A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division patrols a street Wednesday , October 1, in Mosul, Iraq. Ivan Sekretarev / AP Photo
Army Col. Frederick Ben Hodges, commander of the Bastogne Brigade, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives a soccer ball to kids in Hammam al-Alil, near Qayyarah West air field in northern Iraq on Saturday. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff
Army cook Staff Sgt. Michael Jackson, 41, from Manhattan, N.Y., with 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, plays cards Tuesday with friends during some downtime at Qayyarah West airfield. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff.
Maj. David Beachman, 35, from Somers, N.Y., quizzes Sgt. 1st Class Richard Clinton, 33, from Madison, Wis., platoon sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) while Pfc. Josh Tanberg, 21, from Iowa City, Iowa, sounds off Wednesday. Meanwhile, students wait their turn in line to identify rigging deficiencies at the 101sts Air Assault School at Q West Airfield, Qayyara, Iraq. The students use almost every available minute to study and quiz each other. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff
Maj. David Beachman does push-ups Wednesday for using foul language at Air Assault School. Officers get no special treatment here. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff.
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Clinton sounds off during a formation at Air Assault School on Wednesday. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff.
Sgt. Bryan Headrick prepares to turn in his harness and gloves Saturday, the last day of Air Assault School. This is the first time the Air Assault School has been moved from its home at Ft. Campbell, Ken., to accommodate the needs of the division. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff.
Staff Sgt. Orlando Jones, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gets his air assault wings pinned on during Saturdays graduation at the Air Assault School. Rob Curtis / Military Times Staff