Week in Photos 12/21 - 12/27

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook from Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2013, during Guam's last push out of the country. The soldiers are assigned to Task Force Guam, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard. The task force officially ended Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 26, 2013, enabling Guardsmen to return home. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Eddie Siguenza
  • Dakota L. Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient now serving as a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant in the reserves, autographs a copy of his citation during a visit to Forward Operating Base Shukvani in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Dec. 25, 2013. Meyer and Marine leaders traveled around Regional Command Southwest to visit troops for the holiday season. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline
  • U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Steven Pendleton searches for insurgents while standing in a the doorway to a desert compound near the the Bari Gul Bazaar in the Nad Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2013. Pendleton, a squad leader, is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson
  • Army Pfc. Cody Teel, left, watches as Army Spc. Mohammed Abbas throws an expended 105mm howitzer shell during live-fire training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2013. Teel and Abbas are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Alaska.  U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
  • Amphibious assault vehicles prepare to launch from the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde during an exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 14, 2013. The Mesa Verde sailors and U.S. Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a composite training unit exercise to prepare for deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon M. Smith
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Paige Abernathy, left, and Tongan Lance Cpl. Saili Laisolo share a high five after completing a row of blocks for a new community hall and disaster response center in Te'ekiu, Tonga, Dec. 17, 2013. The U.S. mission is to execute engineering civic assistance projects, conduct formal training with the host nation and participate in community events to help enhance shared capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey
  • U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Meredith Helay performs holiday music at a Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas market, in Trier, Germany, Dec. 23, 2013. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Five Star Brass ensemble performed more than 15 German and American holiday classics like “O Tannenbaum” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” U.S. Air Force photo  by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano
  • U. S. Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Kyle Bartlett, left, and Damian Liker read cards from their care  packages during a holiday spirit celebration on the mess decks of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg during a holiday spirit celebration while underway in the Gulf of Oman, Dec. 21, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Lorenzo J. Burleson
  • The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy displays holiday lights pierside during the annual Pearl Harbor Festival of Lights in Pearl Harbor, Dec. 17, 2013. The guided missile destroyer was named after Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy seal and Medal of Honor recipient, who was killed in action in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan in June 2005.  U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joshua Flanagan