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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, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund president and CEO, 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, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund president and CEO, place a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Navy sailors signal to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier onboard the flight deck of the USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 15, 2016. The Bataan is conducting training with Amphibious Squadron 8 and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Frank Cottone
Navy sailors signal to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier onboard the flight deck of the USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 15, 2016. The Bataan is conducting training with Amphibious Squadron 8 and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Frank Cottone
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with other NATO military leaders at the NATO Military Committee Conference in Split, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2016. The meeting focused on the current state of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Russia.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with other NATO military leaders at the NATO Military Committee Conference in Split, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2016. The meeting focused on the current state of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Russia.
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, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund president and CEO, place a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
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
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.
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
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
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
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Navy sailors signal to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier onboard the flight deck of the USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 15, 2016. The Bataan is conducting training with Amphibious Squadron 8 and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Frank Cottone
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with other NATO military leaders at the NATO Military Committee Conference in Split, Croatia, Sept. 17, 2016. The meeting focused on the current state of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Russia.
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Remembering Gold Star Mother's And Family's Day
Jana Rigsby is honored at a wreath-laying ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 7, 2016. Rigsby is a gold star mother who lost her son Lance Cpl. Tyler R. Overstreet in 2006. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Smithers
The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day. It's an opportunity to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Suicide Prevention: How to Recognize the Warning Signs
A member of the 111th Attack Wing, Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa., displays the five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help, Sept. 8, 2016. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Botzum
Here are five signs that may show someone is in emotional pain and possibly at risk for suicide.
Vet Who Survived Suicide Attempt Shares Keys to Recovery
We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the service member or veteran who is going through a difficult time. The Defense Department's theme for Suicide Prevention Month is: BeThere - your action could save a life.
A veteran who dealt with the repercussions of suicide all her life shares her story and offers advice to others looking to overcome their struggles.
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