Lead Photo Images
12/18/2014 : VERTICAL ASSAULT
Cpl. David Jorgenson as infantry Marines conduct a vertical assault into a simulated urban setting in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines and Sailors are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. DoD screen shot
12/18/2014 : FALLING STARS
A U.S. Marine watches 81mm illumination mortar rounds fall during exercise Red Reef 15 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec 12, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman
12/18/2014 : LADDER CLIMB
Air National Guard Maj. Phillip Stein boards a F-16C Fighting Falcon before a training mission on Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., Dec. 17, 2014. Stein, an F-16 pilot, is assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
12/18/2014 : FIRST SALUTE
Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Smallwood, left, receives his first salute as an officer from Army Master Sgt. Jeramie Woodall on Clemson University's Military Heritage Plaza in Clemson, S.C., Dec. 17, 2014. The service members served together as noncommissioned officers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar
12/18/2014 : MUTUAL IMPORTANCE
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from left, meets with Philip Dunne, the British Defense Ministry’s minister for equipment, support and technology, second from right, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, Dec. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/18/2014 : PRESS BRIEFING
Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, conducts a press briefing on the mission and provided an update on operations to members of the media at the Pentagon, Dec. 18, 2014. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/18/2014 : DEFENSE OFFICIALS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work greets Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces as he arrives at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., to discuss matters of mutual importance, Dec. 18, 2014. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/18/2014 : NIGHT SKY
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher lights up its mast during night-delayed landing qualifications with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec 15, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez
12/18/2014 : SANTA'S SLEIGH
Santa rides in a U.S. Army Humvee after dropping from an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to deliver toys at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. The operation delivered toys donated by the Kaiserslautern military community to less fortunate children. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
12/17/2014 : HOMECOMING PROPOSAL
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Strother proposes to Brittney Apperson during a homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts in Mayport, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Wiss
12/17/2014 : MARINE OFFLOAD
U.S. Marines exit from a CH-53E Super Stallion on the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan
12/17/2014 : HELPING SOLDIERS
Gail McCabe reports on how U.S. soldiers are helping Afghan soldiers develop stronger fighting skills in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. DoD screen shot
12/17/2014 : FAST RESPONSE
Coast Guardsmen fast rope on to the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores off the coast of Miami, Dec. 16, 2014. The team is assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.
12/17/2014 : COMMANDER'S CALL
Air Force Col. Robert A. Meyer Jr. addresses New Jersey Air National Guard airmen during a commander’s call on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 14, 2014. Meyer is the 108th Wing commander. New Jersey Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen
12/17/2014 : GREEN LENS
A soldier looks through binoculars at a simulated enemy target before calling in an airstrike during the evaluation phase of the Expert Infantryman Badge test at the Rosepine Training Site, Fort Polk, La., Dec. 8, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Edge
12/17/2014 : FLARE TRAINING
Coast Guard members conduct flare training on Plum Island, Mass., Dec. 15, 2014. The Coast Guardsmen are assigned to the Coast Guard Sector Boston, Coast Guard Station Merrimack River and the First Coast Guard District. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class MyeongHi Clegg
12/16/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from right, meets with Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko, second from left, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, Dec. 16, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/16/2014 : OBAMA VISIT
President Barack Obama spends time with an audience of 3,000 service members, military families, civic leaders and elected officials inside a Marine Corps hangar on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. The president visited the base to thank troops for their service. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris
12/16/2014 : FAST ROPING
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Randy James explains how Marines train for fast rope insertions in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines and sailors are assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. DoD screen shot
12/16/2014 : AIRMEN SHADOWS
Air Force airmen practice a three-volley rifle salute on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 10, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham
12/16/2014 : HOT BRASS
Marine Corps Pfc. Roberto Pena fires an M249 squad automatic weapon during a realistic urban training exercise on Camp Roberts, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. Pena is assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry
12/16/2014 : FOOT PATROL
U.S. Marines lead a foot patrol during exercise Forest Light 15-1 on Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan, Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Peace
12/16/2014 : GIFT GIVER
Army Maj. Jodee Aubol, right, gives a gift to Elizabeth Graham at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D., Dec. 12, 2014. Aubol is assigned to the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
12/16/2014 : FLARE LAUNCH
C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler
12/16/2014 : IRON STRIKE
Army Spc. Macmillan Ekedede fires a round downrange during Exercise Iron Strike on Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 8, 2014. Ekedede, an assistant gunner, is assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division Artillery. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chris Perkey
12/16/2014 : PUSHING DIRT
Sailors conduct a flight deck wash down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 13, 2014. Peleliu is on its final regularly-scheduled western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan J. Batchelder
12/15/2014 : AIRLIFT OPERATIONS
U.S. soldiers attach cargo to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Liberia, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission was to airlift incinerators to a new Ebola treatment unit built in support of Operation United Assistance. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brien Vorhees
12/15/2014 : MISSILE FIRING
U.S. Marines fire a Javelin anti-tank missile during an anti-armor workshop in Balti, Moldova, Dec. 12, 2014. The exercise integrated U.S. Marines with Moldovan soldiers and they practiced with various weapons. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chad McMeen
12/15/2014 : TROOP MESSAGE
President Barack Obama speaks to troops on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014, to thank them for their service. DoD video still
12/15/2014 : DECK LANDING
An MV-22B Osprey aircraft lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, to embark Marines on the ship, in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 13, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Shelby M. Tucker
12/15/2014 : FLAG FOLDING
U.S. Seaman JaCade Jones folds the U.S. flag aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 14, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez
12/15/2014 : STAGGERED FORMATION
Twenty-four Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft prepare to take off on Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in support of exercise Joint Forcible Entry 14B, Dec. 6, 2014. Eleven of the aircraft are model C-130H Hercules and 13 are C-130J Super Hercules. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero
12/14/2014 : AMERICA'S GAME
Fans perform a card trick to spell out “America's Game” during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. Navy won 17-10, extending their winning streak against Army for the 13th straight year. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/14/2014 : NEVER QUIT
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y, cadets cheer as their team scores during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. Navy won 17-10, extending their winning streak against Army for the 13th straight year. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/14/2014 : ARMY FAN
A U.S. Military Academy fan cheers during the 115th Army- Navy football game at M &T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. Navy won 17-10, extending their winning streak against Army for the 13th straight year. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/14/2014 : NAVY WIN
Navy celebrates its 13th straight win against Army after the 115th Army-Navy football game in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. Navy won 17-10, extending its winning streak against Army for the 13th straight year. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/14/2014 : COUNTER PIRACY EXERCISE
The USS Sterett, left, transits alongside the CNS Yun Chang, right, and the CNS Chao Hu during U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15 in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 11, 2014. The Sterett is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, and is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve conducting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Coffer
12/14/2014 : GAME DAY PROMOTION
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promotes a soldier during the 115th Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
12/13/2014 : CADETS' MARCH
U.S. Military Academy cadets march onto the field for pregame activities during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/13/2014 : MIDSHIPMEN MARCH
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen tip their caps in formation on the field as part of pregame activities during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/13/2014 : SECRETARIAL COIN TOSS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel performs the opening coin toss during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/13/2014 : HAGEL GREETING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets a member of the Golden Knights parachute team as Army Secretary John McHugh looks on during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Marv Lynchard
12/13/2014 : HAGEL'S GAME PREVIEW
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discusses the rivalry before the 115th Army-Navy game in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. DoD screen shot
12/13/2014 : WREATH LAYERS
Volunteers prepare to unload a truck of wreaths on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Thousands of volunteers helped place about 700,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual event. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
12/13/2014 : BATTAGLIA REMARKS
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
12/13/2014 : ARLINGTON WREATHS
Holiday wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 remembrance wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
12/12/2014 : AUDIE MURPHY HONOR
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, left center, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, right center, stand as the Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club honors them during a ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Dec. 11, 2014. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
12/12/2014 : DEGRADED LIFT OFF
A C-17 Globemaster III takes off from a degraded airfield during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B at the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz
12/12/2014 : INVERTED MANEUVERS
Air Force Maj. Blaine Jones demonstrates aerial maneuvers during training, Dec. 10, 2014. Jones is assigned to the Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard
12/12/2014 : PEP RALLY
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applaud during a pep rally at the Pentagon, Dec. 12, 2014, for cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before the upcoming Army-Navy football game. The Army's mascot, a mule, looks on. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
12/12/2014 : GUARD ASSISTANCE
The California National Guard is opening its armories to residents seeking shelter after one of the worst storms in years hit the West Coast of the United States. DoD screen shot
12/12/2014 : MULE MOMENT
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work bonds with the Army's mule mascot during a pep rally for cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the Pentagon, Dec. 12, 2014, before the upcoming Army-Navy football game. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
12/12/2014 : HOWITZER LIFT
Marines prepare to attach an M777 Howitzer to a CH-53E Super Stallion as it hovers over the gun during Exercise Steel Knight 2015 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Landing Support Platoon, Truck Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 5. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore
12/12/2014 : SHOOTING SANTA
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wes Smith signals to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 11, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
12/12/2014 : AFTER BURNER
An aircraft engine is tested on the fantail of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2014. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erin Hamilton
12/12/2014 : PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Sylvester and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Mackenzie Poskevich add lubrication oil into an arresting gear wire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2014. Stennis is undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez
12/12/2014 : CRAFT PROJECT
Air Force Staff Sgt. Samantha Tellez does a crafts project with Lilly Walls while waiting for the Snowball Express Flight in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Dec. 11, 2014. Lilly’s father, Army Cpl. Jonathan Wall, was killed in action in Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2009. Tellez is assigned to the Arizona National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing. U.S. National Guard photo by Army Spc. Wes Parrell
12/11/2014 : HAGEL DEPARTURE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he prepares to depart the Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Dec. 10, 2014, after a visit to the Middle East. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/11/2014 : DELIVERING SUPPLIES
A U.S. soldier looks over the Liberian jungle from the ramp of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter after transporting Ebola treatment supplies to Ganta, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance, Dec. 9, 2014. The soldier is assigned to 1st Armored Division, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose Ramirez
12/11/2014 : NIGHT WORK
U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 5, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Newman
12/11/2014 : STATIC LINE
A Marine conducts a static line jump from a MV-22B Osprey aircraft during realistic urban training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. This Marine is assigned to the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
12/11/2014 : DIRECTING TRAFFIC
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathon Weimer directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 9, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez
12/11/2014 : FIGHTING POSITION
U.S. Airman 1st Class Anthony Hayes keeps guard at a defensive fighting position during Exercise Beverly Bulldog 15-1 on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Dec. 5, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Curry
12/11/2014 : UNLOADING CHRISTMAS
Soldiers work together to unload Christmas trees as they arrive at the Northwest Adventure Center during the "Trees for Troops" program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 2, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
12/11/2014 : CHAIRMAN'S SHAKE
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives a challenge coin to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Douglass during a USO holiday troop visit on Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Dec. 10, 2014. Dempsey visited the air base with the USO show troupe, which includes athletes, singers and actors. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin O’Shea
12/11/2014 : NAVY SPIRIT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel autographs a game ball during a pep rally for the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen before the upcoming Army-Navy football game at the Pentagon, Dec. 11, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
12/10/2014 : TAKING AIM
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Morris tells Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathaniel Morris where to aim the shot line during a replenishment at sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 5, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez
12/10/2014 : BURIAL AT SEA
Sailors conduct a burial at sea for deceased service members aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 6, 2014. The Bataan is conducting an underway evolution in preparation for a planned maintenance availability. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class RJ Stratchko
12/10/2014 : CLEAR RIGHT
U.S. Army paratroopers rehearse for a live-fire exercise during Exercise Rock Proof III on Pocek Range in Postonja, Slovenia, Dec. 2, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo
12/10/2014 : PERFECT LANDING
Marine Corps Maj. James S. Tanis lands an AV-8B Harrier during field carrier landing practice training on Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Dec. 5, 2014. Tanis is a naval aviator and executive officer assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. J. R. Heins
12/10/2014 : SING ALONG
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Goulden, left, Air Force Senior Airman Kris Gleason, center, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Erin Raggio, right, sing to residents with 47 fourth graders from the Seaview Elementary School in Linwood, N.J., during the 14th Annual Holiday "Songfest" at the Veterans Memorial Home on Vineland, N.J., Dec. 9, 2014. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen
12/10/2014 : LOADING COMPETITION
Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin Cooper competes in the Load Crew of the Year Competition on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 5, 2014. Cooper is a weapons loader assigned to the 354th Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford
12/10/2014 : SEA RESCUE
The Coast Guard Cutter Kiska prepares to tow a 25-foot sailboat and its owner Ron Ingraham to Kaunakakai, Hawaii, Dec. 9, 2014. Ingraham spent 12 days lost at sea aboard the sailboat in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo
12/10/2014 : PRESIDENTIAL DELIVERY
President Barack Obama participates in a Toys for Tots event on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/10/2014 : BAGS OF TOYS
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bring bags of toys to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/10/2014 : FIRST LADY'S HELPER
First Lady Michelle Obama introduces her new helper, President Barack Obama, at an event supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
12/09/2014 : SAILOR'S SALUTE
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Leland Harris renders a salute during an ash scattering ceremony held in honor of Pearl Harbor survivor Petty Officer 2nd Class Harvey E. Smith. Smith was serving on USS Ralph Talbot during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. Harris is assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham
12/09/2014 : TAKE OFF
An MH60-S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage as part of at-sea training in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 3, 2014. The Anchorage is participating in the first exploration flight test for NASA's Orion program. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Keen
12/09/2014 : TACTICAL LIGHTS
An MV-22B Osprey aircraft prepares for a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during realistic urban training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 7, 2014. The aircraft crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 Reinforced, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry
12/09/2014 : HISTORIC FORMATION
Arizona National Guard members from across the state stand in one formation for the first time in over a century during a community expo at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2014. More than 3,800 Guardsmen participated in the historic event. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour
12/09/2014 : TAG TEAM
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Vince Nicholford takes a moment to let Bery, his military working dog, rest on his shoulders on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 5, 2014. Nicholford, a master-at-arms, and Bery are assigned to security forces on Camp Lemonnier. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julia A. Casper
12/09/2014 : DEMPSEY VISIT
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tadd Gorman, right, commanding officer of the USS Ross explains the ship's recent patrol U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, and his wife, Deanie, during tour of the ship, on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey visited the ship along with athletes, singers and actors as part of the 2014 USO holiday tour, which includes stops throughout the European region. U.S. Navy photo by Morgan Over
12/09/2014 : SUPPLY DRAG
Navy Seaman Brian Hurley, left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class James Fitzpatrick, right, move supplies to the airborne mission zone during a vertical replenishment on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth underway in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 8, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos
12/09/2014 : MISSION'S END
The International Security Assistance Force Joint Command color guard marches during the the ISAF and U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps end-of-mission ceremony on North Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston
12/09/2014 : BAGHDAD BRIEFING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to reporters during a press briefing in Baghdad, Dec. 9, 2014. DoD photo
12/09/2014 : BAGHDAD ADDRESS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses service members during a visit to Baghdad, Dec. 9, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/09/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, meets with Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Ubaidi, right, to discuss matters of mutual importance during a visit to Iraq, Dec. 9, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/09/2014 : SHOW SMILES
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, listen to the USO holiday show on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
12/09/2014 : SINGING SOLDIERS
U.S. soldiers sing during a USO holiday show on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
12/09/2014 : WING WALKER
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Macheimer walks on the wing of a KC-130 Hercules aircraft performing pre-flight checks on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 2, 2014. Macheimer is a crew master assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves
12/09/2014 : MARINE TRANSPORT
Marines supervise the closing of the ramps on amphibious assault vehicles in preparation to depart the French Creek loading dock on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 2, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders
12/08/2014 : UNITED ASSISTANCE
Troops from Fort Bliss, Texas, are using their skills as helicopter pilots to support Operation United Assistance in Liberia, West Africa. DoD Screen shot
12/08/2014 : SPARKS
Jared Kennedy welds tracks used to transport a material holding tank in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Dec. 1, 2014. Kennedy is part of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard team conducting maintenance on the ship. The Ronald Reagan is undergoing a planned incremental availability maintenance period at Naval Base Coronado, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Torrian Neeman
12/08/2014 : TENDING LINES
Navy divers attach recovery lines to the Orion spacecraft crew module in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 5, 2014. The lines were used to guide the capsule into the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Seeber
12/08/2014 : KUWAIT TALK
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses U.S. service members during a visit on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 8, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/08/2014 : KUWAIT MEETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, right, at the Safir Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Dec. 8, 2014, DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/08/2014 : WRITING COORDINATES
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Carpenter writes down coordinates during Joint Terminal Attack Controller training in Barcis, Italy, Dec. 2, 2014. Carpenter is assigned to 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz
12/07/2014 : CHAIRMAN SELFIE
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a photo with a U.S. sailor while aboard the USS Ross on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey is visiting U.S. service members who are deployed outside the United States during the holidays. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
12/07/2014 : USO TOUR
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, open a USO show for U.S. service members and their families on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey is visiting U.S. service members who are deployed outside the United States during the holidays. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
12/07/2014 : TROOP TALK
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses service members on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/07/2014 : KUWAIT ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center right, walks with Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mohammad Al-Khoder as he arrives at the Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait, Dec. 7, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : KABUL ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks with U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : CHANGE OF COMMAND
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, stands with Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. during a change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 5, 2014. Jacoby relinquished command to Navy Adm. William E. Gortney. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
12/06/2014 : ANDREWS DEPARTURE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he boards an aircraft to depart Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 5, 2014, to travel to Afghanistan. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : PRESS CONFERENCE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on board an aircraft as they travel to Afghanistan, Dec. 5, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : BILATERAL RELATIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center left, meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center right, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : LEADER REMARKS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani conduct a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/06/2014 : TROOP VISIT
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits U.S. service members at the International Security Assistance Force dining facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/05/2014 : CARTER NOMINATION
Ashton B. Carter offers remarks after President Barack Obama nominated Carter to serve as the next defense secretary during an event at the White House, Dec. 5, 2014. Obama's announcement followed the resignation of Chuck Hagel, who will remain in office until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, and served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics before that. Video screen shot
12/05/2014 : TANK COVER
U.S. soldiers move out from behind an old tank to their next objective during a squad fire exercise at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Soldiers trained in squad fire movement drills while assaulting different objectives during the event. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner
12/05/2014 : GOLD MEDAL DINNER
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Allen during the USO’s 53rd Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner in New York, Dec. 4, 2014. Allen, an avionics electrical technician, was one of five service members to receive a USO Military leadership award. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nathan Gallahan
12/05/2014 :  Pearl Harbor Anniversary
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and numerous ceremonies are planned around the country. DoD Screen shot
12/05/2014 : PENTAGON CEREMONY
Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of Naval Operations, delivers remarks during the Vice Admiral James Stockdale Leadership Award ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 2014. The Stockdale Leadership Award is presented annually to two commissioned officers on active duty below the rank of captain who are in command of a single ship, submarine, aviation squadron or operational warfare unit at the time of nomination. The award is unique candidates are nominated. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Julianne F. Metzger
12/05/2014 : SEA REPLENISHMENT
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Cotton directs cargo into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment-at-sea operation with ship USNS Rainier in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 3, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
12/04/2014 : Sexual Assault: Awareness and Prevention
The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out this Defense.gov special report, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime. DoD graphic
12/04/2014 : HAGEL BRIEFING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces the release of a report noting progress in eliminating sexual assault within the military during the past three fiscal years while briefing reporters at the Pentagon, Dec. 4, 2014. Hagel was joined by Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow, director, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, right, and Jessica Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
12/04/2014 : MARINES MARCH
Marines participate in a non-commissioned officer’s hike on the Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014. The Marines are from alpha, bravo and charlie companies of headquarters battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd
12/04/2014 : HOVER HOOK
Soldiers hone their slingload skills on Fort Stewart, Ga., Dec. 1, 2014, by attaching cargo to a hovering Black Hawk helicopter. The helicopter is from the 3rd Aviation Regiment and the soldiers below are from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley
12/04/2014 : SMOKE RINGS
An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter with the 101st Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, tests a defensive system during a simulated rescue of a downed airman near Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Nov. 25 2014. New York Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
12/03/2014 : STRATEGIC COMMENTS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., left, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and James H. Baker, the chairman’s strategist, during a strategic studies seminar at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C., Dec. 2, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
12/03/2014 : VERTICAL LIFT
U.S. sailors observe as a helicopter lowers a pallet of supplies across a flight deck during a vertical replenishment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 1, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Jackson
12/03/2014 : TRANSPORTATION TRAINING
Soldiers train during a convoy live-fire exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 12-14, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 109th Transportation Company. DoD screen shot
12/03/2014 : SIMULATED VICTIM
A U.S. Air Force airman speaks to another airman while playing a simulated victim of a vehicle accident during a focused exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 2, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman
12/03/2014 : SLINGLOAD OPERATIONS
U.S. soldiers conduct slingload operations as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter hovers inches above their heads on Tactical Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command - East. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jarrod Morris
12/03/2014 : HOLIDAY RECEPTION
Dr. Jill Biden, far left, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, watches as Santa passes out gifts to military children during a holiday reception she hosted to honor service members, veterans and their families at the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard
12/03/2014 : EBOLA BRIEFING
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, discusses the Defense Department's response to the Ebola outbreak during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/03/2014 : LEADERSHIP MEETING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far right, talks with senior military leaders as he hosts a senior leadership council meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
12/03/2014 : MUD PIT
U.S. Marines go through the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s endurance course on Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson
12/03/2014 : MANNING THE LINE
U.S. sailors man a phone and distance line during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 25, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez
12/02/2014 : DECK MANEUVERS
U.S. sailors maneuver a drop tank across the flight deck of the of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 24, 2014. The Carl Vinson is conducting flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
12/02/2014 : UPHILL MARCH
Marines finish a hike by calling cadence on Telegraph Pass in Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 26, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, based on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlon
12/02/2014 : TREE LIGHTS
Air Force Airman 1st Class Zach Wertz replaces old rope lights on an outdoor tree display on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Dec. 2, 2014. Wertz is an electrician assigned to the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht
12/02/2014 : RETURNING HOME
Army Spc. Cameron Huntington embraces his wife, Rebekah, shortly after he returned home from Afghanistan in the early morning hours on Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 28, 2014. Huntington is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Armas
12/02/2014 : SWIM RECOVERY
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter recovers two search and rescue swimmers during training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 26, 2014. The Seahawk is part of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Detachment 1. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick W. Mullen III
12/02/2014 : ROPE SLIDE
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Samuel C. Mills crosses a river obstacle while going through the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s endurance course on Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. Mills is a fire support man assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson
12/01/2014 : AFGHANISTAN PILOTS
U.S. airmen show what it means to be an F-16 fighter pilot over the skies of Afghanistan. The airmen are assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron. DoD screen shot
12/01/2014 : HELPING HAND
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathon E. Goff, right, helps pull Marines in his squad through an obstacle during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. Goff is a rifleman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson
12/01/2014 : DEEP BREATHS
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Genuardi performs breathing techniques during a gas mask fit test on Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 21, 2014. The fit test is used to ensure the mask will work properly during emergency situations. Genuardi is assigned to the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Cory W. Bush
12/01/2014 : OPEN CANOPY
Air Force Capt. Roy Poor III opens the canopy of an F-16C Fighting Falcon on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 24, 2014. Poor is assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel
12/01/2014 : BOARD MAINTENANCE
U.S. Navy Seaman Nikolus Berry conducts maintenance on a circuit card aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 28, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
12/01/2014 : TRAINING JUMP
A U.S. Navy search and rescue swimmer jumps from a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during a training evolution in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 26, 2014. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick W. Mullen III
12/01/2014 : MEDITERRANEAN WAVE
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Brad Williamson waves to the Spanish navy frigate ESPS Reina Sofia from the bridge wing of the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf in the Mediterranean Sea, Nov. 24, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda S. Kitchner
12/01/2014 : PIPE GRINDING
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Maya Gengenbacher grinds a weld on a pipe on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Bremerton, Wash., Nov. 25, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ignacio D. Perez
12/01/2014 : RESCUE MISSION
U.S. sailors rescue an injured hiker in the vicinity of Lower Sigua Falls, Guam, Nov. 26, 2014. The helicopter crew is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25. U.S. Navy photo
11/29/2014 : RIOT-CONTROL TRAINING
U.S. Army paratroopers use their riot-control training to push back the crowd and gain control during Silver Sabre, a training exercise, on Camp Vrelo, Kosovo, Nov. 20, 2014. The three-day event brings nations together to improve riot-control capabilities. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Melissa Parrish
11/28/2014 : KANDAHAR AIRFIELD
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages with troops at the Train, Advise and Assist Command South headquarters on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/28/2014 : INFORMAL SESSION
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages in an informal question-and-answer session with soldiers assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/28/2014 : TRAINING DIVE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Roberto Valez enters the water during training in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2014. Valez, a diver, is assigned to Commander Task Group 56.1, which conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage diving and force protection operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wyatt Huggett
11/28/2014 : CARGO TRANSPORT
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter transports dry cargo and ammunition from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 26, 2014. The Carl Vinson is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Coffer
11/28/2014 : TURKEY BOWL
U.S. soldiers participate in a turkey bowl as part of Thanksgiving activities on Camp Stanley, South Korea, Nov. 27, 2014. The soldiers, who competed in basketball and football tournaments, are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider
11/28/2014 : GRENADE TOSS
Army Sgt. William Orr throws a hand grenade during infantry testing on Fort Bragg, N.C, Nov. 18, 2014. Orr is an infantryman assigned to 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eliverto Larios
11/27/2014 : AFGHANISTAN ARRIVAL
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work shakes hands with Army Gen. John Campbell, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, upon the deputy secretary's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited forward bases to thanks service members for their service and to share Thanksgiving meals with them. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/27/2014 : SERVING TURKEY
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work serves sliced turkey to troops and staff waiting in line for Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited Afghanistan to thank service men and women for their service during the holidays. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/27/2014 : DEPUTY'S DINNER
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and his wife, Cassandra, right, join U.S. service members for Thanksgiving dinner on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/26/2014 : TEAM WORK
U.S. Marines load bags of concrete onto an MV-22B Osprey to help local and international health organizations build Ebola treatment units to support Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 21, 2014. The Marines and sailors are assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force for Crisis Response, Africa. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis
11/26/2014 : FINS AND BELTS
U.S. Marines retrieve their fins and weight belts from the bottom of a 13-foot pool during a diver course on Camp Schwab in Japan, Nov. 18, 2014. This training prepares Marines for the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devon Tindle
11/26/2014 : THE CRUCIBLE
Marines endure the Crucible, a 54-hour training exercise, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The exercise forces recruits to combine and employ everything they have learned during the previous three months. Recruits cannot become a U.S. Marine unless they complete the event. DoD screen shot
11/26/2014 : MESSENGER LINE
U.S. Navy Seaman Auche Robertchalmers pulls the messenger line free of the span wire during a replenishment on the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole in the Mediterranean Sea, Nov. 23, 2014. The destroyer is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Herman
11/26/2014 : TURKEY TEAM
Soldiers prepare turkeys for a Thanksgiving Day meal in the dining facility on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 23, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak
11/26/2014 : EBOLA EFFORT
U.S. Marines and sailors prepare to load bags of concrete onto an MV-22B Osprey to help local and international health organizations build Ebola treatment units while supporting Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 21, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis
11/26/2014 : MARINE TRAINING
Marines provide security during interoperability training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The training further integrated the Marines into the unit's Maritime Raid Force’s Security Element. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
11/26/2014 : ASSAULT TRAINING
Army Rangers assault an enemy compound during Decisive Action Rotation 15-02 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Rangers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The rotations allow conventional forces to work with elite forces such as Ranger and Special Forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr.
11/25/2014 : HOMECOMING WELCOME
Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Coffman's daughters welcome him home after a six-month deployment at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 21, 2014. Coffman is assigned to the fast attack submarine USS Columbia. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Khor
11/25/2014 : MILE HIGH RUN
Soldiers and airmen participate in the "Salute to Service" pregame events at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos host the Miami Dolphins in Denver, Nov. 23, 2014. The service members are assigned to the Colorado National Guard. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf
11/25/2014 : FULL VOICE
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jill Diem sings during a Battle of the Bulge 70th anniversary commemoration event in Bastogne, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2014. Diem is a regional vocalist for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
11/25/2014 : SITTING SERVE
Air Force Staff Sgt. Melissa Moreau serves the volleyball during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
11/25/2014 : THANKSGIVING BASKETS
Airmen, family and friends place donated food items in bags on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Nov. 25, 2014. Volunteers assembled about 200 Thanksgiving baskets and first sergeants delivered them to airmen in need of a helping hand. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht
11/25/2014 : KIRBY BRIEFING
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters about current events, including the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at the Pentagon, Nov. 25, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
11/25/2014 : Operation Inherent Resolve
The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. Operation Inherent Resolve
11/25/2014 : Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2014
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can. Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2014
11/24/2014 : EXOTHERMIC CUTTING
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane Rutherford practices using a portable exothermic cutting unit in the welding booth on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 9, 2014. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Brown
11/24/2014 : SNOW BLOWERS
National Guard airmen use snow blowers to remove snow from the roof of the Eden Heights Nursing Home in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2014. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called up about 375 Guardsmen to support response and recovery efforts following historic amounts of snowfall in the area. The airmen are assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing. New York National Guard photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Frederic Trunzo
11/24/2014 : FIFTY-YEAR MISSION
The Navy's C-2A Greyhound, a twin-engine plane designed to land on aircraft carriers, transports high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between carriers and shore bases. The aircraft is marking its 50-year anniversary in fulfilling its mission to the fleet. DoD screen shot
11/24/2014 : TUG OF WAR
Sailors rig the barricade during a flight deck drill on the USS Carl Vinson, which is underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 22, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
11/24/2014 : SILENT SIGNALS
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwight P. Church silently issues a hand signal to soldiers during Exercise Combined Resolve III in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Church is assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt. William A. Parsons
11/24/2014 : HAGEL ANNOUNCEMENT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discusses his resignation during a news conference with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel will continue to serve as defense secretary until a successor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. DoD screen shot
11/24/2014 : CONCRETE CONCENTRATION
Navy Seaman Brandon Schwing levels the concrete at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. Schwing is a builder assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Debra Daco
11/24/2014 : SANDBAG LINE
Airmen participate in operations to fill sandbags at Erie County Community College in Williamsville, N.Y., Nov. 23, 2014. The airmen, responding to potential flooding from historic snowfall levels, are assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing. New York National Guard photo by U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Freehart
11/24/2014 : MARINE SECURITY
Marine Lance Cpl. Corey W. Dahmen provides security during training for noncombatant evacuation operations on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014. Dahmen is a rifleman assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
11/24/2014 : COBRA BLADES
A U.S. Marine secures the blades of an AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopter on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 20, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a Marine air-ground task force embarked with the dock ship as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Marine Corps photos by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus
11/24/2014 : NIGHT FIRE
Marines carry out a fire mission during an exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. The Marines are assigned to India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The exercise trains different elements of the unit to work together to complete a wide variety of missions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry
11/24/2014 : FLY OFF
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during the Carrier Air Wing 5 fly off in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 21, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
11/24/2014 : PENTAGON WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and New Zealand Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee pass through an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Nov. 24, 2014. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
11/21/2014 : SEA SIGNALS
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Titus signals an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the aft missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey during a replenishment in the waters south Japan, Nov. 13, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
11/21/2014 : ASSAULT TRAINING
U.S. Army paratroopers and soldiers from Estonia, Czech Republic and Germany conduct an assault in an urban environment during training on the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Nov. 19, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
11/21/2014 : WEAPONS QUALIFICATION
U.S. and German soldiers conduct the qualification for the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency on Panzer Range Complex in Boeblingen, Germany, Nov. 19, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Jason Johnston
11/21/2014 : LAP DOG
A service dog lies on the lap of Air Force Staff Sgt. August O'Niell during an Air Force wounded, ill or injured warrior sitting volleyball practice at the Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Md., Nov. 18, 2014. O'Niell was wounded in July 2011 during a deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson
11/21/2014 : SNOW CHALLENGE
New York Army Guardsmen use engineering equipment to help remove snow in Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called up about 375 Guardsmen to support response and recovery efforts following historic amounts of snowfall in the area. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd
11/21/2014 : PREFLIGHT CHECK
Marines perform preflight checks on a KC-130 Hercules aircraft on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 17, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves
11/21/2014 : ENGINEERING ROUNDS
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine E. Doggett climbs out of a scuttle during her engineering rounds aboard the Cutter Hamilton, Nov. 19, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster
11/21/2014 : OFFICIAL WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, welcomes Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Mitib bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to the Pentagon, Nov. 21, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
11/21/2014 : PENTAGON WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, escorts Qatar Minister of State for Defense Affairs Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali al-Atiyah through an honor cordon into the Pentagon, Nov. 21, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/21/2014 : GREEN SMOKE
U.S. Marines and Brunei forces conduct military operations in urban terrain training during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014 on Camp Penanjong, Brunei, Nov. 13, 2014. The annual bilateral exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations, including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cedric R. Haller II
11/21/2014 : NIGHT FIRE
U.S. Marines fire M240G medium machine guns during training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman
11/21/2014 : WRITING SURFACE
Soldiers provide each other with a writing surface during the U.S. Army Alaska Small Arms Competition on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, Nov. 19, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 59th Signal Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Brian Ragin
11/20/2014 : DEMPSEY KEYNOTE
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses the civil-military divide and the future of the all-volunteer force during a conference hosted by the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
11/20/2014 : MEMORIAL LIST
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Usenick reads the list of fallen military members at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 7, 2014. The memorial marks the resting place of more than 1,000 sailors and Marines who were killed aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber L. Porter
11/20/2014 : KIRBY BRIEFING
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs the press at the Pentagon, Nov. 20, 2014. Kirby offered updates on the U.S. involvement in curbing the Ebola crisis in Africa and the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIL. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/20/2014 : RELOADING
Army Spc. John Brunner gives a firsthand look as he fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a mounted live-fire exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 3, 2014. DoD screen shot
11/19/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from left, meets with South Korean Vice Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo, second from right, at the Pentagon, Nov. 19, 2014. The two defense leader met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
11/19/2014 : DEFENSE ONE
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers questions during the Defense One Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2014. The discussion, hosted by Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, an online publication, covered topics related to the purpose of today's military and national security. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
11/19/2014 : SUMMIT ANSWERS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers questions during the Defense One Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2014. The discussion, hosted by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron, covered topics related to the purpose of today's military and national security. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
11/19/2014 : TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, discusses defense topics with Marcus Weisgerber, global business reporter for Defense One, an online publication, at the Defense One Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2014. Work answered questions on the Defense Department's budget and how the United States would keep its technological edge in the coming decades. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
11/19/2014 : CLEAR LEFT
U.S. Marines and Royal Brunei Land Forces conduct military operations during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Brunei 2014 on Camp Penanjong, Brunei, Nov. 13, 2014. The annual, bilateral exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jay C. Pugh
11/19/2014 : URBAN TRAINING
U.S. paratroopers and a K-9 military working dog team conduct an assault in an urban environment during training at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, Nov. 19, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger
11/19/2014 : TRAINING JUMP
A soldier approaches the door during a training jump on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The battalion jumped out of two Air Force C-17s onto the Rapido Drop Zone. The soldiers are assigned to the Texas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment. U.S. National Guard photo by Air Force Major Randy Stillinger
11/19/2014 : TRANSIT FORMATION
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships transit in formation during the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 15 in the water south of Japan, Nov. 19, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
11/19/2014 : ARRESTED LANDING
An F/A-18E Super Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the waters of southern Japan, Nov. 19, 2014. The F/A-18E Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik
11/19/2014 : K9 SURGERY
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Vaughn secures a needle into a military working dog before surgery on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 15, 2014. The surgery was performed to remove a thick abscess from a severe insect sting that was not responsive to medication. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julia A. Casper
11/19/2014 : SNOW REMOVAL
A New York National Guard airman removes snow from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2014. The airman is assigned to the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, N.Y. U.S. National Guard photo by Maj. Mark Frank
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