U.S. Marines along with Royal Thai Navy sailors and Indonesian forces pour concrete over a foundation at the Ban Khlong Bangbor School as part of Cobra Gold 2012 in Rayong, Thailand, Jan. 20, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jessica Olivas.
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 24, 2012) Sailors and Marines from the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU 22) provide medical care and assistance to Moroccan mariners whose vessel capsized three days earlier in the Mediterranean Sea. Mesa Verde is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, 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 2nd Class Josue L. Escobosa.
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Devon Nelson, assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), holds up the 165-foot Homeward Bound Pennant as the ship pulls into Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Frank Cable is temporarily relieved from conducting maintenance of submarines and service vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility by the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and is in the Pacific ocean en route to Portland, Ore. for a regular overhaul and dry-docking. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler Sletterink uses a welding torch to cut a piece of rebar during the construction of a land bridge in the Now Zad district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, Jan. 14, 2012. Sletterink is a metal worker assigned to Support Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Gunnery Sgt. Phil Mehringer.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 24, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up cargo nets on the flight deck during a replenishment at sea aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility while on a seven month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate.
ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 24, 2012) Airman Recruit Travis Nesbit works inside a cardboard shipping container to control dust and flying debris as he sands old primer from the deck before repainting in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, welcomes Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra to the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2012. Panetta and Vondra met to discuss bilateral defense issues. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.
BANGOR, Wash. (Jan. 21, 2012) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) moors at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after a strategic deterrent patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early.
Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) watch the Military Sealift Command Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) conduct a replenishment at sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Cape St. George is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson.
A UH-1N Iroquois from the 1st Helicopter Squadron flies between the U.S. Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon, Dec. 29, 2011 in Arlington, VA. The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support varied uses. Its primary mission includes airlift of emergency evacuation of key government officials, and airlift for distinguished visitors. U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Perry Aston.
Navy Chief Warrant Officer Keith Pritchett, lower left, administers the oath-of-enlistment to Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Turner during an in-air reenlistment ceremony over Jamul, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012. Pritchett is the officer-in-charge of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, and Turner is a mass communication specialist. The Leap Frogs perform aerial parachute demonstrations across America in support of Naval Special Warfare. U.S. Navy photo by James Woods.
Soldiers call their forward support company for a wrecker to help pull them from the mud from heavy rains at the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, La., Jan. 25, 2012. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. The soldiers were searching for the launch site of enemy mortars during pre-deployment war games. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod.
Weapons load crew chiefs perform end-of-runway inspections on two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2012. The A-10 can employ a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units and laser-guided. Photo by Staff Sgt. David Carbajal.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 21, 2012) Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Leon Panetta greets Sailors upon arrival aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise while preparing for its 22nd and final deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman.
KUWAIT NAVAL BASE, Kuwait (Dec. 11, 2011) Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Matt Clausen climbs aboard a combat rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) after conducting anti-terrorism/force protection dives on a pier. Clausen is assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, which provides mine counter-measure, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), salvage-diving, counter-terrorism, and force protection for the U.S. 5th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Kathryn Whittenberger.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Navy Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., commander of Carrier Strike Group 12, watch flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 21, 2012. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is conducting a composite training unit exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Pittman.
Rangers rappel out the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter while participating in a combined arms live-fire exercise near Fort Stewart, Ga., on Jan. 10, 2012. The Rangers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The exercise is conducted to evaluate and train members on de-escalation of force, reactions to enemy contact and other objectives that prepare them for forward operations. DoD photo by Staff Sgt Clay Lancaster, U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jacob Marler talks with villagers about their crops, animals and irrigation in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Jan. 17, 2012. Marter is a squad leader assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Marines from this unit maintain a good relationship with the villagers by conducting security patrols with Afghan soldiers. DoD photo by Cpl. Ed Galo, U.S. Marine Corps.
A 71st Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey receives fuel from a 522nd Special Operation Squadron MC-130J Combat Shadow II over New Mexico on Jan. 4, 2012. The 71st Special Operations Squadron is located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and conducts air refueling training with members of the 522nd at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. DoD photo by Airman 1st class Xavier Lockley, U.S. Air Force.
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 11, 2012) Sailors haul in the mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) prepares to depart for for a scheduled independent deployment to the western Pacific region and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 19, 2011) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Christopher P. Clanor, left, and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Kevon D. Henry, both assigned to Afloat Training Group Western Pacific at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. Sailors are given three hours to answer 200 questions that test their knowledge of their rating and basic military requirements. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Cole.
KUWAIT NAVAL BASE (Jan. 7, 2012) Sailors assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 2, based in Portsmouth, Va., and Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group (CGDOG) 307, based in Clearwater, Fla., patrol Kuwait Naval Base's harbor. Both units are part of Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.5, which provides harbor defense and force protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Krishna M. Jackson.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 19, 2012) A tug boat from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka pushes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) from the pier as the ship gets underway. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15) and forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charlotte C. Oliver.
BREMERTON, Wash. (Jan. 20, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tatyana Sakara removes snow from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitzí (CVN 68). More than four inches of snow blanketed Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Wash., and the surrounding area during a snowstorm that hit the Pacific Northwest. Nimitz is wrapping up its year-long docked planned incremental availability period. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Winn.