A landing craft utility with embarked U.S. Navy sailors and Marines enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex as part of an evacuation operation drill in the East China Sea, Oct., 1, 2010. The Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which is under way in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Dept. of Defense by U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Adam M. Bennett

Lincoln Prowler Launch

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2010) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), with Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln, aboard the aircraft as an electronic countermeasure officer. VAQ-131 is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

Ground Soldiers Learn To Fly

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Cpl. Robert F. Chauncey, from McKinney, Texas, a team leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan, takes part in a pre-flight inspection of a remotely piloted aircraft at Combat Outpost Garcia here Oct. 2. Chauncey was one of several Soldiers taking part in a certification class for the Raven and Puma RPAs. It can spot the enemy and record their activity from more than 500 feet away with video or photography. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Albert L. Kelley.

Bahrain Helicopter Det Provides Critical Support For Pakistan Relief

KHYBER-PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE, Pakistan (Aug. 21, 2010) Members of a U.S. Navy air crew assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, Detachment 2, help Pakistani soldiers unload relief supplies from a U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter during humanitarian relief efforts. HM-15 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) supporting the Pakistan government and military with heavy lift capabilities in flooded regions of Pakistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan/Released)

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U.S. Troops In Paktya Province Plan Bridges

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles W. Douglass, the commander of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, leads troops across the Darya-ye-Chamkani River in Danda Patan District here Sept. 27. The Paktya PRT troops and others from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gardez Resident Office surveyed two sites on the river for future infrastructure projects. “The bridges (should they be built) will connect several outlying villages and reduce the travel from 9.6 kilometers to the main road down to less than 1 kilometer,” Douglass, a resident of Niceville, Fla., said via e-mail. “This opens these villages to direct support from their government, connects them to education and market opportunities, and provides a stable roadway above the river and wadis (dry seasonal riverbeds) for their safety. It's a great project and long overdue.” (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

Norwegian Submarine Arrives At Norfolk

The Norwegian diesel-electric submarine HNoMS Utvaer (S 303) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Sept. 27, 2010. The arrival marks the first time a Norwegian submarine has docked at a U.S. port. Utvaer will play a part in anti-submarine training while operating with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. (DoD photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Marlowe P. Dix, U.S. Navy/Released)

Underway Replenishment In The Pacific Ocean

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), bottom center, and the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), top center, cruise in formation with ships from the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group during an underway replenishment in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 19, 2010. The strike group was on deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen D. Doyle II, U.S. Navy/Released)

High Ropes Course

U.S. Navy Officer Candidate Shaun Penrod traverses a portion of a new 39-foot-tall high ropes course at Naval Station Newport, R.I., Sept. 22, 2010. High ropes are part of Officer Candidate School training and successful navigation of the course is required for candidates to receive their commission. (DoD photo by Scott A. Thornbloom, U.S. Navy/Released)

Jaghatu Elders Visit FOB Ghazni, Discuss Educational Needs

Jaghatu district shura members drink tea Oct. 3 at Forward Operating Base Ghazni with U.S. and Polish members from the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and Task Force White Eagle.

Nine shura members and the district sub-governor traveled to the FOB to discuss security and educational needs in their district.

The Ghazni PRT agreed to another meeting to further discuss school projects in their area and maintain working relationships with the district.

Photo by 1st Lt. Katherine Roling.

Bagram Bazaar Opens To Troops, Gives Afghan Merchants Opportunity

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Col. Will Roy, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander and Jericho, Vt., resident, and Kabir Ahmad Rahil, the Bagram District governor, cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying the opening of the Bagram Bazaar Sept. 29. The bazaar will host 35 Afghan vendors Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planners spent six months developing the bazaar, which they said is an economic boon to the independent Afghan vendors and plays a significant role in assisting the local community. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter Ferrell, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)

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GBU-54 Makes Impact In Afghanistan

A guided bomb unit-54, GBU-54, rests on the wing of a F-16 Fighting Falcon from Aviano Air Base, Italy, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2010.

The GBU-54 is the Air Force’s newest 500-pound precision weapon, equipped with a special targeting system that uses a combination of Global Position System and laser guidance to accurately engage and destroy moving targets.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

Marines Patrol, Keep Kajaki Dam Safe

Cpl. Matthew Lucas, a field artillery cannoneer crewman with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, crosses over a make shift bridge along the Helmand River, Sept. 28, while on a patrol to keep the Kajaki Dam safe.

The 22-year-old from Muncy, Pa., often patrols the area of Kajaki alongside other India Battery Marines.

Photo by Sgt. Dorian Gardner.

Petraeus Briefs Australian Prime Minister


Gen. David H. Petraeus introduces Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to members of his staff during an Oct. 2 meeting at International Security Assistance Force headquarters that also included Australia's Chief of Defence Gen. Angus Houston and Ambassador to Afghanistan Paul Foley. Petraeus, commander of NATO and ISAF troops, briefed the prime minister on the progress of operations here. He also praised the performance of Australia's military serving alongside U.S. and other allied nations, telling Prime Minister Gillard she can be proud of her troops. Gillard is on her first overseas trip since being sworn in as Australia's first female prime minister in June. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell) (Released)


Offloading Sindh Relief Supplies

Pakistani soldiers begin offloading relief supplies from a truck, contracted by the World Food Programme, onto Marine Corps helicopters during humanitarian-assistance operations in the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan, Sept. 30, 2010. The helicopters are from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan

Sindh Supply Flight

A U.S. Marine Corps Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit flies in route to deliver relief supplies during humanitarian assistance operations in the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan, Sept. 30, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan

Returned To Duty

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman of San Diego, Calif., platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack secures a gate during a Sept. 26 key leader engagement.

Ashman returned to duty, Sept. 22, after a female suicide bomber detonated herself 10 meters from him on the Sholtan Bridge in the Shigal District in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.

(Photos by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Soldiers Walk Through Charikar Market

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Robin Veazey, a medic with Headquarters Headquarters Company 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) from Colchester, Vt., looks at a variety of scarfs at a vendor’s booth in the Charikar market Sept. 28. Veazey and members of the Civil Military Support Team and the Republic of Korea Provincial Reconstruction Team visited the market to do a walkthrough of the various vendor booths. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs, 982nd Combat Camera)

Offloading Relief Supplies

Pakistani soldiers and U.S. Marines offload relief supplies from a Marine Corps Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during humanitarian assistance operations in the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan, Sept. 30, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan

A Close Look At DoD Cyber Crime Center

Scott Lalliss uses a magnifying lens to check a hard drive that is being cleaned in a sonic cleaner with 91% alcohol solution at the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory on Sep. 9, 2010, in Linthicum, Md.

The nine percent of water in the solution develop bubbles that gently move dirt and other organic matter away from the disks that may contain valuable evidence in an investigation. Mr. Lalliss, a senior forensic technician.

The hard drive, which was recovered from a river, contained water, dirt, insects and calcium deposits.

To prevent further damage by physical cleaning, the hard drive was opened, circuit board removed.

The disks and drive frame were then placed in a sonic cleaner, submersed in a 91% alcohol bath.

Over several weeks and routine replacement with clean alcohol, all the dirt and insects are gone, and almost all the white calcium deposits are gone.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)

Prefabricated Shelter Facility

Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., push a prefabricated shelter facility from a C-5B Galaxy onto a waiting 60k cargo loader July 1, 2010 at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan. Thousands of tons of supplies have been processed in the past few weeks by teams of CRW Airmen as forces called up by the presidentially-directed surge of manpower and equipment have been arriving into Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres)

Armory Work

EAST CHINA SEA (Sept. 29, 2010) Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Edward P. Oyola cleans an M-240B machine gun in the armory of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl)