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.
Capt. Jay Humphrey runs through pre-flight checklist with crew before a mission July 12, 2010, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Captain Humphrey is an HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot assigned to the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin)
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
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.
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.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan travels through the Pacific Ocean with other ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific 2010, north of Hawaii, July 24, 2010. U.S. Dept. of Defense by U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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