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Week in Photos: Sept. 2-8

Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Flames and smoke are visible from the cockpit of an aircraft.
An Air National Guardsman in a C-130J aircraft follows a Forest Service plane under a large column of smoke while preparing to drop retardant on the Pier Fire southeast of Fresno, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Allen
Sailors assist patients on stretchers in a helicopter.
Sailors place evacuees in an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during first response efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 7, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Defense Department is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency in responding to the massive storm. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Levin ...More
A destroyer in silhouette transits the ocean as northern lights flash green in the night sky.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin transits the Arctic Circle, Sept. 5, 2017, as northern lights flash green in the night sky. The ship is supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe, and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Na ...More
An airman tightens chains with a wrench that obscures his face.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Martinez tightens cargo chains onto a truck at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Sept. 6, 2017. Martinez is a vehicle operator assigned to the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos
A sailor, shown from the back in silhouette, looks out from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Navy Seaman Skye Escobar stands the starboard lookout watch aboard the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 3, 2017, as the aircraft carrier supports Operation Inherent Resolve. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ian Kinkead
Marines in a military vehicle in a flooded area hand supplies to a man in a boat with two girls.
Marines hand supplies to a family in Orange, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017, during recovery and relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. The Marines are assigned to the 4th Marine Division's 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Niles Lee
An aircraft lands on the flight deck of a ship at night as green lights flare.
An F-35C Lightning II lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as it trains in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 4, 2017. The aircraft is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 101. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matt Herbst
Three silhouetted figures hold up chains on a ship's flight deck.
Sailors present chocks and chains to the pilot of a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter before it takes off from the flight deck of the USS America during routine flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 3, 2017. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Chad Swysgood
Lance Cpl. Cody L. Jowers provides security after his team cleared an abandoned house
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cody L. Jowers provides security after his team cleared an abandoned house during military operations in urbanized terrain training at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 30, 2017. Jowers is a rifleman assigned to India Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Marine Corps ph ...More
A man fires a handgun at night.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Nunez fires a 9 mm pistol during a live-fire exercise on the flight deck of the USS Howard in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 30, 2017. The Howard is conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserve freedom of navigation and maintain the free flow of commerce. N ...More
Soldiers drive on flooded roads as they continue rescue missions.
Soldiers drive on flooded roads as they continue rescue missions in Port Arthur, Texas, Sept. 4, 2017. The soldiers are assigned to the Texas Army National Guard. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington
Two soldiers look at an X-ray in a field hospital in a parking lot.
Army Sgt. Gerard Wilson, a radiology specialist, and Spc. Meredith Loller, a medical retrainee, look at an X-ray in a field hospital set up in the parking lot of a local hospital in Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017, following Hurricane Harvey. Wilson and Loller are assigned to the 949th Brigade Support Battalion. Air For ...More
A soldiers walks through floodwaters near homes.
Army Sgt. Jordan Hegewald, 1-124 Cavalry, Texas National Guard, conducts health and welfare patrols in Orange, Texas, Sep. 5, 2017. Army photo by Spc. Hayley Gardner
A woman prepares to kiss a soldier and embraces his face with both hands.
A New York Army National Guardsman receives an embrace at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2017, upon returning from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Davis
A sailor ices rows of cupcakes sitting on a table.
Navy Seaman Taylor Kuklinski, culinary specialist, ices cupcakes in celebration of Nimitz reaching its halfway point of deployment in the mess decks of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, Sep. 5, 2017, in the Persian Gulf. Nimitz is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve ...More
A sailor hugs his two children.
Navy Cmdr. Paul Reinhardt embraces his family at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., Sept 5, 2017, following a routine strategic deterrent patrol aboard the USS Alabama. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Amanda R. Gray
A sailor performs a layup at a basketball tournament with a ship in the background.
A sailor performs a layup at a basketball tournament during Los Angeles Fleet Week 2017, Sept. 2, 2017. The sailor is assigned to the USS Anchorage. The weeklong event enables residents to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and experience America's sea services. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans
Sailors fill sandbags in Florida.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Ripslinger, left, and Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent Miller, both assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet, fill sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma in Mayport, Fla., Sept. 6, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Hendricks
A soldier leans over to pet a dog.
Army 1st Sgt. Lewis Daniel comforts a dog during neighborhood welfare checks in Orange, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017. Police and soldiers work together to focus on helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Army photo by Pfc. Joseph Cannon
Soldiers pull pallets of water out a door.
Soldiers assigned to 1-124th Cavalry Squadron, bring out water at Bridge Point Fellowship in Orange, Texas, Sept. 6, 2017 during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Army photo by Pfc. Joseph Cannon
Flames and smoke are visible from the cockpit of an aircraft.
Sailors assist patients on stretchers in a helicopter.
A destroyer in silhouette transits the ocean as northern lights flash green in the night sky.
An airman tightens chains with a wrench that obscures his face.
A sailor, shown from the back in silhouette, looks out from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Marines in a military vehicle in a flooded area hand supplies to a man in a boat with two girls.
An aircraft lands on the flight deck of a ship at night as green lights flare.
Three silhouetted figures hold up chains on a ship's flight deck.
Lance Cpl. Cody L. Jowers provides security after his team cleared an abandoned house
A man fires a handgun at night.
Soldiers drive on flooded roads as they continue rescue missions.
Two soldiers look at an X-ray in a field hospital in a parking lot.
A soldiers walks through floodwaters near homes.
A woman prepares to kiss a soldier and embraces his face with both hands.
A sailor ices rows of cupcakes sitting on a table.
A sailor hugs his two children.
A sailor performs a layup at a basketball tournament with a ship in the background.
Sailors fill sandbags in Florida.
A soldier leans over to pet a dog.
Soldiers pull pallets of water out a door.