ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 11, 2011) The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) fires its MK-75 76mm mounted gun while underway off the coast of Brazil. Thach is deployed supporting Southern Seas 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips/Released)
U.S. Army soldiers help fight flood waters in Payneway, Ark., May 12, 2011. Crews loaded sandbags onto four wheelers and ferried them through flood waters to guardsmen for stacking. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Durney.
RHODES, Greece (May 11, 2001) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) fall into ranks as the ship departs Rhodes, Greece after a scheduled port visit. Barry is on a routine deployment conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Sunderman/Released)
A soldier assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Fear, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, TF Bronco, pulls guard while watching storm clouds roll in over Observation Post Coleman outside of Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province May 5. The soldiers stationed here at the mouth of the Pech River Valley and the Kunar River Valley, live in some of the most dangerous terrain in Afghanistan. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, departs May 2, 2011, for the unit's Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nathanael Callon)
Master Sgt. Eric Johnson hands sandbags down to Tech. Sgt. Tracy Winterquist as they help to create a flood levee barrier around a farm house in Cass County, North Dakota.
The two Airmen are members of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing.
(Defense Department photo/Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 27, 2011) A visit, board, search and seizure team from Cape Verdean circles the guided-missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) off the coast of Cape Verdean during exercise Saharan Express. Saharan Express is a counter narcotics and proliferation exercise that is part of Africa Partnership Station West. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative designed to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darryl Wood/Released)
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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing prepares to refuel Navy F/A-18 Hornets over Wake Island during an escort mission from Japan to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ben Fulton)
Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit fire at targets during a platoon live-fire weapons training aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Martine Cuaron.
During a preventative maintenance inspection, Tech. Sgt. Shannon Byers from the 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at an air base in Southwest Asia ensures the connections on a weather observation system are secure and show no signs of corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz)
FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Nimroz province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, addresses the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 8 during his visit to Delaram May 12. The commandant’s tour of the RCT-8 Area of Operations included visits to the Marines serving in Sangin, Musa Qala, and Gereshk. Amos spoke to the Marines about their importance to the war efforts and issues concerning the Marines. “After 10 years of doing counterinsurgency operations here in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps knows what they’re doing,” said Amos. “You have every reason to be proud to wear this uniform.” Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith.
A rigid-hull inflatable boat and its crew are lifted aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock. Comstock is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Buliavac.
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft land on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 9, 2011. Instructor pilots and students were conducting flight operations in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor's Course 2-11, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) 1. (DoD photo by Cpl. Richard A. Tetreau, U.S. Marine Corps/Released).
NORFOLK (May 11, 2011) Family members and friends of Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) watch as mooring lines are released and the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk on its maiden deployment. George H.W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, will deploy as part of the George H.W. Bush 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 2nd Class Eric S. Garst/Released)
A C-17 Globemaster III air delivers bundles of fuel to Forward Operating Base Waza K'wah in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The fuel was part of an air delivery to help sustain members of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, whose only means of re-supply is through air delivery. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
FORT DIX, New Jersey. (May 2, 2011) Sailors toss training grenades during Army Warrior training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The four-week long training is designed to outfit, equip and prepare Sailors for their upcoming deployments in support of overseas contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan David Chandler/Released)
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill is underway in the Indian Ocean.
Bunker Hill is underway with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans.
Pfc. Justin Rockcastle, a soldier attached to the Joint Logistics Over The Shore force, eats a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) in a fighting position at base camp in Tan Tan, Morocco. The JLOTS force supports Exercise African Lion 2011, a cooperative training exercise involving the Moroccan military and 14th Marine Regiment, in the execution of ship to shore movement of cargo and equipment. The force is comprised of the Naval Support Element, Army Task Force 24, and Marine Corps 4th Landing Support Battalion Charlie Company. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Pankau). Photo by Adam Jackson.
ESPIRITU SANTO, Vanuatu (May 9, 2011) The amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) leads the Royal New Zealand Navy multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury (L421), a French military Puma helicopter, Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1665, and the Royal Australian Navy landing craft heavy HMAS Balikpapan (L 126) and HMAS Betano (L 133) during a transit of Segond Channel. Cleveland is participating in Pacific Partnership 2011, a five-month humanitarian assistance initiative that will visit Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (May 7, 2011)
Aviation Electricians Mate 3rd Class Eric Jameson Pierce, from Muldrow Redland, Okla., reads a service manual from a laptop while installing an arresting gear proximity switch on an F/A-18C Hornet aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Stennis is participating in a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/Released)
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U.S. Army 1Lt.. Scott Shafer, D Company, 1-12 Cavalry, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, talks with an Iraqi goat herder near Forward Operating Base Minden, Iraq, April 22, 2011. D Company, 1-12 Cavalry, is conducting Counter Indirect Fire Patrols in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jared Forsyth/ Released)
Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), will return to San Diego May 6, after an independent seven-month deployment to the Atlantic and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility (AOR)
Aviation boatswain's mates (handling) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) prepare to secure an MH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to the ship's flight deck. Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Julio Rivera)
ARABIAN GULF (April 24, 2011)
Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15 flies in formation with U.K., Pakistani mine and U.S. countermeasure ships during Arabian Gauntlet 2011.
Arabian Gauntlet is an exercise consisting of multi-national forces designed to refine coalition warfare capabilities, specifically in the areas of mine warfare, surface warfare and offshore infrastructure protection, enhancing regional security in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn Friant/Released)
A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer, 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., departs for a training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during exercise Green Flag West 11-6, April 28. Green Flag West replicates irregular warfare conditions currently found in Southwest Asia. Aircrews, work closely with Air Force joint terminal attack controllers. Pilots train for a missions such as close air support, and aerial reconnaissance. Photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman.