Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III before the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 2014. Votel assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.
DoD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
U.S. Marines depart a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after resupplying an outpost with fresh food and water during Exercise Koolendong 14 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Australia, Aug. 16, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and the helicopter crew is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joey S. Holeman Jr.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Jose D. Munoz, left, and Dylan Eckley disassemble a mine roller during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Aug. 14, 2014. Munoz and Eckley are motor transport mechanics assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
Army Master Sgt. Wigueroa Figueroa explains the air ambulance safety features of a UH-60M helicopter to Army Reserve soldiers during a medical evacuation exercise while participating in an urban training event on Camp Blanding, Fla., Aug. 19, 2014. The soldiers spent the day training on movement and medical evacuation techniques with the Florida National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment.
U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell
A U.S. Marine operates a vehicle during a retrograde operation on Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 14, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Regional Command Southwest. The operation was designed to retrograde the majority of excess gear and equipment, including air-conditioning units and containers for living quarters.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas
Air Force Lt. Col. J.B. Waltermire, left, and Army Lt. Col. James Hayes discuss tactics as soldiers and airmen train together to hone joint interoperability and close air support capabilities in a simulated combat environment during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise on Yukon Training Area, Alaska, Aug. 20, 2014. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercises providing joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large-force employment training. Waltermire is commander of the 140th Air Support Operations Squadron, and Hayes is commander of the 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Alaska.
U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
U.S. airmen gather to review safety procedures before building 10 GBU-38 bombs on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. The GBU-38s are part of the weapon system used on F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft. The airmen are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush during flight operations in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 16, 2014. The George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Stephens