Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to honor Gates at the Pentagon, June 30, 2011.
DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey
U.S. Navy sailors slack in a phone-and-distance line aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a replenishment at sea mission in the Arabian Sea, June 23, 2011. The Ronald Reagan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting close-air support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin B. Gray
Air Force Maj. Jonathan Watson, center left, briefs airmen aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft before an airdrop mission during a joint operations access exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 22, 2011. Watson is a pilot assigned to the 2nd Airlift Squadron. The two-week exercise prepares airmen and soldiers to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Asha Harris
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayal Roll places a band on a patient's ankle during Continuing Promise 2011 in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, June 23, 2011. Roll is a hospital corpsman. Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasey Close
Army soldiers place sandbags around the perimeter of a house to protect it from the rising flood waters of the Missouri River in Dakota Dunes, S.D., June 24, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 740th Transportation Company and the Forward Support Company, 153rd Engineer Battalion.
National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Quinton Young
Army soldiers and Air Force airmen set up trapbags to act as flood barriers to the rising Souris River in Minot, N.D., June 23, 2011. The soldiers and airmen are assigned to the North Dakota National Guard. The trapbag barrier is a secondary level of protection that will allow some roads to remain open once the water exceeds the first level of flood levees in the coming days. The flood water already is over-topping the primary flood levees in some areas and predicted to rise many feet above the primary levees.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp
President Barack Obama speaks to about 150 soldiers during his first official visit to Fort Drum, N.Y., June 23, 2011. The president thanked the soldiers one day after announcing a drawdown of troops from Afghanistan during a televised address to the nation. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, were among the first to deploy to Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
U.S. Army photo by Steve Ghiringhelli
U.S. Marines and Malaysian army soldiers dismount their amphibious assault vehicles and take defensive positions while participating in a joint amphibious assault exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Malaysia 2011 in Resang, Malaysia, June 13, 2011. The readiness training is a series of bilateral exercises in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Mike Morley