Air Force Staff Sgt. Laura Almazan configures a laptop for use in the client support administrator's work room on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 13, 2013. Almazan, a knowledge operations specialist, is one of 13 females assigned to the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron for the 2013 show season.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.
Coalition force members fire a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system on a range during training in the Washer district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, March 23, 2013.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Tuck
U.S. Army Sgt. Gregory Kershner, left, leads his squad on a rugged trail in Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 26, 2013. Kershner is assigned to the 615th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion. The trail, which combines foot marching with obstacles and rapid elevation changes, is designed to replicate terrain in the current operating environment.
U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Alex Rojas, left, and Joseph Casillas make their way to a live-fire range on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, March 23, 2013. Rojas and Casillas went to the range to calibrate their weapons before leaving on a mission to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Rojas and Casillas, scout snipers, are assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe
U.S. Marines prepare for a combat logistics patrol to Forward Operating Base Payne in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, March 23, 2013. The Marines are assigned to Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2. The unit conducted the combat logistics patrol to facilitate the base’s demilitarization.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz
An Afghan child waves a flag at a member of coalition forces as he patrols to a medical clinic led by Afghan national security forces in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, March 12, 2013. Coalition and Afghan forces held the clinic to promote improved security, governance and development.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Kruger
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves to the Pentagon, March 28, 2013. Hagel also welcomed Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, Malawi President Joyce Banda and Senegalese Ambassador Cheikh Niang for joint meetings.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Triba directs Page, a dog trained to detect improvised explosive devices, to search the ground during training on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 19, 2013. Dog handlers work with such dogs to clear routes and other duties in a combat environment. Triba, a rifleman, is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and Page is assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline