Week in Photos 3/1 - 3/7

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. soldiers bolt a piece of bridge into place in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Feb. 26, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to Missouri National Guard's 1438th Multirole Bridge Company. The unit has spent the majority of its deployment maintaining, building and sustaining bridges used by local residents. 
 U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer
  • Under the training of U.S. Marines, an Afghan soldier operates a Stryker recover system to pull a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle with simulated battle damage out of a ditch during vehicle recovery training on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Feb. 23, 2014. U.S Marines have been working with Afghan soldiers to teach them basic vehicle maintenance and proper vehicle recovery to sustain continuous combat operations.  U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Frances Johnson
  • A U.S. Special Forces soldier talks on his radio after successfully completing a clearing operation in Darazkol village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Feb. 23, 2014. The U.S. soldiers, assigned to Special Forces Operational Detachment Afghanistan, assisted Afghan commandos with clearing operations to disrupt insurgents from using Kharkrezwal village as a safe haven.   U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores
  • U.S. Marines conduct launch and recovery operations with combat rubber raiding craft from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver in the East China Sea, March 1, 2014. The Denver is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The Marines are assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Todd C. Behrman
  • Paratroopers from a multinational group exit a C-130 H3 aircraft over a drop zone during Exercise Flintlock near Agadez, Niger, March 2, 2014. The annual, African-led exercise focuses on security, counterterrorism and military humanitarian support to outlying areas. A different government in western Africa hosts the exercise each year.  Air National Guard photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eugene Crist
  • Crews load U.S. Marine Corps vehicles onto a landing craft air cushion from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in Rota, Spain, Feb. 26, 2014. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is supporting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael J. Lieberknecht
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Desmond Summers takes out a round from an ammunition bin for the Mk 45 5-inch lightweight gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 26, 2014. The Burke is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II
  • U.S. sailors and members of Timor Leste's defense force conduct rigid-hull inflatable boat training aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training in Dili, Timor Leste, Feb. 25, 2014.  U.S Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jay C. Pugh
  • Soldiers prepare for possible winter weather response operations in Fredericksburg, Va., March 3, 2014. More than 70 Virginia Guardsmen, assigned to Company F, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and Company D, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations.  
 Virginia National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti
  • As seen through a night-vision device, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ball leads U.S. airmen carrying a mock casualty into his waiting UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter during hot load training in southwest Asia, Feb. 28, 2014. Ball is a flight medic assigned to the Kentucky Army National Guard's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 238th Air Ambulance, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.  New York National Guard photo by Army Sgt. Harley Jelis
  • The Blue Angels’ C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 4, 2014. The Marine Corps pilots who fly the C-130 must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar L Olive IV
  • Hailey Froese, daughter of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew and Jennifer Froese, shows her father where she lost a tooth during his homecoming to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., March 2, 2014, following his six-month deployment to southwest Asia. Froese was one of about 30 airmen assigned to the 127th Security Forces Squadron who returned.
 U.S. Air National Guard photo by John S. Swanson