U.S. Army MAJ. GEN. Batiste, Commander, 1ST Infantry Division, addresses the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, during a Combat Infantry Badge pinning ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Normandy, Diyala Province, Iraq, on Aug. 25, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by PVT. 1ST Class Elizabeth Erste) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Forward Operating Base Normandy
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: PFC Elizaberth Erste, 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.