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A loved one at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA), embraces an unidentified US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT), assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), during a homecoming celebration for aircrews returning from deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Richard W. Hyman, pilot for the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Royal Air Force (RAF) Base Fairford, England, dons his flight vest in preparation for B-52H Stratofortress Bomber mission

US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) Robert D. Hyde, Director of Operations 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot, North Dakota, performs a preflight safety check just before a B-52H Stratofortress Bomber flight

US Air Force (USAF) aircrew members from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, receive a post flight briefing for a B-52H Stratofortress Bomber mission

A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 457th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) takes off at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England

A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 457th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) takes off at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England

A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 457th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) takes off at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, England

US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) William "Bill" Jankowski, Pilot (B-52G), 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), pre-flight checks his equipment in preparation for mission during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) William "Bill" Jankowski, Pilot (B-52G), 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), pre-flight checks his equipment in preparation for mission during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Roger, Radar Navigator, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND), jots a final message on a JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) prior to the first ever B-52H Stratofortress bomber sortie with a configuration of Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) and JDAMs for military targets in Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Marc, Navigator, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND), checks the flight plan with his E-6B Flight Computer at his station onboard the USAF B-52H Stratofortress bomber prior to a mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Jeffrey, Aircraft Commander (left), 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND) perform pre-flight checks to their B-52H Stratofortress bomber prior to a mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Jeffrey, Aircraft Commander (left), 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND) performs pre-flight checks to his B-52H Stratofortress bomber prior to a mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

View from the flightdeck of a US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress bomber, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND), as another USAF B-52H is refueled by a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker enroute to Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Jeffrey, Aircraft Commander, and his crew from 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND) listen during a pre-flight brief prior to a bombing mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Inside the US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress bomber, USAF Major (MAJ) Jeffrey (left), Aircraft Commander, and USAF MAJ Gregory, Pilot, 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND), perform final pre-flight checks prior to a mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Jeffrey, Aircraft Commander (right), USAF MAJ Gregory, Pilot, and USAF MAJ William (left), Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), all from 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND), go over the checklist to their B-52H Stratofortress bomber prior to a mission against Iraqi targets, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Cameron Warren, Pilot, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), pilots his B-52H Stratofortress and crew home after a successful bombing mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) Joseph Little, Navigator, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), pauses to say a prayer before departing on a B-52H Stratofortress for a combat mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Cameron Warren, Pilot, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), signs a Mk-84 Bomb JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) before departing on his B-52H Stratofortress for a combat mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) Darrick Mosley, Copilot, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), catches a reflection in his I/U Tactical Navigation Unit as he and his crew return from a successful bombing mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

A US Air Force (USAF) 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) Radar Navigator confirms the proper fuse settings prior to take off on a B-52 Stratofortress for a combat mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

A US Air Force (USAF) 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) Radar Navigator adjusts the Electronic Optical Viewing system onboard his B-52H Stratofortress during a bombing mission over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Arnold Stanton, assigned to the life support section of the 40th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron (EBS), carefully safety checks personal flight equipment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) crewmen with the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), prepare their B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber aircraft for a mission from a forward-deployed base, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A US Air Force (USAF) B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, assigned to the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), moves into a position to take on air-to-air fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, during an Iraqi bombing mission, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Navigator, Captain (CAPT) Michelle Gillespie, assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), checks winds over the target area during a mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) Jason Grubaugh, with the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), pilots a B-52 Stratofortress Bomber during a mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), with the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), loads electronic data into the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber prior to a bombing mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), with the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), takes notes while on a B-52 Stratofortress Bomber mission over Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) First Lieutenant (1LT) J.R. Johnson, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (40 EBS) Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), safely clears his weapon from Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Steven Bilinski, a life support team member, prior to an Iraqi bombing mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Over Iraqi skies, US Air Force (USAF) Co-pilot, Second Lieutenant (2LT) Ryan Eddy, with the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), leads a formation of B-52 Stratofortress Bombers towards a target, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Over Iraqi skies, US Air Force (USAF) Navigator, Captain (CAPT) Edward Gussman, plots a post bombing egress for the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadrons (EBS) formation of B-52 Stratofortress Bombers, as they move towards a target, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Over Iraqi skies, US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) James Lozier, with the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), leads a formation of B-52 Stratofortress Bombers towards a target, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A solo US Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Bomber from the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) flies back to its home station after striking multiple targets deep in Iraqi territory, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A solo US Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Bomber from the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) flies back to its home station after striking multiple targets deep in Iraqi territory, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Over Iraqi skies, a US Air Force (USAF) Radar Navigator monitors the Electronic Optical Viewing System (EOVS), during the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadrons (EBS) formation of B-52 Stratofortress Bombers mission, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), armed with GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and Mark 82 500-pound general purpose bombs, parked on the flight line at a forward deployed location, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

An unidentified US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft Pilot, assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) makes entries into the aircrafts maintenance logbook, while seated aboard a crew bus, on the flight line at a forward deployed location, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

An unidentified US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft Co-pilot, assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), man's his position in the cockpit as he maneuvers the aircraft into position to conduct aerial refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

An unidentified US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft Pilot, assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), wears his flight helmet and oxygen mask as he mans his position in the cockpit during a mission flown in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

The Pilot of a US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), signals from the cockpit window of his aircraft, prior to departing for a mission at a forward deployed location, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

An aerial of a US Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), loaded with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) heads toward Iraq on it's mission to provide close air support for coalition troops stabilizing the country of Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) George Gagnon, Navigator, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), checks his instruments while listening to radio communications during a USAF B-52 Stratofortress close air support mission (CAS) over Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

The image of US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) David Corkum, Co-Pilot, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), reflected in his Tactical Navigation Unit (TNU), during a B-52 Stratofortress close air support mission (CAS) over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) George Gagnon, Navigator, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), (second from right) and his crew debrief members of the 40th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMS) following a successful B-52 Stratofortress close air support mission (CAS) over Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Jeffrey Marcotte, Aircraft Commander, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), stabilizes his B-52 Stratofortress as he approaches beneath a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling mission during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Kevin Madrigal, Radar navigator, 40th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), runs a weapons targeting check during the B-52 Stratofortress close air support mission (CAS) in support of ground forces conducting operations in Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Dock Landing Ship, USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49), US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Mark T. McBride (left), Heavy Equipment Operator, 9th Engineering Support Battalion (EBS), 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG), puts a squad of Marines through close-order drill training, while enroute to Vladivostok, Russia. Selected Marines and Sailors of 3rd Marine Division and 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG) are conducting close-order drill training, in preparation for a performance during their visit to Russia

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