Kajaki Base Takes Indirect Fire, Forces Enemy To Flee

Cpl. Jacob Hoag, the Motor Transportation maintenance chief and 50-caliber sniper and Cpl. Cody Scholes a field artillery cannon crewman and spotter for Hoag, both with 1st platoon, India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, post on a rooftop inside Forward Operating Base Zeegrugge, just moments after the FOB was attacked with indirect fire. isafmedia media by Cpl. Daniel A. Blatter

Essex ARG Begins Exercise Valiant Shield 2010

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)

Pakistan Flood Aid Tops 5 Million Pounds

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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Fort Bragg Jump

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)

Flood Waters

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

Security During A Shura

(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)

Departing Soldiers Leave Choppers Behind

A Chinook belonging to the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment spins its rotors on a pad near Baghdad while a crew-chief directs a forklift toward a load inside. Chinooks can carry around 50,000 pounds in flight. Photo credit Spc. Roland Hale

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Quelling A Fire Following A Simulated Aircraft Mishap

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.

Rotor Reach

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

Marines Secure Kajaki Dam

The Kajaki Dam is one of two hydroelectric dams located on the 715-mile long Helmand River, which flows southwestward across more than half of Afghanistan, before flowing north through Iran and emptying back into the Helmand swamps of Farah. For the Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, securing this vital piece of terrain is crucial to providing electricity to nearly a million Afghan homes, while irrigating more than 600,000 acres of otherwise arid land. Photo by Cpl. Daniel Blatter

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Preparing Push Off Mission For Balad Predator

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)

Tugs Guide Eisenhower To New Berth At Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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)

Running For Safety After Removing Chock And Chain

EAST CHINA SEA (Sept. 8, 2010) Ship's Serviceman Seaman Joseph Davis runs for safety after removing a chock and chain from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean, and is part of the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin/Released)

Increasing Their Security Presence

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)

Open Arms

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

Village View

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

George Washington Change Of Command

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)