Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III delivers remarks at the dedication of the Pentagon's new USO exhibit, Aug. 31, 2011. USO President Sloan D. Gibson; Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department's director of Administration and Management, joined Lynn on stage.
DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III attend Petraeus' Armed Forces Farewell and retirement ceremony on Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 31, 2011. Petraeus retired after a 37-year military career to become CIA director.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
A UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter carries soldiers to participate in the Order of the Arctic Sapper competition on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, Aug. 17, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 6th Engineer Battalion. Six teams of 8 to 11 soldiers competed in mountain climbing, rappelling, river crossing and other combat engineer events.
U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
U.S. Marine Cpl. Jesse L. Tabor places a cage over a culvert along a busy road to prevent insurgents from inserting explosive materials inside in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2011. Tabor is a metal worker assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. The operation lasted four days and engineers covered nearly 33 miles of Route 606, one of the country's busiest roads. The cages, known as culvert denial systems, will increase safety for troops and travelers.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego
The view from an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows highway damage from Hurricane Irene along the North Carolina coast, Aug. 28, 2011. The UH-60 crew is assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Stewart, Ga. The aviation unit is supporting hurricane response by civil authorities in coordination with U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command.
U.S. Army Photo by Randy Mitchell
Crews refuel F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 26, 2011, while en route to Naval Air Station Key West, where aircraft are relocating to avoid damage from Hurricane Irene.
U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Caleb White
Civilian workers prepare to move inpatients in ambulances from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Aug. 27, 2011.
DOD photo by Sebastian J. Sciotti Jr.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Rogelio Moreno and Petty Officer 2nd Class Harley Meyer fill out a field medical card for a simulated casualty after decontamination processing during Vibrant Response 12.1 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind., Aug. 19, 2011. Moreno and Meyer are corpsmen assigned to the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. Vibrant Response 12.1 is a two-week exercise that simulates the aftermath of a 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in Cincinnati.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Bruce