U.S. Army paratroopers secures the area while the rest of their team waits to be extracted from the Jaghatu district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Theodore Schmidt
From left, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian C. Thomas and Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin I. Scott apply temporary treatment to a Cost Rican who has venous insufficient ulcers on his leg at a medical site at a high school gymnasium in Bribri, Costa Rica, Aug. 23, 2010, during Continuing Promise 2010. Marines, sailors and USS Iwo Jima personnel are ported in Limon, Costa Rica, providing medical, dental, veterinary, community relations and engineering services to Costa Ricans as part of the Continuing Promise 2010 mission during their deployment to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alicia R. Giron
An aerial view from a U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter shows flooding in Kohistan, Pakistan, Aug. 27, 2010. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165E, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marines are conducting humanitarian relief efforts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan
A guard shack overlooks the U.S.-operated detention facility in Parwan, Afghanistan, Aug. 23, 2010. On Aug. 27, 2010. Defense Department officials allowed news media representatives to take video and still photos in the facility for the first time since the facility became operational in December, 2009. Afghan officials will begin to take over the facility in 2011.
DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
In the early morning hours, U.S. Army soldiers prepare for mobilization training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, Aug. 24, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team and are scheduled to deploy to help rebuilding efforts near Kabul, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army photo by John Crosby
Pakistani residents wait for aid at a settlement for displaced people, Pakistan, Aug. 25, 2010. The United States has promised $50 million in aid through the U.S. Agency for International Development to assist Pakistan in the aftermath of record floods caused by monsoons.
U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jenie Fisher
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses members of the Executives' Club of Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel, Aug. 25, 2010. The Executives' Club is one of the nation's oldest and leading business forums for leadership, education and business practices. Mullen is on a three-day Midwest tour to meet with local civic and business leaders to discuss the needs of returning troops and their families. He calls the tour "Conversations with the Country."
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Susan Dunn checks the pulse of a child during a medical civic action program in Dili, Timor-Leste, Aug. 12, 2010. Dunn is serving aboard the USNS Mercy.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eddie Harrison