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September 2013

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An A-10 Thunderbolt II does a show of force maneuver after locating a simulated downed pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3, Aug. 22, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Two A-10s defended the pilot's position until members of the 210th Rescue Squadron could rescue him. The A-10 is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Pfc. Shaun Innocenti provides security during a presence patrol around Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. Innocenti, a squad automatic weapon gunner, is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor)
Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., searches for targets aboard a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13 on Sept. 2, 2013. Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are operating from an expeditionary airfield 300 miles inland, supporting the battalion-sized element conducting the exercise. Koolendong demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Robbins)
September 2, 2013 - Several crew members who were on board the USS Missouri during the signing of the Instrument of Surrender and the artists who created the nine-foot bronze sculpture of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Nimitz, take part in a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the statute of the commander in chief for the U.S. Pacific Fleet from Dec. 31, 1941, to Nov. 24, 1945. Admiral Nimitz was in charge of Naval forces that lead to victory in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel)
Air Force Capt. Matthew Gray, right, and Air Force 1st Lt. Reed Elsbernd, left, fly a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft during an Exercise Green Flag East training mission over Fort Polk, LA on Aug. 21, 2013. Gray and Elsbernd, B-52 stratofortress pilots, are assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
A woman watches a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak take off from the Kodiak State Airport while she fishes for salmon in the Buskin River on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2013. Kodiak Island has a population of about 13,600 inhabitants, is a destination for visitors from all over the world and is home to several Coast Guard units including Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Air Station Kodiak, the cutters Munro, Alex Haley and SPAR, Electronic Systems Support Detachment Kodiak, Communication Station Kodiak, Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and several supporting detachments. (Photo courtesy of David Phillips)
Soldiers of the XVIII Airborne Corps conduct a 4-mile esprit-de-corps run in honor of the Corps’ 69th birthday on Sept. 6, 2013. More than 12,000 soldiers stretched out over the course as the rhythm of military cadences filled the air. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kissta DiGregorio, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs)
U.S. Marines conduct an amphibious insertion onto a beach while training in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, September 1, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone)
U.S. sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 154 to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 3. 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan R. McDonald)
Air Force Staff Sgt. Kane Lawlor, left, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Darins, right, prepare to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training at Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Ocean County, N.J., Aug. 29, 2013. Lawlor and Darins, tactical air control party airmen, are assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, 177th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley)
Spc. Casey Sage, of Keenesburg, Texas, a cavalry scout, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls security for dismounted Soldiers during a counter indirect fire patrol near Lalmah Village, Chapahar District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 1, 2013. Troop C, working in support of Task Force Patriot, gathered information, allowing International Security Assistance Forces to limit potential indirect fire sites around Forward Operating Base Fenty. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Chad Carlson, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama in hosting the Pentagon Observance Ceremony, Sept. 11, 2013. The event was invitation-only for survivors and family members of those who lost their lives after the 9/11 event at the Pentagon 12 years ago. (DOD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp)
Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, make landing in F470 Zodiac Combat Rubber Raid Craft on Pyramid Rock Beach, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 30, 2013. The boat company secured the beach, allowing follow-on forces to conduct an amphibious assault. The battalion is attached to the 13th MEU on a deployment to the Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan)
U.S Navy Chief Yeoman Kelly Romero, center, is piped aboard during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Sept. 13, 2013. Eighteen first class petty officers were advanced to chief petty officer during the ceremony. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich)
The Sept. 11 Memorial is shown here shortly after the dedication at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 11, 2013. The memorial incorporating two pieces of steel from World Trade Center tower one, a rock from the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site and a block from the damaged portion of the Pentagon, was unveiled at the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by David S. Tucker)
September 7, 2013 - The first Saturday of every month, a group of people meet on Freedom Bridge outside of the Madigan Gate of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to show their support of men and women in the military. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn)
U.S. Soldiers with the color guard, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, stand at attention during a remembrance ceremony held at the brigade headquarters at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 6, 2013. The remembrance ceremony honored paratroopers who lost their lives during the brigade's three deployments. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric-James Estrada)
U. S. Marine Corps Cpl. Todd F. Keffer, a student with Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry - East (SOI-E) poses for a photograph with his parents, Nancy and Fred Keffer, after graduating the basic 0300 course, Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 12, 2013. Cpl Keffer recently made a lateral move from the 3381 military occupational specialty (MOS) to the 0311 MOS. Fred and Nancy Keffer came from Swarthmore, P.A., to watch their son graduate. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Christine M. Wilcox, Combat Camera, SOI-E)
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to children and family members during a visit with actor, entertainer Gary Sinise to the USO Warrior and Family Center at Ft. Belvoir, Va., Sept. 11, 2013. Mrs. Obama visited Ft. Belvoir on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, to meet with wounded service members and their families and to participate in a patriotic craft project with military children. In honor of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance, USO locations, staff and volunteers around the world saluted our nation's troops and families to let them know the USO is always by their side. (USO photo by Cherie Cullen)
OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 17, 2013) U.S. Navy Ensign Samuel Corey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, rappels down a cliff at the Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves. More than 60 Seabees are attending the 8-day course to sustain the battalion’s overall readiness as the Pacific Region’s primary forward-deployed construction battalion. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey)
While fellow pilot Maj. Tim Rezac looks on, Maj. Ryan Bailey, 131st Operations Support Flight commander, presents Maj. Luke Jayne with his 1000 B-2 flying hour patch, Sept 14, 2013 at Whiteman AFB, Mo. All are Guardsmen with the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard. Jayne joins an elite group of 35 B-2 pilots who have achieved 1000 or more hours in the B-2 Stealth Bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mary-Dale Amison)
Crew members with Coast Guard Station San Juan take a group photo after being presented with the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award Sept. 18, 2013 at Coast Guard Base San Juan, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad, Sector San Juan public affairs specialist)
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Byron Cassidy, mortar platoon leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, shows his two sons Cameron (left), 4, and Byron, 1 1/2, a Humvee, at Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Smith)
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during an annual reception and dinner honoring wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA on September 21, 2013. (DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 19, 2013) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Nicolas Perez, left, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52), performs small boat operations transferring Cmdr. Dave Stoner, right, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61), and Command Master Chief Joe O’Brien back to Ramage. Barry and Ramage, homeported in Norfolk, Va., are on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher B. Stoltz)
Airmen from the 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron offload one of the two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from a C-17 Globemaster III at Royal Air Force Mildenhall Sept. 19, 2013. Nearly 100 Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron and 748th AMXS, stationed at RAF Lakenheath, returned from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, following an almost four-month deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler)
U.S. Army First Lt. Daniel Macleish is welcomed home from his deployment with the 153rd Military Police Company by his wife, Erin, and their son, Daniel Jr. on September 18, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy McDougall)
Rct. John-Paul Miller, Platoon 3074, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, yells to his partner he is ready to move forward through a combat training course Sept. 13, 2013, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The course is part of Basic Warrior Training week when recruits test their newly obtained basic combat skills such as communication and techniques for moving in a battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brinkl)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2013) Lt. j.g. Skyler Takahashi, left, and Chief Quartermaster Aryln Abreu, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), stand watch in the pilot house. Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joe Gamble salutes as the U.S. flag is lowered during daily retreat at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 26, 2013. Gamble is a professional military education instructor at the Airman Leadership School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo)

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