Soldiers from 173rd Airborne Battalion Combat Team, inspect an 81mm mortar prior to conducting live fire at the Joint Multinational Training Center. During training, Soldiers equipped with Interceptor Alpha outer tactical vests, and LBE, prepare the M252 81mm mortar system. The 173rd Airborne Battalion Combat Team are training together for the first time since their transformation into a BCT and in preparation for deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Gary l. Kieffer) (Released)