U.S. soldiers bolt a piece of bridge into place in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Feb. 26, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to Missouri National Guard's 1438th Multirole Bridge Company. The unit has spent the majority of its deployment maintaining, building and sustaining bridges used by local residents.
U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Haight, left, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson discuss upcoming elections on Forward Operating Base Thunder in Afghanistan's Paktia province, March 5, 2014. Anderson commands the 18th Airborne Corps and Haight is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division.
U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen
Retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Harry Harrison instructs athletes on a compressed air rifle similar to the ones they will use at the 2014 Marine Corp Trials on Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. The invitational event involves four competing teams comprised of active duty Marines, veterans and international service members. Athletes will compete in eight sports: archery, shooting, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, cycling, track and field events.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Carson Gramley
U.S. Army Cpt. James Caniff logs flight info after landing his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before a medical training class in southwest Asia, Feb. 28, 2014. Caniff, a pilot, is assigned to the Kentucky Army National Guard's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 238th Air Ambulance, attached to the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The helicopter medical evacuation crew worked with U.S. airmen to train them on basic medical evacuation procedures.
New York National Guard photo by Army Sgt. Harley Jelis
Army Pfc. Alvin Acuna-Campos assembles an M249 light machine gun during a timed event at the Best Warrior Competition on Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, Feb. 28, 2014. Acuna-Campos, a combat medic, is assigned to the Hawaii National Guard's 103rd Troop Command. Participants were tasked to assemble four different weapon systems within a time limit including the M16 rifle, M240B machine gun, M249 light machine gun and the M9 Beretta pistol. The competition is designed to test elite soldiers in their aptitude in warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests and battle drills.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Spohn removes a pitot tube safety cover from an F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft as he prepares the jet for launch during Operation Snowbird on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2014. Spohn, a crew chief, is assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing.
National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley
Air Force Senior Airman Jackie Greathouse checks a patient’s blood pressure during Cajun Care 2014 in Abbeville, La., Feb 25, 2014. Greathouse is a medical technician assigned to the 115th Medical Group, Wisconsin Air National Guard, at Truax Field in Madison, Wis. About 120 Guardsmen and Navy medical and dental personnel are providing care to civilians as part of the Defense Department's Innovative Readiness Training Program, which is in its 20th year. Cajun Care 2014 continues until March 6, 2014.
DOD photo by EJ Hersom
U.S. soldiers break down a building on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2014. The soldiers are combat engineers assigned to the 1223rd and 955th Engineer companies. The units have deconstructed more than 1,000 structures during their deployment and have been vital in aiding with the closure of numerous bases.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Aaron Ellerman