The ground shakes as a U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin Howitzer fires a gas-propelled 155mm round as the unit calibrates the gun at Destiny Range in Mosul, Iraq, Apr. 23, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Gregory Gieske
The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima arrives at Port Everglades for the start of Navy Week Port Everglades, Fla., April 26, 2010. This is the twentieth navy week in Port Everglades, South Florida's annual celebration of the maritime services. Navy Week Port Everglades is one of 20 Navy weeks planned across America this year. U.S Navy photo by Scott Lehr
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 29, 2010) The U.S. Coast Guard Medium Endurance-class cutter USCGC Seneca (WMEC-906) gets underway from the Naval Station Guantanamo (GTMO) Bay, Cuba after taking on fuel and stores. Seneca is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet Caribbean area conducting counter-narco-terrorism and migrant operations. GTMO is a logistical hub for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and Allied vessels operating in the Caribbean theater. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Bill Mesta/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Timothy Stark meets with a farmer and his family to determine if he's changed his crop from poppy in Marja, Afghanistan, April 23, 2010. U.S. and Afghan forces met with local farmers and landowners participating in the Marja Accelerated Agricultural Transition program. Stark is a squad leader assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Clark
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. tours the inside of a static aircraft that Jordanian forces use for special operations training at a compound outside Amman, Jordan, April 26, 2010. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 25, 2010) Aircraft are secured in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a storm approaches. George H.W. Bush is conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael Smevog/Released)
An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its way down the flight line departing on a night reconnaissance mission on Camp Taji Army Airfield, Iraq, April 18, 2010. The Apache crew is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III talks with Navy Cmd. (Dr.) Alfred Shwayhat on board the USS Carl Vinson in port at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., April 26, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
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A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over some scenic landscape while traveling to the location of a planned leaflet drop in Joghatoe district, Logar province, Afghanistan, April 23, 2010. The leaflets are informing the people of Joghatoe district of an upcoming radio broadcast. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest
Marines roll through the Salaam Bazaar in Helmand province heavily manned. Enemy contact was imminent as they patrolled through the known Taliban stronghold. While clearing the area, April 14, the Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, along with the Afghan national army and the Afghan national police encountered heavy resistance from insurgent forces. (Photos by Cpl. Daniel A. Blatter)
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Second Lt. Jason Adams (left), Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir civil engineer, inspects a retaining wall at Pyawusht, Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, April 19.
Adams and some other PRT engineers visited five work sites and held two meetings in what Adams called a ‘successful day.’
(U.S. Air Force Photo by 2nd Lt. Jason Smith, PRT Panjshir Public Affairs)
Airmen arrive to participate in Exercise Cope West 2010 April 17, 2010, at Halim Air Base, Indonesia. (U.S. Air Force photo)
President Barack Obama salutes a sailor following a naturalization ceremony at the White House, April 23, 2010. During the ceremony, 24 U.S. service members took the oath of allegiance to the United States and became American citizens. U.S. Army photo by Todd Lopez
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U.S. Army Reserve soldiers stand in formation in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building, Washington, D.C., during the fifth annual U.S. Army Reserve National Capitol Re-enlistment Ceremony, April 23, 2010. Sixty U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from across the United States took part in the event marking the U.S. Army Reserves 102nd anniversary.
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Spc. Shane Lebeouf (left), and Spc. James Lehnardt (right), both with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Fires Brigade, Brigade Aviation Element, monitor air status, coordinate air support, and schedule air transportation throughout the 17th FiB operational environment. Photo by Spc. Maurice Galloway.
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Indonesian airmen jump from an Air Force C-130 Hercules assigned to 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Exercise Cope West 2010 April 21, 2010, in Indonesia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young)
An Iraqi army soldier of 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 15th Iraqi Army, hands out supplies to citizens of Doskushman near Kirkuk, Iraq. The 15th IA delivered these supplies with their partners, the Black Hawk Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Bravo Troop, 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas, April 22. Photo by Pfc. Jessica Luhrs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 22, 2010) Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Bruce Gomez stands watch in the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall/Released)
Dr. Richard R. Boone, of Wimberley, Texas, interviews local residents of the Baraki Barak District in Afghanistan's Logar province, to find out about their attitudes and daily lives, April 17. Boone is a psychologist and Department of Defense civilian deployed to Afghanistan as a member of a Human Terrain System. Boone says that by gathering this information from average people, HTS members can save lives on a civilian-oriented battlefield. Photo by Staff Sgt. Donald Reeves
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Venturous (WMEC-625) gets under way from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after taking on fuel and stores April 19, 2010. Venturous is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility conducting counter narcoterrorism and migrant operations. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a logistical hub for U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and Allied vessels operating in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Bill Mesta.
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 21, 2010) An AV-8B Harrier launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group is underway conducting a certification exercise off the coast of Southern California in preparation for a 2010 deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew Lamonica secures a landing zone in the Ajeristan district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province, April 19, 2010. Lamonica is assigned to the Texas Agribusiness Development Team, which provided security for an Afghan National Police Combat Outpost resupply mission. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ross Dobelbower
After jumping from the ramp of a C-17 Globemaster III, U.S. Navy SEALs free fall over Fort Picket Maneuver Training Center, Va., April 15, 2010. The jump was part of a joint training exercise with 517th Airlift Squadron members from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 19, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) makes her way back to homeport following sea trials and redelivery to the fleet. Enterprise has been returned to the fleet after completing a 24-month maintenance period at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News and will begin the work-up phase leading to her 21st deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael L. Croft/Released)