Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with students in the American grand strategy class at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Sept. 29, 2010.
DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Kerrigan leads the pledge of allegiance during the departure ceremony for the Indiana National Guard's 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team on Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Sept. 25, 2010. The team is a special group of more than 60 guardsmen from across Indiana who have agricultural experience or education in several fields, including forestry, engineering, general farming, pest management, horticulture, marketing and education. These soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan to assist Afghan leaders in improving agricultural practices.
U.S. Army photo by John Crosby
U.S. Army Sgt. John Rogers, right, shows one of his soldiers his sector of fire during a presence patrol in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2010. Rogers is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier
Afghan civilians and Afghan National Army soldiers unload ballot materials from an Mi-17 helicopter in Jaghuri, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2010. The ballots will be used in the Sept. 18 elections when Afghans will elect the lower house of parliament.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford
A U.S. Army crew chief watches as Pakistani soldiers load supplies aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Rubicon, a refuelling point, for transport to flood-affected areas in Swat valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, Pakistan, Sept. 19, 2010.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Reese Von Rogatsz
U.S. Army Spc. William B. James shoots at the enemy during a more than three hour firefight at the Shege East Afghan National Police Checkpoint in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2010. James is assigned to the 327th Infantry Regiment's Company D, 1st Battalion, Task Force Bulldog. An estimated two dozen Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms at the post in eastern Afghanistans Kunar Province.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
Sgt. Nathan Hughes stands next to a M198 howitzer while overlooking the crowd of people gathered to witness the M198 howitzer's last show of power during a retirement ceremony at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Sep. 18. Hughes is a gunner assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Will Hill
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Bushey, front, helps Pakistanis and other Marines with unloading and carrying bags of flour and other relief supplies from an aircraft on Gilgit Air Base, Pakistan, Sept. 18, 2010. Bushey is a KC-130J Super Hercules loadmaster.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali Gradishar