Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 execute a reconnaissance patrol during a field training exercise, March 20, at Camp Shelby, Miss. The exercise provides a robust training environment where Seabee forces plan and execute multiple mission essential tasks prior to deployment. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte.
GULFPORT, Miss (Feb. 10, 2012) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 Oscar Company, participate in a force march readiness exercise in mission oriented protective posture gear. NMCB-74 will conduct more exercises like this to ensure proficiency and confidence in their equipment prior to the battalion's upcoming field exercise in March. U.S. Navy photo by Builder 3rd Class Woodman Fleurizard.
Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 27th Special Troops Battalion and the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, stand in formation during ceremonies held here in Syracuse, on Jan. 29, to mark their mobilization. The soldiers will deploy to Camp Shelby, Miss., for post-mobilization and deployment to Kuwait and other locations. Courtesy Photo.
U.S. Soldiers from 1-125th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (37th IBCT) practice medical evacuation during training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., Nov. 11, 2011. The 37th IBCT is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. DoD photo by Sgt. Kimberly Lamb, U.S. Army.
A C-17 Globemaster III pilot runs through pre-flight checklists during an operational readiness evaluation Oct. 26, 2011, in Gulfport, Miss. Airmen from the 437th Airlift Wing participated in the ORE, which was intended to evaluate mission effectiveness. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster.
U.S. Army Sgt. Scott A. Estep, left, feeds ammunition to Spc. Wauneekia A. Arnholter, a gunner, both assigned to Echo Company, 237th Brigade Support Battalion, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during M2 .50-caliber weapon training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., Sept. 26, 2011. The brigade was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. DoD photo by Spc. Kimberly Lamb, U.S. Army.
A crane operator from the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, de-ices a C-5 Galaxy, Dec. 7, 2010. The C-5 is from the Mississippi Air National Guard. Aircraft de-icing is a process in which liquid solutions are sprayed onto an aircraft during the winter's chill to both defrost and prevent future precipitation from freezing. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brea Miller.
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (Oct. 25, 2010) Navy SEALs conduct immediate action drills at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The drills are a part of the SEALs pre-deployment training. Navy SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Scorza/Released)
U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 train on security sweeps during reception, staging, onward movement and integration training in Gulfport, Miss., Oct. 4, 2010. The training was intended to enhance the battalion's combat skills in preparation for a field training exercise at Camp Shelby, Miss. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan G. Wilber, U.S. Navy/Released)
Master Sgt. Vince Burden logs the dropsonde serial number onboard a WC-130J Super Hercules over the Atlantic Ocean while tracking tropical storms Sept. 17, 2010. The dropsonde is a GPS instrument that measures weather data and relays it back to the aircraft. Sergeant Burden is a loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller)
GULFPORT, Miss. (Aug. 4, 2010) Equipment Operator Constructionman Apprentice Jon Sanders, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, proposes to his girlfriend during a homecoming celebration at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. NMCB-133 returned from a five-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Demetrius Kennon/Released)
A Hurricane Hunter crew from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss, loads a WC-130J Hercules aircraft for a late night mission into Hurricane Alex June 29, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jack Braden)
BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (July 1, 2010) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus tours waters off the coast of Alabama to observe oil skimming operations. Mabus is on a five-day visit to the Gulf Coast to assess the area to develop a long-term restoration plan for the region. He will meet with state and local officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
Members of the Louisiana and Florida National Guards prepare to hook a sling attached to an empty fuel tank up to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Southwest Pass just off the coast of Venice, La., June 7, 2010. The Louisiana National Guard’s 1023rd Vertical Engineer Co. completed construction of a Tiger Dam water diversion system on Southwest Pass in an effort to keep oil from reaching inland. Louisiana National Guard photo by Army Sgt. Michael L. Owens
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KILN, Miss. Ð Reserve Coast Guard Lt. Shawn J. Nesser instructs Port Security Unit 308, Gulfport, Miss., to form up prior to boarding an aircraft for deployment, May 15, 2010.
The PSU’s 110 members are deploying to protect strategic ports and support joint operations in Kuwait.
U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel.
The Arleigh Burk-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely is surrounded by oil containment booms to prevent oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from reaching it's hull while pierside in Pascagoula, Miss. Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater oil rig that sank, April 22, causing a massive oil spill threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey Truax)
Spc. Tommy J. Thomason Jr., a gunner with 3rd Platoon, 204th Military Police Company, 519th MP Battalion, headquartered in Fort Polk, La., stands security while awaiting Q-West's vehicle recovery quick reaction force to arrive and extract a Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected gun truck mired in a sinkhole in Ninewa Province, Jan. 18, 2010. The recovery QRF -- manned by C Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Combined Arms, 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard -- retrieved the vehicle and returned it to base. (Photo by Capt. Murray Shugars, Mississippi National Guard)
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Maj. Brent McCullouch, intelligence officer with the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team and a Jackson, Miss., native, and Lt. Col. John K. Harlan, the operations officer with the 155th HBCT, also a Jackson native, plan out their part in the hurricane evacuation plan for the Mississippi National Guard, Feb. 8, at Contingency Operating Site Taji. The brigade re-deploys in the beginning of March and was tasked to do their planning while still in theater. (Photo by Sgt. John Stimac, Mississippi National Guard)
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The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" fly the WC-130J Hercules, similiar to this one, into the 2009 hurricane season. The planes are equipped with the Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer, which measures the wind speeds at the surface. The data collected by the Hurricane Hunters increases the accuracy of the National Hurricane Center Forecast by 30 percent. The Air Force Reserve squadron is part of the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. James B. Pritchett)
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NEW ORLEANS - A 33-foot response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Venice, La., monitors efforts to free the grounded tank vessel Eagle Tucson, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, near Pilottown, La., at the mouth of the Mississippi. The Eagle Tuscon grounded at approximately 2:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, and is currently blocking deep-draft shipping traffic.
Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz, commander of Air Education and Training Command, hands the 2nd Air Force flag to Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog during the change of command ceremony Sept. 9, 2009, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. General Hertog took command of 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. (U.S. Air Force photo)
U.S. Navy Seaman Garrett Tuthill cuts out steps for a Southwest Asia hut during a training exercise on Camp Shelby, Miss., Aug. 24, 2009. Tuthill is a builder and constructionman assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Ryan C. Delcore
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Students from the Patrol Craft Officer course at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School extract students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation during a field training exercise at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., June 29, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class RJ Stratchko