Photos: Last U.S. airmen fly out of Ali Air Base

The last U.S. airmen to leave Iraq as well as some of the last U.S. soldiers to leave Iraq begin their journey home onboard a C-17 Globemaster heading for Kuwait.

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By JOSHUA L. DEMOTTS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 18, 2011

The last U.S. airmen to leave Iraq boarded a C-17 Globemaster Saturday night at Ali Air Base in Tallil, Iraq, some 200 miles southeast of Baghdad. The airmen and some U.S. soldiers shook hands with senior leaders as they boarded the plane.

From left to right, Maj. Gen. Russell Handy, the senior U.S. Air Force officer in Iraq, Command Chief Master Sgt. Mike Hanning, the senior enlisted airman in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Rock, who directed the Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission, and the 321st Air Expeditionary Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Jerry Delebreau, 407th Air Expeditionary Group Commander Col. Ted Mathews and the 407th Command Chief Master Sgt. Sidney Penner, shake the hands of the last U.S. airmen to leave Iraq as they deplane a C-17 Globemaster Kuwait.
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