenant bars from his father and General Petraeus on Thursday 19 November 2009.

Paratroopers from Company F, Four Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Infantry (Airborne), Long Range Surveillance, Michigan National Guard and commandos from the Third Iraqi Army based in Al Kisuk, Iraq, await extraction just outside of Biyaj, Iraq on Saturday 07 November 2009.

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