The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (at the lectern), U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Army Soldiers at a Town hall meeting at Balad Air Base, Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq, on July 12, 2006, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Gary Hillard) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Balad Air Base
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SSG Gary Hillard, USA
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.