The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as "America's Tall Ship," sails past Fort Sumter as it departs Charleston, S.C., Monday afternoon, June 26, 2009, to continue its participation in Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009. The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 is a trek around the North Atlantic Ocean of more than 7,000 nautical miles following the traditional route taken by sailing ships of the past. Eagle is an 1800-ton steel hull, three-masted sailing ship with more than 21,000 square-feet of sail and more than five miles of rigging. The 295-foot Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. military service and is home ported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Bobby Nash.
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2009) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Eric Brown stands safety watch aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) during live-fire exercises off the coast of Chile as part of the Chilean-hosted naval exercise Teamwork South 2009. Kauffman is on a four-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean as part of Southern Seas 2009, supporting the U.S. Southern Command Partnership of the Americas. Southern Seas focuses on conducting military-to-military engagements and theater security cooperation engagements to enhance relationships with partner nations in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Shelander/Released)
Airman 1st Class Mathew Kindoll and Staff Sgt. Christopher McFefries take a challenge in Level A suits during the 2009 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Challenge June 22 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The CBRN Challenge consisted of six teams going head to head in six different scenarios. Airman Kindoll is assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Sergeant McFefries is assigned to the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Otero)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 28, 2009) The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) fires its 5-inch gun at a ship-deployed surface target as the Royal Malaysian Navy ships KD Lekir, KD Handalan and KD Sri Indera Sakti and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) maneuver in formation during a surface gunnery exercise, part of the at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2009. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 26, 2009) U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, and Malaysian Army soldiers from the 9th Royal Malay Regiment arrive at the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) after participating in jungle survival training with members of the Malaysian Army 8th Royal Ranger Regiment. The training was part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2009. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance the operational readiness of the participating forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez/Released)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sledge, Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crews, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife boat crews and Water Witch Fire Company boat crews all conduct routine safety patrols to ensure boaters are staying safe on the water during Canal Days in Chesapeake City, Md., Saturday, June 27, 2009. The Coast Guard and partner agencies are out in support of Operation Dry Water to raise the awareness of Boating Under the Influence consequences in order to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 23, 2009) Family members wave good-bye as the attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) departs San Diego harbor for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Charles Grandin/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 24, 2009) Ship's Boatswain Dave Floyd fires a guide line from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) for a dual underway replenishment. Richard E. Byrd will receive medical and engineering supplies as well as personnel for the Pacific Partnership 2009 deployment and Amelia Earhart will receive supplies for Talisman Saber, an annual exercise involving the U.S. military and Australia Defense Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, views a panorama depicting the Battle of Moscow at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War, in Moscow, June 27, 2009. The museum chronicles Russia's sacrifice fighting the Nazis during World War II. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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Two U.S. Army soldiers approach a mocked downed helicopter to rescue an injured pilot during the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 19, 2009. The soldiers were presented with realistic scenarios to test their basic Army knowledge and combat skills. U.S. Army courtesy photo
Todd Tumolo, an assistant guide helping four wounded warriors ascend to the summit of Mount McKinley, pauses to take in the view from high camp at 17,200 feet, Denali National Park, Alaska, June 14, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 23, 2009)
Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Paul Sanchez, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Mayport, performs a search and rescue jump from an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter into the St. Johns River during the annual SAR deployment procedures re-qualification.
(U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman Airman Scott Beach/Released)
An Air Force combat controller uses a laser range finder, which helps him direct pilots to their correct targets. During this training mission June 23, several combat controllers called in airstrikes on Fort Wainwright's Range 2205 in Alaska. The training mission was part of Northern Edge 2009, an exercise designed to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st. Lt. John Callahan)
A Navy SEAL participated in infiltration and exfiltration training during Northern Edge on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, June 15, 2009. Members of Army Task Force 49, Company B, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, transported SEALs participating in the exercise in CH-47D Chinook helicopters, performing two-wheel landings atop mountainous terrain in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Northern Edge is a training exercise to promote and improve interoperability. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Rholes
U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Harmon, left, and Pvt. Nathan Nicholson run into smoke for concealment during a simulated training exercise lane at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., June 18, 2009. The exercise is part of pre-deployment training with the 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. All the soldiers are assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kimberly Hackbarth
Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Nyman and Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Bob Haines pause on their way up Mount McKinley, sometimes known as Denali, June 9, 2009. Haines was part of the team that supported Nyman and three other wounded warriors during their effort to ascend to the summit. U.S Army courtesy photo
Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, Vermont’s adjutant general, receives an update on the African nation of Senegal at 17th Air Force headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 17, 2009. Vermont is paired with Senegal in the National Guard's State Partnership Program. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
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KAYA, Burkina Faso - A truck from a Senegalese military unit convoy arrives in Burkina Faso in June 2009 for a multinational peacekeeping exercise. The military unit convoyed nearly 3,000 kilometers from coastal West Africa to Burkina Faso. Exercise JIGUI, conducted by the Economic Community of West African States standby force, focused on the logistical capabilities necessary to support the ECOWAS standby force in peace support operations. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Africa)
Steven Decker, center, briefs a group of U.S. Navy SEALs on river crossing and rope techniques during Northern Edge, a training exercise, on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, June 17, 2009. Decker is an instructor at the Northern Warfare Training Center. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz