Photographer's Note

During my deployment, I had to go to where the cases were; the work never came to me. Whenever I had to travel around theater, it was always via USAF cargo planes. Many times I had the plane to myself, but this time I had plenty of company.

Although the city for this photo is listed as Balad, that was our point of origin and not our actual location when I took the shot. Military transport aircraft do not have the "you are here" display that so many commercial flights offer on the in-seat screens (just one of many in-flight amenities the Air Force skimps on), so the only way to tell where you are is by the interior lighting. Red = bad place, so here, we hadn't left Iraq.

The thing I found very interesting about this shot is the expressions of the troops in the background. Most of the troops were asleep, but those who were awake didn't seem to be very happy, given that we were leaving Iraq. Whenever I look at this photo, I always wonder what is going through their minds.

No tripod was used in this shot, but as you can see I didn't have an arm rest to balance the camera for this 3-second photo. I actually took this shot by resting my M-16 rifle on the floor of the aircraft and put the camera on the front sight post. I took several photos trying to get the feel of the atmosphere inside the plane, but this is one of the few that did not come back with motion blur.

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