Sunday, May 25, 2008

Defending the Homeland


Today I dedicate this page to my cousin Steve, he has made a career in defending our county. He is a Photojournalist for the Air force. I am proud to say he is family. So Steve here is to you and all you do to keep us safe.


Pictures from Steve's Career





HITTING the STREETS in HITAWEEN


An Iraqi policeman and a store proprietor pose for a photograph in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008.



U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment and an Iraqi policeman, patrol a street in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008. U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment and an Iraqi policeman, patrol a street in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008.


OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs are lined up waiting to transport U.S. Army and Air Force personnel forward from an air base in Europe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 26.




U.S. Army paratroopers and U.S. Air Force tactical air controllers move to a marshalling area behind a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on March 26 and prepare to move forward from an air base in Europe to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


U.S. Army paratroopers and U.S. Air Force tactical air controllers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on March 26 and prepare to move forward from an air base in Europe to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transporting U.S. Army and Air Force troops forward takes off from an air base in Europe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 26. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.




CAS and TRANSFORMATION


Even some skeptical about Air Force CAS efforts had praise for AC-130 and A-10 aircraft. This A-10 is part of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Afghanistan.



THOMAS JEFFERSON AWARDS



In Tech. Sgt. Stephen Faulisi’s honorable mention-worthy photo in the Portrait category, young Afghan girls wait their turn Dec. 3 to be seen during a Medical Civil Assistance Program held at the village of Deh Baha Ali, Afghanistan.




Trip Changes Airman's View of Iraq
Driving through Kirkus, Iraq, Tech. Sgt. Steve Faulisi took this photo of Iraqi boys waving at the passing American convoy. Faulisi a combat cameraman assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.



WEST AFRICA TRAINING CRUIS 2006


10/17/05 - Ghanaian soldiers run to their positions while engaged in amphibious operations in southwest Ghana during the West African Training Cruise '06 (WATC) Oct. 17, 2005. The WATC enhances security cooperation and fosters new partnerships between the United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and the participating West African nations of Ghana, Senegal, Guinea and Morocco through real-world training and engagement opportunities.

10/17/05 - Italian Marines hike back to a rally point after engaging in amphibious operations in southwest Ghana during the West African Training Cruise '06 (WATC) Oct. 17, 2005. The WATC enhances security cooperation and fosters new partnerships between the United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and the participating West African nations of Ghana, Senegal, Guinea and Morocco through real-world training and engagement opportunities.



COMM BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq


Is anyone watching?
A young girl peers from her doorway as U.S. Soldiers search her home for suspected insurgents near Logistics Support Area Anaconda here Aug. 20.





BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- While on a perimeter sweep here U.S. Army Spc. Shane Yokum (front) and Capt. Pedro Rosario search an irrigation canal for possible hidden weapons caches Aug. 1.Capptain Rosario is the deputy commander of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Specialist Yokum is a military policeman with to the 362nd Military Police Battalion


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Cary Gibson (top) explains aiming procedures for the .50-caliber sniper rifle to 1st Lt. Hong Kim during an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration held at a deployed location in Southwest Asia on Nov. 27. Both airmen are from the 320th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Gibson is assigned to the squadron's explosive ordnance disposal branch which uses sniper rifles to explode ordnance without getting close to it.







I still find it strange to see a man with cameras loaded in front and a machine gun strapped on his back. Sends chills down my spine, I can only imagine how his wife and my Aunt feel.









Hoping everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Memorial Day

1 comment:

Steve said...

Dad just sent me your blog link. He gets google alerts when Faulisi pops up, lol. Thank you so much for thinking of me and showcasing some of my imagery on your blog. I just returned two weeks ago from my fourth deployment and will retire in September (if I do not get promoted) after 26 years of service. When my wife returns from her deployment, yes she is in the Air Force as well; we will need to get together so I can introduce her to you and your family. Its been an awful long time since my last visit and much as happened since then. Thank you again for your kind words and God bless you and your family.
Steve