US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Shawn Rankins, 100th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group (ECRG), stands a listening/observation post near an airfield in Northern Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. A1C Rankins is armed with a 5.56mm M16A2 rifle equipped with a 40mm M203 grenade launcher. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein