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09/19/2014 : PARIS WALK
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, walks with French Army Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of defense staff, outside the French Ministry of Defense in Paris, Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
09/19/2014 : MARINE MARKSMEN
Marines participate in the marksmanship phase of a close-quarters tactics course on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 9, 2014. The course allows Marines to sharpen skills in engaging targets with pistols and rifles in close quarters. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. DoD screen shot
09/19/2014 : POW REMEMBRANCE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand for the invocation during the National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/19/2014 : SLED HOCKEY
Army veteran Rico Roman handles a puck during a sled hockey game in Rockville, Md., Sept. 18, 2014. Roman is a member of the gold medal U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/19/2014 : MOUNTAIN MOMENT
Lance Cpl. Dominique Sparacino pauses while on patrol during Mountain Exercise 2014 on Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
09/19/2014 : NORMANDY REMEMBRANCE
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, salute after laying a wreath at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France, Sept. 18, 2014. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
09/19/2014 : HEART TO HEART
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gives former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a hug after introducing him as the guest speaker at the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept.19, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
09/19/2014 : LAYING A WREATH
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, lay a wreath at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France, Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
09/19/2014 : AMERICAN CEMETERY
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, tour the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France, Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
09/18/2014 : LEAP FROGS
Members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, come in for a landing during the Baltimore Star-Spangled Spectacular at Clifton Park, Baltimore, Sept. 12, 2014. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Larry S. Carlson
09/18/2014 : BEST WARRIOR
Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Robinson, Ark., Sept. 16, 2014. Montgomery is assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard. The annual competition determines the best of the 350,000 Guardsmen nationwide. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores
09/18/2014 : A SPECTACULAR LANDING
Navy Chief Brad Woodard comes in for a landing in front of students from Reach Partnership School and Heritage High School during the Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 12, 2014. Woodard is a member of the Leap Frongs, the U.S. Navy's parachute demonstration team. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Larry S. Carlson
09/18/2014 : HAGEL TESTIMONY
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/18/2014 : ENGAGING THE ENEMY
U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers complete a recent reconnaissance patrol mission under enemy fire in Helmand province without taking any casualties. The Marines are assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
09/18/2014 : INFANTRY RUSH
Army Sgt. Jonathan Gallogla rushes under direct fire during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2014. Gallogla is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company B, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The division is based in Alaska. The badge is awarded to Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties and successfully pass the rigors of the course. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
09/17/2014 : PARIS GREETING
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets U.S. Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Sept. 17, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
09/17/2014 : MEDAL OF HONOR EMOTION
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins with the Medal of Honor flag after inducting him into the Hall of Heroes during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/17/2014 : A HERO'S WALK
Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins shares a laugh with a soldier after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel inducted him into the Hall of Heroes during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/17/2014 : KENDALL ADDRESS
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, gives the keynote address at the Air Force Association's event at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 17, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit
09/17/2014 : SINKING EXERCISE
The USS Stethem launches a harpoon missile near Guam, Sept. 15, 2014, during a sinking exercise. The Stethem is on patrol with the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer
09/17/2014 : SOUND SWIM
A soldier prepares to swim ashore while conducting infiltrating operations in Santa Rosa Sound, Fla., Sept. 9, 2014. The soldier is a Green Beret assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. The soldiers in his unit honed their waterborne infiltration skills before conducting missions that included hostage rescue and sensitive site exploitation. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Henson
09/17/2014 : NATO EXERCISE
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. soldier, foreground, assists Italian paratroopers before an air assault during NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin II on Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 7, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. The exercise, which involves more than 2,000 troops from nine nations, takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Venessa Hernandez
09/17/2014 : MONITORING MOVEMENT
U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Lockett, right, stands next to a linguist and scans the area using his weapon's optic lens to monitor movement in Hakim Jan village, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2014. Lockett is a platoon leader assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. and Afghan troops patrolled to gather intelligence and assist with security in the area. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
09/17/2014 : OBAMA AT MACDILL
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 17, 2104. Obama traveled to the base to speak with troops and meet with Centcom leaders to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center back, attended the event. U.S. Central Command photo
09/16/2014 : MARINE MUSCLE
U.S. Navy sailors pull a combat rubber raiding craft carrying Marines into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during amphibious operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray
09/16/2014 : SENATE TESTIMONY
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, 2014. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/16/2014 : HAGEL REMARKS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, 2014. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/16/2014 : National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014
Each year the nation sets aside Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country. In this special report in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Defense Department celebrates the strength, pride and honor throughout the history of Hispanics' service in our nation's military. National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014
09/16/2014 : HEROES INDUCTION
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offers remarks at a ceremony to induct retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2014. Presented Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Adkins and posthumously to Sloat the day before at the White House. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/16/2014 : A HERO'S MOMENT
Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins tells a joke before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel inducts him into the Hall of Heroes during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2014. President Barack Obama award the Medal of Honor to Adkins the day before at the White House. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/16/2014 : CEMENT CREW
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Suyat and Philippine volunteers mix cement for a classroom foundation during one of two humanitarian projects preceding Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in Palawan, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2014. Suyat is assigned to Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro
09/16/2014 : CLEARING PROCEDURE
U.S. soldiers show Ukrainian troops the proper procedures for clearing a room during Exercise Rapid Trident in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to U.S. Army Europe’s Company C, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard
09/15/2014 : NATIONAL FLAG
Service members hoist a replica of the original Star-Spangled Banner during the Dawn’s Early Light Ceremony on Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Sept. 14, 2014, honoring the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Pamela J. Boehland
09/15/2014 : I AM A SURVIVOR
The second of a four-part DoD News series tells how one sailor's decisive moment turned him back from the brink of suicide. DoD screen shot
09/15/2014 : FIRE DRILL
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Colby H. Phipps takes part in a fire drill on the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Shiloh is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham
09/15/2014 : ADMIRAL'S HANDSHAKE
U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with retired U.S. Army Sgt. Monica Southall after she won a gold medal during the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 12, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee
09/15/2014 : BRAKE LINE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
09/15/2014 : LINE JUMP
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. and Canadian paratroopers prepare for a static line jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules during exercise Steadfast Javelin II on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO exercise involving more than 2,000 troops from nine nations, and takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Chacon
09/15/2014 : AFGHAN CHAT
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Wilfredo Rios talks with an Afghan child during a patrol west of Gereshk district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2014. Rios is a section leader assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal
09/15/2014 : ORDERED CHAOS
U.S. Air Force Academy cadets arrive in Colorado Springs, Colo., where they go through the transition of civilian life to that of a cadet preparing to become a military officer. The cadets learn everything from how to wear an Air Force uniform to discovering that they are not going to have the typical college experience. DoD screen shot
09/15/2014 : MEDAL OF HONOR
President Barack Obama, right, applauds as Dr. William Sloat, of Enid, Okla., holds the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to his late brother, former Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, during a ceremony at the White House, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2014. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base in Vietnam, on Jan. 17, 1970. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/15/2014 : RAPID TRIDENT
A U.S. soldier stands in formation during Exercise Rapid Trident’s opening ceremony in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 15, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual U.S. Army Europe-conducted, Ukrainian-led multinational exercise designed to enhance interoperability with allied and partner nations while promoting regional stability and security. The soldier is assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard
09/15/2014 : HONOREE'S SALUTE
Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins salutes after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2014. Adkins, then a sergeant first class, distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau in Vietnam, from March 9, 1966, through March 12, 1966. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/12/2014 : HALFTIME TALK
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the crowd during halftime of a USA Basketball Women's National Team exhibition game at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., Sept. 11, 2014. Service members and basketball players exchanged dog tags and commemorative coins during a halftime ceremony. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard
09/12/2014 : DOG TAG DUO
Military personnel and members of the USA Basketball Women's National Team exchange dog tags and commemorative coins during halftime of the team's intersquad exhibition game at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., Sept. 11, 2014. Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted a 9/11 event during the game. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard
09/12/2014 : DIVER TRAINING
Marines take a combat diver course in Panama City, Fla., to effectively function as a dive team member to support operating forces. DoD screen shot
09/12/2014 : ANTHEM SALUTE
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes the flag during the playing of the National Anthem before a USA Basketball Women's National Team intersquad exhibition game at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., Sept, 11, 2014. Military personnel and team members exchanged dog tags and commemorative coins during a halftime ceremony. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard
09/12/2014 : ARMED FORCES FAREWELL
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, second from right, and U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, stand during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to Levin and McKeon on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
09/12/2014 : MEDAL MOMENT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents a medal to U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to Levin and U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
09/12/2014 : DEFENSE DISCUSSIONS
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, third from left, meets with Norwegian State Secretary for Defense Oystein Bo, third from right, at the Pentagon, Sept. 12, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
09/11/2014 : AFGHANISTAN SALUTE
Coalition forces salute the U.S. flag during a 9/11 ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March
09/11/2014 : PENTAGON MEMORIAL
Lights are shown illuminating the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon, Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial was created to remember and honor those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
09/11/2014 : HONOR THE LOST
Lights are shown illuminating the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial as the sun sets at the Pentagon, Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial was created to remember and honor those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
09/11/2014 : MEMORIAL MOMENT
Lights illuminate the Pentagon Memorial as the sun sets at the Pentagon, Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial honors those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Laura Buchta
09/11/2014 : 9/11 REMEMBRANCE
Officials began 9/11 commemoration activities by unfurling an American flag over the side of the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014. DoD screen shot
09/11/2014 : DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
President Barack Obama lays a wreath to honor those who died in the 9/11 terorrist attacks during a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit
09/11/2014 : HAGEL REMARKS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, speaks as President Barack Obama, left, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand next to him during a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. DoD screen shot
09/11/2014 : COMMEMORATING 9/11
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, speaks as President Barack Obama, left, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand next to him during a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Laura Buchta
09/11/2014 : OFFICIAL SALUTE
President Barack Obama, right, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salute the American flag as the national anthem plays during the ceremony to commemorate 9/11 at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
09/10/2014 : DISCUS DANCE
Retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Max Rohn winds up to throw a discus during training for the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 8, 2014. U.S. Team members will train for three days before the competition. The international event is designed for injured, wounded and ill service members and veterans. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee
09/10/2014 : Suicide Prevention and Awareness
One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2014. Special Suicide Prevention and Awareness
09/10/2014 : MAKING PLANS
The U.S. sitting volleyball team makes plans before a preliminary match at the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 9, 2014. The international competition brings together wounded, injured and ill service members in the spirit of friendly athletic competition. U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines represent the United States in the competition. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua D. Sheppard
09/10/2014 : TRAINING SWIM
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer swims across the London Aquatics Centre competition pool as he trains for the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 8, 2014. Kacer's left arm was amputated above the elbow. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations will take part in the international sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill service members and veterans. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee
09/10/2014 : ROPE WORK
U.S. sailors rappel onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a helicopter rope exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 9, 2014. The George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The sailors are assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
09/10/2014 : OFFENSIVE GUARDSMAN
Air Force Capt. Ben Garland, a member of the Colorado Air National Guard, made the final roster as an offensive guard for the Denver Broncos. In this video Garland explains the importance of staying resilient, embracing teamwork, and the challenges of balancing a civilian and military life. DoD screen shot
09/10/2014 : SIDE THROW
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Garcia throws a practice grenade during a training class on Silver Flag Alpha, Nevada, Aug. 30, 2014. Students completed the course as part of their predeployment training. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen
09/10/2014 : HONOR FLAG
U.S. Army Sgts. Rovin Seosankar, left, and Jennifer Pineda hold a 9/11 commemorative flag on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2014. Seosankar is a financial analyst and Pineda is a finance noncommissioned officer assigned to New York Army National Guard's 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell
09/09/2014 : BLUE BEACH, RED FLAGS
U.S. Navy Seaman Sydney Stewart directs a landing craft air cushion as it arrives on Blue Beach, Okinawa, Sept. 8, 2014, during efforts to load equipment onto the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne
09/09/2014 : REALISTIC TRAINING
Soldiers train to improve their skills and build muscle memory, preparing for the day they will have to put their skills to the test. DoD screen shot
09/09/2014 : CHAIRMAN INSIGHTS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Defense Department senior executives during an orientation program at the Pentagon, Sept. 9, 2014. Offered twice a year, the program provides the new senior executives with a practical and theoretical understanding of the structure of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the combatant commands, the Joint Staff and military departments. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
09/09/2014 : ATLANTIC RESOLVE
Operation Atlantic Resolve shows U.S. commitment to NATO allies and helps build collective security in Eastern Europe. DoD screen shot
09/09/2014 : INVICTUS TRAINING
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Matt Hammond participates in an indoor rowing session during the first day of practice for the 2014 Invictus Games in London, Sept. 8, 2014. Twenty wounded, ill or injured Marines from the Wounded Warrior Regiment are competing for the U.S. Team during the international games. U.S. Team members will train for three days before the competition. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Victoria Long
09/08/2014 : LUCKY LEAP
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Mitchell D. Crowther leaps into the water from a Marine Corps UH-1Z Venom helicopter in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 4, 2014. The Venom is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 236, which is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan. Crowther is a naval aircrewman, helicopter. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo
09/08/2014 : PULLUP POWER
Marine Corps Sgt. Matt Boulis performs a supine pullup during an all-hands physical training session in Holt, Mich., Sept. 4, 2014. The event, which drew more than 60 Marines, included pullup variations, kettlebell exercises, medicine ball throws and partner abdominal workouts. Boulis is a recruiter assigned to Recruiting Substation Grand Rapids North, Recruiting Station Lansing, Mich. U.S. Marine Coprs photo by Sgt. Kevin Maynard
09/08/2014 : HUMAN WEAPON
After two decades in special operations units, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman used a University of Pittsburgh program to rejuvenate his career as a combat controller. U.S. Special Operations Command’s Human Performance Program helps rebuild operator’s bodies and teaches them preventative training methods. DoD screen shot
09/08/2014 : RESTORING HOPE
A troubled sailor rejects suicide in "Restoring Hope: A Journey Back from the Brink," the first of a four-part DoD News series, on suicide prevention. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
09/08/2014 : CONVOY VIEW
A U.S. Army Stryker infantry carrier vehicle convoys across the flightline during Steadfast Javelin II, a NATO exercise, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
09/08/2014 : PORTRAIT PALS
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, right, presents U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a photo of the two of them taken shortly before their meeting at the Ministry of National Defense in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 8, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/08/2014 : WREATH RECOGNITION
Turkish soldiers march a wreath bearing the name of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as Hagel follows several paces behind at Anitkabir in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 8, 2014. The tomb at Anitkabir is the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who lead the Turkish War of Independence. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/07/2014 : RENDERING HONORS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, render honors as the National Anthem is played before a football game between the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/07/2014 : GEORGIAN WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, walks with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania past an honor cordon during a welcome ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 7, 2014. Hagel is making his first visit to Georgia as defense secretary. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/07/2014 : PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, finishes a meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili at the presidential palace in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept., 7, 2014. Hagel and Margvelashvili discussed the enduring relationship between the two countries and safeguarding against regional instabilities. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/06/2014 : RECRUIT SALUTE
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes a seaman recruit during his visit to Recruit Training Command on Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., Sept. 5, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/06/2014 : ARRIVAL IN GEORGIA
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, shakes hands with Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili as he arrives in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 6, 2014. Hagel is making his first visit to Georgia as defense secretary, part of a six-day international trip. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/05/2014 : HAWK MAINTENANCE
Army Spc. Tomas Hernandez inspects the tail rotor of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before pilots conduct night flight training on the Aviation Support Facility in Isla Grande, Puerto Rico, Sept. 2, 2014. Hernandez is a crew chief assigned to the Puerto Rico National Guard. Puerto Rico National Guard photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Pablo Pantoja
09/05/2014 : FALCON READY
Air Force Maj. Curtis Dougherty prepares to taxi his F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for takeoff during a practice show in Kalispell, Mont., Aug. 29, 2014. Dougherty is a pilot assigned to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
09/05/2014 : WATER WORK
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Gerasimchik explores an underwater wreck during a joint dive with Colombian divers in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 1, 2014. Gerasimchik is a diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. The divers are in Colombia as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Cote
09/05/2014 : BUNDLE DROP
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Martin, left, and Staff Sgt. Christopher Rector observe a deployed bundle air dropped from a C-130 Hercules aircraft from a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter over Shimoda Bay, Japan, Aug. 31, 2014. Martin and Rector are assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe
09/05/2014 : WARM GREETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen prior to a meeting during the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/05/2014 : SMALL CHAT
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, right, have a lighthearted conversation prior to the start of a multilateral Iraqi support meeting during the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 5, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/05/2014 : COMBAT BREACH
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ace Rheaume breaks down a door during close-quarters battle training as part of Fleet Combat Camera Pacific's Summer Quick Shot 2014 in the Angeles National Forest, Calif., Sept. 2, 2014. Quick Shot is a semiannual field exercise designed to train combat camera personnel to operate in a combat environment. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Carson
09/05/2014 : HOVERCRAFT
A landing craft departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown for an equipment onload at White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The Germantown is forward-deployed and assigned to the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray
09/04/2014 : DEMPSEY TOWN HALL
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, communicates with service members as he hosts a Facebook town hall meeting from his office at the Pentagon, Sept. 4, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
09/04/2014 : WALES WELCOME
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey during the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/04/2014 : NATO SUMMIT
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left of center, meets with other NATO defense secretaries during the NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/04/2014 : OBAMA GREETING
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with U.S. and Estonian soldiers during a troop visit event in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. During his address, Obama reminded the troops of their role as they trained together in the region, saying: “You are sending a powerful message that as NATO allies we stand together.” The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Estonian Defense Forces photo by Seaman Keio Raamat
09/04/2014 : REFUELING POINT
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Samantha Medellin ensures fuel is properly flowing to a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter at a forward arming and refueling point on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Sept. 3, 2014. Medellin is a nozzle operator assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274. The refueling point on Camp Bastion's airfield plays a key part in ensuring that Marine air support has fuel for Regional Command Southwest missions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March
09/04/2014 : SUMMIT MEETING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, sits down for a meeting with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, right, during a NATO summit in Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. DoD Twitter image
09/04/2014 : FORWARD DIRECTION
U.S. sailors prepare to launch an E-2C Hawkeye from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 1, 2014. The Geocarrier is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The sailors are assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Stephens
09/04/2014 : SMOKE COVER
U.S. Marines and Malaysian soldiers participate in a combined amphibious assault as part of Malaysia-United States Amphibious Exercise 2014 in Lahad Datu, Malaysia, Sept. 2, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger
09/03/2014 : NIGHT DROP
U.S. Senior Airman Jon Woerzburger awaits engine start prior to a humanitarian airdrop mission over Amirli, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2014. Two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft dropped 79 container delivery system bundles of drinking water totaling 7,513 gallons. Woerzburg is a C-17 flying crew chief with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young
09/03/2014 : DELTA LOOP
The Air Force Thunderbirds, the service's air demonstration team, perform the delta loop maneuver during a practice show in Kalispell, Mont., Aug. 29, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
09/03/2014 : CHOCK DASH
Air Force Staff Sgt. Francisco Garrigas prepares to chock Air Force Maj. Blaine Jones's F16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after returning from a performance during the Mountain Madness 2014 air show in Kalispell, Mont., Aug. 29, 2014. Garrigas is an assistant dedicated crew chief assigned to the Air Force Thunderbirds, the service's air demonstration team. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
09/03/2014 : TRIP TALK
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, talks with Air Force Col. John C. Millard, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, before he boards a military aircraft on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 3, 2014. Hagel will attend the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance in Newport, R.I. After speaking there, he will travel to Wales for a NATO summit. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/03/2014 : RETROGRADE TRAINING
As U.S. forces draw down in Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force pararescuemen use vacated barracks as a training ground to keep themselves mission ready. DoD screen shot
09/03/2014 : Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists in Ira
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. Targeted Operations Against ISIL Terrorists in Ira
09/03/2014 : NAVY SPRINTER
Seaman Rodney Martin, an Olympic sprinter, transitioned from Team USA to a military career. DoD screen shot
09/03/2014 : 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
09/03/2014 : WAR COLLEGE WALK
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with Navy Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III, president of the U.S. Naval War College, as he prepares to participate in a forum at the college in Newport, R.I., Sept. 3, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/03/2014 : INDUSTRY ALLIANCE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks to the exhibit hall with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island as he visits the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance's Defense Innovation Days in Newport, R.I., Sept. 3, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/03/2014 : QUESTION SESSION
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, talks with Jim Sciutto, CNN's chief national security correspondent, during a session at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., Sept. 3, 2014. Hagel answered questions about possible U.S. responses to the terrorist group ISIS and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
09/02/2014 : CLIFF HANGER
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Julio C. Miranda Jr. rappels down a cliff during Mountain Exercise 2014 on Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Miranda is an infantry rifleman assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
09/02/2014 : DOOR BREACH
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Brady, Staff Sgt. Jason Lee, and Senior Airman Thomas Schalin, breach a door and prepare to clear a room during a mission rehearsal on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2014. Brady, Lee and Schalin are assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
09/02/2014 : LIGHT ADJUSTMENT
U.S. Air Force Capt. Erica Stooksbury adjusts the cockpit lighting controls as the sun rises after a humanitarian airdrop mission over Amirli, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2014. Stooksbury is a C-17 Globemaster III pilot assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
09/02/2014 : FANTAIL FIRE
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Jebens, left, watches as Airman Joel Ochoa fires a machine gun from the fantail of the USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 29, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
09/02/2014 : CALL FOR FIRE
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts calls for fire during artillery training on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy is a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Inf. Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
09/02/2014 : FIRE FIGHT
U.S. soldiers run into hostile fire as they conduct a foot patrol in Afghanistan. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. DoD screen shot
09/02/2014 : WELCOME KISS
A paratrooper kisses a family member during a welcome home ceremony on Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Aug. 25, 2014. The ceremony was conducted to welcome home the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who were deployed to Afghanistan for eight months. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eliverto V. Larios
09/02/2014 : FORCE TRAINING
U.S. sailors fire M9 pistols during a ship's reaction force training course on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 26, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse A. Hyatt
08/31/2014 : AIRDROP PREP
U.S. Air Force Master Sgts. Stephen Brown and Emily Edmunds attach candy to container delivery system bundles filled with fresh drinking water on a C-17 Globemaster III in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over the area of Amirli, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2014. The candy was collected by the squadron to supplement United States’ humanitarian aid. Brown and Edmunds, loadmasters, are assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
08/29/2014 : OATH OF OFFICE
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administers the oath of office to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/29/2014 : OUTGOING SALUTE
Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, outgoing commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, salutes at the conclusion of the change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. McRaven relinquished command to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/29/2014 : INCOMING COMMANDER
Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III, incoming commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, salutes during the change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/29/2014 : FAREWELL HANDSHAKE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, outgoing commander of U.S. Special Operations, during the change-of-command ceremony for the command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. McRaven relinquished command to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/29/2014 : DISMANTLING DISCUSSION
U.S. Marine Cpls. Armondo Cortez, left, and Estevan D. Hernandeza discuss their plan for dismantling the command operation center during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Aug. 15, 2014. Cortez, a data network specialist, and Hernandez, a telephone switchboard and personal computer intermediate repairer, are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
08/29/2014 : RICE REGIME
U.S. Marine Sgt. Omar Forrester puts a pot of rice on the grill during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Aug. 15, 2014. Forrester is a food service specialist assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
08/29/2014 : LAST LOOK
Army K-9 officer Daga, a Belgian Malinois, looks into the crowd during the inactivation ceremony for the 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army Alaska, at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. The 793rd Military Police Battalion was activated on Dec. 26, 1942, on Camp Maxey, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
08/29/2014 : National Preparedness Month - 2014
Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. National Preparedness Month, observed every September, serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us. National Preparedness Month - 2014
08/29/2014 : IN FORMATION
An F/A-18C Hornet and an F/A-18E Super Hornet fly in formation over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 24, 2014. The carrier is conducting qualifications off the coast of Southern California as part of the ship's Western Pacific Deployment 2014. The F/A-18C Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and the F/A-18E Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell
08/29/2014 : FUTURE VISION
Navy Seaman Marico Dean holds his daughter for the first time as he returns on the attack submarine USS Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 26, 2014. The submarine, which arrived at its homeport on Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment, will begin the inactivation process in 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shannon D. Barnwell
08/29/2014 : TRAINING ROOM
U.S. Navy Chief Steven Shinault prepares a training room before a firefighting drill at Surface Warfare Officer School for Fire Fighting and Damage Control Training at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 26, 2014. The school provides realistic firefighting training for sailors and officers on Fleet Activities Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Liam Kennedy
08/29/2014 : WASH DOWN
Navy Seaman Ramey Herrera checks the countermeasure wash-down system on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The Carl Vinson is off the coast of Southern California conducting carrier qualifications as part of a deployment to the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell
08/29/2014 : WORKING WONDERS
Marine Corps Cpl. Freddy Cantu pushes his body to its physical limits during a workout session on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014. Cantu is a cyber network administrator assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos
08/29/2014 : NEW COMMANDER
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, passes the U.S. Special Operations Command flag to incoming commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during a change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/29/2014 : MESSAGE MOMENT
U.S. Navy Seaman Marten Palomo, right, relays a message to Petty Officer 2nd Class Julius Gomez during an engineering casualty drill on the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28, 2014. The frigate is patrolling in 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 Derek A. Harkins
08/28/2014 : 'SMOKEY' MISSION
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Swisher, left, and Lance Cpl. Cornelio Vasquez carry a container of GTR-18 missiles, also known as "Smokey Sams," away from an MV-22B Osprey during a threat-reaction exercise on an island near Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 26, 2014. The exercise enables pilots to stay up to date on their qualifications while keeping an alert mindset for arising combat scenarios. Swisher and Vasquez are ordnancemen assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 152. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D. A. Walters
08/28/2014 : HOWITZER HOWL
U.S. soldiers fire a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on the airfield from Forward Operating Base Pasab. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ariel Solomon
08/28/2014 : RETRO MOTION
U.S. Marines motion to the operator of a multipurpose vehicle during a retrograde operation on Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 14, 2014. The operation was designed to retrograde the majority of excess gear and equipment, including air-conditioning units and containers for living quarters. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas
08/28/2014 : AVIATION TRADITION
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Misheff flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2014. Misheff is a crew chief assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service members as part of aviation tradition. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Lewis
08/28/2014 : CLOSE AIR CALL
Soldiers perform close air support training with the Air Force during Red Flag Alaska at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. The exercise is an opportunity for the services to gain experience integrating and synchronizing their efforts, allowing them to work together more effectively in combat. The soldiers are assigned to 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD screen shot
08/27/2014 : CEREMONIAL CHAT
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III; U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove; U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell; and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph H. Dunford Jr. before NATO's International Security Assistance Force change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2014. Campbell, former Army vice chief of staff, assumed command from Dunford. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/27/2014 : RETRO WORK
U.S. Marines conduct retrograde operations on Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The Marines are assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
08/27/2014 : COMBAT MASTERS
Members of the Army's 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment serve as opposing forces at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., a role the regiment has performed since 1994. The soldiers have significant combat experience and use their knowledge of insurgent tactics to help other units prepare for battle. DoD screen shot
08/27/2014 : REFUELING OVER IRAQ
A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
08/27/2014 : SMOKE COVER
U.S. Marines fire their weapons under the cover of smoke during an assault on an enemy position during Exercise Koolendong on Bradshaw Training Area, Australia, Aug. 16, 2014. During the exercise, Marines established a bilateral expeditionary command in austere conditions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James Gulliver
08/27/2014 : CALLING IN
Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos, foreground, prepares to call in air support during evening operations on a gunnery range as part of Operation Northern Strike 2014 in Grayling, Mich., Aug. 13, 2014. Vamvakos is a tactical air control party specialist assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
08/27/2014 : GUNNER'S GAZE
A U.S. Marine provides security from the gunner's turret of his track vehicle during an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2014. The Marines are charged with protecting and clearing all threats near Bastion and Leatherneck camps. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas
08/27/2014 : HANGAR BAY OPERATIONS
U.S. sailors work in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 21, 2014. The George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Stephens
08/26/2014 : VALOR TO VICTORY
Former Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Sweeney lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Nowzad, Afghanistan, in September 2009. Five years later, he has become a member of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. DoD screen shot
08/26/2014 : SLING-LOAD OPERATIONS
A Marine directs an MV-22 Osprey aircraft for support Marine Helicopter Support Team during sling-load operations on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jordan E. Gilbert
08/26/2014 : READY DETONATION
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Acosta, left, cuts detonation cord as U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Carlos N. Diaz pulls it tight during Exercise Koolendong 14 on Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, Aug. 17, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joey S. Holeman Jr.
08/26/2014 : HOOK UP
Soldiers hook a Howitzer artillery gun to a CH-47 Chinook during a sling-load training exercise on Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 14, 2014. The artillery soldiers are with the 12th Field Artillery Regiment, and the helicopter is with 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault
08/25/2014 : BACK TO BASICS
New Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Allyn said soldiers are preparing to be ready, agile and adaptive as the force gets smaller. DoD screen shot
08/25/2014 : SECURITY WATCH
U.S. Army Spc. Jon Sweatt provides security during evening hours in Morghan Kachah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Sweatt, an infantryman, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
08/25/2014 : NORTHERN STRIKE
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos, left, and Latvian Cpl. Janis Gabranis, right, carry U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance A. Liggett to a medical evacuation point after a simulated roadside bomb explosion during Operation Northern Strike 2014 on Grayling Air Gunnery Range in Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14, 2014. Vamvakos and Liggett are tactical air control party specialists assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
08/25/2014 : MINE CLEARING
Soldiers detonate a mine-clearing line charge during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 on the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 10, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
08/25/2014 : SOLDIERS BUILD
Soldiers shovel a load of gravel to create a tent pad at Joliet Training Area in Elwood, Ill., Aug. 14, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret
08/25/2014 : FINAL FLIGHT
U.S. Marines from Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 support Partnership of the Americas in Chile. The Marines flew in what was likely the final deployment of CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, which are being phased out of service after five decades. DoD screen shot
08/24/2014 : USS SHILOH LUNCH
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work eats lunch with U.S. sailors assigned to the USS Shiloh on Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 23, 2014, during his trip the the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/24/2014 : ATTACK SQUADRON
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work gets a tour of a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 23, 2014, during his visit to the Asia-Pacific region. The Hornet is assigned to the All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/24/2014 : SHIP TOUR
U.S. Navy Capt. Kurush F. Morris, left, briefs U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work on the capabilities of the USS Shiloh during a tour of the ship on Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 23, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/24/2014 : NIGHT GOGGLES
U.S. Marine Sgt. Lonnie Smith Jr., right, makes sure U.S. Marines understand how to use night-vision goggles and advanced target pointers during night training at a range on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 19, 2014. Smith is a flight equipment technician assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the Marines with their equipment and prepare them to react to any possible contingency during the defense of Bastion Airfield. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March
08/24/2014 : TEDDY BEAR CARE
A teddy bear accompanies a halal meal in a C-130 Hercules before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 14, 2014. An American child donated the teddy bear to offer support for children trapped in the Iraq conflict. U.S. airmen assisted with the airdrop, which included bottled water and food for displaced citizens of Sinjar, Iraq. Brawley is a loadmaster assigned to the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
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