Week in Photos 1/18 - 1/24

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Special Forces soldiers fire a recoilless rifle toward an enemy fighting position during a clearing operation with Afghan commandos in Dewai Kalay village in the Maiwand district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Jan. 14, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores
  • U.S. soldiers prepare to conduct an air assault in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, Jan. 11, 2014, as part of an exercise to receive validation as the theater reserve force. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company C, 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Alex Flynn
  • UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crews conduct a mission to move personnel through Salang Pass in Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2014. The crews are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 10th Mountain Division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. The crews flew the Black Hawk at more than 15,000 feet above sea level as they traveled through the pass. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Green
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Stebbin cuts off a piece of an over bridge in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2014. Stebbin is assigned to the Missouri National Guard's 1438th Multi-Role Bridge Company. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. George Huley
  • An aerial view shows the Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay breaking ice on the Hudson River, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2014. The Coast Guard conducts flights over the Hudson River to provide daily updates of ice conditions on waterways, including areas known as choke points where ice gathers, making river travel difficult for ships delivering petroleum products such as home heating oil. U.S. Goard Guard photo
  • Members of the Coast Guard's Vessel Boarding and Security Team participate in a cold-water survival  exercise in Curtis Creek, Baltimore, Jan. 19, 2014. Service members gain valuable experience and training as they don the appropriate gear to survive cold elements. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi
  • Air Force Senior Airman Eric Mann runs through yellow smoke used for cover as his team cross a field during the tactical phase of the Ability to Survive and Operate exercise on North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C., Jan. 14, 2014. Mann, a broadcaster, is assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron. The 1st Combat Camera Squadron, which hosted the exercise, is located at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
  • An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 18, 2014. The Vinson is conducting a tailored ship's training availability off the coast of Southern California. The Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell