U.S. and Afghan soldiers take cover behind a berm after making contact with insurgents in Dondokay village in the Sayed Abad district in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Nov. 22, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Armored Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The operation's objective is to reinforce relationships with Afghan residents and to deny insurgents freedom of movement in the area.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Austin Berner
Journalists from the Financial Times interview and photograph U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in London, Nov. 29, 2011.
DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Sgt. John Tomsich and his wife, Catrina, play with their son, Brayden, in a play area at the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Nov. 10, 2011. Tomsich came to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment for a spinal injury. Catrina Tomsich put her business on hold to join him and urged him to get tested for post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis and she has remained with him on Fort Sam Houston as his caregiver.
DOD photo by Linda Hosek
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with U.S. Marines stationed at the U.S. Embassy in London, Nov. 28, 2011.
DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Marines and sailors interact with role players during a practice exercise for a Surface Tactical Recovery of Aircraft, Personnel and Equipment course on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 16, 2011. The service members are assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The course focused on training the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to conduct recovery missions for their upcoming deployment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Petersheim
John Salata, center, and U.S. Army Capt. Michael Anderson, right, discuss a recent insurgent attack on a school in the Shah Joy disctrict in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Nov. 22, 2011. Salata is a field program officer with the U.S. Agency of International Development, and Anderson is a civil affairs member assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul. The team's mission is to conduct civil-military operations in Zabul province to extend the reach and legitimacy of the Afghan government.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras
U.S. service members visit with Chatchai Phromlert, governor of Lop Buri, Thailand, during a community clean-up event as part flood relief efforts, Nov. 20, 2011. Joint U.S. forces came together to assist the Royal Thai Army Special Warfare College clean community facilities as part of flood relief efforts.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matheus Hernandez
U.S. Marine Sgt. Chris Gonzalez speaks with a member of the Afghan police at the Kajaki Sofla Bazaar in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2011. Gonzalez is the civil affairs team chief assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marines joined Afghan police to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which encourages reconciliation and charitable giving.
U.S. Marince Corps photo by Cpl. James Clark