Army Spc. Joshua Hutchins and Spc. Ryan Frye thread a Bangalore torpedo through a barrier of barbed wire during combat engineer training on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 23, 2011. The explosive device is used to clear a path through barbed wire and mines. Hutchins and Frye are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
U.S. Army Rangers prepare for the mountain phase of Ranger training on Camp Frank D. Merrill, in Dahlonega, Ga., Feb. 20, 2011. Army Ranger instructors will teach students mountaineering skills to include rappelling and knot tying.
U.S. Army photo by John D. Helms
U.S. Air Force pilots and crew members are briefed before a mission on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 23, 2011. They are assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, on Yokota Air Base, Japan, and are participating in Cope North, an annual exercise conducted between U.S. and Japanese forces.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on Feb. 25, 2011. Mullen is on a week-long trip through the Middle East to reassure friends and allies of the U.S. commitment to regional stability.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer Chad J. McNeeley
Military Academy Cadet First Capt. Marc Beaudion, right, greets Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on the steps of Washington Hall before the lunch formation at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2011. After lunch, Gates spoke to the cadets about ways they can change Army culture.
U.S. Army photo by Tommy Gilligan
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 24, 2011. Mullen is on a weeklong trip through the Middle East to reassure friends and allies of the U.S. commitment to regional stability.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Army Ranger students march to the assembly area to receive a briefing on rope bridge, small boat and swamp training at Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 15, 2011.
U.S. Army photo by John D. Helms
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Rutledge dismounts his mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to check on the condition of a dirt landing zone near Forward Operating Base Lagman in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Feb, 16, 2011. Rutledge, an air controller, is assigned to the 807th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron. He and other airmen in the support squadron secured the landing zone to make sure it was safe for a C-130 Hercules carrying cargo to land. They also provided the aircrew with pertinent information via radio communications.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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