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Week in Photos: Dec. 30-Jan. 5

Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Soldiers fire a mortar at night to support Afghan soldiers.
U.S. soldiers fire an 81 mm mortar to support Afghan soldiers during operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The soldiers, assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, fired multiple illumination rounds to light the nearby area of Marjah, where Afghan soldiers e ...More
A Marine leader points to a map as he talks with Afghan military leaders.
U.S. Marine Col. Matthew Grosz, the Task Force Southwest senior advisor to the 215th Corps, talks about how to ensure success after Operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2017. The task force is advising and assisting Afghan soldiers as they clear southern Marjah as part of the mission. Marine ...More
A sailor directs a helicopter at night on a ship's deck in the ocean.
Navy Seaman Ryan Sharland directs a UH-1Y Venom helicopter on the flight deck of the USS San Diego in the Indian Ocean, Dec. 28, 2017. The ship is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Me ...More
Icicles hang from a yellow structure on a flight line, as an aircraft with a scowling face painted on it sits in the background.
Icicles hang from an aircraft shelter on the flight line at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 3, 2018. An extreme winter storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins
A sailor wearing a headlamp looks up and works on something with her hands.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Eleni Palatou inspects wires on an F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 31, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph S. Yu
An athlete runs with a football while being pursued by another.
Soldiers participate in a friendly seven-on-seven football game with outstanding high school athletes at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Jan. 2, 2018. The high schoolers are slated to compete in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 6. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Valley
Sweat droplets cover the face of a Marine wearing camouflage paint.
A Marine listens to the reading of a citation while participating in an endurance course at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 29, 2017, as part of event honoring fallen Marines. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bernadette Wildes
A sailor prepares to operate an arc welder aboard a ship.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Craig Ryan prepares to operate an arc welder aboard the USS Wasp in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 27, 2017. The Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan, to conduct a turnover with the USS Bonhomme Richard as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operati ...More
Two soldiers help a Cub Scout crawl upside down over a rope line.
Army Spc. Johnie Marquez, right, and Pvt. John Momberger help Nathaniel Beckstrom, a Cub Scout, over a rope line during Schofield Days at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 28, 2017. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The Army c ...More
A sailor on a ship tosses a line to a tugboat.
Navy Seaman Chance Vaughan tosses a heaving line to a tugboat from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney as the ship prepares to moor in Brindisi, Italy, Dec. 30, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Turner
A Marine wearing face paint a tan shirt takes a breath while swimming in a pool.
A Marine takes a breath while swimming 100 meters as part of a physical fitness challenge at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 29, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bernadette Wildes
A sailor wearing gloves uses a rag to wipe a panel he's holding in his lap while seated on a wood platform.
Navy Seaman Nathan Macaranas cleans an aircraft panel in the hangar bay of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, Jan. 2, 2018, as the aircraft carrier supports security efforts in the region. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Spencer Roberts
A sailor lies on a flight deck and fires a pistol at targets while behind a wooden barrier.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Haywood participates in a practical weapons course on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in the Indian Ocean, Dec. 27, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger
A sailor in a yellow uniform, shown from overhead, adjusts a red carpet as two green-uniformed and two purple-uniformed sailors stand nearby.
Navy flight deck sideboys place a red carpet to prepare for the arrival of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 29, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Langholf
Soldiers play with children during a visit to an orphanage.
Soldiers play with children during a visit to an orphanage in Krakovets, Ukraine, Dec. 27, 2017. The soldiers, who brought toys and games, are assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Army photo by Sgt. Alexander Rector
Soldiers fire a mortar at night to support Afghan soldiers.
A Marine leader points to a map as he talks with Afghan military leaders.
A sailor directs a helicopter at night on a ship's deck in the ocean.
Icicles hang from a yellow structure on a flight line, as an aircraft with a scowling face painted on it sits in the background.
A sailor wearing a headlamp looks up and works on something with her hands.
An athlete runs with a football while being pursued by another.
Sweat droplets cover the face of a Marine wearing camouflage paint.
A sailor prepares to operate an arc welder aboard a ship.
Two soldiers help a Cub Scout crawl upside down over a rope line.
A sailor on a ship tosses a line to a tugboat.
A Marine wearing face paint a tan shirt takes a breath while swimming in a pool.
A sailor wearing gloves uses a rag to wipe a panel he's holding in his lap while seated on a wood platform.
A sailor lies on a flight deck and fires a pistol at targets while behind a wooden barrier.
A sailor in a yellow uniform, shown from overhead, adjusts a red carpet as two green-uniformed and two purple-uniformed sailors stand nearby.
Soldiers play with children during a visit to an orphanage.