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July 2014

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U.S. Airmen Train in Germany

A U.S. Air Force airman prepares to throw a practice grenade during Operation Kriegshammer at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany, July 14, 2014. The airman, a tactical air controller, is assigned to the 124th Fighter Wing. New Jersey National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht


U.S. Soldiers Train on Camp Bondsteel

U.S. soldiers line up and prepare to be hoisted on a fast-rope line hooked up to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, July 18, 2014. The soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, are participating in fast-rope insertion and extraction training, and are employed by small units to make rapid infiltration and exfiltration using rotary-wing aircraft in confined areas. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Kevin Sandell


Medal of Honor Recipient Joins Hall of Heroes

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work meets with former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, and his wife, Amy, at the Pentagon before the start of Pitts' Hall of Heroes induction ceremony, July 22, 2014. Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


U.S., German Troops Assist With Afghan Ballots

A German soldiers moves ballot boxes from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan's Balkh province, July 18, 2014, to prepare for a flight to Kabul, where they will be part of a second-round audit for the presidential election. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark St.Clair


U.S. Marines Patrol in Helmand Province

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Alex Roberts mounts his M240B machine gun into the turret of his mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 14, 2014. Roberts, a turret gunner and weapons noncommissioned officer, is assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson


U.S. Marines Conduct Battlefield Illumination Mission on Camp Bastion

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ramon Rodriguez, left, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Weins prepare for a battlefield illumination mission by setting timers on flares on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014. Rodriguez, a crew chief, and Weins, a loadmaster, are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueling Transportation Squadron 352. Battlefield illumination missions are implemented to light up areas in support of nighttime coalition operations within Regional Command Southwest. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson


U.S., Multinational Sniper Teams Prepare for Fuerzas Comando 2014

Competitors from 17 different nations gather to receive a safety briefing before a weapons familiarization event at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 21, 2014. The event helped each team prepare for the upcoming Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition, which is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and fellowship program. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Alex Licea


U.S., Multinational Troops Participate in Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014

Explosives disposal technicians prepare to jump from an Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during helicopter insertion training as part of Rim of the Pacific 2014 in Kahneohe Bay, Hawaii, July 17, 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, and 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the training exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher D. Blachly

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