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10/24/2014 : Send Your Vote Home
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, the Defense Department is assisting service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. Send Your Vote Home
10/24/2014 : DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa
In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa - Operation United Assistance. DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa
10/24/2014 : CARD SKETCHES
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ethan Rodgers sketches a range card during the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. Rodgers is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
10/24/2014 : STALLION JUMP
Marines jump out of a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne sustainment training over Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
10/24/2014 : KNEELING POSITION
U.S. Navy Seaman Janaya Johnson fires a 9 mm pistol during small arms training on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin, Oct. 22, 2014. The Mustin is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Declan Barnes
10/24/2014 : LOW PASS
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle takes flight during exercise Vigilant Shield 15 from 5 Wing Goose Bay Air Base, Newfoundland and Labrador, Oct. 23, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise which provides realistic training and practice for American and Canadian forces. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro
10/24/2014 : MAKING WAVES
Coast Guardsmen demonstrate tactical small boat evolution in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, Oct. 23, 2014. The crew members are assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety Security Team Honolulu. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle
10/24/2014 : SHIP MANEUVERS
The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, right, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, participate in a maneuvering exercise, Oct. 23, 2014. The ships are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
10/24/2014 : PEERING OUT
Navy Seaman Benjamin Padilla observes the cargo deck of a landing craft air cushion during joint exercise Pacific Horizon 2015, on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014. Padilla is a gas-turbine systems technician assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jonathan Nelson
10/24/2014 : WALK AND SHOOT
For the first time since returning from Afghanistan, the Army's 25th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conducted a brigade walk and shoot. The exercise helps soldiers develop capabilities to better integrate indirect fire support assets. DoD screen shot
10/24/2014 : BRIEFING REPORTERS
Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Oct. 24, 2014. Scaparrotti answered questions about military relations with South Korea and other topics. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/24/2014 : STATE MEETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far right, joins U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, second from right, as Kerry announces a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/24/2014 : CAPSTONE COURSE
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, speak at a Capstone course at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., Oct., 24, 2014. The six-week course, which aims to make students more effective in planning and employing U.S. forces in joint and combined operations, is mandatory for senior military officers. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
10/23/2014 : PARACHUTE MARCH
Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne sustainment training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
10/23/2014 : SLOW WALK DOWN
An Army Ranger carrying an M249 light machine gun rappels down a wall as part of a demonstration during a Ranger school graduation on Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan
10/23/2014 : PENTAGON WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo stand as a military band plays the national anthems of both countries at the Pentagon, Oct. 23, 2014. Hagel welcomed his counterpart for a meeting to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/23/2014 : SIGNING HANDSHAKE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding at the Pentagon, Oct. 23, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/23/2014 : JOINT BRIEFING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts a joint news conference with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at the Pentagon, Oct. 23, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/23/2014 : HOOK UP
U.S. Marines attach a hoist sling to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in the Red Sea, Oct. 21, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl
10/23/2014 : MAN OVERBOARD
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Dingman maneuvers a rigid-hull inflatable boat near the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a man overboard drill in the South China Sea, Oct. 21, 2014. The George Washington was underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Everett Allen
10/23/2014 : CHECK SIX
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jon Peterson, left, and Senior Airman Cameron Corricelli, right, participate in Check Six program instruction on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2014. The program is designed to prepare service members to respond to attacks. Peterson is deployed from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Corricelli is deployed from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez
10/23/2014 : GROUP HUG
A Marine greets his family and friends at a homecoming event aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014. The Marine is assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Reel
10/23/2014 : MARCHING FIRE
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Shaul, left, fires blank rounds during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 20, 2014. Shaul is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
10/22/2014 : DONNING AND REMOVING
Army Spc. Kristal Calderon practices donning and removing protective equipment and a mask after a class at the logistical warehouse on Fort Gordon, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014. Members of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Safety Office taught the class. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Lindsay D. Roman
10/22/2014 : RETURNING SALUTE
Air Force Staff Sgt. Fanta Williams, right, salutes Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., commander of the 633rd Air Base Wing, during a homecoming ceremony on Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 20, 2014. Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group deployed to West Africa to support Operation United Assistance, where they delivered and built an Air Force medical support system. Williams is a medic assigned to the 633rd Medical Operations Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White
10/22/2014 : ACADEMY VISIT
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses future Coast Guard officers and academy faculty at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 21, 2014. Dempsey discussed topics ranging from future missions to leadership. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
10/22/2014 : DUST OFF
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lands near Buchanan, Liberia, Oct. 18, 2014. U.S. Africa Command is supporting efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa with command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Craig Philbrick
10/22/2014 : HALSEY DRILL
U.S. members of the visit, board, search and seizure team on the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey conduct an evacuation drill during a training exercise in the South China Sea, Oct. 17, 2014. The Halsey is deployed to 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 Bradley J. Gee
10/22/2014 : RETURNING HUGS
Navy Cmdr. Camille Flaherity hugs her son after returning to Norfolk, Va., from a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations, Oct. 17, 2014. Flaherity is the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Jessica Kellogg
10/22/2014 : STRETCHER BEARER
U.S. airmen work together through the fog to remove injured passengers of a simulated aircraft crash during the major accident response exercise on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 18, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey Haux
10/22/2014 : ROPE LADDER
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Fuzi boards the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis from a rigid-hull inflatable boat while conducting a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Indian Ocean, Oct. 21, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins
10/21/2014 : CONTROLLING FIRE
U.S. Air Force firefighters fight a controlled fire at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 9, 2014. The live fire demonstration allowed friends and family members to be educated and entertained as part of fire prevention week. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo
10/21/2014 : GIVING GIFTS
An airman visits the children’s ward to distribute gifts at the Leonardo Guzman Regional Hospital in Antofagasta, Chile, Oct. 11, 2014. The airman is assigned to the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert
10/21/2014 : PENTAGON WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to the Pentagon, Oct. 21, 2014.The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/21/2014 : WILDERNESS CHALLENGE
Airmen joined other service members in the 52-mile, two-day Wilderness Challenge finale in the mountains of West Virginia, Oct 10-11, 2014. DoD screen shot
10/21/2014 : CLEARING THE SHUTTLE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Jones, left, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Raime Baker clear the shuttle from an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to support Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Oct. 19, 2014. Jones and Baker are aviation boatswain's mates. The operation includes strike operations in Iraq and Syria. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
10/21/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters on the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and other defense matters at the Pentagon, Oct. 21, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/21/2014 : MISSION DETAIL
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Focareto reviews mission details before a patrol in the Bagram Airfield security Zone, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2014. Focareto’s platoon conducts security patrols while helping a combined U.S. Marine-Georgian army team prepare to take over their area of operations. Focareto is a platoon leaders assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Red Platoon, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell
10/21/2014 : FLAG SIGNALS
U.S. Navy Seaman Gideon Yorka directs a landing craft air cushion during an equipment onload for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Oct. 11, 2014. Yorka is a boatswain's mate and the landing craft is assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Patrick Dionne
10/20/2014 : RADIO IN
Marine Sgt. Paul Luna radios for an extraction during a helicopter-raid exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 16, 2014. Luna is a squad leader assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
10/20/2014 : PULL AND SHOOT
Army Pfc. Alexander Ivie fires a howitzer during a field artillery walk and shoot in Alaska, Oct. 11, 2014. Ivie is a howitzer crew member assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Corey Confer
10/20/2014 : EBOLA EFFORT
A group of 30 U.S. military personnel board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 19, 2014. The personnel flew to Monrovia, Liberia, where U.S. troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers to respond the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as part of Operation United Assistance. The personnel include Marines, airmen and soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer
10/20/2014 : OFFLOADING CARGO
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group offload cargo pallets from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 18, 2014, to support Operation United Assistance. The airmen, operating a staging base in Dakar to funnel humanitarian aid and military support cargo into affected areas, are working with soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 689th Rapid Port Opening Element. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer
10/20/2014 : TRANSPORT WHEELS
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group remove transport wheels from a mobile airfield operations center at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 17, 2014, to support Operation United Assistance. The airmen are operating a staging base to funnel humanitarian aid and military support equipment into affected areas to respond to the Ebola outbreat in West Africa. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Dale Greer
10/20/2014 : PATROL COUNT
U.S. Army Spc. Michael Berna counts personnel after a patrol through the village of Kali Nasra in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2014. Berna is a cavalry scout assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell
10/20/2014 : GREETING CHILDREN
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Arrington greets children in the village of Kali Musa in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2014. Arrington and other soldiers meet with Afghans to build trust between residents and coalition forces. Arrington is a senior scout assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowel
10/20/2014 : REPLENISHMENT AT SEA
The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson sails next to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a replenishment at sea, Oct. 19, 2014. The ship and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik
10/20/2014 : 'WALL THAT HEALS'
A mother and child peer at the names inscribed on the traveling “Wall That Heals” in Fort Mill, S.C., Oct. 19, 2014. About 8,000 people visited the memorial, which includes the names of 11 service members from Fort Mill who died from wounds directly received during the Vietnam conflict. The traveling wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Priscilla Portman
10/20/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second from left, at the Pentagon, Oct. 20, 2014, to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/20/2014 : MUTUAL IMPORTANCE
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from left, meets with Dan Harel, second from right, director general of Israel's defense ministry, at the Pentagon, Oct. 20, 2014, to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/20/2014 : 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
10/20/2014 : The Cyber Domain
U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make cyberspace a suitable place for military command and control. For the Defense Department, the focus for security in cyberspace includes the full spectrum of 21st century operations. The Cyber Domain
10/19/2014 : SPANISH MINISTER
Spain's Minister of Defense Pedro Morenes signs the guest book as he arrives at the Pentagon to discuss efforts fighting Ebola as well as other matters of mutual importance with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Oct. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/18/2014 : USO GALA AUDIENCE
Guests look on from their tables as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivers opening remarks at the 2014 USO Gala, Washington, D.C. Oct. 17, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/17/2014 : SUNRISE SEA KNIGHT
An HH-46E Sea Knight helicopter sits on the flightline as the sun rises on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 14, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy T. Parish
10/17/2014 : BACK HOME
A Marine embraces loved ones as he returns home to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 12, 2014, after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Marine is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marines from that unit aided the transition of security operations to Afghan forces. U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. James Smith
10/17/2014 : SHORT TAKEOFF
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet takes off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 15-1. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft
10/17/2014 : REAR COVER
Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Burgstaller and a team of Marines move cautiously during a close-quarters tactics course on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014. Burgstaller assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
10/17/2014 : MARINE TRAINING
Marines train on machine guns and prepare for operations for humanitarian aid and embassy evacuation while on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Marines are assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Headquarters Regiment. MARINE EVACUATION
10/17/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, describes the command's role in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby looks on during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Oct. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/17/2014 : HONORED TRADITION
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall King reflects on how the jobs sailors do on the USS Constitution haven't changed much since 1812. DoD screen shot
10/17/2014 : DETONATION CORD
U.S. Army Cpl. Dione Sims unravels a detonation cord to prepare to blow up expired and unserviceable ordnance near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
10/17/2014 : PROTECTIVE PROCEDURE
Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird practices donning protective gear on Fort Eustis, Va., Oct. 15, 2014. The Army is training soldiers in precautionary measures as they prepare to deploy to West Africa to support efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman
10/17/2014 : MEDAL MOMENT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pins a medal on outgoing Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos during a change-of-command ceremony on Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos transfered command to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
10/16/2014 : CREW CHIEFS
Air Force crew chiefs discuss what it takes to complete their day-to-day duties and how they make sure pilots and aircraft come home safely from every mission. DoD screen shot
10/16/2014 : NIGHT FLIGHT
U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Upchurch, left, and Capt. Jennifer Nolta take off from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2014. Upchurch and Nolta are C-5M Super Galaxy pilots assigned to the 9th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock
10/16/2014 : EVENING COLORS
Marines fold the American flag during an evening colors ceremony at the historical Santa Margarita Ranch House on Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 9, 2014. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton hosted the annual ceremony celebrating its 72-year history. U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Trevon Peracca
10/16/2014 : GUEST SPEAKER
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses the audience attending the Association of the United States Army Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/16/2014 : WORK ADDRESS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers the keynote address at the Marine Corps Association and Foundation Combat Development Dinner at the Clubs at Quantico in Quantico, Va., Oct. 15, 2014. Work spoke about the state of the Marine Corps and the future of the fighting force. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
10/16/2014 : FLY NAVY
Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore, left, and Cmdr. Reid Wiseman show "Fly Navy" signs aboard the International Space Station after a spacewalk, Oct. 15, 2014. Wilmore and Wiseman are Navy pilots. Wilmore is scheduled to assume command of the International Space Station in November. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NASA
10/16/2014 : SHOULDER CARRY
Air Force Airman 1st Class Colby Hillman carries Airman 1st Class Andrew Vitale to a simulated landing zone during a training exercise on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 10, 2014. The airmen are explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik
10/16/2014 : HIGH WIND
Sailors brace as an MH-60S Seahawk takes off from the flight deck of the USS Stethem, Oct. 16, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer
10/16/2014 : MAINTENANCE WORK
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Miguel Moreno performs maintenance on a Rolling Airframe Missile System on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Sulu Sea, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Loni Mae Lopez
10/16/2014 : FIRE TRAINING
Coast Guardsmen conduct firefighting training in a simulator on the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Oct. 16, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief John Edwards
10/15/2014 : MARINE BURNOUT
Philippine and U.S. Marines aboard a U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle take part in a mechanized assault during Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, on the Naval Education Training Command, Zambales, Philippines, Oct. 5, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph DiGirolamo
10/15/2014 : IN-FLIGHT DISCUSSIONS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks with reporters during a flight back to Washington, D.C., after attending the 11th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 14, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/15/2014 : PATROL SECURITY
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Maurice Maylon provides security during a patrol through the village of Kalamusa in Bagram, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2014. Maylon is assigned to the 101 Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jamill Ford
10/15/2014 : ROPE SUSPENSION
Marine Sgt. Andrew Shelly rappels from a tower during training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014. Shelly is a machine gunner assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, who is completing a rope-suspension techniques masters course. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez
10/15/2014 : ARMY'S BEST
A soldier provides simulated first aid to a victim during the Army’s Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 8, 2014. Twenty-eight of the Army’s most talented soldiers, from commands located around the globe, are being tested during the competition to determine the best of the best. DoD screen shot
10/15/2014 : AFTER BURN
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 6, 2014, during Red Flag-Alaska 15-1. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr
10/15/2014 : PRESS CONFERENCE
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, right, responds to a question, while Army Secretary John McHugh listens, during a press conference at the 2014 Association of the United States Army annual convention and exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle
10/15/2014 : MEASURE UP
U.S. Army Spc. Gary Elce measures part of a beam that will support a new roofing project for the for the turn-in point and mortuary affairs workspaces in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2014. Elce is assigned to the Oregon Army National Guard's Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed
10/14/2014 : OFFICIAL MEETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, meets with Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Reyes Rendon, left, to discuss matters of mutual importance during the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 13, 2014. U.S. Air Fore photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/14/2014 : PERUVIAN CONFERENCE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel uses a headset to listen to a translation as Peruvian President Ollanta Humala delivers opening remarks at the opening plenary session of the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 13, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/14/2014 : PERUVIAN TOUR
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tours La Compania de Jesus Church in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 13, 2014, during the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/14/2014 : FLIGHT DECK
AV-8B Harriers and an MV-22 Osprey sit on the flight deck at night aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 8, 2014. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Foster
10/14/2014 : SWEET TREAT
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Samuel Nabholz gives candy to a local Afghan child during a security patrol in Nad Ali district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2014. Nabholz is a joint fires observer assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
10/14/2014 : OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
An F/A-18C Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 10, 2014. The George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Card
10/14/2014 : SUPPLY CHECK
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules airman checks to ensure containers filled with meals, ready to eat and fresh water sit on a C-130 Hercules aircraft in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near the area of Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10, 2014. The C-130 dropped bundles totaling 3,800 meals and 1,400 gallons of water. The airman is a loadmaster. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
10/14/2014 : AIR SUPREMACY
Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Smith discusses the progression of the Air Force’s aircraft from the X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, to the F-35 and its advanced avionics that allow pilots to see what they once couldn't. DoD screen shot
10/14/2014 : RUCKSACK SWIM
Army Sgt. Max Wolfer exits the water carrying his rucksack after jumping from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter into American Lake on Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord, Wash., Oct. 9, 2014. Wolfer is a combat engineer assigned to 571st Sapper Company, 864th Engineer Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin
10/14/2014 : MARINES SHARING
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Patrick Ford, left, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Wilfredo Rios hand out meals to local Afghan children during a security patrol in Nad Ali district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2014. Ford is a platoon commander, and Rios is a section leader assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
10/14/2014 : ROPE SLIDE
Army Sgt. 1st Class David Smith, right, navigates an obstacle course during the Best Warrior Competition on Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Jordan Talbo
10/14/2014 : OBAMA MEETS
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with military leaders from 21 nations to discuss strategy in the Middle East during a conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct 14, 2014. The discussion was part of a ongoing effort to build a coalition and integrate capabilities. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
10/13/2014 : PERU ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with a Peruvian military official who welcomes him to Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 12, 2014, to attend the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. Hagel earlier traveled to Colombia and Chile during his six-day trip to South America. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/13/2014 : CONFERENCE CONVERSATION
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, speaks with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala before the start of the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/13/2014 : MINISTERS OF THE AMERICAS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Oct. 12, 2014. At the event, Hagel outlined the effects of climate change on the world's security environment and unveiled the Defense Department's plan to meet that challenge. DoD photo
10/13/2014 : PATROL TRAINING
U.S. and Georgian leaders engage with Afghan residents during a foot patrol through the village of Kalanasro in Bagram, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2014. The U.S. soldiers, assigned to the 101 Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, offered training on how to correctly patrol. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jamill Ford
10/13/2014 : RETURNING TO BASE
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot scans over central Iraq as the sun rises and his crew returns to base after conducting a resupply airdrop mission over Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10, 2014. The C-130 dropped 14 bundles totaling 3,800 meals and 1,400 gallons of fresh drinking water. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
10/13/2014 : ARROWHEAD LOOP
Pilots for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's aerial demonstration team, perform an arrowhead loop during the Wings and Waves Air Show at Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
10/12/2014 : HONOR GUARD GREETING
A Chilean military honor guard greets U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as he arrives at the Defense Ministry in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 11, 2014, to meet with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos to discuss matters of mutual importance. Hagel earlier visited Colombia and will travel to Peru during his six-day trip to South America. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/12/2014 : BRIEFING HANDSHAKE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos at the end of a joint press conference in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 11, 2014. Hagel earlier visited Colombia and will travel to Peru during a six-day trip to South America. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/12/2014 : USS COLE MEMORIAL
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole fire a 21-gun salute Oct. 11, 2014, during a memorial ceremony to honor victims of the Oct. 12, 2000, terrorist attack. The destroyer is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell Howell
10/12/2014 : AIRDROP CHECK
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules airman checks to make sure the containers of bundles cleared the aircraft during a resupply airdrop mission over the region of Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10, 2014. The C-130 dropped bundles totaling 3,800 meals ready to eat and 1,400 gallons of fresh drinking water. The airman is a loadmaster. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
10/12/2014 : FOOD, WATER MISSION
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew prepares to conduct a resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 11, 2014. The C-130 dropped 14 containers of bundles, including seven bundles of fresh drinking water and seven bundles of meals ready to eat. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
10/12/2014 : ARMY'S 30TH
More than 35,000 participants from all over the world ran the 30th Army Ten-Miler, which started and ended at the Pentagon, Oct. 12, 2014. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle
10/11/2014 : MEDAL PRESENTATION
Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon presents U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with the Medalla Fe en la Causa at Tolemaida Air Force Base, Colombia, Oct. 10, 2014, during the secretary's South American trip. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/10/2014 : ANDREWS DEPARTURE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he departs Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 9, 2014, to travel to South America to attend the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/10/2014 : COLOMBIA ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker, left, and Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon Bueno as he arrives at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 9, 2014. Hagel will attend the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas during his South American trip. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/10/2014 : WADING WATER
U.S. Marines and Philippine forces move onto the beach during a simulated amphibious raid as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, in Palawan, Philippines, Oct. 1, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro
10/10/2014 : MARINE MANEUVERS
U.S. Marines maneuver an amphibious assault vehicle towards the USS Germantown during the Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, Oct. 2, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral training exercise involving U.S. and Philippine forces. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Patrick Dionne
10/10/2014 : REVERSE CLIMB
Army Spc. Beau Pratt navigates an obstacle course during the All-American Best Medic Competition on Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 7, 2014. Pratt is a medic assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Armas
10/10/2014 : FIVE INCH
The USS Arleigh Burke fires its 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 7, 2014. The Arleigh Burke is conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
10/10/2014 : GUARD'S BEST
Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery, center, navigates an obstacle course while competing in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 8, 2014. Montgomery represented the Army National Guard as its top enlisted soldier of the year. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Fischman
10/10/2014 : MARINES DEPART
Marines depart the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during the Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, Oct. 1, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray
10/10/2014 : BANKING LEFT
An F-22 Raptor demonstrates its maneuverability during the Wings Over the Pacific air show on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy
10/09/2014 : OBAMA REMARKS
President Barack Obama, center, addresses the media after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, not shown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commanders at the Pentagon, Oct. 8, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/09/2014 : MEDIA ADDRESS
President Barack Obama, center, addresses the media after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commanders at the Pentagon, Oct. 8, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/09/2014 : PENTAGON TROOPS
President Barack Obama greets troops and thanks them for their service as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far left, does the same at the Pentagon, Oct. 8, 2014. Obama visited the Pentagon to meet with Hagel and combatant commanders to discuss the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/08/2014 : FIRE WALL
A wall of fire explodes behind the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, during the Marine Air Ground Task Force demonstration at the annual Miramar Air Show on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Oct. 4, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Trever Statz
10/08/2014 : UNLOADING SOLDIERS
U.S. paratroopers disembark from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during Operation Silver Arrow in Adazi, Latvia, Oct. 5, 2014. The multinational exercise includes forces from Latvia, Estonia, Great Britain, Norway and the Michigan Army National Guard, and is being held in conjunction with U.S. Army Europe and Operation Atlantic Resolve. The paratroopers are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Airborne, Vicenza, Italy. Michigan National Guard photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Helen Miller
10/08/2014 : FIRE DRILL
U.S. soldiers conduct fire phobia training during Rotation 14-09 on the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Oct. 4, 2014. The rotation is based on the current operational environment and is designed to prepare the unit for peace support, stability, and contingency operations. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 40th Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc.Tyler Kingsbury
10/08/2014 : DEMPSEY CHAT
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz during a recorded interview at the Pentagon, Oct. 7, 2014. Dempsey answered questions on topics ranging from the ongoing war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq, to the U.S. military's role in fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
10/08/2014 : VICE CHAIRMAN HANDSHAKE
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attends the Invincible Spirit Festival hosted by the Gary Sinise Foundation and Naval Support Activity Bethesda in Bethesda, Md., Oct. 7, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
10/08/2014 : MISSION CARGO
U.S. airmen load cargo onto the ramp of a C-130-J Super Hercules aircraft on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7, 2014, to prepare for a mission to help contain the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of Operation United Assistance, a comprehensive U.S. government effort to contain the outbreak. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller
10/08/2014 : SIGNALS
An U.S. seaman signals an MV-22B Osprey aircraft launching from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 5, 2014. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lawrence Davis
10/08/2014 : BOOTS TO ROOTS
Navy Seaman Ashley Maldonado talks about serving on the USS Constitution and the first time she saw this historic vessel. DoD screen shot
10/08/2014 : BACK BLAST
Marines fire a rocket launcher during training on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 2, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Ammo Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 15. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Jordan E.Gilbert
10/08/2014 : SOARING ANGEL
An Air Force pararescueman conducts tactical field training during a personnel recovery exercise as part of Soaring Angel 14 on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 2, 2014. Soaring Angel is a joint operation of tactical training and readiness requirements through multiple live scenarios in a simulated deployment environment. California Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Rachael Kane
10/08/2014 : OBAMA VISIT
President Barack Obama addresses reporters after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and combatant commanders at the Pentagon, Oct. 8, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/08/2014 : GREETING TROOPS
President Barack Obama greets troops and thanks them for their service as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far left, does the same at the Pentagon, Oct. 8, 2014. Obama visited the Pentagon to meet with Hagel and combatant commanders to discuss the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/07/2014 : KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers the keynote address at the Professional Service Council’s annual conference at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Oct. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
10/07/2014 : EBOLA VIRUS
U.S. Navy Lt. Jose Garcia inactivates the Ebola virus in each specimen in a process that renders the virus safe for further analysis at a Naval Medical Research Center mobile laboratory on Bushrod Island, Liberia, Oct. 6, 2014. The center sent two mobile testing labs to Liberia to support Operation United Assistance. Each two-person lab is capable of testing up to 80 samples per day. U.S. Army Africa photo by Navy Chief Petty Officer Jerrold Diederich
10/07/2014 : EBOLA BRIEFING
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, describes the Defense Department's response to Ebola during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Oct. 7, 2014. DoD Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/07/2014 : PENTAGON WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to the Pentagon, Oct. 7, 2014.The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/06/2014 : STRIKE SUPPORT
A U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq before conducting an airstrike, Oct. 4, 2014. The aircraft are supporting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
10/06/2014 : SALVAGE EXERCISE
Marines participate in an aircraft salvage exercise at K-9 village in Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., Sept. 24, 2014. The Marines are aircraft rescue and firefighting specialists assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre hosted the exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg
10/06/2014 : HAWKEYE TAKEOFF
An E-2C Hawkeye takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 2, 2014. The carrier is supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Hawkeye is assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Stephens
10/06/2014 : AMPHIBIOUS RAID
Philippine and U.S. Marines take control of a shoreline to simulate an amphibious raid using combat rubber raiding craft during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 in Palawan, Philippines, Oct. 2, 2014. The annual exercise, known as Phiblex, aims to strengthen interoperability across a range of capabilities, including disaster relief and contingency operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro
10/06/2014 : AIRCRAFT CONTROL
U.S. Air Force pilots assigned to an E-3B Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft fly a mission to support airstrikes against Islamic State of Irag and the Levant targets over northeastern Iraq, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. Air Forces Central photo
10/06/2014 : WEATHER WATCHERS
Predicting a sandstorm, which could damage a military aircraft, is one of multiple weather challenges for four airmen who work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They manage the satellite constellation that provides vital weather info for military and civilian operations around the world. DoD screen shot
10/05/2014 : ARMY STRONG
Team Army captain Frank Barroqueiro raises the Chairman's Cup presented to him by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center right, and Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander of the Pacific Fleet, right, at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2014. The Chairman's Cup goes to the top performing service branch in the Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/05/2014 : COIN FLIP
Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy football teams watch as Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flips the game coin into the air before the start of the Air Force vs. Navy game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2014. Air Force won the game, 30-21. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
10/04/2014 : NAVY BIRTHDAY
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work places his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem at the Navy Birthday Ball in Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
10/04/2014 : WINNING GOLD
Marine Corps Sgt. Anthony McDaniel Jr., left, evades an Army defender as he moves toward the basket during the wheelchair basketball gold medal game at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 3, 2014. The Marine Corps team won the game, 42-21. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans competed in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/04/2014 : CUP WINNERS
Members of Team Army raise the Warrior Games Chairman’s Cup during a tailgate party for wounded warriors before the Navy vs. Air Force football game at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2014. The Chairman's Cup is presented to the top overall performing service branch at the week-long Warrior Games, which concluded on Oct. 3. The event brought together more than 200 wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans to compete in adaptive sports. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/03/2014 : INTO THE BLUE
Retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Castaneda throws the discus during the track and field competition at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 2, 2014. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members are competing in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/03/2014 : SLED HOCKEY SMILE
Air Force Master Sgt. Axel Gaud-Torres reacts to playing a game of sled hockey at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 2, 2014. Gaud-Torres and other athletes competing in the 2014 Warrior Games played sled hockey with local wounded warriors as a demonstration before the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche professional hockey game. The Kings scored a 2-1 win over the Avalanche. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom
10/03/2014 : DISCUS THROW
The Air Force team’s Master Sgt. Chris Aguilera throws the discus during the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30, 2014. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members are competing in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom
10/03/2014 : IN FLIGHT
The Marine Corps team's Sgt. Anthony McDaniel Jr. throws the discus during the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 2, 2014. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, and veterans are competing in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/03/2014 : JUNGLE PATROL
U.S. Marines engage in ground defense training on Tinian Island, Northern Mariana Islands, during the Forager Fury III exercise. The Marines are assigned to Wing Support Squadron 171. DoD screen shot
10/03/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby describes the latest Defense Department developments in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and deployments to Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Oct. 3, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/03/2014 : HOT ZONE
Surrounded by Ebola patients, a health worker, center, gives a thumbs-up to visitors near the hot zone, defined by the double barrier orange fence, in Liberia, Sept. 26, 2014. If a sick person falls, the patient cannot contaminate the clean zone. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets. U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government organization. U.S. Army Africa photo by U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Peter Niles
10/03/2014 : DISASSEMBLING A TENT
U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jacob Frey, right, cuts a protective covering free from its anchors while other soldiers disassemble other sections of a tent on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2014. Disassembling old tents is part of the downsizing efforts to prepare for Resolute Support Mission, which officially begins Jan. 1, 2015. Frey is an engineer assigned to the 220th Engineer Company, 315th Eng. Battalion, Missouri National Guard. Missouri Nation Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
10/03/2014 : CHAIN FREE
U.S. sailors show that chocks and chains have been removed from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter before it lifts off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 22, 2014. The sailors are assigned to Maritime Strike Squadron 73. The Vinson and its embarked Carrier Air Wing 17 are deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting Valiant Shield. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
10/03/2014 : KEEPING A LEAD
Marine Corps Sgt. Anthony McDaniel keeps a lead on his opponent in the men’s mixed 1500m run in the track and field competition during the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 2, 2014. The sporting event includes more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carson Gramley
10/03/2014 : SOLO RACER
Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin McCrosky races in a track competition during the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. Oct. 2, 2014. The Marine teams have been training since Sept. 15 to build team cohesion and acclimate to the Colorado altitude. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ashton C. Buckingham
10/02/2014 : ARCHER'S AIM
Marine Corps Sgt. Andres Burgos prepares to send an arrow toward his target during the archery competition at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 1, 2014. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, and veterans are participating in the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carson Gramley
10/02/2014 : WORK BRIEFING
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work briefs senior navy leaders on the state of the Defense Department and fiscal concerns at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
10/02/2014 : PRESS CONFERENCE
Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby moderates a press conference with Army Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, during a remote broadcast session with reporters at the Pentagon, Oct. 2, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/02/2014 : DEFENSE BRIEFING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian conduct a news conference at the Pentagon, Oct. 2, 2014. Both leaders discussed the international effort underway to defeat ISIL. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/01/2014 : COMPOUND VIEW
U.S. Marines observe surrounding compounds during a security patrol in Washir district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The Marines patrolled to disrupt enemy operations against the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
10/01/2014 : WINNING SWIM
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie Sclater swims to gold in his division of the 50-meter breaststroke during the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30, 2014. Sclater, a hospitalman, is competing on the Marine team. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
10/01/2014 : Military Health System Review
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Defense Department to conduct a comprehensive review of the Military Health System focused on access to care. The review assessed the safety and quality of health care in military treatment facilities and the health care DOD purchases from civilian providers. The MHS provides health care for more than 9.6 million beneficiaries. Military Health System Review
10/01/2014 : PENTAGON GREETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, welcomes Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/01/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, second from right, at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
10/01/2014 : HEALTH SYSTEM BRIEFING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, discuss the Military Health System during a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/01/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, flanked by service surgeon generals and other Defense Department health officials, briefs reporters on the Military Health System at the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
10/01/2014 : RETURNING A SERVE
Air Force sitting volleyball team player Christopher Aguilera, foreground, returns a serve from the Marine team during a match at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cuong Le
10/01/2014 : EBOLA BRIEFING
Michael Lumpkin, center, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, Nancy A. Lindborg, the assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Dr. Thomas Kenyon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director for Global Health, discuss their efforts to see the impact of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia during a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 1, 2014. DoD photo
10/01/2014 : National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month
09/30/2014 : FIRST PLACE
Marine Corps Cpl. Justin Gaertner celebrates his first place finish in a hand cycling event at the 2014 Warrior Games on Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. Gaertner is a member of the Special Operations Command team. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom
09/30/2014 : USO HONORS
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, introduce 2014 USO Tribute Cincinnati honoree Katy Hines during the USO Tribute Gala in Cincinnati, Sept. 28, 2014. The annual event honored troops and military families. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
09/30/2014 : HONORING THE FALLEN
A battlefield cross sits at the foot of flagpoles to honor three personnel who died in the line of duty during a memorial service at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. Service members shared their thoughts on a Polish soldier, U.S. Navy Reservist and U.S. Defense Department civilian. DoD screen shot
09/30/2014 : WINNING REACTION
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Vickery of the Marine team reacts to winning the recumbent cycle race during the 2014 Warrior Games on Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/30/2014 : FOREIGN RELATIONS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. Work visited the council to speak about U.S. military involvement in conflicts overseas and Defense Department budgetary concerns. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/30/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House, also known as the president's guesthouse, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
09/30/2014 : BACKSTROKE PRELIM
Swimmers compete in the 50-meter backstroke prelims during the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 30, 2014. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/30/2014 : SLINGLOAD OPERATIONS
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. soldiers prepare to hook an M777A2 weapon system to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during slingload operations on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktya province, Sept. 24, 2014. The mission is part of an ongoing retrograde on Forward Operating Base Lightning. The soldiers are assigned to Field Artillery Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Cope
09/30/2014 : WELL DECK RETURN
A landing craft departs the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean as sailors return to the ship's well deck, Sept. 19, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis DiPerna
09/30/2014 : TEAM CHEER
Retired Army Sgt. Sean Hook leads the Army team in a cheer during a timeout at the sitting volleyball game against the Air Force at the 2014 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. The annual event draws more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, and veterans as they compete in sporting events. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown
09/30/2014 : CLEARING THE PATH
U.S. Navy Seaman Daniel Alt clears the launch path of an E-2C Hawkeye after attaching it to a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 26, 2014. Alt is an aviation boatswain's mate airman and the Hawkeye is assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Karl Anderson
09/29/2014 : BLAST DOOR
Marines set off a wall charge as their battalion participates in Jane Wayne Day on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 25, 2014. The Marines are combat engineers assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. The Marines hosted the event for family members, giving them a glimpse into the daily life of their loved ones serving with the unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andy J. Orozco
09/29/2014 : DECISIVE MOMENT
In the last installment of a four-part DoD News series, a sailor discusses the decisive moment that turned him back from the brink of suicide and what keeps him focused on the road to recovery. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/29/2014 : SYNCHRONIZED TOSS
Sailors perform a synchronized weapons toss during a performance as part of the Colorado International Tattoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 27, 2014. The show honored the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members, and veterans to compete in seven paralympic sports. DoD photo by E.J. Hersom
09/29/2014 : BEYOND WARRIORS
Air Force wounded warriors, including Sarah Evans, are competing this week in the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event, designed for wounded, injured or ill service members, runs through Oct. 3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. DoD screen shot
09/29/2014 : Warrior Games 2014
More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as military retirees, will compete in the fifth annual Warrior Games, which will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2014. Warrior Games 2014
09/29/2014 : SWIM CALL
U.S. sailors participate in a swim call in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 27, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, which is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
09/29/2014 : STRIKE PREP
An U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft before strike operations in Syria, Sept. 26, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package engaging targets against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf
09/29/2014 : HEAD TO HEAD
Marine Corps Col. T. Shane Tomko, left, and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Mack butt heads after giving a motivational speech to the Marine team before members play the first sitting volleyball kick-off sport of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. The team includes active duty and veteran wounded, ill and injured Marines attached to or supported by the Wounded Warrior Regiment. Tomko is the regiment's commanding officer and Mack is the unit's sergeant major. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Quezada
09/29/2014 : WOOD WEIGHT
U.S. Army Spc. Gary Oakley tears down one of the older buildings on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2014. Crews are dismantling all non-enduring structures to reduce sustainment costs and increase force protection. Oakley is a combat engineer assigned to the 304th Engineer Company. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Luksan
09/28/2014 : OLYMPIC TORCH
Marine Corps Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom
09/27/2014 : POOL TIME
Army Capt. Ashley Ritchie dives into the U.S. Olympic Training Center pool while practicing for the upcoming Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 26, 2014. Ritchie is competing for the U.S. Special Operations Command. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom
09/26/2014 : RECORDING NOTES
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Raschka writes on a tactical board in the combat information center on the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea, Sept. 22, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
09/26/2014 : LETTING LOOSE
Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Stalder, front, and Marine Corps Sgt. Clayton McDaniel, back, aim downrange and discuss shots during archery practice for the upcoming Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Quezada
09/26/2014 : AFGHANISTAN PATROL
A U.S. Marine launches an unmanned aerial vehicle during a security patrol in the area of Haji Tahir Estates, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The security patrols disrupt enemy operations against the Bastion-Leatherneck complex. The Marines and sailors are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
09/26/2014 : CYCLING MARINES
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Vickery, left, and Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Levi Marshall ride recumbent cycles during cycling practice in preparation for the 2014 Warrior Games on Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 20, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Ryan Powell
09/26/2014 : REBOUND REACH
Marine Corps athletes participate in wheelchair basketball practice in preparation for the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 20, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo
09/26/2014 : FUTURE MARINE
Marine recruit John Sullivan responds to drill instructors at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sept. 25, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
09/26/2014 : WARRIOR FAMILY
Marine Corps Sgt. Andres Burgos practices archery at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where a group of 39 Marines and one Navy corpsman spent two weeks in September training together in preparation for the Warrior Games. The annual competition for wounded, ill and injured service members is running through Oct. 4. DoD screen shot
09/26/2014 : PARATROOPERS JUMP
U.S. Army paratroopers descend at Juliet Drop Zone near Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014, with the Italian Dolomite mountain range behind them. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and based in Vicenza, Italy. U.S. Army photo by Davide Dalla Massara
09/26/2014 : COALITION BUILDING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a press conference at the Pentagon September 26, 2014. Hagel said defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, will require a long-term commitment by the U.S. and its allies on many fronts, and will not be achieved by air strikes alone. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/26/2014 : EMPLOYER SUPPORT RECOGNITION
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanks audience members and recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 26, 2014. Fifteen private- and public-sector employers from across the country were recognized for exceptional support of their employees who serve the nation in the National Guard and Reserve. It is the highest recognition that DoD bestows to employers for such support. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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