President Obama departs the White House aboard Marine One on August 30. The President is scheduled to deliver remarks at the American Legion Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center later today
First lady Michelle Obama waves as she boards her plane in Gaborone, Botswana, at the end of her week long trip to Africa, June 26. The first lady left Botswana Sunday morning, she is due to arrive at the White House early Monday.
President Obama addresses U.S. troops during his visit to Baghdad, April 7, 2009
Boston Globe: From a wooden perch 20 feet above the sun-bleached sand of central Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Formy-Duval is helping direct the most complex spring cleaning in American military history.
A snaking, exhaust-spewing caravan of flatbeds and tractor-trailers, coiling around 34 acres of dirt and dust, sputters and brakes and starts again in a slow-moving dance toward cargo that has been collected from US bases across Iraq … Formy-Duval is funneling the accumulation of eight years of war toward Kuwait and beyond.
…All remaining US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by Dec. 31 … they are nearly all restricted to their bases as the end of the mission approaches, but those facilities are constantly shrinking. Joint Base Balad, which once held 50,000 troops and civilian workers, is now about one-third the size. From a high of 500 US bases in Iraq in 2007, only 66 remain.
…Christopher Sullivan, a civilian from Carlisle who works for the Defense Department, gazes around the base he has called home and looked ahead to the end. “I’m not going to be sentimental about Iraq or anything,’’ Sullivan says. “When the end comes here, it will be me and a suitcase.’’
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at the airport in Dublin en route to London. Obama was forced to leave Ireland a day ahead of schedule to fly to London as a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted towards Britain
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama step off Air Force One as they arrive at London’s Stansted Airport