Week in Photos 8/17 - 8/23

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Justin A. Clymer scans the surrounding area during a patrol to clear routes in Khowst province, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2013. Clymer, a combat engineer, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company A, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marines and Afghan forces exit a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after completing an air interdiction exercise on Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jordan Farrar fires a tube-launched, optically-tracked and wire-guided missile at a target while U.S. Army Cpl. Christopher Parker, right, observes at the heavy weapons range on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, August 14, 2013. Farrar, an executive officer, and Parker, an infantryman, are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Air Assault 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson
  • U.S. Marines conduct live-fire training at a range on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 12, 2013. The exercise enabled the Marines to gain familiarity with weapons after arriving in the country. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Demetrius Munnerlyn
  • An F-35B Lightning II aircraft prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp during an F-35 developmental test event in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 14, 2013. The F-35B is the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter and is undergoing testing aboard the Wasp. U.S. Navy photo Andy Wolfe
  • A U.S. Navy search and rescue swimmer jumps from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during training in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Aug. 17, 2013. The swimmer is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, which is deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to conduct security operations and security cooperation efforts to support Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan J. Mayes
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Rocky Thompson takes his military working dog, Aron, through a window obstacle during the K-9 competition on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Aug. 14, 2013. Thompson, a military working dog handler, is assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristoffer Kaubisch
  • Marines engage targets from a cleared trench during live-fire training on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
  • Soldiers exit from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air insertion exercise on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 17, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard's 250th Brigade Support Battalion, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
  • Army Spc. Nancy Reid scans the area for threats while providing security for a convoy during a field training exercise on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug 17, 2013. Reid is assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard's 250th Brigade Support Battalion, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Pablo Ruiz, center, engages a target with an antiarmor weapon on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013. Ruiz, a rifleman, is assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. The company conducted platoon attacks, reinforced by a combined antiarmor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason George stands watch on the flight deck of the aircraft USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 15, 2013. George, an aviation structural mechanic, is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 31. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Brian Stephens