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May 2012
(National Military Appreciation Month)
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Soldiers patrol through a village during a situation training exercise at Kamal Jabour, a mock Afghan village located on a training facility on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 26, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Wilbanks
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Lance Cpl. Levi Marshall All-Marine Warrior Games athlete poses for a photo after he took gold in the 10K recumbent cycling competition at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo on May 1, 2012. Marshall who resides in Covington, Wash., beat the Army, Navy and Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations Command teams in the recumbent cycling by an astonishing three minutes and 36 seconds. This year’s Warrior Games events include, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, archery, seated volleyball, swimming and track and field. Photo by Patrick Onofre
President Barack Obama greets hospital personnel in the ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. The President presented ten Purple Hearts, three in the ICU. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
MANZANILLO, Mexico (April 28, 2012) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Douglas Eggleton, from Cooperstown, N.Y., stands watch at a gun mount aboard the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) as the ship departs Manzanillo, Mexico, following a port visit. Independence is underway for the ship's maiden voyage to San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trevor Welsh
Air Force team members retired Staff Sgt. Claude Owens (foreground) and Michael Sanders high five each other after scoring a point during a sitting volleyball game against the Special Operations team May 1, 2012, at this year's Warrior Games held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force won 41-14. U.S. Air Force photo by Val Gempis
May 5, 2012 - Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Coconino High School and ROTC cadets from Northern Arizona University salute the flag during the eighth season opening of the Fort Tuthill Museum, a museum that contains the history of the 158th Infantry Regiment.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua scans for potential threats while his fellow Marines speak to a group of local farmers about illicit poppy growth in the area during a security patrol in the Durzay region of the Garmsir district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 30, 2012. Goitortua is assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was making the final patrol of a seven-month deployment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder
BRISBANE, Australia (May 5, 2012) Mr. Harry Frey, a USS Lexington (CV-2) World War II veteran prepares to lay a wreath in honor of the men and women who served during the Battle of Coral Sea. Frey survived a bombing aboard Lexington during the battle. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Farrington
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (May 5, 2012) Service members parade the colors at the EOD 43rd Annual Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. The names of eighteen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines were added to the EOD Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, bringing the total to 287 names of service members who have sacrificed all in the name of honor to country and service. U.S. Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician Collection 1st Class Joshua Pugh
Paying respect Airmen assigned to the Shaw Air Force Base Honor Guard march in formation with a folded U.S flag at the close of a retreat ceremony May 4, 2012, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The base honor guard conducted the retreat ceremony at the end of the first day of Shaw AFB’s Air Expo. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, homeported at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif., passes underneath the Golden Gate Bridge as it transits out of the San Francisco Bay, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Bertholf is the first National Security Cutter and is one of the flagships of the modern day Coast Guard along with the cutter Waesche and the soon to be commissioned cutter Stratton. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Alfaro, left, Spc. Alpesh Patel, center, and Sgt. Nick Herrera, right, prepare a mortar position during a patrol in a village in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, May 4, 2012. Alfaro, Patel and Herrera are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Emplacing the mortar is a common practice to protect a force that will be semi-stationary for a length of time. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
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Sgt. Maj. William F. Squires, former Marine Corps Air Station New River sergeant major, gives one of his last salutes as an active Marine, May 4, 2012. Squires retired after 30 years of honorable service and received the Legion of Merit from President Barack Obama for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Kyle Runnels
Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) fire the 40 mm saluting battery as the ship enters the port of Callao, Peru on May 12, 2012. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Frank J. Pikul
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (right), Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Dustin Hayhurst (center) and David Cyster stand beside the Millennium Sword of Friendship May 10, 2012, in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Donley then presented the 2011 U.S. Air Force Cadet of the Year Award to Hayhurst, and Cyster presented Hayhurst a coin symbolizing presentation of the Sword to him in honor of being named the Cadet of the Year. Hayhurst earned the award by demonstrating excellence in military skills, academics and athletics in an Air Force commissioning program. Cyster is a member of the of the Air Squadron of the United Kingdom. U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi
James Blair, a World War II veteran, shakes hands with supporters as he and other veterans arrive on an "honor flight" at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2012. The veterans visited the area to see the memorials dedicated to those who fought for freedom. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Brownlow
President Barack Obama presents Rose Mary Brown, widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., 101st Airborne Division, the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Sabo, a Vietnam-era veteran, during a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 16, 2012. Sabo was killed in action on May 10, 1970. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joel Lemaistre
Col. Leo Ruth II, commander of the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Mark Berry, senior brigade military adviser, poses with the top honored students in each of the four programs that the Killeen Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Center offers during the school’s Military Appreciation Day on May 17, 2012. The four programs are within the areas of Cosmetology, Welding, Health Science and Audio Visual Production. Photo by Army Photo by Staff Sgt. David House
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Provost Marshal Officers Joe Maxfield, left, Staff Sgt. Steven Matolevich, center, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune PMO officer Richard L. Guy Jr., right, salute as taps is played for the memory of fallen police officers at a ceremony in Morehead City, N.C., May 15, 2012. President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 to be Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, which police departments nationwide have observed ever since. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
POINT LOMA, Calif. (May 11, 2012) Pallbearers carry the casket of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Lt. Christopher Mosko following a burial ceremony at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery. Mosko was killed in action Apr. 26, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jasmine Sheard
Buglers from across the nation gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, 2012 to honor the 150th anniversary of taps. Photo by Jim Dresbach
A member from the Golden Star Parachute team, drifts downward with the American flag during opening ceremonies at the Thunder Over the Empire Airfest, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., May 19, 2012. Airfest 2012 features military and civilian aerial and ground demonstrations during a two-day air show. Photo by USAF Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion
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Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Third Army/ARCENT commanding general presents a Third Army Command coin of excellence to Gen. (Ret.) Ronald H. Griffith, a LaFayette, Ga., native, at the ninth annual Armed Forces Day Barbecue in LaFayette May 19, 2012. The event, sponsored by Chapter 12 of the Northwest Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, allowed friends, families and strangers an opportunity to strengthen relationships through shared stories of service and dedication. Brooks said he last visited LaFayette more than 16 years ago while serving as Griffith’s aide-de-camp. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Mylinda Durousseau
A photo of fallen Marine Master Sgt. Scott E. Pruitt and his daughters, Jennifer, 9, and Jordyn, 4, sits displayed during a memorial service at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 14, 2012. Pruitt was killed, April 28, 2012 when an improvised explosive device went off in Zaranj,Nimruz province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Regional Command Southwest as the commander's Emergency Response Program fiscal chief. Pruitt is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Jordyn Pruitt, his brother Paul A. Pruitt, his father, Gene Pruitt, his mother Lydia A.Hobson, and his fianc�e, Tricia L. Lane. Photo by USMC Cpl. Jennifer Pirante
NEW YORK (May 23, 2012) - Singer Katy Perry performs at the Fleet Week New York Block Party for Sailors and Marines. Fleet Week New York 2012 marks the 25th year the city has celebrated the nation's sea services. This year, the seven-day event coincides with the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and will host more than 6,000 service-members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team in addition to coalition ships from around the world. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer 2nd Class Gretchen Albrecht
Army Pvt. Aaron Johnson, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a small American Flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2012. During an approximately three-hour period, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones and about 7,300 niches at the cemetery's columbarium. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Coffee
"A Grateful Nation Remembers . . . is a tribute image honoring all those brave ones . . . who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our beloved, great America since the fight for Independence. It is a reminder of each fallen's final, priceless act . . . to defend and preserve the USA along with safeguarding their fellow citizens' freedoms . . . that are unequalled. It reflects why America's exceptionalism is unique . . . in what will be done for country's sake and the honor bestowed for doing so . . . allowing America to remain the shining beacon of liberty for all to see!" David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! founder
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An Army bugler playing taps as President Barack Obama stands for a moment of silence is one of fourteen images in the slideshow below about the Memorial Day observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Va., May 28, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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Barney Bidders, a retired soldier, and Les Newell, a retired Marine, both Vietnam War veterans from Virginia, recall memories of service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a Memorial Day event at the wall in Washington, D.C., May 28, 2012. DOD photo by Linda Hosek
Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) spent the day with Armed Forces veterans May 21, 2012 at the Syracuse Regional Veterans Administration Hospital. The soldiers and veterans swapped war stories, played games and shared lunch. Photo by Army Lt. John Steger

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