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August 2014

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administers the oath of office to Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp



U.S. Navy Seaman Marten Palomo, right, relays a message to Petty Officer 2nd Class Julius Gomez during an engineering casualty drill on the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28, 2014. The frigate is patrolling in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins



Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, passes the U.S. Special Operations Command flag to incoming commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during a change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt



U.S. Marines motion to the operator of a multipurpose vehicle during a retrograde operation on Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 14, 2014. The operation was designed to retrograde the majority of excess gear and equipment, including air-conditioning units and containers for living quarters. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas



U.S. soldiers fire a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on the airfield from Forward Operating Base Pasab. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ariel Solomon



U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Swisher, left, and Lance Cpl. Cornelio Vasquez carry a container of GTR-18 missiles, also known as "Smokey Sams," away from an MV-22B Osprey during a threat-reaction exercise on an island near Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 26, 2014. The exercise enables pilots to stay up to date on their qualifications while keeping an alert mindset for arising combat scenarios. Swisher and Vasquez are ordnancemen assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 152. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D. A. Walters



Marine Corps Cpl. Freddy Cantu pushes his body to its physical limits during a workout session on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014. Cantu is a cyber network administrator assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos



U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Misheff flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2014. Misheff is a crew chief assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service members as part of aviation tradition. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Lewis

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