PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 22, 2011) A Sailor stands as a safety observer during a test of the forward catapults aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza.
Army paratroopers load into C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for a mass-tactical airborne training operation on Pope Field near Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 10, 2011. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod.
An Airman with the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron holds his wife and daughter before deploying Sept. 19, 2011, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Hunter Brady.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Vanover helps assemble unguided conventional bombs during a practice run for the second annual Air Force Global Strike Command Global Strike Challenge in Minot, N.D., Aug. 16, 2011. Minot airmen from both the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing have participated in this year's event, which runs through November. Vanover is a 5th Munitions Squadron maintenance crew member. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Calvin Nash waits for the dust to clear after a controlled detonation during a patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, 2011. The Marines are using the explosives to destroy abandoned compounds that block views from security posts. Nash is a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. DoD photo by Cpl. Nathan McCord, U.S. Marine Corps
An F-22 Raptor flies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 21, 2011, after a four month stand down. Air Force senior leaders recently approved an implementation plan that will allow the F-22 to resume flight operations. The stand down of the fleet was directed May 3, 2011, as a safety precaution following 12 separate reported incidents of pilots experiencing hypoxia-like symptoms. US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia Spalding.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Karl Haywood reunites with his daughter after returning from an eight-month deployment in Iraq on Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Sept. 18, 2011. Haywood is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Russell.
Air Force Senior Airman Jonathon Hartman marshals in a B-1B Lancer aircraft during Green Flag-West 11-10 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 20, 2011. Hartmand is a crew chief assigned to the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Green Flag-West is a joint Air Force-Army unscripted battle exercise designed to train participants for complex air defense scenarios while supporting high-intensity ground operations.U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman.
A United States Marine takes the American flag into his hands before folding it with the flag detail at the POW/MIA Remembrance Day retreat ceremony on Sept. 16, 2011, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Joint Base Charleston honored POW/MIA Remembrance Day with a 24-hour run that ended at the retreat ceremony followed by a wreath laying and a fly-over. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Mickle. U.S. Air Force.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meet with Gulf Cooperation Council ministers during a ministerial in New York, Sept. 23, 2011. The ministerial aims at deepening and strengthening security cooperation between the United States and the council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey.
U.S. Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) conduct a rigid hull inflatable boat recovery during a man overboard drill in the East China Sea Sept. 22, 2011. Denver was assigned to the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group and was forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2011) The MK-45 5 inch/54-caliber lightweight gun of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) is fired during a live-fire exercise. Arleigh Burke is participating in Exercise Joint Warrior 2011-2. Joint Warrior serves as a certifying event for ships deploying with coalition forces in future operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman.
USS Essex (LHD 2) underway in the western Pacific Ocean with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11. Essex is the lead ship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo C. Aquino.
Sailors and Marines man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) as the ship arrives in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit. Boxer and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) are underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility during a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Carrel Regis.
INDIAN OCEAN (Sept. 16, 2011) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Equipment) Airman Sarah Stone, from Salem, Calif., pulls a seat bucket on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2011) An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) directs an EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 to a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington's embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 is undergoing carrier qualifications. George Washington is conducting a patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin E. Yarborough.
BOSTON (March 4, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, left, and Harvard President Drew Faust sign a Memorandum of Agreement re-establishing the Naval ROTC on the Harvard campus for the first time in nearly 40 years. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.
U.S. Army Spcs. Ryan Roach, left, and Jared Price scout a ridgeline for enemies during Operation Lionheart in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2011. Roach and Price are assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 12, 2011) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Taylor Maxwell, from Cleveland, Ohio, prepares for an F/A-18C Hornet from the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 to land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, center, talks to U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Andrew V. Martinez, left, about Afghan security forces training at the academy during a visit to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Sept. 20, 2011. The academy specializes in teaching advanced combat skills to Afghan soldiers and police who already have basic military training. Martinez is the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest director. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Wulz.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon Polston speaks with a technical school director about building a road from the highway to his school in the Qarghah'i district in Afghanistan's Laghman province, Sept. 8, 2011. The engineers, assigned to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, conducted quality assurance checks on three projects, and discussed construction plans for a fourth in the district. Polston is the team's lead engineer.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane.
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 20, 2011) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) transits the Arabian Gulf. Mobile Bay is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off as two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389 EFS taxi out to the runway here Sep. 20 2011. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The F-15 is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current enemy aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
Lt. Cmdr. Karl Haywood holds his daughter as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1 returns to Naval Air Station North Island after completing an eight-month mission as Joint Task Force (JTF) Troy in Iraq. JTF Troy was responsible for exercising command and control of operational EOD forces throughout Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, escorts Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak through an honor cordon into the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2011. The two defense leaders held talks with U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Army Chief of Staff Martin E. Dempsey, who will replace Mullen after he retires this month.DOD photo by R.D. Ward.