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(top) U.S. Navy Hospitalman Cherie Williams holds a patient at the Terminal Varroux medical site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Aug. 19, 2011, during Continuing Promise 2011. Continuing Promise is a regularly scheduled mission to countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, where the U.S. Navy and its partnering nations work with host nations and a variety of governmental and nongovernmental agencies to train in civil-military operations. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric C. Tretter, U.S. Navy.
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(left) Military working dog, Hugo, a 4-year-old black German Shepherd, and a patrol explosive detector dog, takes a break with his handler, Cpl. Dwight Jackson, from 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Large Scale Exercise-1, Javelin Thrust, July 12. Jackson, 26, is from Clinton, Md. 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade Photo by Cpl. Joshua Young, U.S. Marine Corps.
(middle) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Ramsay communicates with his team at Daegu Air Base, Korea, during exercises Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration/Foal Eagle in the Republic of Korea, on March 18, 2005. The annual, multi-phase exercise is tailored to train, test, and demonstrate U.S. and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. The annual, multi-phase exercise is tailored to train, test, and demonstrate U.S. and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. Ramsay is attached to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion,23rd Infantry Regiment. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John J. Pistone, U.S. Navy.
(right) U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kim Mercado has his chief petty officer anchors pinned on his collar by his son and daughter at the U.S. 7th Fleet chief petty officer pinning ceremony on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan, on Sept. 16, 2011. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix, U.S. Navy.
(top) The High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) gets underway with a tethered TIF-25K Aerostat balloon in Key West, Fla., on April 24, 2013. The crew of the Swift will conduct a series of capabilities tests to determine if the Aerostat could participate in Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. DoD photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker, U.S. Navy.
(left) U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew R. Becker provides landing zone security as an MV-22B Osprey touches down during training at the central training area in Okinawa, Japan, on April 11, 2013. Becker is a combat engineer with Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Osprey is attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265. DoD photo by Pfc. Mike Granahan, U.S. Marine Corps.
(middle) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Fitzpatrick, an operator with 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, assists Senior Airman Alicia Goodner, also an operator with the 28th, don a bomb suit and protective helmet at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on Dec. 11, 2008. DoD photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Hook, U.S. Air Force.
(right) U.S. Army Spc. Austin M. Weyermann, right, move into a village to search for a suspected weapons cache in the Spin Boldak district in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, March 3, 2013. Weyermann is assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division’s Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann.
(top) U.S. Army Sgt. Edgar Brown shouts to a gunner on his right during a simulated convoy attack at Fort Dix, N.J., on May 3, 2007. Brown’s unit is being trained by the 1st Army Division Public Affairs in preparation for a mission in support of U.S. Army Central Command. Brown is assigned to the 131st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Russel Lee Klika, U.S. Army.
(left) Army Pfc. Shari Crump (center) listens to a convoy brief by her platoon leader prior to a resupply mission at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., on Jan. 22, 2012. Crump is a truck driver assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís Company F, 1st Brigade Combat Team, which is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in early spring. DoD photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod, U.S. Army.
(middle) U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Bob J. Sise interacts with Afghan children during Operation Northern Lion II in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2013. Northern Lion II is a Georgian-led operation conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence in the area. Sise is assigned to Georgian Liaison Team-9 DoD photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena, U.S. Marine Corps.
(right) U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Levi Denham, a WC-130J Hercules aircraft weather reconnaissance loadmaster assigned to the 53rd Reconnaissance Squadron, performs pre-engine start-up inspections in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on Sept. 16, 2010. Known as Hurricane Hunters the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s mission is to provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the central Pacific Ocean for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force.
(top) An MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter passes the USS Chafee (DDG 90) while delivering supplies to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a vertical replenishment mission with the USNS Bridge in the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 2, 2012. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy.
(left) U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gilbert Roldan, with the 184th Security Force Advise and Assist Team, California Army National Guard, observes Afghan Uniform Police recruits at Multinational Base Tirin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Oct. 23, 2013, as they prepare to be transported to the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar to attend an eight-week basic patrolman’s course. DoD photo by Cpl. Mark Doran, Australian Defense Force.
(middle) U.S. Navy Airman Elaine Ketola (left) signals for the start up of an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 192 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Sea on Jan. 9, 2012. The Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate, U.S. Navy.
(right) Senior Airman Stephen Held, a crew chief with the 391st Fighter Squadron, takes a break under an aircraft to hide from the snow during an exercise on the flight line at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, on Nov. 21, 2010. DoD photo by Senior Airman Renishia Richardson, U.S. Air Force.
(top) Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Bret Pembleton, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, greets his son after a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). HSC-12 is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which was deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Crossley.
(left) U.S. Army Capt. Chad Tyson, a Georgia Army National Guardsman, receives a hug from his son during homecoming ceremony Nov. 23, 2013, in Marietta, Ga. Georgia National Guard members assigned to Agribusiness Development Team III returned home after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. DoD photo by Capt. William Carraway, U.S. Army National Guard.
(middle) U.S. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) load relief supplies onto a Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2013, before the supplies were airlifted to villages in the region as part of Operation Damayan. U.S. military forces were deployed to the Philippines to support humanitarian efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan.DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Cavagnaro, U.S. Navy.
(right) A U.S. Sailor reunites with his family at Naval Station San Diego, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013, after returning from a seven-month deployment aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). The Princeton conducted maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Booth, U.S. Navy.
Top banner image: Army Spc. Janie Reyna, a member of the 56th Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, holds an Iraqi child she befriended during a civil affairs mission in southern Iraq. Photo by Master Sgt. Lek Mateo, USA.
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