A KC-10 Extender takes off Nov. 18, 2011, from Europe. The KC-10, from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., was assigned to the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing to provide air refueling assets to NATO during Operation Unified Protector. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Andra Higgs.
John Salata, center, and U.S. Army Capt. Michael Anderson, right, discuss a recent insurgent attack on a school in the Shah Joy disctrict in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Nov. 22, 2011. Salata is a field program officer with the U.S. Agency of International Development, and Anderson is a civil affairs member assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul. The team's mission is to conduct civil-military operations in Zabul province to extend the reach and legitimacy of the Afghan government. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.
Members of the 509th Security Forces Squadron participate in phase one, the bounding over watch, of the mental and physical challenge during the second annual Global Strike Challenge Nov. 7, 2011, at Camp Minden. The competition includes security forces and missile and bomber forces from Air Force Global Strike Command. The teams have the opportunity to participate in innovative thinking, teamwork and esprit de corps that are essential to the mission. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Boutte
Airman 1st Class Francisco Ortiz repairs chaffed wires from corrosion build up on an HH-60G Pave Hawk Nov. 2, 2011, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Francisco is a 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmentalist. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Veazie.
Built more than 2,000 years ago, during his push to India, this fortress was considered a favorite by legendary conqueror and Greek military leader Alexander the Great. His army spent three years here while his troops fattened themselves from the “breadbasket” of the Middle East. Photo by Michael Bell.
U.S. sailors fire M16 rifles during a nighttime weapons qualification aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun in the Arabian Sea, Nov. 12, 2011. The Truxtun is assigned to CTF 151, a multinational task force working under Combined Maritime Forces to conduct counterpiracy operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony D. Curti.
Airmen load a tank into a C-5M Super Galaxy on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 15, 2011. The C-5M is the upgraded version of the C-5 Galaxy and has a 30 percent shorter takeoff roll and 58 percent faster climb rate. It also can carry more cargo over longer distances. U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Chevis jumps a dry river during a dismounted patrol to conduct a key leader engagement at the hospital in Shah Joy, Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2011. Chevis, a Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul personal security detail driver, is deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. U.S. Air force photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.
Brent W. West, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works DDG 1000 Program Manager, delivers remarks during the keel laying ceremony for the Zumwalt-class destroyer DDG 1000. The Zumwalt-class is a new class of multi-mission U.S. Navy surface combatant ship designed to operate as part of a joint maritime fleet, assisting Marine strike forces ashore as well as performing littoral, air and sub-surface warfare. U.S. Navy photo courtesy General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Michael C. Nutter.
The last remaining Huey in the U.S. Army takes off from Davison Army Airfield, Va. The D.C. Guard flew the historic model to Ozark, Ala., where it is being refurbished as a U.S. Air Force trainer. Army National Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rohn Legore.
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 17, 2011) A Marine assigned to the Marine Corps Training Division at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific jumps from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to the "Knightriders" of Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron (HMMT) 164 during a training exercise. The exercise was the conclusion of the Infantry Company Small Boat Raid Course. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tim Godbee.