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The new EC-130H Compass Call Block 30 Aircraft, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), arrives at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on 11 March 1997. The Compass Call (CC) aircraft jams hostile communications, radar, and other electromagnetic systems in support of Commander In CHIEF (CINC) objectives. Employed as a standoff electronic attack (EA) system, CC generally operates outside the range of known ground threats

United States Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (RADM) Charles W. Moore, Jr., Commander, Battle Force 5th Fleet, speaks to the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), 27th Fighter Wing (FW), during the Raven-to-Prowler transition ceremony, at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A US Navy EA-6B Prowler from Electronic Attack Squadron One-Four Two (VAQ-142) is flanked by two US Air Force (USAF) EF-111A Raven aircraft from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Joshua M. Ploetz, an EF-111A Raven crew chief from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), at Prince Sultan Air Base, inspects his ship at sunset, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A US Navy EA-6B Prowler with an AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) under its wing from Electronic Attack Squadron One-Four Two (VAQ-142) sits in the foreground of a US Air Force EF-111A Raven of the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Joshua M. Ploetz, an EF-111A Raven crew chief from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), at Prince Sultan Air Base, takes a sip of water at sunset, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Allen E. Wickman, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) waves, from the cockpit of his EF-111A Raven, as he departs on a final flight to the US from Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

An EF-111A Raven aircraft from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), prepares to taxi for take off from Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Crew chiefs and ground crews from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) line-up and salute a final farewell to their EF-111A Raven aircraft, which are rolling to the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Crew chiefs and ground crews from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) line-up to bid farewell to their EF-111A Raven aircraft, which are rolling to the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Crew chiefs and ground crews from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS) are lined-up to bid farewell to aircraft leaving at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A US Air Force (USAF) EF-111A Raven aircraft from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), takes off on a final flight from Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) J.B. Bobbitt, a pilot assigned to the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, performs a pre-flight inspection before making a final flight to the US, in one of two EF-111A Raven aircraft from Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) J.B. Bobbitt, a pilot assigned to the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, loads his gear into the cockpit before making a final flight to the US, in one of two EF-111A Raven aircraft from Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Members of the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, comb the flightline for foreign objects that damage (FOD) before their last two EF-111A Raven aircraft depart Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, on a final flight back to the US, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Ron Huffman, a pilot assigned to the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, is happy to be making a final flight to the US, in one of two EF-111A Raven aircraft from Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Ron Huffman, a pilot assigned to the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron (ECS), Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, loads his gear into a cockpit before making a final flight to the US, in one of two EF-111A Raven aircraft from Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Ray Scott, an Avionics Journeyman and SSGT Brian Rebo, an Environmental Control Systems (ECS) Journeyman, both assigned to the 8th Fighter Squadron (FS), 49th Fighter Wing (FW), Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, stand-by as their F-117 Nighthawk Fighters depart Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Airmen from Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona 43rd ECS, prepare to pull an engine from a C-130 in support of Air Expeditionarny Force at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 10, 1999, in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

SSGT Steve Wolberg, SSGT Jim Gorman, and A1C Scott Baron, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona 43rd ECS, prepare to pull an engine from a C-130 in support of Air Expeditionarny Force at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 10, 1999, in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

SSGT Steve Wolberg, SSGT Jim Gorman, and A1C Scott Baron, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona 43rd ECS, prepare to pull an engine from a C-130 in support of Air Expeditionarny Force at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 10, 1999, in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Tonya Wood, 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Ground Radio Maintenance, cleans a radio at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Matt C. Newcomb, 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Small Computer Maintenance Technician, installs a new power supply in a desk top computer, at Prince Sultan Air Base in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Michael Garcia, with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), a Cable Antenna Technician, installs telephone switch equipment at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Dustin Blankenship, with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), a Telephone Systems Technician, sets up a fixed communications site at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Dustin Blankenship, with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), a Telephone Systems Technician, sets up a fixed communications site at Prince Sultan Air Base, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Scott James, with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), a Telephone Systems Technician, tests telephone lines at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

AIRMAN (AMN) Shaun Partridge (left), USAF, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, and Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Maria Kamrowski, USAF, 51st Combat Communications Squadron (CCS), Robins AFB, Georgia, prepare to lower an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna (QRSA) in order to repair a broken pedal. Both assigned to the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), SatCom Wideband, during their current deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Maria Kamrowski, USAF, 51st Combat Communications Squadron (CCS), Robins AFB, Georgia, and AIRMAN (AMN) Shaun Partridge, USAF, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, prepare to lower an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna (QRSA) in order to repair a broken pedal. Both assigned to the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), SatCom Wideband, during their current deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Michael Bowman, USAF, 54th Combat Communications Squadron, assigned to the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry systems Technician, tightens a pedal down onto an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna (QRSA). A1C Bowman is currently deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Matthew Luedtke, with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) Mission Systems Flight, enjoys lunch at the Rolling Sands Dining Facility, at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during Operation

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Matthew Luedtke, left, AIRMAN (AMN) Shaun Partridge, right front and A1C Marcus Day with the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) Mission Systems Flight, enjoy lunch at the Rolling Sands Dining Facility, at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 2002

Getting a feel for the work involved, Major (MAJ) Dan Birrenkott, USAF, Commander, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), works a Case 580 backhoe as he prepares trenches to lay pipe for communication lines at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Dane Kavanaugh (left), USAF supervises the operation

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Gaylon Holmes, USAF, and MASTER Sergeant Jeff Knudson, USAF, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), prepare to join and lay piping for communication lines at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Eric Reddick (left), 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron (ESFS), conducts an operational instructions class on the All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) with USAF personnel assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS) at Al Udeid Air Base (AB), Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jason M. Schneider (left), USAF SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) John Dillingham and USAF SRA Cara Scenard (background), all assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS), don their safety equipment before participating in a operational instructions class on the All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) at Al Udeid Air Base (AB), Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Eric Reddick (right), 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron (ESFS), conducts an operational instructions class on the All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) with USAF personnel assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS) at Al Udeid Air Base (AB), Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) John Beck (left), Superintendent for the 438th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) and USAF Major Annette Driscoll (center), Commander, 438th ECS, review squadron administrative assignments at a forward location, while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Donald Sturkey (left) and USAF Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jay Norris, both assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron (ECS), 48th Fighter Wing (FW), assembles a temper-tent for deployed personnel during the 48th MSG Commander's Call being held at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom (UK)

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Walter Croft, Structural Apprentice, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron (ECS), 48th Fighter Wing (FW), assembles a temper-tent for deployed personnel during the 48th MSG Commander's Call being held at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom (UK)

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Gomez, Readiness Craftsman, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron (ECS), 48th Fighter Wing (FW), secures the webbing on a temper-tent used for deployed personnel during the 48th MSG Commander's Call being held at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United Kingdom (UK)

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Anthony McDonald, Wideband Satellite Communications Journeyman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), sets up an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN (AMN) Ian Bayer, Wideband Satellite Communications Journeyman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) uses a sledge hammer to loosens stakes used to support a Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna Group, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jason McLaughlin, Wideband Satellite Communications Journeyman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), levels an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Timothy Munson, Wideband Satellite Communications Journeyman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), bolts a Mobilizer to an OE-361 Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Adam Baughman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), checks the circuit board on a Giant Voice System at tent city, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Class Justin Cornwell, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), uses a palm-pilot to program the public address system, known as the Giant Voice System, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Class Justin Cornwell, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), performs maintenance on the public address system, known as the Giant Voice System, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Adam Baughman, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), performs an audio check on a Giant Voice System at tent city, while deployed at a forward location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Lance Mayfield, with the 376th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, deployed to Ganci Air Base (AB), Kyrgyzstan, checks a phone line cable

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Christopher Mills, Computer Maintenance Technician, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), creates a termination end with a connector for an optical fiber, at a forward-deployed location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A video cameraman documents US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) William Gerhard Jr., Commander, 397th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) and US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence, The Honorable John P. Stenbit, during Assistant Secretary Stenbits visit at Al Udeid Air Base (AB) Qatar. . Assistant Secretary Stenbit toured to facility see how the building of a secure facility was coming along

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Ashley Gibbs, Financial Postal Clerk, 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), sorts mail at a forward-deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Celina Smith, (left) Postmaster 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) and USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Ashley Gibbs, Financial Postal Clerk, 321st ECS, prep mail and packages for travel destinations during receipt and dispatch at a forward-deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDM

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen assigned to the 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), breakdown parcels of mail at a forward-deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured left-to-right, STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Marlene Pruitt, Assistant Postmaster, SSGT Celina Smith, Postmaster, and AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Ashley Gibbs, Financial Postal Clerk

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Scott Richardson (top) and USAF SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jason Oleary, both assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) performs a visual inspection on an OE-361 20-foot Quick Reaction Satellite Antenna at, Al Udeid AB Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) William Porter, 64th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), attaches and aligns a Freehorn on a 2.4 meter Satellite Antenna at, Al Udeid AB Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Christopher Longoria, Graphics Craftsman, 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS), Al Udeid AB Qatar, laminates a graphics poster at Al Udeid AB Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Julian Rey (foreground) repairs a computer circuit board while USAF STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Angela Touchet system checks computer software. Both are assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS), at Al Udeid AB Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Cody Davis, 379th Expeditionary Communication Squadron (ECS), crimps a fiber optics cable connector at Al Udeid AB Qatar, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) John Goll, left and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Mitchell Mason, wideband satellite journeyman assigned to the 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), raise the second of five Very High Frequency (VHF) 60-foot masts at a forward-deployed location, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Mark Scungio, a ground radio communications craftsman assigned to the 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), attaches an antenna guy rope to a 463L aircraft pallet at a forward-deployed location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Michael Doherty, left, a ground radio communications journeyman and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Mitchell Mason, a wideband satellite journeyman assigned with the 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), adjust an antenna guy rope on a Very High Frequency (VHF) 60-foot mast at a forward-deployed location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Lester Warren, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), 379 Expeditionary Air Wing (AEW), loosens screw on a satellite antenna panel, whiled deployed at Al Udeid Air Base (AB), Qatar, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Terry Blevins, Combat Photographer, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), documents activities on the flight line at a forward deployed location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Donovan, a Photographer assigned to 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), poses for a photograph in front of a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 379th Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) on the flight line at a forward deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Donovan, a Photographer assigned to 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), photographs activities at sunrise at a forward deployed Air Base in Southwest Asia supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The rising sun silhouettes the image

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Donovan, a Photographer assigned to 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), photographs F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 379th Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) on the flight line at a forward deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The rising sun silhouettes the image

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Donovan, a Photographer assigned to 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), photographs F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 379th Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) on the flight line at a forward deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The rising sun silhouettes the image

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Donovan, a Photographer assigned to 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), poses for a photograph in front of a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) on the flight line at a forward deployed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A nightscope view as US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN (AMN) Bridget Rapp, Photographer, 384th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Visual Information (VI), prepares to document a night aircraft launch during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Matthew Osborn, with the 384th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Visual Information (VI), documents the launch of a KC-135R Stratotanker in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Matthew Osborn, with the 384th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Visual Information (VI), documents the launch of a KC-135R Stratotanker in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Matthew Osborn, with the 384th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Visual Information (VI), documents the launch of a KC-135R Stratotanker in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Captain (CPT) Ruth Segres (left), US Air Force (USAF) Chaplain, assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), offers candy to USAF STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Susan Quick, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), during the Captains visit to a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Carlos Ochoa, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), assembles a Land Mobile Radios (LMR) Tower, at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Matt Parks, 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), operates a hand held radio, while field-testing of a newly constructed Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Tower, at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), use a mobile expandable boom crane is to attack a Texas State Flag to the top a newly constructed Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Tower, at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), use a mobile expandable boom crane is to add the final section to a Land Mobile Radios (LMR) Tower, at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) Gregory S. Martin (left) Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) meets Airmen assigned to the 458th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) during his visit at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Henry Elkins, left and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Joseph Gahan, with the 40th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), run fiber optic cable at Camp Justice, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Charles Tomlinson, with the 40th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), installs fiber optic cable into work tents at Camp Justice, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Charles Tomlinson, left, STAFF Sergeant (MSGT) Joseph Gahan, center and Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Henry Elkins, with the 40th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), install fiber optic cable into work tents at Camp Justice, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Lorne Davis, left and SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Robert Snodgrass, with the 40th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), go over schematics for equipment that will be installed in vehicles, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), Post Office personnel unload two five-ton truck loads of incoming mail for troops at this forward-deployed air base, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Everyday at the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) Post Office, US Air Force (USAF) personnel unload, sort and deliver two five-ton trucks filled with incoming mail for the troops of this forward-deployed air base, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major Anthony Thomas, Commander, 458th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), switches hats with a student at Nicolae Bolcescu School during a visit to the school. The visit sponsored by the 458th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (AB), Romania, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Major Anthony Thomas, Commander, 458th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), gives a student from the Nicolae Belcescu School something to think about during a visit to the school. The visit sponsored by the 458th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (AB), Romania, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Tom Baim, left and SSGT Timothy Jacks with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert Rolling, left, SSGT Tom Baim, center and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Timothy Jacks with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Timothy Jacks, left, SSGT Tom Baim, center and Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert Rolling with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Timothy Jacks, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, helps build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Tom Baim, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, helps build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Timothy Jacks, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron's (ECS) Engineering and Installation team, helps build a communications tower at Tallil Air Base (AB), in Southern Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Keith Lackey, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), uses a motorized ditch-digger to dig a trench where fiber optic cables for a Visual Information (VI) unit will be buried in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Tallil Air Base (AB), Iraq

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) David Perleberg, right and SRA Claude Winfree, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), check the line-of-sight equipment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Tallil Air Base (AB), Iraq

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert Rolling, with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), installs a mounting bracket for a microwave cable antenna at Tallil Air Base (AB), Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) personnel assigned to the 321st Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS) and the 321st Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), dig drainage trench to prevent further flooding after heavy rains fell at Masirah AB, Oman. A powerful storm dumped 2.5-inches of rain in 12 hours, causing power outages, flooding and communication problems, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Heather Simpson, 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), browses the new DVD section, during the grand opening of the Mini-Base Exchange (BX) at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Heather Simpson, 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron (ECS), browses the new DVD section, during the grand opening of the Mini-Base Exchange (BX) at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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