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09/30/2011

TOP LEADERS

Left to right, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, observe the passing of the honor guard at the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff change of responsibility ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2011. Dempsey succeeded Mullen, who is is retiring after 43 years of service. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

09/30/2011

RENDERING HONORS

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, observe the playing of the national anthem during the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff change of responsibility ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2011. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was succeeded by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who became the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the ceremony. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

09/30/2011

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta congratulates Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after presenting her with the Distinguished Public Service award, Sept. 30, 2011. The presentation was part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff change of responsibility ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey took responsibility as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Mullen during the ceremony. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

09/30/2011

STAIRWAY SENTINELS

U.S. Army Cpl. Kristine Tejeda and Pfc. Thomas Adgate climb the steps of the Ziggurat of Ur to provide security for a tour of the ancient city in Dhi Qar province, Iraq, Sept. 24, 2011. Tejeda and Adgate are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade. The soldiers have provided security for more than 20 tours of the ancient city of Ur since December 2010. U.S. Army phoyo by Pvt. Andrew Slovensky

09/30/2011

MILITARY SEND-OFF

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reviews troops during his retirement ceremony and Armed Forces Farewell at Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 30, 2011. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will succeed Mullen as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

09/30/2011

FLIGHT INSPECTION

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Garetz inspects flares loaded aboard a AV-8B Harrier on the flightline on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2011. Garetz is a Marine attack squadron 513 ordnance technician. U.S. Army photo by Sean Dennison

09/30/2011

VIGIL WATCH

Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Peterson stands at attention in front of the Prisoners of War- Missing in Action Memorial as part of the 2011 POW/MIA Recognition Day at Heritage Park on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 29, 2011. Peterson is assigned to the 49th Materiel Maintenance Group. For 24 straight hours, airmen took turns standing vigil and making sure the eternal flame remained lit as a symbol that POWs and MIAs of today and the past are never forgotten. U.S. Air Force courtesy photo

09/30/2011

DIRT DUTY

U.S. Army and Afghan soldiers build the perimeter of Checkpoint 4 along Route Chicken as part of Operation Fairbanks in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, deployed from Alaska. Operation Fairbanks was a route clearing and stability operation to reclaim a major trade route between Qalat and Mizan that had been held by the Taliban for the past year. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Francis O'Brien

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