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Week in Photos: Feb. 3-9

Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on Defense.gov during a seven-day period.
A blast from a mortar lights up the night sky, as soldiers stand by the weapon.
An Army mortar crew fires illumination rounds into the night near Thumrait, Oman, Jan. 28, 2018, during Inferno Creek, an annual Omani-U.S. exercise focused on building bilateral military ties. Army photo by Sgt. David L. Nye
Sailors watch as an aircraft launches from a ship's flight deck.
Sailors watch as an F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 5, 2018. The aircraft carrier is supporting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in the region. The Hornet is assigned to ...More
A sailor does a breaststroke-type motion under aqua water.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard N. Zealy swims in Apra Harbor during water confidence and survival training at Naval Base Guam, Feb. 2, 2018. Zealy is assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 1. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alfred A. Coffield
A soldier looks through his weapon's scope.
Army Pvt. Omar Mazari, center, stands ready in a stack formation during room clearing training at Fort Polk, La., Feb. 5, 2018. Rodriguez is an infantryman assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
Three airmen, shown in silhouette, put on protective gear while standing in a row outside.
Airmen suit up in protective gear during training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Jan. 31, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the 92nd Maintenance Squadron. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jesenia Landaverde
Two fighter jets, viewed from an opening in a third aircraft in front of them, fly over brownish terrain.
Two Air Force F-22 Raptors fly over Syria, Feb. 2, 2018, while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott
Sailors in an open boat ride over explosive surf.
Sailors training to serve as SEALs participate in Surf Passage at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Feb. 6, 2018. The surf course is one of many evolutions during the first phase of SEAL training. SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces and conduct operations from the sea, air and land. Navy photo ...More
A soldier uses a headlight while crouching over a map at night, illuminating the scene in red.
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. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gracie I. Lee
U.S., Italian and Slovenian soldiers relax outside with mountains behind them.
U.S., Italian and Slovenian soldiers relax after a navigation event during the weeklong testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge in Pordenone, Italy, Feb. 6, 2018. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. All soldiers had to complete a number of prerequisites ...More
An air-cushioned landing craft approaches a ship as a rainbow forms over it.
An air-cushioned landing craft approaches the USS Rushmore during Iron Fist 2018 off Southern California in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 3, 2018. The amphibious training exercise aims to improve the abilities of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force to plan, communicate and conduct combined operat ...More
Sailors maintain ordnance lockers on a ship as it departs a port.
Sailors maintain ordnance lockers aboard the USS Carl Vinson as the ship departs Santa Rita, Guam, Feb. 3, 2018, after a port visit. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is operating in the Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Eleanor D. Vara
A sailor sits and reads a list on the floor of a ship's hangar bay, illuminated in blue.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephano Troche checks over a tools list while assisting with routine maintenance on an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter in the hangar bay of the USS Bonhomme Richard in the South China Sea, Feb. 6, 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan
A Marine perches his bare feet on his boots while sitting on gear and changing his socks in the snow.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Aldana changes his socks during a hike as part of a weeklong cold weather training event at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 26, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brianna Gaudi
An airman hands out sweets to children in a village in Honduras.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dezarae Holden hands out sweets to children in Las Minitas, a village in Honduras, Feb. 3, 2018, during Chapel Hike-75. Holden is assigned to the Joint Task Force Bravo, 612th Air Base Squadron. Service members carried food and supplies to villages and distributed them to parents while interacting ...More
The hands of a soldier and a Marine fix a wire on a fence.
Army Maj. Robert Vandertuin, left, and Marine Corps Maj. Jeremy Carroll fix a wire on a fence during exercise Cobra Gold 2018 to mitigate stampedes of up to 40 elephants near Chachoengsao, Thailand, Jan. 31, 2018. Vandertuin commands the Combined Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force. The annual exercise in Thaila ...More
An airman prepares to hug his daughter as she places her hands over her eyes.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Lucas Nelson prepares to hug his daughter as he returns home to Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., Feb. 1, 2018, after a six-month deployment to southwest Asia. Nelson is assigned to the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Security Forces Squadron. Air National Guard photo by Senior M ...More
A blast from a mortar lights up the night sky, as soldiers stand by the weapon.
Sailors watch as an aircraft launches from a ship's flight deck.
A sailor does a breaststroke-type motion under aqua water.
A soldier looks through his weapon's scope.
Three airmen, shown in silhouette, put on protective gear while standing in a row outside.
Two fighter jets, viewed from an opening in a third aircraft in front of them, fly over brownish terrain.
Sailors in an open boat ride over explosive surf.
A soldier uses a headlight while crouching over a map at night, illuminating the scene in red.
U.S., Italian and Slovenian soldiers relax outside with mountains behind them.
An air-cushioned landing craft approaches a ship as a rainbow forms over it.
Sailors maintain ordnance lockers on a ship as it departs a port.
A sailor sits and reads a list on the floor of a ship's hangar bay, illuminated in blue.
A Marine perches his bare feet on his boots while sitting on gear and changing his socks in the snow.
An airman hands out sweets to children in a village in Honduras.
The hands of a soldier and a Marine fix a wire on a fence.
An airman prepares to hug his daughter as she places her hands over her eyes.