Checking Firepower

Capt. Matt Hepp conducts a preflight inspection of his F-16 Fighting Falcon at Komatsu Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Base Dec. 7, 2010, before a mission over the Sea of Japan. More than 160 Airmen from Misawa Air Base, Japan, are deployed to Komatsu from Dec. 3 to 11 in support of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. Captain Hepp is a pilot with the 14th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Cammie Quinn)

Supply Mission To Hungary, Poland, Afghanistan And Poland

Supplies from Poland are off-loaded from a C-17 Globemaster III from the Heavy Airlift Squadron at Papa Air Base, Hungary, Dec. 8, 2010, after arriving at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The aircraft was flying a three-day mission that would span over 7000 miles covering the countries of Hungary, Poland, Afghanistan and Lithuania as they move more than 75,000 tons of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Wayne Clark)

Building A Southwest Asia Hut At Kandahar Air Field

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (Dec. 16, 2010) Builder 3rd Class Amanda Thayer, left, and Builder 2nd Class Heather Shawmorris cut lumber for a Southwest Asia Hut at Kandahar Air Field. Thayer is assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 26 and Shawmorris is assigned to NMCB-18. Members of the two battalions are constructing the building, which NMCB-26 will occupy in the coming weeks. NMCB-18 and 26 are reserve component battalions serving in the RC South region of Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Utilitiesman 2nd Class Vuong Ta/Released)

NMCB 3 Builds Roads, British Relationships In Afghanistan

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Voce, equipment operator, left, and Constructionman Apprentice Jesse Wallace, equipment operator, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, discuss an earthworking project. NMCB-3 is deployed to southern Afghanistan to provide construction and engineering support to the region. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Jesse Sherwin III

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Sorting Mail Packages

ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 16, 2010) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sort mail packages during a replenishment at sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)

Steam-Powered Catapult At Dusk

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2010) An aircraft director guides an F/A-18C Hornet onto a steam-powered catapult at dusk on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting a three-week composite training unit exercise to be followed by a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

Marines Return To Amphibious Roots

A landing craft heaves through a near-shore swell on the Red Beach coastline on Camp Pendleton, Calif., during assault training exercise Dawn Blitz, June 3, 2010. The weeklong Navy/Marine exercise involved 4,500 sailors and Marines, seven ships, 60 amphibious assault vehicles, 16 landing craft and numerous fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Don Bartletti.

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Eastern Afghanistan Fight

U.S. Army Sgt. James Small, right, helps Spc. Andreas Plaza climb a hill in the Towr Gahr Pass, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2010. The soldiers were assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson

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Horn Of Africa Construction

DJIBOUTI (Dec. 11, 2010) Builder Constructionman Bianca Manzanero, left, and Builder Constructionman Haani Leah, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 Detail Horn of Africa, rinse a mortar mixer used to mix sand, cement, lime and water to create stucco. NMCB-74 Detail Horn of Africa is deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to assist in building partner nation capacity and promoting regional stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lindsey/Released)

Maintenance In The Hangar Bay

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2010) Sailors prepare a C-2 Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Squadron (VRC) 40 for maintenance in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). VRC-40 is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marie Brindovas/Released)

Tube Talk

U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Stoker explains the workings of a weapon system to Japanese Sgt. 1st Class Kato Hiromaso during Forest Light, a field training exercise on Kirishima Training Area, Kyushu, Japan, Dec, 8, 2010. Stoker is a javelin and tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided, anti-tank missile system team leader assigned to Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christian O. Acevedo.


U.S. Navy sailors heave a line from USNS Tippecanoe to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex during a replenishment at sea in the East China Sea, Dec. 6, 2010. The Essex is participating in Keen Sword, a joint bilateral exercise in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith.

Two Young Afghan Boys

Two young Afghan boys pose for a photo in Khwazi village, Afghanistan, while members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul survey a site for a future well project, Dec. 14. PRT Zabul is comprised of Air Force, Army, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel who work with the government of Afghanistan to improve governance, stability and development throughout the province. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson.

USS George Washington Returns To Japan

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington returns to its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, after a three-week fall patrol marking the end of the 2010 deployment schedule. Since pulling out of port, May 18, George Washington has traveled 51,700 nautical miles and safely launched and recovered 8,351 aircraft. George Washington is the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier ensuring security and stability across the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cheryl Callahan)

US And French Warships Conduct Surface Warfare Exercise In Arabian Sea

ARABIAN SEA (Dec. 10, 2010) USS Halsey (DDG 97) assigned to Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, sails in a formation with the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle (R 91) during a photo exercise. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area 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 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released)

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Operation Eagle Claw II: Visiting The Taliban At Home

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Richard A. Darvial (kneeling), a combat medic from Amery, Wis., takes cover while U.S. Army Spc. Corey C. Canterbury, a mortar man from Ocean Springs, Miss., fires mortars from a mountain top overlooking the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province Dec. 11. Both Soldiers are assigned to Bayonet Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, and were supporting Operation Eagle Claw II. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Completes JTFEX

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2010) A shooter ducks safely out of the way as an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 launches from catapult four aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz/Released)

First Deployment To Afghanistan



Senior Airman David Watson takes a moment to say goodbye to his 3-month-old son, Mikah Dec. 6, 2010, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

This is the first deployment to Afghanistan for the 820th Base Defense Group.

Airman Watson is an 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team member.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Mancha)

Afghan, French Headquarters Deployed Side By Side

KABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Emam Nazar, 3rd Infantry Brigade commander, 201st Corps, ANA, and French Brig. Gen. Jean-Francois Hogard, Task Force Lafayette commander, talk about the success of Bison Playoff II in Sarobi District Nov. 21-24. (Photo by French Army Staff Sgt. Sébastien Dupont, French Combat Camera Team in Afghanistan)

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Bravo Troop Provides Overwatch Security

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Jester, a LeMars, Iowa, resident and infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop on mission with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, provides overwatch security for fellow servicemembers patrolling through the village of Dandarh Dec. 9. Bravo Troop visited the village to conduct a patrol and to establish a relationship with the village malik and elders. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

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