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Defense Secretary Ash Carter applauds Madeleine Albright for her public service achievements before he presents her with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service at the Pentagon June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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Navy sailors prepare to load ordnance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea, June 28,2016. The Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new Defense Department policy that allows service members to transition gender while serving. The policy sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop and implement guidance, training and specific policies.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new Defense Department policy that allows service members to transition gender while serving. The policy sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop and implement guidance, training and specific policies.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces a new Defense Department transgender policy during a briefing at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces a new Defense Department transgender policy during a briefing at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Air Force Senior Airmen Brady Thompson, left, and William Willmann replace a fire overheat protection system in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft engine at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Air Force Senior Airmen Brady Thompson, left, and William Willmann replace a fire overheat protection system in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft engine at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Ramadan Iftar event at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Ramadan Iftar event at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Army Pfc. Richard Burger, foreground, provides security while team members treat a simulated casualty during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Army Pfc. Richard Burger, foreground, provides security while team members treat a simulated casualty during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, delivers remarks after receiving the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service from Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz. See more photos at the Secretary's Flickr site.
Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, delivers remarks after receiving the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service from Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz. See more photos at the Secretary's Flickr site.
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flies near the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen while Navy Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez observes from the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance’s bridge wing in the South China Sea, June 28, 2016. Navy photo by 2nd Class Will Gaskill
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flies near the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen while Navy Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez observes from the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance’s bridge wing in the South China Sea, June 28, 2016. Navy photo by 2nd Class Will Gaskill
Soldiers help remove debris after severe flooding in Rainelle, W.Va., June 27, 2016. The soldiers, assigned to the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s 861st Engineer Company, stayed in West Virginia after their annual training to assist with cleanup efforts. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Hough
Soldiers help remove debris after severe flooding in Rainelle, W.Va., June 27, 2016. The soldiers, assigned to the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s 861st Engineer Company, stayed in West Virginia after their annual training to assist with cleanup efforts. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Hough
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Kubat directs an AV-8B Harrier after landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Atlantic Ocean, June 27, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Kubat directs an AV-8B Harrier after landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Atlantic Ocean, June 27, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat
Soldiers provide cover for one another while crossing a field under simulated enemy fire during Exercise Gridiron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 27, 2016. The soldiers are reservists assigned to the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Soldiers provide cover for one another while crossing a field under simulated enemy fire during Exercise Gridiron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 27, 2016. The soldiers are reservists assigned to the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the next two links to the Force of the Future, June 9, 2016. The latest proposed changes allow the services to promote, retain and recruit highly skilled officers.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the next two links to the Force of the Future, June 9, 2016. The latest proposed changes allow the services to promote, retain and recruit highly skilled officers.
Marines conduct scenario based training as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal
Marines conduct scenario based training as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal
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.
Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Leodanis Uceta helps children aim a hose during Heroes in Training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2016. The event shows kids how first responders react to emergencies. Uceta is a firefighter with the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Sullivan
Air Force Airman 1st Class Leodanis Uceta helps children aim a hose during Heroes in Training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2016. The event shows kids how first responders react to emergencies. Uceta is a firefighter with the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Sullivan
Biological, chemical and nuclear terrorist attacks; extreme weather events; and emerging infectious diseases all pose security threats unbounded by state, country and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the nation.
Biological, chemical and nuclear terrorist attacks; extreme weather events; and emerging infectious diseases all pose security threats unbounded by state, country and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the nation.
Army Spc. Jose Enriquez fires a Javelin Anti-Tank Missile down range during Saber Strike 16 in Tapa, Estonia, June 19, 2016. Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led training exercise to improve interoperability among the 13 participating nations. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn
Army Spc. Jose Enriquez fires a Javelin Anti-Tank Missile down range during Saber Strike 16 in Tapa, Estonia, June 19, 2016. Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led training exercise to improve interoperability among the 13 participating nations. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a new Defense Department policy that allows service members to transition gender while serving. The policy sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop and implement guidance, training and specific policies.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces a new Defense Department transgender policy during a briefing at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Air Force Senior Airmen Brady Thompson, left, and William Willmann replace a fire overheat protection system in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft engine at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the Ramadan Iftar event at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Army Pfc. Richard Burger, foreground, provides security while team members treat a simulated casualty during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, delivers remarks after receiving the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service from Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz. See more photos at the Secretary's Flickr site.
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flies near the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen while Navy Cmdr. Manuel Hernandez observes from the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance’s bridge wing in the South China Sea, June 28, 2016. Navy photo by 2nd Class Will Gaskill
Soldiers help remove debris after severe flooding in Rainelle, W.Va., June 27, 2016. The soldiers, assigned to the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s 861st Engineer Company, stayed in West Virginia after their annual training to assist with cleanup efforts. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Hough
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Kubat directs an AV-8B Harrier after landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in the Atlantic Ocean, June 27, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat
Soldiers provide cover for one another while crossing a field under simulated enemy fire during Exercise Gridiron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 27, 2016. The soldiers are reservists assigned to the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the next two links to the Force of the Future, June 9, 2016. The latest proposed changes allow the services to promote, retain and recruit highly skilled officers.
Marines conduct scenario based training as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise in preparation for the 31st MEU's upcoming fall deployment at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, June 25, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha Villarreal
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.
Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Leodanis Uceta helps children aim a hose during Heroes in Training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2016. The event shows kids how first responders react to emergencies. Uceta is a firefighter with the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Sullivan
Biological, chemical and nuclear terrorist attacks; extreme weather events; and emerging infectious diseases all pose security threats unbounded by state, country and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the nation.
Army Spc. Jose Enriquez fires a Javelin Anti-Tank Missile down range during Saber Strike 16 in Tapa, Estonia, June 19, 2016. Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led training exercise to improve interoperability among the 13 participating nations. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn
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Army Pvt. Noel Weeks, with the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company, works in the tactical operations center during Operation Vigilant Sea Hawk in Sunny Point, N.C., June 16, 2016. The operation is a two-week regional homeland security exercise with disaster response missions designed to test and improve communication and the response of the North Carolina National Guard and partners within the state and federal agencies. North Carolina Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Odaliska Almonte
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A construction crew places the last concrete into the Center Hill Dam embankment near Smithville, Tenn., March 17, 2015, signifying the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s remediation project. Enough concrete was placed into the embankment to build a four-foot wide sidewalk 200 miles long, or about the distance between Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn. The Center Hill Dam project was one of four programs to receive a Value Engineering Award from the Defense Department June 28. Army photo by Lee Roberts
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An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land after training in Lungi, Sierra Leone, June 28, 2016. The helicopter is assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron and is deployed with the 398th Air Expeditionary Group in Senegal. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle
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(From left) Army veteran James Hansen watches the wind’s direction as Navy veteran and Valhalla sailing instructor Frank Briguglio surveys the skills of his new recruits during the Valhalla Sailing Project’s inaugural clinic to teach former military members the fundamentals of sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Md., June 25, 2016. Marine Corps veteran Hector Cardona is at the tiller, and Marine Corps veteran Mike Wilson is adjusting the jib. Eight veterans, transitioning service members and wounded warriors participated in the clinic. DoD photo by Terri Moon Cronk
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Army veteran Greg Mullen has created animal figures, Southwestern sun faces, vases, as well as a life-sized suit of armor and a coffee table with a "dot" art technique he developed to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. While a small item takes him a half day to fill with about 400 dot patterns, his prized coffee table took three months to complete, with at least 50,000 layered dots. Courtesy photo
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