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.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 20, 2011) Quartermaster 2nd Class Matthew J. McGrath, right, and Quartermaster 3rd Class Kimberly R. Scotter take photographs during the Suez Canal transit aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is 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 3rd Class Billy Ho.
ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 21, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 launches from 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 Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley.
Brig. Gen. Patrick Sanders, commanding officer for Task Force Helmand, speaks to the Estonian soldiers during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bastion, Nov. 22. The ceremony marked the end of a six-month tour for Estonian Company 12. Photo by Cpl. Meredith Brown.
U.S. Army Cpt. Nick Franck, left, and 2nd Lt. Charles Smith, right, plot their points on maps for the day-to-night land navigaton course during the U.S. Army Europe Best Junior Officer Competition on U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Germany, Nov. 16, 2011. Franck is assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and Smith is assigned to the 18th Engineer Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Robert Hyatt.
Citizen-Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1156th Engineer Company in full hazardous material gear assist a civilian participant in Kingston, N.Y., during the extraction phase of a joint force first responders exercise in reaction to a radioactive attack. New York National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen collaborate with local authorities to help train for the response to a radioactive terrorist attack, Nov. 5, 2011. Army National Guard Photo by Spc. Brian Godette.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 22, 2011) Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into her forward operating port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a nine week fall patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Levy
U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric McMullen guides a bulldozer to fill a culvert in the Marjah district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, Nov. 12, 2011. McMullen is a combat engineer assigned to Alpha Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1. U.S. Marines are repairing the support structure on a bridge connecting Marjah and Nawa districts. The bridge receives heavy foot and vehicle traffic due to the local bazaar, as well as Afghan and coalition military convoys. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez.
The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) leads a formation of U.S. and Indonesian navy ships during a pass and review. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark R. Alvarez.
U.S. Army Cpt. Troy Peterson directs an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter strike on a target at the Close Combat Attack lane during the U.S. Army Europe Best Junior Officer Competition on Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 15, 2011. Peterson is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by MSG Robert Hyatt.
Marines with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) Postal Detachment sort through more than 10,000 pounds of packages and letters during a mail delivery aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 18. Twenty-four servicemembers joined the postal Marines to work through the holiday rush as part of Operation North Pole. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Katherine M. Solano.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 17, 2011) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) organize ammunition during a .50-caliber live-fire exercise. New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are on deployment as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique Pineiro.