U.S. Army soldiers assist Afghan soldiers secure the customs checkpoint at Torkham Gate in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 24, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Torkham Gate is a customs and border patrol station on the Afghan side of the Khyber Pass where traffic flow between Pakistan and Afghanistan is regulated.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Margaret Taylor
Army pilots and crew chiefs prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter for flight in Talkeetna, Alaska, April 26, 2013. The pilots and crew chiefs, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, aided the National Park Service by transporting equipment and supplies to the 7,200-foot level of Kahiltna Glacier to set up a base camp for climbers attempting Mount McKinley this summer. The operation also provided altitude training for soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force.
U.S. Army photo by John Pennell
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, hosts an honor cordon to welcome German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, right, at the Pentagon, April 30, 2013. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual concern.
DOD U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
The USS Nimitz, left, and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd conduct a replenishment in the Pacific Ocean, April 28, 2013. The Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing 11 left San Diego for a deployment in the western Pacific.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kole E. Carpenter
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter prepares to land to drop off U.S. Marines to participate in Eagle Resolve 2013 on Camp Al-Galail, Qatar, April 21, 2013. The Marines are assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The multinational naval, land and air annual exercise is designed to enhance regional cooperative defense efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council and U.S. Central Command.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class George Trout completes a tower for the launch and recovery of unmanned aerial vehicles near Kandahar in Afghanistan's Helmand province, April 19, 2013. Trout is a builder assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 15, an expeditionary element of U.S. Naval Forces that provides national force readiness, civil engineering, humanitarian assistance, and infrastructure building and maintenance.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Garas
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2013 in Annapolis, Md., April 29, 2013.
DOD Photo by D. Myles Cullen
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. William C. Vanover and a British soldier participate in the Guardian Rescue exercise on Camp Leatherneck in Afganistan's Helmand province, April 27, 2013. Vanover, a rescue man, is assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 271. Guardian Rescue provides training through a simulated crash exercise.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia