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March 2013
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This USO tour photo shows Broncos Peyton Manning with troops following an awards ceremony where servicemen and women of Rota Airbase were recognized for their courage and dedication to their mission, Feb. 26, 2013. Included among the awards presented that day were three Bronze Stars. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)
The Patriot Guard Riders pay their respects to the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535, March 1, 2013. A memorial service was held at Aviation Training Center Mobile to commemorate the loss of Coast Guard helicopter 6535. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega)
U.S. Army Sgt. Curtis Smith, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provides security during an Afghan Border Patrol (ABP) outpost assessment in Afghanistan on February 10, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallgarth
A field artilleryman with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, pulls the lanyard on a M327 120 mm mortar system during Operation Spartan Fury at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Feb. 21, 2013. The Alpha Battery Marines used the mortar system for the first time during the training exercise and were mentored by Marines from Bravo Battery to become familiar with the new weaponry. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan Knapke)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 27, 2013) Capt. Kent Whalen, commanding officer of the aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and CMDCM Jeffrey Pickering, the ship's command master chief, render hand salutes during a burial at sea for 20 former service members. Carl Vinson is underway conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy A. Hazel)
U.S. Soldiers with the 171st Engineer Company practice grappling holds during a combatives class at the unit's armory in St. Pauls, N.C., March 2, 2013. Nearly 100 Soldiers participated in the training in preparation for the unit's deployment to Afghanistan this fall. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mary Junell)
Airman 1st Class Michael Holley, 22 Air Refueling Wing Base Honor Guard bugler, plays "Taps" at a standard honor guard funeral practice March 4, 2013, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. During the ceremony, "Taps" is played right before the American flag is presented to the next of kin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jarrod M. Vickers)
Cpl. Tanner Seitz, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41, performs a rifle swim as part of aquatic conditioning during the Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, N.C., March 6, 2013. Seitz, from Keller, Texas, is one of more than 20 students attending the three-week MCIWS course. The course creates instructors who can train Marines to react and survive life-threatening situations in the water. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga)
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The color guard of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) parades the colors as the National Anthem is sung during an at sea change of command ceremony on March 8, 2013. Capt. Timothy Kott relieved Capt. Thomas Halvorson as commanding officer of Mobile Bay. Mobile Bay is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Dawson, 336th Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, inspects an aircrew member's helmet for cracks during Operational Readiness Inspection Coronet White on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 8, 2013. Members of the 4th Fighter Wing were inspected on their ability to transition from peace to wartime posture at a moment's notice and still accomplish mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubrey White)
WASHINGTON — Port Security Unit 305 members are presented a 2012 Reserve Forces Readiness Award at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. The RFRA is presented to the top unit in each of the reserve components of the armed forces that demonstrate outstanding family readiness while maintaining superior mission readiness. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents a purple heart to a soldier in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, March 9, 2013. Hagel traveled to Afghanistan on his first trip as the 24th defense secretary to visit U.S. troops, NATO leaders and Afghan counterparts. (DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)
Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, conduct a Marine Corps Martial Arts grappling session during a motivational run on Onslow Beach, N.C., March 4, 2013. BLT 3/2, the ground combat element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted the run to generate esprit de corps and enhance unit cohesion before embarking on their deployment this month. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone)
SOUDA BAY, Greece (March 10, 2013) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) handle line as the ship prepares to depart Souda Bay, Greece, after a port visit. Barry, homeported out of Norfolk, Va., is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Bennett)
Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. Bishop and other 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilots will begin operational testing of the joint strike fighter later this year at Nellis AFB, Nev. Bishop is the 422nd TES director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
U.S. Army Maj. Nancy Lewis and members of the Camp Eggers Voluntary Community Relations mission pass out gifts to Afghan women who attended a ceremony in celebration of International Women’s Day at the Shahrara Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kleynia R. McKnight)
U.S Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathan Bush launches the Puma during an operation at Patrol Base Boldak March 4, 2013. To operate, the Puma must be launched by hand. Bush is a member of Weapons Company with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
March 15, 2013 - U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Scott H.Swift, center, cuts a ceremonial cake with the oldest and youngest members of his staff, Fleet Surgeon Capt. Viswanadham Pothula and Yeoman Seaman Recruit Dalton Mercurio in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. 7th Fleet aboard the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). The U.S. 7th Fleet provides a powerful example of the Navy's dedication in preserving the free and safe movement of commerce, support of our friends and stability in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Karsten)
USAF Maj. Aaron Lawson jumps from a C-17 Globemaster III Feb. 26, 2013, near Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii. The jump was filmed by veteran free-fall cameraman and skydiver cinematographer, Tom Sanders, and will be used in a scene on an upcoming episode of the television show “Hawaii Five-0.” Lawson was given the opportunity to serve as a stunt double for actor Alex O’Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett on the show and will be featured alongside Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Phillips, SOCPAC jumper and parachute rigger, performing the free-fall jump. This episode will air April 15 on CBS at 10PM EST. Lawson is a Special Operations Command, Pacific jumper and special tactics officer. (Photo by Tom Sanders)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Walls (right), a member of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, salutes Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Jones (left), a member of Coast Guard Base New Orleans, after folding the American flag for the daughter of World War II veteran William A. Barnes during military funeral honors at Lakewood Memorial Park, March 18, 2013. Barnes enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough)
Led by Staff Sgt. Joshua Erickson, a firing party with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, prepares to render honors during a memorial ceremony on March 13, 2013 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The ceremony was held in remembrance of Spc. Cody D. Suggs, a motor transport operator and gunner assigned to the 1487th Transportation Company, Ohio National Guard, who died March 7, 2013 at Kandahar Airfield as a result of a non-combat incident. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tanya Green, 3rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)
Lance Cpl. Kurtis G. Lucas provides security with his military working dog Sayfa on March 6, 2013 during a combat lifesaver course at the Tactical Medical Simulation Center at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Marines attended the CLS course before being tested on their ability to apply what they learned in simulated battlefield conditions. Lucas is a military working dog handler with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose Lujano)
GULF OF ADEN (March 20, 2013) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon)
Capt. Justin Skinner, 351st Air Refueling Squadron, gives some local schoolchildren a tour of a KC-135 Stratotanker March 18, 2013, at a deployed location in southwest Europe. Skinner is a Choctaw, Okla., native. Airmen and aircraft from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed as the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Jan. 26, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)
The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard salute the colors during a change of command ceremony for the 4th Infantry Division at Founders Field on Fort Carson, Colo., March 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. William Smith)
Sgt. Chesty XIII, official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps, right, stares down his successor Recruit Chesty, left, during training at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., March 20, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dengrier Baez)
Pilot CDR Ryan Bernacchi salutes prior to take off in an F/A-18C Hornet from the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), March 25, 2013. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana)
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard members transfer the remains of retired Maj. Gen. Frederick "Boots" Blesse into the caisson March 22, 2013, at Arlington National cemetery in Arlington, Va. Blesse, flew two combat tours in the Korean War, and became the nation’s leading jet ace after shooting down nine MiG-15s and one La-9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston)
Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May carry life rafts filled with full seabags while marching the Parade Field here reciting the Coast Guard Core Values of honor, respect and devotion to duty March 26, 2013. This training helps prepare recruits physically, instills discipline and ensures a deep understanding of Coast Guard culture and required knowledge. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (back row 2nd l), Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ( back row 4th l), Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (back row 5th l), Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (back row 3rd r), Tampa Bay Bucanneers guard Davin Joseph (back row 2nd r) and Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (r) pose for a photo with soldiers stationed in the Middle East during a stop on their week-long USO/NFL tour March 18, 2013. This is the first USO tour for each player. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)
Capt. Raymond Kaster, a Bridgewater, N.J., native and Company K commander, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), inspects Lance Cpl. Dennis Bowling, from Orlando, Fla., in his Service A uniform aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) while at sea March 29, 2013. They and their fellow Marines will wear their uniforms during a social event while ported in Greece as part of their scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of operation. The MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Guevara)

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