Week in Photos 8/24 - 8/30

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. soldier takes a break during a mission to clear Route 1 of improvised explosives in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2013. The soldier, assigned to the 87th Sapper Company, conducted the clearing mission to maintain freedom of movement for military and commercial traffic.  U.S. Army photo by Spc. Chenee' Brooks
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jameson Dudley, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nijoku Odom, right, throw leaflets from a KC-130 Super Hercules aircraft over southern Afghanistan, Aug. 28, 2013. Dudley, a crew master, is assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, and Odom, an intelligence analyst, is assigned to the 303rd Psychological Operations Company. Crews dropped leaflets to support operations to defeat insurgency influence in the area.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Demetrius Munnerlyn
  • U.S. Army Pfc. Nicholas Peterson, foreground, provides security with his team during a patrol around Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Aug. 22, 2013. Peterson is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. The purpose of the early morning patrol was to check the security of Fenty's perimeter as well as engage the people living in the area. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor
  • A U.S. soldier provides security during a patrol around Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor
  • A CH-47 Chinook helicopter flies a mission to move equipment over Kabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2013. The crew is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris Aylstock, Capt. Colton Brauer and Sgt. Chris Boni battle the wildfire over Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 22, 2013. The California National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks and HH-60 Pave Hawks are in full force supporting the U.S. Forest Service and California firefighters. Aylstock, Brauer and Boni are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Soldiers in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter drop water as they battle the Rim fire at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Julie Avey
  • Ajax, a German shepherd military working dog, leaps over a hurdle during a training session on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2013. Ajax is assigned to the 673d Air Base Wing Security Forces Squadron, where airmen train with their K-9 counterparts to keep their teams flexible to respond to law enforcement emergencies and overseas deployments.   U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • U.S. Navy sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt perform practice catapult launches on the flight deck in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 25, 2013. The Roosevelt is underway for the first time in four years, conducting sea trials.  U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Heath Zeigler
  • Army Pfc. JR Lanning provides security on the perimeter of the water treatment facility during training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 19, 2013. Lanning is assigned to the 1st Squadron Airborne, 40th Cavalry Regiment.  U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • U.S. Navy sailors walk a line during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler ship USNS Tippecanoe in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 24, 2013. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey, which is supporting support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Billy Ho
  • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Zach Young, right, reaches for an opponent's flag during a Captain's Cup flag football game during a tournament on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 21, 2013. The tournament, part of a Morale, Welfare and Recreation activity, supports camaraderie on the base. Young is assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald