U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nick Biggs, a C-130 Hercules copilot, enjoys a Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 27, 2008, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. A contracting company providing catering services to deployed coalition forces put extra effort into providing the time-honored feast to American servicemembers at Bagram.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse
Indiana National Guard soldiers with 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry shake hands with VIPs as they leave a plane, Nov. 25, 2008, at the Indianapolis International Airport. The Hoosier soldiers spent nine-months in southwest Asia supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Indiana National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry
President George W. Bush acknowledges his audience as he enters the staging area, Nov. 25, 2008, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The president told the troops, "We are blessed to have defenders of such character and courage. I'm grateful to the families who serve by your side. And I will always be thankful for the honor of having served as the commander-in-chief."
White House photo by Eric Draper
George Adams, right, a non-lethal weapons specialist, gives 10th Mountain Division soldiers instructions on munitions for non-lethal shotguns and grenade launchers during training on Fort Drum, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2008.
DoD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, and other defense ministers of Regional Command South in Afghanistan hold discussions in Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia, Nov. 21, 2008. Gates is taking part in discussions of International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command South which is comprised of forces from Canada, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Romania, United Kingdom, and the United States.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Joint Operational Support Air Component personnel unload baggage from a C-130 after the arrival of the Senegalese Air Force at the Bamako airport in Bamako, Mali, Oct. 27, 2008, for Exercise Flintlock. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is designed to build relationships and capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa.
U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., escorted by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jim Gilman, commander of Great Plains Regional Command, enters Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Nov. 17, 2008.
U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, right, shares a laugh with outgoing Chief National Guard Bureau Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum during Chief National Guard Bureau transition ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov. 17, 2008.
DoD photo by Cherie Cullen