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February 2011
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Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer James Angevine, a food service specialist at Sector St. Petersburg, presents a wreath from the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association for the 31st anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision at Blackthorn Memorial Park, Jan. 28, 2011. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan 28, 1980. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle
U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Andrews looks into the valley from a mountaintop outside the village of Nengaresh in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2010. Andrews is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment. After seven hours of searching through rugged terrain, U.S. and Afghan soldiers located an improvised explosive device along Route Iowa, based on a tip. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson
Marines of past and present prepare battle streamers for the 2nd Marine Division rededication and awards ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; N.C.; Jan. 28; 2011. The ceremony paid tribute to battles fought by division Marines and Sailors throughout the past70 years. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Walter Marino)
U.S. Navy sailors prepare to rig the barricade during a night drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 27, 2011. George H.W. Bush is under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting a composite training unit exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer L. Jaqua
Tech. Sgt. Chris Shapiro assists Aric Lassegard, a 34th Bomb Squadron honorary aircrew member, as he puts on an HGU-55/P aircrew helmet Jan. 13, 2011, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Members of the 34th BS gave Aric his own flight suit with a name tag and unit patches, as well as a flyer's helmet with a mask as part of the Aircrew for a Day program. Sergeant Shapiro is the 34th BS aircrew flight equipment assistant NCO in charge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)
Brady Rusk, 12, hugs Eli, a former military working dog, at the Labrador retreiver's retirement and adoption ceremony on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 3, 2011. Eli was in Afghanistan assigned to Brady's brother, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Colton Rusk, who was killed Dec. 6, 2010. The former bomb-sniffing dog will live out his days with Rusk's family in Orange Grove, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
USMC Staff Sergeant Gonzalez and Miss Virginia Caitlin Uze join the Mobile USO at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA in celebration of USO-Metro’s 70th Birthday on February 4, 2011. The celebration was one of twelve area parties in honor of the occasion. Photo courtesy of USO-Metro 
Hailey Tomaka, 5, holds up a sign while waiting for her father, Lt. Col. Paul Tomaka, at the welcome home ceremony for III Corps Soldiers held Jan. 28, 2011. Photo by Rachel Parks
Members of the Armed Forces Color Guard and drummers from the U.S. Air Force Band, all based in Washington, D.C., perform during the Super Bowl XLV game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Feb. 6, 2011. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Harvey
Soldiers deployed to Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, watch the Green Bay Packers 31-25 victory over the Pittsburg Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at the during the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2011 at the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Center. In addition to watching the game, soldiers enjoyed a buffet of hot wings and pizza; took part in energy drink guzzling and hot wing eating contests; and played pool and ping-pong. Photo by Army Spc. Andrew Ingram
U.S. Marines check their weapons during a drill in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex in the South China Sea, Feb. 2, 2011. The Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett
U.S. Navy sailors clear an EA-6B Prowler to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 8, 2011. The Ronald Reagan is conducting an exercise for an upcoming deployment to the western Pacific region and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. The sailors are assigned to the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 139. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia
The “For God and Country” barbershop quartet sings at a holiday on a base in Southwest Asia. Left to right: Air Force Col. Mark Danigole, Air Force Capt. (Chaplain) Sean Randall, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Tillman, and Air Force Senior Airman Chris Barajas Courtesy photo
An initial highlight of PFC Stamm's R&R was to arrive at Dallas Fort Worth Airport on Feb. 2, 2011 and get a chance to chat with several former pro athletes who took time to welcome home returning troops. To Stamm’s right are former NY Giants player David Tyree and former NBA player Anthony Bonner. Photo by Donna Jones, Dallas USO volunteer
Crewmembers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug, prepare to pull alongside the Canadian coast guard ship Samuel Risley to transfer a rescued snowmobiler, Lake Erie, Feb. 2, 2011. The Morro Bay's crew, along with Canadian search and rescue agencies, searched an area of about 20 square nautical miles before finding the man southwest of Colchester, Ontario. Courtesy photo by the Canadian coast guard ship Samuel Risley
Vice President Joe Biden welcomes home members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division who returned from Afghanistan, at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, 2011. Photo by David Lienemann, White House
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alexander Urias provides fire cover for a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during Cobra Gold, a training exercise on a range in Samesan, Thailand, Feb. 13, 2011. The multinational exercise is designed to ensure regional peace and stability. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael A. Bianco
U.S. Navy Seamen Julio Bermeo, left, and Jack Fay secure a mooring line on the fantail as the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis arrives in San Diego, Jan. 18, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate
1st Lt. John Sharman (left) and Senior Airman Tom Coyle participate in a training mission aboard an AC-130U Spooky Feb. 3, 2011, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Lieutenant Sharman and Airman Coyle are aircrew members assigned to the 4th Special Operations Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock
Vice President Joe Biden meets with members of the Fort Campbell Falcons high school football team during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, 2011. White House photo by David Lienemann
Sheila Casey, far left, wife of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, the 3rd Infantry Division's commanding general, and his wife, Ginger, visit the Warriors Walk on Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 14, 2011. The Warriors Walk is a monument to 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who were killed in combat during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring. U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brian K. Steele, left, speaks with Marine Corps Col. Kenneth Enzor, chief of staff for the 1st Marine Logistics Group, during a ceremony in which Steele received the Purple Heart Medal at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 14, 2011. Steele was a vehicle commander during a convoy near Forward Operating Base Hansen, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado
The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, carry an American flag during a performance at the Centennial of Naval Aviation on Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Feb. 12, 2011. The Navy is observing the centennial with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd class James R. Stanley
Gordon Ballagh (left to right), a World War II veteran, Lt. Col. Stan Lawrie and Maj. Darrin DeReus pose for photograph just before a ceremony Feb. 9, 2011, in Burwell, Neb. The ceremony was in honor of Mr. Ballagh, who received a Prisoner of War Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Euro-African-Middle Eastern Medal, after more than 65 years. Colonel Lawrie is the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Safety chief. Major DeReus is the 22nd Comptroller Squadron commander. Courtesy photo
Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Vincent Patton, the first African American Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, addresses the crowd in honor of African American History Month during a ceremony held at Base Support Unit, Honolulu, Feb. 24, 2011. Patton, a native of Detroit, enlisted in the Coast Guard in June 1972, initially started his career as a radioman and later changed to yeoman in 1979. Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, the services's highest enlisted rank from 1998-2002. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse
Spectators and media watch space shuttle Discovery lift off for the last time from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 24, 2011.  Discovery and its six-member crew are on a mission to the International Space Station. Discovery is making its 39th mission and is scheduled to be retired following STS-133. This is the 133rd Space Shuttle Program mission and the 35th shuttle voyage to the space station. NASA photo by Troy Cryder
U.S. Army Master Sgt. Danny K. Plunkett (Center) poses with a group of Afghan children during a recent humanitarian mission to deliver blankets, clothing and food to a local village, Feb. 17, 2011. Plunkett is a 30-year veteran of the Mississippi Army National Guard and is assigned to the 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. He is currently stationed at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan, and works with the Afghan National Army. Plunkett is a resident of Kosciusko, Miss. Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacey L. Haga
USMC Sgt. Darren J. Mumm is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device by Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2011. Mumm, 25, a native of Benson, Minn., received the award for heroic actions during an enemy ambush, Nov. 2, 2010. Photo by USMC Staff Sgt. Brian Lautenslager
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Riedel tests the speed of the Internet connection after an upgrade to the service at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan’s Khost province, Feb. 15, 2011. Riedel makes sure the communications systems on mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles are in good working order before missions, and he’s also the provincial reconstruction team’s network administrator. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Lohr

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