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Roc Nation Leaves Iraq

by John Reed on December 20, 2011

Your pic of the day is this official Air Force photo of an airman aboard the last U.S. military plane to leave Iraq on Dec. 18. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like he’s flashing Jay Z’s Roc sign in celebration as his C-17 prepares to leave Ali Air Base in Iraq.  I love it.

Congratulations on their safe return in time for the holidays. Please remember everyone still fighting in Afghanistan.

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iknotno December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Yeah were leaving Iraq…and adding a sh!t ton of contractors.


SuperDave December 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

At least the AF will save some money on reflective belts


blight December 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

A fair number of these troops may find themselves rotating into Afghanistan: we do have that ticking deadline for the end of the surge though. However, with troops back home, it gives us the manpower for a /civilized/ rotation strategy that won't strain the army rotation system to its breaking point like it's 2006.


Palerider December 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Forget that guy look at the guy with the red collar on the right,looks like Darth Vaders son.


Vaporhead December 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

HA! Absolutely! Nothing like a good laugh in the morning!


Marcello December 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

You mean Luke Skywalker? ;)



Mark December 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

Only the Air Force would force their Airman to wear reflective belts in a war zone.


TMB December 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Oh how little you know….


Mark December 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

Really? Explain to me why I have seen tons of photo's of Airman in the warzone wearing reflective belts? Why wear a camoflauge uniform and slap a reflective belt over it.


Nanjing03 December 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I didn't see too many reflective belts in Baghdad, and around western Iraq in 2006 and 07. In fact, not many in Iraq at all. I did see a lot of belts worn by Army and Air Force personnel at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait during nighttime hours. Ususually,only the airman-in-charge on a flight line at night had a chem light to quickly lead everybody else to and from the ramps of the helos or heavy lifters which were themselves rigged for red.


Musson1 December 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Iraq is no longer a threat to the USA or to their neighbors.

The rest is up to them.


Luke August 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

They never were.


Brian December 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

Iraq: its got 99 problems but an occupation isn’t one


Brian December 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

that’s the free mason illuminati sign, not roc nation which is more diamond shaped.


FlyingFinn December 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

Why are they sitting with their helmets on inside the plane?


Keegan December 22, 2011 at 2:00 am

The overhead bin was full.


Nanjing03 December 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

When I was flying in and out of Iraq aboard heavy lifters, we had to wear our helmets until the aircraft got up to altitude before we could take them off. Then we had to put them back on during descent. Maybe some of you AF people can clarify the procedure.


Bella December 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

This individual is not an Airman (a term used for people in the Air Force), he is a soldier (a term used for people in the Army).


Guest December 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

He is wearing ABUs and A1C rank = Airman


Elijah December 25, 2011 at 3:34 am

Kilroy was here.


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