Paratroopers prepare to leave Al-Asad

By Staff Sgt Nancy LugoDecember 7, 2011

The streets of Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, which once bustled with the activity of almost 22,000 U.S. Forces, are now barren as personnel withdraw from Iraq. Paratroopers assigned to 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, are among the last 1,000 servicemembers on Al-Asad and are preparing to turn over the base to the Iraqi Army.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The streets of Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, which once bustled with the activity of almost 22,000 U.S. Forces, are now barren as personnel withdraw from Iraq. Paratroopers assigned to 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, are among the last 1,000 servicemembers on Al-Asad and are preparing to turn over the base to the Iraqi Army. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Rayon Cunningham, a team leader with 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, loads a shipping container onto a flatbed truck on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, on Dec. 3 to be sent to Kuwait. Paratroopers assigned to 407th BSB are among the last service members on Al-Asad and are preparing to turn the base over to the Iraqi Army as U.S. Forces withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month. Cunningham is a native of Spicy Hill Trelawny, Jamaica.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Rayon Cunningham, a team leader with 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, loads a shipping container onto a flatbed truck on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, on Dec. 3 to be sent to Kuwait. Paratroopers assigned to 407th BSB are among the last service members on Al-Asad and are preparing to turn the base over to the Iraqi Army as U.S. Forces withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month. Cunningham is a native of Spicy Hill Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers assigned to A Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, use multiple types of vehicles to load shipping containers onto flatbed trucks in preparation for a convoy from Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, to Kuwait, Dec. 3. The convoy is in support of Operation New Dawn, taking the last critical equipment out of Iraq as U.S. Forces withdraw by the end of the month.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers assigned to A Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, use multiple types of vehicles to load shipping containers onto flatbed trucks in preparation for a convoy from Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, to Kuwait, Dec. 3. The convoy is in support of Operation New Dawn, taking the last critical equipment out of Iraq as U.S. Forces withdraw by the end of the month. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Gabriel Ramirez, an ammunition specialist assigned to A Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, loads a shipping container onto a flatbed truck headed to Kuwait on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 3. Paratroopers with 407th BSB are moving critical equipment out of Iraq days before the turnover of the camp to the Iraqi Army. Ramirez is a native of San Diego, Calif.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Gabriel Ramirez, an ammunition specialist assigned to A Co., 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, loads a shipping container onto a flatbed truck headed to Kuwait on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 3. Paratroopers with 407th BSB are moving critical equipment out of Iraq days before the turnover of the camp to the Iraqi Army. Ramirez is a native of San Diego, Calif. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Paratroopers assigned to 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, take the head off of a Kalmar rough terrain container handler (RTCH) for easy transport. A RTCH is used to move large shipping containers and is critical equipment that will be needed as U.S. Forces pack and move equipment in preparation for their withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Paratroopers assigned to 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, take the head off of a Kalmar rough terrain container handler (RTCH) for easy transport. A RTCH is used to move large shipping containers and is critical equipment that will be needed as U.S. Forces pack and move equipment in preparation for their withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Wilfredo Cay, a squad leader with 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, backs a Kalmar rough terrain container handler (RTCH) onto a flatbed truck for transport to Kuwait on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 4. A RTCH is used to move large shipping containers and is critical equipment that will be needed as U.S. Forces pack and move equipment in preparation for their withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month. Cay is a native of Canovanas, Puerto Rico.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Wilfredo Cay, a squad leader with 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, backs a Kalmar rough terrain container handler (RTCH) onto a flatbed truck for transport to Kuwait on Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 4. A RTCH is used to move large shipping containers and is critical equipment that will be needed as U.S. Forces pack and move equipment in preparation for their withdraw from Iraq by the end of the month. Cay is a native of Canovanas, Puerto Rico. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt Nancy Lugo) VIEW ORIGINAL