ARCHIVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
Preparing to leave Iraq, 2004
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 15, 2019
Scott Schonauer ©Stars and Stripes
Iraq, March, 2004: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, which is part of the Fort Sill, Okla.-based 212th Field Artillery Brigade, II Corps Artillery, wash the windshields of military vehicles before leaving Al-Asad Air Base for Kuwait after 12 months in Iraq. A Stars and Stripes story noted that "commanders want soldiers to treat their final days in Iraq with the same vigilance and attention to detail as their first few days last spring, when they stormed across the Kuwaiti border and toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime. But they are concerned that some soldiers might already be thinking about home, distracting them from the threats they face while still in Iraq."
Stars and Stripes' 2004 story about the troops' final days in Iraq.