Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left center, and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right center, are greeted by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, far left, and committee chairman U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota, budget committee chairman, far right, prior to testifying on the President's FY 2013 budget request before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2012.
DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Montana Salavea completes ordnance load-out forms for an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson under way in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 22, 2012. Salavea is an aviation ordnanceman assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael McAfee, left, and a U.N. soldier install razor wire on a wall at the Dispensaire De Caracol in Caracol, Haiti, Feb. 17, 2012. McAfee is an equipment operator assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23 and the U.N. soldier is assigned to an Indonesian engineering contingent. U.S. and Indonesian engineers are refurbishing the dispensary and a school as part of Southern Partnership Station 2012, a deployment of U.S naval assets in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Alan B. Owens
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen.John A. Toolan Jr., left, greets U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter upon his arrival at Bastion Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2012. Toolan is commander of Regional Command Southwest. The two toured Helmand province.
DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 in Thailand's Chai Badan province, Feb. 14, 2012. The Marines are assigned to Battery L, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled joint/combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and to strengthen the ability of Thai forces.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garry Welch
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann uses his automatic rifle's scope to scan the area while providing security with his military working dog, Ty, around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2012. Mann, a military working dog handler, and Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog, are assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter meets with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2012. Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with troops and NATO members.
DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta escorts Lt. Gen. Mashal al-Zaben, Jordan's chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, and Jordan’s Lt. Gen. Prince Feisal bin al Hussein, back center, through an honor cordon into the Pentagon, Feb. 23, 2012.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley