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Army Gen. John. W. Nicholson, commander of the Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, provides an update on operations to reporters at the Pentagon, Sept. 23, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before the the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, Sept. 22, 2016. Carter was joined by Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the two leaders discussed national security challenges, military operations and their concerns over the potential of an eigth continuing resolution heading into fiscal year 2017. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Candy Martin, national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc.; and Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, place a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Candy Martin, national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc.; and Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, place a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley salutes during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to commemorate the 80th Gold Star Mother's Day, Sept. 25, 2016. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day honors the families of fallen service members. Army photo by Rachel Larue
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley salutes during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to commemorate the 80th Gold Star Mother's Day, Sept. 25, 2016. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day honors the families of fallen service members. Army photo by Rachel Larue
Paratroopers paddle in the Waal River Crossing Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event marks the 72nd anniversary of enginners who assisted the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment across the Waal River under enemy fire. Soldiers used only helmets and rifles as paddles. Army photo by Sgt. Anthony Hewitt
Paratroopers paddle in the Waal River Crossing Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event marks the 72nd anniversary of enginners who assisted the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment across the Waal River under enemy fire. Soldiers used only helmets and rifles as paddles. Army photo by Sgt. Anthony Hewitt
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell observe a replenishment with the USNS Walter S. Diehl during Valiant Shield 2016 in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 16, 2016. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Senyk
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell observe a replenishment with the USNS Walter S. Diehl during Valiant Shield 2016 in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 16, 2016. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Senyk
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
U.S. soldiers conduct an attack drill through smoke as part of Immediate Response 16 at the armed forces training area in Slunj, Croatia, Sept. 14, 2016. The brigade-level exercise uses computer-assisted simulations to train Army National Guardsmen in Croatia and Slovenia. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn
U.S. soldiers conduct an attack drill through smoke as part of Immediate Response 16 at the armed forces training area in Slunj, Croatia, Sept. 14, 2016. The brigade-level exercise uses computer-assisted simulations to train Army National Guardsmen in Croatia and Slovenia. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Sailors board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the USS Germantown during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 21, 2016, as part of Valiant Shield. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III
Sailors board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the USS Germantown during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 21, 2016, as part of Valiant Shield. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs a rifle demonstration during the 2016 Air Force Tattoo at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event commemorated the Air Force's 69th birthday. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs a rifle demonstration during the 2016 Air Force Tattoo at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event commemorated the Air Force's 69th birthday. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter
Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
Sailors inventory supplies to prepare for a replenishment on the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 23, 2016. The Reagan is participating in Valiant Shield, a biennial exercise focusing on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke
Sailors inventory supplies to prepare for a replenishment on the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 23, 2016. The Reagan is participating in Valiant Shield, a biennial exercise focusing on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke
Depot Mascot Lance Cpl. Smedley Butler greets family members during a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sept. 22., 2016. The run serves as the last physical training event before the new Marines graduate. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia
Depot Mascot Lance Cpl. Smedley Butler greets family members during a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sept. 22., 2016. The run serves as the last physical training event before the new Marines graduate. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Favorite holds a U.S. flag out of a C-130H aircraft during the 2016 Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016. Another aircraft simultaneously displayed a Japanese flag to symbolize the partnership of the two nations. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Favorite holds a U.S. flag out of a C-130H aircraft during the 2016 Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016. Another aircraft simultaneously displayed a Japanese flag to symbolize the partnership of the two nations. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Candy Martin, national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc.; and Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, place a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley salutes during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to commemorate the 80th Gold Star Mother's Day, Sept. 25, 2016. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day honors the families of fallen service members. Army photo by Rachel Larue
Paratroopers paddle in the Waal River Crossing Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event marks the 72nd anniversary of enginners who assisted the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment across the Waal River under enemy fire. Soldiers used only helmets and rifles as paddles. Army photo by Sgt. Anthony Hewitt
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell observe a replenishment with the USNS Walter S. Diehl during Valiant Shield 2016 in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 16, 2016. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Senyk
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
U.S. soldiers conduct an attack drill through smoke as part of Immediate Response 16 at the armed forces training area in Slunj, Croatia, Sept. 14, 2016. The brigade-level exercise uses computer-assisted simulations to train Army National Guardsmen in Croatia and Slovenia. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Sailors board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the USS Germantown during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 21, 2016, as part of Valiant Shield. The biennial exercise focuses on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs a rifle demonstration during the 2016 Air Force Tattoo at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016. The event commemorated the Air Force's 69th birthday. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter
Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.
Sailors inventory supplies to prepare for a replenishment on the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 23, 2016. The Reagan is participating in Valiant Shield, a biennial exercise focusing on integrating joint training among U.S. forces. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke
Depot Mascot Lance Cpl. Smedley Butler greets family members during a motivational run at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sept. 22., 2016. The run serves as the last physical training event before the new Marines graduate. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Favorite holds a U.S. flag out of a C-130H aircraft during the 2016 Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016. Another aircraft simultaneously displayed a Japanese flag to symbolize the partnership of the two nations. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe
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