U.S. paratroopers fire at insurgent forces during a firefight on the outskirts of Spedar village in southern Afghanistan's Ghazni province, June 15, 2012. This was the first of several firefights U.S. and Afghan soldiers encountered during their daylong partnered patrol. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
Army Pfc. Jason Martindale qualifies with a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a Humvee during a weapon system qualification on Fort Drum, N.Y., June 20, 2012. Martindale is assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone
Soldiers and Reserve Officer Corps cadets prepare to board a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to conduct air assault training on Camp Grayling, Mich., June 20, 2012. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry, Michigan Army National Guard.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Downen Jr.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, walks with Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of the 3rd Corps, during a visit to the 3rd Corps headquarters on Fort Hood, Texas, June 28, 2012.
DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Air Force Tech Sgts. Jason Linta, Bobby Garza and Dean Prestia cut lines to create a firebreak to prevent fires from jumping at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28, 2012. Linta is a firefighter assigned to the academy, and Garza and Prestia are firefighters assigned to Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The fires, which have burned more than 15,000 acres, began spreading to the southwestern corner of the academy, causing base officials to evacuate residents.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, looks at features of the new United States Institute of Peace headquarters, pointed out by J. Robinson West, chairman of the institute's board of directors, before delivering remarks at the 5th annual Dean Acheson Lecture on “The Practice of Partnership in the 21st Century,” in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012.
DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Army Sgt. Mark Banks gives his troops a pre-mission brief during the react-to-contact course on Camp Atterbury, Ind., June 21, 2012. Banks, a chemical team leader, is assigned to the 438th Chemical Company, 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John Crosby
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta talks Army Spc. Jack Zimmerman during his tour of the Center for the Intrepid on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, June 27, 2012. Panetta spent the day visiting with wounded warriors at the CFI and the San Antonio Military Medical Center, thanking each service member and their families for their service and sacrifice.
U.S. Army photo by Elaine Sanchez