Week in Photos 7/6 - 7/12

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marines and Georgian soldiers make their way to the extraction point during Operation Northern Lion II in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 3, 2013. The Marines are assigned to Georgian Liaison Team 9. The Georgian soldiers led the operation to deter insurgents, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • U.S. Army Pvt. 2nd Class Caleb Shain scans his area from the gunner's turret during a patrol near Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. Shain is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
  • U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Bob J. Sise talks with Afghan children during Operation Northern Lion II in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 3, 2013. Sise is assigned to Georgian Liaison Team 9. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • Georgian soldiers patrol during Operation Northern Lion II in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 3, 2013. The Georgian soldiers led the operation, which included U.S. Marines and sailors, to deter insurgents, establish a presence and gather human intelligence in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Arnold H. Cabral adjusts his gear during operation Northern Lion II in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 3, 2013. Cabral is assigned to Georgian Liaison Team 9. Georgian soldiers led the operation, conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence and gather human intelligence in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marines conduct mission rehearsals on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 10, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, trained to maintain operational readiness and efficiency. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey taxis before transporting U.S. Marines and Georgian soldiers conducting operation Northern Lion II on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 3, 2013. The aircraft crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264. The Georgian soldiers led the operation, conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence and gather human intelligence in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • U.S. soldiers hold hands during a memorial ceremony for U.S. Army Spc. Hilda I. Clayton on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, July 8, 2013.  Clayton, a combat cameraman, was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. She died while photographing Afghan soldiers July 2 as they conducted a live-fire training exercise in which a mortar weapon system failed, causing an explosion. Four Afghan soldiers also died from the incident. U.S. Army photo by Richard W. Jones Jr.
  • A coalition soldier prepares to provide medical support to members of the International Security Assistance Force participating in the shadow running of the 2013 Peachtree Road Race on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 4, 2013. The Afghanistan event is based on the annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which launched July 4, 1970. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena
  • A soldier rappels from a 70-foot tower during training for air assault on Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., July 1, 2013. The soldier is a Florida National Guardsman.  U.S. Army photo by Army Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach
  • Army Pfc. Michael Bykowicz uses a bulldozer to remove rocks and other flood debris from Otsquago Creek in Fort Plain, N.Y., July 4, 2013. Bykowicz is assigned to the New York National Guard's 152nd Engineer Company. The debris had choked the creek's flow. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta
  • Army Spc. Kjirk Dixon fires during the final day of qualifications for the M110 semi-automatic sniper system on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's Grezelka Range, Alaska, July 10, 2013. Dixon is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. The brigade's soldiers are attending the U.S. Army Mobile Sniper School, a five-week course with graded marksmanship on several sniper systems. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Wendell inserts a torch into a boiler during a manual boiler check aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall in the Persian Gulf, July 8, 2013. The Hall, part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Fine
  • Army Spc. Jessie Nelson hugs her husband, Matt, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 10, 2013. Nelson and about  230 soldiers returned home after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Nelson is an all-source intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth