Texas National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, board a UH-1J helicopter, a variant of the UH-1J Iroquois, provided by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Eastern Army, 1st Division, 1st Aviation, at the heliborne tactical training exercise during Orient Shield 2011 at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan Oct. 13, 2011.
U.S. Army Capt. Scott Hall jumps from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after landing in Deh Yak district, Ghanzni province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2011. Hall was the personal assistant to Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky, the 1st Cavalry Divison deputy commanding general – maneuver, who was conducting a battlefield circulation to several International Security Assistance Force positions south of Kabul to see how Operation Shamshir was progressing. DoD photo by Spc. Ken Scar, U.S. Army.
UTAPAO, Thailand (Oct. 23, 2011) Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Carlo Pamintuan, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), hands a prepared packaged goods kit to a member of the local community during a community service event organized by the Princess Pa Foundation, Thai Red Cross Society. More than 40 Sailors from Mustin volunteered their time with the local community and members from the Royal Thai Armed Forces with assisting in preparing more than 5,000 packages. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.
Residents wade through a flooded street as members of the U.S. Marines Corps Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team evaluate the area while riding in military vehicles in Pathum Thani, Thailand, Oct. 17, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert J. Maurer.
An Afghan policeman and U.S. Marines patrol through a creek adjacent to the Helmand River in Nawa district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 20, 2011. The Marines are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. The Marines and Afghan police conduct regular partnered patrols in the area to maintain a security presence. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Daniel Wilson patrols down a street in Khalaj village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2011. Wilson is a fire team leader assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. The Marines and Afghan police conduct regular partnered patrols in the area to maintain a security presence. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde.
NORFOLK (Oct. 29, 2011) World War II submarine veteran Joe Cox passes the long glass to set the first watch during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) at Naval Station Norfolk. California is the eighth Virginia-class submarine and will be homeported in Groton, Conn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric C. Tretter.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off as a wingman taxies out to the runway in support of Operation Enduring Freedom here Sep. 20, 2011. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing are hard at work each and every day fulfilling the wing’s mission: Support the fight, defend the base and win. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 16, 2011) Electronics Technician 3rd Class Robert Taylor performs maintenance on a radar terminal aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). Anzio is assigned to CTF 151, a multi-national, mission-based task force established by the Combined Maritime Forces in January 2009, to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Brooks.
NORFOLK (Oct. 21, 2011) Cmdr. Dana Nelson, commanding officer of the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) California (SSN 781) greets his wife after the ship's arrival at Naval Station Norfolk following the completion of weapons systems acceptance trials. The eighth ship in the Virginia class will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 29, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer.
A combat engineer working as part of a team cuts through a wire obstacle during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 21, 2011. The engineers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Amy photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 17, 2011) Sailors move ordnance on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway in the Atlantic Ocean for the Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Period (TSTA/FEP), a critical segment of the ship's workup cycle. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Parde
U.S. Army Sgt. Sean Matthews searches an alley while on a patrol in the Mehtar Lam district in Afghanistan's Laghman province, Oct. 8, 2011. Matthews is a team leader assigned to the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, which visited with local leaders to discuss building a second orphanage for children who have lost their families. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
U.S. Soldiers stand back from a fire during military operation in urban terrain and breaching sapper training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Oct. 11, 2011. DoD photo by Michael N. Curtis, U.S. Army.