A New Zealand Army soldier provides security at the Infantry Immersion Trainer here during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013, June 13. The IIT gave the New Zealander’s a taste of what they might encounter in future combat operations. Dawn Blitz 2013 … Continue reading →
Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation. The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is made up of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and is deployed in support of … Continue reading →
Sailors salute the national ensign during morning colors aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge port visits represent an opportunity to promote peace and stability in the South Indo-Asia-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners … Continue reading →
A Navy MH-60S Seahawk assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transfers pallets of supplies from the USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) to the amphibious assault ship during a resupply at sea, June 14, 2013. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is … Continue reading →
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomes Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, center, and Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in an honor cordon at the Pentagon, May 17, 2013. The three leaders met to discuss issues of mutual interest. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
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.
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.
Two F/A-18E Super Hornets participate in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 24, 2013. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez.
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Luke Alvarez and military working dog (MWD) Bak, assigned to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, inspect an unattended bag during an integrated training exercise. MWD’s and their handlers are used by naval security forces to defend bases and resources and to assist with enforcing military laws and regulations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jumar T. Balacy.
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.
Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, right, adjutant general, Oregon, and Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue discuss a map of Vietnam during the State Partnership Program Workshop, in Portland, Ore., April 19. Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) shift colors after arriving in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a naval engagement activity. The engagement provides opportunities for U.S. and Vietnamese naval professionals to share best practices and exchange maritime skills in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, medical training, fire fighting and damage control, search and rescue, diving and salvage, sports and community service projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.
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.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks to airmen at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on April 25, 2013. Hagel thanked the troops for their service and answered various questions including those on the effects of sequestration on the Air Force as well as sanctions on Iran. DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.