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F-16 pilots Col. Scott Long and Maj. Brian Bragg return from a mission during Red Flag 12-2, Jan. 26, 2012 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Long is the 388th Fighter Wing commander at Hill AFB, Utah. Coalition partners from South Korea and Saudi Arabia participated in the joint training exercise that's been around since 1975. Photo by USAF Master Sgt. Benjamin Bloker
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U.S. Army Spc. Aaron Sellars, from Cobden, Ill., serving with 3rd Platoon, A Company, 3-1 Special Troop Battalion, El Paso, Texas, provides security during a convoy stop in Khoshi district, Logar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2012. Photo by Army Spc. Austin Berner
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Major Jamie P. Murphy, the Wounded Warrior Regiment's future operations officer, holds up a certificate he received during his Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" device ceremony at the regimental headquarters here. Murphy earned the Bronze Star for his, heroic service in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. He is flanked by Lieutenant Col. J.D. Harrill (right) and Sgt. Maj. Richard Mathern (left). Harrill and Mathern served as the former commanding officer and sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), where Murphy earned this honor. Photo by Aquita Brown
Jan. 31, 2012 - Quarter Master 3rd Class Brandon Waters assigned aboard Riverine Command Boat 802 attached to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 mans a .50-caliber machine gun while conducting a route reconnaissance mission off the coast of Camp Lejeune, N.C., during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. Bold Alligator represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations and focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. Photo by Richard Bruns
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Senior Airman Cari Brooks, a member of the security forces squadron for the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, rests against a wall before she goes out to patrol the perimeter of the base at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on Jan. 30, 2012. Brooks and the security forces squadron routinely patrol the base perimeter to look for suspicious activity and ensure the security of assets and personnel. U.S. Air Force photo
Family, friends and shipmates welcome the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy home from a more than 250-day deployment on Feb. 5, 2012. Healy completed its science missions in 2011, before conducting the escort of the tanker vessel Renda on a mission to deliver fuel and prevent a potential energy crisis in Nome, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler
General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Chiarelli stand before the Continental Color Guard during his retirement ceremony at joint base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington Va. on January 31, 2012. DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
Sgt. Maj. Henry Prutch, left, and his son, Lance Cpl. Scott Prutch, were recently reunited in Afghanistan on Jan. 31, 2012. The sergeant major is nearing the end of a yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, as the senior enlisted advisor for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), and his son is beginning a deployment as a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 4. Sgt. Maj. Henry Prutch is deployed out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and Lance Cpl. Scott Prutch is deployed from Okinawa, Japan. Photo by USMC Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Whitaker throws candy into the air for Afghan children during a security patrol with members of the Afghan Border Police in the Garmsir district in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Feb. 5, 2012. Whitaker is a corpsman with Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. His unit and the Afghan police interacted with citizens and examined the area for insurgent activity. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder
First lady Michelle Obama interacts with a Team Little Rock airmen Feb. 9, 2012 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The food transformation initiative program implemented at Little Rock Air Force Base is part of a special pilot program that has enhanced food service quality. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kaylee Clark
Officers help each other pull a truck tire through a mud pit during a team obstacle course as part of a Prop Blast on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
An amphibious assault vehicle with Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, hits the beach during a mechanized raid in Hat Klad, Thailand, Feb. 11, 2012. The U.S. Marines, alongside the Royal Thai Marines, suppressed and eliminated enemy role players which and secured the area. Cobra Gold 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan Wright
Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri speaks at a ceremony announcing the naming of the Navy's newest next variant littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at the Pentagon, Feb. 10, 2012. Giffords was critically wounded in 2011 by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
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Members of the 435th Contingency Response Group huddle together to discuss their plans for action during the 435th CRG exercise at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 31, 2012. The exercise was held in order to train first response members in constructing a deployment airfield. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown 
Members from Sector Houston-Galveston and Air Station Houston are recognized for their service to the United States of America during the halftime show at a Houston Rockets basketball game, Jan. 27, 2012. (Featured from left to right: Cmdr. John Rivers, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Lay, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Taylor, Master Chief Craig Potts, Petty Officer 1st Class Drew Dazzo, Petty Officer 1st Class Gavino Ortiz, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Dean, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Harrell, Petty Officer 3rd Class Sergio Smith, Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Jones) Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm
Rangers from 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, as part of a combined Afghan and coalition security force operating in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, await a CH-47 for extraction. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Pedro Amador, Feb. 13, 2012
U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 Ultra Light Weight Howitzer during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 in Thailand's Chai Badan province, Feb. 14, 2012. The Marines are assigned to Battery L, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines were firing to prepare for an upcoming exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garry Welch
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Doxtator sees his newborn daughter for the first time during a video teleconference aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Sea, Feb. 9, 2012. Doxtator is a engineman. The Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Ethan Tracey
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jason Blodzinski, a 77th Fighter Squadron pilot, talks with his crew chief, Senior Airman Frank Brown, also with the 77th FS, before launching a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during an operational readiness exercise Jan. 31, 2012, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The ORE evaluated the 20th Fighter Wing’s ability to meet wartime and contingency tasks. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston
U.S. Army Alaska Commander Maj. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo awards the Silver Star to Vietnam veteran Dr. Paul Taylor of Fairbanks, Alaska, in a Feb. 4, 2012, ceremony on Fort Wainwright. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trish McMurphy, U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs
Lance Cpls. Ryan Snyder, a 21-year-old team leader from Kapolei, Hawaii, and David Lambert, a 21-year-old mortarman from Granbury, Texas, assigned to the 81mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, talk while providing security from their defensive position as the sun sets during Operation Shahem Tofan (Eagle Storm) here, Feb. 11, 2012. After arriving in the desert on helicopters and an armored convoy, Afghan Border Police and the Weapons Marines scoured dusty highways for smugglers and insurgents moving across the eastern desert into Helmand province, Feb. 10-13. The mission was a shift from the ABP's current assignment in Garmsir district, where they keep watch over its southern population centers. Under the coalition mentorship, they are returning to their core capability of interdicting insurgent activity across Helmand's border. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder
Construction Mechanic Constructionmen Benjamin St. Aubin and Joshua Port, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40, pose for an on location portrait showing off the tools of the trade at the ALFA company maintenance shop at Camp Shields in Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 13, 2012. Photo by Michael Watkins
A U.S. Air Force Reserve pararescueman from the 304th Rescue Squadron (RS) descends the face of cliff to reach a patient during a simulated cliff-side rescue mission Jan. 12, 2012, at Riley, Ore. This is one of many exercises that were conducted during a two-week period to enhance the readiness of Airmen from the 304th RS and Air National Guard's 142nd Security Forces Squadron, collocated at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Delgado
U.S. Army Spc. Bruce Cotton, a paratrooper assigned to 3rd Platoon, Blackfoot Company conducts security checks near the village of Narizah located in the Tani district, Feb. 10, 2012. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Epperson
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Soto accompanies litter-bearers as they load an injured Marine into a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation in Garmsir, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Jan. 30, 2012. Soto, a native of Lake Villa, Ill., has been with 9th Engineer Support Battalion for the past year and is the primary caregiver to the Marines of Bridge Platoon as they serve on the front lines of Afghanistan. Soto is a hospital corpsman with 9th ESB, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard
February 17, 2012 - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Alexandria Greterman pays respects to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada during a memorial service aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. Estrada, who was assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died while conducting night live-fire and maneuver training in Djibouti. Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th MEU are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David McKee
Airmen perform a high-altitude, low-opening jump during a joint operational access exercise at Pope Field, N.C., on Feb. 10, 2012. The airmen are combat controllers assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tony R. Ritter, U.S. Air Force
Slideshow of 150 Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp cadets from the Atlanta-area touring the Coast Guard Cutter Saginaw and Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team in Mobile, AL on Feb. 16, 2012.
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February 23, 2012 - From second from left, Medal Honor Recipients... Robert Patterson, Salvatore Giunta, Bruce Crandall and Walter Marm review the troops during Basic Combat Training graduation of the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Jackson, S.C. Giunta was the guest speaker. Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo

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