U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits with troops at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, July 28, 2011. Mullen is on a five-day USO tour with comedian Jon Stewart, NBA legend Karl Malone and magician David Blaine to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
An Australian army sapper plants plastic explosive devices during Talisman Sabre 2011 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, July 15, 2011. The sapper is assigned to the Australian army's 2nd Troop, 1st Field Squadron, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise to train U.S. and Australian forces in combined operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Woody Paschall
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nibaldo Colina and Senior Airman Bernie Torres move cargo to a holding area on the USNS Comfort during a replenishment mission underway in the Pacific Ocean, July 26, 2011. The Comfort is deployed in support of Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Air Force Maj. James Bales, competitor number 98, races in the triathlon event at the 5th International Military Sports Council World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2011. The games are aimed at fostering peace and friendship among the 7,000 troops from more than 100 countries participating. The United States teams garnered five medals in the games, while Brazil and China were the top earners with 114 and 99 medals respectively.
DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jon Olekszyk, Col. R. Wyn Elder, and Brig. Gen. Rick Martin welcome Staff Sgt. William Lagares and team members from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., to Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 23, 2011. Olekszyk is assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing. Elder is the commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing. Martin is the director of operations assigned to the Air Mobility Command. Air Mobility Rodeo is the U.S. Air Force's and Air Mobility Command's premier international combat skill and flying operations competition designed to develop and improve techniques, procedures and interoperability, while optimizing international mobility partnerships and enhancing mobility operations.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Moreno
U.S. Navy Seaman Kenneth Klingaman cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Sea, July 20, 2011. The The George H.W. Bush and the Carrier Air Wing are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting close-air support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Klingaman is an aviation machinist's mate airman.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Brian Read Castillo
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Brown, left, and two German soldiers prepare a simulated casualty for hoisting during rescue hoist training on Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, July 16, 2011. Brown is a flight medic assigned to 1st Cavalry Division's Company C, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. The German soldiers are part of an extrication team that is training to familiarize themselves with usage of the aircraft hoist.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Armas
U.S. Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, listens to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Stanley F. Cherrie, assistant deputy commander-maneuver for Task Force Eagle. Shalikashvili and Cherrie are touring the Task Force Eagle operational area in Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 25, 1996.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon E. Long