Cheonan Memorial Ceremony . .
DAEJEON, Republic of Korea (March 26, 2013) Rear Adm. Bill McQuilkin, second from left, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, and members of the Republic of Korea military leadership salute after placing flowers during the Cheonan memorial ceremony at the national cemetery. Forty-six sailors were killed when the Republic of Korea corvette was sunk by a torpedo attack from North Korea three years ago in the Yellow Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua B. Bruns.
MAYPORT, Fla. (March 9, 2012) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) disembark the ship for the last time during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Hall, named in honor of Adm. John L. Hall Jr., has been in service with the U.S. Navy since June 1982. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr.
Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, left, shakes hands with Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III during the U.S. Pacific Command change-of-command ceremony on Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, March 9, 2012. Willard passed Pacom's reins to Locklear and retired after almost 39 years of service. DOD Photo by Glenn Fawcett.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Brig. Gen. Thomas Deale (right) accepts the guidon from Maj. Gen. Tod Wolters during the 455th Air Expeditonary Wing change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Mar. 1, 2012. Deale is the 455th AEW commander and Wolters, the presiding officer, is the commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditonary Task Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 10, 2012. Mabus announced the naming of the Navy's newest next variant littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, at the ceremony. Giffords was critically wounded in 2011 by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.
From left, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the last commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, attend a ceremony to retire colors from the U.S. Iraq mission on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2011. DOD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Anitkabir Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 16, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
Iraqi military and police personnel stand in formation during the Government of Iraq Day of Commitment Ceremony at the Al Faw Palace on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2011. The ceremony commemorated the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi service members. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.
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.
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.
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division mounted color guard participate in the pass-in-review portion of the division's change of command ceremony on Fort Carson, Colo., Nov. 16, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade.
U.S. Soldiers with 40th Combat Aviation Brigade hands over the responsibility of theater aviation to the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade Nov. 9, 2011 during a ceremony on the flightline at Camp Taji, Iraq. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tracci Dorgan, U.S. Army.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, center, cuts the ribbon during the dedication ceremony for the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. With Panetta, from left, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Marine Staff Sgt. Glen Silva, Army Staff Sgt. Brett Graveline, Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks, commander of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Air Force Senior Airman Emanuel Thompson. The 2.4 million-square-foot facility is the world's largest military hospital and will provide state-of-the-art care for about a million beneficiaries per year. U.S. Navy photo by Sean Brennan.