So many of you loved this photo of a Cavalry Trooper ("If you ain't Cav...!") by Staff Sergeant Russell Lee Klika that I decided to try to find some more of his work. He's really good. In fact this is a first, the same photographer with consecutive Picture of the Week posts - check these out:
Pvt. Shane Irwin and Pvt. Zachary McDaniel of Charlie Troop, 1st
Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st
Airborne Division, walk along a contaminated canal as they provide
security for a U.S. hired forensics archaeology team searching for
Saddam-era mass grave sites. The water color is due to years of
contamination at the land fill.
Soldiers of Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd
Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, launch a UAV prior to a
mission from Camp Hope near Sadr City, Iraq.
A young girl smiles at Soldiers as they pass by her home.
Weapons squad leaders of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct a seven day machine gun
training course for soldiers of the 4th Iraqi Army Division at Forward
Operating Base Summerall. The course gave the IA soldiers the
opportunity to zero their PKC machine guns and to learn the
fundamentals of different firing positions. Here a Soldier from the
1/187th watches as IA soldiers fire from the standing position. In the second picture, you can see the pain on the IA soldier's face from the heat of the barrel...
» Purple Water from Pro Deo et Patria
Have you ever seen purple water? That really is water. All of the contamination from Saddam left it that color. [Read More]
Tracked on May 24, 2006 9:04:20 PM
» Beautiful Pictures from Iraq from Big Lizards
Black Five featured several photographs taken by Staff Sergeant Russell Lee Klika. His photographs are simply amazing. The first feature is here, and the second here. Enjoy. To whet your appetites, here are a couple samples.... ... [Read More]
Tracked on May 25, 2006 3:27:49 PM
» Morning Fog and photos from High Desert Wanderer
On an unrelated note, Klika dropped off a couple of new photos yesterday. You may have seen them already, but did you see the older ones at Black Five - here, here and here? How about the iraqwarnews.net photos in April or The Tension photos in May? We... [Read More]
Tracked on Jun 22, 2006 11:38:25 AM
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