Black Forest Fire

A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing is providing firefighting assistance to civil authorities at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, CO. June 12, 2013. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson.

A Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing is providing firefighting assistance to civil authorities at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, CO. June 12, 2013. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye A. Robinson.

Black Forest Fire

CGC Sapelo Searches For Contraband

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned into the water by three Dominican drug smugglers, who were interdicted and apprehended June 11, 2013, approximately 105 nautical miles south southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard crews recovered a total of 20 bales of cocaine weighing 1,517 pounds with and estimated wholesale value of $24 million dollars. Photos provided by Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned into the water by three Dominican drug smugglers, who were interdicted and apprehended June 11, 2013, approximately 105 nautical miles south southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard crews recovered a total of 20 bales of cocaine weighing 1,517 pounds with and estimated wholesale value of $24 million dollars. Photos provided by Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland.

CGC Sapelo Searches For Contraband

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Changes Command

Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, the incoming commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives the MEU battle colors from Maj. Michael N Estes, the outgoing commanding officer of the 11th MEU, as part of a change of command ceremony here, March 28. The passing of the colors symbolizes the passing of accountability, responsibility and well being of a unit from one commanding officer to another. Photo by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan.

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Changes Command. .

Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, the incoming commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives the MEU battle colors from Maj. Michael N Estes, the outgoing commanding officer of the 11th MEU, as part of a change of command ceremony here, March 28. The passing of the colors symbolizes the passing of accountability, responsibility and well being of a unit from one commanding officer to another. Photo by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan.

Weapons Training

An Afghan commando from 2nd Company, 7th Special Operations Kandak instructs other commandos on safely aiming and using an M203 grenade launcher during weapons training in Washer district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 23, 2013. The commandos, along with their coalition force mentors, review their weapons skills to increase safety, accuracy, and combat effectiveness. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Tuck.

Weapons Training In Washer District . .

An Afghan commando from 2nd Company, 7th Special Operations Kandak instructs other commandos on safely aiming and using an M203 grenade launcher during weapons training in Washer district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 23, 2013. The commandos, along with their coalition force mentors, review their weapons skills to increase safety, accuracy, and combat effectiveness. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Tuck.

Hangar Bay Hornet

Hangar Bay Hornet. .

U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 11, 2013. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. The hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 97. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Marco Villasana.

USS Blue Ridge Departs Hong Kong

USS Blue Ridge Departs Hong Kong..

Quartermaster Seaman Jacob Sheppard stands watch on the starboard bridge wing as U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, sailors and Marines assigned to Blue Ridge interacted with locals through various community relation events, including the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Meals in the Home program. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ben Larscheid.

Hagel’s First Day

Hagel’s First Day New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses Pentagon employees and service members during an all-hands call on Hagel’s first day at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Hagel earlier took the oath of office to serve as the 24th secretary. DOD photo

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses Pentagon employees and service members during an all-hands call on Hagel's first day at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Hagel earlier took the oath of office to serve as the 24th secretary. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

Hagel’s First Day At The Pentagon

by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

Overwatch Security During Shura In Spin Boldak

Overwatch Security During Shura In Spin Boldak

U.S. soldiers provide overwatch security using the optic lenses on their weapons during the first district leaders’ shura in Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2013. The soldiers and snipers are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann.

Night Patrol

Night Patrol

Night Patrol

A coalition force member maintains security during a movement to establish a temporary patrol base with Afghan special forces in Herat province, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2013. Coalition force members and Afghan special forces teams conducted satellite patrols from a temporary patrol base to lure insurgents out of hiding. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau.

Hooking Up A Howitzer To A Helicopter

Hooking Up A Howitzer To A Helicopter.

Paratroopers prepare to hook up an M119A2 105mm howitzer to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during air assault training on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 8, 2013. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

31st MEU Executes Amphibious Assault Alongside Royal Thai Marines

An amphibious assault vehicle from Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs on to a beach during an amphibious assault for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood.

31st MEU Executes Amphibious Assault Alongside Royal Thai Marines

An amphibious assault vehicle from Company A., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs on to a beach during an amphibious assault for exercise Cobra Gold 2013 here, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise that includes numerous multilateral events ranging from amphibious assaults to non-combatant evacuation operations. The training aims to improve interoperability between the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and many other participating countries. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood.

Showcase Operational Readiness Exercise At Osan Air Base

Showcase Operational Readiness Exercise At Osan Air Base

Senior Airman Thomas Hooten, 51st Maintenance Squadron maintainer, guides an F-16 Flying Falcon during operational readiness exercise, Beverly Bulldog 13-02, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 14, 2013. During OREs, airmen highlight their ability to position, employ, and sustain forces and showcase operational readiness. BB 13-02 is the second ORE of the 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert.

Florida Guardsmen Load Equipment For Annual Training

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 2-111th Aviation Operations Battalion load equipment onto a Mississippi National Guard C-17 Globemaster for air transport to Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 13, 2013. The battalion is conducting annual training in support of Exercise Southbound Trooper, a joint, multinational exercise with Canada. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens.

Florida Guardsmen Load Equipment For Annual Training

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard’s 2-111th Aviation Operations Battalion load equipment onto a Mississippi National Guard C-17 Globemaster for air transport to Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 13, 2013. The battalion is conducting annual training in support of Exercise Southbound Trooper, a joint, multinational exercise with Canada. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens.

Infantrymen Clear The Way For Relief

Infantrymen Clear The Way For Relief

U.S. Army Pvt. Joseph Arruda with the Massachusetts National Guard’s Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment cuts a fallen tree to clear a road in Plymouth, Mass., Feb. 11, 2013. Massachusetts National Guardsmen were activated to assist local authorities with cleanup efforts after Winter Storm Nemo. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Eaton.

Friends And Family Members Of Sailors Aboard USS Barry Arrive To See The Ship Get Underway

130207-N-PK218-095 NORFOLK (Feb. 7, 2013) Friends and family members of Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) arrive to see the ship get underway. Barry is departing Naval Station Norfolk for a ballistic missile defense deployment and to support 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 Nick Scott.

Friends And Family Members Of Sailors Aboard USS Barry Arrive To See The Ship Get Underway.

NORFOLK (Feb. 7, 2013) Friends and family members of Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) arrive to see the ship get underway. Barry is departing Naval Station Norfolk for a ballistic missile defense deployment and to support 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 Nick Scott.

Firehose Practicing During General Quarters Drill Aboard USS George Washington

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 6, 2013) Electrician's Mate Fireman Jacob Fooy, from Kalamazoo, Mich., practices handling a firehose during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob I. Allison.

Firehose Practicing During General Quarters Drill Aboard USS George Washington

USS Robert G. Bradley Arrives At SOUDA BAY, Greece For Scheduled Port Visit

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Jan. 25, 2013) The guided-missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) arrives for a scheduled port visit. Robert G. Bradley is homeported in Mayport, Fla. and is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley

130125-N-MO201-034 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Jan. 25, 2013) The guided-missile frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) arrives for a scheduled port visit. Robert G. Bradley is homeported in Mayport, Fla. and is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.

Sailors Hook Cargo Nets To An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter

130122-N-OY799-153 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 22, 2013) Sailors hook cargo nets to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate.

Sailors Hook Cargo Nets To An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter

Sea Hawk Helicopter Transports Supplies During Vertical Replenishment

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 9, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wild Cards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 transports supplies during a vertical replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humpreys (T-AO 188) and the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes.

Sea Hawk Helicopter Transports Supplies During Vertical Replenishment.

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 9, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wild Cards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 transports supplies during a vertical replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humpreys (T-AO 188) and the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes.

Major Infrastructure Damage On Staten Island

This pier was one of many heavily damaged from Hurricane Sandy. The FEMA public assistance program can help eligible local governments with funding for repairs. FEMA is working with various partners including federal, state, local and tribal governments, voluntary faith-based and community –based organizations, along with the private sector, to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Tim Burkitt.

USS Hawaii Returns To Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Nov. 20, 2012) The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a six-month deployment to the western Pacific region. The submarine was named to recognize the tremendous support the Navy has enjoyed from the people and state of Hawaii, and in honor of the rich heritage of submarines in the Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor.