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Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment support the photographs of their fallen brethren during a memorial service hosted by the battalion at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing zone here, Sept. 28, 2012. The battalion, which recently returned from a seven month deployment from Afghanistan, honored Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, from Webster, Texas, Cpls. Alex Martinez, a native of Elgin, Ill., and Anthony R. Servin, from Riverside, Calif., and Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Witsman, a native of Danville, Ill. Wilson, Martinez, Servin and Witsman all gave their lives to protect their country and fellow Marines during Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Marine Sgt. Alfred V. Lopez
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September 27, 2012 - The Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), center right, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Vicksburg (CG 69), far right, and USS Hue City (CG 66) are underway in formation during a passing exercise. Enterprise, Eisenhower, Vicksburg and Hue City are 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
Air Force pararecuemen check their weapons before engaging targets at a marksmanship event during the annual Pararecuemen Jumpers Rodeo Competition in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy
A Soldier sprints to the formation while carrying an American Flag during the New York City Tunnel to Towers Run, Sept. 30, 2012. United States Military Academy at West Point cadets and FDNY firefighters lined the final stretch of the run. The run is in support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which works to build homes for injured troops and provide scholarships to the children of fallen service members and firefighters. Siller was an off-duty New York City firefighter who headed back to the city to help after the attacks on 9/11. When he reached as far as car traffic would allow he strapped his 65 pounds of gear on ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to join his fellow firefighters. The 5km run retraces his steps to the base of the World Trade Center. Siller died while helping with the rescue effort. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stand atop the flight deck of the USS Makin Island as they transit to San Francisco for the 2012 Fleet Week, Oct. 3, 2012. From Oct. 3-8, Marines and sailors of the 13th MEU, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade, will participate in numerous community outreach events including the Italian Heritage Day parade, urban search and rescue demonstration, park restoration projects and hospital visits. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O’Quin
October 3, 2012 - Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) man the rails as the ship departs on a final 7-month deployment from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Reuben James is scheduled to be decommissioned during the summer of 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Diana Quinlan

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley presents a coin to U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trent Mitchell, a crew chief for 801st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, during a ceremony held at the 8th Special Operations Squadron auditorium on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 1, 2012. The ceremony honored Mitchell for performing emergency Self Aid Buddy Care to a woman that sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Williams
The American flag blows in the wind as the moon rises over Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C., Oct. 2 2012. Photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
Coast Guard members from Training Center Petaluma, along with servicemembers from the Marines and Navy pose for a photo at San Francisco City Hall, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Maritime service members were honored as part of this year's annual Fleet Week. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sherri Eng
The I Corps flag detail retired our nation's colors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Sept. 28, 2012. I Corps returned a few months ago from its Afghanistan deployment and is shifting its focus to the Pacific Rim. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Johnpaul Arnold
Country music artist Brad Paisley poses for a photo on the White House South Lawn with wounded warriors and their family members who are among those being honored as our nation’s real heroes at the fourth annual “Salute to the Military” USO concert, July 4, 2012. USO photo by Jackie McLeod
Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, play with students while visiting an elementary school in the Philippines, Oct. 11, 2012. The visits were part of a bilateral effort by US and Philippine armed forces to give back to the communities that help host Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Codey Underwood
The officers and crew of the USS Michael Murphy salute after manning the ship during its commissioning ceremony in New York, Oct. 6, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
Sparky the Fire Dog and Airman 1st Class Ashley Eisenbarth, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, read a book to preschoolers from the Child Development Center West at the base library during Fire Prevention Week Oct. 11, 2012. Throughout the week, the 48th CES firefighters coordinated a series of events to raise awareness and Liberty Wing members about fire prevention. Photo by USAF Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" and the Fife and Drum Corps perform during Twilight Tattoo and the Outstanding Civilian Service Award ceremony in Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Oct. 11, 2012. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
Sept. 30, 2012 - Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Chandrapaul, the ammunition chief and armory chief for Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, and 21-year-old St. Cloud, Fla. native, orders, tracks and secures everything from rockets to machine guns in Afghanistan. Photo by Marine Sgt. James Mercure
WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2012) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and former USS Davis (DD 937) crew members salute a wreath placed in front of the Lone Sailor statue at the U.S. Navy Memorial in honor of the crew who served aboard Davis. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Justin Schramm prepares to roll from an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter as troops conduct combat search and rescue training during Pacific Thunder 2012 on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 12, 2012. Schramm, a flight chief and evaluator aerial gunner, is assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Csurilla
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle crewmembers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officer candidates stand watch on the bridge of the Eagle Sept. 17, 2012. NOAA and Coast Guard officer candidates spend two weeks of their training aboard the Eagle to improve their seamanship, teamwork and leadership skills. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Dallas, right, the command sergeant major of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, gives toys to Afghan children during Operation Southern Fist in Obezhan Kalay village, Spin Boldak district, Afghanistan, Sept. 30, 2012. The Afghan-led operation focused on denying the enemy freedom of movement and connecting area villagers with the Afghan government. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie
A Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter and an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, Marine Aircraft Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), conduct operations over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2012. HMLA-469 provided air support for counter-insurgency operations in Helmand. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona Paulo
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 15, 2012) Capt. Robert Boyer, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, launches in an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) for an aerial change of command ceremony. Enterprise is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman
October 17, 2012 - Capt. Ronald Oswald, commanding officer, NAVOPSPTCEN Ventura County, Calif., listens to Gloria, wife of Harold Abramson, tell the story of Abramson’s draft lottery number being the last number drawn one month before the end of World War II. Full Time Support and Navy Reserve sailors visited the Topanga Park Retirement Living facility during the Spirit of '45 celebration to spend time with the veterans and learn about the path they follow. The Spirit of '45 event was organized by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and the Topanga Park facility to pay tribute to World War II veterans. Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kim McLendon
Retired Colonels Kelly Hamilton and Katherine Bacon both attended the 15th anniversary celebration of Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 19, 2012. Hamilton was the pilot and Bacon was the navigator for the Air Force's first all-women flight in 1982. Hamilton and Bacon saw each other for the first time since 1985. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee
The Continental Color Guard (CCG), 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), post the National Colors before the start of the 2012 Army Ten-Miler at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Oct. 21, 2012. CCG’s mission is to showcase the U.S. Army’s precision nationally and internationally and displays the Colors in numerous parades and ceremonies thought the year. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.
Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford, anti-tank missileman, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, leads his pack mule during a hike at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 13, 2012. Langford used skills he learned in the Animal Packers Course, taught four times a year at MCMWTC. The 16-day course teaches Marines how to use animals in the region they find themselves in as a logistical tool to transport weapons, ammunition, food, supplies or wounded Marines through terrain that tactical vehicles cannot reach. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ali Azimi
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 25, 2012) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) launches a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) as apart of a joint ballistic missile defense exercise. America’s Sailors are Warfighters, a fast and flexible force deployed worldwide. U.S. Navy courtesy photo
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presents the 2012 General Jerome F. O'Malley and Diane O'Malley Award to Col. Michael Minihan and his wife, Ashley, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Oct. 24, 2012. The Minihans earned the award for their time in command at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The annual award recognizes the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions to the nation, Air Force, and local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple in a key Air Force position. U.S. Air Force photo by Michael J. Pausic
U.S. Coast Guard members from the surrounding Houston area converged on the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston, to be honored during a Houston Rockets halftime show on military appreciation night, Oct. 17, 2012. For more than two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm
French Gen. Bertrand Ract-Madoux, Chief of Staff of the French Army, congratulates U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin H. March and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keenan A. Bachmeyer; both OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilots from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, NY; after presenting them the Cross of Military Valor with Silver Star on Oct. 23, 2012 in Washington DC. The pilots earned the award, among the highest in the French military, for their courageous actions while providing air support to French special forces in eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2010. During the operation both pilots suffered wounds from enemy fire but continued to provide life-saving air support to the ground troops. Photo courtesy of France in the United States; Embassy of France in Washington
Kaydence Hoversten, 22-month-old daughter of Gunnery Sgt. Jared Hoversten, sits in front of buses shortly before her dad and other Regimental Combat Team 7, 7th Marines leave for their deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 9, 2012 at 7th Marine Regimental Headquarters. RCT-7 is departing for Helmand province, Afghanistan, where they will be taking over as the senior ground combat element in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William J. Jackson

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