Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter operates the Bambi bucket from an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter during efforts to fight the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 21, 2014. Carter is assigned to the Oregon Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment.
Oregon National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik
Soldiers load into tactical vehicles as they depart for final training to prepare to assist with the Chiwaukum Complex wildfires near Leavenworth, Wash., July 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 303rd Cavalry Regiment.
Washington National Guard photo by U.S. Army Pvt. Brianne Patterson
U.S. Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Stephen Castellanos, rigth foreground, briefs Marines on the importance of security missions on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Castellanos, the officer in charge of the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry, is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The Marines search all vehicles before granting access as a procedure to ensure the safety of all personnel.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
A Marine ignites a fire to simulate a downed aircraft on fire during training in firefighting techniques on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The training ensures familiarity with the gear and increases proficiency and response times within the unit.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., July 24, 2014. The annual forum consists of panel discussions as well as in-depth conversations with leaders involved in government security issues.
DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
A U.S. Air Force airman prepares to throw a practice grenade during Operation Kriegshammer at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany, July 14, 2014. The airman, a tactical air controller, is assigned to the 124th Fighter Wing.
New Jersey National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
U.S. soldiers line up and prepare to be hoisted on a fast-rope line hooked up to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, July 18, 2014. The soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, are participating in fast-rope insertion and extraction training, and are employed by small units to make rapid infiltration and exfiltration using rotary-wing aircraft in confined areas.
U.S. Army photo by Capt. Kevin Sandell
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work meets with former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, and his wife, Amy, at the Pentagon before the start of Pitts' Hall of Heroes induction ceremony, July 22, 2014. Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt