PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 29, 2009) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Phillip Wagner Jr./Released)
U.S. Army Maxxpro Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicles from 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, are covered with snow while parked in front of the battalion headquarters at Forward Operation Base Airborne, Afghanistan during a snow storm on Nov. 25, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released)
GULF OF ADEN
Nov. 24, 2009
Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) practice boarding techniques from one the ship’s rigid hull inflatable boats.
Chosin is the flagship for Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brandon Raile/Released)
U.S. Army soldiers remove packaging from ammunition they received during a routine aerial re-supply on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith
Marine Gunnery Sgt. John W. Leroy brings back bread from a local bakery at the Balaclava bazaar after a security shura at the governor's office in the Garmsir district, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps and Afghan national security force leaders met with the Garmsir district governor to discuss security issues and concerns. Leroy is assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Luis R. Agostini U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Luis R. Agostini
With the help of a tour guide, U.S. Army soldiers explore what is thought to be the biblical home of Abraham among ruins discovered near the Great Ziggurat of Ur close to Contingency Operating Base, Adder, Iraq, Nov. 21, 2009.The Sumerians built the Ziggurat of Ur to honor their moon god, Nanna. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Armored Division's 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army Spc. Shane P.S. Begg
The Virginia-class submarine USS Texas arrived at its new home port in Naval Station Pearl Harbor during an inner-fleet transfer from Groton Submarine Base, Conn., Nov. 23, 2009. The arrival of Texas to Pearl Harbor will mark the second of the Virginia-class subs to be stationed in the Pacific, following the historic arrival of USS Hawaii in July. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Josh Thompson
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Captain Bruce Osborn (right), an operations officer with the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, talks about the planned expansion of a cargo yard to General William Fraser III (left), Air Combat Command commander. General Fraser met with organizations around Bagram to listen and talk with servicemembers learning how their efforts are making a difference in Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Osborn is originally from Stillwater, Okla., and is deployed from Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Susan Tracy)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 19, 2009) USS George Washington (CVN 73) breaks away from Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) after a replenishment at sea. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is currently underway supporting security and stability in the Western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rachel N. Hatch/RELEASED)
GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 12, 2009) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 transfers supplies from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) during a replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) cruises into position. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Phillip Wagner Jr./Released)
U.S. sailors scrub down the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 20, 2009. The Stennis is returning to homeport in San Diego after completing a sustainment exercise off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate
The E-4B is the national airborne operations center based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and supports the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The alert crew is composed of 21 joint-service battle staff personnel along with an Air Force aircrew, maintenance, security and communications personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)
CHINHAE, U.S. 7th Fleet (Nov. 21, 2009) - Mine counter-measures ships USS Guardian (MCM 5) and USS Patriot (MCM 7) are moored in the port of Chinhae for Exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon, an annual exercise conducted with the Republic of Korea Navy, is one of the largest, international, mine counter-measures exercises in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin)
Capt. Bryon Webb performs a post flight check on a C-17A Globemaster III after a local training mission at Charleston Air Force Base S.C., Nov. 13, 2009. Captain Webb is a pilot assigned to the 14th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)
A line of C-130 Hercules taxi during a Mobility Air Forces Exercise on Nov. 18, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Approximately 40 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-130s from Air Force bases around the U. S. flew about 400 Soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., for airdrops on the Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Stephanie Rubi)
BEAUFORT SEA (Nov. 20, 2009) An international research expedition being conducted in the Beaufort Sea aboard the Coast Guard heavy icebreaker ship Polar Sea (WAGB 11) organized and led Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)‚ Marine Biogeochemistry section. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)
- Members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, the Royal Navy and members of the Iraqi Defense Forces gather aboard the coastal patrol boat USS Firebolt (PC 10). Firebolt is being used in an operation to remove a sunken barge from an Iraqi waterway. Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
The forward gun mount aboard the USS Pinkney is illuminated at night while the ship supports maritime security operations off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden, Nov. 3, 2009. The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Gose
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Forces, watches the dipping of the NATO flag, symbolizing the activation of NATO Training Mission Afghanistan during a ceremony on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Mobley
Airman 1st Class Kevin Kotrola stacks mattresses at the Bishkek Center for Mental Health Oct. 31, 2009, at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Airmen stationed at the Transit Center at Manas delivered 300 mattresses and 240 bed frames to the needy hospital. Airman Kotrola is a 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance technician deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. He is originally from San Antonio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)