Belgian Air Component

Belgian Air Component Adjudant Gert Van Den Berghe prepares a Belgian C-130 Hercules for takeoff June 22, 2010, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

This was the first time the BAC has participated in Red Flag-Alaska.

Adjudant Van Den Berghe is a BAC 15th Air Transport Wing 20th Squadron loadmaster.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross)

Taylor Mans The Rails On Arrival In Split

SPLIT, CROATIA (June 24, 2010) Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) man the rails as the ship arrives in Split, Croatia. Taylor is participating in the Partnership of Adriatic Mariners during a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Kessler/Released)

Munitions Forklift

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Air Force Staff Sgt. James Wylie, 86th Munitions Squadron storage crew chief, guides in a forklift operator carrying munitions to a cargo trailer, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18. The 86th MUNS prepared a shipment of numerous international shipping containers as part of an exercise called Turbo Containerized Ammunition Distribution System, or TURBOCADS 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Pierce)

National Guard Troops To Deploy To Southwest Border

An entry identification team consisting of U.S. Army Soldiers from the National Guard man a post on Johnson Mountain in New Mexico June 17, 2006. The team gathers intelligence about illegal immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico and relays it to Border Patrol agents. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill)

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Zabul Patrol

U.S. Army soldiers patrol the area surrounding Forward Operating Base Baylough in Zabul province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Cabral

11th MEU Trains For The Inevitable


Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced), take turns firing a .50 caliber heavy machine gun from a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as part of their training during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Marine Air Ground Task Force Exercise here March 29.

United States Marine Corps photo.

Texas Guard Prepares For Season’s First Hurricane

Left to right, Air Force Col. Connie McNabb, chief of the Texas Joint Staff; Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nichols, commander of the Texas Air National Guard; Army Maj. Gen. Jose Mayorga, Texas adjutant general; and Army Brig. Gen. Joyce Stevens, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, listen intently to predictions for Tropical Storm Alex in the Joint Emergency Operations Center at Camp Mabry, Texas, June 29, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Maria Moy.

Guiding A Vehicle Into A Compound

Sgt. James Humerick, squad leader, 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, guides an all-terrain vehicle into a compound 3/3 occupied for the first night of Operation Cobra in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 16.

Humerick is from Great Falls, Mont.

Operation Cobra is a joint operation between Marine Corps units and the Afghanistan National Army to disrupt enemy forces, which have been using the sparsely populated region between Marjah and Nawa as a safe haven.

Photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga.

THAAD System Intercepts Target In Successful Missile Defense Flight Test

June 28, 2010 - The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, successfully conducted an intercept test for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. A target missile was launched at approximately 9:32 p.m. Hawaii time, June 28 (3:32 a.m. EDT, June 29), and about five minutes later a THAAD interceptor missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

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Sabikhel Stroll

U.S. Army soldiers patrol dismounted along a canal to the village of Sabikhel, Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 21, 2010, to gather information about the surrounding area. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Corey Idleburg

U.S. Soldiers Participate In Joint Forcible Entry Exercise

U.S. Army paratroopers prepare to practice jumping techniques during a joint forcible entry exercise on Pope Air Force Base, N.C., June 21, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. The weeklong exercise is conducted six times a year by soldiers from Fort Bragg and airmen on Pope AFB. It is designed to enhance cohesion between the Army and Air Force through large-scale heavy equipment and troop movements. U.S. Air Force photo By Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon

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General Quarters Drill

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2010) Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Edgar Rojasberrio, from Bogota, Colombia, uses a fire hose during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is participating in Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX), an annual bilateral exercise involving the U.S. and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki/Released)

General Dillon Visits Powidz Air Base In Poland

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Dillon and Polish air force Brig. Gen. Tadeusz discuss Polish aircraft June 21, 2010 on Poland Poland. General Dillon visited Poland to sign a letter of intention designating the 86th Airlift Wing and the 3rd Airlift Wing as sister wings and to build partnerships. General Dillon is the 86th AW commander and General Mikutel is the 3rd AW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)

Cobra Guide

A U.S. Marine guides a vehicle into position near a temporary observation post during the first day of Operation Cobra in Southern Shorshork in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010. The Marine is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Operation Cobra is a joint effort between Marine Corps units and the Afghan Army to disrupt enemy forces between Marja and Nawa. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Sea Hawk Launch

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jun3 19, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Gerson Gonzales launches an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter from the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7). Cleveland is en route to the Hawaiian operating area to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, a biennial, multi-national exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multi-national interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eli J. Medellin/Released)

Mother Commissions Son

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Maureen Carroll swears her son, now-2nd Lt. Alek Krallman, into the Air Force June 13, 2010, in Southwest Asia, via the Internet during his Air Force ROTC graduation from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. Colonel Carroll is the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

San Diego-Based Ships Depart For Rim Of The Pacific 2010

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 17, 2010) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Freedom and Bonhomme Richard are scheduled to participate in RIMPAC 2010, the world's largest international maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released)

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Suez Canal Transit

SUEZ CANAL (June 18, 2010) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) approaches the Mubarak Peace Bridge in El Qantara, Egypt, during a transit of the Suez Canal. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Dusan Ilic/Released)

Lancer Preflight Inspection

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman DeQuan McHatten, a crew chief with the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, performs a preflight inspection on the exhaust of a B1-B Lancer aircraft at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia June 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche, U.S. Air Force/Released)