GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 26, 2009) Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, pins warfare specialty devices on the uniforms of Sailors during a ceremony in the forecastle aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Thanksgiving Day. Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are currently deployed to the Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Zaragoza /Released)
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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
An HC-130 Hercules loadmaster (background) watches air refueling operations of an HH-60G Pave Hawk during training recently at Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska. Rescue squadrons from Kulis ANGB conduct training missions five days a week throughout the Alaskan airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cynthia Spalding)
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
Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Wing load cargo into a C-130 Hercules from the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Nov. 8, 2009, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Hurlburt Field aircraft were evacuated as Hurricane Ida approached the Gulf Coast region (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Epley)
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)