Week in Photos 1/25 - 1/31

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. soldier hands another soldier a round to be loaded before firing their 120mm mortars during a live-fire exercise on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktia province, Jan. 17, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Landry
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Mary McCay looks out the window of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter as she heads to pick up a soldier during a medical transportation mission on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2014. McCay, a health care specialist, is assigned to 101st Airborne Division's 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Green
  • U.S. Army Spc. Nickolas Evangelista-Reitner scans the area while providing overwatch security for another unit in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Jan. 22, 2014. Evangelista-Reitner is assigned to U.S. Army National Guard's 216th Mobile Augmentation Company. 
 U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Laura Beth Beebe
  • U.S. Air Force Capt. Lauren Hoyt and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Mark Benischeck fly a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft over southern Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2014. Hoyt and Benischeck are pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. The crew landed on Kandahar Airfield to airlift mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles out of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom retrograde operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson
  • Students participate in the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition course during an evolution known as "surf passage" on Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014. The evolution is part of training to be a SEAL, which is the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces. SEALs are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
  • Air Force Senior Airman Eric Mann runs through smoke used for cover as his team crosses a field during a survival course on North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C., Jan. 14, 2014. Mann is a broadcaster assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
  • Army Rangers prepare to lay down suppressive fire during live-fire training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers are assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The training enables the soldiers to maintain proficiency on their tactical skills.  U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rashene Mincy
  • A soldier assigned to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while training with the 1st Marine Division's 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos
  • U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gerald Fortuna performs a simulated exploratory laparotomy surgery while aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during a field exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, La., Jan. 17, 2014. Fortuna, a trauma surgeon, is assigned to the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Smith
  • U.S. sailors direct an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during a replenishment in the Gulf of Oman, Jan. 29, 2014. The Truman is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Karl Anderson
  • U.S. sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout as the ship prepares for a scheduled port visit in Haifa, Israel, Jan. 19, 2014. The Stout is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray
  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during training off the coast of California in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 21, 2014. The Super Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell
  • Retired Marine Josue Barron attempts to steal the ball from a player in San Diego, Jan. 25, 2014. Barron is a member of the Naval Medical Center San Diego Wolfpack wheelchair basketball team. The Wolfpack, which includes military and civilian members, is one of 10 teams in the West Coast Conference of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Bell