Week in Photos -12/21 to 12/28

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Wimer talks with local children in Khoni Kwar village in Afghanistan's Khowst province, Dec. 14, 2012. Wimer is assigned to Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion. The U.S. unit and Afghan police tried to gain information on an improvised explosive device located in the area earlier in the week. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Trumbull
  • U.S. Army Spc. Thaxal Potter provides security during a mission in Farah City, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2012. Potter is a security force team member for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, which trains, advises and assists Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Byrd, left, interacts with the crowd during a performance for the 438th Medical Detachment veterinary service on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2012. Byrd, a musician, is assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Band. The band, "Total Force," toured around base to play at several different work centers. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michelle Hooper interacts with Badger during a performance for the 438th Medical Detachment veterinary service on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2012. Hooper, a musician, is assigned to "Total Force," the U.S. Air Forces Central Band, which played at several work centers on the base. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
  • The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers prepares to refuel the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore during a replenishment operation at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 13, 2012. The Rushmore, part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan
  • Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber Ferguson participates in a suspension training class at the gym on Naval Station Everett in Everett, Wash., Dec. 18, 2012. Ferguson is an engineman assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Sailors who participated in the two-day class earned a certification to instruct resistance workouts aboard the ship.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander A. Ventura II
  • U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeff Bernard, commanding officer of the attack submarine USS La Jolla, gives small stuffed animals to the daughters of South Korean sailors in Busan, South Korea, Dec. 21, 2012. The La Jolla is in Busan for a scheduled port visit during its deployment to the western Pacific.  U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jared Apollo Burgamy
  • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Lyon reunites with his wife and children during a homecoming celebration in Virginia Beach, Va., Dec. 18, 2012. Lyon, a member of Strike Fighter Squadron 83, returned to Naval Air Station Oceana after a six-month deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos