ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2011) The visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) conducts a training operation. Truxtun is conducting a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Richard J. Stevens/Released)
SATTAHIP, Thailand (Jan. 25, 2011) A U.S. Navy causeway ferry, top, docks with the Military Sealift Command maritime prepositioning ship USNS Lt. Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) to offload Humvees and other military equipment during Exercise Freedom Banner at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Chad L. Simon/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 23, 2011) Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Parker, from St. Louis, launches an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Female personnel assigned to Abraham Lincoln's air department participated in an all-female catapult crew event during flight operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Morales/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 21, 2011) - Boatswain Mate Second Class Carlos Gonzales and Boatswain Mate Second Class Scott Findell communicate with Landing Craft Air Cushion 52 during well deck operations aboard USS TORTUGA (LSD 46). This is the second consecutive year that Tortuga has conducted Transportation Exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. K. Madison Carter)
U.S. Army pilots and crew chiefs perform maintenance checks on an AH-64 Apache helicopter as the sun sets on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan 18, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to 101st Airborne Division's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, based on Fort Campbell, Ky.photo by Spc. Edward A. Garibay.
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Operations Sgt. Maj. Akhtar Muhammad trains with new Afghan Army recruits at Forward Operating Base Thunder Jan. 22. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Kenneth A. Stewart, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)
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Firemen from Kadena's 18th Civil Engineer Squadron drag a fire hose into a simulated burning aircraft during Beverly High 11-02, a local operational readiness exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 19. Kadena's firemen, security forces, and flight medicine personnel worked together during the simulation to save the lives of the acting victims aboard the aircraft. (Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman)
Iraqi Army Staff Col. Ali Yousif, chief of staff for 6th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, speaks with residents of western Mosul about reporting insurgent activity during a cordon and search mission Jan. 19, 2011. IA soldiers with 6th Bde., 3rd IA Div. partnered with a U.S. Stability Transition Team from 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division's Task Force Spear to search for evidence of insurgent activity after receiving tips from local residents. Yousif greeted locals and provided contact information for a crime tip hotline, in the event the citizens noted any unusual activity in their neighborhood. The intelligence provided by the residents led to the discovery of possible bombmaking materials at an abandoned house at the edge of the city.Photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller.
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U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan B. Stuart of Brooklyn Park, Minn., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Storm, provides security for Afghan National Security Forces in Kharwar District, Afghanistan, Jan. 11. Soldiers of Company D and ANSF recovered two caches and detained four people during the two-day operation. Photo by Sgt. Cooper Cash.
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GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 20, 2011) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) arrives at Naval Submarine Base New London following a scheduled deployment. Toledo conducted operations in the U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)
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KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A mine resistant ambush-protected vehicle remains idle as construction efforts surround Combat Outpost Bak and the nearby district center. International Security Assistance Forces, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army members work together daily to help address the district population’s concerns. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ken Scholz, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)
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Master Sgt. Brian Chewning secures a safety harness before opening the doors for the 36th Contingency Response Group static-line jumpers Jan. 13, 2011, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Sergeant Chewning is a loadmaster assigned to the 535th Airlift Squadron from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)
Tech. Sgt. Carlos Cardenas guides a forklift being driven by Senior Airman Scott Knight Jan. 7, 2011, at Lithuania Air Force Air Base in Lithuania. Sergeant Cardenas and Airman Knight are assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Redeployment Action Team at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 18, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) pulls along side the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during a vertical replenishment. Gridley is on a deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Robert Camejo, a combat engineer officer with III Marine Expeditionary Force, interacts with children during exercise Cobra Gold 2011 at Baan Pong Wua School, Chantaburi Province, Kingdom of Thailand, Jan. 18, 2011. Cobra Gold 2011 is the latest in a continuing series of Thai - U.S. military exercises designed to ensure regional peace through a strategy of cooperative engagement and strengthens the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand. The exercise will also provide constructive benefits to the people of Thailand through combined Thai - U.S. medical and civil affairs projects in the Kingdom. (Photo by: Lance Cpl. Alejandro Peña)
Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., climb aboard their plane as they prepare to depart Jan. 15, 2011, for Southwest Asia.
Approximately 300 Airmen deployed in support of overseas contingency operations.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli)
Airman 1st Class Eric Walden (left) and Staff Sgt. Scott Gingrich perform a preventive maintenance inspection on a 285-foot tower Jan. 12, 2011, near the Davidsonville, Md., site headquarters.
Both Airmen are with the 89th Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bobby Jones)
U.S. Army Spc. Derek Farrington, an all-wheeled vehicle mechanic from Ames, Iowa, with Company E, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, looks to see where an oil leak is originating from on a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle Jan. 8, at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam. The mechanics fixed the leak before the operator returned with his paperwork. Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson.
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Staff Sgt. Edward Harris holds a tether line during the unloading of two T-38 Talons Dec. 14, 2010, at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The aircraft were transported here using NASA's Super Guppy aircraft and are the first two of 15 to be shipped here. The aircraft were used by South Korea for training and will now be regenerated and used as fifth generation fighter support. Holloman AFB officials will regenerate the T-38s before they are sent to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. and Tyndall AFB, Fla. Sergeant Harris is assigned to the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Turner)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 17, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) leads the ships of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), the guided-missile destroyers USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Mason (DDG 87) underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked aboard Enterprise are the eight squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anna Wade/Released)
Afghan air force 1st Lt. Abdul Saboor Amin looks on as AAF 1st Lt. Ahmad Fawad Haidari practices traffic patterns during a training exercise Jan. 24, 2011, outside of Kabul. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Vladimir Potapenko)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 15, 2011) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during heavy seas. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Rosa A. Arzola/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 16, 2011) Chief Operations Specialist Cynthia Matta-Spriggs, assigned to the operations department, monitors surface contacts aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are on deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)
Afghan air force 1st Lt. Ehsanullah waits to take off aboard an Mi-17 with his instructor, Maj. Drew Grigson, Jan. 10, 2011, at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. Shindand AB officials host a pilot training program taught by Airmen from the 444th AEAS. Major Grigson is from the 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris)
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and Afghanistan National Army soldiers look out the back of a CH-53E helicopter as it takes them to their insert positions during Operation Integrity in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 15. The main purpose of the operation was to successfully cordon off a suspected hotspot for Taliban activity, search for weapon and IED caches, disrupt enemy logistical operations and gather census data on locals in the region of Sistani. ISAF photo.