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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta places his coin on a U.S. service member’s grave in Tripoli, Libya, Dec. 17, 2011. Panetta visited the western cemetery where U.S. Marines and sailors killed in the 1800s are buried. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo



Robert D. Ward, right, shakes hands with Terry Mitchell, audiovisual division chief for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, during Ward's retirement celebration at the Pentagon, Dec. 28, 2011. Ward served as an official photographer to defense secretaries and deputy secretaries since 1974. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett



An MH-60 Jay Hawk helicopter hoists Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd class Darren Hicks while conducting rescue swimmer training in the James River near Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 28, 2011. The Jay Hawk crew is assigned to Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and train regularly in swimmer deployments and water recoveries. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class David Weydert



A coalition Special Operation Forces soldier engages anti-Afghan forces during a fire fight in the Gelan district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2011. The soldiers were advisors to the Afghan commandos during a Afghan-led clearing operation to disrupt local insurgent safe havens and supply lines. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael S. Creech



An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 15, 2011. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley



U.S. Navy Electronics Technician 1st Class James Kyne leads a team of sailors and U.S. Coast Guardsmen around the weather decks during a training exercise on the USS Dewey in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 28, 2011. Kyne is a visit, board, search and seizure team member. The Dewey is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Keim



The Air Force Academy defense hauls in a Toledo running back at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 2011. The Falcons played the Toledo Rockets in the 2011 Military Bowl. U.S. Air Force photo by Ray McCoy



Afghan National Army commandos stand guard during a clearing operation in Ghorak district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2011. Afghan and coalition forces have partnered to conduct clearing operations to disrupt insurgent safe havens in the area and provide stability in the region. U.S.Army photo Sgt. Christian Palermo

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