Chance To Relax On Deployment

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Temecula, Calif., native, Lance Cpl. Alexander Vincent, takes advantage of a break to check his Facebook profile using his laptop to connect to the wireless internet offered at the camp.

The combat engineer with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) is usually serving outside of the camp at a forward operating base or patrol base and cherishes every opportunity he gets to contact his family back in the U.S.

Photo by Lance Cpl. James Frazer

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Temecula, Calif., native, Lance Cpl. Alexander Vincent, takes advantage of a break to check his Facebook profile using his laptop to connect to the wireless internet offered at the camp. The combat engineer with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) is usually serving outside of the camp at a forward operating base or patrol base and cherishes every opportunity he gets to contact his family back in the U.S.

Photo by Lance Cpl. James Frazer.

Orders For Gear And Equipment From Frontlines

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Sergeant Enrique Hurtado, the contracting open purchase request noncommissioned officer for Regimental Combat Team-1, reviews a request for special pieces of gear needed at one of the forward operating bases in the RCT’s area of operations. The San Jose, Calif., native reviews and adjusts requests for gear and personnel from FOBs and patrol bases in the AO. Photo by Lance Cpl. James Frazer.

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Tortuga Launches Amphibious Assault Vehicles

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2011) Amphibious assault vehicles launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) conduct an amphibious landing exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katerine Noll)

TF Currahee Celebrates U.S. Army’s 236th B-Day With Barbecue

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan

U.S. Army Soldiers from the Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Foward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, celebrated the United States Army’s 236th Birthday June 14, with a barbecue.

Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Sinders.

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Vinson Launch

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 14, 2011) An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 launches as pilots and aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 depart the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and return to their home bases after more than six months embarked. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 recently completed a deployment the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans / Released)

Bush Anchored Off The Coast Of Naples

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, during a port visit. George H.W. Bush is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Betsy Lynn Knapper)

USS Carl Vinson Returns To Homeport

CORONADO, Calif. (June 15, 2011) Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returns to homeport at Naval Base Coronado. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 recently completed a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder/Released)

Military Police Share Tactics, Deliver Equipment To Jalalabad Customs Depot

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Javier Gutierrez (right), a native of San Antonio, and U.S. Army Sgt. Caleb Meeker, of Apache Junction, Ariz., both members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, TF Bronco, use a new metal detecting wand and show Afghan customs police how to conduct a personnel search at the Jalalabad Customs House June 11. Courtesy Photo.

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Dewey Refuels Alongside Stennis

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey refuels alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group recently completed a joint task force exercise off the coast of Southern California. Photo by Seaman Apprentice Carla Ocampo.

Tortuga Leads CARAT Malaysia 2011

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga leads the Royal Malaysian navy frigates KD Lekir and KD Lekiu and the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Howard and the guided-missile frigate USS Ford while underway supporting Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Malaysia 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. Courtesy Photo.

Ronald Reagan Combat Direction Center

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Sittner, operations specialist, from Denver, identifies and tracks air contacts in the Combat Direction Center of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan and Carrier Air Wing 14 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting close-air support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Tidd)

Globemaster Flies Through The Night

Capt. Wes Carter, 183rd Air Refueling Squadron C-17 Globemaster III aircraft commander, mans the controls as he flies a C-17 with his crew through the night to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 10, 2011.

Once the crew landed, they unloaded the 56,000 lbs of supplies they flew from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to the airfield.

Photo by Senior Airman Natasha E. Stannard.

Patrol Break

A U.S. Army soldier looks at a mountain during a patrol through Malajat, Afghanistan, June 4, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade. The purpose of the mission is to gather atmospherics from the local population and to distribute psychological operations products. Photo by Sgt. Canaan Radcliffe.

Pararescue Airmen Save Lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Capt. Richard Welch, a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, rushes out to his aircraft during a casualty evacuation mission here June 12 as pararescue Airmen gear up in the background. The quick response actions of the 83rd ERQS Airmen saved the lives of two wounded Afghan National Police in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. It takes the 83rd ERQS an average of just 10 minutes from the time of notification to have a helicopter on its way to the fight. Captain Welch is from Bloomington, Minn. The 83rd ERQS aircrews are deployed from the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base. The pararescue Airmen are deployed from the 31st Rescue Squadron, also at Kadena Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Wright)

C-17s Fuel The Mission In Afghanistan

Airmen with the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron load a C-17 Globe Master III with 52,000 lbs of supplies June 13, 2011 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The C-17 is from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., and flew in from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The crew manning the aircraft are members of McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and the Alaska Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Natasha E. Stannard)

Touch-And-Go Landing

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 conducts a touch-and-go landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, under way in the Pacific Ocean, June 13, 2011. The George Washington is conducting a summer patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas.

Patrol Through Malajat

U.S. Army Spc. Josh Brimm, assigned to the 307th Psychological Operations Company, walks past a large marijuana crop during a mission led by U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, to patrol Malajat, Afghanistan, June 4. The purpose of the mission is to gather atmospherics from the local population and to distribute Psychological Operations products. Photo by Sgt. Canaan Radcliffe.

Osprey Launches From Bataan

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 4, 2011) An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), launches from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during routine flight operations. Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting 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 2nd Class Julio Rivera/Released)

New Weesh Boys High School Facility

An Afghan boy stands at the front door of the new Weesh boys high school in Spin Boldak District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 12, 2011.

Combined Task Force Lightning officially transferred over the new Weesh boys high school to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan authorities of Spin Boldak District.

The old high school is being torn down to expand the Weesh customs facility.

Photo by Sgt. Joseph Johnson.

Whidbey Island M16 Qualification

Lt. j.g. David Pagan, stationed aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), records score after an M16 service rifle qualification on the ship’s flight deck. The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation effort in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Desiree D. Green.

Kajaki Insertion

Commandos and coalition special operations forces prepare to be inserted near an objective via MI-17 helicopters during a clearing operation June 2 in Kajaki village, Afghanistan. The operation was aimed at destabilizing insurgent drug trade and resulted in more than $9.5 million in black tar opium being destroyed. Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Whitney.