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MGEN Joseph H. Brooks, USAR (uncovered)

MGEN Joseph H. Brooks, USAR (uncovered)

Portrait of DoD Mr. George G. Kundahl (USAR), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretray of Defense for Reserve Affairs, (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Russell F. Roederer) (Released) (PC-191747)

Major General Gary A. Stemley, USAR (uncovered)

MGEN Gary A. Stemley, USAR (uncovered)

BGEN Stanley J. Haransky, USAR (covered)

Portrait of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joel G. Blanchette (USAR), (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Scott Davis) (Released) (PC-192418)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST Fourth Class (SFC) Ayla Osman, 340th Military Police (MP) Company (Co), Task Force (TF) Falcon, mans the 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), atop a M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), while on patrol through Strpce, Kosovo, Serbia (SER). TF Falcon is the official designation for the US European Command (USEUCOM) forces assigned to the NATO-led peacekeeping KFOR forces participating in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN. (SUBSTANDARD)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Major General (MGEN) John Ostenberg (foreground), inspects the construction being done by the USA 401st Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB), on the bridge project located on the old Kabul road, Afghanistan, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Army (USAR) Reserve Colonel (COL) Jack Rule assigned to the 44th Task Force, Combat Support Hospital (CSH), at Bagram Air Base (AB), Afghanistan (AFG), sutures the thumb of a local Afghan worker. This hospital provides care for all coalition forces in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-25) assigned to Delta/Company, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LARB), 1ST Marine Division, cross a Ribbon Bridge operated by US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers assigned to the 459th Engineering Company in Northern Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-25) assigned to Delta/Company, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LARB), 1ST Marine Division, cross a Ribbon Bridge operated by US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers assigned to the 459th Engineering Company in Northern Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-25) assigned to Delta/Company, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LARB), 1ST Marine Division, cross a Ribbon Bridge operated by US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers assigned to the 459th Engineering Company in Northern Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers march during the Armed Forces Day Parade Celebration, held at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico

US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers hang a banner using a military reach truck during the Armed Forces Day Parade, held at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico

A local television crew documents US Army Reserve (USAR) soldiers from the 346th Tactical Psychological Operations Company as announce curfew information with a loudspeaker mounted atop a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the 64th Military Police (MP) Company, 720th MP Battalion, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CPT) Russel L. Frantz, Medical Crew Director, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), 375th Airlift Wing (AW) reviews the patient records of US Army Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST (SPC) John J. Estrada, 270th Transportation Squadron, aboard an Air Mobility Command (AMC) C-9A Nightingale aircraft at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois (IL). This mission is the Wings last scheduled C-9A Aeromedical Evacuation flight within the Continental United States (CONUS)

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Samuel J. Dalton, Aeromedical Evacuation Technician, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), 375th Airlift Wing (AW), attends to his patient US Army Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST (SPC) John J. Estrada, 270th Transportation Squadron, aboard an Air Mobility Command (AMC) C-9A Nightingale aircraft from Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois (IL), during the Wings last scheduled C-9A Aeromedical Evacuation flight within the Continental United States (CONUS)

A 21-year old Iraqi woman named Shaimma (right), contracted as a food service helper by the US Army Reserve (USAR) 402nd Civil Affairs Group (CAG), cleans tables following the breakfast meal at the Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC), located in Al Kut, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers, 422nd Civil Affairs (CA) Battalion (BN), visit a playground and soccer field located in Baghdad, Baghdad Province, Iraq, that used to be a garbage dump. The 422nd CA BN arranged to refurbish the playground equipment, stop a sewage leak, and remove all trash as part of an ongoing community improvement project designed to assist various Baghdad neighborhoods during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Major (MAJ) Charles Westover (center, left), Commanding Officer (CO), Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), and USAR 364th Civil Affairs Brigade (CAB), 351st Civil Affairs Command (CAC), 6th US Army, greets Dr. Sharief Fayez (center, right), the Afghanistan National Minister of Education, during the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Namez Jay Primary Girls School in Golbahar, Parwan Province, Afghanistan (AFG), built with assistance from the Parwan PRT during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Army Reservist (USAR) STAFF Sergeant (SSG) James Smith, with the 257th Transportation Company, Las Vegas, Nevada (NV), holds his eight month old son Malik for the first time after returning home from a 13-month deployment to Kuwait (KWT) and Iraq (IRQ)

Iraqi Army (IA) 4th Battalion (BN), 1ST Brigade (BGDE), Iraqi Intervention Force (IIF), Soldiers and US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers walk a field patrol on the outskirts of the village of Al Taji, Baghdad Province, Iraq (IRQ), looking for a suspected mortar launch site during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Elva Bautista, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), de-worms a cow while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Elva Bautista, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), learns from a local farmer how to milk a cow while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Captain (CPT) Melinda Hutton (left) and Sergeant (SGT) Joseph Thomas (right), 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), replace a needle in an auto-injector while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness...

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Joseph Thomas, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), gives a cow a vitamin shot while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Captain (CPT) Melinda Hutton, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), de-worms a pig while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Elva Bautista, 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services (MDVS), 63rd Reserve Readiness Command (RRC), de-worms a cow while conducting a Veterinarian Readiness Exercise (VETRETE) in Anna Regina, Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana (GUY), as part of a Operation NEW HORIZONS 2004. This operation is a four-month joint service training exercise being held in Guyana by elements of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), and it involves combined teams of US and GDF military personnel working on several construction projects and two Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE)

US Army Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST (SPC) Nathaniel Hurley from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), trains dissasembling an FNMI 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Private First Class (PFC) Franklin Bell from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), trains dissasembling an FNMI 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Brian White (right) and Private First Class (PFC) Franklin Bell from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), train with an FNMI 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Allen Maille from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), reports propaganda provided by a role player during field training at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI). Armed participants are wearing the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), prepare a Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Signal (SINCGARS) radio during field training at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Allen Maille from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), checks his map during field training at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI). Armed participants are wearing the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Private First Class (PFC) Daniel Berei from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), is on security duty with an FNMI 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) during vehicular movement training at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI). Armed participants are wearing the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES)

US Army Reserve (USAR) Private First Class (PFC) Daniel Berei from the Cleveland, Ohio (OH), 321st Psychological Operations Company (POC), is on security duty with a mounted FNMI 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), on a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) during a field training exercise at Fort Custer, Michigan (MI)

US Army Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST (SPC) Chris Grignon with the 133rd Engineering Battalion, Westbrook, Maine, tightens a roof brace at the La Esperanza School in San Vicente, El Salvador, in support of Exercise NEW HORIZONS

Official artwork: US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) 442nd Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB) unit insignia

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2005 -- A FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) member holds a child as he assists residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is being evacuated following hurricane Katrina and rising flood waters. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

San Diego US Army Reservist (USAR), Sergeant (SGT) Shawn Smith, attached to the 129th Postal Company, 18th Personnel Service Battalion, 18th Service Support Group (SSG), seals and labels a package to be destined for the states during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Mohamed Ali Mutab a father of one of the children who will attend the Al Abbassiya School shakes the hand of Project Manager Major (MAJ) George C. Sanders out of the A-451 Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB) US Army Reserve (USAR), Pasadena, Texas (TX), at An Najaf, Iraq (IRQ), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Sergeant (SGT) Chris Swonger, 733rd Maintenance Company (non-divisional) Direct Support (DS), 687th Quartermaster Battalion (S&S), 303rd Ordnance Group (AMMO), USAR 88th Regional Readiness Command (RRC), uses a high-pressure washer to clean his M985 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) (8 x 8) cargo truck (with crane) prior to redeployment back the US at the end of Exercise BRIGHT STAR 2005, a joint US and Coalition biennial military training exercise conducted at Mubarak Military City (MMC), Egypt (EGY)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Private (PVT/PV2, one stripe) Desmond Pickenn, 140th Quartermaster (QM), Company (Co), 301st Area Support Group (ASG), 77th Regional Readiness Command (RRC), removes several pipes from his M85-200 Laundry Unit trailer before he uses a high-pressure washer to clean it prior to redeployment back the US at the end of Exercise BRIGHT STAR 2005, a joint US and Coalition biennial military training exercise conducted at Mubarak Military City (MMC), Egypt (EGY)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) SPECIALIST Fourth Class (SPC) Matthew Buckley, 377th Theater Support Command (TSC), Direct Supporting Command (DRC), uses a high-pressure washer to clean the underside of his M934A2 (6 x 6) 5-ton expansible van (without winch) prior to redeployment back the US at the end of Exercise BRIGHT STAR 2005, a joint US and Coalition biennial military training exercise conducted at Mubarak Military City (MMC), Egypt (EGY)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Private (PVT/PV2, one stripe) Desmond Pickenn, 140th Quartermaster (QM), Company (Co), 301st Area Support Group (ASG), 77th Regional Readiness Command (RRC), removes several hoses from his M85-200 Laundry Unit trailer before he uses a high-pressure washer to clean it prior to redeployment back the US at the end of Exercise BRIGHT STAR 2005, a joint US and Coalition biennial military training exercise conducted at Mubarak Military City (MMC), Egypt (EGY)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Colonel (COL) Rocky G. Easter, Commander, Army Field Support Brigade Pacific (AFSB-Pacific), Army Material Command (AMC), speaks to the audience during the AFSB-Pacific Activation Ceremony, held at Fort Lewis, Washington (WA)

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Brigadier General (BGEN) James W. Rafferty, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), Deputy Commanding General (DCG), USA Joint Munitions Command (JMC), speaks to the audience during the Activation Ceremony for the Army Field Support Brigade Pacific (AFSB-Pacific), Army Material Command (AMC), held at Fort Lewis, Washington (WA)

[Hurricane Katrina] 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA, 3-15-06 -- Captain Gregory Choina & Richard Veazey of the NOFD USAR team SELA TF1 prepare to head out in an All Terrain Vehicle to aid in search and recovery for human remains in the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina. All homes being demolished in 9th Ward are searched by a search and recovery team that includes special search recovery dogs so that no human remains are left in houses that are being demolished. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

US Army (USA) Reserve (USAR) Sergeant First Class (SFC) Len Tidey (left), Bravo Company (B Co), 7-158th Aviation Battalion (BN), 244th (Theater) Aviation Brigade, watches as SFC Tom Rees (right), 1ST Information Operations (IO), 10th Mountain Infantry Division (ID), releases boxes of leaflets in an aerial drop from a USA CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter over Helmand Province, Afghanistan (AFG), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, from the 324th Psychological Operations Co, (POC), Colo. USAR, operates the controls from a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle, to remove a rusty, junked vehicle, from the area. SGT. Felipe Capristo, from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, gives direction while ground guiding him as he lifts the vehicle. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar (right) from the the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, lends his weight against the tire from a 5-ton vehicle, to hold it up, while CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Co, (POC), Colo. USAR, works on the tire. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar (right) from the the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, and SGT. Felipe Capristo (left) from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, work together to repair a wheel from a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool. The 324th is currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, and SGT. Felipe Capristo, from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, repair the wheel from a M-923, 5-ton truck. At the motor pool, the soldiers place the jack under the vehicle to lift the it high enough to remove the tire. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar (left) from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, repairs a wheel on a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool, at COB Speicher. A soldier from his unit observes the procedure. The 324th is currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, ground guides STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, as he attempts to pick up a junked vehicle with a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle. The 324th and 445th, are currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, ground guides STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, as he attempts to pick up a junked vehicle with a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle. The 324th and 445th, are currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, removes the lugs off the wheel of a 5 ton vehicle, to repair it, at the motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, from the 324th Psychological Operations Co, (POC), Colo. USAR, operates the controls from a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle, to lift and remove a rusty, junked vehicle, from the area. The 324th and 445th, are currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, uses a heat torch to repair a wheel on a 5 ton at the motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, uses a heat torch to repair a wheel from a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool. SGT. Capristo is wearing an M9, 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, and CPL. Guage Krein from the the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, use a heat torch to repair a wheel from a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, repairs a wheel from a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, and CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, use a torch to loosen the lugs on the wheel from a 5 ton vehicle, at the motor pool. The 324th is currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, and CPL. Guage Krein, from 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, and SGT. Felipe Capristo, from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, gather tools to repair a wheel on a 5 ton at the motor pool. SGT. Capristo is wearing an M9, 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, ground guides STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, as he lifts up a junked vehicle with a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle. The 324th and 445th, are currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, lifts a junked car from the area, with a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) forklift vehicle. The 324th and 445th, are currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

SGT. Felipe Capristo, from the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, helps STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, to guide the junked vehicle to the ground. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

STAFF SGT. Michael Apgar, CPL. Guage Krein, from the 324th Psychological Operations Company (POC), Colo. USAR, and SGT. Felipe Capristo from the the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, Calif. USAR, loosen the lugs from the wheel of a 5 ton vehicle. The wheel is taken off the the vehicle, at the motor pool to repair it. SGT. Felipe Capristo is wearing an M9, 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

Oakland, CA, June 25 2008 -- Four year old golden retriever and current member of the California Urban Search and Rescue Team 4 (USAR) "Sandy" is present at the FEMA Safety Preparedness Expo tent. The expo had themes of safety and preparedness highlighted with search and rescue capabilities, recovery tools, and mitigation procedures to assist in preparing for and responding to disasters. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA.

[Hurricane Gustav] Chauvin, LA, September 4, 2008 -- Members of the Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (TN TF-1), Memphis discuss what they saw while conducting Search and Rescue (USAR) operations in the remote parts of Terrebonne Parrish, with a manager of the FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT). Coordination between local, state and federal teams is crucial in USAR. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] Houston, TX September 12, 2008 -- Ad hoc meeting between Department of Defense (DOD) (left) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) (right) members pre-landfall of Hurricane Ike. Unified command centers like this allow federal and state agencies to plan together during emergencies and disasters. Mike Moore/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Lake Charles, La. , September 14, 2008 -- Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams discuss rescue efforts in Calcasieu Parish with FEMA PIO Jack Heesch . Calvin Tolleson/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] Orange, TX, September 14, 2008 -- Members of the Army National Guard and Texas Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) coordinating a search strategy to find survivors of Hurricane Ike. FEMA coordinates federal resources that are needed after a disaster. Mike Moore/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] Sabine Pass, TX, September 14, 2008 -- Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team ride in an army truck to the impact zone. USAR teams are assisted by the military on their missions into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Ike to search for people needing help getting out of the area. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) conduct door to door checks in Left Hand Canyon Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) conduct door to door checks in Left Hand Canyon Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) conduct door to door checks in left hand canyon Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- Morning briefing for Urban Search and Research (USAR) teams at Boulder Airport. USAR teams are deployed to assist in the Colorado Flood response. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) conduct door to door checks in left hand canyon Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Boulder, Colo., Sep. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) canine assists with response efforts. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

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