The Office of Naval Research-sponsored tactical satellite IV (TacSat-4) lifts-off from the Alaskan Aerospace Corporation's Kodiak Launch Complex aboard a Minotaur IV+ launch vehicle. Built by the Naval Research Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, TacSat-4 will allow troops using existing radios to communicate on-the-move and from obscure regions. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams.
U.S. Army Spc. Dean Valbuena directs a crane moving Jersey barriers in Spin Boldak in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Sept. 15, 2011. Valbuena is assigned to the 509th Forward Support Company, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phil Kernisan.
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.
Airman 1st Class Oscar Masga pulls the chalks out from a B-1B Lancer before a training mission during Green Flag-West 11-10 Sept. 15, 2011, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Green Flag-West provides a realistic close-air support training environment for forces preparing to support world-wide combat operations. Masga is a 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief at Dyess AFB, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes.
KEY WEST, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Spruance (DDG 111) arrives at Naval Air Station Key West for its formal commissioning ceremony to be held Oct. 1. The ship, named in honor of Adm. Raymond Spruance, commander of Carrier Task Force 16 during the World War II Battle of Midway, is commanded by Cmdr. Tate Westbrook of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Spruance is the second Navy ship to bear the name and the 61st ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of Navy destroyers. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael K. McNabb.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Sept. 20, 2011) A Bangladesh navy rigid hulled inflatable boat team trains with U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1 during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. Bangladesh is participating in this exercise for the first time. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Russell uses his weapon's scope to secure an area during a bridge inspection in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2011. Russell is a platoon sergeant assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force. U.S. Air Force photo by by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.