DIEGO GARCIA (Sept. 30, 2010) A Sailor engages in a live-fire training exercise at the British Indian Ocean Territory firing range. Sailors assigned to Diego Garcia support the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Thompson/Released)
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
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)
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.
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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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)
U.S. Navy Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Leonard Collins fires an MK-38 25 mm chain gun during a live-fire exercise Sept. 26, 2010, while under way in the Philippine Sea aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund, U.S. Navy/Released)
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)
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)
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 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 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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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)
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.