US Army (USA) Sergeant (SGT) Vinny Cruz, assigned to the 1ST Battalion, 66th Armor, mans a M2 .50 caliber Machine Gun turret on a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), after his patrol found a hoax Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the road on which they were traveling, at Taji, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Country: Iraq (IRQ)
Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Michael Larson, Usn
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.