Pathfinders Prepare For The Call During Hurricane Season

Soldiers, from Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare to storm the beach at Mott Lake during their waterborne operations training last week. “The primary purpose of our training here at Mott Lake is to make sure all of our waterborne operations equipment is operational in case of a natural disaster, such as a Hurricane Katrina type event, where we get called out and utilize the zodiacs,” said Cpt. Kevin J. Stein, the company commander. Zodiacs are inflatable boats the pathfinders, as well as other military units, use for water movement operations, said Pfc. Carl J. Parsons, a native of Orlando, Fla., and rifleman with 2nd Platoon. Photo by Staff Sgt. Thaddius Dawkins

Dog Handlers Prepare For Afghanistan

Cpl. Chuck Marion, 23, a dog handler from Syracuse, N.Y., uses whistle commands to instruct his improvised explosive device detection dog to clear a building during Enhanced Mojave Viper. Dog handlers with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion participated in a three-day exercise, putting their dogs in different situations and environments including an urban environment which gave Marines a chance to practice room clearing techniques. Enhanced Mojave Viper is the Marine Corps’ desert warfare training program used to prepare Marines for tours in Afghanistan. Photo by Lance Cpl. John McCall

Teaching Expeditionary Warfare Skills

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Ca. (Aug. 17, 2010) Reserve Component Sailors assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 1 fire 9mm pistols during a live-fire exercise during Shark Tank 2010, the MSRON-1 inaugural training school. Shark Tank is a new series of training exercises to teach expeditionary warfare skills. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder/Released)

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Zabul Zone

U.S. Army Capt. Cory Petro conducts a patrol near Forward Operating Base Lane in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 6, 2010. Petro, a support unit leader, is assigned to the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, which supports reconstruction, security and stability in the province. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathanael Callon

A Grandfather’s Thoughts

An elderly Pakistani flood victim peers out the window of a U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter with his granddaughter during humanitarian relief efforts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, Aug. 26, 2010. The CH-46 crew is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165E-165, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan

Tanker Task Force Keeps Fighters Flying

An F-16 Aggressor trails beneath a KC-135 Stratotanker as it prepares to refuel August 13, 2010, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 168th Air Refueling Wing mission is to train and equip KC-135R combat crews to provide air refueling in support of PACAF Operations Plans and worldwide refueling taskings. Red Flag Alaska serves as an opportunity to train tankers and guardsmen to fulfill the PACAF mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Yash Rojas)

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Plans To Rebuild

U.S. Marine Capt. Gilbert Nelson talks to Afghan shop owners about a plan to rebuild the bazaar in Safaar in Helmand province's Garmsir district, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2010. Nelson is a civil affairs officer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Skyler Tooker.

Aerial Refueling, Plan B

Forty bundles of JP-8 fuel leave the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during an airdrop by members of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Aug. 13, 2010, in Southwest Asia. The drop was part of Operation Everest, a week-long push to exercise the theater drop capability of the C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Jenkins)

Taking Enemy Contact

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton scans the horizon for insurgents behind a canal bank while taking enemy contact in Marja, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2010. The squad came under attack halfway through the census patrol and engaged enemy Taliban in the process. Hamilton is a rifleman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Johnston

Women And Children

Pakistani women and children board a U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during humanitarian relief efforts for flood victims in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, Aug. 17, 2010. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan

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Leaving Iraq

U.S. Stryker armored vehicles with the 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team line up at a fueling site on Camp Taji, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2010, to receive fuel before heading out on a two-day mission to leave Iraq through Kuwait. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kimberly Hackbarth

Helicopter Help

A Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight launches from the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu in the north Arabian Sea, Aug. 18, 2010. The Sea Knight will join 11 other helicopters from Peleliu already on station in northern Pakistan. The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group is supporting the Pakistani government with helicopter heavy lift capabilities in flooded regions of Pakistan. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Dunlap

Iraqi Forces Back On Joint Base Balad

Lt. Gen. Rashid Flayah Muhammad Al-Halifi, Samarra Operations Center commander, and Maj. Gen. Craig Franklin, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, answer questions at a news conference following the opening ceremony for the Iraqi Army’s new compound at Joint Base Balad, Aug. 16, 2010. This event is the first step in transferring the entire base to the Government of Iraq by the end of 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Phillip Butterfield.

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Laboon Departs Naval Station Norfolk

NORFOLK  (Aug. 17, 2010)

Family members watch as the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs Naval Station Norfolk.

Laboon is part of a standing naval maritime group and will deploy to the Mediterranean Sea and the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support theater security cooperation.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)

Operation Centrum

Marines with the 1st Marine Division (Forward)'s Personal Security Detachment watch a CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd), land at helicopter landing zone Barton Aug. 16 in support of Operation Centrum. HMH-361 inserted and extracted 16 Marines, a Navy corpsman and six geologists from the area. Having 3rd MAW (Fwd)’s support allowed the team to extract almost 200 pounds of samples for further testing. Photo By Cpl. Ryan Rholes.

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Stallion Lights

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward, prepares to take off for a night mission on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2010. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 conducts daily missions to support the International Security Assistance Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jeffrey D. Anderson

Bridge Construction

Local Afghan men work on reconstructing the Tarnak Bridge in Qalat City, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2010. More than 450 locals are employed for the reconstruction project which is sponsored by Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul and Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Georganne Hassell

Set Coordinates Here

Senior Airman Rich Garrett (foreground) radios for air cover during a close-air support training mission Aug. 5, 2010, during exercise Allied Strike 10 at Grafenwoehr, Germany. He is a joint tactical air controller with the 1st Air Support Operations Squadron from Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Caleb Pierce)

Taking A Walk…

An Air Force paratrooper jumps from a C130J Super Hercules Aug. 5, 2010, over Marnheim, Germany. The combined U.S. forces airborne jump was conducted to maintain proficiency and to inspire esprit de corps among paratroopers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brea Miller)

Counter-Piracy Operations In The Red Sea And The Somali Basin

RED SEA (Aug. 7, 2010) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Robert Lesch, a visit, board, search and seizure team member embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), maintains starboard side security of a rigid hull inflatable boat during an approach and visit operation of a fishing dhow. Princeton is part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multinational task force established in Jan. 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Red Sea and the Somali Basin. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class/Released)