Reman Dond, left, a Philippine volunteer, and U.S. Marine Cpl. Julio Hernandez lay down cement for a classroom foundation during a humanitarian project preceding Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in Palawan, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2014. Hernandez is a combat engineer assigned to Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 172. U.S. and Philippine forces conduct the annual training exercise to strengthen interoperability, focusing on disaster relief and contingency operations.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Matthew Casbarro
A U.S. soldier stands in formation during Exercise Rapid Trident’s opening ceremony in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 15, 2014. The annual exercise enhances interoperability with allied and partner nations while promoting regional stability and security. The soldier is assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talk with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, before testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, 2014. Hagel and Dempsey spoke on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Richard Burkett pulls back an arrow during a gold medal archery match against Canada’s Cpl. Luc Martin at the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 12, 2014. Burkett won the gold medal in the mixed individual compound bow category. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the inaugural Invictus Games, a multisport event for wounded and injured service members held Sept. 10-14. Organizers said the vision for the Invictus Games is to harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Logico
Competitors leave the starting blocks during a 100-meter race at the Invictus Games in London, Sept. 11, 2014. The international competition was held Sept. 10-14, bringing together wounded, injured and ill service members in the spirit of friendly athletic competition. A group of 98 current and retired service members represented the U.S.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua D. Sheppard
U.S. soldiers conduct aerial door gunnery firing using a M240B machine gun from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a training site in southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 7, 2014. The soldiers are crew chiefs assigned to 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Flying Dragons.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Lewis
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taj Copeland pushes a liquid oxygen cart for refilling on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2014. Cryogenics technicians support 6,000 aircraft missions and provide more than 4,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per month. Copeland is a fuels distribution supervisor assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez