U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derick Dillard photographs an Iraqi man using dentity and detection equipment in Yusifiyah, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2009. Dillard is assigned to Company D, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment. The equipment allows coalition soldiers to identify and tally the population of a given area.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kevin Holden
U.S. Army soldiers tour Saint Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2009. Saint Elijah's, a complex of buildings dating back to the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano
U.S. Army Sgt. Troy Stiner, a military working dog handler, uses a verbal command to release Army Staff Sgt. Ruby, an attack andn explosive-detection dog, during a demonstration on Camp Echo, Iraq, Jan. 7, 2009. Stiner, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has been Ruby’s handler for more than a year.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli arrives on Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Jan. 23, 2009.
DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Army Col. Richard K. Knowlton, commander, Wyoming Army National Guard’s 115th Fires Brigade, talks to young family members during a community meeting in Douglas, Wyo., Jan. 9, 2009. Knowlton, along with a handful of staff and representatives from state and federal support groups, has launched a statewide information campaign to prepare families and business and community leaders for the largest single Guard deployment in the state's history.
DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
President Barack Obama speaks during the Commander in Chief's Ball in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration.
DoD photo by James Bowman
Michelle Obama, wife of President-elect Barack Obama, along with her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, center, rock out during the “Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2009. Thousands of children from military families around the National Capitol Region gathered to attend the concert. The concert featured performances by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Bow Wow, Demi Lovato and Corbin Blue. Country musician Billy Ray Cyrus appeared on stage and performed with daughter Miley. Keke Palmer and Usher Raymond IV also made appearances, as did comedian and actor George Lopez. Both Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden, made speeches during the event. The event was one of many surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Stuart Wadsworth inspects the Joint Ceremonial Honor Guard before their performance at the Lincoln Memorial during the inaugural opening ceremonies on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Larry Simmons