Images: Airmen Support Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn [Image 5 of 8]
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Mertz, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, waits to load cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules for its departure in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 24. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III.