Black Forest Fire

A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing is providing firefighting assistance to civil authorities at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, CO. June 12, 2013. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson.

A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing is providing firefighting assistance to civil authorities at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, CO. June 12, 2013. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson.

Black Forest Fire

CGC Sapelo Searches For Contraband

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned into the water by three Dominican drug smugglers, who were interdicted and apprehended June 11, 2013, approximately 105 nautical miles south southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard crews recovered a total of 20 bales of cocaine weighing 1,517 pounds with and estimated wholesale value of $24 million dollars. Photos provided by Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned into the water by three Dominican drug smugglers, who were interdicted and apprehended June 11, 2013, approximately 105 nautical miles south southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard crews recovered a total of 20 bales of cocaine weighing 1,517 pounds with and estimated wholesale value of $24 million dollars. Photos provided by Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland.

CGC Sapelo Searches For Contraband

Marines, Sailors Conduct IED Training During Exercise Desert Scimitar

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Luis Roman-Garcia, left, and Cpl. Bradley J. McGill, right, man a security outpost during Exercise Desert Scimitar on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 3, 2013. Roman-Garcia, is a landing support specialist and McGill, is a motor transport operator. Both are assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Luis Roman-Garcia, left, and Cpl. Bradley J. McGill, right, man a security outpost during Exercise Desert Scimitar on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 3, 2013. Roman-Garcia, is a landing support specialist and McGill, is a motor transport operator. Both are assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer.

EA-6B Prowlers Final Flight

Two EA-6B Prowlers assigned to the “Star Warriors” of Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-209 fly over Naval Air Facility Washington D.C., for a final flight. VAQ-209 is transitioning from the EA-6B Prowler aircraft and preparing to transition to the EFA-18 GROWLER located at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David A. Frech.

Two EA-6B Prowlers assigned to the "Star Warriors" of Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-209 fly over Naval Air Facility Washington D.C., for a final flight. VAQ-209 is transitioning from the EA-6B Prowler aircraft and preparing to transition to the EFA-18 GROWLER located at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David A. Frech.

Nation’s Third-Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Brave Marine

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Soldiers Perform Shadow UAV Launch And Recovery Exercise

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Brewer performs a pre-flight inspection on an RQ-7B Shadow at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 2, 2013. Unmanned aerial vehicles collect intelligence and provide security for troops on the ground. Brewer is an unmanned aircraft systems repair and technical inspector assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s Bravo Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Margaret Taylor.

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Brewer performs a pre-flight inspection on an RQ-7B Shadow at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 2, 2013. Unmanned aerial vehicles collect intelligence and provide security for troops on the ground. Brewer is an unmanned aircraft systems repair and technical inspector assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Bravo Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Margaret Taylor.

Last A-10s In Europe Depart

Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing cheer on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft before its final departure, May 17, 2013. The final four A-10s from the 81st Fighter Squadron left Spangdahlem Air Base and Europe as part of the squadron’s inactivation. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Pomeroy

Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing cheer on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft before its final departure, May 17, 2013. The final four A-10s from the 81st Fighter Squadron left Spangdahlem Air Base and Europe as part of the squadron's inactivation. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Pomeroy

Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group

Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation. The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is made up of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea.

Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation. The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is made up of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin J. Shea.

Bronco Rumble

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment, “The Wolfhounds”, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division assault an objective during Bronco Rumble May 8, here at Area X. Bronco Rumble is a combined arms live fire exercise conducted May 1-14, that puts soldiers to the test, while stressing the importance of communication and leader development. Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment, "The Wolfhounds", 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division assault an objective during Bronco Rumble May 8, here at Area X. Bronco Rumble is a combined arms live fire exercise conducted May 1-14, that puts soldiers to the test, while stressing the importance of communication and leader development. Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office.

Vigorous Change-Of-Command Ceremony

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., reads his orders during the cutter's change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. During the ceremony, Magee transferred command of the 210-foot Vigorous and 80-person crew to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham.

Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee, the commanding officer of the 44-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, N.J., reads his orders during the cutter’s change-of-command ceremony Thursday, May 14, 2013. During the ceremony, Magee transferred command of the 210-foot Vigorous and 80-person crew to Cmdr. Terry M. Johns. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham.

Secretary of the Navy Administers Oath Of Office At Commissioning Ceremony

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (May 16, 2013) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus administers the oath of office to Fire Control Technician 1st Class Earl Thurman during a commissioning ceremony aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) pierside in Manama, Bahrain. Mabus is in Bahrain as part of a larger visit throughout the region where he is meeting with military and civilian leaders to discuss maritime security and talking with Sailors and Marines to thank them for their service and sacrifice. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (May 16, 2013) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus administers the oath of office to Fire Control Technician 1st Class Earl Thurman during a commissioning ceremony aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) pierside in Manama, Bahrain. Mabus is in Bahrain as part of a larger visit throughout the region where he is meeting with military and civilian leaders to discuss maritime security and talking with Sailors and Marines to thank them for their service and sacrifice. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers.

Operation Rising Sun III

Soldiers of Company C “Chaos”, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near the Kheybari Ghar ridgeline in the Panjwa’i District of Afghanistan as part of “Operation Rising Sun III” May 2. The joint team traversed more than 32 kilometers of terrain while searching 82 Kuchi camps and 12 structures of interest. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office.

Soldiers of Company C “Chaos”, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near the Kheybari Ghar ridgeline in the Panjwa’i District of Afghanistan as part of “Operation Rising Sun III” May 2. The joint team traversed more than 32 kilometers of terrain while searching 82 Kuchi camps and 12 structures of interest. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office.

End Of 20 years Of A-10 Operations On Spangdahlem Air Base

U.S. Air Force Capt. Gregory Ulrich, 81st Fighter Squadron pilot from Fairfield, Calif., runs through a celebratory stream of water after the last A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft tactical sortie at Spangdahlem AB May 14, 2013. The celebration marked the end of 20 years of A-10 operations on Spangdahlem AB. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Gregory Ulrich, 81st Fighter Squadron pilot from Fairfield, Calif., runs through a celebratory stream of water after the last A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft tactical sortie at Spangdahlem AB May 14, 2013. The celebration marked the end of 20 years of A-10 operations on Spangdahlem AB. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo.

Warrior Games 2013

Team Air Force athletes enter the U.S. Olympic Training Center during the opening ceremony for the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11. 2013. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and veterans from the U.S. Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as a team representing U.S. Special Operations Command and an international team representing the United Kingdom, will compete for the gold in track and field, shooting, swimming, cycling, archery, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman's Cup. DoD photo by EJ Hersom.

Team Air Force athletes enter the U.S. Olympic Training Center during the opening ceremony for the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11. 2013. From May 11-16, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and veterans from the U.S. Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as a team representing U.S. Special Operations Command and an international team representing the United Kingdom, will compete for the gold in track and field, shooting, swimming, cycling, archery, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman’s Cup. DoD photo by EJ Hersom.

Bestowing Trust

U.S. Army Lt. Col Thomas M. Feltey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, passes the Headquarters and Headquarters Company guidon to Capt. Barry G. Ammons; symbolizing the trust being placed in the new commander during a change of command ceremony May 10, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann.

U.S. Army Lt. Col Thomas M. Feltey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, passes the Headquarters and Headquarters Company guidon to Capt. Barry G. Ammons; symbolizing the trust being placed in the new commander during a change of command ceremony May 10, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann.

Soldiers, Firefighters Conduct Training In Puerto Rico

Soldiers, Firefighters Conduct Training In Puerto Rico Army Sgt. 1st. Class Carlos J. Garcia, right, and a member of the Puerto Rico Fire Department hone their skills during a joint training to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season on Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, May 1, 2013. Garcia, a range operations noncommissioned officer, is assigned to the Puerto Rico National Guard's 215th Fire Fighting Team, 130th Engineer Battalion, 101st Troop Command. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo.

Soldiers, Firefighters Conduct Training In Puerto Rico
Army Sgt. 1st. Class Carlos J. Garcia, right, and a member of the Puerto Rico Fire Department hone their skills during a joint training to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season on Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, May 1, 2013. Garcia, a range operations noncommissioned officer, is assigned to the Puerto Rico National Guard’s 215th Fire Fighting Team, 130th Engineer Battalion, 101st Troop Command. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo.

Reorganization Enhances C2 Testing, Tactics, Training

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nadia Katana, left, and Master Sgt. Thomas Javis, furl the 505th Distributed Warfare Group guidon during an Inactivation Ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., June 10, 2011. Officials from the 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., inactivated the group for a reorganization that will enhance command and control testing, tactics development and training for Air Force, joint and coalition warfighters. The 505th Combat Training Squadron, at Hurlburt Field and represented by Airman Katana, and 705th Combat Training Squadron, at Kirtland AFB and represented by Sergeant Javis, will be aligned under the wing's 505th Training Group, Hurlburt Field, and 505th Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In the background are Col. Mustafa R. Koprucu, 505th CCW commander, and Col. William A. Reese, 505th DWG commander. U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nadia Katana, left, and Master Sgt. Thomas Javis, furl the 505th Distributed Warfare Group guidon during an Inactivation Ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., June 10, 2011. Officials from the 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., inactivated the group for a reorganization that will enhance command and control testing, tactics development and training for Air Force, joint and coalition warfighters. The 505th Combat Training Squadron, at Hurlburt Field and represented by Airman Katana, and 705th Combat Training Squadron, at Kirtland AFB and represented by Sergeant Javis, will be aligned under the wing’s 505th Training Group, Hurlburt Field, and 505th Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In the background are Col. Mustafa R. Koprucu, 505th CCW commander, and Col. William A. Reese, 505th DWG commander. U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.

Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu Wildfires

From back, Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators Chief Jay Okonek and 1st Class Petty Officer Jason Blase, aircrew men from the "Merlins" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, help guide pilots as they fill a 360-gallon capacity precision helicopter firefighting Bambi bucket to help extinguish fires near Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu's base housing. Three helicopters from San Diego-based HSC 3 and HSC 21 are providing firefighting support in response to wildfires at NBVC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs Officer supporting Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs.

From back, Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators Chief Jay Okonek and 1st Class Petty Officer Jason Blase, aircrew men from the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, help guide pilots as they fill a 360-gallon capacity precision helicopter firefighting Bambi bucket to help extinguish fires near Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu’s base housing. Three helicopters from San Diego-based HSC 3 and HSC 21 are providing firefighting support in response to wildfires at NBVC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs Officer supporting Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs.

USS Monterey In Porto Palermo, Albania

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) arrives in Porto Palermo, Albania, to participate in an exercise with the Albanian navy. Monterey, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) arrives in Porto Palermo, Albania, to participate in an exercise with the Albanian navy. Monterey, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho.

VMM-266 Flight Ops

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts touch and go exercises in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, April 26, 2013. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels.

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts touch and go exercises in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, April 26, 2013. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels.

USS Kearsarge In U.S. 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility

Lance Cpl. Daniel Hays cleans the barrel of a .25mm gun on a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) in the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship.

Lance Cpl. Daniel Hays cleans the barrel of a .25mm gun on a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) in the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship.

Training Aircraft On USS George H.W. Bush

(April 24, 2013) A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft from the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter.

(April 24, 2013) A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft from the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter.