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December 2011

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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Isaiah Schult, a 20-year-old Indianapolis native and improvised explosive device dog handler with Jump Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, jokes with Afghan children and a Afghan National Police member (not shown) outside a local residence here, Nov. 22, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen gather around the Giving Tree in Bancroft Hall on Nov. 29, 2011. Midshipmen, faculty and staff from the Naval Academy work with the Salvation Army to spread holiday cheer to children in the greater Annapolis area by selecting an angel from the tree and buying a gift for the child that is named on the angel tag. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Francis Collier receives a commemorative graphic and challenge coin from Chief Master Sgt. Corliss Johnson, the vice president of the National Capital Region Chiefs Group, while his wife, Lillian, looks on during a ceremony Oct. 29, 2011, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Collier was one of 625 Airmen promoted to the new grade chief master sergeant as a result of the Career Compensation Act of 1958. U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca
The National Christmas Tree shortly after its official lighting by President Obama on December 1, 2011
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Fireman Edward Cheveresan speaks about Coast Guard heroes and the Coast Guard’s core values to members of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Nov. 11, 2011. Crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Panama City volunteered their time to educate members of the local JROTC program on the history, missions and opportunities in the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden takes time to talk to more than a hundred airmen and soldiers after the Iraqi government's Day of Commitment ceremony in the Al Faw Palace on Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, Dec. 1, 2011. The ceremony commemorated the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi service members. Biden shook hands, took pictures and gave each service member a coin. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
The Bowley Bobcat Singers perform favorite Holiday songs during the annual Fort Bragg Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Main Post Parade Field on December 1, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessica M. Kuhn, XVIII Airborne Corps PAO
U.S. sailors rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia during the Japanese air attack in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. U.S. Navy photo, National Archives collection
Navy veterans, who were aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, are greeted with honors as they enter the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco
U.S. Army Air Corps veteran Louis Roffman waits for the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam remembrance ceremony to begin Dec. 7, 2011, at JBPHH. Airmen, their families and veterans gathered at Atterbury Circle, the site of the same flagpole that stood during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941. The ceremony was held to honor the survivors of the attacks and remember the 238 Army Air Corps airmen who died defending Hickam Field. Photo by USAFTech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno meets Spc. Matthew D. Kemp during a visit to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Dec. 5, 2011. Kemp was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
KODIAK, Alaska - Santa Claus steps off an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Ouzinkie Dec. 7, 2011. The air station flies Santa and his elves to seven remote villages on Kodiak Island to support the annual Santa to the Villages outreach. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen
A line of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery display colorful holiday wreaths designed by "Wreaths Across America" from Maine evergreen foliage and bright red bows, Dec. 11, 2011, Arlington, Va. Now in its 20th year, the program transports many thousands of wreaths each holiday season to national cemeteries around the country. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, became this year's newest wreath-laying volunteer. DOD photo by Terri Moon Cronk
This illustration by the National Guard Bureau depicts the first muster of Massachusetts Bay Colony militia in the spring of 1637. This event took place after the Massachusetts General Court on December 13, 1636 ordered the organization of the Colony's militia companies into three regiments: The North, South and East Regiments. The colonists had adopted the English militia system which obligated all males, between the ages of 16 and 60, to possess arms and participate in the defense of the community. The early colonial militia drilled once a week and provided guard details each evening to sound the alarm in case of attack. The growing threat of the Pequot Indians to the Massachusetts Bay Colony required that the militia be in a high state of readiness. The organization of the North, South and East Regiments increased the efficiency and responsiveness of the militia. Although the exact date is not known, the first muster of the East Regiment took place in Salem, Massachusetts. The National Guard continues its historic mission of providing units for the first-line defense of the nation. The 101st Engineer Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, continues the East Regiment's proud heritage of 350 years of service.
November 28, 2011 - United States Marine Corps honor guard members receive the remains of Lance Corporal Joshua Corral, who was killed on Nov. 18, 2011 in Afghanistan. Family, friends and community members gathered with officials at Travis AFB, Calif., to honor the Danville native. Corral was attached to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Air Force Photo by Ken Wright
MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2011) - Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) hoist the American flag as they moor at Naval Station Mayport. Samuel B. Roberts successfully completed a six-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Damian Berg
Chief Master Sgt. Matt Magiera, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Talaga and Major Tom Sierkowski were awarded the Bronze Star Medal for their service in Afghanistan in 2011. The three Airmen, all assigned to the 127th Civil Engineering Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., served with a construction unit while forward deployed. During their deployment, the three airmen served as leaders of the squadron, which was integrated with an Army engineering brigade. The Air Force squadron accomplished over 160 construction projects, worth more than $75 million. During their deployment, they and their squadron conducted numerous outside the wire missions and built the largest AM-2 MATT airfield in Air Force history, allowing for the completion of five named combat operations. The Airmen were awarded the medals at a Dec. 4, 2011, commanders call at Selfridge. Photo by USAF Tech. Sgt. David Kujawa
President Barack Obama greets troops on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec.14, 2011 after thanking them for their service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn as the Iraq war comes to an end. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Buzman
From left to right: Marine Corps Cpls. Lucas Chambers, Steven Kries, and Josey Chambers, who work together as crew chiefs and mechanics with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, pose for a photo on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2011. The cousins all hail from Scott County, Tenn., and have spent their entire lives and Marine Corps careers together. They’re currently deployed to Afghanistan together for the second time in two years. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deanie Dempsey, the chairman's wife; Robert Horry; Jordan Sparks; Minka Kelly; Nephew Tommy; U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the chairman's senior enlisted advisor; and his wife, Lisa, start their USO tour with a group photo on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 13, 2011. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
U.S. service members retire the colors during a ceremony marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq in Baghdad, Dec. 15, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
First lady Michelle Obama visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C., Dec. 16, 2011 to sort toys for the Toys for Tots charity. Michelle Obama said everyone can do something, they just have to be willing to give a little back to their community and their country. According to Lt. Gen. Pete Osman USMC (Ret) CEO of Toys for Tots, $27 million was raised through monetary and toy donations this year. Photo by USAF Staff Sgt. Brittany Jones
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The 25th Infantry Division Headquarters soldiers return home Dec. 18, 2011 and are greeted by their loved ones.. The 25th ID Headquarters was the last division headquarters under U.S. forces to leave Iraq. Department of Defense photo by Dallas Nagata White
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Connor Dilpors waits to greet his father Dec. 20, 2011, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. Connor's father, Lt. Col. Steven Dilpors, was deployed to Iraq and was one of the last Airmen to return home from supporting the completed Operation New Dawn. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie Davis
Marines from 6th Communication Battalion, a Marine Forces Reserve unit based in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, collect toys in Times Square as part of their Toys for Tots drive, Dec. 19, 2011. The Marines will be in Times Square all week loading up their tactical vehicles with toys collected from all of their New York City drop off locations as part of their final collection effort. Last year the Marines from 6th Communication Battalion collected approximately 280,000 toys, the majority of them being collected during this last-week scramble before Christmas. Photo by USMC Cpl. Caleb Gomez
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Richard E. McCallum, a Northern Arizona Toys for Tots coordinator, portrays Santa Claus and holds a tribe local after stepping out a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter belonging to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, as part of Operation Havasupai Dec. 14. The operation was a Marine Corps Reserve and Toys for Tots collaboration in which five airdrops consisting of toys and supplies were delivered to the people of remote Supai Village, Ariz., deep within the Grand Canyon. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek 
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Patriotic tree display with Old Glory and flags of the military services proudly on the front yard of a home in the Houston, Texas area on Christmas Day (December 25, 2011). Photo by USA Patriotism!
Forward Operating Base Delhi, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Lt. Jerry Durham, the chaplain for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and native of Odessa, Fla., sings a Christmas song with Marines, sailors and soldiers during a Christmas Eve service here, Dec. 24, 2011. This Christmas morning, much like every morning of their seven-month deployment, the Marines and sailors of “America’s Battalion” donned their uniforms, tied their boots and began another workday. They celebrated Christmas with each other throughout the day and briefly shared it with friends and family by phone and internet. Another say complete, far away from their loved ones, they rested for the next day’s work, one day closer to returning home. Photo by Photo by USMC Cpl. Reece Lodder
President Barack Obama chats with Marines, sailors and civilians on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 25, 2011. The president and the first lady, Michelle Obama, paid a Christmas Day visit to the base. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong
U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Dillon carries a duffel bag full of cookies, candy and personal hygiene products for the soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base Pacemaker, Dec. 25, 2011. Dillion is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team's Personal Security Detachment. Throughout the day, soldiers from the unit traveled to five different forward operating bases to deliver gifts and holiday cheer. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ruth Pagan
Sailors transit the flight deck as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Hong Kong on Dec. 27, 2011. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in Hong Kong for a port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cody Passaro and Airman 1st Class Jordan Deangelis inspect the wing of an F-16C Fighting Falcon on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2011. Passaro and Deangelis are assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

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