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August 2006

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USNS Mercy Working Hard, Having Fun

U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 construct benches at Johannes General Hospital in Kupang, Indonesia, Aug. 22, 2006. NMCB 40 is deployed aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy that is conducting humanitarian and civic assistance missions during its five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ryan Clement


Rumsfeld at American Legion

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld meets with Utah Senator Orin Hatch during the 88th American Legion national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 29, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen


Preparing to Deploy

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Danny Sava, his wife Julia, son Anthony and daughter Alyssa stroll past a sign at the top of a stairwell in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command headquarters at Camp Pendelton, Calif., Aug. 23, 2006. The sign. “E-22,” marks the days until Salva and 2,300 fellow Camp Pendleton Marines will deploy, leaving their families behind in the care of the base’s extensive family support network. Defene Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby


Training on the USS Boxer

U.S. Navy combat cargo crewmembers prepare to offload simulated wounded Marines during a mass casualty drill on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, Aug. 17, 2006. The Boxer is part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five, which conducted a joint task force exercise off the coast of Southern California in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Vanderwerff


Joint Forcible Entry Exercise

U.S. Army paratroopers with the 35th Signal Battalion board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to conduct an airdrop as part of Joint Forcible Entry Exercise (JFEX) at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 21, 2006. JFEX is an Army and Air Force training exercise designed to validate combat readiness of leadership, aircrews and ground forces through integrated scenario-based training operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV


VFW Convention

Approximately 2,300 veterans attend the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Reno, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006. During the event, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld received the 2006 VFW Dwight D. Eisenhower Award in recognition of his contributions towards securing the nation from foreign threats. Dept. of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen


Rumsfeld Town Hall Meeting in Nevada

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses a crowd of sailors and civilian government employees during a town hall meeting at Fallon Naval Air Station, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006. Rumsfeld answered questions that ranged from health care to the global war on terrorism. Dept. of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen


Meeting With Stryker Brigade Families

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his staff are greeted by the senior military leaders of U.S. forces in Alaska at Fairbanks International Airport, Aug. 26, 2006. While in Alaska, Rumsfeld met with family members of the troops deployed with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

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