The idea of freedom is complex. It is one's human nature to want to be free. Freedom leads to creativity and original thought.
Rebuilding the World Trade Center, America! Ironworkers are up there, courageously guiding spire sections 17 and 18 into place, May 2013. You can kick us and hurt us, but we always come back.
I want someone to take me for a walk. A little change of pace from other posts. Americans, like so many people around the world, love their puppies too.
Gimmie 5 Sarge: SFC John Moyle, USA, the platoon sergeant for 1st Platoon, 554th Military Police Company, gives a child a high-five while pulling security during polling site assessments in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, July 1, 2009. Photo credit: Pfc. Elizabeth K. Raney, USA, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.
We love ya, Old Baldy! Major Jason P. Smith, USMC, convoy commander and amphibious assault officer, takes time away from his duties to play with Liberian children during a convoy to deliver humanitarian supplies in Monrovia, Liberia. This photo, taken in March 2008 by Marine Corps Sergeant Rocco C. DeFilippis, was awarded a 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award for best stand-alone photograph in the Department of Defense. The Thomas Jefferson Awards Program is a Department of Defense-level competition that recognizes military and civilian employee print and broadcast journalists for outstanding achievement. (043009)
I love my Marine Corps Santa! Gomar Narito, 3, is the first child among approximately 60 to run up and embrace Santa Claus, played by Master Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Haggins, USMC. Gomar ran and hugged many of the visitors to the Mary’s Cradle Angeles City Orphanage during their visit December 17, 2008. Photo credit: SSgt Leo L. Salinas, USMC.
"God bless the USA!" CPO Charlotte Reijo reads a message that the children of Domoni Adjou, Comoros, wrote on the blackboard of one of their renovated classrooms on April 18, 2009. Reijo is member of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's (CJTF-HOA) Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 203. MCAT 203 personnel live and work on the island of Grande-Comore, building relations with local government officials, village leaders, and military counterparts, all in an effort to explore potential civil affairs projects that CJTF-HOA could undertake.The message reads: "The Comorian people mainly from Domoni Adjou thank Uncle Sam for what they did for our children and our children's children. God bless the USA! Peace be upon you!” Photo credit: Lieutenant Krista Moses, USN
Gimmie the ball, Sarg! Sgt. Kyle Whalen, USA, 22, from Plover, Wisconsin, playfully taps his helmet with an Iraqi boy's donated toy football helmet during a visit to the boy's school in Mosul, Iraq, November 5, 2008. Our military warriors are America's very best ambassadors. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo, AP (011709)
Hey kid, got a lift? A U.S. Army soldier from the 6th ID gets a lift from an Iraqi boy and his mule on Route Douglas in the Jamilla Market in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, June 9, 2008. He is part of a force helping to clean up the market area to restore commerce. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young , USA
Yep, we did it! Young Iraqi artists pose in front of their artwork after a day spent painting a T-wall at Forward Operating Base War Eagle in northern Baghdad, March 29, 2008. The children of the village next to the base painted the T-walls that line their route to school. Photo credit: Spc. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo, USA
The USA keeps me warm. An Afghan child reacts after receiving a humanitarian donation of cold weather clothing, distributed by members of Joint Task Force Paladin and Task Force Rugged near the Egyptian Field Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on February 3, 2008. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. John D. Herrick, USAF
Limbering up for the championship match: Children from the local community in Jalalabad, Afghanistan lead American airmen and soldiers in stretching exercises before the kids go after these dudes in a championship soccer match. The kids show no mercy! Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Joshua T Jasper, USAF. (112307) P.S. Remember this. The American strategy in Afghanistan is to kill the enemy and protect the people of Afghanistan. The enemy strategy is to kill Afghanis like these young kids. The American strategy is the winner. The enemy strategy is the loser.
Thumbs up! Spc. Kirby Watson, US Army, 3rd Stryker Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, gives his new found pal a big American thumbs up, and the young man loves it. Believe it or not, Watson and his outfit just finished searching the kid's home, October 29, 2007. Looks like the signal is all is okay, from both points of view. We love ya Watson! You're a great American. Photo credit: Spc. Luke Thornberry, USA. (110507)
High five! A young Iraqi boy's American flag-themed outfit earns him a high five from Canton, Ohio, native Sgt. Andrea Pierce, a tactical human intelligence team member with B Co, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during a patrol through the Graya'at area of Baghdad's Adhamiyah District. Photo credit: Sgt. Michael Pryor, USA
Get 'er done. Country dance instructor "Shinbe" of Kobe, Japan, flashes a big smile as she attends the 18th Country Gold, country music festival in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, October 15, 2006. Cowboys and cowgirls from across Japan turned out by the thousands recently for "Country Gold," an annual event in the foothills of Mount Aso, a southern Japan landmark, that has become probably the biggest homage to the Wild West this side of Tucson. Photo credit: Junji Kurokawa, AP
Merry Christmas from Kosovo! A Kosovo child waves a U.S. flag after he received Christmas presents from U.S. Marine Corps in Djakovica, 100 km (60 miles) west of capital Pristina, December 23, 2006. Photo credit: Hazir Reka, Reuters
Thank you for your service, and support. A Salvadoran soldier holds US and Iraqi flags upon his return from Iraq , Feb. 23 , 2006 at the Military Air Force base in Comalapa, El Salvador. 380 soldiers spent six months in Iraq. Photo credit: Luis Romero, AP
God Bless America! Maleine Antoine, center, sings "God Bless America" during a news conference where doctors discussed the surgery on her daughter Marlie Casseus, in photo at right, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami , Friday, Jan. 27, 2006. Also pictured are sisters Ginette Eugene, left, and Gina Eugene, right, who started the camapign to bring Casseus to the U.S. for the operation. Photo credit: Lynne Sladky, AP. Go to our story about Marlie, which we are keeping up to date as new information comes available.
This is the flag that stands for freedom. While traveling through the "chiseled bluffs and rugged valleys of southwest Wisconsin," along Route 27 north of Prairie du Chien in Crawford County, you will see things that inspire your imagination, a "path through a fascinating tale of human exploration and settlement." Here, amidst wonderful rolling hills, no humans or buildings in sight, the American flag stands proudly on its own, overlooking this marvelous landscape. You are compelled to stop, look, take stock and be thankful. Photo credit: Ed Marek, Marek Enterprise.
Helping her friend. The little girl on the left is named Hana, 8, from Altun Kupri, Iraq, and she is helping her friend, Pfc. Jon Raiford carry the load of an extension cord reel during the closure of Raiford's facility in the town. Hana's older sister, Sarah, can be seen at the rear of the truck held by a US soldier and waving good bye to other soldiers from the unit. Both girls lived near the compund and learned English from the soldiers, but more important, became their friends. Photo credit: Spc. Sean Kimmons, 25th ID, and presented by the US 1st Division.
The "Rose Revolution" applauds the US. A young Georgian woman dressed in traditional costume to sing in a choir applauds US President Bush as he speaks in front of a large crowd of Georgians in Tbilisi, Georgia May 10, 2005. Bush, the first U.S. leader to visit the ex-Soviet Republic while in office, spoke in the capital's Freedom Square, the rallying point for a 2003 "Rose Revolution" that installed a reforming, Western-looking government. Photo credit: Jim Bourg, Reuters
Surprise, surprise, waving the American flag with glee in the Mideast. A Lebanese woman waves a US flag during a celebration following Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karameh's resignation. The Lebanese capital exploded in rapturous cheers as tens of thousands of demonstrators hailed the "people power" that led to the downfall of the government in the face of unprecedented public protests. February 28, 2005. Photo credit: Joseph Barrak, AFP
An Iraqi girl waves an American flag to U.S. Marines of the 15th Expeditionary Unit in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq April 7, 2003. She has never experienced freedom, she probably has never studied it, but she certainly seems to comprehend that she is about to have it. She strikes us as pleased with the idea, which tells us she understands completely what is now happening. Photo credit: Itsuo Inouye, AP. April 7, 2003.
"Boots on the ground, hearts on their sleeves. Soldiers in all wars are called upon to be heroes...Can anybody think of another time in history when a comparable group of young people was asked to be at once so brave, fierce and relentless, while also being so sympathetic, creative and forbearing?" David Brooks, New York Times. Photo credit: An Iraqi woman jokes with a U.S. soldier near the Mousa Al-Kadhim Shrine in Baghdad on February 29, 2004. Ammar Awad, Reuters
Stars and Stripes all over! Young Chinese woman in Beijing making a hot call while wearing a hot shirt.
This is "Action Jackson," U.S. Army Sergeant Cortez Jackson, 24, from Des Moines, Iowa, of Bravo Co. 137, 1st. Armored Division, as he plays with Hadi Mohammed, 13, at his roadside position on July 17, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. Do not listen too much to the mainstream media. The vast majority of Iraq is at peace and is rebuilding, and the vast majority of American forces are gaining increasing respect and admiration from the vast majority of Iraqis whom they now protect. Photo credit: Wally Santana, AP July 26, 2004.
Well, don't tell Laura, but this Iraq woman loves the old man. An Iraqi motorist flashes a thumbs up sign and a smile while displaying a photo of President Bush at the U.S. military police check point on July 7, 2003 in Baghdad.We know, of course, that many Iraqis don't feel this way. What we don't know as well, is how many do. Count this lady in. Photo credit: Mikhail Metzel, AP