FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan – Members of the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team inspect the progress of a dam being constructed near Yosuf Khel village, Afghanistan, Sept. 22.
The PRT is made up of U.S. military and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that fund and evaluate Afghanistan reconstruction projects to promote self-sufficiency and better quality of life for the Afghan people.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team)
A U.S. Army soldier watches as gravel is dumped in the river to create a ford over a river near the Iraq-Iran border, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 9th Engineer Battalion. A bridge over the stream had been washed away by recent rains and the ford allows Military Transition Teams to conduct training with Iraqi border guards. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brien Vorhees
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OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 26, 2009) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1627 transports personnel and equipment assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl/Released)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Three crew chiefs work to fix a mechanical problem on an F-15E Strike Eagle, Sept. 22, here. The crew knew the aircraft needed maintenance from a report provided by an F-15E controller with the 4th Maintenance Operations Center. (U.S. Army photo/U.S. Army Pfc. Cody A. Thompson)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept 27, 2009) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) check the sprinkler system during a countermeasure wash-down drill. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Bookwalter/Released)
A Standard Missile-2 screeches skyward away from the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen during a missile firing exercise in the Pacific Ocean, Sept, 23, 2009. Lassen is taking part in Multi-Sail 2009 in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Cumpston
U.S. Navy sailors working with Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines rescue Manila residents after flooding destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people in Manila, Philippines, Sept. 27, 2009. The sailors used two boats to assist more than 52 people, including a woman in labor, elderly residents and children. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Ramsey
U.S. service members carry a wounded Afghan boy at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2009. According to residents, the boy and his family were attacked by Taliban forces. The boy, who was found with two gunshots in his leg, was the only survivor. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. James Purschwitz, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jolene Muna, from the 254th Security Forces Squadron, Guam Air National Guard, loads sandbags onto a truck on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 28, 2009, to prepare for a possible tropical storm headed for the island. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson, U.S. Air Force/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 26, 2009) Pilots from the French navy surveillance frigate Vendemiaire (F734) practice landing aboard the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during an interoperability exercise. Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Cale Hatch/Released)
NEW ORLEANS - A 33-foot response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Venice, La., monitors efforts to free the grounded tank vessel Eagle Tucson, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, near Pilottown, La., at the mouth of the Mississippi. The Eagle Tuscon grounded at approximately 2:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, and is currently blocking deep-draft shipping traffic.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert Jernigan peers around a corner while a U.K. soldier provides security during a patrol near Checkpoint North in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 23, 2009. Jernigan and fellow Marines serve as liaisons between the U.K.’s Task Force Helmand and the Marine brigade, also known as Task Force Leatherneck. Jernigan is a team leader assigned to the 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Rooks
Members of the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron on-load patients to a C-130J during exercise Ryukyu Warrior II Sept. 17. Personnel from the 18th AES attend the casualties en route to higher levels of care. Ryukyu Warrior II was a mass casualty evacuation exercise conducted by Marine Aircraft Group 12, with the participation of Air Force, Army, and Navy organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)
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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A local village elder shows U.S. Army 1st Lt. Aaron Malcolm, a native of Lake Charles, La., a broken well in the village of Shinkowak in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Sept. 19.
Malcolm serves as a platoon leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment.
(Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Allison, 55th Signal Company)
An E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft from the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., sits on the flightline at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 21, 2009, during Gunfighter Flag. The AWACS aircrew participated as friendly "blue air" forces during the exercise. Gunfighter Flag, which ran from Sept. 14 through 24, was Mountain Home's first large-scale, multi-national exercise which brought more than 450 personnel from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Canadian air force to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2009)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) launches a Standard Missile-2 while conducting torpedo evasion maneuvers during Multi-Sail 2009.
Multi-Sail 2009 is designed to improve warfare mission readiness.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. White/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept 24, 2009) The guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) transits the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2. Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 is a multi-national warfare exercise designed to improve interoperability between allied navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Bookwalter/Released)
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At the South Pole Station Antarctica, a flight engineer from the 109th Airlift Wing waits for passengers before heading north to McMurdo Station. The 109th Airlift Wing supports the National Science Foundation work in Antarctica with Operation Deep Freeze. (Photo Courtesy New York Air National Guard)
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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 24, 2009) Tug boats guide the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as she turns into San Diego Bay. Bonhomme Richard and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed on a regularly scheduled western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John J. Siller/Released)
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Raul Barrios guides an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 125 onto catapult one aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 19, 2009. The Stennis is under way conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Aggressor aircraft flies over the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range Complex near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 14, 2009. The F-16 is assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, which is responsible for training and preparing joint and allied aircrews for combat missions. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz
U.S. Army Pvt. Matthew Benzing and Pfc. Joshua Rouse (left) from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe conduct security over watch during a reconnaissance patrol near Forward Operating Base Mizan, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 12, 2009. DoD photo by Sgt. Kris Eglin, U.S. Army. (Released)
U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Minoie welds a security door on Forward Operating Base Falcon, Iraq, Sept. 19, 2009. Minoie is a mechanic assigned to Headquarters Company, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Jordan