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April 2012
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A candidate with Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School, maneuvers across a horizontal rope during The Montford Point Challenge at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 24, 2012. This is the second company to take on the challenge, which was created to honor the sacrifice and heroism of the first African American Marines who trained at Montford Point, N.C., from 1942 to 1949. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (March 23, 2012) - Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG77) departs for a deployment to the western Pacific region. O'Kane is deploying under the Middle Pacific Surface Combatant (MPSC) deployment concept, in which Pearl Harbor-based ships deploy in support of operations primarily in the western Pacific region under Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Airmen from the 23rd Fighter Group salute the flag during a retreat ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., March 22, 2012. Each month, members from different squadrons around the 23rd Wing conduct the ceremony signaling the end of the official duty day. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Francis
Military and civilian participants begin the 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March on White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 25, 2012. More than 6,700 people came from across the country to honor the World War II veterans who endured the Bataan Death March in 1942. U.S. Army photo by Daniel Liddicoet
First Lady Michelle Obama covers her heart and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Robert J. Papp renders a salute during the playing of the national anthem at the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel Polish
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Sgt. David Arvizo of the Natick Soldier Systems Center speaks with seventh-grade students during a March 30, 2012, visit to Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School in Needham, Mass. The students were studying the Civil War. Photo by John Harlow, USAG Natick Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Robert Griffith, senior drill instructor, Company K, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, passes out letters to Platoon 3226 during mail call on March 8, 2012 aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The senior drill instructor holds a father figure role to recruits while they are in training, so Griffith makes sure he's always the one to pass out his platoon's mail. Photo by USMC Sgt. Cristina Noelia Porras
ARABIAN SEA (April 2, 2012) - An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a cross deck evolution with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), not shown. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro
The Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Demonstration Team broke the collegiate record for largest formation March 31, 2012 in Gila Bend, Ariz. Photo courtesy of the Air Force Academy Public Affair
During a road building mission that started March 18, 2012 in Kandahar province soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division pull security along with Afghan National Security Forces while members of Alpha Company, 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and a dog team check the path for explosives. Photo by Army Sgt. Harold McGill
U.S. Marine Cpl. Mark Jensen (center), a team leader with 4th Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Nyssa, Ore., jokes with Afghan National Police patrolmen and local children while providing security at a vehicle checkpoint outside the Hazar Joft Bazaar here, April 8, 2012. On the patrol, the Kilo Co. Marines partnered with members of the Afghan National Police to maintain security in and around the bazaar, one of the busiest commercial centers in Helmand province’s Garmsir district. Their partnership is a vital part of preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to assume lead security responsibility in Garmsir. Photo by USMC Cpl. Reece Lodder
ARABIAN SEA (April 8, 2012) Cmdr. John Owen, command chaplain for the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), speaks to Sailors during Easter church services on the flight deck. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman
Debbie McBride blows one last kiss to her father, Tech. Sgt. Allen Avery during his burial April 6, 2012, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Avery was a pararescueman who, along with five others, was killed during a recovery operation in Vietnam on April 6, 1972. Avery's remains were recently identified via new DNA techniques and returned to the U.S. He was laid to rest with full military honors along with his fellow crew members who were interred in 1997. U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Raheem Moore
SAVOONGA, Alaska – Lt. Tom Pauser, with the 17th Coast Guard District’s prevention division, answers a student’s question at Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School April 10, 2012. Pauser was one of many Coast Guardsmen to visit rural Alaskan schools to give cold-water safety training in classrooms. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst
April 4, 2012 - U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Trevino, personal security detail, non-commissioned officer, 172nd Infantry Brigade, utilizes a foot bridge to cross a swollen river outside of the village of Marzak while locals wash clothing on the far bank. Marzak has historically been a stronghold for the insurgency over the past decade until the Afghan and U.S forces took advantage of the winter months to establish a local police force at the request of the elders and secure the village from foreign fighters who transit the area during the fighting season. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
Larry Veach, a former Marine and a bagpiper of 35 years, plays "Amazing Grace" during the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment memorial ceremony here, April 12, 2012. The military battle crosses before him are symbolic representations honoring the five fallen Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of the Afghan people throughout 2/4's recent deployment. The battalion deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and returned home last month. Photo by USMC Cpl. Benjamin Crilly
April 16, 2012 - An artist rendering of the Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002). U.S. Navy photo illustration by Lt. Shawn
The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team competes during the Joint Service Drill Exhibition at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., April 14, 2012. The Air Force team took first place after competing against teams from all four of the armed services including the Merchant Marine Academy. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston
U.S. Paratroopers Patrol a Village Near Combat Outpost Terezayi
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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Dustin Hanson, a section leader with Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, observes a moment of silence in respect of Lance Cpl. Ramon T. Kaipat, an infantryman who served with Charlie Co., 1st LAR, and 22-year-old native of Tacoma, Wash., during a memorial service here, April 16, 2012. Kaipat was killed in action during a dismounted patrol in support of combat operations in Helmand province’s Khan Neshin district. Kaipat’s brothers-in-arms remember him as a caring and humble warrior, who placed the welfare of his fellow Marines before his own. Photo by USMC Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez
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U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, introduces the team of celebrities on the USO spring tour as they visit troops in Southwest Asia, April 17, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh
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Fans cheer as the 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., approaches to fly above the stadium during the national anthem at Coors Field during the Colorado Rockies opening game April 9, 2012. All of the U.S. military branches joined together and held the flag to honor military members serving at home and overseas. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl L. Bolden Jr.
President Barack Obama cheers on participants in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House, April 20, 2012. White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
U.S. Army soldiers pulling security during Operation Eagle Mountain in Didar, Afghanistan, April 13, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marc Loi
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Boy Scouts of Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based Troop 789 welcome the newly bridged scouts by helping them put on their new epaulets, neckerchiefs and slides after the bridging ceremony on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 4, 2012. In preparation to becoming Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts change from a blue uniform to a tan uniform. The bridging ceremony signifies the next step in the scout's journey to become a young adult. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Michael Iams
Lt. Col. Michael E. McWilliams, the outgoing commanding officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, shakes the hand of Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the 2nd MLG commanding general, after receiving his Bronze Star during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 19, 2012. McWilliams, a Downingtown, Pa., native, received the award for his actions and accomplishments during his 2011 deployment with CLB-8 in Afghanistan. He led the battalion since July 2010 but is now furthering his career at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. Photo by USMC Sgt. Rachael Moore
The USO and Toby Keith celebrate a decade of touring the globe in support of troops and their families with a five-country, 12-day troop visit to the Middle East. This tour marks the tenth USO tour for the singer/songwriter, who has lifted the spirits of more that 182,600 service members. USO Photo by Dave Gatley - April 23, 2012
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The USS Carl Vinson leads the USS Bunker Hill and the USS Halsey during a passing exercise with Indian navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012 in the Indian Ocean, April 16, 2012. The Vinson, Bunker Hill and Halsey comprise Carrier Strike Group 1 and are participating in the annual bilateral naval field training exercise with the Indian navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman George M. Bell
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Joint Base Charleston Airmen and Eagle Harbor Ranch residents and owners pose for a photo at Eagle Harbor Ranch in Summerville, S.C., April 12, 2012. Eagle Harbor Ranch is a place of refuge and shelter for children ages six to 21 who are orphaned, neglected, abused or abandoned. Photo by Airman 1st Class Chacarra Walker
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OAK ISLAND, N.C. — Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Brennan Howard, a crewmember of Coast Guard Station Oak Island, talks about the 25-foot Response Boat - Small and its uses to attendees during the station's 7th annual Expo and Safety day here, April 28, 2012. Howard was among the approximately 250 members of local and state first responders who met with the station's 629 visitors. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin

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