The men and women of the U.S. military who train and conduct operations around the world are also family members, friends and neighbors with a range of interests. Get a glimpse into their lives and their work as we turn to military photographers for a chronicle of the year.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kristina Vargas runs with members of the Kenya Defense Force's 1st Canine Regiment during a military working dog information exchange in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 9, 2018.
A howitzer round shoots into the air as soldiers assigned to the 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment conduct training in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 25, 2018.
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Eugene Elking extinguishes a fire while training with firefighters at Royal Air Force Molesworth, England, April 23, 2018.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kwan Walker faces the cold during a conditioning hike as part of exercise Ullr Shield at Fort McCoy, Wis., Jan. 13, 2018. The training aims to improve Marine capabilities in extreme cold weather environments. Walker is a networking administrator assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 28. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody Rowe
Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia participate in a swim call at sea in the Pacific Ocean, July 31, 2018. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Vien Nguyen
Soldiers observe a Javelin anti-tank missile live-fire training event in Iraq, Oct. 4, 2018. The soldiers, assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Jamie Douglas.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Faheemah Bostan-Ali looks down the sight of an air rifle at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2018, during the 2018 Marine Corps Trials, an event that helps select participants for the DOD Warrior Games. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Drew Tech
U.S. and French paratroopers conduct an airborne operation together in Djibouti, June 6, 2018. The service members conducted the jump to commemorate the 74th anniversary of D-Day and honor their nations’ friendship and alliance. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson
Marine Corps recruits do warmup exercises before martial arts training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 1, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Garcia.
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018. Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance
U.S. soldiers in an interim armored vehicle and AH-64 Apache helicopters with Battle Group Poland move to secure an area during a lethality demonstration for exercise Puma 2 at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, June 15, 2018, as part of Saber Strike 18. The exercise tests allies and partners from 19 countries. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III
Sailors and family members wear yukata, a casual Japanese summer garment, during a community relations event in Yokosuka City, Japan, July 17, 2018. Navy photo by Maria Dumanlang
The guided missile destroyer USS Halsey travels in the Indian Ocean, March 28, 2018, while supporting security efforts in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall
Army Sgt. Samuel Benton observes and mentors soldiers during the Bull Run V training exercise with Battle Group Poland in Olecko, Poland, May 22, 2018. Battle Group Poland includes U.S., United Kingdom, Croatian and Romanian soldiers who support NATO’s enhanced forward presence. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III
Marines observe and touch a jungle gecko during Cobra Gold 18 at Camp Ban Chan Khrem, Thailand, Feb. 19, 2018. The basic jungle survival skills course prepares Marines for operations in the harsh environment. The Marines are assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert Arellano
Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons and four Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripens fly in formation behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling training in Swedish airspace, Feb. 8, 2018. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Milano
United Nations Command Chaplain Army Col. Sam Lee performs a blessing of sacrifice and remembrance on the 55 cases of remains returned by North Korea at Osan Air Base, South Korea, July 27, 2018.
Hawaii National Guardsmen escort crews from local and national media outlets to Leilani Avenue in Pahoa, Hawaii, to cover conditions from a lava fissure, June 5, 2018. Guardsmen were on duty helping to keep citizens safe as the Kilauea volcano spewed lava. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. James Ro
Sailors learn how to furl a topsail from 175 feet above the deck of USS Constitution in Boston, Aug. 14, 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Hammond
A Marine sights in on a long-range target in Amman, Jordan, April 17, 2018, during Eager Lion, a training engagement conducted by U.S. and Jordanian forces.
Soldiers push through smoke from a grenade during the ground tactical movement portion of the Operation Bowie Strike training exercise in Zhegoc, Kosovo, Jan. 19, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Farina
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jason Souza encourages a girl to give a thumbs up after a finger surgery in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, April 16, 2018, during the Continuing Promise 2018 training mission.
Marines ride horses with Mongolian youth at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, June 17, 2018, during Khaan Quest 18, a multinational exercise designed to strengthen international peace support capabilities. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Heidi Kroll
An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies a mission over Afghanistan, May 28, 2018. The A-10 is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook
Army veteran Brian Hammill, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, competes in the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix, Feb. 10, 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anita C. Newman
The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's flight demonstration team, rehearse in the skies over Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 25, 2018, before the 2018 Cannon Air Show, Space and Tech Fest. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman
Marines conduct explosive detection patrols at Landing Zone Gander in Okinawa, Japan, June 27, 2018. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group.
Navy Chief Petty Officer Miguel Mosquera hugs his family in San Diego, May 7, 2018, upon returning from a deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Navy photo by Seaman Nick Bauer
Yellow powder engulfs a Marine participating in the Color Consent Run for sexual assault prevention and awareness at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 6, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christian Lopez
Navy Recruit Training Command band members perform during a graduation ceremony in Great Lakes, Ill., Nov. 21, 2018.
A Special Forces soldier stalks a target during a reconnaissance and surveillance exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass., June 8, 2018. Massachusetts National Guard photo by Army Spc. Samuel D. Keenan
Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Jette undergoes a body composition measurement test at a 350th Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron facility at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 28, 2018. Jette is a special operations recruiter.
Marine Corps Cpls. Matthew Teutsch and Brett Norman participate in hand-to-hand and close-quarters combat training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 2, 2018.
Air Force 2nd Lt. Alicia Bridel practices a rainbow kick at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., July 20, 2018. Bridel, an operational research analyst, was a member of the 2012 Messiah College team, that year's Division III women's soccer champions.
Sailors man a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the USS Carney as the guided missile destroyer ship travels in the Bosporus, Feb., 17, 2018. The Carney was supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and regional allies and partners.
A soldier hands out candy to children during a patrol along the demarcation line outside Manbij, Syria, July 14, 2018. The United States and Turkey began conducting independent, coordinated patrols to help reinforce the safety and security in the region after the elimination of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sharese Grey tests a sample from a sprinkler during an aqueous film forming foam countermeasure wash-down aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during sea trials south of Japan, May 12, 2018.
Marine Corps Sgt. Lakezia Ortiz participates in a tug-of-war competition at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 13, 2018. Ortiz is a section chief assigned to Repairable Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck
Retired Army Col. Ben Skardon, a 100-year-old Bataan Death March survivor, crosses the 8.5-mile finish line of the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 25, 2018. Skardon also is a beloved Clemson University alumnus and professor emeritus.
More than 500 drones illuminate the sky during a light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad
U.S. Marines and Malaysian troops use smoke to obscure their movements during an exercise in Tanduo Beach, Malaysia, Aug. 17, 2018, as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2018. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy sits in the ice about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2018, during an Arctic research mission.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Smelser cleans a monument at the Utah Beach D-Day Museum in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, April 10, 2018, during a port visit by the USS Porter.
Army Staff Sgt. Ge Xiong checks a 600-gallon water bucket while helping to fight the Mendocino Complex Fires in Lake, Colusa and Mendocino counties, Calif., Aug. 10, 2018.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Driver adjusts safety equipment for military working dog Deny during flight familiarization training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Aug. 23, 2018. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Sams dances with students during a performance by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Deep Six Brass Band at a community engagement event in Tawau, Malaysia, April 25, 2018, as part of Pacific Partnership 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Fulton
Airmen, shown through a night vision device, hike in a tactical formation during a nighttime winter mobilization exercise in Kansasville, Wis., Feb. 10, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the 128th Security Forces Squadron. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Morgan R. Lipinski
A Marine fires an FGM-148 Javelin, a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile, at a target during a live-fire demonstration near At Tanf Garrison, Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez
Air Force Staff Sgt. Elijah Rasheed, also known as DJ Messiah when off duty, mixes music for his set at a club in Cambridge, England, Sept. 2, 2018.
Marines and Japanese soldiers return to the USS Ashland after conducting amphibious vehicle operations training in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 5, 2018, as part of Kamandag 2, a Philippine-led military exercise.
A U.S. soldier studies a map as Army National Guardsmen and German service members compete in urban operations skills during the 2018 Best Warrior Competition at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C., Jan. 29, 2018.
Navy sideboys salute as Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson arrives aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean, May 14, 2018.
Angela Rojas' daughter affixes a pin to her mother’s uniform as Rojas advances to petty officer first class during a ceremony at Navy Recruiting District New York in Garden City, N.Y., June 28, 2018. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Travis Simmons
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft receives a wash down at Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, Jan. 24, 2018.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kori Myers waves the American flag from the back of an aircraft during a National League Championship Series baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers in Los Angeles, Oct. 15, 2018.
Crew members assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche examine a propeller before the ship leaves dry dock following maintenance in Seattle, May 22, 2018.
Soldiers assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion conduct training with Georgia National Guardsmen in Winder, Ga., Nov. 3, 2018.
Airmen move tactically to a target building during training at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., Feb. 9, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron.
A Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams tank engages targets during live-fire training as part of exercise Baltic Operations 2018 at Ustka, Poland, June 8, 2018.
Colorado Renaissance Festival acrobats perform for service members and family members at the annual Summer Slam Base Picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., July 20, 2018. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez