A Humvee is parked near the Syrian/Iraq border during Operation Al Anbar Border Initiative, north of Al Qiam, Iraq, Oct. 12, 2008.
The Initiative’s mission is to prevent smuggling to and from Syria and Iraq.
U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Tyler Hill
Hong Kong government flying service Lt. Vincent Wong, left, and U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Brandon Stuemke practice seaborne hoisting during preparations for the Hong Kong Search and Rescue Exercise 2008.
Stuemke is a member of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron, based at Kulis Air Base in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Hong Kong SAREX is an annual exercise involving units from the U.S., Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.
Photo: Michael Watkins, Navy Visual News Service
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Page, right, and an Estonian Defense Forces member make their way over rubble as a controlled detonation explodes behind them during a clearing operation in Northern Now Zad, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2008.
Page is a team leader with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Freddy G. Cantu
U.S. Army Special Forces members disembark from a CV-22 Osprey aircraft during a fast-roping demonstration on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 22, 2008.
The simulation provided members of Congress with a realistic view of special operation missions during a tour of the base.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sheila DeVera
NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2008) A photo illustration of the Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).
The ship will be named after Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Michael Monsoor (SEAL) who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat on Sept. 29, 2006 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
(U.S. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien/Released)
An Iraqi policeman assigned to the 6th Emergency Battalion Headquarters in Basra, Iraq, gestures as he explains his security layout to U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Webb, Oct. 26, 2008.
Webb is a platoon leader assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade’s 21st Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, and is part of a team that mentors and trains Iraqi police forces.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger
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A multinational group of foreign navy ships participate in a photo exercise with ships assigned to the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group during a bilateral exercise in the Persian Gulf Oct. 25, 2008.
The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad R. Erdmann, U.S. Navy/Released)
QALAT, Afghanistan — Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Elias deworms livestock during a veterinary medical outreach conducted by the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team.
The PRT members offered free deworming and vitamin supplements during the VMO.
Sergeant Elias, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., is deployed from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Keith Brown)
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About 250 local village elders attended a tribal conference, known as a jirga, at the Tagab District Center, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2008.
It was initiated by the Kapisa and Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Teams, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, and area government officials to foster discussion about area problems and solutions.
U.S. Army photo by Lory Stevens
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Prim gives the thumbs up sign as Lt. Douglas Steil gives the signal to launch, or “shoot,” an EA-6B Prowler off of a catapult on the USS Ronald Reagan, under way in the Indian Ocean, Oct. 21, 2008.
Prim is training Steil to be a “shooter,” the nickname given to those who signal aircraft launches.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac
QALAT. Afghanistan — Capt. (Dr.) James Arnold shows medical professionals from the Zaubl province how to make “strong food.”
“Strong food” is a vitamin enriched high calories food supplement used to combat malnutrition.
The Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team medical staff is working with local heath officials to combat the main causes of the extremely high infant mortality in the area such as unsanitary water supplies and malnutrition.
Dr. Arnold is deployed from Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Keith Brown)
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U.S. Army Sgt. Joan A. Ferreira leads a group of Marines on patrol through a construction site near the Port of Trebil, Iraq, Oct. 15, 2008.
Ferreira is a New York City police officer and individual ready reservist serving as a team leader with Task Force Military Police, Multinational Force West.
U.S. Army photo by Capt. Paul Greenberg