U.S. Air Force Reservists with the 440th Airlift Wing, Milwaukee Wisconsin, assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, MAJ. Ed Stack, left, co-pilot, checks the instrument panel on a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, as MAJ. Mark Parker, navigator, scans for threats and TECH SGT. Karl Schramm, flight-engineer, monitors the overhead panel, as they come in for a landing in Iraq, on Oct. 25, 2004, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by CAPT. Aaron Burgstein) (RELEASED)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Subject Operation/Series: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: CAPT Aaron Burgstein
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.