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12/20/2014

PURPLE HEART HANDSHAKE

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates Army Staff Sgt. Steve Tessitore after his Purple Heart ceremony at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 2014. Tessitore, an Oregon National Guardsman, was shot in the neck while conducting a security patrol in Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

12/20/2014

INTREPID INNOVATION

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., right, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald, center, receive a brief on a simulator for firearms training during a tour of the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 2014. Winnefeld brought McDonald, center professionals and researchers together to discuss innovative ways to improve the lives of wounded warriors. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

12/19/2014

OPERATION REFUEL

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, Dec. 16, 2014, as it supports Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Browning

12/19/2014

TIMBERWOLF TALK

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, talk with a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team as part of Commitment to Service, a partnership between the National Basketball Association and Defense Department, at the Pentagon, Dec. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton

12/19/2014

WINTER MANEUVERS

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter practices maneuvers above Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 17, 2014. The service member and helicopter are assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th Rescue Squadron. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton

12/19/2014

LEG LIFTS

Recruits perform leg lifts during a circuit course on Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 11, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Walter D. Marino II

12/19/2014

PASSING THE FLAG

Soldiers perform a change-of-command ceremony in a pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 18, 2014. Army Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquished command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during the event. The soldiers are assigned to the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. U.S. Army photo

12/19/2014

HOLIDAY SONGS

U.S. service members sing during a holiday tree-lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014. The troops are assigned to the Joint Forces Command United Assistance. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy

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