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As the sun begins to rise, a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) arrives at Blue Beach, Cap Haitien. An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) from Golf Company 2/2 prepares to depart on a security mission during the celebration in the streets of Cap Haitien. The operation is Uphold Democracy

A flight bag and jacket wait to be loaded aboard an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The aircraft is being prepared for a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. The operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Two US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters land at the Military Coordination Command Post. The two helicopters make daily trips from Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey, to Zahku carrying personnel and supplies in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Kurdish women pose for photograph outside their home. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

US military people role playing as civilians are evacuated during a search and rescue exercise conducted as part of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Kurdish women and children pose for photograph outside Nazarki Prison in Northern Iraq. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon leaves the hangar as it begins a security mission over Iraq in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

US Air Force weapons control officers onboard an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft prepare for a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A ground crewman directs a US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from its parking spot. The aircraft is beginning a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Chaplain (MAJ.) Reggie Cleveland gives the Sunday morning sermon at the tent city chapel. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force F-15 Eagle takes off for a mission over Iraq in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

The Military Coordination Center compound is used by the four nation coalition in direct support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. The four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter flies a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter crew pre-briefs their flight before flying a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

After a final check of passengers on board, a US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter prepares to take off during a search and rescue exercise conducted as part of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force F-15 Eagle is refueled inflight for a mission over Iraq in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A member of the US contingent assigned to the operation relaxes in front of the morale tent. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

AIRMAN 1ST Class Thomas Crum (left) and AIRMAN 1ST Class Paul Wilbur play ping pong in the morale tent. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) lands after completing a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A Military Coordination Center vehicle leaves the Military Coordination Center compound. The Center is used by the four nation coalition in direct support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. The four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force flight crew debriefs their flight after flying a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

US Army Green Berets from the 10th Special Forces pre-brief a search and rescue exercise conducted as part of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Kurdish women prepare a meal outside their home. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Air traffic controllers from the US and Turkey work as a team in the control tower guiding aircraft for the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Two US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters land during a search and rescue exercise conducted as part of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

SENIOR AIRMAN Shawn Flynn uses a forklift to move a shipment of office furniture. Supplies for the operation are stored and shipped from this warehouse run by the 39th Supply Squadron. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

The pilots of a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter prepare their helo for a mission in support of the operation. Two helicopters make daily trips from Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey, to Zahku carrying personnel and supplies. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

SGT. Frederick McMullen, US Army, prepares for the start of his UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter before flying a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter flies a mission over Turkey in support of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

STAFF SGT. Greg Parker, US Army, establishes radio contact with another player in a search and rescue exercise conducted as part of the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Supplies for the operation are stored and shipped from this warehouse run by the 39th Supply Squadron. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A Turkish Air Force F-4 makes the approach for an inflight refueling for a mission over Iraq. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A 3/4 left front view of an EF-111 Raven as TECH. SGT. James Simons pulls chocks away as the aircraft begins a security mission over Iraq. This operation enforces the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

Personnel deployed to the operation work out in the Tent City Gym. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

The territory in Northern Iraq where Operation Provide Comfort is taking place is hilly with poor road infrastructure. Operation Provide Comfort is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of U.S., Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A tent city has been erected for personnel deployed to the operation. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon is refueled inflight as another F-16 waits in formation to be refueled for a mission over Iraq. This operation is a security mission to enforce the United Nations no-fly zone north of the 36 degree parallel from Iraqi air and ground incursion. A four nation coalition of US, Turkey, Great Britain and France has been actively protecting and supplying Kurdish refugees since Desert Storm in 1991.(Exact date unknown)

US Marines from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) wait anxiously to board helicopters prior to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia takes over operations. SPMAGTF Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit, Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

US Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, arrive at the US Embassy by way of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter. SPMAGTF Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

Marines off load supplies from a CH-53 Super Stallion at the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit, Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

A soldier stands guard at Post 2 at the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

Marines from Scout Sniper Platoon, 8th Marine Regiment make visual perimeter checks from their position on top of the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

The Honorable Mr. William Milam, US Ambassador to Liberia, poses with Honor Guard assigned to the Embassy after the Independence Day ceremony. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary (MEU) Unit. The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

US Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, stand watch over UN Drive which runs in front of the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, from the 2ND Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Lejeune, NC took over the security mission at the embassy

A Marine from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, stands guard at Post 6, at the southern end of the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary (MEU) Unit. The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

A view of the south side entrance to the US Embassy Ambassadors residence in Monrovia, Liberia with Marine defensive positions visible. During Operation ASSURED RESPONSE Marines from the 2ND Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Lejeune, NC took over the security mission at the embassy

An M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) rests on a pile of sandbags as STAFF SGT. Stout Stewart, (hometown Tyler, TX) hammers down a pole identifying fields of fire in front of Post 5 overlooking the front of the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. Tony L. Corwin

CPL. Dennis Lauseng, (hometown Watertown, SD) and Lance CPL. Drew Schwichow, (hometown: Wilmington, DE) keep watch on the West African peace monitoring force in Liberia (ECOMOG) soldiers from Post 7B on the Southwest sector of the US Embassy. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Liberia, a II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) unit from Camp Lejeune, NC, takes on the security mission at the US Embassy from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The SPMAGTF is commanded by COL. T.L. Corwin

Night vision view of U.S. Army Soldiers, Alpha Troop, 1ST Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment (1-4 CAV), 1ST Infantry Division (ID), conduct a security mission during Operation Duluyiah Sunrise on Oct. 18, 2004, at Forward Operating Base McKenzie, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Operation Duluyian Sunrise is a joint operation between the 1-4 CAV and the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Special Police for the apprehension of key black list personnel organizing anti-iraq forces carrying out attacks against Coalition Forces in and around the Ad Duluyiah area. (U.S. Air Force photo by STAFF SGT. Shane A. Cuomo) (Released)