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05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Army soldiers use an M88 Recovery Vehicle to hoist the body of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marines work to remove the wings of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marines detonate C-4 to remove the wings of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel Pare carefully sets charges of C-4 to remove the wings of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Pare is assigned to the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marines and a French soldier carefully work to pry flares out of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel Pare carefully works to pry flares out of a downed French F-2000 Mirage during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Pare is assigned to the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marines used an M88 Recovery Vehicle to drag a French F-2000 Mirage aircraft away from a fuel saturated area during a recovery mission in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
U.S. Marines hook chains to recover a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft and an M88 Recovery Vehicle to drag the jet away from the area saturated with fuel prior to recovering it in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. The Marines are assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group which took the lead on the mission.
05/31/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Theresa Seng
A U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Recovery Fire Fighting team puts out the blaze after C-4 was detonated to remove the wings of a downed French F-2000 Mirage aircraft in the Bakwa District, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address during the annual Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the annual Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers one of his final public addresses prior to leaving office during Memorial Day observances, May 30, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Sara Dell'Omo, a mezzo-soprano, performs "America the Beautiful" at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Arlington National Cemetery Ampitheater, May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Navy, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses an audience of over 5,000 in the Memorial Ampitheater of Arlington National Cemetery for the observance of Memorial Day, May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
The three principal speakers at the annual observance of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011 -- Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, and President Barack Obama join the audience of over 5000 in singing the National Anthem.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011, as a Memorial Day tribute to our nation's war dead.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Flags and wreaths rest at the tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
A member of the Veterans of Foriegn War salutes during the playing of Taps at the close of ceremonies for the May 30, 2011 Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery. .
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience at the Memorial Ampitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. Seated to his rear are President Barack Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, US Navy.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
A moment of silence is observed after the wreath has been placed and taps has been sounded on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The dignitaries include President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Army Gen. Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commander of Joint Forces Headquarters and the Military District of Washington, and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
President Barack Obama places a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, on Memorial Dey, May 30, 2011, in honor of the nation's war dead.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
President Barack Obama places a presidential wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. The wreath-laying honors all members of the armed forces who have given their lives in service to the nation. Joining the President is Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, U.S. Army, commander, Joint Forces Headquarters, and the Miliitary District of Washington. At the left is Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, host for the Memorial Day ceremonial observances at Arlington, National Cemetery.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by R. D. Ward
Honor guards march into position for the Memorial Day presidential wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Megan Garcia
President Barack Obama, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, render honors on Memorial Day during the playing of taps at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DoD photo by R. D. Ward
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers one of his final public addresses during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Deborah Mullen, right, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, consoles Kelly Hugo, who was visiting her son Sean's grave at Section 60 Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. Hugo's son was killed in Afghanistan in December 2010.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, his wife Deborah and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visit after the conclusion of Memorial Day commemoration activities at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listen to President Barack Obama's remarks during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama applauds the service of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama, left, and Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listen to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' remarks during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama arrives at The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to deliver remarks at the Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies, May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama, right, speaks with Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates before the start of the Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama bows his head in a moment of silence after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, salute during the playing of taps at Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, center, and Army Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, arrive at Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama greets Army Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, before the start of the Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lays a wreath at at the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks at the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna stand during the presentation of colors at the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets the family of U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Master Chief Jefferey J. Garber at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011. Garber, command master chief of Carrier Air Wing Seven, passed away of natural causes aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in June 2009.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2011
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks at the Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
A Joint Service Color Guard presents the colors during the Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Two Vietnam veterans stand arm and arm on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Rolling Thunder ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride on the National Mall May 29, 2011. An estimated 250,000 motorcycles participate in the weekend observance, which has evolved into a demonstration of patriotism for soldiers and veterans from all wars.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert reception at the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shares a laugh with retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert reception at the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Yvette Michelle Gibbons-Baugh at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2011. Gibbons-Baugh lost the father she never met, 19-year-old Army Specialist 4th Class Richard Gibbons, during the Vietnam war and visited the country with his best friend to understand the story of her father's life, and death.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claps during the playing of the Armed Service Medley at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Blues legend B.B. King performs at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Actress Dianne Wiest greets Leesa Phillipon after telling the story of the loss of Phillipon's son, Marine Lance Cpl. Lawrence Phillipon in Iraq at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff applaud at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Actor Jason Ritter retells the story of U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan Pruden at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Pruden lost his right leg in Iraq in 2003 and was one of the first casualties by improvised explosive device in the war.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
American Idol winner Kris Allen sings "God Bless America" at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Former New York City police officer Daniel Rodriguez sings "God Bless America" during the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, visits with U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Minority Whip, before the start of the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey prior to the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates listens to a veteran before he speaks at a Rolling Thunder event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Rolling Thunder riders pour out of the north parking lot at the Pentagon, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Riders in the Rolling Thunder event take in the view as they travel from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
A Teddy Bear sits on a motorcycle after its rider completed the Rolling Thunder event from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Ward Barrows, a Vietnam veteran whose road name is "Dead Eye," looks around the National Mall after participating for the first time in the Rolling Thunder ride, May 29, 2011. "I'm extremely moved," he said. "I'm moved by the amount of motorcycles and by the amount of people who line the streets."
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Vietnam veterans sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after many rode from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Vietnam veterans pose for a group photo at the Lincoln Memorial after the ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Vietnam veterans meet at the Lincoln Memorial after riding in the Rolling Thunder event, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
A U.S. Park Police officer directs Rolling Thunder riders to a field to park their motorcycles near the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Veterans participate in Rolling Thunder as they ride along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Nora Bertrand stands up in the back of a pickup as she prepares to hold flags suporting veterans in place during the drive from the Pentagon to the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Bertrand's father, Bob Pertrand, is a Vietnam veteran and comes every year from Syracuse, N.Y., to participate in Rolling Thunder. Bertrand, not pictured, drives the pickup.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
People sit on a hill overlooking the start of the Rolling Thunder event and cheer on the riders at the Pentagon, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Rolling Thunder riders wave to the crowd as they leave the Pentagon for the National Mall, May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Jailene Vasquez, 10, and her father, Elliott Ehle, watch the Rolling Thunder riders as they leave from the Pentagon, May 29, 2011. Ehle's brother was a service member who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Participants in Rolling Thunder ride on a motorcycle from the Pentagon to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Veterans show their support for Rolling Thunder as they ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011.
05/30/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Thousands of veterans gather with their motorcycles for Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon, May 29, 2011. During the event, veterans ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall to call attendion to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Gordon Painter sings during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the annual event that draws thousands of motorcyclists to the capitol in an effort to raise awareness for troop and veteran issues.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
A participant salutes to show his respect during a patriotic song at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the annual event that draws thousands of motorcyclists to the capitol in an effort to raise awareness for troop and veteran issues.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Civil War living historians and re-enactors, from left, Brad and Kim Waldron and Georgia and Tony Meadows cheer during a patriotic song at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the annual event that draws thousands of motorcyclists to the capitol in an effort to raise awareness for troop and veteran issues.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
The Rolling Thunder National Color Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. More than 250,000 motorcyclists ride during the weekend observance that has evolved into a demonstration of patriotism for soldiers and veterans from all wars.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Drum Major Paul Baxter leads the Loch Rannoch Pipes and Drums in the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. More than 250,000 motorcyclists ride during the weekend observance that has evolved into a demonstration of patriotism for soldiers and veterans from all wars.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Rolling Thunder participant Thomas Shortt places his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the annual event that draws thousands of motorcyclists to the capitol in an effort to raise awareness for troop and veteran issues.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Rolling Thunder participant Gerald McCullar portrays a prisoner of war in a Vietnam War-era "Tiger Cage" at the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the annual event that draws thousands of motorcyclists to the capitol in an effort to raise awareness for troop and veteran issues.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
A biker sits and listens to the speakers at the 2011 Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend ceremony on the National Mall, May 29, 2011. More than 250,000 motorcycles ride during the weekend observance that has evolved into a demonstration of patriotism for soldiers and veterans from all wars.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah, greet Gerald McCullar, depicting a prisoner of war in a tiger cage at the National Mall during Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Veterans raise an American flag as they participate in Rolling Thunder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with a veteran before speaking at the Rolling Thunder event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Navy. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives at the National Mall to give remarks at the Rolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at Rolling Thunder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks to a veteran before he addresses the crowd gathered to mark Rolling Thunder at the National Mall, May 29, 2011. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/29/2011 : DOD photo by Fred W. Baker III
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates waves to the crowd gathered to mark Rolling Thunder at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011, saying it will be his last Memorial Day address before he retires in June. Rolling Thunder is an annual event in which thousands of veterans ride motorcycles through the city to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Capt. Geoff Legler
Army Sgt 1st Class Jared Hallmark, left, and Master Sgt. Ken Perry, search a ravine for a 3-year-old missing boy after a deadly tornado near Piedmont, Okla., May 24, 2011. Hallmark and Perry are members of the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst
Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, congratulates ensigns and 2nd lieutenants during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst
Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, participates in the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst
Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, congratulates ensigns and 2nd lieutenants during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
Newly commissioned Navy ensign Allison Ranzau celebrates after receiving her diploma during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
A newly commissioned Navy ensign celebrates after receiving his diploma during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
U.S. Navy Ensign Caitlin Mandrinhill takes the oath of enlistment during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shakes hands with a cadet during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Naval academy cadets take the oath of enlistment during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Marine cadets take the oath of enlistment during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst
Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, speaks with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
Newly commissioned Navy ensigns and Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2011 celebrate during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus addresses the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2011 during the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James
An aerial view shows the tornado damage to a house near Piedmont, Okla., May 24, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James
Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory Ferguson details the route of the tornado damage to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin as they fly over the affected areas, May 24, 2011. Ferguson is the Oklahoma Air National Guard's chief of staff.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James
Army Pvt. Gabriella Frias assists in the clean up after tornado damage in Chickasha, Okla., May 24, 2011. Frias is assigned to the 700th Support Battalion, Oklahoma Army National Guard.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Capt. Geoff Legler
Army soldiers search a ravine for a missing 3-year-old boy near Piedmont, Okla., May 24, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Capt. Geoff Legler
Army Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence Jarrett, left, Sgt. 1st Class Jared Hallmark, center, and Master Sgt. Ken Perry, right, review a map of the area they plan to search for a missing 3-year-old boy after a deadly tornado near Piedmont, Okla., May 24, 2011. Jarrett, Hallmark and Perry are assigned to the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Capt. Geoff Legler
Army soldiers search the remnants of a house after a deadly tornado near Piedmont, Okla., May 24, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
Residents perfom a ceremonial dance at the Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School during Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 26, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dwight Moffitt talks to a girl after a band performance at Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School during Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 26, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Leeland Rothrock plays the saxophone in front of students of Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School during a Pacific Partnership 2011 Band performance inLae, Papua New Guinea, May 26, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Smith and Kathryn Walther of Project HOPE respond to questions during an interview at the local radio station about the medical team of Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 26, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
Multinational service members pose with students and teachers during a Pacific Partnership 2011 civil action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 25, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Hairston shows a student how to do a kip at the Muya engineering civic action project during Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 25, 2011.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cyril England paints a schoolhouse with students as part of the Muya engineering civic action project during Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 25, 2011. England is a hospital corpsman.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
U.S. Navy Seabees fill water buckets to use in the Muya engineering civic action project during Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 25, 2011. The Seabees are assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
U.S. Navy Seaman Carmen Alfaro reads to children during a Pacific Partnership 2011 civil action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 25, 2011. The five-month humanitarian assistance initiative is making port visits to Papus New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia. Alfaro, is a hospital corpsman assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
Papa Dog accompanies U.S. Army Sgt. Shane Warren, who provides security as members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul return to Forward Operating Base Lane, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Warren is assigned to the team's security force.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Samuel Toso talks with Mullah Fida Mohammed in Deh Afghanan village, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Toso is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, Arghandab detachment. Members visited the village to discuss local governance with elders.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Reed entertains a group of children as members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul meet with elders from Deh Afghanan village, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Reed is a medic assigned to the team.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army soldiers enter the village of Deh Afghanan, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011, to meet with elders.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army soldiers exit the gate at Forward Operating Base Lane and make their way to meeti with elders in the village of Deh Afghanan, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, Arghandab detachment.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army Spc. Myles Gaudet, left, and Spc. Matthew Tempesta pull security as members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul meet with elders from Deh Afghanan village, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011. Gaudet and Tempesta are assigned to the team's security force.
05/27/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
U.S. Army soldiers navigate a ravine as they make their way to meet with elders in the village of Deh Afghanan, Afghanistan, May 27, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
Army soldiers and airmen move quickly after loading a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
Army soldiers and airmen low crawl while moving a simulated casualty to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
An Army soldier uses a radio to call in a report duing exercises to support Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
Army soldiers and airmen provide medical assistance to a simulated casualty during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald R. Allen
Air Force Staff Sgt. Martin Duran, left, checks the status of a simulated casualty during an aeromedical evacuation mission aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training on Schoonover Army Airfield at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 21, 2011. Duran is an aeromedical technician with the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald R. Allen
Air Force airmen perform a simulated aeromedical evacuation mission aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 21, 2011. The airmen are assigned to the 43rd, the 446th and the 911th aeromedical evacuation squadrons.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Becker
Air Force and Army medical personnel load simulated patients onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 20, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Raymond A. Estes
An Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft lands at Schoonover Army Airfield at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 20, 2011, during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training. The C-130 crew is assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald R. Allen
Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Bender, right, briefs deployed squadron personnel participating in Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training on Schoonover Army Airfield at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 20, 2011. Global Medic is a joint Reserve field training exercise for theater aeromedical evacuation system and ground medical components designed to replicate all aspects of combat medical service support. Bender is the commander of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron stationed at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
An Army soldier provides cover under smoke while others care for a simulated casualty during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
Army soldiers and airmen provide cover for team members after loading a simulated casualty onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 17, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christine Jones
An Army soldier performs a sterile products validation test during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 19, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Raymond A. Estes
Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Watson plays guitar and sings during a church service during Global Medic 2011 and Warrior 91 11-01 training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., May 21, 2011. Watson is assigned to the 371st Combat Services Support Battalion.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
Onlookers watch the flight skills of the Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, as they performs an air show following the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Ray McCoy
The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, awes the crowd following the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley congratulates Cadet 1st Class Reggie Rembert on graduating during the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 commencement ceremony at Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz congratulates the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 at Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011. Schwartz is the Air Force's 19th chief of staff and a 1973 graduate of the Academy.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
Air Force cadets celebrate on the ramp leading into Falcon Stadium before the graduation ceremony for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011. Air Force Col. George "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, attended the event with his son, Joshua, who was among the 1,021 graduates.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
The U.S. Air Force Academy Band performs before the start of the graduation ceremony for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans
Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley delivers the commencement address to the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011. More than 1,000 cadets received their diplomas and commissions at the ceremony.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans
The Air Force Academy Class of 2011 marches into Falcon Stadium during commencement ceremonies at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/26/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
Newly commissioned Air Force 2nd lieutenants celebrate at the end of the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2011.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Rogers
Marine Corps Maj. Thomas McGee finds a ladder among debris so that he can begin patching the roof on a fellow unit member's house in Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. McGee is the commanding officer of Recruiting Station Kansas City.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Rogers
U.S. Marines patch up a fellow Marine's roof in Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. A tornado ripped through Joplin, devastating the city the night before. The Marines are assigned to the Recruiting Sub Station Joplin, Recruiting Station Kansas City.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Rogers
U.S Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Neville Shiwdin looks over his family's home in Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. Shiwdin struggled to keep the door closed on their home's closet where he, his wife and kids took shelter during a tornado the night before. Staff Sgt. Shiwdin is a recruiter assigned to the Recruiting Sub Station Joplin, Recruiting Station Kansas City.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty
Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, center, talks with crewmembers following a flight aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to survey damage from the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty
Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, right, talks with National Guard members May 24, 2011, as they prepare to support rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. About 140 Guardsmen were mobilized. Danner is adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. The Guardsmen are assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty
Army Pfc. Jesus Ramos directs traffic at a storm-damaged intersection near St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., May 24, 2011. Ramos is assigned to the 1139th Military Police Company, Missouri National Guard.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty
An Army soldier assists a Missouri Highway Patrol officer man a traffic control checkpoint in Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. The soldier is assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard. The soldiers helped local police staff 33 checkpoints around the city in the wake of a devastating tornado.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty
Army soldiers line up to receive their checkpoint assignments at a police command post in Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard. They were tasked with helping local police, sheriff’s deputies and Missouri Highway Patrol officers staff various checkpoints around the city.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
Army soldiers patrol empty streets while conducting search and rescue missions May 23, 2011, in the wake of a deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
Army soldiers sift through debris as they conduct search and rescue missions just hours after a deadly tornado passed through Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 117th Engineer Team, Missouri National Guard.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
Army soldiers search for survivors May 23, 2011, just hours after a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. The soldiers are assigned to the 117th Engineer Team, Missouri National Guard.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
Army soldiers conduct search and rescue missions just hours after a deadly tornado passed through Joplin, Mo., May 23, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 294th Engineer Company, Missouri National Guard.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
Army soldiers conduct search and rescue missions May 23, 2011, just hours after a deadly tornado passed through Joplin, Mo. The soldiers are assigned to the 294th Engineer Company, Missouri National Guard.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anton Du Preez sings to Papua New Guineans at a rock concert during the Papua New Guinea phase of Pacific Partnership 2011 in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 21, 2011. Du Preez is a member of the Pacific Partnership Band.
05/25/2011 : Royal Australian Navy photo by Seaman Helen Frank
A child helps U.S. Navy Seaman Michael Johnson-Bush move boxes of donated goods at the Haus Clare Crisis Centre for Children during a Pacific Partnership 2011 community service project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 21, 2011.
05/25/2011 : Royal Australian Navy photo by Seaman Helen Frank
U.S. Navy Lt. Arthur Kalfus checks a baby's teeth at the Huas Clare Crisis Centre for Children during a Pacific Partnership 2011 community service project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 21, 2011. Lt. Kalfus serves as a dentist.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder
U.S. Navy Lt. Hoan Nghiem prepares a patient for a tooth extraction during a Pacific Partnership 2011 medical civil action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 22, 2011.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
Harry Sasolan numbs a woman as U.S. Navy Seaman Derek Farnsworth observes during a Pacific Partnership 2011 medical civil action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011. Sasolan is a dentist with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
Canadian Army Cpl. Tracy Faught, left, administers anesthesia as Royal Australian Navy Lt. Shannon Godfrey observes during a Pacific Partnership 2011 medical civil action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011. Faught serves as a dental technician while Godfrey serves as a denstist.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
Dixie Saidi, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. Byron Gehrig go over an eye chart at the Wampar medical civic action project during the Papua New Guinea phase of Pacific Partnership 2011, May 23, 2011. Saidi is a medic with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rivka Weiss plays with a baby during a Pacific Partnership 2011 medical project in Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011. Weiss is a pediatric nurse.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
Children watch as U.S. Navy sailors move medical supplies during a Pacific Partnership 2011 civic action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011. The sailors are assigned to the USS Cleveland.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley
French Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christophe Bombert uses a stethoscope to examine a Papua New Guinean boy at the Wampar medical civic action project during the Papua New Guinea phase of Pacific Partnership 2011, May 23, 2011. Bombert is an emergency practitioner.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Navy court photo
U.S. service members wait in Landing Craft Utility in the well deck the USS Cleveland after returning from various medical, dental and engineering civic action projects in Lae, Papa New Guinea, May 23, 2011.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Grotham, right, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Cambridge move a wheelchair during a Pacific Partnership 2011 civic action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011.
05/25/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Farrington
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alonzo Aguilera moves educational supplies during a Pacific Partnership 2011 civic action project in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 23, 2011. Aguilera is assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland. Pacific Partnership 2011 is a five-month humanitarian assistance initiative that began its mission with projects in Tonga and Vanuatu. After completing projects in Papua New Guinea, Pactific Partnership 2011 will continue with missions in Timor Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Audience members laugh as former Polish President Lech Walesa addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Former Polish President Lech Walesa addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, presents the 2011 Ronald Reagan Centennial Freedom Award to former Polish President Lech Walesa during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, address the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
The color guard presents the colors while audience members render honors during the singing of the national anthem at the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
From left to right, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, and former Polish President Lech Walesa pose for a photo wearing Stetson hats in honor of former President Ronald Reagan during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011. The hats were presented to them by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in remembrance of Reagan, who often wore Stetsons and cowboy boots.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Former Polish President Lech Walesa poses for a photo wearing the 2011 Ronald Reagan Centennial Freedom Award, which he received during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Former Polish President Lech Walesa looks at the 2011 Ronald Reagan Centennial Freedom Award he received during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
The U.S. Army Men's Choir sings during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/25/2011 : DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates addresses the audience during the Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Lt. Patricia Salazar, right, examines a patient's eyes during a Continuing Promise 2011 mission in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011. Salazar is an optometrist.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasey Close
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Stewart connects an electrocardiogram machine to a patient's chest at a medical site during Continuing Promise 2011 in Rocafuerte, Ecuador, May 16, 2011. Stewart is a hospital corpsman.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
Brazilian navy Lt. Maria Elisa Azededo, right, performs minor dental repairs on a patient's teeth during a Continuing Promise 2011 mission in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Edwards cleans a patient's teeth at a temporary dental clinic during Continuing Promise 2011 in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011. Edwards is a hospital corpsman.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Edwards cleans a patient's teeth at a temporary dental clinic during Continuing Promise 2011 in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011. Edwards is a hospital corpsman.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Seaman Ashely Kuhl escorts a woman to a waiting area at a temporary medical clinic during the Continuing Promise 2011 mission in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Lt. Erica Poole, right, examines a patient's eyes during a Continuing Promise 2011 mission in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Edwards cleans a patient's teeth at a temporary dental clinic during Continuing Promise 2011 in Manta, Ecuador, May 16, 2011. Edwards is a hospital corpsman.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasey Close
U.S. Navy Ensign Marshall Trudell asks a patient questions while Roxanna Hutchcroft translates onboard the USNS Comfort in Manta, Ecuador, May 18, 2011. Trudell is a neonatal intensive care doctor and Hutchcroft is a Project Hope registered nurse.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasey Close
U.S. Navy Ensign Marshall Trudell and Mexican navy Lt. Fernando Montiel assist a patient after his surgery aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort in Manta, Ecuador, May 19, 2011. Trudell is a neonatal intensive care doctor and Montiel is a nurse from Vera Cruz, Mexico.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson
U.S. Navy Seaman Kourtney Reese watches the Ecuadorian Police Department's K-9 unit perform during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service event in Manta, Ecuador, May 19, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian A. Goyak
U.S. Navy Seaman Arianna Loaiza helps a student put on a donated backpack during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service event in Santa Rosa, Ecuador, May 20, 2011. The organization, Give a Kid a Backpack, donated the backpack.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasey Close
The USNS Comfort anchors pierside during a port visit to Manta, Ecuador, May 21, 2011. The Comfort is a Military Sealift Command hospital ship supporting Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Scotten
An Army soldier prepares to land on the ground after jumping out of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 9, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Scotten
Army soldiers descend to earth after jumping out of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 9, 2011. The airborne operation is one of many tasks the soldiers must perform to maintain their credentials and accreditation.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Scotten
Army soldiers load up into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter before a military freefall drop over Camp Atterbury joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 9, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Scotten
Army soldiers check their parachutes before a military freefall drop over Camp Atterbury joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 9, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Bruce
An Army soldier provides security for his team during a foot patrol while training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 12, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Bruce
Army soldiers conduct a foot patrol while training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 12, 2011. The soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, participated in a weeklong training exercise.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Bruce
Army soldiers check their course with compasses during a foot patrol while training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., May 12, 2011. Although the soldiers use GPS navigational technology, they consider the lensatic compass the most reliable tool for land navigation.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Navy Seaman Troyphilip Obuga takes cover as an F/A-18E Super Hornet catapults from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. Obuga is an aviation boatswain's mate airman. The Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 147.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Terrance Eddings, left, and Seaman Erik Carrete load 20mm incendiary ammunition into an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. Eddings and Carrete are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 146.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Navy sailors attach an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile to an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. The sailors are assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron 146.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Michael Feddersen
U.S. Navy sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 18, 2011. The sailors are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 147.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Navy Seaman David Bergfeld, left, and Lt. j.g. Michael Agojo, right, stabilize a pallet of soft drinks in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a replenishment at sea in the Arabian Gulf, May 19, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Nicholas A. Groesch
SH-60S Seahawk helicopters transport pallets from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a replenishment at sea in the Arabian Gulf, May 19, 2011. The helicopters are assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Eslin
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan takes on fuel from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge during a replenishment at sea in the Arabian Gulf, May 19, 2011.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Tidd
An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during night operations in the Arabian Gulf, May 19, 2011. The Hornet is assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Orlando Ortiz and Lance Cpl. Michael Scott replace a wing fold proxy switch on an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. Ortiz and Scott are assigned to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 323.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart
U.S. Navy Seaman Korey Chavis, left, installs wing and fin attachments to an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile while Seaman John Chang, right, observes aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. Chavis is an aviation ordnanceman and Chang is an aviation ordnanceman airman.
05/24/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Nicholas A. Groesch
U.S. Navy sailors ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat as it maneuvers alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, not pictured, which is under way in the Arabian Gulf, May 20, 2011. The Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 14 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct close-air support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Marines Cpl. Joe Everetts, left, and Sgt. Peter Swigart lay bricks while building a wall at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011. Everetts and Swigart are assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alan Broussard embarked aboard USNS Comfort cuts bricks that will be used for a foundation wall at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011. Broussard is a construction mechanic assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
Ecuadorian boys watch as U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines build a wall at their school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
A young Ecuadorian boy watches as U.S. Navy Seabees and Marines renovate his school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joe Everetts checks to see if a brick is level while constructing a wall for a new roof at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011. Everetts is assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
A U.S. Marine works on a foundation wall to be used for a new roof at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mauricio Molina-Diaz and Ecuadorian Marines paint beams that will be used for a new roof at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011. Molina-Diaz is assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic
U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Seabees shovel around a wall foundation to be used for a new roof at a school during a Continuing Promise 2011 community service project in La Tavesia, Ecuador, May 17, 2011. The Seabees are assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28 and the Marines are assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion. Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Air Force supporters cheer during wheelchair basketball competition at the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
A member of the Navy/Coast Guard team attempts to swipe the ball away from a Air Force player during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre
Navy Lt. Melanie Monts de Oca swims in the Women 50-meter Backstroke event as a member of the Navy/Coast Guard team during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Woodruff dives into the pool at the start of the 50-meter Freestyle event as a member of the Navy/Coast Guard team during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Swimmers race for gold during swimming events at the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
A Navy swimmer watches his fellow teammates during a relay event at the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
A swimmer of the Air Force team dives in the water during a relay event at the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Fans stand for the National Anthem at the swimming venue during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011. The swimming finals showcased the talents of athletes from each service.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Cyclists prepare for the start in the handcycle division during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Cyclists prepare for the start in the handcycle division during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Cyclists race down the road in the mens open bicycle division during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon
Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Rushton rides by during the mens open bicycle class race during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Deltoro speeds by on a recumbent bike during the cycling division of the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon
Former United States Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson shoots off the starting line representing the Navy/Coast Guard team in the handcycle division during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre
Retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andre C. Shelby, a member of the Navy/Coast Guard team prepares to release an arrow in the compound archery competition during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 19, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre
Retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andre C. Shelby, a member of the Navy/Coast Guard team participates in the compound archery competition during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 19, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
A Navy player stretches out of his chair for the ball during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Air Force athlete Stacy Pearsall swipes the ball away from a Navy player during the 2011 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 20, 2011. Navy beat Air Force in a close game 13-12.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Spectators place hands over their hearts during the presentation of the colors by the North American Aerospace Defense Command color guard during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Friends, families and 2011 Warrior Games athletes gather during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks over a giant video screen during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
The North American Aerospace Defense Command color guard presents the colors during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
The United States Marine Corps Warrior Games team captain kisses the Chairman's Cup during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/23/2011 : U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey looks on as the United States Marine Corps Warrior Games team captain hoists the Chairman's Cup during the 2011 Warrior Games closing ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 21, 2011.
05/22/2011 : U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey meets with Gold Star family members in Colorado, May 21, 2011.
05/22/2011 : U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey tours a Survivor Outreach Service facility in Colorado, May 21, 2011.
05/22/2011 : U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, meet Gold Star family members in Colorado, May 21, 2011.
05/22/2011 : U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, meet Gold Star family members in Colorado, May 21, 2011.
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