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Three buses, like the ones carrying voters to Mostar for the elections, wait to cross a pontoon bridge about 15 kilometers from Mostar

A passenger bus full of western Mostar city police officers moves to an unknown location on the eve of the Mostar general elections

Western Mostar city police officers outside of their police headquarters on the eve of the general elections

An automobile decorated with a flag and streamers is participating in a parade through the streets on the eve of the Mostar General Elections

A display of numerous campaign posters on a street in western Mostar on the evening prior to the Bosnian national general elections

A bus uses the route that will bring Serb voters to Mostar to take part in elections on 30 June 96

Automobiles backed up on the road to Mostar due to an unannounced road clearing exercise on the eve of the Mostar general elections

Croatian children pose in front of numerous campaign posters on a western Mostar street on the eve of the Bosnian national general elections

A pontoon bridge replaces a blown out bridge approximately 15 kilometers from Mostar. This is the route buses carrying Serb voters will take to bring them to the polling stations for the elections on 30 June 96

A prospective voter awaits his turn to enter and place his ballots as a Federal police officer stands guard at the door of one of the many eastern Mostar polling locations on the day of the Mostar general elections

Moroccan soldiers and a Moroccan armored personnel carrier provide security coverage along Mostar Route 17 on the day of the Mostar general elections

Banica Groanivica expresses anger because her name was not found on the 1991 Census which allows Mostar residents to vote. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

Muslims return to former neighborhood to vote during elections in Mostar, Bosnia. For many, this was the first time in 3 1/2 years that they have been in Mostar. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

The crisis management operations center tent set up specifically for the Mostar general elections

A Federal police officer attends to his guard position outside while voters enter one of the several different Eastern Mostar polling locations to cast their ballots during the day of the Mostar general elections

Muslim citizens wait to vote at the Blagaj polling location as a Federal police officer guards the door during the Mostar general elections

A Muslim citizen places her ballots in the collection boxes of the Blagaj polling location during the Mostar general elections

Votes are tabulated by officials at the Bejrut polling location after the completion of the Mostar general elections

Voters at the Blagaj polling location cast their ballots on the day of the Mostar general elections

A Muslim Bosnian citizen presents her voter registration identification card and awaits receiving her ballots at the Blagaj polling location on the day of the Mostar general elections

Tombstone that reads "DON'T FORGET", reminds Mostar residents of the pain and anguish that was experienced during the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

Local resident casts his voter during the recent elections in Mostar. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

Voters in Mostar begin voting process by registering with voting officials to make sure that they are eligible to vote. Only those residents that were registered during the 1991 Census were allowed to vote. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

IFOR Troops were prepared to assist in possible disturbances during Mostar elections. With more than 2500 IFOR Troops securing the divided town, voting remained peaceful. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. Shown are the Spanish made BMR-600 varient VEC-25 6x6 Wheeled Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle fitted with a TC25 turret armed with a 25mm M242 gun

A Federal police officer assists a Bosnian citizen in making her way to the Blagaj polling location so that she may place her vote in the Mostar general elections

Muslim voters wait in line to enter the Blagaj polling location and place their votes during the Mostar general elections

A citizen voter is helped in filling out his ballots by a family member at one of the many polling locations on the day of the Mostar general elections

Prospective citizen voters have their voter registration identification cards checked against a registered voters list at the Bejrut polling location on the day of the Mostar general elections

Bosnian voters place their filled out ballots into their respective collection boxes at one of the many polling locations in eastern Mostar on the day of the Mostar general elections

Moroccan soldiers and a Moroccan armored personnel carrier provide security along Mostar Route 17 throughout the day of the Mostar general elections

Prospective citizen voters enter the Bejrut polling location on the day of the Mostar general elections while a security guard stands at the entrance to prevent incidents

A Federal police officer assists a Bosnian citizen towards the Blagaj polling location so that she may place her vote on the day of the Mostar general elections

Displaced Bosnian voters exit a transport bus and move towards the Bejrut polling location in eastern Mostar so that they might place their votes in the area that they were registered to vote in during the Mostar general elections

One of the many public buses that were used on the day of the Mostar general elections to ferry displaced voters to and from the polling locations where they were registered to vote

French soldiers atop a French armored car provide security along Mostar route 17 during the day of the Mostar general elections

Muslim citizens wait in line to place their votes on the day of the Mostar general elections at the Blagaj polling location while a Federal police officer guards the entrance

US Army SPECIALIST, Fourth Class Matthew Kent, a UH-60A Blackhawk helicopter gunner, provides aerial force protection, in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, for other Implementation Force troops maintaining ground security throughout the Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, region so that people could travel freely during the 1996 elections

Muslims return to former neighborhood to vote during elections in Mostar, Bosnia. For many, this was the first time in 3 1/2 years that they have been in Mostar. The Mostar elections provided a crucial test for the Dayton Peace Accord which ended the 3 1/2 year war in Bosnia. In accordance with the Dayton Accords, under which Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (the multi-national peace mission in Bosnia) functions, the provision of a secure environment is at the heart of the reconstruction effort in Bosnia

Polling site, BRA-10, Bratunac, at grid site CP 69163 92883 to be used for the 14 September elections during Operation during JOINT ENDEAVOR

Secretary of State Warren Christopher stands and looks at a plaque, attached to a wall, that honors the fallen victims of the bombings that occurred on 27 June 1992 in the marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Secretary Christopher is visiting Bosnia to check on the peace process progress and the status of the upcoming elections

Secretary of State Warren Christopher, standing next to Bosnia-Herzegovinian President Alija Izetbegovic, speaks from behind a lectern located on the tarmac at the Sarajevo International Airport about reopening the airport to civilian traffic. A TOP AIR commercial aircraft is seen in the background. Secretary Christopher is visiting Bosnia to check on the peace process and the status of the upcoming elections

Secretary of State Warren Christopher, standing next to Bosnia-Herzegovinian President Alija Izetbegovic and Deputy Commander IFOR LGEN Jean Heinrich (French Army), speaks from behind a lectern located on the tarmac at the Sarajevo International Airport about reopening the airport to civilian traffic. A TOP AIR commercial aircraft is seen in the background. Secretary Christopher is visiting Bosnia to check on the peace process and the status of the upcoming elections

Secretary of State Warren Christopher (not wearing a coat) and the Republic of Srpska Provisional President Biljana Plavisic (the woman in the red suit jacket) stand next to each other, in front of other civilians, on a street in the historic old town section of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Secretary Christopher is visiting Bosnia to check on the peace process progress and the status of the upcoming elections

Secretary of State Warren Christopher and ADM Thomas Joseph Lopez (USN), Commander IFOR, both seated across from each other at a conference table, meet briefly prior an official briefing for Secretary Christopher. Secretary Christopher met ADM Lopez in the Admiral's office in the Residency in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Secretary Christopher is visiting Bosnia to check on the peace process progress and the status of the upcoming elections

Posters with information for the Polling centers are included into the kits at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzogovina warehouse for the upcoming elections in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Damir Ferhatbegovic, Warehouse Supervisor Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzogovina, loads Polling supplies onto a Implementation Forces vehicle to ensure that the needed supplies fit in the vehicles to be transported to Polling locations for the up coming elections in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

US Air Force Sergeant Lowell Robinson (right), 280th Support Center, Hanau, Germany, deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogovina, speaks with Robert Green (left), Warehouse Operations Director for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina about supplies for the up coming elections in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Vania Ellner, a warehouse supply worker, fills Polling kits with pencils and other supplies for the up coming elections in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Balic Edina, a warehouse supply worker, fills Polling kits with badges and other supplies for the up coming elections in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

An OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) staff members drives a forklift to pick up a pallet carrying polling kits off of a loading dock. These kits are loaded onto Greek Army, IFOR marked, Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Trucks (seen behind the forklift) and then shipped throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections taking place during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Two Greek Army, IFOR marked, Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Trucks prepare to leave the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) entry control point carrying polling kits for shipment throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections taking place during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Several OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) staff members disembark from a commercial aircraft and walk across the tarmac at the International Airport in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. These staff members are in Sarajevo for training to supervise the upcoming elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Three Greek Army Special Forces Commando Squadron soldiers, SGT Daniel Koukoulis, SGT Papadam Stuliavos, and SGT Barovtes Avtonios, stand guard, two with rifles and the third standing behind a machine gun mounted in the back of an IFOR marked Mercedes-Benz (4x4) 750 kg Light Vehicle, at an entry control point in front of a facility housing Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) personnel. At this site OSCE personnel load polling kits onto Greek Army IFOR vehicles for shipment throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR),...

SGT Major Sakorafas Kostas (Greek Army), Infantry SPECIALIST, and another Greek soldier tie down the flaps to secure the back end of an Greek Army, IFOR marked, Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Trucks loaded with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits that are being shipped throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections taking place during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

An OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) staff member drives a forklift to load a pallet carrying polling kits on to a Greek Army IFOR transport vehicle. These kits are shipped throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections taking place during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Turkish Army soldiers offload OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits by hand from the back end of a Greek Army Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Truck and stack them outside a warehouse. These polling kits are for the upcoming elections to be held in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

A Greek Army soldier observes SRA Kenneth J. Gabehart (USAF)and A1C Rick Haskins (USAF), Det. 1 Air Education Training Command/Training Support Squadron (AETC/TSS), tasting food from a Greek Army field lunch. These three individuals are standing in front of a two, parked Greek Army vehicles are part of a convoy carrying OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits for the upcoming elections to be held in Doboj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton ...

Turkish Army soldiers offload OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits by hand from the back end of a Greek Army Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Truck. These polling kits are for the upcoming elections to be held in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Finnish Army soldiers, Finland Army Construction Battalion, offload OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits from the back end of a Greek Army Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Truck inside a warehouse. These polling kits are for the upcoming elections to be held in Doboj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

Two Greek Army soldiers, both armed with 7.62mm G3A4 Rifles, stand in front of a Greek Army, IFOR marked, Steyr 680 M (4x4) 4500 kg Truck that is carrying OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits for the upcoming elections to be held in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

A Greek Army machine gunner, standing up through the gunner's hatch, inspects a 7.62mm MG3 Machine Gun attached to the top a military vehicle that is part of Greek Army convoy, parked on the roadside, protecting cargo trucks loaded with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits that are being shipped throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina for the upcoming elections taking place during Operation Joint Endeavor. Behind this first vehicle is a Greek Army M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and another unidentified vehicle. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and ...

A military forklift wheeled loader offloads palletized OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) provided polling kits from the back end of a French Air Force C-130 at Sarajevo International Airport, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The OSCE is responsble for distributing polling kits throughout Bosnia for the upcoming elections during Operation Joint Endeavor. Operation Joint Endeavor is a peacekeeping effort by a multinational Implementation Force (IFOR), comprised of NATO and non-NATO military forces, deployed to Bosnia in support of the Dayton Peace Accords

French soldiers of 1ST Company, 6th Battalion, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, prepares for an inspection the day before general elections

A Croatian citizen leaves the Hrvatske Dom Polling Station after voting in the general elections in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

A ferry loads up with vehicles in order to cross the Sava River so that the Croatians may participate in the Bosnian elections

Congressman Steny Hoyer (left), D-Maryland, and Richard Holbrooke (center, left), United States mediator and architect of the Dayton Peace Agreement, talk with Miodrag Pajic (center, right with glasses), mayor of Brcko, Bosnia, about the elections, assisted by Department of Defense interpreter Dragan Minc (standing between Holbrooke and Pajic)

Sir Kenneth Scott (center), SENIOR Deputy for Elections, Organization for the Security and Co-0peration in Europe, makes a statement during a Joint Operations Election Center meeting on election day in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The organizations that comprise the Joint Operations Election Center (JOEC) at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina are key leaders or representatives of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian), Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian), Republic of Srpska (Serbian), International Police Task Force, Peace Implementation Forces, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), Organization for the Security and Co-0peration in Europe ...

A political poster was glued to several of the barriers in front of the Implementation Forces Headquarters. During the days leading up to the national elections of Bosnia and Herzegovina, people were free to attach posters such as this to any available vacant wall, pole, or in this case, tank barrier, thanks in part to Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR. Election day was what some officials termed "boring" since voting was very peaceful

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D), Maryland, talks to the local media on how the Elections are proceeding in the town of Brcko, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Congressman Hoyer visited the town of Brcko with United States Mediator and Architect of the Dayton Peace Agreement, Richard Holbrooke

Capljina polling station representative, Sabanovic Muhamed, seals ballots boxes after the Bosnia and Herzegovina elections during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D), Maryland (left), and United States Mediator and Architect of the Dayton Peace Agreement, Richard Holbrooke talk to the local media on how the Elections are proceeding in the town of Brcko, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Local people from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, are gathering by a library waiting to be transported by bus to polling stations to vote for the first time since the war. Implementation Force troops provided security for the elections during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps support operations went into high gear when the Joint Operations Election Center (JOEC) came on-line during the Bosnia and Herzegovina national elections. In the background US Navy Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, Allied Forces Southern Europe, United States Naval Forces Europe and Implementation Forces Commander and UK Army Lieutenant General Sir Michael Walker, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, talk for a few minutes. In the foreground, a UK Army soldier is busy using a combat laptop computer to keep up with the constant flow of information coming in from throughout the country in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR

Under police protection, Muslim voters move into segregated polling stations near the town of Rogatica, Republic of Srpska, to cast their ballots on the morning of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national elections

A voter looks over a list of polling stations in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The list of stations was posted to show voters the different places to cast their ballots on the morning of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national elections

A Muslim voter voices his concerns to an Election Observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, near the town of Rogatica, Republic of Srpska. The Muslims arrived in buses accompanied by International Police Task Force on the morning of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national elections

An extreme long shot of Muslim voters waiting in line at the segregated polling station near the town of Rogatica, Republic of Srpska. The Muslims arrived in buses accompanied by International Police Task Force on the morning of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national elections

Muslim voters wait to cast ballots at the school polling station in Potaci, Bosnia-Herzegovina, about ten miles northeast of the town of Mostar, on the morning of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national elections

US Army Reserve, Sergeant (SGT) Thomas of the 304th Psychological Operation (PSYOPS) Unit hands a Stabilization Force (SFOR) publication to a boy in the town of Rudo, inside the Republic of Serbska, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thompson's job is to gain rapport with the locals and assist them with basic needs like school books, supplies and often the connection of a phone line in rural villages. In addition, the unit passes out a monthly world event magazine, a DC Superman comic book outlining mine awareness and several informative voting guides for the September municipal elections. Three teams of the 304th Psychological Operation unit are based out of Sarajevo, BIH. Operation JOINT GUARD 31 July...

AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, advances with his fire team to clear a near-by abandoned building. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

AIRMAN First Class Patrick Krivosh, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, drops as he hears distant machine gun fire, as part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training. The mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes aim with his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at a sniper in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

SENIOR AIRMAN Ricardo Flores, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, wearing MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), covers his advancing fire team with an Saco 7.62 mm M60 general purpose machine gun, as part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training. The mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) and carrying a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, SENIOR AIRMAN Craig Smelter, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, signals to his fire team members to take cover and stay down as he clears a building in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In full MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Michel Winters, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes aim with his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at a sniper in a mock town. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), AIRMAN First Class Rickey Pearson, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, uses his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle to cover the exit to a building after clearing it. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

In MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System), and his Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle at the ready, SENIOR AIRMAN Joseph Mattox, USAF, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes cover by an abandoned building while members of his fire team advance to clear the building. As part of Ground Combat Skills (GCS) training, the mission scenario is to move in and occupy a mock village, restore order and allow for peaceful elections. GCS is a weeklong training regiment consisting of three days of classroom work and two days in the field where trainees receive instruction on land navigation, combat patrolling and field craft skills

President George W. Bush emerges from Air Force One after landing at Toledo Express Airport (TOL), for his tour of Ohio (OH). Bush is conducting his "Industrial Midwest" Campaign in support of the upcoming elections

Air Force One lands at Toledo Express Airport (TOL), Ohio (OH), delivering President George W. Bush for his tour of Ohio. Bush is conducting his "Industrial Midwest" Campaign in support of the upcoming elections

President George W. Bush decends the stairs of Air Force One after landing at Toledo Express Airport (TOL), for his tour of Ohio (OH). Bush is conducting his "Industrial Midwest" Campaign in support of the upcoming elections

Air Force One lands at Toledo Express Airport (TOL), delivering President George W. Bush for his tour of Ohio (OH). Bush is conducting his "Industrial Midwest" Campaign in support of the upcoming elections

A sign informing Afghani locals where and how they can vote hangs from a tree in the Gayan District of Afghanistan. US Army (USA) Soldiers and Afghanistan National Army (ANA) provided support and security for national elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Army (USA) SPECIALIST (SPC) Francesco Musso, a Sniper assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (H&HC), 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, sites through the AN/PVS-10 Day+Night Vision Sniper Scope on his Harris M-86 sniper rifle while pulling in Qalat, Afghanistan, during the first national democratic elections ever to be held in Afghanistan, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Army (USA) SPECIALIST (SPC) Robert Hollett, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (H&HC), 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, stands ready with his 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) during a vehicle mounted patrol in Qalat, Afghanistan, during the first national democratic elections ever to be held in Afghanistan, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A female member of the Iraqi Elections Independent Council (IEIC) updates a board during a lottery to determine the placement of political entities on the ballot for upcoming elections at the Baghdad Convention Center in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 20, 2004. (USAF PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Michael E. Best) (Released)

Iraqi Elections Independent Council (IECI) officials at the Baghdad Convention Center in Baghdad, Iraq, conduct a lottery selection process to determine the placement of political entities on the ballot for upcoming elections. Over 200 political party observers and 40 media gathered at the Center to witness this historical event

Members of the media cover the Iraqi Elections Independent Council (IECI) lottery to determine the placement of political entities on the ballot for upcoming elections at the Baghdad Convention Center in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 20, 2004. (USAF PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Michael E. Best) (Released)

Members of the Iraqi Elections Independent Council (IECI) held a lottery to determine the placement of political entities on the ballot for upcoming elections at the Baghdad Convention Center in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 20, 2004. (USAF PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Michael E. Best) (Released)

Members of the Iraqi Elections Independent Council (IEIC) held a lottery to determine the placement of political entities on the ballot for upcoming elections at the Baghdad Convention Center in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 20, 2004. (USAF PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Michael E. Best) (Released)

A U.S. Army Soldier with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 1ST Infantry Regiment, blows off the lock of a door during a raid in Anah, Iraq. 2/1 is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counter-insurgency operations to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces; support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections; and to facilitate the creation of a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance CPL. Sheila M. Brooks) (Released)