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The first sergeant of the 1ST Bn., 67th Armor, conducts a personal equipment inspection prior to the deployment of his unit to West Germany for SPEARPOINT '84, a phase of Exercise REFORGER '84

CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) of the Air Force Sam E. Parish, center, talks with senior enlisted advisor Jerry C. Jarvis, left, and First Sergeant of the Year Roy E. Webb, right, during the First Sergeants Breakfast at the NCO Club

The first sergeant of the 276th Military Police (MP) Company special reaction team prepares to brief his men prior to securing the perimeter of the Central Command area during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85

The first sergeant of the 276th Military Police (MP) Company special reaction team briefs his men prior to securing the perimeter of the Central Command area during the multinational joint service Exercise BRIGHT STAR '85

Flight Lieutenant (FLILT) M.C. King traces a map with First Sergeant (1SGT) D.W. Fitzgerald as their C-130 Hercules aircraft makes a low-level pass during the ninth annual international airlift competition Airlift Rodeo'87

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks with First Sergeant (1SGT) Charles F. Johnson, 1ST Recruit Training, after addressing sergeants and senior non-commissioned officers at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot theater

A morning briefing is given by MASTER SGT. Ceaser Nieves, the First Sergeant of the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron from Washington, DC during their field training exercises

MSGT Robert Humble, First Sergeant for the Mission Support Squadron at Charleston AFB, gives a briefing to passengers from the Non-Combatant Evacuation Group. Because of the intense threat of terrorist activity in the Middle East, non-essentials were evacuated from Saudi Arabia to Charleston AFB, where they were repatriated

An artistic rendition of Sergeant Major Edgar R. Huff. With very limited formal education, he rose from Private to First Sergeant in about 23 months, and to Sergeant Major in 13 years. He served as a Sergeant Major in the Marines for 17 years, perhaps longer than any other person of that rank in the armed forces

US Air Force SENIOR MASTER Sergeant Roger Pugh (center), First Sergeant of the 2nd Airlift Squadron, 43rd Airlift Wing, presents a 2nd Airlift Squadron hat to US Air Force General Charles T. Robertson, Jr. (right) Commander, TRANSCOM/Air Mobility Command, as US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. English (left), 2nd Airlift Squadron Commander, looks on

US Marine Corps Captain (CPT), Lacy S. Scott passes the first piece of cake to First Sergeant (1SGT)Michael B Gray, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, during the Marine Corps 225TH Birthday Ceremony, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley, left, poses for a picture with First Sergeant Pugh, from Charlie Company, 1ST Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, and 17th Aviation Brigade, at the end of his tour of Camp Carroll

US Air Force AIRMAN First Class Dellana Perez is served a Thanksgiving meal at the Mosel Dining Hall, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Spangdalem s Group and Squadron Commanders along with the First Sergeant showed their gratitude for the work and dedication of the Wings Airmen, by serving the holiday dinner. Listed (front to back) Daniel Hoffman, US Air Force Brigadier General Donald Hoffman, 52nd Fighter Wing Commander, Colonel (COL) Gregg Sanders, 52nd Support Group Commander, and COL Joe B. Drane III, 52nd Medical Group Commander, of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

US Air Force MASTER Sergeant Lisa Archie, Air Combat Command, Air Operations Squadron, serves cookies inside the First Sergeant's Morale Van for exercise players during the 1ST Fighter Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) at Langley AFB, Virginia

US Air Force MASTER Sergeant Lisa Archie, Air Combat Command, Air Operations Squadron, serves cookies inside the First Sergeant's Morale Van for exercise players during the 1ST Fighter Wing's Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) at Langley AFB, Virginia

First Sergeant Engineering, Alberto Gonzalez, Paraguayan Army, and a unidentified Paraguayan soldier prepare pipe before it is inserted into the ground for the new water well being built in Estigarribia, Paraguay. Under Combined Task Force Guarani Springs joint service personnel are conducting engineering and medical operations in enabling required joint training. The task force will renovate, construct, and improve the infrastructures of four schools, four water wells, and will conduct three Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETES) as agreed to by the government of Paraguay

MASTER Sergeant (MSGT), Kelly Branscom, USAF, First Sergeant for the 92ND Civil Engineers Squadron, Fairchild AFB, WA mans his bunkered position at Camp Airey, armed with a 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifle, during Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), CRISIS REACH 01-49

Bolivian Army Commander-in-CHIEF, Major General (MGEN) Juan Hurtado Rosales, and his aid Bolivian Army Colonel (COL) Gustavo Gandarillas Vargas observe a demonstration of the Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator (CACS) marksmanship trainer, by US Army soldiers, during MGEN Rosaless visit to Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Explaining the use of the Simulator is First Sergeant (1SG) Vega, US Army, 56th Signal Battalion

First Sergeant (Yee Kuan Cheong, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), keeps score at a basketball game between United States Navy and Singaporean Sailors at the Terror Club in Singapore, during the seventh annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2001 exercise

MASTER Sergeant Tilmon L. Hodges, left, from the 52nd Medical Group, First Sergeant, MASTER Sergeant Kenneth Smithee, from the 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Colonel Joe B.Drane, the 52nd Medical Group commander, sample chili at the 52nd Dental Squadron-sponsored chili and desert cook-off held at the community activity center

Security Forces Manager CHIEF MASTER Sergeant John Hearn, left, First Sergeant SENIOR MASTER Sergeant James Stewart, and Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Laird, right, all from the 52nd Security Forces Squadron review weekly operations at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Security Forces Manager CHIEF MASTER Sergeant John Hearn, left, First Sergeant SENIOR MASTER Sergeant James Stewart, and Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Laird, right, all from the 52nd Security Forces Squadron carefully review their weekly operations at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

First Sergeant (1SG) Raymond S. Gould, USA, Military District of Washington (MDW) Engineer Company (Technical Rescue), combs through the rubble of the impact site at the Pentagon Sept 12, 2001, looking for possible survivors. The morning before, in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, then flew a circuitous route returning to Washington and impacting the Pentagon killing all 64 passengers onboard and 125 people on the ground. The impact destroyed or damaged four of the five rings in that section of the building. Firefighters fought the fire through the night

First Sergeant (1SG) Ray Gould, (left), USA, Military District of Washington (MDW) Engineer Company (Technical Rescue) and Airports Authority fighter Liedke look over the damage on the inside of the Pentagons C ring. The hole before them is where the airliners mass stopped its forward movement. The morning of September 11th, in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, then deliberately impacted the Pentagon killing all 64 passengers onboard and 125 people on the ground. The impact destroyed or damaged four of the five rings in that section of the building. Firefighters fought the...

(L-R) STAFF Sergeant Joseph Armijo, USAF, MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Micheal Kirsch, USAF, AIRMAN First Class Ian M. Griffin-Inbales, USAF, and STAFF Sergeant Thomas R. Kietar, USAF, all with the 22nd Fighter Squadron (FS), enjoy free snacks provided by commissary vendors. MSGT Kirsch is the First Sergeant for the 22nd FS, 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. First Sergeants of different squadrons rotate schedules and personally deliver snacks and juices to troops around the base that, due to location, are unable to otherwise get these types of refreshments. The First Sergeants found that the front line troops greatly appreciate this service and improves the general morale

MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Jeffrey Mertzlufft, USAF, First Sergeant, 52d Civil Engineering Squadron plays taps while MSGT Michael Kirsch, First Sergeant, 22d Fighter Squadron, salutes during the POW/MIA ceremony held at the Spangdahlem Air Base Memorial on Friday, 21 September 2001

United States Army, First Sergeant (1SG), from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, one of five Special Forces service members injured during a prison uprising in Quala-Jangi, Afghanistan, receives a Purple Heart, at Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany

A United States Army, First Sergeant (1SG), one of five Special Forces service members injured during a prison uprising in Quala-Jangi, Afghanistan, is interviewed at Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany

A United States Army, First Sergeant (1SG), one of five Special Forces service members injured during a prison uprising in Quala-Jangi, Afghanistan, is interviewed at Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany

At Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Jeff Mertzlufft, First Sergeant of the 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) plays Taps at the remembrance ceremony in honor of the September 11th terrorist victims

United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Commander, General (GEN) Gregory S. Martin shakes hands with SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) John M. Tanis, First Sergeant of the 496 Air Base Squadron (ABS), Moron Air Base, Spain during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant Rickie McCall, USMC, First Sergeant of Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) poses in front of a mural, dedicated to the fallen stateside, painted by Marine snipers at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant Rickie McCall, USMC, First Sergeant of Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) poses with his Remington 879 shotgun and a holdstered M-9 pistol at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3d Class Pettibone (foreground), mans the radio while his First Sergeant (far right) eats a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE). Both are members of India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)). They man the radio, eat chow, and complete a crossword puzzle in their company area at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Low angle, fisheye lens view showing US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas Carter, First Sergeant for the 494th Fighter Squadron (FS), deployed at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, posing for a photograph with three members of the National Football League (NFL), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cheerleading Squad, while standing atop a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. Members of the squad are visiting with deployed military personnel in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas Carter, First Sergeant, 494th Fighter Squadron, proudly waves an American Flag from atop a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, while deployed at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas Carter (left), First Sergeant, 494th Fighter Squadron (FS), holds an American Flag, as he and USAF AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Uriel Cantu (right) pose for a photograph with Leigh Vollmer, (center) a member of the National Football League (NFL), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cheerleading Squad, while sitting atop a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey. Members of the squad are visiting with deployed military personnel in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Roger Sirois, USAF, 77th Bomb Squadron (BS), First Sergeant, along with MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Paul Bauer, USAF, 28th Mission Support Squadron (MSS), First Sergeant and MSGT Dave Butler, USAF, 28th Operational Support Squadron (OSS), First Sergeant, delivers the American Flag during a retreat at the 28th Bomb Wing (BW) Headquarters, at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The flag will be handed off to SENIOR MASTER Sergeant Bob Hill, 37th Bomb Squadron, First Sergeant, during his retirement on 12 March 2002

SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Roger Sirois, USAF, 77th Bomb Squadron (BS), First Sergeant, salutes our American Flag during a retreat with MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Paul Bauer (left), USAF, 28th Mission Support Squadron (MSS), First Sergeant, and MSGT Dave Butler (right), USAF, 28th Operations Support Squadron (OSS), First Sergeant, at the 28th Bomb Wing (BW) Headquarters at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The flag will be handed off to SMSGT Bob Hill during his retirement on March 12, 2002

During the SquadronΘs inactivation ceremony, United States Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Mark Salansky, the 60th Transportation Squadron Commander rolls up the squadrons guide-on with assistance from the First Sergeant, MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Donna Morris, as STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Robert Mediavilla holds the flags cover

Captain (CPT) Darren M. Boarnet and First Sergeant (1SG) Luis Barraza (both to the right) from the 285th Combat Support Engineer Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, perform annual training with scrapers at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. The 285th starts with a D7G Medium Bulldozer as they construct a parking area at Construction Project Site #2. In the background are a Case W24C AT-10K with a multi-purpose 4 in 1 bucket with teeth, and a couple of Caterpillar 621b scrapers

During a demolition exercise at Range 17a, First Sergeant (1SG) Donald Vender, USA, 788th Ordnance Company, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), presents some of the explosives found at private residences to the media

US Air Force (USAF) Major General (MGEN) Edward L. LaFountaine (left) In-coming Commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC), accepts the Unit Flag from USAF MGEN Mike Wooley, Out-going Commander, TACC, during the Change of Command Ceremony held at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois (IL). USAF SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Monte Malek, First Sergeant, is pictured in the background

Special agent, explosive technician, Kevin Theede, (left front), FBI, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and First Sergeant (1SG) Donald Vender, USA, (left back), 788th Ordnance Company, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), present a display of the potentially deadly war souvenirs to members of the local news media. The demonstration takes place on Range 17a at Fort McCoy. In the background, there is an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency Explosives and Fire Investigation Truck (right white truck) and an M1097 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) (left)

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas Tezel, First Sergeant for the 384th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), speaks during a Memorial Day Service for members of the 438th AEG deployed at an undisclosed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) personnel assigned to the363rd Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), 763rd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (AES), case the Squadron Colors during a Squadron Deactivation Ceremony held at an undisclosed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured are USAF Brigadier General (BGEN) Gilmary M. Hostage III (left) Commander, 363rd AEW; USAF Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mark C. Vlahos (right), Commander, 763rd AES; and USAF MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Frank Ware, First Sergeant, 763rd AES

US Air Force (USAF) Brigadier General (BGEN) Gilmary M. Hostage III (left) Commander, 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), accepts the Squadron Colors from USAF Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mark C. Vlahos, Commander, 763rd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (AES), during a Squadron Deactivation Ceremony held at an undisclosed location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. USAF MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Frank Ware, First Sergeant, 763rd AES, stands in the background

During a competition for the German shooting medal, the Shutzensnur, US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Russell Harrington, First Sergeant (1SGT) of the 886th Communication Squadron (CS), Sembach Annex, Germany, turns in his score card prior to firing a German MG42 7.92mm machine gun, the equivalent of our M-60 7.62mm machine gun

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Russell Harrington, First Sergeant (1SGT) of the 886th Communication Squadron (CS), Sembach Annex, Germany, receives hands on training with a German MG42 7.92mm machine gun, the equivalent of our M-60 7.62mm machine gun

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Dan Palmer, First Sergeant, 161st Expeditionary Air Refueling Group (EARG), makes an inspection in tent city at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, while deployed in support of operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Air Force (USAF) Command CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CCMST) Teddy R. Wilson (left), 16th Air Force, is given a tour of the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facility at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, by USAF CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Henry Leopard, First Sergeant, Combined Task Force, during CCMST Wilsons visit with deployed personnel during Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Tracy Ulrich (left), Exercise Prime Beef, Customer Service Representative, greets USAF CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Henry Leopard, First Sergeant, Combined Task Force, inside the deployed civil engineering compound tent at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, during Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Jeremy Phillips (left), assigned to the 39th Wing (WG), sits and chats with USAF Command CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CCMST) Teddy R. Wilson (center), 16th Air Force, and USAF CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Henry Leopard, First Sergeant, Combined Task Force, during CCMST Wilsons visit with personnel deployed at Incirlik Air Base (AB) Turkey, during Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Air Force (USAF) CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CMSGT) Henry Leopard (left), First Sergeant, Combined Task Force, Operation NORTHERN WATCH, and Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mike Shirley (center), USAF, Chalin, along with other members of the Deployed Chapel Association located at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, leave the Orphanage located in Mersin, Turkey, carrying empty ice chests after delivering donated items, including items for a birthday celebration

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Chris Hartman, First Sergeant, 129th California Air National Guard Support Group, Moffett Federal Air Field, Mountain View, California (CA), poses for an informal photograph as the Squadron First Sergeant of the Year award winner

First Sergeant (1SG) Bruce Meyers and his men, assigned to "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, armed with 5.56 mm M-4 carbines, conduct a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) mission at Bagram Airfield in Kabul, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant (1SG) Bruce Meyers, assigned to "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, armed with a 5.56 mm M-4 carbine, conducts a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) mission at Bagram Airfield in Kabul, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant (1SG) Bruce Meyers and his men, assigned to "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, armed with 5.56 mm M-4 carbines, conduct a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) mission at Bagram Airfield in Kabul, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant (1SG) Bruce Meyers, assigned to "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, armed with a 5.56 mm M-4 carbine and an 9mm Beretta M9 pistol, is air lifted while conducting a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) mission at Bagram Airfield in Kabul, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant (1SG) Bruce Meyers, assigned to "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, armed with a 5.56 mm M-4 carbine and an 9mm Beretta M9 sidearm, conducts a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) mission at Bagram Airfield in Kabul, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Army (USA) First Sergeant (1SG) Stephen Casaceli, with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB) along with locals from the Kohi Sofi District, unload water tanks from an M1078 Standard Cargo Truck during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas, First Sergeant, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS-373), stack lumber to be used in the construction of the hard shell tents at AL Jaber Air Base (AB), Kuwait, while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Thomas (foreground left), First Sergeant, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS-373), stack lumber to be used in the construction of the hard shell tents at AL Jaber Air Base (AB), Kuwait, while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Armed with 5.56mm M4 Carbines, First Sergeant (1SG) Jimmy Carabello of "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), stands alert at the Kandahar Army Airfield, during a search for Taliban fighters in support of ENDURING FREEDOM

First Sergeant (1SG) Kevin K. Remington calls roll attendance while his soldiers from the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company stands early morning formation, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) First Sergeant (1SGT) Raymond Hoe (left) and (RSAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Chan Chee Keong, both assigned to the Singapore Flying Support Squadron man their positions in the Live Fly Cell at Korat, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Fernando Rosete (foreground), Maintenance Controller, 2nd Space Launch Squadron, explains the layout of the Titan II booster system to SENIOR Enlisted personnel during a tour given as part of the CHIEF MASTER Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) three-day visit at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) California (CA). Pictured to SSGT Rosetes left are CMSAF Gerald Murray, USAF Command CHIEF MASTER Sergeant (CCMST) Micheal Morey, 20th Air Force, and USAF MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Rosen, First Sergeant, 30th Space Wing

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) First Sergeant (1SG) Eric Chow, F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Mechanic assigned to the 140 Squadron, works to install a center line fuel tank on his aircraft at Korat, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Marine Corps (USMC) Headquarter Company (HQC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Hamilton, in his fighting position, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Headquarter Company (HQC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Hamilton, in his fighting position, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Captain J. R. Card, Commanding Officer, Echo Company (CO), 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton California (CA), and Echo CO First Sergeant, First Sergeant (1SGT) J. C. Grover, stand for a picture before crossing the Iraqi border during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) E. M. Kwiatkowski, Mortarman, 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Weapons Company (CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL) by USMC Captain (CPT) K. A. Gretner (right), Commanding Officer (CO), and USMC First Sergeant (1SGT) J. H. Leach (left), First Sergeant, Weapons CO during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, Private First Class (PFC) B. G. Sebena, USMC PFC E. M. Kwiatkowski, and USMC PFC J. M. Flowers, Mortarmen, 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Weapons Company (CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), are promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL) by USMC Captain (CPT) K. A. Gretner, Commanding Officer (CO), and USMC First Sergeant (1SGT) J. H. Leach, First Sergeant, Weapons CO during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) B. G. Sebena (center), Mortarman, 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Weapons Company (CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL) by USMC Captain (CPT) K. A. Gretner (right), Commanding Officer (CO), and USMC First Sergeant (1SGT) J. H. Leach, First Sergeant, Weapons CO during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) J. M. Flowers (right), Mortarman, 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Weapons Company (CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL) by USMC Captain (CPT) K. A. Gretner (left), Commanding Officer (CO), and USMC First Sergeant (1SGT) J. H. Leach (left rear), First Sergeant, Weapons CO during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, Private First Class (PFC) B. G. Sebena, USMC PFC E. M. Kwiatkowski, and USMC PFC J. M. Flowers, Mortarmen, 2nd Battalion (BN) 5th Marines (MAR) (2/5), Weapons Company (CO), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), are promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCPL) by USMC Captain (CPT) K. A. Gretner, Commanding Officer (CO), and USMC First Sergeant (1SGT) J. H. Leach, First Sergeant, Weapons CO during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to 7th Marines, Headquarters Company, participate in a promotion and awards ceremony at Camp Ripper Kuwait, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured clockwise are: Private First Class (PFC) Daivid Ross; Corporal (CPL) David Melnyk; Captain (CPT) Jeffery M. O'Neill; and First Sergeant (1SGT) Ian V. Hamilton

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Ian V. Hamilton, 7th Marines, Headquarters Company, presides over a promotion ceremony at Camp Ripper Kuwait, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Alyssa Barclay, left and Jennifer James, from the 100th Service Squadron (SS), Royal Air Force (RAF) Base Mildenhall, England, distribute billeting keys to STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jose Olmeda, First Sergeant (1SGT) US Army (USA), Charlie Company, 192nd Medical Support Unit, an Army National Guard (ANG) unit from Puerto Rico

US Marine Corps (USMC) personnel from Charlie Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, 4th Marine Division, form a school circle around First Sergeant (1SGT) Dikenson, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Gwilda Harris, with the 165th Communications Flight acting First Sergeant (1SGT), weighs Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Raymond Moran, with 165th Maintenance and his luggage, before he boards his plane for the Persian Gulf, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant Major (SGMAJ) Kennith Lucas and First Sergeant (1SGT) Hamilton, near the Combat Operations Center (COC)

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Kent Fuller, First Sergeant, 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS), waves "Old Glory" on the flightline of a desert air base in the Arabian Gulf Region at midnight as US jets take off on missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. MSGT Fuller is wearing Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 2 (MOPP-2) gear

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) T.J. Jones, First Sergeant and CHIEF Enlisted Manager of the 621st Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE), marshals a container downloaded from a cargo aircraft by SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Dan Briscoe, using a 10K All Terrain (AT) forklift, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Donald Dougherty, Superintendent of Maintenance and SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) T.J. Jones, First Sergeant and CHIEF Enlisted Manager, both with 621st Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE), watch a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft take off from an undisclosed location, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army (USA) First Sergeant (1SGT) John McNair, left and USA STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Levoin McKey, with the 1ST Field Artillery Detachment (FAD) attached to 11th Marines Regiment, discuss matters of military importance, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

World War Two (WWII) US Army (USA) Private First Class (PFC) William H."Dub"Wilson Jr. (center), accompanied by his wife Idel, is congratulated by USAF MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Elizabeth Bookhoop, First Sergeant, 165th Mission Support Flight, following an award ceremony held at the 165th Airlift Wing, Savannah International Airport (IAP), Georgia (GA). PFC Wilson was presented with various awards including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. The awards were presented fifty-seven years after he left the service

US Air Force (USAF) members of the 31st Fighter Wing (FW) line up for the free First Sergeant's Association (FSA) sponsored base-wide BBQ. The FSA sponsored the BBQ to say thanks for the hard work that members of the Aviano Community put forth in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation YELLOW RIBBON

Left to right, GUNNERY Sergeant (GYSGT) Mark A. Byrd, First Sergeant (1SGT) Gerald D. Snelling and MASTER GUNNERY Sergeant (MGYST) Edwin Acosta, of Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, renders a salute during the opening ceremonies for Exercise BALIKATAN 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC), 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Fox Company, First Sergeant (1SGT) M. M. Geletko, takes the oath of enlistment from Company Commander Captain (CAPT) T. E. Clinton Jr., for four years, on the Camp Ternate beach, during Exercise BALIKATAN 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC), 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Fox Company, First Sergeant (1SGT) M. M. Geletko, center, poses left to right with, CHIEF Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2) Kevin Crandell, Captain (CAPT) T. E. Clinton Jr., Sergeant Major (SGM) C. Castle and Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) James A. Cameron, after re-enlisting for four years on the beaches of Camp Ternate during Exercise BALIKATAN 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC), 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Fox Company, First Sergeant (1SGT) M. M. Geletko and Corporal (CPL) Nicholas J. Medina, both with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, share a father-son moment during Exercise BALIKATAN 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) James McCook, receives the Units guidon from Captain (CPT) Christopher DeAntonie, In-coming Commanding Officer, Charlie/Company, 1ST Battalion, 7th Marines, during a Change of Command Ceremony, held at the University located in the city of An Najaf, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The Companys Executive Officer, First Lieutenant (1LT) Christopher McIntosh, stands foreground right

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Robert Marasco, left, the 5th Services Squadron (SS) Commander and MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Wesley Magaster, right, the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) First Sergeant, listen to Colonel (COL) Kevin Kennedy, center, the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) Commander, at a celebration picnic following the Nuclear Surety Inspection at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota (ND)

US Army (USA) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Craig A. Finley (left) Battalion Commander, 1ST Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, looks on as First Sergeant (1SG) Rivere (right), passes the Batterys Gideon to In-Coming Commander, Captain (CPT) Gino P. Quintiliani, during a Change of Command Ceremony held at Fort Stewart, Georgia (GA). Out-Going Battery Commander, CPT Robert W. Steffel, stands background

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Christopher Seefeld receives a Letter of Commendation from the Commanding General of the 1ST Marine Division, from USMC Major (MAJ) Peter Farnum, G-7 Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1ST Marine Division, during his Retirement Ceremony at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA)

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Christopher Seefeld addresses the Marines of 1ST Marine Division during his Retirement Ceremony held at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA)

During the Retirement Ceremony for US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Christopher Seefeld (foreground left), USMC Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Clarke Lethin (center) G-3 Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1ST Marine Division, presents Mrs. Tammy Seefeld, with a letter of Appreciation from the Commanding General of the 1ST Marine Division, during a Ceremony conducted at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA)

US Marine Corps (USMC) MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Michael Daniels is awarded the Legion of Merit Medal by USMC Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Clarke Lethin (center) G-3 Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1ST Marine Division, during a Retirement Ceremony at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA). Also retiring is CHIEF Warrant Officer 5 (CWO5) Jeffry Hill (foreground left), and First Sergeant (1SGT) Christopher Seefeld (background left)

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Sergeant (1SGT) Bryan S. Nohl, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1ST LAR), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, California (CA), addresses the audience after accepting command during the Sergeant Major Relief and Appointment Ceremony on the 1ST LAR parade deck

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