Week in Photos 6/15 - 6/21

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Newell scans the area using his machine gun's optic lens while training to maintain his tactical skills as a member of a quick reaction force on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, June 7, 2013. Newell, an M240B gunner, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. As of June 18, Afghan forces have taken the lead in providing security for their country. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Sweeney exchanges greetings with an Afghan boy while providing security in the town of Saka near Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 13, 2013. Sweeney is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group. U.S. airmen from that unit and the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron worked together to rebuild a road connecting Saka and Payan Janqadam.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Robinson interacts with a child while providing security during a meeting in Kajir Kheyl village in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, June 12, 2013. Robinson is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company W, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. The U.S. soldiers have partnered with Afghan national security forces to establish relationships with key village elders and learn about the needs of residents. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert Porter
  • U.S. soldiers patrol through Kajir Kheyl village in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, June 12, 2013. The U.S. soldiers have partnered with Afghan national security forces to establish relationships with key village elders and learn about the needs of residents. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert Porter
  • A U.S. soldier and Staff Sgt. Alex, his military working dog trained to detect explosives, search bags of recently graduated Afghan local police officers on former Forward Operating Base Bostik in Afghanistan's Kunar province, June 5, 2013. As of June 18, Afghan forces have taken the lead in providing security for their country. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brittany Armstrong
  • U.S. Navy Lt. John Tarr, a chaplain, and students from the Navutoka Government Primary School dance to a performance by the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band during Pacific Partnership 2013 in Navutoka, Tonga, June 14, 2013. The exercise brings together host governments, the U.S. military, partner militaries and nongovernmental organization volunteers to prepare for disasters and build relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
  • Soldiers smother hot spots from the Black Forest fire around residential areas near Colorado Springs, Colo., June 14, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the Colorado National Guard's 1157th Engineer Firefighter Company. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard McMullen
  • A Marine provides security from a trench during an exercise at the Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia, June 13, 2013. The Marine is assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin. Marines from that unit and their Australian counterparts trained together in the field for two weeks. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco
  • U.S. paratroopers hold a large python during jungle survival training taught by Indonesian army paratroopers during exercise Garuda Shield 2013 in Cilodong, Indonesia, June 12, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
  • An A/V-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, June 12, 2013. The Boxer is conducting pre-deployment training during Dawn Blitz, a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, to test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations.
 U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joe Bishop
  • U.S. Army Capt. David Mcknight, a veterinarian, helps hold a cow as it receives a tag at Tupou College during Pacific Partnership 2013, a mission in Toloa, Tonga, June 14, 2013. The mission brings together host governments, the U.S. military, partner militaries and nongovernmental organization volunteers to prepare for disasters and build relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lowell Whitman
  • A U.S. Marine rappels from a UH-1N Huey helicopter during a rope exercise as part of Eager Lion 2013 on King Faisal Air Base, Jordan, June 11, 2013. The multinational exercise is designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, and enhance security and stability in the region by responding to modern-day security scenarios. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone
  • U.S. sailors secure a sail to a yard on the mizzenmast of the USS Constitution in Charleston, Mass., June 17, 2013. The Constitution's sailors conduct training during spring and summer months to learn seamanship techniques used aboard "Old Ironsides" since the 1790s. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter D. Melkus
  • The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and German frigate FGS Hamburg conduct a replenishment in the Mediterranean Sea, June 15, 2013. The Hamburg, deployed with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider