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Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes a new unit, new aircraft

A Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. F Company, “FENIX,” will become an official part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in the spring, adding its capabilities to the strength of the CAB.



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This work, Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes a new unit, new aircraft [Image 2 of 3], by SGT Roland Hale, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.22.2010

Date Posted:01.06.2012 22:47

Photo ID:507239

VIRIN:101123-A-#####-002

Resolution:1500x967

Size:916.43 KB

Location:CAMP TAJI, IQGlobe

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