Rule 5 Blogging: In the combat zones

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Jennifer Aniston in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. Click on any photo to enlarge. This week: women serving, with men, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace poses with fellow Marines after giving a speech in Fallujah, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2006. Pace is in Iraq to meet with U.S. military commanders and visit the troops. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Note that General Pace wasn’t posing with male Marines and female Marines, but simply with Marines.

Marines with their weapons

(from left) 1Lt Julie “TIMBER” Ayres, Capt. Mary “GINGER” Melfi, and Capt. Tally “VIXEN” Parham, three of the five female fighter pilots from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing that flew in combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from this forward-deployed air base in the Middle East, walk together down the flightline on May 3, 2003. Lt Ayres and Capt. Melfi, from the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron out of Seymour Johnson A.F.B., NC, are weapons system officers on the F-15E Strike Eagle. Capt. Parham, from the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron out of McEntire, SC, is a fighter pilot on the F-16CJ and is part of the S.C. Air National Guard. The 379th AEW is credited with flying 3,440 sorties and delivering over 1,500 tons of ordnance during the combat phase of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (RELEASED)(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. DERRICK C. GOODE)

Caption: Zabul, Afghanistan ? SPC Melissa Hykes and SSG Elena Varela (Echo Company 94th BSB) administers de worm medication to farm animals during a VMO in the village of Larzab, Deh Chopan district. The VMO team treated farm animals and distributed enough de worm medication for nearly 430 animals. The de worm medication was to facilitate the fight against worms, one of the most common sicknesses for the animals in the province. (Photo by PFC Kyle Nelson, Creek Company 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, out of Fort Polk, Louisiana)

Members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team and volunteers unload a 5-ton truckload of humanitarian assistance food supplies near Abdara, Afghanistan, on July 30. More than 180 Afghan locals are building a road by hand to connect three villages to the main road across the Panjshir River. Governor Haji Bahlol requested assistance for workers who are unable to provide for their families while building the road. The PRT also plans to provide tool kits with shovels, picks, hammers and other hand tools to assist with the project. (Courtesy photo/Shahla Hammond)

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