U.S. Air Force 379th Air Expeditionary Wing loadmaster STAFF SGT. Jeff Nighbert, calculates the cargo and passenger weight on a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from a forward deployed location in Southwest Asia, on Dec. 1, 2004, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Shane A. Cuomo) (Released)
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Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Shane A. Cuomo
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.