Operation Proper Exit IV in Photos

OPE IV Baghdad

Participants of Operation Proper Exit IV pose with the USO logo and USO staff at Camp Sather AB USO, Baghdad. (USO Photo by Rick Kell)

Center Manager Terry Benson welcomes participants from Operation Proper Exit IV to Camp Sather AB USO, Baghdad, including Rick Kell (center), of the Troops First Foundation. (USO Photo by Richard McCarty)

OPE VI Baghdad

Participants in Operation Proper Exit IV meet the staff and receive orientation at Camp Sather AB USO, Baghdad. (USO Photo by Richard McCarty)

OPE IV Baghdad

Duty Manager Richard McCarty and Center Manager Terry Benson talk with a participant of Operation Proper Exit IV, at Camp Sather AB USO, Baghdad. (USO Photo by Rick Kell)

More than two-hundred soldiers turned out to greet six wounded warriors participating in Operation Proper Exit as they made a stop in Camp Prosperity, Feb. 2, as part of their seven day tour of the forward operating bases in Iraq. Prosperity is currently home to a number of units charged with the administration and security of the International Zone who welcomed being given the opportunity to thank those who came before. (Photo courtesy of the Texas Army National Guard.)

Representatives of the many units actively working on FOB Prosperity, including the 336th Military Police Battalion, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 571st MP Battalion, stood ready to welcome the return of six soldiers wounded during their tours in Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit. The program brings wounded soldiers back to Iraq as part of their healing process and is run through the USO and the Troops First Foundation. (Photo by Texas Army National Guard 1Lt Darryl Frost)

Operation Proper Exit III – A Photo Essay

Five US military Wounded Warriors prepare to re-deploy to Iraq prior to boarding a US Air Force C-130 on the third “Operation Proper Exit” tour, from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, December 28, 2009. Co-sponsored by the USO and the Troops First Foundation, the program is designed to help bring closure to wounded service members who have been injured in combat. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Captain Sam Brown of San Antonio, Texas (right) hugs his wife, Captain Amy Brown, who surprised him by unexpectedly showing up at an event to honor US military Wounded Warriors, at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq, December 28, 2009. Attending are (left to right): Sergeant First Class Mike Schlitz, Sergeant Bill Congleton (Retired), and First Lieutenant Jim Kirchner (Retired). (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Five US military Wounded Warriors prepare to re-deploy to Iraq prior to boarding a US Air Force C-130 on the third “Operation Proper Exit” tour, from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, December 28, 2009. Co-sponsored by the USO and the Troops First Foundation, the program is designed to help bring closure to wounded service members who have been injured in combat. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Five US military Wounded Warriors prepare to re-deploy to Iraq prior to boarding a US Air Force C-130 on the third “Operation Proper Exit” tour, from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, December 28, 2009. Co-sponsored by the USO and the Troops First Foundation, the program is designed to help bring closure to wounded service members who have been injured in combat. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Five US military Wounded Warriors prepare to re-deploy to Iraq prior to boarding a US Air Force C-130 on the third “Operation Proper Exit” tour, from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, December 28, 2009. Co-sponsored by the USO and the Troops First Foundation, the program is designed to help bring closure to wounded service members who have been injured in combat. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Sergeant First Class Josh Olson (right), who lost a leg in a 2003 RPG attack in Tal Afar, chats with military personnel who welcomed returning wounded warriors at an event at the Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq, December 28, 2009. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

US Army Chief of Staff Major General Joseph Anderson (second from right) holds a discussion with a group of Wounded Warriors (clockwise from left): Sergeant Bill Congleton (Retired) of Sutherlin, Oregon, Sergeant First Class Mike Schlitz of Moline, Illinois and Captain Sam Brown of San Antonio, Texas, at the Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq, December 28, 2009. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)

Captain Rob Brown, of San Antonio, Texas, assists Sergeant First Class Josh Olson, of Spokane, Washington, with his crutches as they exit a C-130 and are received by a US Air Force Honor Guard, on arrival at Sather Air Base, Baghdad, Iraq, December 28, 2009. (USO Photo by Mike Theiler)