U.S. Army SPC. Adam Wiltsey assigned to Bravo Company, 1-185th Armor, 81st Armor Brigade, keeps his 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon handy as he cleans his 9 mm M9 handgun at the companies assembly area, during a three day area reconnaissance around Balad, Iraq on September 10, 2004. The area reconnaissance patrol mission is to deny anti-Iraqi forces the freedom to operate and move throughout the countryside. U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Shane A. Cuomo) (Released)
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Shane A. Cuomo, 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.