President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A Minotaur IV launch vehicle lifted off recently from the launch complex in Kodiak, Alaska. For the first time, the STP-S26 mission vehicle used a Hydrazine Auxiliary Propulsion System which gave it a dual-orbit capability. The mission deployed six satellites. (Courtesy photo)
The Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System demonstrates its surveillance capabilities during a November 2009 test at Quantico, Va. Photo by Donna Miles.
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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jarrod Prill with 442d Military Police Company, N.Y. National Guard talks with Iraqi Police Brig. Gen. Khalid, Dean of Al Anbar Police Training Center, in Habbaniyah, Iraq, Sept. 23. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, deputy commander, with United States Division - Central and U.S. soldiers with 442nd MP Company participated in a tour of the Police Training facility. Photo by Pfc. Gary Silverman.
The guided payload 2,200 pound weight class of the Joint Precision Airdrop System in flight during its first combat airdrop. A joint Air Force, Army and contract team recently corrected an accuracy issue with this variant of JPADS. (Courtesy photo)
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jerrilynn Sweat hugs her daughters after returning from a nearly five-month deployment aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy in San Diego, Sept. 21, 2010. Mercy deployed to support Pacific Partnership, which is contributing to medical and dental humanitarian assistance in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chelsea Radford
An elderly Pakistani flood victim peers out the window of a U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter with his granddaughter during humanitarian relief efforts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, Aug. 26, 2010. The CH-46 crew is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165E-165, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Paul Duncan
A member of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing spends time with his family while waiting at a processing point preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Nolan.
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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan travels through the Pacific Ocean with other ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific 2010, north of Hawaii, July 24, 2010. U.S. Dept. of Defense by U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McCord
Soldiers assigned to Company C 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, throw chemical lights into the air to take the place of fireworks during an Independence Day celebration in Iraq, July 4, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kimberly Hackbarth
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israeli Defense Force Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, chief of the general staff, address the media in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 27, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Soldiers of the 438th Chemical Company, 81st Troop Command, Indiana Army National Guard, conduct a road march at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., June 14, 2010. The camp serves as the home base for members of the Army National Guard and Army Reserves, Marine Corps, and other units that train and mobilize there. The camp offers unit commanders the support required to function as a complete unit for mission training. Camp personnel, along with their partner units, the 205th and 189th Infantry Brigades, have mobilized over 50,000 and demobilized over 30,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen for duty in the United States and overseas. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tien Do, 120th Public Affairs Detachment
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President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel walk across the Rose Garden of the White House following the Economic Daily Briefing, which was held outdoors, June 17, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Capt. Dee Mewbourne, Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaks with Rear Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan on the bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. McChrystal is on a battlefield circulation visit to the ship. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is forward deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 6, 2010) Lt. Cmdr. Ariel Klein, from Norwood, N.J. assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133, is greeted by his wife and daughter at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island flight line during a homecoming celebration. The VAQ-133 returned after a six-month deployment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates/Released)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Mike O’Neil, U.S. Army Spc. LeeAnn Kwait and other members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team’s civil affairs team join in on a gym class at a local school May 27. They were at the school to look at a future micro hydroelectric plant project and could not resist the chance to participate in the class. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. John Young.
An Afghan taxi drives in front of old Russian tanks, that are leftovers of the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, in the Panjshir Province, Afghanistan on Jan. 02, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released)
U.S. sailors aboard the USS Harry S. Truman salute the American flag during morning colors while in port in Norfolk, Va., Dec. 3, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Donald R. White Jr.
U.S. Army Spc. Steven Alexander, of Alpha Company, 422nd Civil Affairs Task Force Lobo, talks to an Afghan elder during a dismounted patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 30, 2009. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
Tech. Sgt. BJ Kelley talks with a Chilean air force maintainer before launching a KC-135 Stratotanker during Salitre, a multinational exercise focused on interoperability between servicemembers from Chile, the United States, Argentina, Brazil and France.
Sergeant Kelley is a crew chief from the 161st Air Refueling Wing.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)
U.S. Army Spc. Mauricio Moreno spots a group of puppies while posting security in Orgun, Afghanistan, Nov. 3, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Russell Dasher teaches a boy how to give "daps" as Army Staff Sgt. Donald Ottaway looks on at the Andar district bazaar in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Oct. 20, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sarah Web
U.S. Marine Capt. Francisco X. Zavala shows an Afghan villager how to open a meal ready-to-eat after a shura in the Buji Bhast Pass, Afghanistan, Oct. 10, 2009. U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. John Hitesman
Soldiers with the 649th Regional Support Group are helping children like this boy from a village in the Deh Chopan district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. The soldiers are distributing backpacks filled with school supplies in the province, where many children do not have the resources to attend school. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg
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Gen. Carrol H. “Howie” Chandler discusses Air Force imagery with photographer Nicholas Price at the Library of Congress Oct. 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
The event was the official ceremony welcoming the acquisition of 60 images from the ‘Cleared Hot!’ Fine Art Photography Collection of the Air Force by Nicholas Price to the library.
General Chandler is the Air Force vice chief of staff.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stan Parker)
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