KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Chris Smith (left), Company C., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division commander from Spokane, Wash., meets with Gorbuz District Gov. Mohammed Akbar Zadram (right) and Afghan National Security Forces to discuss security in the area and decide what assistance is needed during a meeting at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana Feb. 20. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Duke)
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Capt. Alfred Butler, the commanding officer of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, talks to elders of Belush, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, about flooding damage to the courtyard of a local mosque, Feb. 13. The flooding occurred the night before. Weapons Company's headquarters is Patrol Base Gorgak in Garmsir District. Photo by Sgt. Jesse Stence.
Afghan National Security Forces and a French Task Force Allobroges soldier pull security during Operation Storm Lightning in Bedraou Valley Jan. 31 (Photo by French Army Staff Sgt. Eric Lepichon, Task Force Lafayette)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2011) The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), front, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct an ordnance transfer. Truman has spent the last three weeks supporting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications for Naval Aviation Training Command and suitability testing for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. George H.W. Bush is conducting a joint task force exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew D. Williams (Released).
CARIBBEAN SEA (Feb. 14, 2011) Marines, operating amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) with the Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF), prepare to debark the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) during Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 (A-SPS 11). A-SPS 11 will focus on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of subject matter expertise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lorraine S. Mendoza/Released)
Staff Sgt. Jason Manes, a motorpool supervisor assigned to the 512th Military Police Company, greets his family following a redeployment ceremony Feb. 15.
The 512th MP Company is part of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
(U.S. Army photo by: Cpt. John Tribe)
U.S. and Afghan soldiers move through Kherwar district to prevent Taliban freedom of movement in Logar province, Afghanistan, Feb.12, 2011. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, braved more than 3 feet of snow during the patrol. Photo by Sgt. Cooper T. Cash.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Visket gives a class on the M32A1 multi-shot grenade launcher to Japanese soldiers on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011. The troops are participating in Iron Fist, a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and Japanese militaries to increase interoperability. The Japanese soldiers are assigned to the Western Army Infantry Regiment, part of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. photo by Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam.
An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to Bagram Airfield's 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron returns from a reposition mission in northern Afghanistan. The squadron occasionally repositions personnel and aircraft to forward operating bases to provide casualty evacuation support to planned ground operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erick Saks)
Army Black Hawk crew chief Spc. Christopher Wilmeth watches the Iraqi countryside Feb. 10 during a mission near Baghdad. The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is flying its final hours in Iraq, where it has served as the Army’s first and only enhanced aviation brigade, responsible for providing support to the entire country. Wilmeth is assigned to the brigade’s A Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment. Photo by Spc. Roland Hale.
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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle Keiser (standing) from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, Task Force Dolch of Versailles, Ohio, gives instructions to Soldiers on preliminary marksmanship before they zero their weapons and qualify on them at a range at Forward Operating Base Shank Feb. 13. Soldiers of the 54th Engineer Battalion are deployed in support of route-clearance operations in Logar Province. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Michael Chigbrow, Task Force Dolch)
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 15, 2011) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is moored at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
Airmen from the 86th Munitions Squadron get in position to secure a joint air-to-surface standoff missile Feb. 1, 2011, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 2,000-pound, semi-stealth, long-range weapon requires various maintenance and test operations to ensure its efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brea Miller)