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The horrific events of September 11, 2001 propelled the United States into several major operations to ensure terrorists would never commit such atrocities on American soil again. As a result, the United States and its allies responded with major operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to counter terrorism. These on-going coalition operations are a testament to the United States and our allies' resolve, perseverance, resilience and commitment to curtail terrorism. This however, has resulted in our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, and coalition partners facing terrorism through attacks while they conduct missions on foreign soils and waters on or near Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Pacific region. Through ten years of conflict, these brave men and women have valiantly responded to these attacks by counter attacking the enemy while protecting their comrades and innocent civilians. In addition, these combined campaigns have weakened the insurgency and improved the governance of these countries through coalition counterinsurgency efforts. Examples of such efforts are demonstrated in missions such as Operations al-Fajr (Arabic for "the Dawn"), Phantom Fury that took place in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, and Operations Hamkari (Dari for "cooperation") and Moshtarak (Dari for "joint") in 2010 taking place in Afghanistan. The objective of these missions was to secure civilians, apprehend terrorists and other criminals, seize enemy strongholds, enable the fledgling governments, and foster economic growth. Such actions have been conducted through combat operations that include aggressive patrolling of volatile areas and road networks, strategic air strikes and close air support, and unrelenting door to door searches for suspected terrorists. Most notably, these concerted efforts have yielded positive results and disrupted the efforts of the masterminds and leaders of such terror plots. The termination of the al-Qaeda terrorist network's leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden continue to prove our resolve against terrorism.
Elements of the Art Print by Mark Churms
The title of this print is ?The Long War?. The title evokes the comprehensive counter insurgency missions conducted by the United tates and its coalition partners in the austere locales of the Middle East and Southern Asia. To depict the long war, a counter offensive event was chosen to best illustrate the combined efforts of the many operations during the last ten years. The scene depicts such an operation conducted by a combined patrol of U.S. forces in a local village reminiscent of those found in Iraq and Afghanistan. This counteroffensive operation is a result of the enemy?s ambush against a U.S. military vehicle. Represented in the print are the U.S. Marines conducting a cordon and search of the village homes close to the attack. A Navy Corpsman and Marine medic tend to the wounded soldiers and the U.S. Army provides security, while a Joint Terminal Attack Controller and Fire Support Officer call in close air support. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy provide the close air support with the A-10 Warthog and F/A-18 Hornets. In addition, the counteroffensive operation exemplifies the leadership experience of the military officers as represented by the officer in the foreground providing direction to his subordinates. Lastly, the print also depicts the utilization of the protective elements found in today?s battlefield. Such elements include the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, an Enhanced Armament Carrier (EAC), and the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH). The combined effort of the U.S. military and its coalition partners, the leadership capabilities, and the advances in protective technology exemplify the operating environment of the last ten years, the present, and years to follow.
THE LONG WAR
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