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Commanders meet

Lt. Col. Patrick Ellis, the battalion commander for the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment shakes the hand of an Australian general officer as U.S. Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, the commanding general for the Alaskan National Guard smiles at the accomplishments of the task force on the ground.



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This work, Commanders meet [Image 4 of 4], by SSG Matthew Winstead, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.17.2011

Date Posted:08.31.2011 18:25

Photo ID:450315

VIRIN:110717-A-#####-298

Resolution:4288x2848

Size:5.3 MB

Location:JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ, USGlobe

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