We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 2, 2011

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Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Yan-Oliver B. Kouaokwa sands the wing of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Smevog)

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