Week in Photos 11/02-11/08

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew D. Blanchard provides aerial security from inside a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2013. Blanchard is a crew chief assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462. The unit supported Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment during an interdiction operation. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Frost prepares a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft boom pod for a refueling mission over southern Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2013. Frost, a boom operator, is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker
  • U.S. Marines load a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter onto a C-17 Globemaster on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Nov. 1, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, relocated the aircraft as part of demilitarization.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia
  • U.S. Army Spc. Joy Odom recites the oath to re-enlist from the back of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a mission over Laghman province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2013. Odom, an aviation operations specialist, is assigned to Headquarters Company, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
  • Members of the 19th Special Forces Group jump in free fall or with a static line from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Camp Williams, Utah, Oct. 30, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon
  • A U.S. Marine fires a M777 howitzer during a battle drill on Arta Range, Djibouti, Nov. 3, 2013.The Marines are assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Battalion Landing Team. A five-person gun crew can fire as many as five rounds per minute.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Maria Pandolfo inspects a faceplate aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 4, 2013. The Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 are conducting carrier qualifications. Pandolfo is an aviation electrician’s mate airman.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV
  • An aircraft handler directs an F/A-18 Super Hornet into position to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea, Nov. 5, 2013. The Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force to protect and defend the maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
  • U.S. Marines and French legionnaires tackle an obstacle course after conducting a heliborne raid on Camp des Garrigues, France, Oct. 31, 2013. The event was part of a training exercise between the legionnaires and U.S. Marines assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response. The troops flew in an MV-22B Osprey, which was the first of its kind to land on French soil as part of a military exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim
  • An Army Special Forces member fires a Mark 19 belt-fed grenade launcher at a training target on Eglin Range, Fla., Oct. 30, 2013. Hurlburt Field instructors use the range to practice tactical maneuvers and heavy weapons training. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Bainter
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Eric Reid works out in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Gulf of Oman, Nov. 2, 2013. Reid is a chief aviation electronics technician. The Truman is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and support theater security cooperation efforts.  U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Karl Anderson