Week in Photos 3/16 - 3/22

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bethany Bump conducts her pre-flight routine in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and checks with her crew chief before a mission on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Bump, a helicopter pilot, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 3rd Battalion, 501st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Rosato meets with Afghan school children outside of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. The Reaper team conducts patrols near the airfield to counter improvised explosive devices and indirect fire attacks as well as to engage Afghan support in protecting the base. Rosato is assigned to the 755th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Reaper Team 1.  U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Willis
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Olmeda provides security from an observation tower on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Olmeda, a chaplain's assistant, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Fredrick Edwards test fires a D-30 howitzer at the Kabul Military Training Center, Afghanistan, March 19, 2013. These test fires are the final step for this refurbished artillery weapon. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph B. Prouse
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Laci Lognion, right, inventories her medical equipment while U.S. Army Capt. Ivonne Cartagena, center, adjusts medical items during a pre-flight exercise on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 13, 2013. Lognion, a flight paramedic, and Cartagena, a critical care nurse, are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 149th General Support Aviation Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. female soldiers secure an Afghan compound while other soldiers meet with Afghan elders in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 3, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Female Engagement Team 6, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, and 519th Military Intelligence Battalion.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
  • Marines fast-rope from an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter and set up a perimeter around the landing zone for training during Exercise Guahan Shield on Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Guam, March 13, 2013. The exercise helps prepare troops for multiservice engagements and offers training opportunities involving multiple units in the Asia-Pacific region.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Martin Duncan inspects an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the Atlantic Ocean, March 14, 2013. The Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea
  • Soldiers navigate an obstacle course during the first Gainey Cup scout competition on Fort Benning, Ga., March 5, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Armor Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.  DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard
  • The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard salute the colors during a change of command ceremony for the 4th Infantry Division at Founders Field on Fort Carson, Colo., March 14, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Cpl. William Smith
  • Marine students jump in the water during graduation practice for a water survival course on Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, N.C., March 12, 2013. The course creates instructors who can train other Marines to react and survive life-threatening situations in the water.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Wetzel