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

Nation’s Third-Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Brave Marine

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Cpl. Christian A. Brown addresses those in attendance for his Silver Star ceremony after receiving the award May 3, 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Brown deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 and received the Silver Star for his leadership and courage while in a firefight on December 7, 2011. Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting.

Reorganization Enhances C2 Testing, Tactics, Training

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nadia Katana, left, and Master Sgt. Thomas Javis, furl the 505th Distributed Warfare Group guidon during an Inactivation Ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., June 10, 2011. Officials from the 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., inactivated the group for a reorganization that will enhance command and control testing, tactics development and training for Air Force, joint and coalition warfighters. The 505th Combat Training Squadron, at Hurlburt Field and represented by Airman Katana, and 705th Combat Training Squadron, at Kirtland AFB and represented by Sergeant Javis, will be aligned under the wing's 505th Training Group, Hurlburt Field, and 505th Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In the background are Col. Mustafa R. Koprucu, 505th CCW commander, and Col. William A. Reese, 505th DWG commander. U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nadia Katana, left, and Master Sgt. Thomas Javis, furl the 505th Distributed Warfare Group guidon during an Inactivation Ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., June 10, 2011. Officials from the 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., inactivated the group for a reorganization that will enhance command and control testing, tactics development and training for Air Force, joint and coalition warfighters. The 505th Combat Training Squadron, at Hurlburt Field and represented by Airman Katana, and 705th Combat Training Squadron, at Kirtland AFB and represented by Sergeant Javis, will be aligned under the wing’s 505th Training Group, Hurlburt Field, and 505th Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In the background are Col. Mustafa R. Koprucu, 505th CCW commander, and Col. William A. Reese, 505th DWG commander. U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.

Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu Wildfires

From back, Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators Chief Jay Okonek and 1st Class Petty Officer Jason Blase, aircrew men from the "Merlins" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, help guide pilots as they fill a 360-gallon capacity precision helicopter firefighting Bambi bucket to help extinguish fires near Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu's base housing. Three helicopters from San Diego-based HSC 3 and HSC 21 are providing firefighting support in response to wildfires at NBVC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs Officer supporting Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs.

From back, Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Operators Chief Jay Okonek and 1st Class Petty Officer Jason Blase, aircrew men from the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, help guide pilots as they fill a 360-gallon capacity precision helicopter firefighting Bambi bucket to help extinguish fires near Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu’s base housing. Three helicopters from San Diego-based HSC 3 and HSC 21 are providing firefighting support in response to wildfires at NBVC. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs Officer supporting Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs.

USS Monterey In Porto Palermo, Albania

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) arrives in Porto Palermo, Albania, to participate in an exercise with the Albanian navy. Monterey, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in support of 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 3rd Class Billy Ho.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) arrives in Porto Palermo, Albania, to participate in an exercise with the Albanian navy. Monterey, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in support of 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 3rd Class Billy Ho.

VMM-266 Flight Ops

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts touch and go exercises in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, April 26, 2013. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels.

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts touch and go exercises in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, April 26, 2013. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels.

Mooring The USS Mahan

U.S. sailors handle mooring lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan arrives at the Marathi NATO pier facility for a port visit in Souda Bay, Greece, April 12, 2013. The Mahan, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.USS MAHAN VISITS GREECE

Philippine Navy Tour Of USS Tortuga Well Deck

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Cook explains the procedures for the launching of combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) to members of the Philippine navy during a tour of the ship's well deck. Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, and is participating in the annual Republic of Philippines-U.S. military blilateral Balikatan 2013 and humanitarian assistance engagement Balikatan 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner.

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Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Christopher Cook explains the procedures for the launching of combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) to members of the Philippine navy during a tour of the ship’s well deck. Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, and is participating in the annual Republic of Philippines-U.S. military blilateral Balikatan 2013 and humanitarian assistance engagement Balikatan 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner.

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.

USS Carr At Norfolk During Decommissioning Ceremony

USS Carr At Norfolk During Decommissioning Ceremony. .

. . NORFOLK (March 13, 2013) The guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) is moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk during her decommissioning ceremony. Carr was commissioned as the 42nd Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate July, 27,1985. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jesse A. Hyatt.

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.

Gathering Information About Their Welfare And Related Topics

Gathering Information About Their Welfare And Related Topics.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Robinson, center, asks an Afghan police officer and resident about their welfare and related topics during security operations at the Chaparhar district center in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Feb. 23, 2013. Robinson is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and Provincial Reconstruction Team Nangarhar. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallgarth.

Braces Against Rotor Wash Of Osprey Launching

Braces Against Rotor Wash Of Osprey Launching

Chief Petty Officer Patrick Dewberry braces himself against the rotor wash of a MV-22 Osprey launching from the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Gulf of Thailand on Feb. 19, 2013. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is taking part in Cobra Gold 2013, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise.   DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Achterling, U.S. Navy.

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.

Another Six Years

Another Six Years

U.S. Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Ariel F. DeLeon-Ramos recites the oath of re-enlistment for another six years Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Port Shuaiba, Kuwait. DeLeon-Ramos, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been in the Army for six years. Deleon-Ramos is currently on his second deployment as the transportation management coordinator noncommissioned officer in charge for the 191st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael R. Gault, 191st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

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.

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.

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.

Sea Hawk Prepares For Take Off From USS Iwo Jima

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Nov. 26, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk prepares for take off on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are deployed in support of 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 Seaman Jonathan L. Correa.

Over The Horizon

Flashes of lighting are seen over the horizon as the aircraft carrier the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower operates in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 19, 2012. The Dwight D. Eisenhower 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 Lt. Greg Linderman

Navajo Code Talker Veteran Watches Veterans Day Parade In New York

A Navajo code talker veteran watches the opening ceremony for the 93rd anniversary of the Veterans Day Parade in New York, Nov. 11, 2012. Since Nov. 11, 1919, the parade has provided an opportunity for Americans and international visitors in the nation’s largest city to honor those who have served. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard.