U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, incoming commander, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Air Force Col. Larry Martin, Commander 6th Air Mobility Wing greet each other as they wait for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to arrive on Macdill Air Force Base Tampa, Fla., Oct. 31, 2008, for a Change of Command ceremony. Petraeus is accepting command of CENTCOM.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David L. Minor
Thousands of runners surge past the starting line of the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon on Jefferson Davis Highway Oct. 26, 2008. The marathon started in 1976 with 1,175 finishers.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Al Peck and Col. Tyrone M. "Woody" Woodyard greet U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, upon his arrival on Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 28, 2008. Peck is commander, Air University, and Woodyard is vice commander, 42nd Air Base Wing. Mullen is visiting the base to speak to students assigned to the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Australian Army Maj. David Bergman, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Blunck, right, stand on barriers at the edge of an area of overgrown vegetation on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2008, prior to initiating a controlled burn of the area. The field must be burned to clear it for de-mining operations and to prevent flooding by Coyote Creek, which runs through Bagram Air Field and surrounding villages.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class C. Joel Peavy
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrives at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., during a recent trip to Fort Bragg, Oct. 23, 2008.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Young Marine Lance Cpl. Jhane Price salutes after giving a speech titiled, "Why I'm Drug Free" during the 18th Annual Secretary of Defense Drug Awareness Award ceremony at the Pentagon, Oct. 24, 2008.
DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Army soldiers conduct pre-jump mock door training during a joint forcible entry exercise, on Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 21, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. The exercise provides soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division with training on real-world contingency operations.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and Michael Rhodes, acting director of administration and management of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, give honors during the playing of the national anthem before presenting the David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration and Distinguished Civilian Service awards at the Pentagon, Oct. 21, 2008.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess