Lead Photo Images
01/30/2009 : SEA HAWK AT SEA
U.S. Navy sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis watch as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter transfers cargo during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge in the western Pacific Ocean, Jan. 18, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman
01/30/2009 : ANCIENT MONASTERY
U.S. Army Capt. Rick Brunson, Chaplain, center, explains to soldiers how this building was a scriptorium for monks that once occupied the Saint Elijah Monastery long ago at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. Brunson is assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
01/30/2009 : RADIO REPORT
U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Matt Kotlarski uses Spc. Richard Petrus' radio to give an update to the command element while supporting the Iraqi Police 1st Emergency Reaction Force Battalion as they clear sections of Mufrek, Iraq, from Al-Qaeda influences, Jan. 16, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter J. Pels
01/30/2009 : HONDURAN MEETING
U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. Southern Command, center, and U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, left, talk with reporters after visiting with President Jose Zelaya Rosales in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan. 29, 2009. DoD photo by Donna Miles
01/30/2009 : MONKEY BUSINESS
U.S. Army soldiers find a real monkey in a trunk while conducting Operation Trunk Monkey in Baghdad's Adhamiyah district, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zachary Mott
01/30/2009 : PLANNING HUDDLE
U.S. Army Soldiers discuss plans for security operations at a polling station in the Abu T'shir community of the Rashid district in southern Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009. The soldiers, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, will help Iraqi forces provide security during provincial elections on Jan. 31. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams
01/30/2009 : SNOW TUNNEL
U.S. Army soldiers drive toward Afghanistan's Salang tunnel in the Hindu Kush Mountain range to check on security, Jan. 30, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company A, 101st Division Special Troop Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Scott Davis
01/30/2009 : BLANKET DRIVE
Iraq Brig. Gen. Ali Ibraheem Dabown and U.S. paratroopers hand out wool blankets to an Iraqi women during a humanitarian drive in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, Jan. 26, 2009. More than 500 Wool blankets, along with children's clothing and toys were distributed to citizens. The U.S. paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Balazs
01/30/2009 : POLLING STATION
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steve Smith checks his surroundings during a voting site assessment Jan. 26, 2009, in the Al Karradah district of eastern Baghdad, Iraq, to prepare for upcoming provincial elections. Smith, a platoon leader, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Licea
01/30/2009 : INK POWER
An Iraqi police officer gives a “peace” sign as he shows his ink-stained finger after leaving a polling station in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. The Iraqi government is holding early elections to enable Iraqi Security Forces and others with special needs to vote in provincial elections, scheduled for Jan. 31 for the general public. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Licea
01/30/2009 : IDITAROD DREAM
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Harry Alexie runs 10 sled dogs on an 18-mile practice run near two-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey’s ‘Comeback Kennel’ training facility in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paizley Ramsey
01/30/2009 : SUNRISE STRETCH
U.S. Marines participate in physical training on the last day of a corporals course on Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Jan. 29, 2008. The Marines are assigned to 9th Provisional Security Forces, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The goal of the two-week course is developing the leadership skills of the corporals. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.
01/30/2009 : PLAN OF ACTION
U.S. Army Capt. Brian Sweigart discusses the best plan of action for searching an Istaqlal Qada neighborhood with an Iraqi police officer during a combined patrol northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2009, to secure the community before the upcoming provincial elections. Sweigart commands the 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Brad Willeford
01/29/2009 : FIRE FIGHT
Firefighters from the U.S. Air Force Base 374th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department work together to fight a fire at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Japan building that caught fire at about 6:30 p.m. on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sean Martin
01/29/2009 : TAGAB TEAM
U.S. Army Col. Greg Julian, public affairs officer for the United States Forces, Afghanistan, leads an investigation team to meet with villagers in Tagab, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2009. The team worked with the Afghan ministeries of defense and information to explore allegations of possible civilian casualties after a recent mission to capture Taliban leaders. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. John Gay
01/29/2009 : WRISTBAND MESSAGE
U.S. Army soldiers hand out wristbands to children in the Hayaniyah district of Basra, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to 793rd Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade. The wristband message is: "Security and peace bring prosperity, report crime to 115/130." U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre N. McIntyre
01/29/2009 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell speaks with members of the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/29/2009 : MONASTERY MISSION
U.S. Army soldiers tour Saint Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2009. Saint Elijah's, a complex of buildings dating back to the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
01/29/2009 : FIVE MORE YEARS
U.S. Army Capt. Scott Coleman re-enlists Cpl. Antwuann Goodson on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 25, 2009. Coleman is commander for the 4th Infantry Division's Headquarters Support Company, 404th Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, and Goodson is a supply specialist assigned to the support command. He re-enlisted for five years, a duty assignment in Hawaii and a $9,500 bonus, which puts the support battalion at more than $1 million in re-enlistment bonuses for fiscal year 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt
01/29/2009 : PROOF
Iraqi National Police officers show their purple index fingers as proof of having voted outside the Abu Ghraib Boys High School, Jan. 28, 2009. Iraqi Security Forces, detainees, hospital patients and other special needs cases were given the opportunity to vote three days before the general population in the provincial elections, scheduled for Jan. 31. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brock Jones
01/29/2009 : COLONEL'S MARK
An Iraqi Army colonel raises his right hand outside of the Zafraniyah polling site to show his purple index finger, a sign he voted during the “special” voting day of the provincial elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009. The vote took place before the general provincial election, scheduled for Jan. 31, to accommodate Iraqi Security Forces, detainees, hospital patients and other special needs cases. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Douglas York
01/29/2009 : RISSALA STREETS
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Gloschat provides security during a joint patrol with Iraqi police officers through the Rissala market in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. Gloschat is assigned to the Salah National Police Transition Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
01/28/2009 : CHECK CHECKPOINT
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jasmer Moses inspects Iraqi army checkpoints in Baghdad, Jan. 24, 2009, to ensure that standards taught by coalition forces are being met. Moses, an infantry platoon sergeant, is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Ahn
01/28/2009 : CRUISE CONTROL
U.S. Army Cpl. Garrett Simoneau gets a friendly push while on a joint patrol with Iraqi national police in Husseniyah, Jan. 24, 2009. Simoneau is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by J.B. Jaso III
01/28/2009 : FRIENDLY GAME
A member of the Adhamiyah, Iraq, soccer team passes the ball to his teammate during a friendly game between teams from northeastern Baghdad’s Adhamiyah and Kadhamiyah districts, Jan. 27, 2009. The game was played as part of the festivities marking the reopening of the Adhamiyah Sports Complex. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Mott
01/28/2009 : VOTE STAIN
An Iraqi National Police officer displays his ink-stained finger after leaving a polling station in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, Jan. 28, 2009. The Iraqi government held a special election to allow Iraqi Security Forces to vote in the provincial elections, scheduled for Jan. 31. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Licea
01/28/2009 : ARMED SERVICES TESTIMONY
With his arm in a cast from a surgery last week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/28/2009 : DRINKING WATER DANCING
Residents sing and dance during the dedication ceremony for a water project in Magu, Tanzania, Jan. 21, 2009. The project, which will bring clean drinking water to thousands of villagers, is a example of how the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa mission develops and nurtures partnerships to promote regional cooperation. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.
01/28/2009 : BUNKER TRAINING
U.S. Marines assault a bunker during training on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 24, 2009. The Marines, assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, are preparing for deployment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green
01/28/2009 : FIRST PENTAGON VISIT
President Barack Obama addresses the media, Jan. 28, 2009, during his first visit to the Pentagon since becoming commander in chief. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and all the service chiefs. Here, Obama is flanked by Gen. Norton Schwartz, U.S. Air Force chief of staff; Gen. George W. Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff; U.S. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/28/2009 : PENTAGON HALL
President Barack Obama waves goodbye after greeting troops during his first visit to the Pentagon, Jan. 28, 2009. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and all the service chiefs to get their input on the way ahead in Afghanistan and Iraq. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/28/2009 : PRESS ADDRESS
President Barack Obama addresses the media, Jan. 28, 2009, during his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to get input on the way ahead in Afghanistan and Iraq. DoD photo by U.S Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/28/2009 : BASRA BUDDIES
A U.S. Army soldier walks down a street with two children in the Hayaniyah district of Basra, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009. The soldier, assigned to the 793rd Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, was in the area to deliver medical supplies to a local hospital. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre N. McIntyre
01/27/2009 : SNOW LOAD
A U.S. Army soldier guides a truck loaded with equipment-filled metal containers on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2009. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amber Robinson
01/27/2009 : AZURE HAZE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Corbiere signals final safety checks as an F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 25, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Elliott Fabrizio
01/27/2009 : LESSON ZERO
Dave Mainwright, an Australian army warrant officer, teaches U.S. Marines a different way to zero out their weapons during a data collection exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009. The Marines are assigned to1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Jeremiah Handeland
01/27/2009 : SENATE TESTIMONY
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2009. Gates wore his jacket halfway on due to surgery on his arm last week. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/27/2009 : MARKET MIXING
U.S. soldiers and Iraqi national police patrol the Rissala market while an Iraqi police officer talks with vendors in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
01/27/2009 : CLOSE QUARTERS
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrian Aribal performs post-phase maintenance on a SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 23, 2009. The USS Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brock A. Taylor
01/27/2009 : ABO ASSESSMENT
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Ramos conducts a project assessment in the city of Abo Alhafat, Iraq, Jan 21, 2009. Ramos is assigned to Company B, 445th Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas
01/27/2009 : RIGHT SIZE
U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Kristina Rohlin checks the size of a shirt before giving it to a girl at the Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary Orphanage in Dili, Timor-Leste, Jan. 26, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Charles Oki
01/27/2009 : MEDIA ADDRESS
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the international media at the Foreign Press Center, Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2009. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/27/2009 : HOUSE HEARING
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/27/2009 : HILL TESTIMONY
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/27/2009 : SHOW OF HANDS
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel McKittrick celebrates with children before a water project dedication ceremony in Magu, Tanzania, Jan. 21, 2008. McKittrick is a public affairs broadcaster assigned to Combined Task Force - Horn of Africa. The project provides clean drinking water to thousands of villagers in the Magu region of Tanzania and is a example of how the task force develops and nurtures partnerships to promote regional cooperation. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.
01/27/2009 : COMBAT TRAINING
U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment deploy an MK-154 Mine Clearing Line Charge system during assault training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green
01/27/2009 : SIT-UP SESSION
U.S. Navy sailors participate during an exercise session in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis while under way in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 23, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dmitry Chepusov
01/27/2009 : SEA LANDING
U.S. Navy Aviation Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime Valencia directs the landing of an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, Jan. 23, 2009. San Antonio is operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joan E. Kretschmer
01/27/2009 : SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Afghan children gather around a coalition forces truck loaded with more than 300 backpacks and other school supplies as it enters the Gulam Ali Boys and Girls School in Bagram, Afghanistan, Jan. 22, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lynne Eickstedt
01/26/2009 : POOL PARTY
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Akaiya Miller plays basketball with Japanese children from the Omura Kodomo Children's Home at a pool party in Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 24, 2009. Volunteers from Fleet Activities Sasebo hosted 45 children to the base for a picnic and games at the base swimming pool. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl
01/26/2009 : DOWNED-AIRCRAFT EXERCISE
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter provides security as soldiers move wounded during a downed-aircraft training exercise on Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 15, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company F, 3rd Helicopter Assault Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski
01/26/2009 : EMPTY WELL
U.S. Army Capt. Rick Brunson, chaplain, right, shows soldiers what once was a well at the Saint Elijah Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. Brunson is assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
01/26/2009 : STORY TIME
Sabeeh Radyi, Rashid District Council Education Committee chairman, reads a story to Iraqi school children during the reopening of the Doura Public Library in southern Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. Doura community citizens, local leaders and soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team participated in the ceremony. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Dave Olson
01/26/2009 : BRIDGE BUILDERS
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Olen Ice lifts a plank as he works with local Afghans in a project to build a bridge in the Lal Por district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 7, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jay Bessey
01/26/2009 : LEADERS LOOK
U.S. Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger, adjutant general of Indiana, and Maj. Gen. Michael Bednarek, commanding general of the First Army Division East, review training facilites as they fly over Camp Atterbury, Ind., Jan. 23, 2009. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
01/26/2009 : HUSSENIYAH TOWN
U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Baker, left, and Spc. Christopher Cumbie provide security in Husseniyah, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2009. Baker and Cumbie are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class J.B. Jaso III
01/26/2009 : LUCCA'S YAWN
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Lucca, an explosive-detection dog, shows off her formidable teeth while yawning on Camp Echo, Iraq, Jan. 10, 2009. Lucca, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, is a mix of Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd and has served in the Marine Corps for more than two years. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente
01/26/2009 : CHECKPOINT PATROL
Iraqi police officers join with U.S. Army soldiers to take control of several new checkpoints along Baghdad's Airport Road in the Rashid district, Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2009. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Vin Stevens
01/26/2009 : 'TOMATO' TARGET
U.S. Navy sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis throw a "killer tomato" target off the fantail during a .50-caliber machine gun live-fire exercise in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 23, 2009. The USS John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon Husman
01/26/2009 : HOWITZER RIDE
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter air lifts a 155mm Howitzer onto Forward Operating Base Shank, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amber Robinson
01/25/2009 : HEADING HOME
U.S. soldiers clean communication equipment at Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2009. The soldiers from 185th Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, are preparing for re-deployment back to Hawaii at the end of their 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Smith
01/25/2009 : GUARD COMMANDERS
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli speaks to servicemembers at the annual Army National Guard Senior Commanders Conference at Camp Robinson, in Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 24, 2009. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
01/25/2009 : MEDIC
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Alan Boles comforts an Afghan man after splinting and wrapping his ankle in Delaram, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2009. Boles is attached to the Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Special Marine Air Ground Task Force-A. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. James A Burks
01/25/2009 : ASSAULT TRAINING
U.S. Marines from Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, deploy an MK-154 Mine Clearing Line Charge System during a deliberate assault course training evolution on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green
01/25/2009 : TOWARD THE BREACH
U.S. Marines from Charlie Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, and Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, move forward toward the breach during a deliberate assault course training evolution on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey J. Green
01/23/2009 : HEADY AFFAIR
U.S. and French troops hold a "scrum" formation during a rugby game on Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Jan. 15, 2009. Camp Lemonier is the hub of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, a unit that provides humanitarian relief, security and antiterrorism countermeasures to nations in the Horn of Africa region. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Zuccaro
01/23/2009 : PUSH-UP POINTERS
A U.S. soldier from the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team demonstrates a proper push-up to Iraqi soldiers during a physical fitness test on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Smith
01/23/2009 : PATRIOTIC RAPPEL
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Robbie Bean and Senior Airman John Ostrowske rappel with the American flag during the opening ceremony of an Arenacross 2009 series dirt bike race event in Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 17, 2009. Both airmen are pararescuemen assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Libby Stevenson
01/23/2009 : KADENA DATA
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Aaron Tate inputs data into his portable maintenance aid in front of an F-22 Raptor at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2009. Tate is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron on Langley Air Force Base, Va. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway
01/23/2009 : HORNET LOADING
U.S. Sailors load an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 154 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron onto an aircraft elevator for transport from the hangar bay to the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis Jan. 22, 2009, in the Pacific Ocean. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing 9 are on a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman
01/23/2009 : PRE-COMMISSIONING
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Green Bay moors at a pier in Long Beach Harbor. Green Bay will be commissioned Jan. 24, 2009, and will be homeported in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Gregg Smith
01/23/2009 : GROUP SAIL
Guided-missile destroyers USS Paul Hamilton, USS Hopper and USS Russell sail in formation during the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Surface Combatant Group Sail in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 15, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron
01/23/2009 : SUPER CLEANING
U.S. Navy sailors clean a Super Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 17, 2009. Nimitz is conducting flight deck certification after completing a six-month planned incremental availability. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eduardo Zaragoza
01/23/2009 : HASWAH BLUES
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andrew Williams radios status updates during a neighborhood patrol with Iraqi police officers in Haswah, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. Williams is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wagner
01/23/2009 : CHAIR CHAT
A U.S. Army soldier chats with an Iraqi boy during a visit to a police station to discuss local activities and conduct a neighborhood patrol in Haswah, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wagner
01/23/2009 : SHARED SEARCH
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers conduct a weapons cache search in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. The U.S. Army soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edwin M. Bridges
01/23/2009 : ASSAULT TRAINING
U.S. Marines observe other Marines searching suspected insurgents during urban-assault training on Fort Pickett, Va., a Virginia Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center, Jan. 11, 2009. The Marines are assigned to Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alicia R. Giron
01/23/2009 : RAPTOR'S FLARE
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor shoots out a flare during an air-combat training mission over Japan, Jan. 15, 2009. The F-22 is deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, from the 27th Fighter Squadron on Langley Air Force Base, Va., in support of U.S. Pacific Command. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clay Lancaster
01/22/2009 : WATER REST
U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Miller enjoys a few moments of floating in his Tyvek suit during a confidence test in Aurora, Colo., Jan 14, 2009. Miller said the pressure of the water around his air-tight suit made him feel like he was on a form-fitting bed. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli
01/22/2009 : BOARDING BLACK HAWK
U.S. Army soldiers board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after completing an operation with Iraqi police in Istaqal, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. The operation focused on identifying and removing illegal weapon caches in the Istaqlal Qada. U.S. Army photo by Brad Willeford
01/22/2009 : RECORDS CHECK
An Iraqi policeman shows U.S. Army Spc. Peter Parra, left, how to check the identification of a house while they clear sections of Mufrek, Iraq, Jan. 16, 2009. Parra is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter J. Pels
01/22/2009 : STREET SURVEY
U.S. Army Pfc. Luis Montiel, center, surveys the area during a patrol of a neighborhood in Haswah, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. Montiel and fellow soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wagner
01/22/2009 : CARRIER CREW
An F/A-18 Hornet is directed to a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 17, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Remus Borisov
01/22/2009 : LOOKOUT SUNRISE
U.S. Navy Seaman Sean Flaherty stands lookout watch aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd, front, and USS Preble steam ahead of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam during a sunrise exercise in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 20, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman
01/22/2009 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak with members of the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 22, 2009. The two defense leaders discussed plans for a military drawdown in Iraq and closing the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/22/2009 : WORKING DOG DEMO
U.S. Army Sgt. Malkia Litaker and her military working dog, Gerko, work together to find simulated explosives during a demonstration on Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2009. Litaker is assigned to the 947th Military Police Detachment, which provided explosive-detection capability during inaugural events in the nation's capital. Litaker said Gerko can detect up to nine different chemical scents that might indicate the presence of explosives. U.S. Army photo by C. Todd Lopez
01/21/2009 : WALKING PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd as they make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2009 presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Kingston
01/21/2009 : PRESIDENTIAL PARADE
The U.S. Fife and Drum Corps marches down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2009 presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Kingston
01/21/2009 : AN ORIGINAL
Air Force Brig. Gen. Larry Spencer, left, and Brig. Gen. Bruce Green, deputy surgeon general, speak with Donald E. Elder, an original Tuskegee Airman Jan. 20, 2009, at the Bolling Club on Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. More than 180 Tuskegee Airmen and their families gathered for a special breakfast before being transported to Washington, D.C., for the 2009 inaugural events. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dan DeCook
01/21/2009 : VIA SATELLITE
President Barack Obama speaks to deployed U.S. service members via satellite during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. Three hundred wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., attended the ball. DoD photo by James Bowman
01/21/2009 : LEADER OF THE BAND
The "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band performs at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
01/21/2009 : SOLO HERALD
A U.S. Army Herald trumpeter stands and plays along the balcony railing on the inaugural reviewing stand, Jan. 20, 2009. The group delivered a fanfare at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
01/21/2009 : PRESIDENTIAL DANCE
President Barack Obama dances with U.S. Army Sgt. Margaret H. Herrera while first lady Michelle Obama dances with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elidio Guillen at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The ball honored America's servicemembers, families, the fallen and wounded warriors. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/21/2009 : COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S BALL
Surrounded by each service's senior enlisted advisor, President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The ball honored America's servicemembers, families, the fallen and wounded warriors. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/21/2009 : CHAIRMAN'S TV INTERVIEW
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is interviewed by NBC's Ann Curry at the Commander in Chief's Ball at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The ball, hosted by President Barack Obama. honored America's servicemembers, families, the fallen and wounded warriors. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : KIDS' INAUGURAL
U.S. troops and their families rock out during the “Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. Michelle Obama, wife of President-elect Barack Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, were in attendance. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
01/20/2009 : MAGIC MOMENT
U.S. servicemembers and their families rock out during the “Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. Michelle Obama, wife of President-elect Barack Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, attended the event. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
01/20/2009 : KIDS' ROCK
Michelle Obama along with her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, center, rock out during the “Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan
01/20/2009 : KIDS' INAUGURAL SPEECH
Michelle Obama, wife of President-elect Barack Obama, speaks to the crowd gathered for the "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future" concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. U.S. servicemembers and their families were special guests at the event. The Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, were also in attendance. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
01/20/2009 : COORDINATING COVERAGE
A U.S. Navy sailor coordinates coverage at the U.S. Capitol before the start of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/20/2009 : READY FOR INAUGURATION
Members of the joint honor cordon carry weapons at port arms as they get ready at the U.S. Capitol for the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/20/2009 : MALL CROWD
Hundreds of thousands gather on the National Mall prior to the start of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, expected to be one of the best attended in history. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin
01/20/2009 : INAUGURATION IN IRAQ
U.S. Army soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division gather around a computer to watch Barack Obama's presidential inauguration broadcast over the Internet on Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret
01/20/2009 : HORSE PREPARATION
A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, Fort Riley, Kan., prepares his horse to participate in the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alan Port
01/20/2009 : INAUGURATION COORDINATION
National Guard citizen-soldiers of Joint Task Force 29, led by the 29th Infantry Division, coordinate activities of some of the 9,300 National Guard soldiers and airmen who are supporting the 56th Presidential Inauguration from a temporary operations center established at Fort Belvoir, Va., Jan. 19, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
01/20/2009 : WHITE HOUSE EXIT
President-elect Barack Obama and President George W. Bush exit the White House to make their way to the U.S. Capitol prior to the start of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gerold Gamble
01/20/2009 : MULLEN ARRIVAL
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives at the U.S. Capitol before the start of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/20/2009 : CAPITOL CROWD
Hundreds of thousands gather on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol prior to the start of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, expected to be one of the best-attended in history. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
01/20/2009 : ANDREWS DEPARTURE
Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura board Air Force One for their departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2008. The outgoing commander in chief’s last speech and farewell to all the men and women in uniform took place here, marking the end of one administration and beginning of another. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Giang Nguyen
01/20/2009 : FINAL FAREWELL
Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush wave to the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to wish them a fond farewell before their final departure aboard Air Force One. They are headed to Dallas, Texas, where they will reside after eight years of living in the Oval Office. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Craig Clapper
01/20/2009 : NEW PRESIDENT
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd at the conclusion of his inaugural address, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The 44th president of the United States assumed his duties as commander in chief and vowed not to waiver in defending America. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : CAPITOL FLIGHT
A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter carrying 43rd President George W. Bush departs the U.S. Capitol Building at the conclusion of inaugural ceremonies for 44th President Barack Obama, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : TAKING THE OATH
Vice President Joe Biden takes the oath of office during the 56th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : INAUGURAL ADDRESS
President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. The new commander in chief praised the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made for their country. DoD photo by U.S Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : PRESIDENTIAL OATH
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office during the 56th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/20/2009 : SWORN IN
Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. Obama's wife Michelle stands by his side. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform provided military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
01/20/2009 : PRESIDENTIAL SALUTE
The cannons of the Presidential Salute Gun Platoon roar in succession, a rolling volley honoring a new president. The ceremonial unit is part of the U.S. Army's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," based on Fort Myer, Va. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
01/20/2009 : INAUGURAL TALK
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, left, commander of troops for the presidential inauguration, speaks with U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before an overview brief of inaugural events in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. Rowe commands the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, which stood up as a Joint Task Force during the inaugural period, and also heads the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Heckman
01/20/2009 : PASS IN REVIEW
The U.S. Armed Forces Joint Color Guard passes in review at the east front of the U.S. Capitol during the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Niemi
01/19/2009 : GREETING THE CROWD
From Left: Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, President-elect Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama wave to the crowd during inaugural opening ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class George Trian
01/19/2009 : SYMBOL OF FREEDOM
An American Bald Eagle, symbol of the United States, stretches his wings during the inaugural opening ceremonies, Jan. 18, 2009, at the Lincoln Memorial. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class George Trian
01/19/2009 : ON THE MALL
A U.S. soldier with the D.C. National Guard provides security at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009, during the inaugural opening ceremonies. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
01/19/2009 : NATIONAL ANTHEM
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Caleb Green sings the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009, during the inaugural opening ceremonies. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Daniel J. Herrera
01/19/2009 : ARMY HONOR GUARD
The U.S. Army Ceremonial Honor Guard prepares to perform at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009, during the inaugural opening ceremonies. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Daniel J. Herrera
01/19/2009 : NAVAL ACADEMY GLEE CLUB
Renee Fleming performs with the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club during the inaugural opening ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Daniel J. Herrera
01/19/2009 : FEEL THE BEAT
Aaron Wolff from Delaware, dances with Jenikwa Henry from Washington, D.C., during the live concert portion of the inaugural opening ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
01/19/2009 : OBAMA ADDRESSES CROWD
President-elect Barack Obama speaks to the crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009, during the inaugural opening ceremonies. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons
01/19/2009 : NIGHT ORDERS
As seen through a night-viewing device, U.S. Army Pfc. Joshua Cole, left, and Sgt. Sean Cheker review orders while conducting a patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 14, 2009. Cole and Cheker are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edwin M. Bridges
01/19/2009 : STREET GREET
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Renee Duval shakes hands with a local Iraqi boy in the Al Amnal district in Basra, Iraq, Jan. 14, 2009. Duval, assigned to the 21st Military Police Company, was on a street patrol in Basra. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Karah Cohen
01/18/2009 : WREATH LAYING
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, along with Army Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Lanier, right, a tomb sentinel assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery during a ceremony on Jan. 18, 2009. The ceremony was one of several events leading up to Obama's Jan. 20, 2008, inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Kern
01/18/2009 : INAUGURATION REHEARSAL
U.S. Marine Corps Band Operations Officer Chief Warrant Officer Bill Perry and Col. Michael Colburn, director of the U.S. Marine Band, confer during the Jan. 18, 2009, presidential inauguration rehearsal led by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The Presidential Inaugural Committee and Armed Forces Inaugural Committee take their cues from the JCCIC for the inauguration. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/18/2009 : JOINT HONOR GUARD
Thomas Groppel, head of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee's Ceremonies Directorate, times the joint honor guard's movements during a Jan. 18, 2009, rehearsal at the Capitol. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/18/2009 : ROLE PLAYERS
Terrance William Gainer, sergeant at arms of the United States Senate, and placard-wearing Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies stand-in members listen as Abbie Platt, JCCIC Capitol coordinator, goes over their roles during a Jan. 18, 2009, inauguration rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/18/2009 : STAIRWAY SILHOUETTE
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peadar Clark is silhouetted in a stairway opening during the Jan. 18, 2009, rehearsal for the 56th Presidential Inauguration. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies led the Presidential Inaugural Committee and Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in rehearsals at the U.S. Capitol. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/16/2009 : BOAT HOPPING
Members of the Barbados Defense Force cross a small boat in order to board high speed vessel Swift 2 not shown, in Bridgetown, Barbados, as a part of Southern Partnership Station Jan. 13, 2009. Southern Partnership Station is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command area of focus in the Caribbean and Latin America. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Ball
01/16/2009 : RAPTOR
A U.S. Air Force crew chief signals to the pilot of an F-22A Raptor aircraft that he is clear for takeoff from Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 16, 2009. The F-22A is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway
01/16/2009 : FAREWELL ADDRESS
President George W. Bush delivers his farewell address to the nation, Jan. 15, 2009, from the East Room of the White House, thanking the American people for their support and trust. White House photo by Chris Greenberg
01/16/2009 : FOND FAREWELL
President George W. Bush reaches into the audience to shake hands with invited guests and staff members following his farewell address to the nation, Jan. 15, 2009, in the East Room of the White House. He thanked the American people for their support and trust. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
01/16/2009 : MILITARY PRESENCE
President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stand during a presentation of the Color Guard and the playing of the national anthem, Jan. 15, 2009, during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State commemorating foreign policy achievements. White House photo by Eric Draper
01/16/2009 : SOLO FALCON
A lone F-16 Fighting Falcon from the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds flies against the sunrise, Jan. 13, 2009. The demonstration squadron has recently released its 2009 schedule. U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Dawn Groue
01/16/2009 : MAKING THE GRADE
U.S. Navy petty officer first class take the 2009 chief petty officer advancement exam at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 15, 2009. Eligible candidates must first pass a 200-question test to be considered by a promotion board and then be selected among a Navy-wide pool of candidates. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Charles Oki
01/15/2009 : CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Denise Foote cleans and inspects pilots face shields aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, under way in the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 14, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Mann
01/15/2009 : OPENING CEREMONY
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England join keynote speaker Russell Adams, professor of African-American Studies at Howard University, and Army Chaplain Brig. Gen. Donald Rutherford, deputy chief of chaplains, for opening ceremonies marking the Pentagon's annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, Jan. 15, 2009. DoD photo by R. D. Ward
01/15/2009 : STUDENT GREETING
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates greets four students from the John Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D. C., before participating in opening ceremonies at the Pentagon's annual observation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, Jan. 15, 2009. The students were winners in the school's Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. DoD photo by R. D. Ward
01/15/2009 : DARFUR DIRECTION
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Arnold guides Rwandan defense force trucks on board a C-17 Globemaster III at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, Jan. 13, 2009. This is the first load of five airlifts to the United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur. Arnold is assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet
01/15/2009 : DARFUR AIRLIFT
U.S. Air Force airmen secure Rwandan defense force vehicles and water tanks on board a C-17 Globemaster III at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, Jan. 13, 2009. This is the first of five loads to the United Nations Mission in Darfur. The airmen are assigned to Travis Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet
01/15/2009 : STORM SEARCHERS
U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island search and rescue air crewmen are hoisted into an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during jump qualifications at Campbell Lake in Anacortes, Washington, Jan. 13, 2009. Seven crewmen earned their annual qualifications in jump status and direct deployment as well as one becoming qualified in rescue basket operation. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates
01/15/2009 : FAREWELL 'WORKOUT'
President George W. Bush displays a shirt presented to him by Navy Rear Adm. Edward G. Winters, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, during a farewell visit to the East Coast Naval Special Warfare commands in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Clark
01/15/2009 : KABUL PATROL
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Henry Baez, right, leads other soldiers as they conduct a foot patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2009. Baez and fellow soldiers are assigned to Delta Company Security Forces, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The patrol, known as a presence patrol, lets locals in the villages of Kabul know that the soldiers are in the area to provide support. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke S. Austin
01/15/2009 : DARFUR SUPPORT
Members of the Rwanda Defense Forces carry tents into the cargo hold of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in Kigali, Rwanda, Jan. 14, 2009. The Rwandan soldiers are preparing to deploy to Sudan in support of an African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission. About 150 tons of equipment, including the vehicles, purification systems, water trailers, tents and spare parts, will be airlifted by a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft to Rwandan peacekeepers. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet
01/15/2009 : SURFACE SYMPOSIUM
U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead speaks at the 21st annual Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Va., Jan. 14, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones
01/15/2009 : FUEL LINE
A U.S. Army soldier fuels a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during field training at Camp Shelby, Miss., Jan. 13, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The soldiers are conducting training in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen
01/15/2009 : MEASURING UP
Members of the Rwandan Defense Forces measure a water purification system prior to deploying to Sudan in support of an African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kigali, Rwanda, Jan. 13, 2009. About 150 tons of equipment, including heavy recovery vehicles, purification systems, water trailers, tents and spare parts, will be airlifted by a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft to Rwandan peacekeepers that are supporting the mission in Darfur. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet
01/15/2009 : COUNTER PIRACY
U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William Gortney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command briefs the press on the 5th Fleet operational situation, Task Force 151 and counter piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/15/2009 : FLAG CEREMONY
A flag detail of soldiers assigned to the 15th Engineer Battalion, stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, lowers the flag over Leighton Barracks in Wuerzburg for the final time, Jan. 14, 2009. The U.S. Army returned the installation to the host nation following the ceremony. U.S. Army photo by Mark Heeter
01/15/2009 : RAPTORS BRIEFED
U.S. Air Force Capt. Phil Lancaster briefs F-22A Raptor aircraft pilots prior to a mission on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 14, 2009. Lancaster is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron out of Langley Air Force Base, Va. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway
01/15/2009 : CACHE SEARCH
U.S. Army Spc. David Dempsey, right, talks with a member of the 1st Iraqi National Police Division during a combined operation, focused at identifying and removing illegal weapons caches in Istaqlal Qada, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2009. Dempsey and fellow soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Brad Willeford
01/15/2009 : NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert Ganim, an infantry platoon leader assigned to 4th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Multinational Division Baghdad, listens to an Iraqi resident of the Saydiyah community address security in his neighborhood and surrounding communities, Jan. 8, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams
01/15/2009 : APACHE PACKAGED
U.S. Army soldiers begin loading an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter onto an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 10, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Loading of a single Apache on the C-17 requires the 4 main rotor blades, stabilator and all radio antennas to be removed from the helicopter. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski
01/14/2009 : NAVY vs. NHL ALUMNI
Retired National Hockey League star Marty McSorley coaches a hockey team comprised of sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Kings Alumni team, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jan. 8, 2009. The exhibition game preceded the regulation NHL game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac
01/14/2009 : SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson, Multi-National Force – Iraq senior enlisted leader, chats and praises a soldier serving with 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at Joint Security Station Sadr City, Jan. 13, 2009, during a tour throughout the Striker Brigade’s operational environment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Whitney Houston
01/14/2009 : SHARING A LAUGH
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson, Multi-National Force – Iraq senior enlisted leader, jokes with soldiers serving with 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, and 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, at Joint Security Station Ur, Jan. 13, 2009, during a battlefield circulation conducted throughout northeast Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Whitney Houston
01/14/2009 : IWO JIMA APPROACH
A landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit 4 embarks aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, Persian Gulf, Jan. 9, 2009. The USS Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryant Kurowski
01/14/2009 : URIBE MEETING
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, talks to President Alvaro Uribe, of Colombia, during a closed door luncheon at the Pentagon, Jan. 14, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess
01/14/2009 : VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT IN KIRKUK
Vice president-elect Joe Biden meets soldiers and Senior Airman Steven Brown, Jan. 13, 2009, at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. Brown is assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Lockoski
01/14/2009 : SAINT CHARLES AWARD
President Alvaro Uribe, of Colombia, awards Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates the Order of St. Charles award for services to Colombia, at the Pentagon, Jan. 14, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess
01/14/2009 : THE THREE CHAIRMANS
Retired U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, current Chairman U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, 15th chairman, pose for a photo at the conclusion of Pace's portrait unveiling at the Pentagon, Jan. 13, 2009. The portrait of Pace, which places the former senior military leader on a simple red background, is now on display in the Pentagon along with portraits of other former chairmen. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
01/14/2009 : TRENCH TRAVEL
U.S. Army Spc. Brett Devlin helps Sgt. Lissette Chaidez over a trench during a foot patrol through villages near the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2009. Devlin and Chaidez are assigned to Delta Company Security Forces, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The patrol, known as a presence patrol, lets locals in the villages of Kabul know that they're in their area to provide support. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke S. Austin
01/14/2009 : CAPITAL RECRUITERS
The U.S. Navy Recruiting Command's 2008 Recruiters of the Year receive a tour of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2009. The annual awards program treats top recruiters to visits of historical sites and meetings with senior Navy leaders. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Russell
01/13/2009 : PACE'S PORTRAIT
Retired U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, stands with artist Peter E. Egeli, left, who painted the portrait of Pace which was unveiled in a ceremony in the Pentagon, Jan. 13, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/13/2009 : PLAN OF ACTION
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert Ganim, a platoon leader assigned to the 22nd Infantry Regiment's Company B, 1st Battalion, discusses the plan of action for early morning combined cordon and search operations Jan. 8, 2009, with 2nd Lt. Hamed, 1st Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, in the Saydiyah community of the Rashid district in southern Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Williams
01/13/2009 : TUG ALONG
The ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island is escorted by tug boats to her berth at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Jan. 9, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen
01/13/2009 : MAP IT OUT
An Iraqi soldier plots coordinates out to see where a mortar should land if fired during a course at Forward Operating Base Echo, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas
01/13/2009 : SERVICE AWARD
Dov S. Zakheim, left, representing the Nixon Center and Susan Eisenhower, right, president, the Eisenhower Group, present U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the Nixon Center 2008 Distinguished Service Award, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009. The award is given each year to an American or foreign leader who, in the spirit of non-partisanship and enlightened national interest, has helped to shape the world of the 21st century. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/13/2009 : MULLEN'S HONOR
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives a speech after receiving the Nixon Center 2008 Distinguished Service Award, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009. The award is given each year to an American or foreign leader who, in the spirit of non-partisanship and enlightened national interest, has helped to shape the world of the 21st century. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/13/2009 : PARADE PRACTICE
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian L. Barnhart, a snare drummer assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's Fife and Drum Corps, trails the ensemble down Sheridan Avenue, Jan. 9, 2009, on Fort Myer, Va., during rehearsal for President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural parade Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. Fifty-eight members of the Fife and Drum Corps will be marching in the inaugural parade - the largest number of members in the Fife and Drum Corps' history. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
01/13/2009 : BIG BIRD
Members of the Freestone family - Justin, 7 , Josh, 4 and Brandi, 4 - watch as B-52B fuselage from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., makes its way down Wyoming Blvd. to an off-base location. U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Berenger
01/13/2009 : VICKSBURG VIEW
The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Vicksburg performs a defense formation aside the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eiseinhower during the Carrier Strike Group 8 composite unit training exercise, COMPTUEX, while under way in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 9, 2008. COMPTUEX is a training exercise to test capabilities and ensure readiness prior to deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Aaron Shelley
01/13/2009 : REMEMBERING BATTLE
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Tommy A. Rigsby of Abbeville, La., and 2nd Lt. Mark W. Castillon of New Orleans, executive officer of the 141st Field Artillery Regiment's B Battery, 1st Battalion, present wreaths honoring the fallen soldiers of the Battle of New Orleans on the Jan. 8, 2009, anniversary of the battle. The wreaths were displayed in front of the city's Andrew Jackson statue. The Battle of New Orleans was the final major battle of the War of 1812. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Beyonka Joseph
01/12/2009 : SWEEPING VIEW
U.S. Army Cpl. Oscar Tovar takes a knee during a sweep to check Main Supply Route Tampa for improvised explosive devices as part of an un-mounted route clearance, outside of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Jan 3, 2009. Tovar is assigned to 172nd Infantry Brigade's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman
01/12/2009 : HAPPY MAN
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Willkomm, human resources technician, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, holds a plaque presented by actresses DeAnna Pappas, Rachel Smith and Christine Lakin during the Ambassadors of Hollywood Tour at Camp Echo, Iraq. Jan. 9, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Burger
01/12/2009 : IRAQI POLICE DAY
Iraqi Police bearing their nation’s flags march across the parade field during a celebration of IP Day in downtown Diwaniya Jan. 8. “The IP are progressing. They’re doing very well. They’ve come a tremendous way from what they were a few years ago especially, but even from a few months ago,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Cardinale, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division commander. The battalion is currently working to help professionalize the I U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Seth Barham
01/12/2009 : SHULLA SHOP
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Valkovic, front, along with an interpreter, meet with a local shop owner in the Shulla neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, Jan. 8, 2009. Valkovic is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Whelan
01/12/2009 : BLACKSTONE DROP
An MV-22B Osprey drops parachuting Marines above Blackstone Army Airfield outside of Fort Pickett, Va. Jan. 10, 2009. The Marines are assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Epright
01/12/2009 : ELECTION MATTERS
Iraqi sheiks and Balad City Council members meet with U.S. military members to discuss plans and security for the upcoming elections in Balad, Iraq, Jan. 8, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen
01/12/2009 : VICKSBURG REFUELS
The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg takes on fuel during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn, while under way in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 10, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Marc D. Schron
01/12/2009 : TRANSPORT
Members of the Costa Rican Red Cross transport a 65-year-old female earthquake victim from a Joint Task Force-Bravo helicopter to a waiting ambulance Jan. 10, 2009, in San Miguel, Costa Rica. Four JTF-Bravo helicopters and 34 American servicemembers deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, at the request of the Costa Rican government to provide lifesaving support to those affected by the earthquake. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park
01/12/2009 : EARTHQUAKE VICTIM
Members of the Costa Rican Red Cross load an earthquake victim with a broken leg into an ambulance, Jan. 10, 2009, in San Miguel, Costa Rica. The man was rescued by Joint Task Force-Bravo members via an UH-60 Blackhawk. Four JTF-Bravo helicopters and 34 American servicemembers deployed from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, at the request of the Costa Rican government in order to provide lifesaving support to those affected by the earthquake. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Candace Park
01/12/2009 : STREET SMILES
U.S. Army Cpl. Robert Minter talks with an Iraqi man and his son during a patrol in the Sumar section of Diwaniyah, Iraq, Jan. 4, 2009. Minter is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas
01/11/2009 : THANKING TROOPS
Vice President-Elect Joe Biden shares a laugh with troops deployed to the International Security Assistace Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2009. Biden thanked the troops for their service. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brenda Nipper
01/11/2009 : NEWEST CARRIER
President George W. Bush addresses the audience at the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. The Navy's newest, and final, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is named after the 41st president of the United States and World War II naval aviator. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/11/2009 : BATTERY SALUTE
Sailors fire the saluting battery in honor of President George W. Bush at the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. The Navy's newest, and final, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is named after the 41st president of the United States and World War II naval aviator. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/11/2009 : MANNING THE RAILS
Sailors run across the flight deck to man the rails and bring the ship to life at the commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/11/2009 : 41ST PRESIDENT
Navy Lt. Cmdr. George Brickhouse, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, accepts a long glass symbolizing the setting of the first watch from former President George H.W. Bush during the ship's commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Bush delivered the keynote address at the commissioning. The Navy's newest, and final, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is named after the World War II naval aviator and 41st president of the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah P. Blechner
01/11/2009 : COMING ALIVE
Sailors march in formation at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009, in the coming-alive ceremony during the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The coming-alive ceremony is a time-honored tradition where the crew takes up positions throughout the ship showing the ship is ready to go to sea. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joel S. Kolodziejczak
01/11/2009 : FATHER AND SON
U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin E. O'Flaherty, left, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, stands next to President George W. Bush for a 21-gun salute during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah P. Blechner
01/11/2009 : BIDEN IN KABUL
Vice President-Elect Joe Biden, right, speaks with U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan 10, 2009. Biden received a brief from McKiernan and thanked the troops for their service. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brenda Nipper
01/11/2009 : RENDERING HONORS
Members of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee standing in for newly-elected officials render honors as the U.S. Joint Color Guard passes in review during a full-dress rehearsal for the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11. 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/11/2009 : PARADE REHEARSAL
Participants in the full-dress rehearsal of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Dallas
01/11/2009 : FULL-DRESS MARINES
U.S. Marine Corps participants in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade rehearsal make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day, U.S. Air Force
01/11/2009 : CAPITOL REHEARSAL
U.S. troops prepare for a full-dress presidential inauguration rehearsal at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women from the armed services are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
01/11/2009 : OBAMA STAND-IN
Army Staff Sgt. Derrick Brooks, who serves with 741st Military Intelligence on Fort Meade, Md., stands in for President-elect Barack Obama during a presidential inauguration full-dress rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. Stand-ins for the president, vice president and their families were selected due to height, weight, gender and ethnicity similarities, according to Air Force Maj. Andra Higgs, action officer with the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. DoD photo by Marine Lance Cpl. Bryan G. Carfrey
01/11/2009 : REHEARSAL MANAGEMENT
U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Fouts, an Armed Forces Inaugural Committee member helps manage operations at the U.S. Capitol prior to the 56th Presidential Inauguration rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. The committee carries on a tradition, dating back more than 200 years, of honoring the new commander in chief by providing military ceremonial support to inaugurations. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/11/2009 : FINAL TOUCHES
U.S. Navy Seaman Recruit Casey Chadwick, left, and Seaman Recruit Seth Taylor, both members of the honor guard, make final touches to their uniforms at the U.S. Capitol for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. More than 5,000 troops are supporting the inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
01/09/2009 : YOU'RE 'IT'
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Martinez, assigned to the USS The Sullivans, runs from students during a game of tag at The Sullivans Elementary School at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Jan. 7, 2009. Sailors from The Sullivans visited the school during a port visit to Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Charles Oki
01/09/2009 : TURRET TARGETING
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Marcus Dryer fires a .50-caliber machine gun during marksmanship training near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Dec. 31, 2008. Dryer is assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 assigned to the task forces 9th Provisional Security Force. Marines with the squadron are on a seven-month deployment to Camp Lemonier providing security and force protection. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt
01/09/2009 : HOMECOMING HUGS
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Anderson hugs his children after returning from deployment in Kuwait to Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., Jan. 7, 2009. Anderson is assigned to the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
01/09/2009 : TALON MONITORING
Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Fisher monitors the lifting of an MC-130 Talon II aircraft using hydraulic jacks on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 7, 2009. Fisher, a crew chief, is assigned to the 15th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. The Talon II, from 15th Special Operations Squadron, is undergoing rigorous heat testing at Eglin’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter
01/09/2009 : PREP WORK
U.S. service members of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee participate in a large-scale map exercise at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2008. The committee is a joint-service organization responsible for providing military ceremonial support to the 56th Presidential Inauguration, which will take place on Jan. 20, 2009. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel J. Calderon
01/09/2009 : BOXES OF GRATITUDE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Erica Tapia picks up a load of Operation Gratitude care packages in Hangar Bay Two aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt while underway in the Gulf of Oman Jan. 8, 2009. Operation Gratitude seeks to lift troops' morale by sending care packages containing food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation to individual servicemembers deployed overseas. DoD photo by Navy Seaman Andrew Skipworth
01/09/2009 : REGIMENT'S THANKS
Rebecca RisCassi, right, senior spouse of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, and Bianca Gomez, junior spouse of the regiment, cut a cake during the Freedom Team Salute ceremony in Vilseck, Germany, Jan. 8, 2009. All spouses of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment were honored for their sacrifices during their soldier's 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. DoD photo by Army Spc. Pastora Y. Hall
01/09/2009 : LEJEUNE HOWITZER
U.S. Marines from Artillery Battery, Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2st Battalion, 6nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, N.C., fire a round from an M-777 155 mm lightweight towed howitzer during sustainment training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Jan. 7, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob W. Chase
01/09/2009 : REHEARSAL
U.S. sailors walk alongside Pre-Commissioning Unit George H.W. Bush, docked in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 7, 2009, during a rehearsal for the aircraft carrier's commissioning ceremony. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Jan. 10 at Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Navy Seaman Joel S. Kolodziejczak
01/09/2009 : NEARLY HOME
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Anderson of the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, with his family, exits Hector International Airport, Fargo, N.D. Jan. 7, 2009, after his return from deployment in Kuwait. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
01/09/2009 : TOP NAVY RECRUITERS
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West talks with Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Urban, left, and Senior Chief Tom Jones during the Recruiters of the Year award ceremony at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., Jan. 7, 2009. The sailors are on a five-day visit for the annual program. U.S. Navy photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos
01/09/2009 : PRESIDENT-ELECT GREETINGS
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama greets Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Day as he meets members of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 2008. AFIC is a joint-service organization responsible for providing military ceremonial support to the 56th Presidential Inauguration, which will take place Jan. 20. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Niemi
01/09/2009 : GREAT WHITE FLEET
A ceremony held aboard USS Barry, Jan. 9, 2009, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the “Great White Fleet” voyage, a historic U.S. Navy goodwill voyage around the world that included a stop in Valetta, Malta, in January 1909. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rosa Larson
01/09/2009 : PRE-INAUGURATION CHAT
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay, deputy chairman of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, meets U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 2008. AFIC carries on a tradition, which dates back more than 200 years, of honoring the new commander in chief by providing military ceremonial support to inaugurations. DoD photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Niemi
01/09/2009 : PRECIOUS MOMENTS
An Army soldier had a chance to spend a few moments with his loved one outside Howze Theater on Fort Hood, Texas, before heading off to Gray Army Airfield, Jan. 3, 2009. The soldier is assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
01/09/2009 : CARGO CARRIER
U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Matthew Rinehart and Rosie Munoz stand near a C-130 Hercules on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2008. Rinehart and Munoz, assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, serve on the aircraft's Fly Away Security Team. They provide ground security for the aircraft as it loads and unloads cargo on unsecured airfields. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Epley
01/09/2009 : CANINE CABIN
U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Barriere and Buddy, a military working dog, ride in a helicopter as part of their training on Camp Echo, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2009. Barriere is assigned to 4th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The training acclimates the dogs to flying in a helicopter so they can conduct a mission after landing. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/08/2009 : GENERAL APPRECIATION
Iraqi Army Brig. Gen. Ghasson, left, shakes the hand of U.S. Army Capt. Charcillea Barrett to show appreciation for coalition help with coordinating a blood drive for the Baswari Medical Services in Basrah, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre McIntyre
01/08/2009 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
James R. Schlesinger, chairman of the Secretary of Defense Task Force on Nuclear Weapons Management, discusses his team's recommendations at a Pentagon press conference, Jan. 8, 2009. Two task force members, retired U.S. Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, and Frank Miller, center, President Bush's senior director for defense policy and arms control at the National Security Council, participate in the briefing. DoD photo by R. D. Ward
01/08/2009 : GEORGIAN MINISTER
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon arrival ceremony for Georgian Defense Minister Vasil Sikharulidze at the Pentagon, Jan. 8, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/08/2009 : DEFENSE LEADERS
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Vasil Sikharulidze at the Pentagon, Jan. 8, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
01/08/2009 : PIPED ABOARD
Former president George H.W. Bush salutes the side boys as he is piped aboard his namesake aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush on Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 8, 2009. The ship will be commissioned Jan. 10, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan A. Bailey
01/08/2009 : READY, SET, PUSH!
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Pfc. John Napier, right, and Cory Butner, left, get set to push off during one of four heats in the two-man U.S. National Bobsled Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2009. The duo earned a spot in the 2009 World Championships, scheduled to begin Feb. 20 in Lake Placid, with a four-heat cumulative winning time of 3 minutes, 45.87 seconds. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
01/08/2009 : CRAB CRAWL
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zachary J. Sankey performs the high crawl portion of the combat fitness test conducted during sustainment training on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Jan. 3, 2009. Sankey is assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Command Element, which is currently deployed in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob W. Chase
01/08/2009 : SEAHAWK HOOK UP
An SH-60B Seahawk helicopterfrom conducts a vertical replenishment with Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe in the Indian Ocean, Dec. 27, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky
01/08/2009 : GLOBAL HEALTH
Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, spoke to an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jan. 7, 2009, in Washington, D.C., about the U.S. military's role in global health. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
01/08/2009 : BUDDY STRETCH
U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Barriere directs Buddy, a military working dog, to search sandbags during a training mission on Camp Echo, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2009. Barriere is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/08/2009 : TWILIGHT TRAVEL
U.S. Army soldiers prepare to clear local routes on Camp Echo, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The soldiers look for improvised explosive devices and other hazards to make the routes safer for other convoys. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/08/2009 : CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Tasha, a member of the U.S. Army's Human Terrain Team, visits with Iraqi women and children in a small village outside Samarra, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2009. The team includes civilian social scientists trained in cultural data research and analysis. U.S. Army photo by Ian M. Terry
01/08/2009 : POINT AND SHOOT
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Wesley Gause demonstrates how to properly aim an M-16 rifle to Iraqi army soldiers during a medical training exercise in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 27, 2008. Gause is assigned to U.S. Marines 0731 Military Training Team. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati
01/07/2009 : MR. FREEZE
A U.S. Air Force airman checks the temperature as he heads back to his vehicle on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 5, 2009. The recent cold spell that has hit the interior of Alaska has had sub-zero temperatures dropping into the -50's and -60's during hours of darkness. Many precautions have been taken to maintain the mission while considering the safety of Eielson's airmen. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Laura Max
01/07/2009 : BLIZZARD BLASTERS
Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 141st Air Refueling Wing use graders as snow removal vehicles to clear roads in Spokane, Wash. The airmen have been clearing roads in the area since Dec. 30, 2008. In response to record snowfall in the area as of Jan. 7, 2009, Washington National Guard officials plan to mobilize up to 200 citizen soldiers and airmen to continue the snow-removal mission. U.S. Army photo by Washington National Guard
01/07/2009 : WET WHISTLE
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joe Reynalds performs while marching in the rain with other musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band on the flightline on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 7, 2009. The musicians are preparing to march in President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural parade. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo
01/07/2009 : COMMANDER'S POSE
U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, poses for a photo with a wounded servicemember after attending the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell to President George W. Bush on Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
01/07/2009 : ROUTE CLEARANCE
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William Atwell and Sgt. Steve Torres from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, investigate a hole during a route clearance mission outside Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman
01/07/2009 : DISASTER TRAINING
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Romaniec slides under a steel grate through the mud to exit a tunnel of debris. Romaniec was working with other Marines and sailors inside the tunnel to free a mock survivor during the collapsed building exercise. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
01/07/2009 : YEAR OF THE NCO
Army Secretary Pete Geren, left, U.S. Congressman Silvestre Reyes, second from left, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., right and Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, far right, announce the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer during a press conference, Jan. 5, 2009, at the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. Photo courtesy of Fort Bliss Public Affairs
01/07/2009 : 'FLAG LADY' FINGERS
Christine Upchurch, left, and Maria Martins work together to embroider a new vice presidential flag at the Defense Logistics Agency’s supply center in Philadelphia, Jan. 7, 2009. Defense Logistics Agency photo
01/07/2009 : VIP VISIT
President-elect Barack Obama visits with Marines and sailors during their holiday meal Dec. 25, 2008, at the Anderson Mess Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Obama spent the holidays vacationing in Hawaii prior to taking office on Jan. 20. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alesha R. Guard
01/07/2009 : ACADEMY ADDRESS
Noncommissioned officers react during a speech by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., at the Army's Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Jan. 5, 2009. Casey visited the class of senior NCOs to share his perspectives and address their questions. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
01/07/2009 : CELEBRATION
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, (right) is greeted by Iraqi Defense Attache Staff Brig. Gen. Ismael H. Alsodani (left) and Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Samir Al Sumaidaie at the celebration marking the 88th anniversary of the creation of the Iraqi armed forces, Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2009. Mullen spoke to the gathering thanking the Iraqi people for their sacrifice and reiterated the bond that the two countries have in defending democratic principals. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
01/07/2009 : MUD SPLASH
Students in the basic course at the Chemical, Biological Incident Response Force remove debris at the opening as they try to enter a simulated building collapse in search of survivors at Indian Head, Md., Dec. 18, 2008. More than 400 Marines, sailors and civilians are assigned to the specialized unit that trains around the United States to decontaminate and extract victims from a disaster site. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
01/07/2009 : SOND CHARA SUNSET
British Royal Marine Commandos take part in Operation Sond Chara, the clearance of Nad-e Ali District of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan by Afghan National Security Forces and troops deployed with the International Security Assistance Force 42-Commando, Dec. 29, 2008. The operation's goal was to bring stabilzation to the district, increase security for Lashkar Gah and set safe conditions for voter registration later this year. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Scott Rafoss
01/06/2009 : NEW YEAR NOTES
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn Herd enters the New Year's Day entry into the deck log aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt as the clock strikes midnight, Jan. 1, 2009, while under way in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder
01/06/2009 : HONORING ANTHEMS
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte stand as both the Iraqi and U.S. national anthems are played during a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Derren J. Mazza
01/06/2009 : MARKET MUNCHIES
U.S. Army Spc. Philip Sobczak watches the market on a joint patrol with Iraqi police during Iraqi Police Sustainment Training in Haswah, Iraq, Dec. 30, 2008. Sobczak is assigned to the230th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman
01/06/2009 : PERSIAN PATTERNS
The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage transits through the Persian Gulf, Dec. 22, 2008. The USS Ramage is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Michael Clemente
01/06/2009 : TACTICAL TELEPHONE
U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Pike, left, and Staff Sgt. Altaf Swati setup a tactical satellite radio to check on the progress of several schools being built in Afak, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2008. Pike and Swati are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The Iraqi government is paying for the school construction projects. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/06/2009 : COMMAND CENTRAL
U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Stacey relays commands to line handlers during an underway replenishment with the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Lewis & Clark aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 27, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Goodwin
01/06/2009 : LIVE-BURN LESSON
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Brody creates a simulated car fire for a live-burn exercise in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 24, 2008. Brody, chief assistant firefighter instructor, is deployed to the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron on Sather Air Base, Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Villanueva II
01/06/2009 : SWIM CALL
U.S. Navy sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt participate in a swim call in the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 2, 2009. The USS Theodore Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 are focused on reassuring regional partners about the United States' commitment to security. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Mann
01/06/2009 : WALKWAY
U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit depart the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima for sustainment training in the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Dec. 29, 2008. The USS Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Chad R. Erdmann
01/06/2009 : CAMEL COLLABORATION
U.S. Air Force Col. Donald Dickerson talks to a local national on an air base in Southwest Asia, Dec. 23, 2008. Dickerson is the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing host-nation coordination cell director. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady
01/06/2009 : DECK DASH
U.S. sailors participate in a New Year's Day 5-kilometer run on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima in the Persian Gulf, Jan. 1, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Starkey
01/06/2009 : OVERHEAD HAWK
An SH-60B Sea Hawk lowers pallets onto the fantail of the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba during a vertical replenishment with the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf in the Indian Ocean, Dec. 27, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky
01/06/2009 : SCHOOL PROGRESS
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Craig Strahm provides security during a patrol to check on the progress of schools under construction in Diwaniyah, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2008. Strahm is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/06/2009 : ASSAULT SPLASH
Amphibious assault vehicles from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark from the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 29, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Flordeliz Valerio
01/06/2009 : COW COVER
U.S. Army Pvt. Gregory Lloyd searches for munitions near Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2008. Lloyd is assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman
01/06/2009 : TROOP INSPECTION
President George W. Bush inspects the troops at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute at Conmy Hall on Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also attended the event. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess
01/06/2009 : CEREMONIAL STANCE
The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard stands at parade rest during the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell to President George W. Bush on Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
01/06/2009 : SERVICE AWARD
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates awards the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to President George W. Bush at the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell to President on Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
01/06/2009 : PASS IN REVIEW
Left to right, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates render honors at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute Ceremony at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess
01/06/2009 : LAURA'S LAURELS
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates awards the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service to first lady Laura Bush at the Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell to President on Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 6, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
01/05/2009 : HOT HORNET
U.S. Navy Airman Logan Judd, an aviation boatswain's mate, mans the hot-tractor station as an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft launches from the flight deck aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Gulf of Oman, Dec. 29, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Remus Borisov
01/05/2009 : PARTNERSHIP TRAINING
High-speed vessel Swift 2 arrives in Port Antonio with Southern Partnership Station to begin training with the Jamaican Defense Force in a variety of topics, Port Antonio, Jamaica, Jan. 4, 2009. Southern Partnership Station is a training mission working with Central American, South American and Caribbean nations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Ball
01/05/2009 : SCHOOL VISIT
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Makaiwa Gunn, left, and Staff Sgt. Travis Drudge prepare to visit schools in Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 30, 2008. Gunn and Drudge are assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen
01/05/2009 : EMBASSY EVENT
U.S. Marines raise the American flag during the dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2009. The Marines are assigned to the Marine Security Detachment of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Derren J. Mazza
01/05/2009 : SOLDIER-HEROES
Soldier-Heroes who received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star or Purple Heart enter the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 3, 2009, before the start of the Army-sponsored All-American Bowl all-star football contest. A total of 85 soldiers from active duty, the reserve and National Guard represented Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Benjamin Faske
01/05/2009 : SUPPLY SIDE
U.S. Marines hook a shipping container with more than 20,000 pounds of supplies to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on Forward Operating Base Delaram, Afghanistan, Jan. 2, 2009. The Marines are assigned to Helicopter Support Team Marine. The supplies will be used to construct a forward operating base or combat outpost. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso
01/05/2009 : NICE NOL
U.S. Army Spc. Alysha Clark, a veterinary technician, wears a protective bite suit while helping train Nol, a military working dog, as Sgt. Alshawn Johnson, a military working dog handler, yells a command on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 30, 2008. Johnson is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson
01/05/2009 : BAQUBAH CACHE
U.S. Army soldiers make their way to a weapons cache that was discovered by fellow soldiers during a patrol south of Baqubah, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear/ Weapons Intelligence Team, Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter J. Pels
01/05/2009 : ANTENNA REPAIR
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Chris Carter fixes an antenna on the rooftop of the 26th Brigade Iraqi army building in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 24, 2008. Carter is assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati
01/05/2009 : PERIMETER SCAN
U.S. Army Spc. Edgar Ruiz checks his perimeter during a roadside clearance mission of Main Supply Route Tampa near Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2008. Ruiz is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman
01/05/2009 : BONZAI BUDDIES
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Tommy Ryan gives a thumbs up to children in the Hussaniyah town of the Istaqlal Qada, Iraq, after explaining the importance of reporting the location of illegal weapons during Operation Gunslinger Bonzai XXVI, Dec. 22, 2008. Ryan is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment,2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. J.B. Jaco III
01/05/2009 : SAN ANTONIO APPROACH
A landing craft air cushion prepares to embark aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 24, 2008. The USS San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Goodwin
01/05/2009 : MISSION BRIEF
U.S. Army Maj. Craig Bowser briefs Iraqi soldiers before the day's mission on Camp Basra in Basra, Iraq, Jan. 1, 2009. Bowser is assigned to the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Karah Cohen
01/05/2009 : WELL DONE!
U.S Army 1st Sgt. David Bernosky congratulates an Iraqi soldier on a job well done in Basra, Iraq, Jan. 1, 2009. Bernosky is assigned to the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Karah Cohen
01/04/2009 : HOSE REMOVAL
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caroline Kraus, left, and Tech. Sgt. Carlos Sanchez remove an air cart hose from a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft before its launch from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 30, 2008. Kraus and Sanchez are both assigned to the 36th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Andersen and are deployed from Minot AFB, N.D. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald
01/04/2009 : HAND HELLO
U.S. Army Spc. Amber Stephens greets Iraqi children near the site of one of three schools under construction in Budayr, Iraq, Dec. 23, 2008. Stephens is assigned to the 982nd Combat Camera Company. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric Harris
01/04/2009 : WEAPONS TESTING
U.S. Marines wait for permission to fire their weapons during their test fire, Camp Baharia, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2008. The Marines are assigned to Security Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group. The company conducts a test fire of all weapons systems before every mission to ensure they are in working order and will fire when they are required. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler B. Barstow
01/04/2009 : HELMAND PATROL
U.S. Marines conduct a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2008. The Marines are assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Pete Thibodeau
01/04/2009 : PARACHUTE BALL
A U.S. Army parachutist drops in to deliver the game ball before the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game between the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Houston at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Forth Worth, Texas, Dec. 31, 2008. The academy lost, 34-28. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
01/04/2009 : WATER WALK
U.S. Army Pfc. Kyle Lauth walks along a flooded neighborhood while searching for illegal weapon caches in Istaqlal Qada’s Hussaniyah, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2008. Lauth is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. JB Jaso
01/04/2009 : MEDICAL SECURITY
U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Ansley provides security during a medical mission in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. Ansley and fellow soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment. During the mission, Iraqi doctors provide free medical care to local Iraqi residents. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James Selesnick
01/02/2009 : PAPER PATROL
U.S. Air Force Sgt. Eli "Doc" Miller hands out newspapers during a walking patrol to meet Iraqi civilians in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. Miller is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Todd Frantom
01/02/2009 : HOT SPOT
Gabriel Byers, a welder from Utica, N.Y., completes repairs on a Stryker vehicle inside the battle damage repair facility on Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Dec. 23, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Dustin Senger
01/02/2009 : GOING MY WAY
Local Iraqis greet U.S. Army Pvt. Michael Cannon as he assists Iraqi soldiers in providing security in Qassan City in Babil, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2008. Cannon is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas
01/02/2009 : RAISING THE FLAG
The Iraqi army, Iraqi National Police and U.S. soldiers watch the Iraqi national flag as it is raised above Joint Security Station Salamiyat, west of Baghdad, Jan. 1, 2009. The raising of the flag symbolizes the implementation of the new security agreement. The U.S. soldiers are with Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, “Gimlets,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Christopher Smith
01/02/2009 : FOUND FLAG
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jason Behler unfolds an American flag found buried in an abandoned lot in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district, Iraq, Dec. 23, 2008. Behler is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Hodge
01/02/2009 : STREET STRYKER
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rodriquez Cruell patrols the streets of Hussaniyah, Iraq, while a Stryker armored vehicle follows, Dec. 29, 2008. Cruell is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. JB Jaso
01/02/2009 : HUSSANIYAH HIKE
U.S. Army soldiers depart a Hussaniyah neighborhood after searching for illegal weapons caches in northeast Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. JB Jaso
01/02/2009 : CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
Afghan National Army soldiers and local villagers cross the Chutu Bridge shortly after opening ceremonies with coalition forces in Uruzgon, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2008. The Chutu Bridge connects communities in the Helmand River region. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. John Gay
01/02/2009 : GLOBEMASTER LOAD
U.S. Air Force airmen load a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter onto a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft on Ali Base, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2008. The airmen are assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Logistic Readiness Squadron. As an Army unit rotates out and another unit arrives, the 407th is responsible for overseeing the loading and unloading of equipment. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Griffin
01/02/2009 : PALACE PERIMETER
U.S. Army soldiers visit a palace once owned by Saddam Hussein in the Makhul mountains in Bayji, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen
01/02/2009 : THUMBS UP
U.S. Marines give a thumbs up as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to ascend over Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 19, 2008. Everyone in the landing zone must give the signal before the helicopter can take off. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alicia R. Giron
01/02/2009 : CEREMONIAL CUT
U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Chutu Bridge in Uruzgon, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2008. The bridge will increase economic development in the Helmand River region. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. John Gay
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