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January 2012
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President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial, part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Marine Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan awarded eight U.S. Army soldiers the Purple Heart medal during a Christmas Day ceremony on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The solders were from the 14th Engineering Battalion, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. After the ceremony the soldiers congratulated the awardees. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Leslie Shively
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer E. Holt, right, pours cider Jan. 1, 2012 aboard USS Makin Island for Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Langlois in celebration of the new year. Holt, who hails from Tampa, Fla., serves as imagery chief for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit left San Diego Nov. 14, 2011 for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions. Langlois, 20, an electrical engineer, hails from New Bedford, Mass. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Claudia M. Palacios
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 22 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 21, 2011. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Evans, U.S. Navy 
A 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron sensor operator speaks to a young Afghan boy about the MQ-9 Reaper during the 2012 Kandahar Air Wing Open House at Kandahar Air Wing, Afghanistan, Jan. 1, 2012. During the typical remotely piloted aircraft missions, the pilot, sensor operator, and mission intelligence coordinator work closely together in the "cockpit" on the ground. Photo by USAF Staff Sgt. David Carbajal
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Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 holds quarters at their home base before deploying to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Jan. 3, 2011. During the deployment, PSU 305 will provide seaward security at strategic port locations around the North Arabian Gulf ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson
Wounded Warriors, Soldiers, and the high school school athletes take a break during the Punt, Pass and Kick event at the San Antonio Alamodome, Jan. 4, 2012. Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Turner, USAAC G7
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Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, talks to the East Squad All-Stars before they take the field for the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix, Jan. 3, 2012. The game, hosted by the Marine Corps and Junior Rank, featured the nation's top 100 high school players. The West Squad defeated the East Squad, 17-14. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga
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An MH-60S Knight Hawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 passes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) while delivering supplies to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a vertical replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) on Jan. 2, 2012. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans
Two children in the United States watch a video recorded by their deployed father who used the United Services Organization’s United Through Reading service at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on January 4, 2012. The USO records deployed servicemembers reading to their loved ones and sends the DVD and book back to the member's home. U.S. Air Force courtesy photo
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Thorpe, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., conducts a rescue hoist demonstration with middle school students from Koka, Japan, Jan. 9, 2012. The students were given a tour of the air station as part of their one-week visit to Traverse City, Koka's "Sister City" since 2006. U.S. Coast Guard photgraph by Lt. j.g.. Jim Okorn
Lt. Col Mike Hertzendorf (left), 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander, addresses the crowd as he prepares to present the Distinguished Flying Cross to eight Soldiers during an awards ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 6, 2012. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brett Mirabella, with 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team out of Norfolk, Va., grapples with an Australian army soldier, with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, during Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training on Robertson Barracks, Darwin, Australia, Nov. 28, 2011. FAST Marines are attending Exercise Semper Fast 2011, a combined training event hosted by 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment focusing on small arms ranges, direct fire ranges, military operations on urban terrain, and light infantry operations. Photo by USMC Sgt. Pete Thibodeau
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Cryptologic Techinician (Maintenance) 1st Class Angela Grimes, left, Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) Seaman Brett Lewis-Meneses, and Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) Seaman Apprentice Caitlyn Ealy, all assigned to the intel department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), troubleshoot ship's signal exploitation equipment using a voltmeter in the ship's signal exploitation space on Jan. 4, 2012. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher K. Hwang
Eugene M. Narsete, M.D., shakes hands with Col. Sean Murphy, Deputy Assistant Surgeon General for Healthcare Operations (AFMS), during a presentation of long overdue medals at a dinner celebrating Narsete’s 90th birthday here, Jan. 7, 2012. Narsete received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal in addition to commemorative medals, presented by his family, for his military service between 1943 - 1948. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca
PERSIAN GULF - An Iranian mariner, rescued from the distressed Iranian-flagged dhow Ya-Hussayn, shakes hands with a Coast Guardsman from the Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy here, Jan. 10, 2012. The Monomoy rescued six Iranian mariners who abandoned the dhow after its engine room flooded. U.S. Coast Guard photo
SDefense Secretary Leon E. Panetta congratulates a soldier after awarding the Purple Heart to him during a visit with troops on Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas, Jan. 12, 2012. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett 
Chase Thomas, a boy from the Farmville, Va., area, looks down the barrel of an M-240 Medium Machine Gun that was mounted on a UH-1 Huey helicopter as part of a static display during the Marine Corps Community Day at Farmville Municipal Airport Jan. 14, 2012. The 24th MEU organized the event as part of their Realistic Urban Training exercise (RUT) to thank the community and highlight the capabilities of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. The RUT exercise is scheduled from Jan. 5-20, and is meant to allow the Marines to conduct off-base training near the town of Farmville to prepare for their upcoming deployment. Official USMC Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim
Major Kenneth del Mazo (right), commanding officer and Capt. Jeremy Davis, executive officer with Recruiting Station Fort Lauderdale congratulate the recipients of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence scholarship, Jan. 16, 2012, in Miami, Fla. The scholarships are awarded to “at risk” young men in the African American community and provide the support necessary for success. The Marine Corps and 5000 Role Models share a common goal – to guide those in search of success. Photo by USMC Sgt. Scott Schmidt
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians fly into position before rappelling from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Strike Squadron (HSC) 8 to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on Jan. 14, 2012. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley
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From right, retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall Jr., an original Tuskegee Airman, retired Lt. Col. Montoria Hubbard, the Tuskegee Airmen Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James chapter president, and Col. Gina Humble, the 11th Operations Group commander at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., sing the Air Force song during a concert at The First Academy Faith Hall Jan. 14, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass honored Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, during their performance, playing a new work entitled "Red Tail Skirmish." U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Fort Stewart, Ga., Jan. 11, 2012. The exercise is conducted in order to evaluate and train members on de-escalation of force, reactions to enemy contact, and other objectives that prepare them for forward operating. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Goodman
Sgt. Sebastian Chenault, a 27-year-old anti-tank missileman with Jump Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and a native of Lacon, Ill., walks among Afghan students just released from classes at an outdoor school here, Jan. 19. Twelve permanent schools are currently under construction by local contractors in Garmsir district. U.S. Marines with the civil affairs team in support of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, visited several sites to inspect the structures and ensure compliance with the quality assurance standards of the Afghan government. The buildings are projected for mid-year completion. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder
Navy Chief Warrant Officer Keith Pritchett, lower left, administers the oath-of-enlistment to Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Turner during an in-air reenlistment ceremony over Jamul, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012. Pritchett is the officer-in-charge of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, and Turner is a mass communication specialist. The Leap Frogs perform aerial parachute demonstrations across America in support of Naval Special Warfare. U.S. Navy photo by James Woods
Melanie Sather, the widow of Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, and a family member pay their respect at the unveiling of a memorial honoring the sergeant Jan. 20, 2012, at Medina Annex at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The 12,000-pound memorial was created and displayed by civil engineers in Iraq to honor his leadership and bravery . . . and was sea-lifted from Sather Air Base, Iraq, to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in March 2011. Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, a combat controller, was killed in Iraq on April 8, 2003. Pararescuemen, combat controllers and Pararescue Indoctrination Course trainees attended the memorial unveiling ceremony honoring Sather. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marleah Miller
Aaron Narvol, a World War II Army veteran, received his Purple Heart Award nearly 70 years after being wounded by enemy fire in the spring of 1942 by Brig. Gen. Bud R. Jameson, Jr., commander of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. After decades of work on his own, the office of Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., was able to locate and process the proper award paperwork. Jaren Love, a constituent advocate for Casey presented Narvol with a letter of thanks from the senator for his service to the nation on January 24, 2012. Narvol served as an engineer sergeant in the Pacific Theater and received the Silver Star for his actions of valor during the conflict that day. Photo by Army Capt. Jeffrey Gruidl
U.S. Army Pfc. Eric Guzman provides security alongside Afghan Border Police officers while patrolling a village in Afghanistan's Khowst province, Jan. 18, 2012. Guzman is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company C, Team Hatchet, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team. U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to surprise and corner insurgents with air assault missions in the villages near the Pakistani border. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phillip McTaggart
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Sgt. John D. McMurrin, a dismounted patrol leader with the Regimental Combat Team 5 Personal Security Detachment, provides security at a nearby construction site in the Marjah district, Jan. 13, 2012. The RCT-5 PSD provided security as Col. Roger B. Turner, the commanding officer of RCT-5, and his staff toured Marjah district during a battlefield circulation, Jan. 12-15, 2012 to observe the progress of Afghan National Security Forces. The RCT-5 staff also observed an artillery demonstration conducted by the Afghan National Army 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, Jan. 14, 2012. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kimberley Ryan holds hands with Afghan children as they walk to the local children's shura near Forward Operating Base Jackson in the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province on Jan. 20, 2012. Ryan is the team leader assigned to the Marine Headquarters Group, Female Engagement Team. The team, along with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, have been conducting shuras, or classes, to provide area citizens with a variety of educational opportunities. DoD photo Cpl. Ed Galo, U.S. Marine Corps
The Coast Guard Honor Guard Silent Drill Team performs during the Coast Guard City Ceremony in Clearwater, Fla., Jan. 27, 2012. Home to the busiest air station in the Service, Clearwater is just the 12th Coast Guard City. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
Please meet Landon... His dad, Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew P. Carpenter (27) made the ultimate sacrifice on February 19, 2011 while serving with the 3/8 in Afghanistan ... a month before his son was born.� Photo by Maricia with Inara Studios - April 1, 2011

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