U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walks with French Army Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of defense staff, outside the French Ministry of Defense in Paris, Sept. 18, 2014. Dempsey traveled to Paris to meet with defense officials.
DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
U.S. soldiers run an observation post in support of a 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment live-fire exercise on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 17, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment's field artillery squadron.
U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., right, director for operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, take their seats before the start of a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2014. Hagel and Mayville testified on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Joosten signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter as it launches from the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Halsey during exercise Valiant Shield 2014 in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 15, 2014. Joosten is a boatswain’s mate, and the helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12. The exercise integrates Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps assets, and offers real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
Army 1st Sgt. Nicholas Rembula briefs candidates on an Expert Infantryman Badge qualification lane on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2014. The Expert Infantryman Badge is awarded to Army personnel who hold infantry or special forces military occupational specialties and successfully pass the rigors of the course. Rembula is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The division is based in Alaska.
U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron performs the Diamond Pass and Review during the Wings of Freedom Open House on Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Sept. 13, 2014. The event was open to the public free of charge and highlighted various aerial demonstrations and static displays. Spectators were able to view the interiors of multiple planes that were on display across the flightline while waiting for the aerial demonstrations to begin.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker
A U.S. soldier provides security during the Saber Junction 2014 training exercise on the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 8, 2014. The exercise prepares U.S. forces, NATO allies and European security partners to conduct unified land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive, and stability operations appropriate to the mission and the environment. The soldier is assigned to Company A, 173rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carol A. Lehman
A soldier tows his gear during infiltrating operations as he swims across Santa Rosa Sound, Fla., Sept. 9, 2014. The soldier is a Green Beret assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. The soldiers honed their waterborne infiltration skills before conducting missions that included hostage rescue and sensitive site exploitation.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Henson