Week in Photos 12/29/13 - 1/4/13

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Capt. Jeremiah Gebhart, first from left, chats with Sayed Moohammed, Bala Boluk district governor, through an interpreter during a meeting with leaders in the district in Afghanistan's Farah province, Jan. 2, 2013. Gebhart is a civil affairs officer with Provincial Reconstruction Team, which trains, advises, and assists Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province.  U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup
  • U.S. Army Spc. Kaleb Propst provides security overwatch during a meeting with leaders at a Bala Boluk district building in Afghanistan's Farah province, Jan. 2, 2013. Propst is a security force team member for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, which trains, advises and assists Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup
  • U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Martin, right, shakes hands and laughs with Mawlawi Guhlam M. Ruhaani, director of Hajj and Endowment, at the end of a meeting with key leaders in Farah City, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. Martin is a civil affairs team lead for Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, which trains, advises and assists Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Josh Ives
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michelle Hooper interacts with Badger during a performance for the 438th Medical Detachment veterinary service on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2012. Hooper, a musician, is assigned to "Total Force," the U.S. Air Forces Central Band, which played at several work centers on the base.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
  • A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallions lifts M777 howitzers over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing provided aerial support by repositioning the howitzers to Camp Dwyer.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Elliot Dreiling, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Laurie Volz handle a mooring line as the guided-missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunham departs Bahrain after a port visit in Mina Salman Pier, Dec. 26, 2012. The Dunham is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Deven B. King
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Hetrick mans an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun aboard the guided missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunham while under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 27, 2012. The Dunham, part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was deployed to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to support Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Deven B. King
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb Gilcrease supplies power to an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter before it launches aboard the guided-missile cruiser the USS Mobile Bay in the U.S. 5the Fleet Area of reponsibility, Dec. 28, 2012. The Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Gonzales
  • The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys prepares to conduct a replenishment with the guided-missile cruiser the USS Mobile Bay in the U.S. 5the Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 28, 2012. The Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Strike Group to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Gonzales
  • Army Sgt. Mathew Lee perfoms push-ups after watching members of the Semper Fidelis All-American West team exercise at Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana, Calif., Jan. 1, 2013. More than 100 football players from across the country will participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, 2013. Lee is a drill instructor. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Brian Carrasquillo reads a holiday poem while participating in a community service event at Niños Pag Asa orphanage in Old Cabalan, Philippines, Dec. 24, 2012. U.S. sailors and faculty decorated the center, which cares for children with special needs and disabilities. Carrasquillo is assigned to the Emory S. Land, which is undergoing a voyage repair period in Subic Bay during an extended deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Aldape
  • Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Fabio Perez greets his son during a homecoming celebration on Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Dec. 20, 2012, following a regularly scheduled deployment to the areas of responsibility for the U.S. 5th and 6th fleets. The homecoming marks the end of deployment for the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, during which its ships supported Operation Enduring Freedom, and African Lion and Eager Lion exercises.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik
  • Service members, family and friends celebrate the new year by charging into the Atlantic Ocean during the Polar Plunge on Naval Station Mayport in Mayport, Fla., Jan. 1, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley