Debate
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The Guard in Iraq

Debate
Sgt. 1st Class Leoncio Leal watches the first presidential debate which began at 4 a.m. Baghdad time. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Keeping watch
A soldier keeps watch over Baghdad from a rooftop observation post in the Green Zone. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Sgt. Kevin Phillips
Sgt. Kevin Phillips on a security escort mission to Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Palace
Members of the California National Guard’s First Batallion 160th Regiment visit the paymaster’s office in a palace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the Green Zone in Baghdad. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
First Sgt. Paul Balboa
First Sgt. Paul Balboa, a Calfornia National Guardsman serving with the First Batallion 160th Regiment, is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War in Iraq. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Internet cafe
At an Internet cafe in the Green Zone, Sgt. Kevin Phillips, a California National Guardsman based in Baghdad, sees his wife back home in Lakewood via a webcam. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Security escort
A California National Guardsman is reflected in the window of a Humvee during a security escort mission to Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Sgt. Jorge Velasquez
Sgt. Jorge Velasquez, a California National Guardsman and resident of Hesperia, rides a Humvee during a security escort mission on a Baghdad freeway. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Security mission
Sgt. Paul Teso, left, and Sgt. Juan Reynoso get ready for a security escort mission from Baghdad International Airport to the Green Zone, a treacherous five-mile strecth of road where American forces constantly come under attack. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Sleep
Spc. Jeffrey Groulx sleeps after a night of guard duty around Camp Steel Dragon in Baghdad’s Green Zone. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Dust
Sgt. Kevin Phillips wipes the dust out of his eyes after a security escort mission at Baghdad International Airport. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Preparation
Sgt. Francisco Espinal of the California National Guard’s First Batallion 160th Regiment takes a drink before beginning a day of security escort duty on the streets of Baghdad. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
Security escort
Spc. Casey Dickinson keeps his gun at the ready as he rides through the streets of Baghdad. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
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