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December 2009
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Nov. 19, 2009 - Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim and Robert T. Taylor, chairman of the Board of Directors for Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, unveil the National Maritime Valor Award for Capt. Richard Phillips, former Captain of the container ship MV Maersk Alabama. Phillips received the inaugural award for his efforts to protect his crew when his ship was seized by pirates in April.
Portrait of the STS-129 crew (September 30, 2009) -- On the front row are Commander Charlie Hobaugh (left) and Pilot Barry Wilmore. On the back row (from left) are astronauts Leland Melvin, Mike Foreman, Robert Satcher and Randy Bresnik, all mission specialists.

Pvt. Adam Johnson, student, School of Infantry, places a turkey into Boy Scout Eric Blackburn’s grocery bag during the 7th annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway hosted by the San Clemente Military Family Outreach at Camp Pendleton, Nov. 23. More than 300 service members and family came out to receive free turkeys and other food items such as pies and canned goods. Patrons also received recipe books and cooking materials. The donations, gathered from San Diego County churches, business and individuals, were passed out by Marines from SOI and children from local youth organizations.
The Virginia-class submarine USS Texas arrived at its new home port in Naval Station Pearl Harbor during an inner-fleet transfer from Groton Submarine Base, Conn., Nov. 23, 2009. The arrival of Texas to Pearl Harbor will mark the second of the Virginia-class subs to be stationed in the Pacific, following the historic arrival of USS Hawaii in July.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Heath King prepares to call another solar observatory to confirm unusual solar activity as he analyzes data displayed on high-definition monitors at the Sagamore Hill Solar Observatory, Mass., Nov. 18, 2009.
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A bugler plays taps during a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Little Creek, Va., Dec. 7, 2009.
Members of the Tidewater chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association stand and sing "God Bless America" during the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Memorial at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The monument, dedicated May 30, 1990, lists the names of 192 known survivors who resided in the Hampon Roads Area at the time of the dedication.
MAYPORT, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2009) Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Heather Ewton, president of Naval Station Mayport's First Class Petty Officer Association, packs care packages at the local USO to send to service members overseas. Collier County Sheriff's Department donated more than 1500 boxes and hundreds of letters as part of their Adopt-a-Soldier program.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, center, walks with U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, deputy commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, left, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, NATO Training Mission commander, right, while on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Dec. 8, 2009.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Tobin Eckstein, with help from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, present a toy to a girl in Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2009. The event showed the partnership between the Walt Disney Corp. with the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation, which collects and distributes toys to children during the holiday season. Walt Disney created the original Toys for Tots logo in 1948.
Commander of the U.S. Central Command Gen. David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army, reenlists sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while the ship is underway in the Gulf of Oman on Nov. 26, 2009. The Nimitz and embarked Carrier Air Wing 11 are conducting operations in the Central Command area of responsibility.
Joan Aves and Staff Sgt. Wendy Arnett open Christmas crackers during the senior citizens holiday luncheon Dec. 2, 2009, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The event gives senior citizens in the local area an opportunity to have lunch, play games and meet new people. Sergeant Arnett is with the 352nd Maintenance Squadron.
WACO, Texas - U.S. Coast Guard's Ceremonial Honor Guard unfurls an American Flag during a memorial service held in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny Kreder II, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. The flag was presented to Kreder's mother who is at the far right corner of the photograph. A memorial was held in Waco for Kreder, one of seven crewmembers that perished following the crash of a C-130 off the California coast. The Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento based C-130 was conducting a search and rescue mission and a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter from Camp Pendleton was on a training mission when the aircraft apparently collided over the ocean near San Clemente Island Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009.
USO officials honored the only living Air Force Medal of Honor recipients at the USO of Metropolitan New York's 48th Annual Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner Dec. 9, 2009 in New York City. The USO's Distinguished Service Award was presented to Col. Leo K. Thorsness (from left), Col. Joe M. Jackson, Col. James P. Fleming and Col. Bernard F. Fisher. Colonel George E. Day was also honored, but was not at the present at the event. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (far right), the top U.S. commander in Iraq, assisted with the presentation, and also received the USO's Distinguished Service Award.
Carol Ann Stenetz sorts baking dishes filled with cookies destined for single servicemembers living in the dormitories on Vogelweh and Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 10, 2009. The spouses clubs collected more than 12,000 cookies to give to the more than 11,000 Airmen who live in the dorms at the bases. Mrs. Stenetz is a Ramstein Officer Spouses Club member.
Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus poses for photos with a soldier at the first stop on the 2009 USO Holiday Troop Visit in Kabul, Dec. 14, 2009.
Children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation escort Santa to his chair during their visit to Navy Air Squadron VR-57 at Naval Air Station North Island on December 15, 2009.
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, re-enlists ten soldiers on Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Denis Licona, left, assigned to the Command U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet staff, and Gunnery Sgt. Jarod Duke, assigned to the Commander, Strike Force NATO staff, help open a gift for a boy during a community relations event, at Istituto Piccola Casetta di Nazareth, a school for underprivileged children, Pescopagano De Mondragone, Italy, Dec. 16, 2009. Marines and sailors donated gifts to 60 children as part of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots 2009 Christmas.
U.S. Navy Seaman Josue Fernandez-Lopez,left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Theo Beasley fold the American flag while pall bearers stand at attention during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 12, 2009. The Gunston Hall is underway conducting qualifications for a scheduled deployment. The saloirs are assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall.
A White Christmas setting... as a U.S. Marine Guard stands at the entrance to the West Wing of the White House with the ground and trees covered with snow from a weekend storm on December 21, 2009.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visits and takes photos with soldiers at Camp Buhering, Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2009. Most of the soldiers at Buhering are en route to be deployed in Iraq.
The White House and the National Christmas Tree are illuminated at dusk in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2009.
Lt. Col. Rick Smith helps a veteran unwrap his gifts at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. The Guard members delivered Christmas gifts as part of an annual holiday event honoring the residents of the home on December 22, 2009.
Tech. Sgt. Donald Pedro, a fuels advisor with the 821st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron at Camp Taji, Iraq, chats with President Barack Obama Christmas Eve. The president called to wish him a merry Christmas and thank him for his service. Sergeant Pedro is deployed from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and is a native of Pawtucket, R.I.
1st Lt. Shane Gillies shows Tech. Sgt. Jameel Beasley (left to right), Capt. Shawn Hannah and Staff Sgt. Judd Porter how to use the defense advanced GPS receiver before the team ascends the hill during Operation Turbulent Climb Dec. 5, 2009 at Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea. Lieutenant Gillies is the chief of tactical operations at the Det. 1, 607th Weather Squadron.
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Shell creates a mural to memorialize the fallen comrades assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, Dec. 16, 2009.
Sgt. Skyler Barker, from Longview, Wash., shares his Christmas wishes with Gunnery Sgt. Terry McElwain, from Burden, Kan., aboard USS Bonhomme Richard here Dec. 23. McElwain, the company gunnery sergeant for Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/4, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, filled in for Santa and handed out care packages donated by Springfield, Mo., residents to the Marines and Sailors of Co. E.
U.S. Navy Lt. Jon Sunderland, aka Santa Claus, directs aircraft movement during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz underway in the North Arabian Sea on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2009.

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