Week in Photos 10/19-10/25

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marines prepare for a mission on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2013. The mission was conducted to disrupt enemy operations in the area. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Eric S. Wilterdink
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rafael Santana, center, conducts a safety brief with passengers before a mission on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. Santana, a convoy commander, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, Headquarters Battalion. 
 U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer
  • As seen through a night-vision device, an AH-64 Apache helicopter departs Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2013, to conduct a security and reconnaissance mission. The crew is assigned to the 1st Battalion Attack, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. soldiers traverse a roof top observation position during a partnered patrol in Madi Khel village in Khowst province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2013. The soldiers, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, conducted a partnered operation with the newly formed Khowst Provincial Response Company. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
  • A UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter flies a mission to move personnel over Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2013. The helicopter crew, assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion Assault, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, routinely conducts logistical support, air assault and medical evacuation missions in areas not easily accessible across eastern and northern Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • U.S. Navy Airman Tyler Dufford tightens a bolt on a water break aboard the USS George Washington in the East China Sea, Oct. 18, 2013. The Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 provide a combat-ready force to protect and defend the maritime interests of the United States and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Liam Kennedy
  • U.S. Marines rinse a Humvee before U.S. customs agents inspect it during the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s wash down in Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 19, 2013. The unit serves as a sea-based, crisis-response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. 
 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Barnes signals to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 during flight operations aboard the USS Mustin in the South China Sea, Oct. 19, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mackenzie P. Adams
  • U.S. sailors and Marines check for damage on the flightdeck of the USS Harry S. Truman in the Gulf of Oman, Oct. 17, 2013. The Truman, the flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and support theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Karl Anderson