Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Season of Sand

The Season of Sand

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - "Take cover" Maj. Michael Best, logistics officer, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, heads for shelter on Camp Taji as a sand storm blows toward him.
(U.S. Army courtesy photo by HHC, CAB, 4th Inf. Div.)

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq - A sand storm engulfs the Sather Air Base, Iraq, flight line May 8. The storm quickly engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Bennett)

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq - A sand storm engulfs the Sather Air Base, Iraq, flightline May 8. The storm quickly engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Bennett)


CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter door-gunner from 3rd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, observes a massive sand storm as it rolls its way towards Camp Taji May 8.
(U.S. Army courtesy photo by 3-4 Avn., CAB, 4th Inf. Div.)


SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq - An aircrew walks in from the flightline during a sandstorm at Sather Air Base, Iraq, May 8. The storm quickly engulfed the Baghdad area, causing near-zero visibility.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Bennett)

NEW AL MUTHANA AIR BASE, Iraq - A maintainer walks to secure an Iraqi Air Force C-130E Hercules at New Al Muthana Air Base, Iraq, May 8 during a sand storm. The storm engulfed the Baghdad area and caused near-zero visibility.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Serrit)

Sgt. Keith I. Knowlton, gunner, 392nd Chemical Reconnaissance Company, Little Rock, Ark., checks his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon while his team works through a sandstorm August 8, 2005, at Camp Victory, Iraq.


A member of the Iraqi Emergency Services Unit braves a sand storm while conducting a cordon and search in Kirkuk, Iraq


Thank you to the Army and the Air Force for these amazing pictures!
To our troops who endure these sandstorms, thank you for what you endure each day to keep us all free.




4 comments:

Frank Staheli said...

I remember a few of those! At first, you can't tell what it is that's coming, and then suddenly you realize it's time to hunker down!!!

De'on Miller said...

Aren't they just wild! Worse than West Texas even.

Aaron said he'd never been in a place that was so hot and then could turn so cold. The elements are harsh and I thank OUR TROOPS for braving them!

SGT White said...

Wow, these photos brought back some not-so-fond, choking memories. When we first invaded Iraq, we had one that everyone was touting as the "worst in X amount of years!" and the enemy was saying, "Allah doesn't want you infidels to enter this holy land, thus he brings forth this storm." I don't know about all that but I do know the thing was pretty bad. Stinging sand in every conceivable spot on your body, yes EVERY spot. Great photos.

Flag Gazer said...

No matter how many times I see the pictures and hear the stories, I don't think this is believable to anyone who hasn't experienced it.

I've heard it was like having sand paper in ALL crevices! Frank and Sgt White have been there - done that!!