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Airman Evan Rios (left) and Master Sgt. Don Mitchell deliver a stuffed cow to Madeline Dougherty, 2, who is appropriately nicknamed ‘moo-moo’, during a visit to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center on Nov. 20, 2013, in Omaha, Neb. The Airmen were part of a group of 12 volunteers who delivered more than 90 stuffed animals on behalf of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 984. These animals included an internal pouch where patients could place a star after making a wish. Rios is a 55th Strategic Communications Squadron communications operator and Mitchell is a 55th Force Support Squadron manpower analyst. Both are stationed at Offutt AFB, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)
Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Chad Tyson receives a hug from son Chase during a welcome home ceremony for the Georgia National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team III, which returned home to Marietta, Ga., after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan on November 22, 2013. Specially trained by the University of Georgia Agricultural Science Department, ADT 3 assisted Afghan farmers in improving crop yield, food storage practices, and water conservation. (Photo courtesy of the National Guard)
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ignacio Sandoval leads a group of children on a march during a mock combined arms exercise on Felix Field in Twentynine Palms, Calif. on November 26, 2013. Sandoval is an electrician assigned to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3. (U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Paul Martinez)
Sailors and Marines congratulate more than 130 sailors for advancing in rank after a frocking ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) on December 2, 2013. Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz)
Staff Sgt. Kimura Helwig, a 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, spends time with a resident of Trinity Homes Retirement Community Nov. 16, 2013, in downtown Minot, N.D. Helwig is a member of Friends of Veterans volunteer group, an organization that hosts various events for veterans throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Apryl Hall)
Members of several Coast Guard units including Air Station Kodiak, Communication Station Kodiak and Base Kodiak stand with Santa in Port Lions, Alaska, after delivering services and holiday cheer to the residents of the village as part of on going Coast Guard community outreach in Alaska on December 2, 2013. The Coast Guard continues to strengthen partnerships with the residents of Kodiak Island and Alaska natives through community outreach and open dialogues, including the annual visits from Santa and his elves made possible by the support of the Coast Guard Spouses' Association for nearly 40 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings)
Becki Caldwell, a U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) unit administrator, hands out a ticket during the 16th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, at Green Ramp, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, NC on December 6, 2013. The first phase of toy drop includes bringing in an unwrapped toy to receive a ticket. The tickets are then randomly drawn to earn the seat for tomorrow's airborne operation at Sicily Drop Zone. Last year, Operation Toy Drop collected more than 12,000 toys which were donated to charities and organizations across North Carolina. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy L. Hale)
Sam Chower Sr., and Thomas Petso, former soldiers and Pearl Harbor survivors, share memories of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during a visit at Wheeler Army Airfield and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 4, 2013. (DOD photo by U.S. Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)
U.S. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion pay respects during a ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2013. Lance Cpl. Steven Stevens, a lead sweeper with 1st CEB, was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V and promoted for his actions during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline)
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Sailors man the rails as the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) enters Pearl Harbor and approaches the USS Arizona Memorial on on Dec. 3, 2013. Nimitz is in Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port visit during their transit home after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kelly M. Agee)
Madison Gallant, daughter of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Erine Gallant, 633rd Medical Group Aerospace Medical Service functional manager, speaks to Santa Claus during the Exceptional Family Member Program's meet and greet at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Dec. 6, 2013. During the event, attendees enjoyed Christmas movies and cookies. Gallant's family hails from Vancouver, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Areca T. Wilson)
Pfc. Joshua Toby, Coatesville, Ind., assigned to Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Rockville, Ind., 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard, his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Gracie, son, Aiden, daughters Ariana, and Skyler, pose with the man of the hour, Santa, during a holiday toy drive hosted by Operation Homefront at Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, Ind., Dec. 8. The Toby family celebrates the holidays early thanks to the efforts of the local community and Operation Homefront during a toy drive held at Camp Atterbury Dec. 8, 2013. (Photo by Maj. Lisa Kopczynski, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Worley, unmanned aerial vehicle operator, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1, and Lance Cpl. Jessy Holcomb, unmanned aerial vehicle operator, VMU-1, prepare to run alongside children at Joshua Tree Elementary during an adopt-a-school visit Dec. 4, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Martinez)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2013) Ships from the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group simulate a strait transit. The strike group is conducting a pre-deployment evaluation. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolper)
(Left to right) Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Work and Staff Sgt. Tyler Duke, both members of the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini, 451st AEW commander, pose after unveiling a memorial plaque Dec. 11, 2013. The memorial was created in honor of Airman 1st Class Raymond Losano who was killed during a firefight in Afghanistan, April 25, 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)
December 7, 2013 - Riding in a horse drawn carriage, Santa and Mrs. Claus made an early trip to the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence to visit with the crew and their families, as well as some families from Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. The Cutter Diligence is homeported in Wilmington, N.C. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by crew of the Diligence)
(L to R) Jep Robertson, Adam LaRoche, Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles, Bridget Kelly, Jep Robertson, Alison Haislip and Matt Light of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" take time out to pose for a group photo with troops stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on December 9, 2013 as part of the 2013 Chairman USO Holiday Tour. This is the second USO tour for Miles and the first for the remainder of the group. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)
An estimated 27,000 people converged on Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 14, 2013 to lay over 143,000 wreaths on gravesites of veterans and their spouses, according to cemetery officials. There were many smiles and tears shed during this Wreaths Across America annual remembrance event ... with many more at other national cemeteries throughout the USA. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)
Paratroopers descend on Sicily Drop Zone during the 16th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, at Fort Bragg, NC on Dec. 7, 2013. While the weather did not cooperate earlier in the day, the rain subsided around midday allowing hundreds of paratroopers to complete their jumps and earn their foreign jump wings while supporting area children in need with a new unwrapped toy. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy L. Hale)
Marines with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group embrace the generous spirit of Christmas, lending a hand to their fellow service members. Lt. Col. Ferdinand F. Llantero, the commanding officer of 8th ESB, presented an assortment of Christmas gifts to selected service members in front of the 8th ESB castle on Dec. 19, 2013. Service members with children were selected by their peers and chain of command to receive the gifts, which they can give to their children on Christmas. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)
With Santa Claus looking on ... Fire Controlman 2nd Class Farai Mutinhiri and Airman Sheinina Ulama, both assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), give high-fives to kindergarteners during a volunteer service project at Emukae Kindergarten on December 18, 2013. Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright)
The Arndt Family visits with Santa at the 26th Annual Parents and Children Fighting Cancer Christmas party at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 14, 2013. The Arndt family became involved with PCFC in the Fall of 2010, shortly after they were stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany where their oldest son, Zavian, was diagnosed with Leukemia at the 3 years old. (U.S. Air Force photo by Aimee Fujikawa)
Army Sgt. Brian Jergens is welcomed to his new home by community members and volunteers from both NPS and the Defense Language Institute during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Hollister, Calif., Dec. 12, 2013. Volunteers working in conjunction with Homes for Troops built the home for Jergens, who was recently medically retired after suffering debilitating combat injuries while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Jergens was severely injured by a roadside bomb in the Uruzgan Province. The improvised explosive device that ripped through his vehicle blew off both his legs below the knee, broke his neck, and injured his brain, hearing and internal organs. Despite the trauma, or perhaps because of it, Jergens remembers nothing of the long road home that took him from field hospitals and medical centers in Afghanistan to Landstuhl, Germany and then to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In fact, he does not remember Afghanistan at all. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn Stewart)
Students from Carillo Elementary School perform in different musical acts for Marines from Marine Aircraft Group 39 stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 20, 2013. The elementary school donated food, toys, clothing and other lightly used good for Marines and their families in need. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Thorn)
Sailors from the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) deliver presents to children of the Santobono Children's Hospital and Scuola Vanvitelli on December 20, 2013. Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship and operates with a combined crew of U.S. Sailors and MSC civil service mariners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Collin Turner)
Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini (standing), 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Commander's commander, Kandahar Airfield, talks with airmen at a holiday party Dec. 22, 2013, at KAF, Afghanistan. The 451st AEW/COMKAF holiday party included a meal, games and prizes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)
Students from Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School sing a Christmas song to crew members from Oahu-based Coast Guard units during a holiday event Dec. 20, 2013. The Coast Guard crew members delivered Christmas presents to 300 children at a downtown Honolulu school that draws from an underprivileged area of the island of Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)
All available Tomb Sentinels and Guards of Honor were present to lay a wreath in honor of the Unknowns at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 25, 2013. The Sentinels have started making it a tradition to have all available personnel on hand to honor the Unknowns on Christmas Day. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Shawn Allen provides security with his M16 rifle on Red Beach during an amphibious landing exercise in support of Exercise Steel Knight 2014 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013. Allen, a rifleman, is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Timothy Lenzo)
Dec. 20, 2013 - The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) makes her way up the Thames River and home to Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., after completing its first overseas deployment. Missouri departed Groton on June 18th for a scheduled six-month deployment during which she operated in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski)
Army 1st Lt. Timothy Hoffman and his father Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Hoffman spend a little time together at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2013. The two are both deployed to Afghanistan, about 300 miles apart, but were able to get together for a belated Christmas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn)

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