Royal Air Force (RAF) Sergeant (SGT) Dave Irland, Ground Engineer deployed from the RAF 10/101 Squadron, England, prepares a replacement Rolls-Royce Conway turbofan engine for a VC-10 C.1K aircraft in a sandstorm during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Operation IRAQI FREEDOM is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate IraqΘs weapons of mass destruction and the regime of Saddam Hussein
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Matthew Hannen, USAF
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
Iraq War aka Operation IRAQI FREEDOM was the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by U.S. Army General Tommy Franks, under the code-name "Operation Iraqi Freedom". 248,000 soldiers from the United States, 45,000 British soldiers, 2,000 Australian soldiers and 194 Polish soldiers from Special Forces unit GROM sent to Kuwait for the invasion. The invasion force was also supported by Iraqi Kurdish militia troops, estimated to number upwards of 70,000.