Bulldogs in the Desert

Staff Sgt. George Suonvieri checks out a Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System pod held in place by a giraffe stand at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 21. TARS imagery helps ground commanders achieve tactical objectives. The dish in the foreground is a directional communications antenna. Suonvieri is one of four 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics maintainers responsible for the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's TARS pods. Suonvieri, a native of Duluth, Minn., is deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing.

Staff Sgt. George Suonvieri checks out a Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System pod held in place by a giraffe stand at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 21. TARS imagery helps ground commanders achieve tactical objectives. The dish in the foreground is a directional communications antenna. Suonvieri is one of four 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics maintainers responsible for the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's TARS pods. Suonvieri, a native of Duluth, Minn., is deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing.

Staff Sgt. George Suonvieri checks the connections on a Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System pod mounted on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 21. Ground commanders use TARS pods' imagery to achieve their tactical objectives. Suonvieri is one of four 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics maintainers responsible for the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's TARS pods. Suonvieri, a native of Duluth, Minn., is deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson)

Staff Sgt. George Suonvieri checks the connections on a Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System pod mounted on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 21. Ground commanders use TARS pods' imagery to achieve their tactical objectives. Suonvieri is one of four 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics maintainers responsible for the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron's TARS pods. Suonvieri, a native of Duluth, Minn., is deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson)