U.S. Navy Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey, commanding officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, holds the national flag during a burial at sea in the Pacific Ocean, Dec, 27, 2010. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are on a deployment to the U.S. 7th and U.S. 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza
2010 Imagery Year in Review - These images are the highlights of the past year's events produced by the Defense Department’s military and civilian photographers and posted on Defenseimagery.mil site.
Operation Welcome Home volunteers and eager family members greet U.S. military members at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. The troops returned to the United States for the holidays after months of service abroad.
DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
U.S. Navy Seabees secure and fortify a combat outpost in Diwar, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2010. The Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalions 40, 18 and 26.
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Michael B. Watkins
U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec.17, 2010.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ahkyi Derricks, right, talks with U.S. Navy Seaman Christopher Dipasquale as they prepare a helicopter for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson off the coast of southern California, Dec. 10, 2010. The USS Carl Vinson crew is training for a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans
U.S. Army Spc. Erik Martin uses a footbridge to cross a river during a dismounted patrol in Khwazi village, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2010. Martin is a member of the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, shakes the hand of an Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolman in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2010. Petraeus visited leaders there at the conclusion of the order's three-day leadership seminar.
U.S. Army photo by Pamela Smith