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A U.S. Army soldier maneuvers through the village of Heydark Hel as part of a presence patrol in Sayed Abad district in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Feb. 19, 2010. The soldier is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest



U.S. Army soldiers walk down a steep, snowy, slope as part of a foot patrol in Sayed Abad district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2010. Foot patrols are often used to talk to and check on the welfare of Afghan residents. The soldiers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest



Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, presents the Eugene G. Fubini Award to James R. Schlesinger during ceremonies in conjunction with a meeting of the Defense Science Board at the Pentagon, Feb. 25, 2010. The award recognizes significant contributions to the Defense Department and national security through outstanding scientific and technical advice. Schlesinger served as CIA director in 1973 and as defense secretary from 1973 to 1975. DoD photo by R. D. Ward



U.S. Marines clear snow from the flight deck of HNLMS Johan De Witt during exercise Cold Response in Norway, Feb. 24, 2010. The Marines are assigned to the 4th Marine Division's Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. Norwegian armed forces present the multinational, invitational exercise with participants from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and other NATO partners. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Michael Q. Retana



A convoy of 122 Afghan army vehicles travels along a highway south of Kabul, Feb. 12, 2010. The soldiers were in a convoy to Forward Operating Base Deleram in western Helmand province. The U.S. Army's 48th Brigade Personal Security Detachment escorted the convoy half way to their destination. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Elliott



U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Stephan P. Karabin II, right, talks with British soldiers about clearing roads near Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2010. Karabin, assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, is working with many different Task Force Helmand units to remove Taliban forces from the province. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Albert F. Hunt



Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Boyd addresses the audience before joining Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of former President Richard Nixon, to present the Nixon Center Distinguished Service Award to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen



Ashton Carter, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Feb. 24, 2010, on the details of the selection process for the contract to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Carter was joined at the press conference by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III, right, and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, center. DoD photo by R. D. Ward

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