An Iraqi C-130 takes off from New Al Muthana Air Base, Baghdad, Sept. 1, 2010, with the inaugural class of cadets bound for the recently re-built Iraqi Air Force College in Tikrit. (U.S. Air Force photo)
SEA OF JAPAN (Sept. 7, 2010) A CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lands during the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) Air Combat Element fly-on aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is conducting a patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew A. Ebarb/Released)
Tech. Sgt. Dennis Schmidt makes adjustments to a basic access module used to manage defense system network lines, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Krtsanisi National Training Center, Georgia. Sergeant Schmidt is a transmission system technician with the 1st Combat Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tony R. Ritter)
Aircrew assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing fly meals to Pakistan as part of a humanitarian relief mission to assist more than 50,000 people July 31, 2010. To date, U.S. military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft have transported more than 5.4 million pounds of relief supplies and rescued more than 13,000 people, delivering aid and providing transport to people who need emergency assistance. The aircrew is a part of an Air National Guard Unit deployed from Peoria, Ill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)
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U.S. Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division parachute after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Rissmiller, U.S. Air Force/Released)
U.S. soldiers patrol the Khogyani district of the Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, in support of Afghan elections after encountering small-arms fire, Sept. 18, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to Company C, 161st Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. David A. Jackson
An aerial view from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter shows extensive flooding during humanitarian efforts in southern Pakistan, Sept. 11, 2010. The U.S. military is providing assistance to the flood victims. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan
Local Pakistanis unload bags of flour from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, Sept. 10, 2010. The flood has affected nearly 20 million Pakistanis, forcing many from their homes. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Joshua Kruger.
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U.S. Army soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, set up a mortar tube during dismounted operations near the Waza Kwah District here. The Iron Rakkasans passed the responsibility for Paktika province. Photo by Sgt. Brent Powell
HERAT, Afghanistan (10 September) – After 14 weeks of training, 450 policemen graduated from Adraskan’s NATO Training Centre. The course comprised elements of Law, Shooting, Topography, Anti-riot and Check-point techniques, Counter-IED, Driving and Combat skills. Isafmedia photo.
(Kapisa Province, Afghanistan) U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Germanoff provides security during a shura (meeting) between local village elders and the Commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa Lt. Col. Curtis Velasquez. The meeting was to discuss concerns the elders have about road construction near their farmland. Striking a balance between the needs of the villagers and contractors is critically important to the PRT's mission. The PRT'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 and mentorship. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Laws, USAF / Released)
Afghan residents bring ballot boxes from polling centers after parliamentary elections to an Afghan air force helicopter for transport to the main collection center in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Romain Beaulinette
Rescuemen with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, work to quell a fire following a simulated aircraft mishap during the full-scale exercise Lethal Breeze 2010 at Landing Zone Boondocker here Sept. 8. The exercise was used to address plans, policies, and procedures concerning the base’s ability to respond to a terrorist or mass casualty incident and an aircraft mishap during the Kaneohe Bay Air Show Sept. 25-26. Photo by Lance Cpl. Reece E. Lodder.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hunter Rains inspects the tail rotor blade on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2010. Rains is a crew chief assigned to the 33rd Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz
Capt. Jason Ruiz does a preflight checklist on his MQ-1B Predator to prepare for a "push off" mission Aug. 3, 2010, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. A push off mission is where the unit here will launch the aircraft, and then release their command to a unit back in the U.S. to fly the mission. Captain Ruiz is a 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matt Coleman-Foster)
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Sept. 8, 2010) Tugboats guide the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the Elizabeth River to its new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Dwight D. Eisenhower will begin a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) in October to refurbish and conduct intensive maintenance on shipboard systems. Dwight D. Eisenhower recently completed a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist1st Class Jeff McDowell/Released)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, walk down into a ravine in a Koh-e Safi district village here Sept. 8. Supported by Afghan National Army Soldiers, Troop C conducted a Joint Air Assault to disrupt insurgent activities. The ANA, which led the search operation in the village, is increasing their security presence throughout Parwan Province as the Sept. 18 elections approach. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Espie, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86 Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
A U.S. Marine, left, unloads food and supplies for residents during flood relief efforts in Pano Aqil, Pakistan, Sept. 9, 2010. The Marines are assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne Gray
An aerial view from a helicopter shows extensive flood damage in Pano Agil, Pakistan, Sept. 9, 2010. The U.S. military is providing disaster relief to the country's flood-stricken regions. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Bushong
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 10, 2010) Sailors assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 stand in formation on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters from VFA-195 perform a fly-over during a change of command ceremony. Cmdr. David Culpepper relieved Cmdr. Gerald Hanson in the fly over of the ship. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is conducting a summer deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)