YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 20, 2009) – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) departs Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) for a scheduled underway. George Washington is the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Hirayama/Released)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Pease loads a pallet containing humanitarian relief supplies destined for Pakistan into the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster III May 20, 2009, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Sgt. Pease, a Raven, is assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (May 13, 2009)
A Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 walks across the Camp Natasha flag circle during a dust storm.
NMCB-5 is deployed to Afghanistan supporting the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and is one of the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command war fighting support elements providing host nation construction support and security.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class E. Rosario/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Dorhan-Clarke watches the Blue Angels pass over numerous boaters that were in attendance for the Blue Angels Air Show in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Members from Coast Guard Station Annapolis along with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, state and local law enforcement agencies were responsible for enforcing a safety zone on the water next to the Naval Academy during the air show. (Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayla Kelley)
A firefighter from the Port of Laem Chabang in Pattaya, Thailand, secures a hose fitting during a training exercise near the port, May 19, 2009. Members of the Washington National Guard have been training Thai first responders. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy
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SENOU AIR BASE, Mali - Malian Air Force pilot Lieutenant Col. Souleymane Bamba conducts a pre-flight check as U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Alan Stewart, 6th Special Operations Squadron mission commander, watches in the cockpit of Mali's C-47T aircraft after a Malian maintenance team finished working on the aircraft and cleared it for inspection May 15, 2009. The "Air Commandos" of the 6th SOS were participating in May in a military training engagement in the Trans-Saharan region to provide specialized instruction to the Malian Air Force to help it sustain its only aircraft, acquired over a decade ago and used for transporting military personnel and cargo, as well as civilian agricultural spraying. (Photo by Max R. Blumenfeld, JSOTF-TS PAO)
The 6th SOS is a combat aviation advisory unit assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt, Field, Florida. Its mission is to assess, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration. Special Operation Forces in the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara region have spearheaded such military training engagements to build upon previously established relationships and help African Partner Nations develop capacities, achieve regional cooperation and improve security.
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Navy Seabees lay out a folded fiberglass mat which allows aircraft to land on a smooth surface at Kadena Air Base, Japan May 14, 2009. During the 18th Wing's weeklong local operational readiness exercise, the crews worked to patch 10-foot deep holes caused by mock bomb explosions. This was the first time both organizations practiced airfield damage repair in a simulated combat zone. The Seabees are in a 6 month rotation here and are being integrated into training with Airmen to capitalize on all engineering assets and fulfill the mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon)
U.S. Army soldiers patrol an area in the Tigris River banks in Kirkuk, Iraq, May 11, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati
A North Dakota Army National Guard Humvee patrols a road at the base of the Jamestown Reservoir in Jamestown, N.D., May 16, 2009. The Humvee is monitoring flood waters along the James River. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp
A U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter approaches an Air Force C-130P aircraft during a helicopter air refueling mission over Grand Bara, Djibouti, April 23, 2009. The helicopter crew is assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Six One, and the aircraft crew is assigned to the 81st Rescue Squadron. The helicopter received 13,800 pounds of fuel during the 45-minute mission. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. (April 25, 2009) Builder 3rd Class Eric Geraghty, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, checks for enemy movement while on a defensive patrol during Operation Bearing Duel 2009.
Bearing Duel is an annual field training exercise to test the battalion’s ability to deploy to a contingency environment.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ernesto Hernandez Fonte/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2009) Deck department personnel signal a landing craft air cushion to depart the well deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during the onload of Marines and gear from the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. Bataan left her homeport of Norfolk May 13 for a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Ryan Steinhour/Released)
U.S. Army paratroopers jump from a C-17 Galaxy aircraft over Holland Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 5, 2009. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and will be part of the first active-duty brigade combat team to fully partner with Afghan national security forces as combat advisors when they deploy to Afghanistan later this summer. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur
Firefighters from Rochester International Airport extinguish a fire during a training exercise on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 27, 2009. The Rochester International Airport firefighters are being trained by U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Corey Hook
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (April 27, 2009) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), medium endurance cutter USCGC Tahoma (WMEC 908) and the Canadian navy auxiliary ship HMCS Preserver (AOR 510) are moored to the pier on opening day of the annual Fleet Week Port Everglades celebration. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Lehr/Released)
An Afghan National Police officer picks up a bag of opium. Afghan National Police officers, along with U.S. Special Operations Soldiers, discovered 600 pounds of opium May 7, 2009, during a cordon and search operation of a known Taliban safe house, collection center and trauma center in Babaji Village, in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
U.S. Air Force Army photo by Cpl. Sean K. Harp
ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 14, 2009) Members of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit offload from a landing craft unit onto the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan left Norfolk, Va. for a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. Fifth and Sixth fleet areas of operation, May 13. Bataan is the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group/22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which includes more than 4,000 Sailors and embarked Marines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Ryan Steinhour/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 30, 2009) Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Lawrence Smathers, assigned to the "Warlords" of Light Helicopter Antisubmarine squadron (HSL) 51, performs preventive maintenance on a SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) while the Japan Maritime Self-Defense force destroyer JDS Kurama (DDH 144) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) follow behind during Exercise Malabar 2009. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy are participating in Exercise Malabar 2009, an annual exercise led by the Indian Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cynthia Griggs/Released)
SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 28, 2009) An Italian Marine participates in a cargo container inspection exercise during exercise Phoenix Express 2009.
Phoenix Express is part of the overall U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet Theatre Security Cooperation strategy to enhance regional stability in the region through increased interoperability and cooperation among regional allies from the United States, Africa, and Europe.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jenniffer Rivera/Released)
U.S. Army soldiers rev up their Bradley fighting vehicles, Humvees and armored personnel carriers for a review on Taylor Creek training grounds, Fort Stewart, Ga., May 8, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Air Force Academy seniors celebrate the last day of classes before final exams on Spirit Hill at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Class of 2009 graduates May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)
An Iraqi Soldier from Mortar Battery, 142nd Iraqi Army Brigade, fires the M120 mortar system on Camp Taji, Baghdad, Iraq, April 25.
Photo by Spc. Joshua E. Powell.