Lead Photo Images
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
08/28/2014 : 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 : 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
08/27/2014 : 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 : 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
08/27/2014 : 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
08/26/2014 : 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.
08/22/2014 : HONOR CORDON
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, hosts an honor cordon for Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/22/2014 : TOKYO BRIEFING
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, and Japanese Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda answer questions about U.S. and Japanese partnerships and how to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region during a press conference in Tokyo, Aug. 22, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/22/2014 : U.S., JAPANESE PARTNERSHIPS
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work attends a meeting hosted by Japanese Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda during a visit to Tokyo, Aug. 22, 2014. During the meeting, defense leaders discuss U.S. and Japanese partnerships and ways to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/22/2014 : COMBAT CAPABILITY
Airmen on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., participate in a combat readiness drill designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress. DoD screen shot
08/22/2014 : GLOBEMASTER GLOW
U.S. airmen load mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron and 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Air mobility is a key part of Operation Enduring Freedom's ongoing retrograde of people and equipment throughout Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
08/22/2014 : RED DRAGON
Exercise Red Dragon is underway on Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, giving service members realistic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training. DoD screen shot
08/21/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/21/2014 : HAGEL RESPONSE
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
08/21/2014 : DEFENSE LEADERS
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng in front of the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/21/2014 : FIRE SUPPRESSION
Marine Cpl. Kyle James, left, and Marine Sgt. Ruben Ochoa battle an aircraft fire during aircraft rescue and firefighting training on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Aug. 14, 2014. James and Ochoa are firefighting specialists assigned to Headquarters Squadron. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. J.R. Heins
08/21/2014 : DOG TAG
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shows off a dog tag before the U.S. national men’s basketball team’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Aug. 20, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/21/2014 : BASKETBALL TALK
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with reporters during a joint press conference with National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver before the U.S. national men’s basketball exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York, Aug. 20, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/21/2014 : QUESTION SESSION
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work hosts an all-call meeting to answer questions from military personnel on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 21, 2014. Work is meeting with leaders and troops during a trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/20/2014 : OPEN ARMS
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Culbertson greets his son after a six-month deployment on the attack submarine USS New Hampshire, which returned to its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Aug. 13, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski
08/20/2014 : DUNKER TRAINING
U.S. soldiers experience real-world scenarios during underwater survivability training in Pohang, South Korea. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. DoD screen shot
08/20/2014 : SITTING SHOT PUT
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Ralph Dequebec practices the sitting shot put during the Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program in Portland, Ore., Aug. 19, 2014. Dequebec is assigned to Wounded Warrior Detachment Walter Reed. The program provided Marines and Marine Corps veterans with opportunities to engage in physical and cognitive activities outside of the traditional therapy setting. U.S. Army photo by Victoria Long
08/20/2014 : TEAM TASK
U.S. Marines discuss crowd control strategies with Chilean marines during Partnership of the Americas 2014 in Chile, Aug. 18, 2014. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability, and increase the capability to execute amphibious operations, peace support operations and humanitarian disaster relief. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Seeber
08/20/2014 : DEFENSE MEETING
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, meets with Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo during a meeting at the Minister of Defense Building in Seoul, Aug. 20, 2014, during the deputy defense secretary's trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/20/2014 : EVACUATION EXERCISE
Army Reserve soldiers carry a simulated casualty to an awaiting UH-60M helicopter during a medical evacuation exercise on Camp Blanding, Fla., Aug. 19, 2014. The Army Reserve soldiers are assigned to the 724th Military Police Battalion on Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The soldiers focused on movement and evacuation techniques as they trained with the Guard's C Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell
08/20/2014 : MISSILE LAUNCH
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt launches a rolling airframe missile in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 19, 2014. The test focused on its combat readiness and its ability to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles and other asymmetric threats. U.S. Navy photo
08/19/2014 : SOLO SEAMAN
A U.S. Navy seaman carries a fuel hose to refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 16, 2014. The ship is deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid and disaster relief while supporting the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl
08/19/2014 : TROOP TALK
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, listens and addresses a sailor during a question-and-answer session on Naval Base Guam, Aug. 19, 2014. Work is visiting Guam as part of his trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/19/2014 : WORK WELCOME
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, speaks with Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrew J. Toth, right, commander of the 36th Wing, as he arrives on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 19, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/19/2014 : RADIO REPORT
U.S. Marines radio a mass casualty report during Exercise Koolendong on Bradshaw Field Training Area in Australia, Aug. 18, 2014. The focus of the exercise is to establish a headquarters element for U.S. And Audtralian forces to direct ground, aviation and logistics capabilities in austere conditions. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Reel
08/19/2014 : FIRE FIGHTING
A military aircraft disperses a fire retardant compound as wildfires continue to threaten California communities. Officials with U.S. Northern Command say Defense Department aircraft have completed more than 130 airdrops since July 20, 2014, in efforts to fight multiple wildfires in several states. DoD screen shot
08/19/2014 : PARATROOPER TRAINING
Army paratroopers prepare to jump out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter into Big Lake, Alaska. Training for water landings involves practice time in a swimming pool. The paratroopers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Alaska, and the helicopter crew is assigned to the Alaska National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. DoD screen shot
08/19/2014 : NEW COMMANDER
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, right, relinquishes command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific to Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., left, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos spoke during the ceremony. DoD screen shot
08/18/2014 : SPRAY DAY
An airman uses a hose to spray off another airman's protective clothing while conducting a hazardous environment drill on Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the New York Air National Guard. After completing the course, the airmen will be certified to chemically decontaminate an area and provide first-line medical care to civilian victims.New York National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
08/18/2014 : TWO THUMBS UP
Army Staff Sgt. Charlie Hall, left, and Sgt. Courtney Ford exchange thumbs up before loading passengers and a small vehicle into a Chinook helicopter during a forced-entry mission at the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, La., Aug. 14, 2014. Hall, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter flight engineer, and Ford, a supply support activity squad leader, are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
08/18/2014 : OSPREY PROPELLERS
An MV-22 Osprey launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility, Aug. 16, 2014. The Makin Island is deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Osprey is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl
08/18/2014 : WORK GREETING
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, speaks with Air Force Col. David R. Mott, commander of the 60th Operations Group, as he arrives on Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 17, 2014, for an aircraft refueling stop during his trip to the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/18/2014 : HAWAII ARRIVAL
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, speaks with Air Force Brig. Gen. Dirk D. Smith, deputy director of operations for U.S. Pacific Command, as he arrives on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 17, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/18/2014 : HELICOPTER CARGO
Crew members unload cargo from a helicopter aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 8, 2014. The ship was modified and deployed to the area to dispose of Syrian chemical agents according to terms Syria accepted in late 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Desmond Parks
08/18/2014 : CRANKING
Seaman Apprentice Dillon Maddox talks about his experience as a food service attendant during a dirty duty otherwise known as "cranking." DoD screen shot
08/17/2014 : WORK SIGNS GUESTBOOK
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work signs the guestbook at the distinguished visitors lounge on Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif., Aug. 17, 2014. Work stopped to refuel on his way to Hawaii to meet with U.S. Pacific Command Commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III. From Hawaii, Work continues a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region, his first as deputy defense secretary, with stops planned in Guam, South Korea and Japan. DoD photo by Cheryl Pellerin
08/15/2014 : A FATHER'S RETURN
A U.S. sailor hugs his son after arriving in Fleet Activities Yokosuka on the USS Shiloh in Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8, 2014. The Shiloh returned from a three-month patrol to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Liam Kennedy
08/15/2014 : RECOVERY MISSION
Navy sailors return to the USS San Diego on rigid inflatable boats with researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of a recovery mission, Aug. 8, 2014. The sailors, assigned to the USS San Diego, and the Marines, assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recovered 11 personnel from three isolated islands. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus
08/15/2014 : WINNEFELD REMARKS
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to students and spouses attending a Capstone course at the National Defense University on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Aug. 15, 2014. The objective of the six-week course for senior defense leaders is to improve their effectiveness in planning and employing U.S. forces in joint and combined operations. The course is mandatory for senior officers in the U.S. military. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/15/2014 : BEST U.S. WARRIORS
U.S. soldiers participate in the Joint Multinational Training Command's three-day Best Warrior Competition on Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. DoD screen shot
08/15/2014 : QUALIFIED GUNNERS
Michigan National Guard soldiers train to become door gunners during Operation Northern Strike, a multinational combined arms training exercise near Alpena, Mich. DoD screen shot
08/15/2014 : NAVAL ZONE 3
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits Vietnam Naval Zone 3 in Da Nang, Vietnam, Aug. 15, 2014. Dempsey is the first chairman to visit the country since the Vietnam War. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/15/2014 : VETERANS VOICES
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work meets with members of veterans service organizations during a round-table meeting at the Pentagon, Aug. 14, 2014. DoD Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
08/15/2014 : FLASHLIGHT FOCUS
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Petrofsky uses a flashlight as he performs maintenance on the exhaust system of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2014. Vehicle maintainers are responsible for maintaining and repairing mission-essential vehicles. Petrofsky is a vehicle maintenance equipment mechanic assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez
08/15/2014 : HONORING THE FALLEN
The funeral procession of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene enters Arlington National Cemetery during a military funeral in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2014. Greene was the highest-ranking service member killed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
08/15/2014 : BENEDICTION
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, left, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, and Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, bow their heads for benediction during a military funeral to honor U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Eboni Everson-Myart
08/15/2014 : CEMETERY SALUTE
An Army honor guard carries the casket of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene during his funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2014. Greene was the highest-ranking service member killed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Gregory L. Jones
08/15/2014 : TRAINER JET
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, looks at one of the trainer jets members of the Vietnam Air Division 372 use in Da Nang, Vietnam, Aug. 15, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/14/2014 : MEETING WITH WORK
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work greets U.S. Rep. Madeleine Bordallo of Guam at the Pentagon, Aug. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit
08/14/2014 : USS CONSTITUTION
The USS Constitution heads for dry dock restoration until 2018, but visitors can still tour the historic vessel through September. DoD screen shot
08/14/2014 : HANOI MEETING
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aug. 14, 2014. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/14/2014 : HONOR GUARD CEREMONY
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participates in a Vietnamese honor guard ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aug. 14, 2014. The ministry manages, coordinates and supervises military affairs, including all military units, paramilitary units and similar agencies in the country. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/14/2014 : MARINE MISSION
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with U.S. Marines in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aug. 14, 2014. The primary mission of the Marine Security Guard is to provide internal security at designated U.S. facilities to prevent the compromise of classified material vital to the national security. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/14/2014 : DEFENSE COUNTERPARTS
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walks with Vietnamese Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty at the Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Aug. 14, 2014. Dempsey is the first chairman to visit the country since the Vietnam War. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
08/14/2014 : NORTHERN STRIKE
Air Force Capt. Daniel Curtin, foreground, looks back at his team as Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos provides security during Operation Northern Strike near Rogers City, Mich., Aug. 7, 2014. ration Northern Strike is a multinational combined arms training exercise. Curtin and Vamvakos are tactical air controllers assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard's 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Thompson
08/14/2014 : VERTICAL REPLENISHMENT
MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters perform a vertical replenishment with the USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 23, 2014. The George 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
08/13/2014 : SPARTAN TRAINING
Marines complete combat training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., August 2014. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
08/13/2014 : BEST WARRIOR
Soldiers participate in the 2014 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark. DoD screen shot
08/13/2014 : ATLANTIC RESOLVE
The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies. DoD graphic
08/13/2014 : FAST-ROPE TRAINING
A Marine descends down a rope as part of fast-rope training aboard the USS Makin Island at sea, Aug 13, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Evan R. White
08/13/2014 : 'OVER THE BOARDWALK'
Airman Austin Daniel flies with the Raiders Demonstration Team in his Yak-52 demonstration aircraft for the "Thunder Over the Boardwalk Air Show" over Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 13, 2014. Daniel is an F-16C Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
08/13/2014 : WALK-AROUND INSPECTION
U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrea Delosreyes inspects the boom with Airmen 1st Class Christopher Morgan and Jacob Manuel before an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. Before each mission, the aircraft commander does a walk-around inspection to validate the safety of the aircraft. Delosreues, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, and Morgan and Manuel, KC-135 Stratotanker engine mechanics, are assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
08/13/2014 : TROOP TALK
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to Marines stationed on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014, after returning from a trip to Germany, India and Australia. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/13/2014 : REPORTER BRIEFING
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters after speaking to Marines on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug.12, 2014. Hagel concluded an around-the-world trip meeting with counterparts in Germany, India and Australia with his troop talk. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/13/2014 : PROMOTION REMARKS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks to newly promoted brigadier generals and rear admirals serving in the U.S. military at the National Defense University on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit
08/13/2014 : AIRBORNE ASSISTANCE
U.S. soldiers visit an Afghanistan school to assist with repairs. About 2,000 children attend the school, where a leaky roof is threatening the structural integrity of the building. The soldiers are assigned to the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division deployed on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. DoD screen shot
08/12/2014 : CHIEFS CHAT
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a course for Air National Guard chiefs at the Pentagon, Aug. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/12/2014 : PREPARING PALLETS
Joint forces are teaming up to prepare airdrops of food and water for Iraqi citizens who have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. DoD screen shot
08/12/2014 : HULL RIDE
U.S. Marines ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat after completing gas and oil platform seizure training during Exercise Leading Edge 2013 in the United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2013. The multinational and interagency exercise is designed to develop and refine weapons integration capabilities among partnering nations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez
08/12/2014 : SHOVELING SKILLS
Guardsmen use their shovels to cut a line during training with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel on Camp Roberts, Calif., Aug. 7, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the California Army National Guard's 340th Brigade Support Battalion and 224th Sustainment Brigade. The soldiers were preparing to mobilize as Task Force 340th to help put out wildfires around the state. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Ian M. Kummer
08/12/2014 : PLATFORM WALK
U.S. Marines carry a mock casualty during gas and oil platform seizure training during Exercise Leading Edge 13 in the United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez
08/12/2014 : AREA SCAN
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sebastian Galvan scans the area for threats during gas and oil platform seizure training during Exercise Leading Edge 13 in the United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez
08/12/2014 : AMBUSH SCENARIO
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Burke runs for cover during an ambush scenario with opposing forces during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Rogers City, Mich., Aug. 6, 2014. Burkeis assigned to the Illinois National Guard's 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. The multinational training exercise is a combined arms event in Michigan. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Thompson
08/12/2014 : PLATFORM SCAN
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Dumas scans the area for threats during gas and oil platform seizure training during Exercise Leading Edge 13 in the United Arab Emirates, Feb. 7, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez
08/12/2014 : DECK CLEARING
U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety Security Team Maritime Law Enforcement Force Protection members clear the main deck of the USNS Henry J. Kaiser during exercise at sea for Fortune Guard 2014 in Honolulu, Aug. 6, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Amanda Dunford
08/12/2014 : BITE WORK
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sean McKenzie, right, holds back Benjamin, a military working dog, from subduing Cpl. Nicholas Newell during bite-work training at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 7, 2014. Bite work trains the dog to subdue a suspect while allowing the handler to maintain control over their dog. McKenzie and Neville are military working dog handlers assigned to 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force U.S. Marine Photo by Lance Cpl. Abbey Perria
08/12/2014 : GALAXY OVER KANSAS
A C-5 Galaxy flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker during refueling training on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Aug. 5, 2014. The C-5 is assigned to the Air Force Reserve 433rd Airlift Wing, Joint Base San Antonio. Reservists from the 931st Air Refueling Group at McConnell served as the KC-135's aircrew. The unit regularly supports refueling training for new C-5 pilots training on the Texas base. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Brad Beyer
08/12/2014 : MINISTERIAL MEETINGS
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel address reporters following a series of Australia-U.S. defense and diplomatic ministerial meetings in Sydney, Aug. 12, 2014. U.S. State Department photo
08/12/2014 : IN MEMORIAM
Robin Williams shakes hands and poses for photos with some of the troops gathered at the Camp Liberty Post Exchange in this file photo taken in Baghdad, during a USO tour, Dec. 14, 2004. In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted Williams, who passed away Aug. 10, 2014, at age 63, for his steadfast support of U.S. troops and veterans over the years. DoD file photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Dan Purcell
08/11/2014 : PENTAGON BRIEFING
Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of J-3 operations, briefs the press at the Pentagon, Aug. 11, 2014. The J-3 director assists the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the principal military advisor to the president and defense secretary. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
08/11/2014 : FIGHTING FIRES
A California Guardsman observes a wildfire in Northern California from aboard one of 18 National Guard helicopters in use to assist firefighters. Multiple blazes have been burning across the state for nearly two weeks. DoD screen shot
08/11/2014 : COLD PLUNGE
A paratrooper using a T-11 parachute makes a water landing in Big Lake, Alaska, Aug. 6, 2014. The training prepared the brigade's troopers for water landings and highlighted the unit's ability to perform airborne operations in challenging conditions and locations. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
08/11/2014 : CAPE RAY
More than 70 percent of the chemical materials taken out of Syria have now been destroyed aboard the U.S. container ship M/V Cape Ray. DoD graphic
08/11/2014 : HIGHWAY PATROL
U.S. soldiers provide security during a patrol along Highway 1 one in Afghanistan's Parwan province, Aug. 11, 2014. The soldiers, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, patrolled for 12 hours. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. George Huley
08/11/2014 : TWILIGHT TAKE OFF
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 5, 2014. The destroyer is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
08/11/2014 : WORK ADDRESS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work addresses an all-hands meeting of Defense Department's senior executive service managers at the Pentagon, Aug. 11, 2014. Work discussed the department's budgetary realities and personally thanked members of the senior executive workforce with 40 or more years of service. DoD photos by Glenn Fawcett
08/11/2014 : UNDERWATER TRAINING
Soldiers, including National Guard combat divers, train at the Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Fla. Certified combat divers refreshed their skills while others prepared to attend the Army's combat diver school. The soldiers are assigned to the National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group. DoD screen shot
08/11/2014 : JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian Minister for Defense David Johnston hold a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, August 11, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/11/2014 : Feds Feed Families
The sixth annual federal-wide Feds Feed Families Food Drive campaign is now under way. Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to step up to meet this challenge by pledging to "participate and make a difference!" There is no government-wide collection goal for 2014; every donation big or small will be significant in the lives of those families in need. Feds Feed Families
08/11/2014 : Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Emotional strain can be the most formidable opponent service members face in their efforts to keep America safe. This special report takes a closer look at the struggles they cope with and offers information to help troops when they need the nation's support the most. Suicide Prevention and Awareness
08/11/2014 : HUMANITARIAN MEALS
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Leavindofske, left, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Babcock load bundles of halal meals onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 9, 2014. Leavindofske, a ramp team chief, and Babcock, an air transportation journeyman, are assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
08/09/2014 : AUSTRALIA ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Sydney, Australia, Aug. 10, 2014, the third stop during an around-the-world trip. DoD photo by Jacqueline McGinnis
08/09/2014 : RESEARCH FOUNDATION
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers a speech to the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, Aug. 9, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : Leadership Course
These officers learn to lead from the front as the get hands on training on Camp Bullis, Texas, for future deployments. DoD screen shot
08/08/2014 : BILATERAL RELATIONS
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Aug. 8, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : INDIA ARRIVAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks with senior U.S. and Indian defense officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Aug. 7, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : WAR MEMORIAL
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lays a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti War Memorial at India Gate in New Delhi, Aug. 8, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : PRESS BRIEFING
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs members of the press in a hotel room in New Delhi, Aug. 8, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : HONORING THE SECRETARY
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reviews a ceremony in his honor during his visit to New Delhi, Aug. 8, 2014. Hagel traveled to India to meet with top leaders in the country's new government to discuss deepening the cooperation between the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest democracy. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/08/2014 : CLASS OF CHIEFS
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to a class of Air National Guard chiefs at the Pentagon, Aug. 8, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/08/2014 : HORNET ON DECK
U.S. sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 8, 2014. The carrier is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 15. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend
08/08/2014 : SAN DIEGO SALUTE
Marines and sailors stationed in Southern California participate in pregame ceremonies as the National Football League's San Diego Chargers hosted a military appreciation night, Aug. 7, 2014. DoD screen shot
08/08/2014 : PENDLETON TRAINING
Marines carry a simulated casualty after performing a live-fire defense against an enemy counterattack on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 31, 2014. The Marines, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, trained to sharpen their skills during enemy assaults while receiving support from integrated machine guns and mortars. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. William Perkins
08/08/2014 : HIGH-WIRE ACT
Marines participate in recruiting commercials in Southern California, July 31, 2014. Crews filmed the Marines on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jericho W. Crutcher
08/08/2014 : QUESTION CORRECTION
Recruit Benjamin J. Flores gets corrected by his drill instructor after he got a question wrong during an Inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 4, 2014. Before the commander steps in front of recruits, their drill instructors inspect them to ensure that they are ready. Flores is assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Viglione
08/08/2014 : BUCKET REPAIR
Soldiers repair a Bambi bucket in Laytonville, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. The soldiers are mechanics assigned to the California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, which is helping California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fight wildfires. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
08/08/2014 : BAMBI REFILL
Members of a Black Hawk helicopter crew coordinate filling a Bambi bucket in Mendocino National Forest, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. The soldiers are mechanics assigned to the California Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. California National Guard photo by U.S. Army Spc. Brianne Roudebush
08/08/2014 : ADVANCED COURSE
Marine Corps Sgt. David R. Allen, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin F. Kersey, right, perform first aid on Lance Cpl. Austin J. Sona during an advanced water survival course on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Aug. 5, 2014. Allen is a water survival instructor assigned to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, Kersey is a utilities officer assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 and Sona is a water support technician assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274. DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves
08/08/2014 : UNDER THE RAINBOW
Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Mitch Martin, Jarod Coleman and Joseph Russell fire an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 5, 2014. The carrier is participating in an operational reactor safeguard examination. Martin and Russell are gunner's mates and Coleman is an aviation ordnanceman. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker
08/08/2014 : HUMVEE VIEW
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ashley Johnson provides security from atop a Humvee during Large Scale Exercise 2014 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014. The exercise trains Marines in the command and control of an expeditionary brigade-sized element operating to support combat, crisis or contingency operations ashore. Johnson is a signals intelligence analyst with the 1st Radio Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado
08/08/2014 : WATER CARGO
Straps secure water bundles aboard a C-17 Globemaster III before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 8, 2014. The 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron aircrew airdropped 40 bundles of water for displaced citizens near Sinjar, Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
08/08/2014 : MISSION MEALS
U.S. airmen palletize halal meals at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Aug. 7, 2014, for a humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq. The humanitarian aid includes bottled water and food, which was delivered to displaced citizens near Sinjar, Iraq. The airmen are assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
08/07/2014 : BILL FOR VETERANS
President Barak Obama speaks during an event on Fort Belvoir, Aug. 7, 2014, where he signed a bill to improve health care for veterans. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
08/07/2014 : EN ROUTE TO NEW DELHI
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on a military flight to New Delhi, Aug. 7, 2014. Hagel is traveling to India to meet new government leaders and foster defense trade agreements. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/07/2014 : DWYER DEMOLITION
Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers work to demilitarize multiple buildings on Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. Engineers conducted a mission to help save military resources. DoD screen shot
08/07/2014 : VA REFORM
President Barack Obama speaks on Fort Belvoir, Va., as he signs a Veterans Affairs reform bill into law, Aug. 7, 2014. The legislation provides the VA with the resources it needs to improve access and quality of care. DoD screen shot
08/07/2014 : SUMMIT HANDSHAKE
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, center, shakes hands with the Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7, 2014. The two met during the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
08/07/2014 : PREFLIGHT CHECKS
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Childers performs preflight checks on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before a mission supporting Operation Northern Strike 2014 on Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., Aug. 5, 2014. Childers is a pilot assigned to the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Regiment. Operation Northern Strike is a joint multinational combined arms exercise. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Thompson
08/07/2014 : STEPPING OFF
Paratroopers parachutes off the ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during an off-site training sortie on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad C. Strohmeyer
08/06/2014 : EUROPEAN COMMAND
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to service members and members of the press at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Aug. 6, 2014. Hagel is meeting with leaders in Germany, India and Australia during his 15th international trip as defense secretary. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/06/2014 : TRANSITIONAL TRAINING
The Marine Corps’ new approach to training aims to transition the service from more than a decade of sustained combat and prepare it for future challenges. A senior official explains that the Marine Corps is returning to its amphibious roots. DoD screen shot
08/06/2014 : Send Your Vote Home
Election day, Nov. 4, 2014, is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy. Send Your Vote Home
08/06/2014 : TROOP TALK
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to personnel at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Aug. 6, 2014. Hagel discussed world issues, the importance of cooperation with NATO partners and his current trip, which also will include stops in India and Australia. DoD screen shot
08/06/2014 : CARGO CREW
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Bradley Nulf secures cargo for an airdrop on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Aug. 1, 2014. Nulf is an evaluator loadmaster assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which is using a new wireless gate release system for airdrops. The system saves material, fuel costs and man hours for the Air Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez
08/06/2014 : ANDREWS DEPARTURE
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he departs Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 5, 2014. Hagel is on an around-the-world trip to meet with leaders in Germany, India and Australia during his 15th international trip as defense secretary. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/06/2014 : STUTTGART HELLO
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, speaks with U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, as he arrives in Stuttgart, Germany, Aug. 6, 2014. Hagel is on an around-the-world trip to meet with leaders in Germany, India and Australia during his 15th international trip as defense secretary. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/06/2014 : AIR POWER
U.S. aircraft assigned to Air Wing 5 fly in formation during an air power demonstration on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, Aug. 6, 2014. The carrier and 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
08/06/2014 : TOWER TALK
U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Thomas Doerner, left, Staff Sgt.'s Scott Tyler and Staff Sgt. Laura Kent share a light moment as they tear down the last forward TMQ-53 tactical weather tower in Regional Command South, which was on Forward Operating Base Pasab on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2014. Doemer, Tyler and Kent are battlefield weather forecasters assigned to the 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
08/06/2014 : DEMPSEY REMARKS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, delivers remarks to Institute for the Study of War Hertog War Studies students in Washington D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
08/06/2014 : VENTILATION VIEW
Airman 1st Class Keith Fussell dons his helmet before training on Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 17, 2014. Firefighters spent more than an hour training on ventilation techniques to maintain proper readiness to complete the mission. Fussell is a firefighter assigned to the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway
08/06/2014 : WARFARE TRAINING
A U.S. Navy landing craft air cushion 4 conducts amphibious mobile warfare training with the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 4, 2014. The Iwo Jima is underway conducting amphibious integration training. U. S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Shelby M. Tucker
08/06/2014 : PERFECT PLACEMENT
U.S. sailors exit the flight deck after placing chocks and chains on an MH-60S Seahawk on the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Arabian Gulf, July 30, 2014. The destroyer is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
08/05/2014 : FUEL FINANCES
Personnel on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., are saving money by switching to a more cost-efficient jet fuel. DoD screen shot
08/05/2014 : NEW WHEELS
Former Army Staff Sgt. Roland Paquette rides a three-wheel motorcycle that the Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation and the Massachusetts chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association designed and purchased for the wounded warrior. Paquette was injured by an improvised explosive device in December 2005 while serving in Afghanistan. DoD screen shot
08/05/2014 : DIAGNOSTIC DUTY
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Freddy Toruno, right, positions a service member for a CT scan at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 23, 2014. Toruno is a diagnostic imaging technologist assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez
08/05/2014 : CALIFORNIA DAY FIRE
Army Chief Warrant Officers 2 Dan Lowry and Scott Englebrick (not pictured) fly their LUH-72 Lakota helicopter to help California fire managers Mike Deacon and Bob Innes gather information on the Day Fire near Mount Shasta, Calif., Aug. 2, 2014. Lowry and Englebrick are assigned to the California National Guard's Company A, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Wade
08/05/2014 : AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT
A Marine runs forward while an amphibious assault vehicle drives onto the sand behind him on Pyramid Rock Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 29, 2014, as part of the final assault during the Rim of the Pacific 2014. The exercise involves 22 nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 people. The Marine is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Dietz
08/05/2014 : DOG DECONTAMINATION
Cirque, a service dog for the Ohio Task Force 1, goes through a decontamination procedure at the hands of his handler, Craig Veldheer, after searching for survivors in radioactive rubble during Vibrant Response at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., Aug. 4, 2014. U.S. Northern Command conducts the field exercise to train troops and civilians to respond to a catastrophic domestic incident. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John Healy
08/05/2014 : FLOATING FRIENDS
U.S. and Colombian paratroopers track during a free fall as part of Fuerzas Comando 2014 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 30, 2014. The U.S. service members are assigned to Special Operations Command South. The jump symbolizes the strong partnership between both nations. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Edward Lauer
08/05/2014 : CONVOCATION CEREMONY
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks on the steps of the National War College, a school within the National Defense University, during the university's convocation ceremony on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
08/04/2014 : WATER EMERGENCY
Army Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, the Ohio National Guard's adjutant general, visits with emergency personnel, including Sima Merick, assistant director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in Toledo, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2014. A harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the area's public water system. Ohio Army and Air Guardsmen were activated to help with the water emergency. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pavlik
08/04/2014 : FINANCIAL FOCUS
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work addresses top Defense Department leaders at the department's 4th Estate Financial Improvement Readiness Conference in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 4, 2014. Work discussed looming budgetary concerns and the overall way ahead for the Defense Department. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
08/04/2014 : WEAPONS TRAINING
Security forces airmen on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., participate in a training course that teaches them to handle a variety of weapons and prepares them to respond to a wide range of situations. DoD screen shot
08/04/2014 : WELCOME CEREMONY
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents Christine E. Wormuth, undersecretary of defense for policy, with her commission during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 4, 2014. Hagel also welcomed Michael J. McCord, the department's comptroller; Jamie M. Morin, director of cost assessment and program evaluation; and Jessica L. Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
08/04/2014 : TYROLEAN TRAVERSE
Mike Oldham, a Navy veteran, pauses as he experiences a Tyrolean traverse on the top of the area known as "Jurassic Park” during a USO-sponsored rock-climbing camp at Estes Park, Colo., Aug. 2, 2014. USO partnered with Team Red, White and Blue to provide opportunities for veterans. A Tyrolean traverse is a method of crossing through free space between two high points on a rope. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
08/04/2014 : RETURN TO ITALY
Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, who received the Medal of Honor on July 21, 2014, speaks to members of his former unit in Vicenza, Italy. Pitts served as a forward observer with Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. DoD screen shot
08/04/2014 : WET WORK
Marines execute the endurance course on Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 30, 2014. The endurance course is a 3.4-mile path through the woods that winds through swamps, creeks and obstacles to test endurance and ability to work as a team. The Marines are assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexandria Blanche
08/04/2014 : BOTTLE BRIGADE
Soldiers package bottled water for distribution sites throughout Toledo, Ohio, Aug.3, 2014. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency after an algae bloom in Lake Erie contaminated the area's public water system. The soldiers are assigned to the Ohio National Guard's 73rd Troop Command. Ohio Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Beth Holliker
08/04/2014 : SECOND-PLACE TROPHY
Members of the U.S. team hoist the second-place trophy during the closing ceremony of the Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 31, 2014. The second-place finish is the best performance by the U.S team since the competition was established in 2004. The team includes members assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Angel Martinez
08/01/2014 : VIP PILOTS
A pair of U.S. Army Reserve pilots who have been flying together since 1993 ensure that distinguished guests and high-ranking officials reach their destinations in Afghanistan safely and on time. DoD screen shot
08/01/2014 : WING TO WING
U.S. sailors prepare for flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the East China Sea, July 28, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Seaman Everett Allen
08/01/2014 : TRANSPORTING A PATIENT
U.S. soldiers load a patient into a Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Medevac crews work to ensure teams can launch, pickup casualties and return them within an hour. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch
08/01/2014 : PLATINUM LION
U.S. Marines deployed to Bulgaria in July with the Black Sea Rotational Force as part of Platinum Lion 14, an exercise to enhance interoperability with partner nations. The Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, joined forces from Bulgaria, Romania, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom. DoD screen shot
08/01/2014 : NEXT WATER DROP
Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Noel Larson and Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nick Gliem line up their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for its next water drop to help fight wildfires near the Chiwaukum Creek and Carlton Complex fires outside Leavenworth, Wash., July 31, 2014. Larson and Gliem are pilots assigned to the Washington National Guard's 66th Theater Aviation Command. Washington National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dave Goodhue
08/01/2014 : BAMBI BUCKET
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter drops water from a Bambi bucket onto wildfires near the Chiwaukum Creek and Carlton Complex wildfires near Leavenworth, Wash., July 31, 2014. Washington National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dave Goodhue
08/01/2014 : BLUE DECK
U.S. sailors direct a landing craft air cushion into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, July 29, 2014. The assault ship is conducting sea trials. The sailors are boatswain's mates. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn
08/01/2014 : SYRINGE STARE
U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith fills a syringe during a patient transfer in Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Smith is a medic assigned to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch
07/31/2014 : Military Family Support
Caring for military families has become a national priority with the launch of the White House's "Strengthening Our Military Families" initiative and the related "Joining Forces" campaign. This ongoing Defense.gov special report provides regular updates on all DOD and related efforts to help improve the lives of military families. Military Family Support
07/31/2014 : ORIENTATION REMARKS
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the 2014 U.S. Air Force Senior Leader Orientation on Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 30, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
07/31/2014 : HAWKEYE WINDSHIELD
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Tindell cleans an E-2C Hawkeye's windshield on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington east of Okinawa, July 30, 2014. The Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Hawkeye is assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron 115. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
07/31/2014 : HIGH-SPEED PASS
A F-22 Raptor performs a high-speed pass during the Arctic Thunder Open House on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014. The base hosted the biennial event, which featured more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts, and was expected to draw more than 200,000 people. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt Joel Cooke
07/31/2014 : ROPE WALL
U.S. soldiers climb a rope wall obstacle course during Fuerzas Comando 2014 on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 29, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. Fuerzas Comando 2014 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and fellowship program. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Angel D. Martinez
07/31/2014 : TRAINING DAYS
Soldiers refine their ability to respond to a wide range of missions by spending time at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD screen shot
07/31/2014 : COMMUNITY OUTREACH
U.S. Seabees visited a local elementary school in Okinawa, Japan, where they helped break down cultural and language barriers by spending time with schoolchildren. DoD screen shot
07/30/2014 : NIGHT NAVIGATION
U.S. Army Sgt. Shetara Hailey uses night vision goggles to navigate her Humvee during time training on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 28, 2014. Hailey is a human resources noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion. U.S. Army photo Spc. David Innes
07/30/2014 : MORTARMAN’S JOURNAL
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jordan Pettid describes life as a mortarman in the Marine Corps in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Pettid is assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
07/30/2014 : LEAVING AFGHANISTAN
The last U.S. troops on Joint Combat Outpost Khilagay, Afghanistan, turn over the base to the Afghan army and say farewell, July 30, 2014. DoD screen shot
07/30/2014 : PENTAGON MEETING
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work meets with South Korean Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Hwang Ki-chul at the Pentagon, July 30, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
07/30/2014 : AIR FORCE BRIEFING
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III answer questions for reporters as they deliver a briefing on the state of the Air Force at the Pentagon, July 30, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
07/30/2014 : MECHANIC'S MANEUVER
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Romario Penny removes bolts from a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to replace a broken window on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Penny and four other lance corporals are the five mechanics responsible for maintenance on battalion vehicles to ensure mission success during combat operations. Penny is a motor transportation mechanic assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
07/30/2014 : OFF-KILTER FILTER
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jordan Thomas installs an oil filter on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Thomas and four other lance corporals are the five mechanics responsible for maintaining battalion vehicles to ensure mission success during combat operations. Thomas is a motor transportation mechanic assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
07/30/2014 : PARACHUTE ASSAULT
Paratroopers perform a heavy equipment drop and parachute assault during training on Malamute drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 23, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
07/30/2014 : MOVING OUT
Soldiers move out quickly after mounting an inflatable zodiac to the bottom of a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter before insertion and extraction training off the coast of Long Island, New York, July 24, 2014. New York National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
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