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.
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.
BATUMI, Georgia (Oct. 17, 2011) Local Batumi children perform a traditional Georgian dance for the crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Philippine Sea is on a deployment in the Black Sea and serves to promote peace and security in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Prill.
A member of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron observes pallets dropped out the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft over Afghanistan on Sept. 30, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri.
A U.S. service member distributes donated supplies to students at the Bibi Mahrow school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2011. The troops are assigned to the Medical Embedded Training Team, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, at the New Kabul Compound. U.S. Army photo by Erika Stetson.
U.S. Navy Petty Officers 2nd Class Jerry Fore, left, and Gerrod Hays re-pin an auto-flight control on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 12, 2011. Jerry and Hays are aviation electrician's mates. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Tyndall.
Airmen from the 820th RED HORSE airborne flight and 6th Combat Training Squadron board a C-130 Hercules during a training mission Oct. 4, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. RED HORSE and 6th CTS Airmen perform airdrop missions to stay current on training and certifications, enabling them to perform jump missions and operate their own drop zones. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal.
San Diego (Sept. 30, 2011) The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns to Naval Base San Diego from a 7-month deployment to the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Regan.
Rear Adm. Michael Broadway, deputy director of Concepts and Strategies for Information Dominance, floats above the field of balloonists in the lead balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during Albuquerque Navy Week 2011. Navy weeks are intended to show the investment Americans have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark O'Donald.
ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 6, 2011) A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 rappels from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 during a training exercise aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). HSC-9 and Gettysburg are 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 Betsy Knapper.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Coldwell collects information from Afghan villagers during a patrol in the southern portion of the Washir district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Oct. 4, 2011. Coldwell is assigned to Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard.
Cmdr. Matthew M. McGonigle, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), waves to Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) as Pinckney approaches for a replenishment at sea. Pinckney is in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison.
KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Oct. 1, 2011) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roberto Alberto, assigned to National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, and deployed supporting Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Khost, examines a child during an Afghan-led medical screening at a Khost City orphanage. More than 120 orphans were seen by Afghan and PRT medical teams. PRT Khost is a Navy-led team of more than 85 Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and civilians assisting the Khost provincial government. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch.
PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 10, 2011) An AH-1W Super Cobra assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM 265) takes off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terry Matlock