An old Mig rusting away in Afghanistan.
This photo of a bird in Bagram on barbed wire just speaks volumes to me...fly away home...
PFC David Burggraf, second from right, was assigned to a Quick Reactionary Force at Camp Slayer near Baghdad. From left to right: SGT Kevin Wiltz, SPC James Powell, CPL James Surber, SPC Kevin Tomson, SPC Roy Lowe, SPC David Burggraf, and MSG Gary Habig. David is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School.
On walking patrol with Afghan National Army in Kandahar. Matt Fearing is the assistant principal at Southwest Junior High School and is currently serving with the Army National Guard with the 105th MPAD in Afghanistan.
On patrol in Afghanistan. Donkeys were "rented" from a local warlord to carry contraband which was confiscated during patrol operations and brought down the mountain. Matt Fearing is the assistant principal at Southwest Junior High School and is currently serving with the Army National Guard with the 105th MPAD in Afghanistan.
A moonlit photo shows Afghan National Army soldiers atop a hill at a forward operating base in Afghanistan.
SPC. David Burggraf, a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School, is pictured on duty at Camp Slayer near Baghdad, Iraq. Recently returned to the states, he was deployed with the 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery of the Kansas Army National Guard. He is the son of John and Vickie Burggraf, Lawrence.
Ike the Southwest Junior High School mascot, on guard with the 105th MPAD in Kabul Afghanistan.
The Southwest Junior High School flag flying over living quarters tent in Kankahar, Afghanistan. Matt Fearing is the assistant principal at Southwest Junior High School and is currently serving with the Army National Guard with the 105th MPAD in Afghanistan.
Closeup of Southwest Junior High School flag flying over living quarters tent in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
A Polish coalition soldier in Bagram, Afghanistan. Matt Fearing is the assistant principal at Southwest Junior High School and is currently serving with the Army National Guard with the 105th MPAD in Afghanistan.
A young lad from an Aghai village looks through the trees.
SPC David Burggraf, who recently returned from a deployment with the 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery of the KS Army National Guard. David is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High. He's the son of John and Vickie Burggraf, Lawrence.
SFC Matt Fearing with acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st class Matt Fearing stands in front of a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Fearing is the assistant principal at Southwest Junior High School and is currently serving with the Army National Guard with the 105th MPAD in Afghanistan.
Kansas University grad Capt. Pat Stuber, left, calls this trio the Big 12 Team, members of the 3/287th RTC (combat) team working out of Camp Cobra, Iraq. With him are Lt. Greyson (Tiger), center and Lt. Florio (Wildcat).
An old desert castle constructed when the Brits occupied this region long ago still stands in the sands north of Baghdad, Iraq.
Capt. Stuber and his men help some Iraq citizens while on patrol north of Baghdad. Pat Stuber Graduated K.U. in 1998, was commissioned in the Army and spent a year in Bosnia as a (2nd Lt.) combat Engineer removing Land Mines. He had been a Scout (Private) in the first war in Iraq. This is his 3rd combat deployment.
SPC Nate Upchurch, left served thirteen months with the 129th Transportation Company, Osage City. His unit drove over 2 million convoy miles hauling heavy equipment from Kuwait to all over Iraq.
SPC Nate Upchurch, center, served thirteen months with the 129th Transportation Company, Osage City. His unit drove over 2 million convoy miles hauling heavy equipment from Kuwait to all over Iraq. His father David Upchurch lives in Lawrence.
SPC Nate Upchurch, left foreground served thirteen months with the 129th Transportation Company, Osage City. His unit drove over 2 million convoy miles hauling heavy equipment from Kuwait to all over Iraq. His father David Upchurch lives in Lawrence.
Pictured are 1LT Aaron Radlinski and CPT Thomas Brenton (of Lawrence KS). Tom is sitting in the vehicle. Taken around May of 2003 on the road to Baghdad. Tom is back home safe and is now stationed in Ft. Hood, TX. Picture sent by Tom's Wife, Amber Brenton.
A team of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Force Protection military enter Iraq from the southern border with Kuwait. This is one of the first teams to enter Iraq in early 2003 to begin the reconstruction efforts. Ed Rea, center behind the Kansas flag, has been a resident of Lawrence since 1991.
Afghanistan father and sons out for a ride.
Spc. Mark Anderson, a member of the 1st BCT. 82nd Abn. Div. 3rd Batt. 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Balad, Iraq, Nov. 2004 posing with an AK-47 weapon. Mark is from Lawrence and "pretty much my whole family lives there minus some aunts and uncles. That includes my mother and step father, Pamela and Jody Hahn, " he wrote.
Kids looking through the fence at the bazaar in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Inuksuk, Afghanistan Native American memorial at Kandahar Air Field
Bread bakers from Qalat getting ready to do business for the day.
Boy with grapes in village southeast of Kandahar peeking into the room as the village elders conduct meeting with American soldiers. It's almost biblical looking.
Marine Lance Corporal Dan DeSpain, who is on his second tour in Iraq, is surrounded by comforts of home at Camp Fallujah. Dan is the son of Ira and Barbara DeSpain of Baldwin City. He is married to Alisha and they have a daughter, Madelyn, born Aug. 5th, 2004. Dan is a 1997 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 2001 graduate of Baker University.
Twenty-six-year-old Lance corporal Daniel P. DeSpain is on his second tour of Iraq. A friend of DeSpain shot this photo as they were riding in the back of a military vehicle near Camp Fallujah, Iraq. DeSpain, who is a 1997 graduate of Baldwin High School and a 2001 graduate of Baker University, is with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He and his wife have a daughter.
Lance corporal Scott Boring, who is also a Lawrence native, stands by the carcass of a jet fighter that appears to have made an unscheduled landing in Iraq. Boring has been in Iraq since February.
Scott Boring is serving in the Marine Corps at Iraq's Camp Gannon. This photo was sent to family and friends along with a note saying that the mention of his home state got a lot of "Yellow Brick Road" and "Toto" comments. Scott is the son of Bill Boring and Ginger Boring and the stepson of Connie Boring. Since being deployed to Iraq in February, Lance Cpl. Boring has been e-mailing photos to his friends and family. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University. His mother, of Eudora, forwarded some of his photos to us.
Lt. Col. Michael Dixon, right, with two of his fellow flak-jacketed troopers in Baghdad, Iraq. Dixon grew up in Lawrence.
Lt. Col. Michael V. Dixon in his jeep in Baghdad, Iraq. Dixon graduated from Lawrence High School in 1967, from KU in 1977 and received a physician's assistant degree from Wichita State. He was a medic with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, served in Bosnia and is on his first tour of Iraq. His home is in Stockton, California.
A small Iraqi child uses a discarded box that contained military food as a toy in Fallujah, Iraq. Dixon is the son of Jim and Margaret Dixon, Lawrence.
SGT Joshua Skelton. Josh is a Kansas Guardsman serving in Iraq with the 42nd Infantry Division of New York. This self-portrait was taken by Josh during his convoy from Kuwait to his post near Tikrit, Iraq. Josh is a 2000 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. Josh is the son of Beth and Jay Skelton of Perry. Josh's Blogs and photo gallery from Iraq can be found at: http://joshua.eyeoftheferret.com/
Afghan women with curious child in southeastern Afghanistan mountain village
A couple of Humvees had tough going in the the murky waters in Sadr City, east of Baghdad.
A couple of Humvees had tough going in the the murky waters in Sadr City, east of Baghdad.
According to Spec Strnad, the sound made when stepping on one of these oversized spiders, found in Iraq, is like the sound of an aluminum can being crushed.
Before joining the US Army, Chris Strnad worked as a respiratory therapist in the Sleep Lab at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. He's been in Iraq since early 2005. Here he's resting on the ramp leading into an armored vehicle. Strnad graduated from Kansas Univeristy in 2002 (with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. He is from Bellville and his sister Jackie Nugent lives in Lawrence. His website is at: http://spcmonad.blogspot.com/2005/03/sunday.html#comments
Specialist Strnad 2nd Platoon, A Company, 164Armored, 2nd Brighade, 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq.
Army Captain Davis McElwain, 28, poses with some youngsters he met while checking on various U.S. installations in Afghanistan. He's stationed there at Bagram Air Base. McElwain, a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School is the son of Larry McElwain and Jan Kipp McElwain, both of Lawrence.
Capt. Davis McElwain , right ,serving in the U.S. Army at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan shakes hands with a German officer he traveled with across Afghanistan checking out allied military installations. McElwain is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School and a '99 graduate of Wake Forrest University.
The beautiful Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistaqn are described as being some of the roughest terrain in the world.
US Army Capt. Davis McElwain, third from left, back row, poses with U.S. troops he traveled with recently in Afghanistan where he is stationed. Davis is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School and the son of Larry McElwain and Jan Kipp McElwain of Lawrence.
Young gardener Maya Lewis and Maryland agriculture expert Bob Stewart prepare a tomato seedling for transplanting into a raised vegetable bed at her Bowie, Md., home. Stewart has come to visit Maya's garden to offer advice, and admiration.
In last summer's garden, Maya Lewis watches a black swallowtail caterpillar feeding on parsley leaves.
Morgan Spurlock took on the fast food industry in the documentary "Super Size Me." Now he calls attention to a number of other subjects in the weekly cable TV series "30 Days."
Jack Nicklaus waves to the gallery on his final hole at the Bayer Advantage Classic. Nicklaus finished the tournament at 2 over par Monday in Overland Park. He has hinted this tournament could be his last on U.S. soil.
Dana Quigley celebrates his victory in the Bayer Advantage Classic. Quigley beat Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff Monday in Overland Park.
Tom Watson, right, shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus after their round at the Bayer Advantage Classic. Watson lost the tournament in a playoff Monday in Overland Park, and Nicklaus has said this event - on a course he designed - would be his last in the U.S. Related story on page 3C.
Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay, left, is congratulated by catcher Gregg Zaun after defeating St. Louis, 4-1, in interleague action. Halladay earned his major-league-leading fifth complete game Monday in Toronto.
McKenna Bostick, 4, bounces into spring on her trampoline. She is the daughter of Matthew and Jill Bostick, Overland Park, and the granddaughter of Clint and Bobbie Bostick, Lawrence. Bobbie Bostick submitted the picture.
Neighborhood children watch a DC-9 cargo plane burn outside the front yard as they peek through a fence in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The plane crashed and burned Monday in the middle of a street in a residential neighborhood, authorities said. All three men aboard the plane survived, and there were no reports of injuries on the ground.
In this photograph released by the Iraqi Special Tribunal, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seen being questioned by investigating magistrates. It was unclear when or where the questioning took place. An announcement accompanying the tape said Saddam was being questioned about crimes related to the execution of at least 50 Iraqis in 1982 in the Shiite town of Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, in retaliation for a failed assassination attempt against him.
Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C., is one of two hospitals run by Duke University Health System that may have put patients in jeopardy last year by failing to detect that surgical instruments were being washed in used hydraulic fluid instead of detergent. About 3,800 patients at Duke Health Raleigh and Durham Regional hospitals were exposed to surgery with the contaminated instruments.
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., right, shakes hands with James Cameron, the only known lynching survivor in America. The Senate voted Monday to apologize to lynching victims and their families for the Senate's failure to enact federal anti-lynching laws during the first part of the 20th century. Behind Cameron is Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., a co-sponsor of the apology resolution.
A fan releases a dove outside Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, Calif. Fariba Garmani released 10 doves, one for each count on which Michael Jackson was acquitted.
Michael Jackson blows a kiss to his fans as he leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. The jury in the Jackson child molestation case found the pop star not guilty on all counts Monday.
Michael Jackson, center right, and defense attorneys Susan Yu, right, Thomas Mesereau, behind Yu, and Robert M. Sanger, behind Mesereau, leave the courtroom after hearing the not guilty verdicts in Jackson's trial.