A U.S. Army soldier directs earth moving equipment during fording operations near the Iraq-Iran border, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 9th Engineer Battalion. A bridge over a stream had been washed away by recent rains and the ford allows Military Transition Teams to conduct training with Iraqi border guards.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brien Vorhees
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Nick D'Andrea salutes the John Basilone Statue after laying a wreath beneath it with Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, Raritan, N.J., Sept. 27, 2009. The parade is the largest military parade in the nation and honors Basilone, a native of the town, who received a Medal of Honor and Navy Cross for actions in Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. D'Andrea is a special operations officer and Thiessen is the deputy commandant for Programs and Resources.
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses a crowd of military and Gold Star families during a salute to children of the fallen at the Fourth Annual Time of Remembrance ceremony honoring America's fallen heroes in Afghanistan and Iraq, on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Sept. 26, 2009.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien
The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guard perform at the Pentagon for employees, servicemembers and families, Sept. 25, 2009. The group is made up of infantry soldiers who are deploying to Afghanistan's Helmand province next Spring.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker
U.S. Marines perform an aircraft and personnel recovery mission during a training course on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 16, 2009. The Marines are assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which will retain a platoon trained to recover isolated personnel or aircrafts during the unit's upcoming deployment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alex C. Guerra
U.S. Army soldiers visit the Kohistan district, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2009, to assess the progress of a road construction project. The soldiers are assigned to the Kapisa-Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade
Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, and retired Rear Adm. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. walk to the annual observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the Pentagon, Sept. 18, 2009. Denton, a guest speaker who also served as a U.S. Senator from Alabama, described his own experiences as a prisoner of war for nearly eight years.
DoD photo by Robert D. Ward
Master Sgt. John Deutsch sings the National Anthem during a Medal of Honor induction ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 18, 2009, for the late Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti. Monti's parents Paul and Janet, accepted the award on their son's behalf.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess