Roc Nation Leaves Iraq

Your pic of the day is this official Air Force photo of an airman aboard the last U.S. military plane to leave Iraq on Dec. 18. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like he’s flashing Jay Z’s Roc sign in celebration as his C-17 prepares to leave Ali Air Base in Iraq.  I love it.

Congratulations on their safe return in time for the holidays. Please remember everyone still fighting in Afghanistan.

  • iknotno

    Yeah were leaving Iraq…and adding a sh!t ton of contractors.

  • SuperDave

    At least the AF will save some money on reflective belts

  • blight

    A fair number of these troops may find themselves rotating into Afghanistan: we do have that ticking deadline for the end of the surge though. However, with troops back home, it gives us the manpower for a /civilized/ rotation strategy that won’t strain the army rotation system to its breaking point like it’s 2006.

  • Palerider

    Forget that guy look at the guy with the red collar on the right,looks like Darth Vaders son.

    • Vaporhead

      HA! Absolutely! Nothing like a good laugh in the morning!

    • Marcello

      You mean Luke Skywalker? ;)


  • Mark

    Only the Air Force would force their Airman to wear reflective belts in a war zone.

    • TMB

      Oh how little you know….

      • Mark

        Really? Explain to me why I have seen tons of photo’s of Airman in the warzone wearing reflective belts? Why wear a camoflauge uniform and slap a reflective belt over it.

    • Nanjing03

      I didn’t see too many reflective belts in Baghdad, and around western Iraq in 2006 and 07. In fact, not many in Iraq at all. I did see a lot of belts worn by Army and Air Force personnel at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait during nighttime hours. Ususually,only the airman-in-charge on a flight line at night had a chem light to quickly lead everybody else to and from the ramps of the helos or heavy lifters which were themselves rigged for red.

  • Musson1

    Iraq is no longer a threat to the USA or to their neighbors.

    The rest is up to them.

    • Luke

      They never were.

  • Brian

    Iraq: its got 99 problems but an occupation isn’t one

  • Brian

    that’s the free mason illuminati sign, not roc nation which is more diamond shaped.

  • FlyingFinn

    Why are they sitting with their helmets on inside the plane?

    • Keegan

      The overhead bin was full.

    • Nanjing03

      When I was flying in and out of Iraq aboard heavy lifters, we had to wear our helmets until the aircraft got up to altitude before we could take them off. Then we had to put them back on during descent. Maybe some of you AF people can clarify the procedure.

  • Bella

    This individual is not an Airman (a term used for people in the Air Force), he is a soldier (a term used for people in the Army).

    • Guest

      He is wearing ABUs and A1C rank = Airman

  • Elijah

    Kilroy was here.