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Joseph Curry, Deputy CHIEF, New York Fire Department, barks orders to rescue teams as firefighters and rescue teams search for survivors through the rubble and debris of the World Trade Centers in New York City in the area known as Ground Zero, after the 9/11 terrorists attacks

Chemical Warfare Service - Drills With Clouds of Smoke- United States - Camp Dix, Wrightstown, New Jersey. Practice in gas attacks

Western front. Bringing the carrier pigeons which are protected against gas attacks forward

Carrier pigeons in German army service. Taking the pigeons to the carrier pigeon station in the front lines. For protection against gas attacks a special gas-box is taken along. March 1917

Chemical Warfare Service - Drills - Masks - This picture illustrates the respiratory drill which is held behind the British lines every time a company leaves for the trenches. The proper use and adjustment is demonstrated in this drill as its purpose is to prevent suffering in the enemy's gas attacks.

Camouflage - Smoke Screens - Smoke screens on battlefield. The smoke screen is used to veil operations and attacks. The Infantry often advances behind a smoke screen which entirely obscure them

Colleges and Universities - Harvard University - Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) - Harvard University R.O.T.C. in training at Fresh Pond, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lieutenant Morize of the French Army, explaining infantry attacks

The carrier pigeons in the German army service. A gas protection box for use during gas attacks. March 1917

Chemical Warfare Service - Drills - Instruction - National Army men learn how to meet gas attacks

The Fleet That Came To Stay

The Fleet That Came To Stay
The Fleet That Came To Stay

A view of the U.S. Embassy, destroyed by terrorist bombing on April 18, 1983. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontations between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been the targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been the targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of buildings along a shell-damaged street in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a bomb-destroyed building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of an observation post and buildings on the outskirts of Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorists attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Statues remain standing against a backdrop of bomb destroyed buildings. Buildings throughout Beirut have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of the U.S. Embassy, destroyed by terrorist bombing on April 18, 1983. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontations between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

The bombed remains of a car and truck litter an area on the outskirts of Beirut. The city has been the target of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Cars travel past a bomb-destroyed building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorists attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been the targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

An empty amusement park labeled "Happy Land" provides a sharp contrast to the present state of affairs in Beirut. The city has been the target of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of buildings destroyed by terrorist bombing in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontations between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A ferris wheel serves as a reminder of peaceful times in Beirut. The city has been the target of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a shell-damaged area on the outskirts of Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontations between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A modern statue stands in a park in shell-damaged Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorists attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a bomb-destroyed building in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of buildings on a shell-damaged street in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A view of a building destroyed by terrorist bombing in Beirut. Buildings throughout the city have been targets of terrorist attacks during the ongoing confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Marines guard a gate leading into the US Embassy compound during their participation in a multinational peacekeeping operation. RPG wire is used (right) to prevent any rocket propelled grenade attacks on the building

Commander Robert B. Lynch, Commanding Officer of the Guided Missile Frigate USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41), greets M. F. Leslie at the conclusion of the ship's Commissioning ceremony. Leslie and Rear Admiral McxClusky led successful dive bomber attacks against Japanese aircraft carriers during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942

M. F. Leslie attends the Commissioning ceremony for the Guided Missile Frigate USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41). Leslie and Rear Admiral Clarence W. McClusky led successful dive bomber attacks against Japanese aircraft carriers during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942

A soldier from the 2/187th Airborne attacks an "enemy" building at Cocoli, during a joint training exercise conducted by the 193rd Infantry Brigade

A German shepherd attacks on command during patrol dog training by the 3282nd Technical Training Squadron of the Air Force Security Police Academy. The airman's arm is protected by an attack sleeve. The 3282nd trains patrol, drug detection, and explosives detection dogs for all the military services and other government agencies

A 101st Airborne Division AH-1S Cobra helicopter attacks targets on the firing range during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85

A shark attacks a surveillance towed array sensor system (SURTASS) cable

Colonel (COL) Jamerson, commander, 56th Tactical Training Wing, watches as A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft shoot at targets during the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Captain (CPT) Joseph Hedrick of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, poses with a rifle in front of his F-16 aircraft to symbolize the Long Rifle III competition in which he has taken Top Gun honors. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Rounds from the 30 mm cannon of an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft strike a target at the Avon Park Range during the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Captain (CPT) Joseph Hedrick of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, winner of overall Top Gun honors in the Long Rifle III competition, conducts a preflight check on his F-16 aircraft. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Pilots park their F-16 aircraft on the flight line during the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

An F-16 aircraft team prepares for takeoff during Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Tactical Airlift Command A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft in camouflage paint scheme depart from the base following the Long Rifle III competition., The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tested tactical air crews' abilities to plan and execute long-range missions execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

A right side view of an F-16 aircraft taking off during Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews' abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

An A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft fires its 30mm gun during the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews' abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Colonel (COL) Henry R. Becker, commander, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, gives the thumbs-up signal to his crew chief during Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

First Lieutenant (1LT) Mitch Reeves, 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing, examines a wing tip mounted AIM-9 Sidewinder missile while conducting a preflight check on an F-16 aircraft during Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft stand in line on the airfield during Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

A Tactical Air Command F-4 Phantom II aircraft in camouflage paint scheme departs form the base following the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tested tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Captain (CPT) Joseph Hedrick of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, winner of overall Top Gun honors in the Long Rifle III competition, conducts a preflight check on his F-16 aircraft. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

A Tactical Air Command F-111 aircraft in camouflage paint scheme departs from the base following the Long Rifle III competition. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tested tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Captain (CPT) Joseph Hedrick of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, winner of overall Top Gun honors in the Long Rifle III competition, conducts a preflight check on his F-16 aircraft. The semi-annual air-to-ground gunnery competition tests tactical air crews'abilities to plan and execute long-range missions, execute attacks on first-look targets and accurately deliver ordnance

Outside the main gate, civilian contractors wait to call their contacts and be escorted onto the base. Security has been tightened in the wake of terrorist attacks on US installations after American bombardment of Iranian oil platforms

Members of the 435th Security Police Squadron check IDs in traffic that is waiting to get on base. Security has been tightened in the wake of terrorist attacks on US installations after American bombardment of Iranian oil platforms

A member of the 435th Security Police Squadron uses field glasses to check the highway outside of the base for suspicious activity. Security has been tightened in the wake of terrorist attacks on US installations after American bombardment of Iranian oil

A female recruit attacks a practice dummy on the bayonet course

A bridge is collapsed in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm

An overhead view of the A1 Qaim superphosphate fertilizer plant, showing some of the damage caused by Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm. The photograph was taken from a Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft using the tactical air reconnaissance pod system (TARPS)

An overhead view of the A1 Qaim superphosphate fertilizer plant, showing some of the damage caused by Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm. Some structures are still burning as a result of the most recent attack. The photograph was taken from a Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft using the tactical air reconnaissance pod system (TARPS)

Abandoned cars and trucks clog the road leading out of Kuwait City after the retreat of Iraqi forces from the city. In the foreground is an Iraqi anti-aircraft gun, damaged in one of the final attacks by Coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm

A destroyed Iraqi T-55 main battle tank lies along the Basra-Kuwait Highway, the scene of one of the final Coalition attacks as Iraqi forces retreated from the city during Operation Desert Storm

Demolished Iraqi vehicles litter the road to Basra after Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm

A high-mobility, multipurpose, wheeled vehicle travels along the Basra-Kuwait Highway, lined with destroyed vehicles and the scene of one of the final Coalition attacks as Iraqi forces retreated north from Kuwait City during Operation Desert Storm

A burned Iraqi T-55 main battle tank and civilian automobile lie along the Basra-Kuwait Highway, the scene of one of the final coalition attacks as Iraqi forces retreated from the city during Operation Desert Storm

A burned Iraqi T-55 main battle tank and civilian automobile lie along the Basra-Kuwait Highway, the scene of one of the final Coalition attacks as Iraqi forces retreated from the city during Operation Desert Storm

A burned civilian automobile and an Iraqi T-55 main battle tank lie along the Basra-Kuwait Highway, the scene of one of the final Coalition attacks as Iraqi forces retreated from the city during Operation Desert Storm

Demolished Iraqi vehicles litter the road to Basra after Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm

The remains of an aircraft litter a demolished Iraqi hangar in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm

A demolished hangar and helicopter exemplify the devastation resulting from shelling and air attacks during Operation Desert Storm

A utility station stands in ruins in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks during Operation Desert Storm.

A charred building in Kuwait City exemplifies the devastation caused by shelling and air attacks during Operation Desert Storm.

A hardened aircraft shelter at Ali Al Salem Air Base, damaged during Operation Desert Storm bombing attacks.

A hardened aircraft shelter at Ali Al Salem Air Base, damaged during Operation Desert Storm bombing attacks.

A hardened aircraft shelter at Ali Al Salem Air Base, damaged during Operation Desert Storm bombing attacks.

A hardened aircraft shelter at Ali Al Salem Air Base, damaged during Operation Desert Storm bombing attacks.

A hardened aircraft shelter at Ali Al Salem Air Base, damaged during Operation Desert Storm bombing attacks.

Military policeman CPL Pete Taylor holds onto the leash as Marco, his guard dog, attacks CPL Shawn R. Jeffcoat during a training session

A Soviet-made SA-2 surface-to-air-missile launcher and a segment of the missile are abandoned near Ali Al Salem Air Base. The equipment was demolished during attacks by Allied forces during OPERATION DESERT STORM.

Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III, assisted by MAJ. GEN. F.X. Hamilton, commander, Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), and SGT. MAJ. Richard Schuler, attacks the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) ribbon to the organization color. Garrett awarded the Marines of the MCLB the MUC in recognition of their achievements during Operation Desert Storm

A chief petty officer and an enlisted crewman from the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV-41) render hand salutes at the decommissioning ceremony for the 47 years old veteran ship. The only carrier to come close to such lengthy service was the CORAL SEA (CV-43) with just two less years service. The MIDWAY class ships were constructed late in World War II as battle carriers (CVB) with armored flight decks to withstand Kamikaze attacks. The war ended just as MIDWAY was first commissioned on 10 Sept. 1945

The commanding officer of the Seventh Fleet flagship, the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), Captain Alan L. Heisig, is shown at his station on the bridge of his ship as the vessel sails off the eastern coast of Australia en route to Sydney for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This battle stopped the Japanese advance toward Australia and was the first battle in which forces from both sides delivered their attacks by aircraft only. Neither force saw the other warships except by air

An air-to-air view of an F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft from 50th Tactical Fighter Wing of Hahn Air Base, Germany, deployed to the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., armed with Mark 84 2,000-pound bombs mounted under its wings and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on its wing tips, during the second wave of air attacks on Iraqi targets in support of Operation Desert Storm.

Members of the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo. quickly assemble AM1 matting. This matting is used by Rapid Runway Repair teams to repair runways damaged by bomb attacks. They were participating in the 21st Space Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection that was conducted at Cheyenne Mountain Air Station and Peterson AFB, Colo., 13 to 17 February 1996. The Inspector General's Team tested their ability to respond to battle conditions, power outages, mobility deployments, aircraft and automobile accidents, hostage situations, bomb threats, armed robbery, terrorism, and communication disruptions

Away from the 43rd Air refueling Group exercise area, SSGT Daniel De La Garza, 341st Medical Group creates a mock battle casualty, SENIOR AIRMAN Laurie Hope, 43rd Logistics Squadron. AIRMAN Hope and other members of the 43rd LS are made-up with realistic looking wounds, then emplaced on the flight line during simulated attacks to be found and cared for by exercise participants. Airmen and personnel from other support units of the 341st Missile Wing are participating in the 43rd Air Refueling Group's week-long exercise that includes a short notice deployment and how to operate in a combat environment. The exercise is being held in preparation for an upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection

Paveway III GBU-24/A laser guided bombs fill the aft mess decks of the US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) prior to their transfer to the flight deck where aviation ordnancemen will hang them on tactical aircraft in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation allows for tactical bombing inside the borders of Iraq in response to Iraqi attacks inside UN Safe Zones in Northern Iraq

US Navy Aviation Ordnancemen aboard the US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) configure a Paveway III GBU-24B/B bomb before it is transferred to the flight deck for hanging on tactical aircraft in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

On board the US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), an Antisubmarine Warfare SPECIALIST monitors Persian Gulf activities. Planes assigned to Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW 14) launched from the flight deck of Carl Vinson in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

US Navy Aviation Ordnancemen hoist a Paveway III GBU-24/A laser guided bomb for transfer from one of the ships magazine spaces to the flight deck of the US Navy's nuclear power aircraft carrier USS VARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

Aviation Ordnancemen hoist a Paveway III GBU-24/A laser guided bomb for transfer from one of the ships magazine spaces to the flight deck of the US Navys nuclear power aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

US Navy Lieutenant Eric Percival (left), USN Lieutenant Jeff Naven (center), and USN Lieutenant Junior Grade Budd Bergloff (right), assigned to Navy Fighter Squadron 31 (VF 31), Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW 14), conduct mission planning in the close spaces aboard ship, inside the Carrier Intelligence Center (CVIC) on board the US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL CINSON (CVN 70). Planes assigned to CVW 14 launched from the flight deck of Vinson in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

An A-6 Intruder aircraft from Navy Attack Squadron One Nine Six (VA 196) one of only two active A-6 squadrons, lands on the flight deck of the US Navy nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) after an early morning mission into Southern Iraq in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

Aviation Ordnancemen hoist a Paveway III GBU-24/A laser guided bomb for transfer from one of the ships magazine spaces to the flight deck of the US Navy's nuclear power aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation was designed to allow tactical missions by US and other coalition aircraft inside the borders of Iraq, in response to repeated Iraqi attacks in violation of UN Safe Zones

The civilian tugboat Mister Mike mate up alongside the nuclear-powered attacks submarine USS Houston (SSN-713) to help assist the sub in docking at her homeport following her return from a deployment. NAS North Island can be seen across the channel

Site aerials of locations where attacks on Stabilization Force (SFOR) troops, in support of Operation JOINT GUARD, have taken place and sites of clashes between Muslim and Croats. Spanish Square to the Rondo (round-about) and the Muslim-Croat cemetery is commonly referred to as the Triangle. JOINT GUARD enforces the Dayton Peace Accords and with multi-national allies continues to monitor the militaries of the former warring factions and provides a climate of stability in the war-torn land of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Site aerials of locations where attacks on Stabilization Force (SFOR) troops, in support of Operation JOINT GUARD, have taken place and sites of clashes between Muslim and Croats. The Rondo (round-about) is the gathering location for Croatian protesters marching on towards the Muslim-Croat cemetery. Spanish Square to the Rondo and the Muslim-Croat cemetery is commonly referred to as the Triangle. JOINT GUARD enforces the Dayton Peace Accords and with multi-national allies continues to monitor the militaries of the former warring factions and provides a climate of stability in the war-torn land of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Site aerials of locations where attacks on Stabilization Force (SFOR) troops, in support of JOINT GUARD, have taken place and sites of clashes between Muslim and Croats. In The foreground is the Muslim section, in the background, the Croat section. Spanish Square to the Rondo (round-about) and the Muslim-Croat cemetery is commonly referred to as the Triangle. JOINT GUARD enforces the Dayton Peace Accords and with multi-national allies continues to monitor the militaries of the former warring factions and provides a climate of stability in the war-torn land of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Site aerials of locations where attacks on Stabilization Force (SFOR) troops, in support of Operation JOINT GUARD, have taken place and sites of clashes between Muslim and Croats. The Rondo (round-about) is at the top left, the Spanish Square is at the top right. Spanish Square to the Rondo and the Muslim-Croat cemetery is commonly referred to as the Triangle. JOINT GUARD enforces the Dayton Peace Accords and with multi-national allies continues to monitor the militaries of the former warring factions and provides a climate of stability in the war-torn land of Bosnia-Herzegovina

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