U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with local leaders in Marja, Afghanistan, March 29, 2010. Mullen addressed their concerns for the future following Operation Moshtarak to remove Taliban insurgents.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Army soldiers hand out hundreds pink backpacks filled with school supplies and toys to students at a girl's school in Iraq, March 25, 2010. The soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, delivered about 2,400 backpacks throughout the day.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bryce Dubee
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, gives opening remarks during the opening ceremony for the 24th National Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., March 28, 2010. The event is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios
Nicholas B. Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, provides a few words before a crowd honoring three men awarded the Citizen Service Above Self medals in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., March 25, 2010. Two of the men were present at the ceremony and one was posthumously presented.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William Selby
Gen. George W. Casey Jr., left, chief of staff of the Army, talks with Roger Walden, one of the three survivers of the original "Triple Nickles" unit, during a recognition ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., March 25, 2010. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, or "Triple Nickles," succeeded in becoming the nation's first all-Black parachute infantry test platoon, company and battalion.
U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual and Mexican officials welcome U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, center, and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, center back, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Mexico City, March 22, 2010.
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Army soldiers install HESCO barriers at an Afghan police checkpoint in Robat, Afghanistan, March 19, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II
An Afghan leads U.S. Army and Afghan National Army soldiers through the village of Akbar Kheyl, Pole-Elam district, Logar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2010. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to Company E, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment. U.S. and Afganistan soldiers are conducting a Key Leader Engagement with the village elders in order to check on conditions in the village.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest