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Photos first published in the Oct. 25 Mideast edition

Submitted by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rob Stone, 3rd Infantry Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Spc. Bradly Rokicki, of the office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 3rd Infantry Division, plays with a local Iraqi girl during a break in convoy operations in Baghdad’s International Zone.

Submitted by Staff Sgt. Luke Bukoski, Company C, 844th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve. Staff Sgt. David Griffith and Staff Sgt. Heath Haun prime a cratering charge with C4 during demolitions training near Camp Beuhring in northern Kuwait.

Submitted by Sgt. Raphael Trujillo, 507th Engineer Battalion. Spc. Tim McCay, of the 507th Engineer Battalion, hands KitKats out to local kids. Trujillo writes: “I love pictures of the kids. Most have such a positive outlook and are so excited to see you. They continue to give me hope in the success of the U.S. mission here in Iraq.”

Submitted by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis G. Poulsen, of Alpha Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Poulsen writes: “I was maintaining security, watching over a vehicle checkpoint that my platoon had set up in order to find weapons and explosives. The checkpoint was set up in a little town called Horajab, which is located about 10 kilometers south of Baghdad.”

Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Hersch, Forward Operating Base Bucca in southern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Kelly Wilson, Senior Airman Annette Mankey and Senior Airman Christina Hill hand out toys and gifts to locals at a detainee facility on Camp Bucca.

Submitted by Spc. John M. Villegas. This is a picture of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device that Company B, 1st Platoon, 113th Engineer Battalion set off under a bridge in Mosul, Iraq. Villegas writes: “By blowing it up we saved a lot of lives that day because who knows where the driver was headed.”

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