From left to right, Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, outgoing commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, incoming commander, and Navy Adm. MIke Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak before the U.S. Strategic Command change-of-command ceremony on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Jan. 28, 2011.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Marines inspect their gear and make final preparations before conducting jump training during Cobra Gold on U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in Chonburi province, Thailand, Jan. 21, 2011. The Marines, assigned to Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, took part in bilateral jump training with a Royal Thai Marine Corps reconnaissance team. Cobra Gold is a regularly-scheduled joint exercise to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of Thai forces to defend Thailand and respond to regional contingencies.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Pea
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks with Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay at the Old City Hall in Ottawa, Canada, Jan. 27, 2011. Gates visited Canada to attend bilateral meetings with his Canadian counterparts. The two leaders discussed a variety of defense issues, including Afghanistan.
DOD photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers conduct a census patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2011. The Marines, assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2 conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of Afghan citizens. The battalion's mission was to conduct counterinsurgency operations with the International Security Assistance Force.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 25, 2011.
DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Volunteers help a U.S. Air Force homeless veteran determine what services he needs at the 15th annual Winterhaven Homeless Stand Down at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2011. More than 500 veterans attended the event, receiving clothes and information on employment, claims, health care, income tax education, homeless outreach programs, housing opportunities and social services.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
U.S. Army Cpl. Sean Connell briefs Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. during a training exercise at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Jan. 22, 2011.
U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
A U.S. Army soldier works his way through some brush outside the village of
Nengares in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2011. The soldier is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment. After seven hours of searching through rugged terrain, U.S. and Afghan soldiers located an improvised explosive device along Route Iowa, based on a tip.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson