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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick R. White, left, and Staff Sgt. Jared G. Tape conduct Operation Aero Hunter with other Regional Command elements in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2012. The air interdiction force was used as a quick reaction force in support of counter-insurgency operations in Southern Helmand. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 21, 2012) - Sailors stationed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) navigate the ship to its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the first time. The new destroyer honors Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat as leader of a four-man reconnaissance team in Afghanistan. Murphy was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan, and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey
Pararescuemen with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron secure the area after being lowered from an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a mission in Afghanistan on Nov. 7, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder
Army Spc. Richard Burton, crew chief with the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, provides security in a Black Hawk helicopter during a flight mission over Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Nov. 26, 2012. Burton is from Athens, Ga. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie
Pilots and crew members of the 35th Fighter Wing stationed at Misawa Air Base pose for a group shot with Trace Adkins in front of one of many F-16 fighter jets that populate the base on November 28, 2012. This is the second stop of Adkins USO holiday tour to Japan. USO Photo by Dave Gatley
Marines volunteering for a Toys for Tots drive pass toys to other boxes at the USS Midway in San Diego, Dec. 1, 2012. The Toys for Tots Foundation for San Diego has a goal to give more than 200,000 toys to children of low-income families in San Diego and surrounding counties. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns
Roy Carter, a Pearl Harbor survivor, views the USS Oklahoma memorial on Ford Island on December 7, 2011. Carter was a carpenter's mate 2nd class while aboard USS Oklahoma and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of lieutenant commander. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Furey
Woodrow Derby, who served aboard the former battleship the USS Nevada, left, and his wife, Christine, visit the new the USS Nevada wayside exhibit at Hospital Point at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 6, 2012. The Nevada was the only battleship able to get underway during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Furey
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
Two Hickam Field survivors, retired Master Sgt. Kenneth Ford and retired Col. Andrew Kowalski, stand for the invocation Dec. 7, 2012, during the 71st anniversary ceremony commemorating the 1941 attacks on Hickam Field. Ford and Kowalski were both enlisted in the Army Air Corps during the attacks. Ford was given a rifle and five rounds to defend the beach from another wave of attacks. Kowalski reported to the Wing Headquarters building and fielded calls reporting the names and numbers of casualties. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Main
South Carolina Army National Guard hosts a dedication ceremony to present the new Fallen Heroes Memorial, Dec. 2, 2012. The ceremony was held in the Adjutant Generals building, Columbia, S.C. The memorial stands in the foyer of the building, honoring the 16 members of the S.C. National Guard who lost their lives during the recent campaigns in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. South Carolina National Guard photo by Sgt. Brad Mincey
Marines with the Blue Angels and Santa bring toys for a Toys for Tots donation Dec. 3, 2012 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The Marines brought more than $700,000 in toy and book donations on their C-130, ‘Fat Albert,’ from donation points in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. They toys were put onto trucks for distribution to points in the affected New York area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 7, 2012) The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducts a pass-in-review by the USS Arizona Memorial during the 71st Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. More than 2000 guests, including Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans, attended the National Park Service and U.S. Navy-hosted joint memorial ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. This year's theme focused on "Coming of Age - From Innocence to Valor." U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan
December 12, 1212 - Mark Kelly Olson, the 10-year-old son of Aerospace Testing Alliance operations controller Mark Olson, dons a customized fire helmet he received from the Arnold Air Force Base Fire Department, showing his honorary title as a “true hero,” at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Arnold Engineering Development Complex Fire Department Chief Daryle Lopes and Fire Chief Kip Luttrell spearheaded the effort to rally moral support for Mark since learning that he had been diagnosed with very high risk acute lymphocytic leukemia earlier in the year. (Courtesy photo by Mark Olson's family)
A U.S. soldier points out areas of interest during a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana in Afghanistan's Khowst province, Nov. 30, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Sergeant Major Karl Simburger, the 1st Combat engineer sergeant major, calls off the names of the three fallen Marines during a memorial ceremony here at Camp SanMateo, Dec. 6, 2012. This tradition has been maintained to honor fallen comrades who have been killed in action. The service was held for Cpl. Alex Martinez and Lance Cpls. Steven P. Stevens and Alec R. Terwiske, who were killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. Photo by USMC Lance Cpl. James Gulliver
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Air Force Airman First Class Colton Burnett carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Colton is assigned to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Thousands of other volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
Dec. 14, 2012 -- Seaman Recruit Guillermo Garciavillareal adjusts the national ensign on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) to half-mast in remembrance of the victims and families impacted by the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff Friday to honor victims of the mass shooting. U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician 3rd Class Christopher A. Brewer
(L-R) Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia, Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen, comedian/host of CBS' "Excused" Iliza Shlesinger, Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler, Washington Capitols forward Matt Hendricks, critically acclaimed country music singer Kellie Pickler, and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, pose for a photo onstage after a performance aboard the USS John C. Stennis as part of the 2012 USO holiday tour on December 13, 2012. This is the first USO tour for Hendricks, Detwiler, Stammen and Shlesinger, and the sixth for Pickler - who traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan in May 2012. USO photo by Fred Greaves
Members of the 9th Coast Guard District pose for a crew photo at the district offices in Cleveland Nov. 14, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi
Tom and Romayne McGinnis, parents of the late Spc. Ross McGinnis, unveil a mannequin replica of their son during a dedication ceremony which presented him as a Medal of Honor recipient held at the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division headquarters Dec. 7, 2012. McGinnis was an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. While deployed to Adamiyah, Iraq, McGinnis saved the lives of four fellow Soldiers by taking most of the impact from a grenade that had entered their vehicle. Along with the unveiling, the ceremony honored McGinnis with the Medal of Honor and rededicated the company operations facilities in his tribute. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Kandi Huggins
Marines with Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire M777A2 Lightweight Howitzers aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012, during Exercise Steel Knight. Steel Knight is a combined arms exercise conducted by 1st Marine Division Marines and sailors from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl Jason Morrison)
December 18, 2012 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) displays its holiday lights at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Ships and submarines home-ported in Hawaii participate in the annual Pearl Harbor Holiday Festival of Lights. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan)
Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton (back right), Chief Master Sgt. Herman Moyer (back left) and children from the 45th Space Wing enjoy real snow during the holiday party at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 14, 2012. Cotton is the 45th SW commander and Moyer is the 45th SW command chief. (Courtesy photo)
Senior Airman Thomas Thornburg, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Rosales, look for the perfect little girl toys as they deliver toys to all ages at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, Dec. 14, 2012. The airmen from the California Air National Guard were hoping to visit and brighten the children's day with gifts as the children receive care at the out patient center where they often have to visit a few times a week. (Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Julie Avey)
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Marines stand post at a volunteer collection box for Toys for Tots at the annual holiday reception on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 12, 2012. The Marine Corps Reserve has sponsored the Toys for Tots program to give toys to needy children since 1947. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant
BEAUFORT, S.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) Sailors assigned to Naval Hospital Beaufort wrap presents for local military and civilian children in need. The presents were donated from members of the community due to the efforts of Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Donna Patrick, who for the past four years has volunteered to ensure local children have a happy holiday season. (U.S. Navy photo by Regena Kowitz)
Newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Connor Dietz poses with U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and Brig. Gen. Dana Born, dean of the faculty, during the Class of 2012 Winter Graduation Ceremony at the Academy's Arnold Hall Ballroom in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 19, 2012. Second Lt. Dietz hails from Columbus, Ohio, and is the starting quarterback for the Air Force Falcons. (Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan)
The Coast Guard Honor Guard retires the colors at the memorial of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne on at Reservation Point in San Pedro, Calif., Dec. 8, 2012. Horne, the executive Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island Dec. 2, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner)
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Marines and members of the 4H Green Team stand at attention after placing wreaths on Veterans' graves at the McClellan cemetery on December 15, 2012. Retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Watson, a former commander of Fort McClellan, spearheaded the wreath-laying event. As he thanked everyone for participating, he remarked on his and the committee's goal to include young people in the event. Photo by Mark Cleghorn, US Army Photographer
Soldiers assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat, Airborne) Pfc. Christopher Moore, a native of St. Albans, W.Va., left, Pvt. Jordan Villa, a native of Oxnard, Calif., Sgt. John-Paul Gorcyca, a native of Shreveport, La., and Pfc. Sean Spacek, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, build a snowman at Malamute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson while waiting for a parachute drop of heavy equipment, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Fresh, heavy snowfall the day before left conditions perfect for snow play on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

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