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Photos published April 10, 2006

Submitted by Sgt. 1st Class Patrick McDonald, civil military specialist, Multi-National Forces–Iraq CMO Elections Branch, U.S. Embassy–Baghdad. Capt. Daniel Bisbee of the 4th Infantry Division Civil Affairs Office takes a closer look at the bust of Saddam Hussein that once adorned the roof of the U.S. Embassy complex.

Submitted by Master Sgt. James Borg, Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Spc. Daly stands ready to search visitors prior to entering the Baghdad Central Correction Facility at Abu Ghraib, Iraq. I was sent out late one afternoon to take force protection pictures. I could not resist capturing the true essence of this female MP. In this war-torn, dirty, dusty region, American soldiers are prepared to do our duties in a professional manner.

Submitted by Capt. Christopher Blais, 505th Engineer Battalion. Yes, this is a 155 mm artillery round affixed to my Humvee. The empty shell was being used as a door stop at a small forward operating base near Samarra. I felt it needed some fresh air so I secured it to my Humvee, wrote the note and drove back to Logistics Support Area Anaconda with it. I thought, “Maybe the insurgents will see that we brought our own IED and leave us alone?” It worked! We made it home without incident. It was my way of dealing with stress.

Submitted by 1st Lt. Maxwell Sanborn, 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Detachment 15, Balad Air Base, Iraq. This photo was taken right after a big rain storm in the housing area at LSA Anaconda. The puddle is only 3 or 4 inches deep and dried up in a few days. I like to take pictures after it rains here because many of the folks back home think that I’m living in some dry desert, when we are actually in the middle of the rainy season.

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