Troops Observe Independence Day 2013

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and sailors assigned to the USS Kearsarge display the American flag in a ceremony to commemorate Independence Day on the flight deck of the Kearsarge, at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, July 4, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Travis DiPerna
  • U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and sailors assigned to the USS Kearsarge, fold the American flag after a ceremony to commemorate Independence Day on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge, at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels
  • The USS Constitution gets underway to celebrate America's 237th birthday with the ship's annual Independence Day turnaround cruise of Boston Harbor, Mass., July 4, 2013. More than 500 guests went underway with Old Ironsides for the tour.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Rooney
  • A 45-foot response boat escorts the USS Constitution into Boston Harbor, Mass., July 4, 2013. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted harbor patrols on Independence Day. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell
  • U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham pins a Bronze Star Medal on 1st Lt. Christopher Michels during an Independence Day celebration at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. Graham and U.S. Sen. John McCain promoted, re-enlisted and awarded soldiers during the event. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne
  • U.S. Sen. John McCain leads a group of soldiers through the Oath of Enlistment during an Independence Day celebration at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2013. McCain and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham promoted, re-enlisted and awarded soldiers during the event. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne
  • The 101st Army Division Band performs at the Independence Day ceremony and celebration at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan July 4, 2013.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne
  • U.S. Army Col. Charles R. Hamilton, commander of 101st Sustainment Brigade's Task Force Lifeliner, reenlists soldiers on Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
  • A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team's Combined Team Bastogne participates in the shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race to celebrate Independence Day on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st. Class John Brown
  • Members of 1st Brigade Combat Team's Combined Team Bastogne participate in the shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race to celebrate Independence Day on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
  • Members of 1st Brigade Combat Team's Combined Team Bastogne participate in the shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race to celebrate Independence Day on Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
  • U.S. service members participate in a shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 4, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • The winner of a shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race crosses the finish line on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 4, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • A U.S. soldier crosses the finish line while participating in a shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race to celebrate Independence Day on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, July 4, 2013.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Hague, a soldier assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, renders a salute following a performance on Liberty Island, New York, July 4, 2013. The event commemorated the reopening of the landmark after it was devastated last year by super storm Sandy. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr
  • Paratroopers lead off an Independence Day parade in Pinehurst, N.C., July 4, 2013. They are assigned to 82nd Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Armas
  • A D.C. National Guard member watches fireworks while on duty in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2013. More than 100 National Guard soldiers and airmen were called in to assist local and federal agencies during the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, providing traffic control, crowd management and emergency response support. U.S. Army Photo by 1st Lt. Miranda Summers Lowe
  • D.C. National Guard members monitor activities during the annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., July 4, 2013. U.S. Army Photo by 1st Lt. Miranda Summers Lowe