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October 2013

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek Zillinger of Coast Guard Station Port Aransas holds an endangered green sea turtle ready to be released off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas, Sept. 2, 2013. Coast Guard members teamed with volunteers for the Animal Rehabilitation Keep to safely release seven turtles back into their natural habitat. (Photo courtesy of Lee Harrison)
Soldiers who have served in Company B “Bayonets,” 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, take a moment to remember their fallen comrade at his memorial tree here at Warriors Walk, Sept. 20. 2013. The Warriors Walk is lined with Eastern Redbud trees, each one dedicated to a 3rd Infantry Division soldier fallen in combat. The tree honors Cpl. Bryant Luxmore, who was killed by enemy small-arms fire June 10, 2012, while conducting security operations in Panjwai, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs NCO)
U.S. Marines assigned to Low Altitude Air Defense Platoon, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire a Stinger Launch Simulator during familiarization training aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), at sea, Oct. 2, 2013. The Stinger Launch Simulator mimics the launching procedure of the Stinger Weapon System; both are alternately fired on an annual basis. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera)
PYEONGTAEK, Republic of Korea (Sept. 27, 2013) Sailors release the anchor during a sea and anchor detail aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89). Mustin 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 Mackenzie P. Adams)
An Air Force sergeant reunites with his wife and their young sons at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho on October 3, 2013 after returning from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace)
U.S. Army Cpl. Jonathan Smith and fellow soldiers react to potential direct fire at the U.S. Consulate in Herat city in Afghanistan's Herat province on Sept. 19, 2013. Smith is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan D. Gree)
Three Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group ... (left) Staff Sgt. Melaine D. Weaver, a Jacksonville, Fla., native and G-6 telecommunications chief with H&S Co., (center) Capt. Brian P. Sullivan, an Amory, Miss., native and G-6 net operations officer in charge, and (right) Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Morse, a Tampa, Fla., native and internal controls staff noncommissioned officer in charge with 2nd MLG disbursing, render a salute at an awards ceremony after receiving their medals aboard Camp Lejeune, NC on October 4, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Oct. 1, 2013) Cmdr. David Burke, commanding officer of the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, speaks during a memorial service in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jonathan S. Gibson aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). HSC 6 is deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlet)
The Boise State University ladies soccer team and Ed Moore, Broncos assistant coach (white shirt) met with Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace (front-right) and Airman 1st Class Devin Nothstine at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 5, 2013. Wallace recounted combat experiences for the Broncos, then the team hosted a soccer clinic for base families, all in support of their upcoming Military Appreciation Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jaye Legat)
U.S.A. Olympic Swimmers Natalie Coughlin and Kim Vandenberg with the military training dog unit during a USO tour stop at Naval Station Rota, Spain, October 7, 2013. (USO photo by Cherie Cullen)
The Coast Guard and local agencies held a multi-agency training day at the Port of West Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The exercise provided an opportunity for federal, state and county agencies to test capabilities, evaluate interagency operability and improve communications. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)
Spc. Dacoda Worth, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, gets his face painted by a student during the Hugh Bish Elementary School pen pal visit on September 6, 2013 at Fort Sill, Okla. (Photo by U.S. Army SSG Nathan Akridge)
Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Thompson, 1st ANGLICO forward observer from Clinton, Iowa, prepares to launch the RQ-11B Raven Oct. 9, 2013, at the Saylor Creek Range. The smallest of ANGLICO's unmanned aerial systems, the Raven has a wingspan of 4 feet, 6 inches, weighs 4 pounds, has a flight endurance of 60-90 minutes and an effective operational radius of approximately 6.2 miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton)
Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 and Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2 conduct high-speed maneuvers with a Coastal Command Patrol Boat (CCB) during a training exercise on September 27, 2013. CRG-1 Fleet Introduction Team Reservists provided CCB crew familiarization training to CRS-2 personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Scott)
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Brent Stevens flies a C-130 Hercules aircraft to Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 28, 2013. Stevens, a pilot, is assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. The unit's airmen transported the last cargo from Sharana before command of the base was transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ben Blokert)
Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on a White House ceremony on October 15, 2013. Swenson received the Nation's highest honor for his courageous actions while serving as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009. He is the sixth living recipient and the first officer to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (Army News Service photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
Miami native, Cpl. Ruben Varela, a mortarman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division holds his son for the first time on October 15, 2013 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after being deployed to Afghanistan since April 2013. The battalion was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting)
PEARL HARBOR (Oct. 16, 2013) Adm. Cecil D. Haney passes through the side boys after being relieved by Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a change of command ceremony on the Pearl Harbor waterfront. During the ceremony, Harris assumed command of the world's largest fleet command encompassing 100 million square miles, more than half the Earth's surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Taylor Rigollet pilots a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Sagami Bay, Japan, Oct. 8, 2013, during readiness week. Rigollet, a pilot, is assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo)
Coast Guardsmen in the Ceremonial Honor Guard participate in an inurnment service at the Old Post Chapel near the Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 15, 2013. The Ceremonial Honor Guard represents the commandant, the Military District of Washington and the United States Coast Guard through ceremonial operations held before world leaders and dignitaries. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn)
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Second Lt. Adam Pontrich, a Platoon Leader for 8th Engineer Battalion, reenlists his older brother Sgt. 1st Class Alan Thomas, intelligence noncommissioned officer, for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Apache, Afghanistan on Oct. 17, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Toby Cook)
Marines with Animal Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, exit a UH-1Y Venom helicopter to provide security during a raid exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 9, 2013. The Animal Co. Marines inserted into a training town by fast roping from the helicopters and engaged enemy role players while a designated team captured a suspected high-ranking insurgent. More than 20 Marines in the company were designated as enemy combatants and set up traps and obstacles throughout the town to challenge the assaulting Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)
Cmdr. Wilson Marks, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), bottom center, and sailors render passing honors to the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) on Oct. 12, 2013. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), top right, guards the formation. Mason is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward)
FLARE FARE U.S. Airman 1st Class David Vasquez fires a slap flare during a combat tactics class at night in Baumholder Airfield, Germany, Oct. 15, 2013. Vasquez was part of a 98-student class to prepare troops for deployed conditions around the world. Vasques is assigned to the 355th Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter departs Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2013, to conduct a security and reconnaissance mission. The crew is assigned to the 1st Battalion Attack, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg)
Marines move out to board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during Mountain Exercise 6-13 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, CA on October 18, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Daniel F. Kauppila)
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2013) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots fly in a delta formation during a training flight. While the U.S. Navy cancelled the remaining 2013 Blue Angels performances, the squadron maintained minimum safe flying levels and proficiency flight operations since April. This month, the Department of Defense approved funding for the Blue Angels full 2014 air show season. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terrence Siren)
Senior Master Sgt. Steven Buchwald is flanked by his son-in-law Senior Airman Hans Hock on his right and his son, Senior Airman Travis Buchwald, on his left as they stand proudly in front of a C-130 from their home unit, the 107th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard, Niagara Falls, NY on October 24, 2013. The trio are deployed together to the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Group, undisclosed location, Southwest Asia. The senior Buchwald retires in December after 32 years of military service and is thankful that he got to share it with family. “It’s neat to be here with the two boys,” he said. The Buchwalds are natives of Lockport, N.Y. Hock is a native is Buffalo, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Marelise Wood)
Lois Bouton, the Coast Guard Lady, is made an honorary chief by six prospective chief petty officers at the Chief's Call to Indoctrination dinner in St. Louis, Oct. 25, 2013. Bouton has been writing to members of the Coast Guard for 40 years after serving as a SPAR during World War II and was the guest of honor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley)
USO 2013 service member honorees, from left to right, National Guardsman of the Year Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Petersen, Coast Guardsman of the Year Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel A. Peikert, Airman of the Year Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Broyles, Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew C. Munden, Marine of the Year Sgt. Andrew C. Seif, and Soldier of the Year Sgt. Craig D. Warfle are shown with their awards at the USO 2013 Gala held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The event was an opportunity for senior enlisted representatives from each branch of the armed forces to recognize individual service members for their extraordinary bravery, loyalty and heroism. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Hvozda)
The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ibis, homeported in Cape May, N.J., sails by the Statue of Liberty while on patrol in the New York Harbor Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The Ibis crew conducts a wide range of Coast Guard missions, typically patrolling from New York City to Chesapeake Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenny Galanif)

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