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October 2013

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Soldiers Train on Fort Benning, Ga.

Army Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson explains to soldiers the necessary and optional equipment to build a surface or subsurface surveillance site during phase one of a leaders course on reconnaissance surveillance on Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 23, 2013. During phase one, soldiers learn the fundamentals of a variety of surveillance subjects, including intelligence-capturing equipment, camoflauge, stalking, concealment of surveillance sites, airborne operations, communications and fast-roping techniques. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross


U.S. Army Pilots Conduct Slingload Mission in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter hovers toward a shipping container during a personnel and equipment movement mission on Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Oct. 26, 2013. The helicopter crew, assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, has played a critical role in retrograde operations and base closures across eastern Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg


U.S. Soldiers Take Weapons Training on Forward Operating Base Thunder

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson fires an M9 pistol at the weapons range on Forward Operating Base Thunder in Afghanistan's Paktia province, Oct. 18, 2013. Christopherson, a public affairs noncommissioned officer, is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller


U.S. Marines Conduct Interdiction Operation in Gurjat Village, Helmand Province

U.S. Marines sit inside a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 28, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, supported Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, during an interdiction operation. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia


U.S., Coalition Forces Participate in Transfer Ceremony on Base in Afghanistan

Italian Maj. Ernesto Noya, right, and soldiers of a flag detail assigned to the Transition Support Unit South run in formation as part of a base transfer ceremony from coalition forces, including the transition unit and Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, to the Afghan government on Forward Operating Base Farah, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Chad A. Dulac


U.S. Soldiers Provide Security, Meet With Afghan Police in Kandahar City

U.S. Army Sgt. Peter Leahy provides security out on a balcony at the old provincial headquarters building in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. Leahy, assigned to Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The unit is working with Afghan security forces as they take the lead in providing security for the people of Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer


U.S. Marines, Sailors Conduct Battlesight Zero Course on Camp Leatherneck

U.S. Marines distribute ammunition during a battlesight zero course on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 25, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Headquarters, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, took the class to maintain proficiency with the M16 and M4 service rifles issued to Marines. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia


Hagel Meets With Latvian Defense Minister at Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, greets Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks as he arrives at the Pentagon, Oct. 28, 2013. The two defense leaders met to discuss national and regional security issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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