Fighting Falcons

Fighting Falcons

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Jason Tremmel (on the ground), a weapons-load crew chief from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, talks to Capt. Mike Watkins (in the aircraft), an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Nov. 4, 2009. The maintenance Airmen work with the pilots during inspections to assure the aircraft functions properly and safely. Sergeant Tremmel hails from Duncansville, Pa. Capt. Watkins hails from Havasu, Ariz. Both Airmen are deployed from Shaw Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Felicia Juenke)

Taking Bearings

Taking Bearings

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2009) Quartermaster 2nd Class Chance Gorden, from Baker City, Ore., takes bearings with a telescopic alidade on the signal bridge aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). A telescopic alidade magnifies objects to assist with navigation. John C. Stennis is underway to Naval Station North Island for a scheduled port visit and to embark Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 for a strike group sustainment exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan M. Ilyankoff/Released)

Field Fare

Field Fare

A local Afghan villager offers shia tea and bread to U.S. Marines, U.S. Army soldiers and Afghan army officers patrolling the Depak Valley, Afghanistan, Oct. 30, 2009. The Marines are assigned to Embedded Training Team 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, and the soldiers are assigned to the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade

President At Fort Hood

President At Fort Hood

President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for the victims of the shootings on the Fort Hood Army post in Fort Hood, Tx. November 10, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Transporting An Injured Afghan Boy For Medical Treatment

Transporting An Injured Afghan Boy For Medical Treatment

U.S. Marines and Sailors with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment transport an injured Afghan boy for medical treatment at Forward Operating Base Golestan in the Helmand province of Afghanistan Nov. 1, 2009. The boy fell from an unknown height and was in critical condition. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Mountains In Afghanistan

Mountains In Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Beautiful mountains in Afghanistan are visible behind the old Russian Control Tower, known as the Crow's Nest, Nov. 9, 2009. The Russian Control Tower was built in 1976 during the Soviet Union's occupation of the region. Currently more than 5,000 Airmen are deployed to Bagram supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO International Security Assistance Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Felicia Juenke)

Wait To Transport

Wait To Transport

U.S. Army Pfc. Patrick Camp, left, and Spc. Thomas Garrard, both truck drivers attached to the 2025th Transportation Company, share a few laughs as they wait to transport M1 Abrams tanks from Contingency Operating Base Speicher to Forward Operating Base Taji, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2009. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven King, U.S. Navy/Released)

Fighter Engine

Fighter Engine

U.S. sailors prepare to test a rebuilt F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet engine on the fantail aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean, Nov. 4, 2009. Truman is under way conducting carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kilho Park

Sniper Fire

Sniper Fire

U.S. Army Cpl. Casey Liffrig watches for insurgent forces as heavy sniper fire rains down on his position during a three-hour firefight with militants in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 3, 2009. Liffrig, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, has been battling militant forces in the area's Waterpur valley since arriving in Afghanistan last June. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Moeller

Lassen Visits Vietnam In Storybook Return Of Its Commander

Lassen Visits Vietnam In Storybook Return Of Its Commander

DA NANG, Vietnam (Nov. 7, 2009) Cmdr. H.B. Le, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), speaks to the press in front of the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge and Lassen are in Da Nang for a scheduled port visit. This is Le's first visit to Vietnam after leaving the country with his family in 1975. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cynthia Griggs/Released)

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Shop Talk

Shop Talk

U.S. Army Spc. Hyrum Robb speaks with a shopkeeper at the bazaar in the district of Qara Bagh, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2009. Robb is assigned to the Civil Military Operations Center. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sarah Webb

USS New York Is Commissioned In New York

USS New York Is Commissioned In New York

NEW YORK (Nov. 7, 2009) The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) is commissioned in New York. The ship has 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center towers forged into her bow, and will be used to support humanitarian, amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions around the world. New York is the sixth U.S. Navy ship named for the state and will be homeported in Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dan Meaney/Released)

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Prepare To Move A Helicopter

Prepare To Move A Helicopter

SEA OF JAPAN (Nov. 5, 2009) Flight deck Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) prepare to move a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during flight operations. Harpers Ferry is part of the Denver Amphibious Ready Group participating in the annual bilateral Korean Integrated Training Program exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl/Released)

Hwajinri Rehearsal

Hwajinri Rehearsal

U.S. Marines unload assault vehicles from a landing craft air cushion embarked on amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry during a beach assault rehearsal on Hwajinri Beach, Pohang, South Korea, Nov. 4, 2009. The Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Harpers Ferry, and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting the annual bilateral Korean Integrated Training Program. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl

Juniper Cobra 2010

Juniper Cobra 2010

U.S. Ambassador to Israel James B. Cunningham, right, meets with Rear Adm. John M. Richardson, the commander of the joint task force for Juniper Cobra 2010 (JC 10) and deputy commander of U.S. 6th Fleet, in Hatzor, Israel, Nov. 3, 2009.

While on Hatzor Air Base, Cunningham also met with senior Israeli and U.S. military officials and toured JC 10 camp sites.

JC, held every two years, is the fifth iteration of its kind with this year?s focus on testing the active missile-defense capabilities of both U.S. and Israeli armed forces.

(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kristopher Regan, U.S. Navy/Released)

Naval Hydrographic Survey Paves Way for Liberian Port Reopening

Naval Hydrographic Survey Paves Way for Liberian Port Reopening

BUCHANAN, Liberia - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Steve McIntyre, Africa Partnership Station (APS) platform HNLMS Johan de Witt (L 801) hydrographic officer, monitors survey data collected during the hydrographic survey of the Buchanan port November 3, 2009. This survey, along with surveys conducted in Greenville and Monrovia, produce data necessary to generate up-to-date navigational charts to make the ports more accessible to commercial maritime traffic and contribute to economic development and maritime safety. APS began as a U.S. initiative under U.S. Naval Forces Africa, the Navy component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Travis Clem)

Elder Greeting

Elder Greeting

U.S. Marine Capt. Ryan Malloney, center, speaks with a village elder during a patrol across the Depak Valley, Afghanistan, with Afghan national army soldiers and U.S. Army soldiers, Oct. 30, 2009. Malloney is assigned to the Embedded Training Team 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade

Beach Landing Exercise

Beach Landing Exercise

SEA OF JAPAN (Nov. 4, 2009) An amphibious assault vehicle from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) returns to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) after participating in a beach landing exercise. Denver is the lead ship of the Denver Amphibious Ready Group participating in the annual bilateral Korean Integrated Training Program (KITP) exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Andrew Smith/Released)

Visiting The Chinese Counter Piracy Flagship

Visiting The Chinese Counter Piracy Flagship

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sanders, vice commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, talks with junior officers aboard the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship Zhoushan (FFG 537) in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 1, 2009. Sanders and other service members from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 are visiting the Chinese TF-529 counter piracy flagship to discuss counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and cooperation between the two task forces. (DoD photo courtesy of U.S. Navy/Released)