Goodbye, Iraq: Many American Soldiers Come Home After U.S. Drawdown

1||August 31, 2010: Troops continue to come home from Iraq as the U.S. ends its combat mission after more than seven years of war.

Here, on August 23, the flight crew of a C-17 oversees the boarding of soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division at Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Iraq. These soldiers are among the first to leave under the recent drawdown of forces.||Flickr: The U.S. Army/U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ry Norris&&

2||July 21: U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters depart from Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala province, Iraq.||Flickr: The U.S. Army/Spc. Brandon D. Bolick, U.S. Army&&

3||August 16: Soldiers with Company F, “Fierce Company,” 52nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, listen to a convoy brief at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. The 4th SBCT is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq.||Flickr: The U.S. Army&&

4||August 16: Soldiers with Company F cross the border into Kuwait, symbolizing the end of their year-long deployment and the departure of the last U.S. combat troops in Iraq.||Flickr: The U.S. Army&&

5||August 19: A soldier with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, waves as he and his fellow Strykers roll across the border from Iraq into Kuwait in the early morning hours.||Flickr: The U.S. Army&&

6||August 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno (right), commander of United States Forces in Iraq, with Iraqi leaders.||

7||August 19: Col. Gwendolyn Bingham and Brig. Gen. Nick Tooliatos of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, salute soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division as they enter Kuwait.||Newscom/UPI&&

8||August 16: Members of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, make a last patrol through Iraq as the prepare to leave the country. ||Flickr: The U.S. Army&&

9||August 21: Col. John Norris (left), commander of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Huggins, senior command sergeant major of 4th SBCT, case the colors of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq at Camp Virginia, Kuwait.||Flickr: The U.S. Army&&

10||August 28: Soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd U S Infantry Regiment return from Taji, Iraq to Andrews Joint Base outside Washington, D.C. ||Newscom/Imagostock&&

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