Army aviators prepare to go on a search and rescue mission for stranded New Jersey residents following Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012. The aviators are assigned to the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen
U.S. Marines unload supplies in preparation for a 32-hour combat logistics patrol on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 24, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 15. The convoy delivered food, water, construction materials and surveillance equipment to Marines assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines spread across three forward operating bases in Helmand province.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, chief of general staff of defense forces, talk aboard a UH-60 helicopter and en route to Israeli defense forces installations participating in the Austere Challenge exercise, Oct. 30, 2012. Austere Challenge 2012 is a bilateral air-defense exercise between the U.S. and Israel involving more than 3,500 U.S. personnel in Israel and Europe and about 1,000 Israel defense forces members.
DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
A coalition force member speaks with a villager during an Afghan-led joint security patrol to deny the enemy freedom of movement in Khak-E-Safed in Afghanistan's Farah province, Oct. 30, 2012. Afghan forces have been taking the lead in security operations, with coalition forces as mentors, to bring security and stability to the country's residents.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau
U.S. and NATO service members are joined by civilian contractors as they begin the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon Forward on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2012. The 26.2-mile marathon, a satellite race to the 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington, D.C., has been held annually since 2009.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel Kitandwe
Soldiers get a view of Hurricane Sandy's winds from the back of a cargo truck as they conduct relief operations in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012. The soldiers are assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes during an arrival ceremony at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 29, 2012.
DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Coast Guard recruits prepare to board buses to evacuate Training Center Cape May, N.J., Oct. 28, 2012, the Coast Guard's enlisted basic training center, in response to Hurricane Sandy. More than 300 recruits and staff boarded buses to evacuate the training center, and more than 1,000 Coast Guardsmen and their families also evacuated.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska