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Army Pfc. Eric Leow provides security as the point man while fellow soldiers carry a simulated casualty weighing 200 pounds to an extraction point during a situational training exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 24, 2013. Leow, a military policeman, is assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, 2nd Engineer Brigade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)
Cpl. Ryan T. McSweeney (left), a Middletown, Ohio, native and recovery vehicle operator with Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), shakes hands with Col. Dwayne A. Whiteside, the commanding officer of CLR-2, after receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device during an award ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, July 23, 2013. McSweeney earned the award for his courage and initiative during an insurgent assault on Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazi in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)
Lt. j.g. Derrick Ingle, assistant public affairs officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), teaches a young Australian boy how to salute during a ship tour on August 1, 2013. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaitlyn R. Breitkreutz)
Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron pay tribute to a prisoners of war/missing in action display during the Senior NCO induction ceremony July 25, 2013, on Hurlburt Field, Fla. The display honors POWs/MIAs who are no longer here to celebrate such special occasions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson)
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alaniz, right, gives a mission brief to his troops before conducting convoy operations on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 30, 2013. Alaniz is assigned to Alpha Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, Combined Force Dragoon, which provided security during the operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Quinton McCloud, right and Zamp, a military working dog trained to detect improvised explosive devices, search inside an Afghan compound for any evidence of insurgency and weapons during Operation Grizzly IV near Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 29, 2013. McCloud is assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
F/A-18 Hornets from the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron, fly over the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Coronado during a training flight over the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 1, 2013. The Navy has cancelled the squadron's 2013 show season as part of budget cuts from sequestration, but pilots fly sorties to maintain proficiency in the aircraft. The Coronado is scheduled to be commissioned later this year. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rachel McMarr)
Airmen from the 4th Combat Camera Squadron pose in full tactical gear, including training weapons, after a memorial ruck march July 30, 2013 at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The eight U.S. Air Force Reserve Command members marched in honor of U.S. Army Spc. Hilda Clayton, a fellow combat camera professional who was killed in action July 2, 2013 in Afghanistan. The 4th CTCS plans to make the memorial ruck an annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Garcia)
A Coast Guard Recruit Color Guard from Training Center Cape May, N.J., marches in front of hundreds of visitors here during a Sunset Parade in honor of Coast Guardsmen across the Nation Aug. 4, 2013. Training Center Cape May is the service's only enlisted basic training facility, which creates more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard's workforce. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)
U.S. Army Sgt. Dillon Diener, squad leader for a security team in 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, recites the oath of enlistment on August 4, 2013 during his re-enlistment ceremony in Zabul province, Afghanistan. Diener, from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, has two sons, Brendon and Landon, with his wife, Jackie. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Tim Morgan)
President Barack Obama is greeted by U.S servicemen and women at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. Obama said he holds a special place in his heart for Marines, as he is constantly surrounded and protected by them. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure)
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The Airmen of “Delta Flight” from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron pose for a group photo after reaching the capitol building in Washington, D.C., Aug 8, 2013. The “DG” 140 is a 140-mile memorial ruck march from the Casualty Reception Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Maj. David Gray’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, Aug 4-8, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)
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Soldiers from 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, California Army National Guard, prepare to raise the American flag at Multinational Base - Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, August 5, 2013. The flags are replaced periodically due to wear from harsh Afghanistan weather conditions. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick)
U.S. Marines Corps Pilot Lt. Col. Mitchell Scott, left, and U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jose Jesus Cervantes signal each other on Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2013. Scott, a commander officer, and Cervantes, a collateral duty inspector, are both with Marine Attack Squadron 311. (U.S. Marine Corps photo Sgt. Gabriela Garcia)
Sailors assigned to the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) places flags in front of a grave at the Rhone American Cemetery during a community engagement project in recognition of the 69th anniversary celebration of allied troops landing in Provence, France during World War II. This visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve safety and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Collin Turner)
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U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew members discuss their mission during a pre-flight briefing for an airdrop mission on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2013. The crew is assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. C-130 aircrews ensure that troops have adequate supplies of food, water and fuel to complete ground operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller)
Members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 return home to their families and friends from a nine-month deployment where they provided maritime security in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aug. 15, 2013. Port Security Unit 311 is designed for rapid deployment and sustained operations to provide port security in support of regional combatant commands outside of the continental United States and in its territorial waters. The unit is capable of immediate recall and can be anywhere in the world, mission ready, within 96 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Johnson)
An Army sniper team participates in a training exercise on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 14, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
Parade staff members with Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., perform during a Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA on July 30, 2013. Noncommissioned officers in positions traditionally held by officers and staff noncommissioned officers during this parade. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dan Hosack)
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Harris embraces his daughter during a homecoming celebration at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Aug. 7, 2013. Harris is the Gold crew operations officer for the littoral combat ship USS Freedom. The ship's Blue crew relieved its Gold crew midway through the ship’s maiden deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel M. Young)
A C130J Super Hercules from the 146th Airlift Wing in Port Hueneme, Calif., drops a line of retardant over the trees July 19, 2013, in the mountains above Palm Springs. The 146th AW was activated July 18, 2013 to support CAL Fire and CAL OES on the Mountain fire and other potential wildfire activity throughout the state. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)
U.S. soldiers eject an ammo shell during a fire support mission using an M119 105mm howitzer on Combat Outpost Wilderness, Paktya province, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper)
Lance Cpl. Pablo Ruiz, a rifleman serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and native of Los Angeles, engages a target with an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon on Range 800 on August 14, 2013. The company conducted day and night platoon attacks reinforced by a combined anti-armor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire as one of their last training exercises before deploying in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is capable of conducting limited contingency operations, amphibious operations and crisis response in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)
Operations Specialist Seaman Matthew Main stands watch on the bridge wing as U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) pulls in to Chinhae for a port visit on August 23, 2013. Blue Ridge port visits represent an opportunity to promote peace and stability in the South Indo-Asia-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners and foster growing relationships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timmy Wakefield)
Staff Sgt. Matthew Hanlon, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron air advisor and aerial gunner, scans terrain for possible threats over Logar Province, Afghanistan, during a coalition mission July 29, 2013. Hanlon, hailing from Temecula, Calif., and deployed from the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., says he loves the opportunities he’s been given over the years as aircrew. “Once your helicopter leaves the ground the thrill of flight begins,” says Hanlon. “The trust and bond developed between aviators from multiple countries is unparalleled." (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)
"Daily Show" comedians John Oliver, Rory Albanese, Elliott Kalan and Adam Lowitt visit with troops stationed in the Middle East as part of a week-long USO tour on August 19, 2013. This is the group's first-ever USO tour. (USO photo by Dave Gatley)
Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. (right), commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presents Chris W. Bandy, an auxiliarist with Flotilla 28-1 in the Coast Guard 9th District, Central Auxiliary Region, with a plaque recognizing Bandy as the 2012 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year at the Auxiliary National Conference in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 24, 2013. Bandy was also awarded the Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal during the conference. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis)
Army Pfc. Travis Watson, left, and Army Staff Sgt. Homer Teague, right, search a soldier playing the part of a local leader during a natural disaster exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 19, 2013. Watson and Teague are assigned to the 1st Squadron Airborne, 40th Cavalry Regiment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)
Rct. Shabella Rideout, Platoon 4037, strikes a blow against Rct. Julia Valentine, Platoon 4036, during a pugil stick match Aug. 21, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. Rideout, 18, from Philadelphia, and Valentine, 18, from New Milford, Conn., are scheduled to graduate with Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, on Nov. 1, 2013. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 21, 2013) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 conducts flight operations with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Douglas Spence)

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