Air Force Academy Basic Cadets John Vivadelli and Jake Melia race through the monkey bars July 21 at the Jacks Valley Assault Course near Colorado Springs, Colo. Basic cadet training started June 25 and continues through Aug. 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)
KODIAK, Alaska - Aviation Survival Technician First Class Chuck Ferrante, a crewman from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak hovering above, holds onto a lifering and two kayaks as crewmen from the fishing vessel Vigilant tow him toward the vessel to take the weathered kayakers aboard July 30, 2009. The aircrew located the two men after a search near Gore Point about 40 miles southeast of Homer. The men were on a trip from Seward to Homer and had been kayaking for eight days. Weather worsened and they became tired and lost some gear prompting them to use their emergency locator beacon and contact the Coast Guard. The kayakers remained aboard the fishing vessel Vigilant and will be taken to Homer in the next 48 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis )
Staff Sgt. Christopher Jarrel keeps control of Uran at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, recently.
Sergeant Jarrel is a military working dog handler assigned to the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron.
He and Uran complete sweeps of aircraft and vehicles for any suspicious items.
They are deployed from the 19th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steele Britton)
Spc. Cesar Lopez gives pointers to an Iraqi Army Soldier applying a pressure dressing on a simulated wound during a training exercise in the midst of a sandstorm on Combat Outpost Carver in Salman Pak, July 29. Photo by Pvt. Jared N. Gehmann, 82nd Airborne Division.
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U.S. Army Cadet Bernard Wheeler, right, and U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Shirer, both students with the U.S. Army Airborne School, board a C-130 aircraft for their first parachute jump with combat equipment on Fort Benning, Ga., July 21, 2009. Wheeler and Shirer are assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Kristin Molinaro
U.S. Air Force Academy Basic Cadet Evan Rowley crawls under barbed wire in the Jacks Valley assault course near Colorado Springs, Colo., July 21, 2009. Basic cadet training started June 25 and continues through Aug. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Sandau treats an Afghan girl for burns on her leg during a civil affairs patrol with Marines in the Nawa district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 17, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. William Greeson
Master Sgt. Richard Woods explains the maintenance simulator and shows guides and pamphlets to Afghan Maj. Gen. Mohammad Dawran July 13 at the Air Force Expeditionary Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. General Dawran, commander of the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps, visited the installation to learn more about the Air Education and Training Command's Air Adviser Course housed at the Expeditionary Center on Fort Dix. Sergeant Woods is the director of the Senior Leaders Maintenance Course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan G. Bevier)
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Iraqi soldiers eat lunch at their dining facility July 12 at Camp Taji, Iraq. This dining facility is run exclusively by the Iraqi army with some assistance from an American Airman assigned to the Logistics Military Adviser Team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 27, 2009) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Wallbangers of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 makes an arrested landing during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz(CVN 68). Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting operations off the coast of Southern California in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Merrill/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2009) Sailors assigned to the supply department of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) move pallets of produce on the flight deck during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry-cargo/ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean during her inaugural deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)
U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Araiza uses a mine detector during a mission with Afghan police officers to search for enemy weapons caches near Shah Wali Zarat in Khost province, Afghanistan, July 24, 2009. Araiza is deployed with the 25 Infantry Division's Company A, 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 26, 2009)
An AV/8-B Harrier assigned to the Sea Elks of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 166 takes off from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7).
Cleveland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) and is underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean later this year.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon/Released)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 27, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) prepare to lower a ridged hull inflatable boat (RHIB) into the water. Oak Hill is participating in Southern Partnership Station '09. Southern Partnership Station is a combined naval and amphibious operation with Oak Hill and maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. Oak Hill is also supporting U.S. Marine Corps Forces South multinational amphibious exercise Southern Exchange 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cory Rose/Released)
Iraqi construction workers place new sections of pipe for a sewer network in the Salhiyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, recently. The project was funded by Coalition forces, but the plan and execution were in the hands of local Iraqi government officials. Photo courtesy of 1st Infantry Division.
U.S. Army soldiers maintain security at a landing zone while a CH-47 Chinook approaches for pick up near Binshai, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Mountain Infantry Division and 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, were in the area to attend a meeting with Afghan border police officers. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Cohen
An F/A-18C Hornet aircraft returns from a mission over the Helmand River Valley of Afghanistan July 21, 2009. The aircraft is from Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (DoD photo by Cmdr. Erik Etz, U.S. Navy/Released)
The crew from Florida Offshore steadies and lowers the BQM-167 sub-scale drone to the cradle after a recovery demonstration July 22 in the waters off Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The ship used for recovery is one of only three 120-foot boats owned by the Air Force. The Florida Offshore crew is contracted through the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron to help recover sub-scale drones after they are shot down during live-fire exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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From left to right, an interpreter helps an Afghan border police officer communicate with U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sean Mullen and Maj. Clinton Hanna during the first border flag meeting in Binshai, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009. Mullen and Hanna are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Cohen
Christopher R. Hill, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, discusses the role of Task Force Pathfinder's support to provincial reconstruction teams with Army Lt. Col. Michael Eastman, task force commander and deputy commander for civil capacity, 1st Armored Division’s 4th Brigade, during a recent visit to Contingency Operating Base Adder near Nasiriyah, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Myles Caggins
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2009) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) delivers jet fuel to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a replenishment at sea. Nimitz and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are conducting operations off the coast of Southern California in preparation for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert Winn/Released)
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Steve Larocque looks back at Pfc. James Kelley during a patrol in Hajiabad, Konar province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2009. Larocque and Kelley are assigned to the 61st Cavalry Regiment's Company C, 3rd Squadron. The team hiked up to Hajiabad to meet with village elders. U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Spc. Evan D. Marcy