U.S. Army Master Sgt. Stephen Nelson measures wind speeds before airmen, soldiers, NATO partners and Santa parachuting during a toy drop operation at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. Nelson is an air traffic controller assigned to Detachment 1, 435th Contingency Response Group. Nelson and several other soldiers, airmen and NATO partners prepared the drop zone.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
U.S. Marines conduct a live-fire exercise during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Y. Raga
A soldier looks through binoculars at a simulated enemy target before calling in an airstrike during the evaluation phase of the Expert Infantryman Badge test at the Rosepine Training Site on Fort Polk, La., Dec. 10, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. The test was hosted by 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Edge
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, poses for a photo with Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko at the Pentagon, Dec. 16, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. McComas and U.S. Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers prepare to exit an Afghan air force Mi-17 helicopter, along with Afghan students. The students are participating in the final scenario before graduating from the Air Liaison Officer School on Forward Operating Base Hunter range, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, 2014. The Afghan students learned how to call for Afghan air support in the event of a troops-in-contact situation.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston
U.S Marines cut an opening in an obstacle made out of concertina wire during a vertical assault at Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 10, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and are conducting training as part of the expetionary unit exercise and pre-deployment training.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier
U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Michael Reiser conducts a safety brief to the crowd of U.S. Marines and Moldovans who participated in the workshop prior to a live-fire anti-armor weapons range in Balti, Moldova, Dec. 12, 2014. The Marines and Moldovans built a mutual understanding of firing procedures and characteristics on advanced anti-armor weapons systems, including: Moldova’s Rocket Propelled Grenade system and 70mm Recoiless Rifle and the U.S. FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile, AT-4 Anti-Tank Weapon, and the Shoulder-launched Multipupose Assault Weapon, Dec. 8-12, 2014. Reiser, is an infantry weapons officer assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chad McMeen
C-130H Hercules and and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft prepare to take off from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B in Nev., Dec. 6, 2014. The Hercules crews are assigned to National Guard units, and the Air Force's 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In addition to the C-130s, the exercise included approximately 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various other aircraft.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero