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Army Sgt. Jonathan Gallogla rushes under direct fire during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2014. Gallogla is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The division is based in Alaska. The badge is awarded to Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties and successfully pass the rigors of the course. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher



Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton



Navy Chief Brad Woodard comes in for a landing in front of students from Reach Partnership School and Heritage High School during the Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 12, 2014. Woodard is a member of the Leap Frongs, the U.S. Navy's parachute demonstration team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Larry S. Carlson



Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Robinson, Ark., Sept. 16, 2014. Montgomery is assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard. The annual competition determines the best of the 350,000 Guardsmen nationwide. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores



Members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, come in for a landing during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular at Clifton Park, Baltimore, Sept. 12, 2014. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Larry S. Carlson



President Barack Obama shakes hands with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2104. Obama traveled to the base to speak with troops and meet with Centcom leaders to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center back, attended the event. U.S. Central Command photo



U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, right, stands next to a linguist and scans the area using his weapon's optic lens to monitor movement in Hakim Jan village, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2014. Lockett is a platoon leader assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. and Afghan troops patrolled to gather intelligence and assist with security in the area. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston



As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. soldier, foreground, assists Italian paratroopers before an air assault during NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin II on Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 7, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. The exercise, which involves more than 2,000 troops from nine nations, takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Venessa Hernandez

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