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March 2012

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Secretary Visits USS Peleliu

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta receives a briefing on a Landing Craft Air Cushion-class hovercraft before traveling out to visit the USS Peleliu in the Pacific Ocean, March 30, 2012. DOD photo by Erin Kirk-Cuomo


U.S. Paratroopers Train for Forward Operating Base Duty

U.S. Army paratroopers watch a video on how to test for various types of homemade explosives commonly manufactured in Afghanistan for roadside bombs during an in-brief for recently arrived personnel March 25, 2012, on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 26, 2012. The soldiers are assigned to 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The training includes a briefing on how to locate improvised explosive devices, and teaches them to alert explosive ordnance disposal experts who are trained to safely dispose of the devices. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod


Troops, Federal Agency Conduct Exercise Patriot Hook 2012

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kristina Mowry prepares a passenger manifest during Patriot Hook 2012 on Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, San Clemente Island, Calif., March 16, 2012. Mowry is assigned to the 46th Aerial Port Squadron. Patriot Hook 2012 is an Air Force Reserve Command sponsored exercise that deploys Tanker/Airlift Control Elements to three locations and assembles units from the Air Force Reserve, Navy, Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue, and other agencies to confirm the viability of coordinated security, disaster and contingency response operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brianna Veesart


Dempsey Attends Meetings with Brazilian Defense Leaders

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas A. Shannon, in Brasilia, Brazil, March 29, 2012. The two leaders discussed continued bi-lateral partnerships between the two countries. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega


Dempsey Meets With Brazilian Leaders, Tours Jungle Training Center

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Gen. Eduardo Villas Boas, commander of the Amazon Regional Command, in Manaus, Brazil, March 28, 2012. Dempsey was there to visit one of the many jungle training centers in the Amazon Basin. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt Sun L. Vega


U.S. Marines Conduct Census Patrol, Search for Caches in Khan Neshin

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Leobardo Nunez provides security during a census patrol through a village near Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, March 22, 2012. Nunez is an infantry automatic rifleman assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez


Army, Air Force Leaders Conduct Jump On Fort Bragg, N.C.

Army and Air Force senior leaders practice parachute landing falls before jumping onto drop zone Normandy on Fort Bragg, N.C., March 22, 2012, using the T-11 Advanced Tactical Parachute System. This was the first jump utilizing the T-11 since its use was suspended due to a malfunction. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Richardson


Dempsey Visits Colombian Officials, Troops

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens as Colombian Gen. Alejandro Navas, commander of Colombia's armed forces, speaks at Joint Task Force Vulcano near Tibu, Colombia, March 27, 2012. Dempsey traveled to the area to visit Colombian troops and engineers, and the U.S. troops who helped train them. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega

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