GTMO Navy Chiefs Refurbish Memorials

Harley McKinney and Chief Petty Officer Jim Lloyd, master-at-arms, clean the plaque while Chief Petty Officer Jason Reed, hospital corpsman, removes debris at the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Maintenance and restoration was performed on the memorial as part of the GTMO Chief Petty Officers Association’s project to refurbish the base’s monuments. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Bill Mesta.

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Future Road

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Quentin Cummings and local contractors discuss building a road across the district border of Nejrab and Koh band, east of Durnama village, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2010. Cummings is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa. The team's mission is to stabilize the region by enabling local governments to care for, educate, employ and protect their people through the construction of basic infrastructure. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Laws

Street Sense

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Georganne Hassell walks down a street during a presence patrol in Qalat City, Zabul province, Afghanistan, July 23, 2010. Hassell, an information operations officer, is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathanael Callon.

Rising Flood Waters

Afghan Air Force airmen and U.S. Air Force advisors respond with two Mi-17 helicopters and crews to an urgent request to rescue civilians affected by rising flood waters at the Kabul and Laghman rivers about 11 miles west of Jalalabad in Laghman province, Afghanistan, July 29, 2010. Crews rescued more than 2,100 people from the flood, most under the threat of Taliban and insurgent fighters. U.S. Navy photo.

Khost Zone

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Romero provides security around a landing zone in Khost province, Afghanistan, July 25, 2010. Members of the Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team flew to the Spera district to attend a meeting with the Khost provincial governor, district government officials and tribal elders. Romero is a Khost team corpsman. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne M. Showalter.

Sea Breeze 2010

ODESSA, Ukraine (July 21, 2010) Ships from participating nations are underway in formation during exercise Sea Breeze 2010. Sea Breeze is the largest exercise this year in the Black Sea. The event included 20 ships, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military members from Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan/Released)

Zabul Shura

U.S. Soldiers with Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul and Afghan government officials hold a shura with elders in a village in Qalat district, Zabul province, Afghanistan, July 21, 2010. A shura is a traditional meeting where tribal elders discuss major issues and make decisions for their tribe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathanael Callon/Released)

Afghan Challenges

German Army Lt. Col. Sembritzki, a battalion commander, briefs U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, on the challenges that NATO forces face at an outpost in northern Afghanistan, July 22, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail.

VBSS- Composite Unit Training Exercise

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Visit, Board, Search and Seizure assault force Marines clear the engine room of the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman during a Maritime Interception Operation exercise as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise July 16. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 4 conducted the three-week exercise in preparation for their deployment later this fall. During COMPTUEX, 26th MEU will prepare for its Certification Exercise in August by integrating and finalizing communication and mission procedures.

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Mullen Visits Afghanistan

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives on Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 26, 2010. Mullen is visiting Afghanistan during a 10-day trip around the world to meet with counterparts and troops engaged in the war on terrorism. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad McNeeley.

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Gov. Douglas Visits Troops, Raises Vermont Battle Flag

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas waits to assist with the raising of the Vermont battle flag during a visit to Bagram Airfield Afghanistan July 24. “To the best of my knowledge, Gov. Douglas is the first sitting governor to raise the Vermont Battle Flag in an active war zone,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dwight D. Harrington, Barre, Vt., resident and brigade historian for the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain). “In a war zone, it is an honor for a Soldier to raise a flag. It was a double honor to have the governor assist us today.” Douglas visited Bagram as part of a multiple country tour, including Kuwait and Iraq. (U.S. Army Photo by U.S.Pfc. Roy Mercon, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team [Mountain

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Mullen Visits Islamabad, Pakistan

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Pakistani military officers upon his arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 24, 2010. Mullen stopped in Pakistan during his 10-day trip around the world to meet with counterparts and underscore the criticality of the relationship in the war on terrorism. The stop represents the 19th time Mullen has visited Pakistan since assuming the duties of chairman. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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Salvage Recovery Exercise

VERACRUZ, Mexico (July 22, 2010)

Navy divers assigned to Company 2-6 of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are lowered over the side on a staging platform during a salvage recovery exercise with Mexican navy divers aboard the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51).

MDSU-2 is participating in Navy Diver-Southern Partnership Station, a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations.

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Collins/Released)

British Royal Marines Tour Wasp

A group of British Royal Marines listen to Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Simon, USS Wasp's combat cargo officer, explain the operations performed on USS Wasp's flight deck during a tour of the ship by 60 of the marines, July 19. The marines are currently enrolled in the British military's Infantry Officer School and are on a month-long visit to the United States to integrate with the U.S. version of the school at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Koons

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Sunset Hawk

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter makes a traffic pattern near Robert Gray Army Airfield on Fort Hood, Texas, July 21, 2010. Although the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade returned from Iraq just three months ago, they are already back to work and training for missions. The Black Hawk is a part of the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski.

No one has ever come here for 35 years. Not even the Russians.

Georgian soldiers with Company B, 31st Georgian Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, speak with a local Afghan elder during a joint-patrol to his village in Farah Province, July 22. Speaking with the local Afghans, the soldiers of Company B soon learned this area rarely receives any outside visitors. “No one has ever come here for 35 years. Not even the Russians,” said Naqib, a local villager, through an interpreter. Mistaken for Russian soldiers in the past, the Georgian soldiers emphasized they were not Russians, and were there to help and learn as much as possible about the local security situation and needs of their village. After meeting with the local elders, the soldiers distributed toys, and their company medic examined some of the villagers, providing medical care to those in need. Courtesy Photo.

Engagement With Enemy Forces

Lance Cpl. Mike Lawver, an electronics technician with Regimental Combat Team 2, fires his M16 A2 service rifle during an engagement with enemy forces just outside the walls of Forward Operating Base Jackson in Helmand province, July 23. Lawver and his fellow Marines ran towards the area of enemy fire and began returning fire while concealed via a protective barrier. The firefight began early in the evening and continued for about an hour after insurgents, concealed within a nearby tree line, began firing at the base. British forces and U.S. Marines fought off the attack with machine-gun fire, mortars, and several missiles. Photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson.

Guard Firefighters Train For Emergencies

Firefighters battle a roaring fire while participating in a aircraft 'crash' during a live fire response exercise held at the Combat Readiness Training Center at Alpena, Mich., July 21, 2010. The firefighters are with the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing at National Guard Air National Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Terry Atwell)

Afghanistan Going Green

Panjshir Gov. Keramuddin Keram (left) talks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Curtis Velasquez, Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir commander and Abilene, Kan., native, July 1 about a project that could potentially bring 35,000 new trees into the province by the end of the year. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jason Smith, PRT Panjshir Public Affairs)

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Mando Zayi Convenience Store

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Frank Combs, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 330th Military Police Company, Police Combined Action Team, buys a drink from a convenience store in the Mando Zayi district July 18. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Julianne M. Showalter, Khost PRT Public Affairs Office)