Annette Island, home to the Metlakatla Indian community, Camp Wy Wuh and the site of the Joint Task Force – Operation Alaskan Road. The island is 136 square-miles and is largely uninhabitable.
Defense Dept. photo by Fred W. Baker III
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with Billie and Sam Bennett, daughter and grandson of U.S. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, prior to his swearing in ceremony as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Aug. 31, 2007.
Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs, were on display at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 24, 2007. The vehicles have raised, V-shaped underbellies, that deflect the force of improvised explosive devices and other blasts from below better than other vehicles in use.
Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess
A young Iraqi boy shows off his new truck during an Aug. 21, 2007, visit by 80 Iraqi citizens to the historical Ziggurat located on Ali Air Base, Iraq. The Ali Air Base First Four Council sponsored the visit. This is the first time in more than 10 years that Iraqi civilians have been allowed to step on the grounds of the historical site, which was built in the ancient city of Ur and includes the house of the biblical prophet Abraham.
Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca
Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Cmdr. Chris Higginbotham escorts Commander-in-Chief Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Masorin as he reviews the ceremonial guard during a full honors welcoming ceremony at Lutze Park at the Washington Navy Yard, Aug. 24, 2007.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mellisa Walker, left, and Master Sgt. Deborah Davis distribute medicine to patients in Pisco, Peru, as part of the Joint Task Force-Bravo medical humanitarian mission to Peru following the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the region, Aug. 15, 2007.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shaun Emery
Belizean Defense Force Capt. James Petillo reviews a map with Army Warrant Officer Brian Thomason and Army Chief Warrant Officer Mark Goodwin, both from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, prior to a hurricane assessment flight, in Belize, Aug. 22. Approximately 20 U.S. soldiers and airmen from Soto Cano deployed Aug. 21 to assess damage caused by Hurricane Dean.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sonny Cohrs
Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with troops of the Pacific Command forces at PACOM headquarters on Camp Smith, Hawaii, Aug. 18, 2007.
Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen