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
Col. John Norris, commander, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, gives a speech alongside his counterpart, Staff Maj. Gen. Ahmed, commander, 6th IA Division, during the brigade’s farewell ceremony at Forward Operating Base Constitution, Aug. 7, 2010. USF-I photo.
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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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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)
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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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
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
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)
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)
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)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2010) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transits the Atlantic Ocean during its tailored ship's training availability. Enterprise is making preparations for its 21st deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy D. Laseter/Released)
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Pakistani flood victims take flight aboard U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter attached to the HM-165, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, Aug. 17, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan
Pakistani flood victims await transportation aboard helicopters attached 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, Aug. 17, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan