Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at a capstone course at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. The six-week course objective is to make students more effective in planning and employing U.S. forces in joint and combined operations, and is mandatory for senior officers in the U.S. military.
DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, shares a light moment with government officials before a meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. Hagel met with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo to discuss matters of mutual importance.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Womrath tightens a bolt on the fuel pod of an A-10 Thunderbolt II on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2014. Womrath is responsible for ensuring the aircraft is mission ready and able to perform close air support missions throughout Afghanistan. Womrath, a crew chief, is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron and is deployed from the 442nd Fighter Wing on Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
A U.S. soldier, left, receives instructions while participating in Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. The Expert Infantryman Badge is presented to soldiers who complete a course of testing designed to demonstrate proficiency in a range of infantry skills. The soldier is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo stand as a military band plays the national anthems of both countries at the Pentagon, Oct., 23, 2014. Hagel welcomed his counterpart for a meeting to discuss matters of mutual importance.
DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Samuel Beauchamp, left, Chief Petty Officer Kevin Cassidy, center left, Lt. Cmdr. Jeromy Pittmann, center right, and U.S. Army Col. Peter Andrysiak, far right, listen as Afghan national engineer brigade personnel describe a field training exercise on Camp Ghazi in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2014. The exercise was the culmination of seven months of training, during which U.S. service members instructed Afghan engineers in vertical and horizontal construction, bridge building, and water well operations. The U.S. sailors are assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Gordon
U.S. Army Pvt. Christian Moreno, left, takes notes during the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. The Expert Infantryman Badge is presented to soldiers who complete a course of testing designed to demonstrate proficiency in a range of infantry skills.
U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Fanta Williams, right, salutes Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air Base Wing commander, during a homecoming ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 20, 2014. Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group were deployed in support of Operation United Assistance, a U.S. government effort to halt the spread of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The unit delivered and built medical support facilities. Williams is a medic assigned to the 633rd Medical Operations Squadron.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White