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June 2014

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Sailors march during a Memorial Day parade during Fleet Week in Greenpoint, New York, May 25, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan)
Vice President Joe Biden receives an athletic jacket as a gift from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2014 during commencement ceremony at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 28, 2014. Biden delivered the commencement address. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarah Chambers)
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (center) presides as Adm. Paul Zukunft (left) relieves Adm. Bob Papp during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington May 30, 2014. Zukunft is the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)
More than 1,000 cadets of Class of 2014 received their diplomas in Michie Stadium on May 28, 2014 during the U.S. Military Academy’s Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham)
Weatherford, Texas (June 4, 2014) - During Weatherford Little League's Armed Forces Day, Master Sgt. Roger Martinez, Logistics Chief with the 8th Marine Corps District, received the first ever 1st Lt. Jack Knight Community Service Award for his involvement with the league as the Rangers' coach. Sgt. Jen S. Martinez)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Joseph Neff, from Allentown, PA assigned to Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), fires the ship's 25mm chain gun with fellow sailors during a live-fire exercise on June 5, 2014. Antietam is currently on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in support of regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn)
Leslie Cruise, a World War II veteran, salutes the grave of Pvt. Richard Vargas while Army Sgt. Jeannette Mason, 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company parachute rigger, plays taps during a wreath laying ceremony at Lorraine American National Cemetery and Memorial, St. Avold, France on June 2, 2014. Seventy years ago on June 7, 1944 Pvt. Richard Vargas saved Cruise’s life during the invasion of Normandy. Cruise went to France several times prior to this visit looking for his friend’s grave in order to say thank you. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey Haux)
Rae Carey’s initial B-17 Flying Fortress aircrew pose for a photo at Thurleigh Airfield, England in 1944: (front row, left to right) 1st Lt. Dean Allen, pilot; 1st Lt. Charles Rapp Jr., copilot; 2nd Lt. Charles Donahue, navigator; 1st Lt. Michael Vlahos, bombardier; (back row, left to right) Tech. Sgt. Harvey Purkey, engineer and top turret gunner; Tech. Sgt. Robert Newsbigle, radio operator; Staff Sgt. Eugene LeVeque, ball turret gunner; Staff Sgt. Richard Huebotter, waist gunner; Staff Sgt. Charles Reinartsen, waist gunner; and Staff Sgt. James “Rae” Carey, tail gunner. Carey would fly 26 combat missions before being shot down Aug. 26, 1944, during a bombing mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Courtesy photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Carey)
Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, Calif., with the help of aviators from 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted a Maritime External Air Transportation System training evolution in Moses Lake, WA on May 21, 2014. MEATS is a way to move a watercraft from a point on land or water to somewhere else using an Army MH-47G Chinook helicopter. The crewmen rig the boat to the helicopter as it hovers above, and then climb a rope ladder to board the helicopter before moving to the final destination, where they will slide down a rope to the boat before the helicopter disconnects the hoist cables. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Prows)
Marines provide security outside of a compound wall during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area on Marine Corps Base, Hawaii on May 28, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)
BOSTON (June 6, 2014) - USS Constitution gets underway in Boston Harbor for her first cruise of 2014. More than 400 visitors embarked Old Ironsides for the underway demonstration, which commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Benso)
Tech. Sgt. Zachary Jacobs, right, and Senior Airman Jason Hoff watch as C-130 Hercules perform a ceremonial flyover at a 70th D-Day anniversary memorial event, June 4, 2014, in Carentan, France. Jacobs and Hoff are joint terminal attack controllers with the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, Wash., assigned to Normandy to coordinate air movements during the events celebrating the liberation of Normandy by allied troops in 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel)
Family members of officers killed in the line of duty are given a red rose and escorted to the survivor's seating area before the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)
Sochi Winter Olympic Medalists Kelly Clark, Steven Holcomb and Andrew Weibrecht visit with the whole U.S. Army SGT Wilcox family on May 7, 2014 during the 2014 USO Sochi Winter Olympic Tour in Hawaii. (�2014 USO Photo by Dave Gatley)
U.S. Army Col. James Markert hosts the Army full honor wreath ceremony in honor of the United States Army's 239th birthday at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 14, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Courtney Ropp)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Rasey Jupin, top, shouts to his partner while detaining a mock enemy during a search drill on June 7, 2014 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji. During Fuji Warrior, a biennial training exercise, Marines and sailors train in military operations on urbanized terrain, which may requires them to detain members of the opposing force. Jupin is an ammunition technician with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Wes J. Lucko)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 10, 2014) - Lt. Wes Smith signals the launch of an EA-18G Growler assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting unit level training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George M. Bell)
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons await refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron-Poland June 13, 2014, during a Baltic Operations Exercise mission over Germany. For BALTOPS, the U.S. Air Force is providing fighter aircraft for maritime interdiction and dissimilar air combat training, as well as air refueling support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyla Gifford)
Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), conduct a Twilight Tattoo performance on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer Henderson-Hall, VA on June 4, 2014. Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long pageant, which showcases the U.S. Army through Old Guard Soldiers and The U.S. Army Band. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody W. Torkelson)
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, June 19, 2014. Carpenter became the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for his heroic actions Nov. 21, 2010, when he shielded a fellow Marine from an enemy hand grenade with his body. At the time of his heroic actions, Carpenter served in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom)
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Sailors aboard the USS Pennsylvania handle lines as the ballistic missile submarine moors in Bangor, Wash., June 14, 2014. The Pennsylvania completed a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol, a new record for the longest strategic deterrent patrol completed by an Ohio class submarine. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Ahron Arendes)
Flanked by the Commandant Gen. James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (Michael Barrett) ... Cpl. Kyle Carpenter receives the Medal of Honor Flag on June 20, 2014 in a ceremony involving a full parade by the President's Own Marine Band and the Commandant's Own Drum and Bugle Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar L Olive IV)
The U.S. Air Force 192nd Airlift Squadron’s (152nd Airlift Wing, Reno, Nevada), first all-female flight crew ... (L-R): Lt. Stephenson, Staff Sgt. Morales, Maj. Moynihan, Capt. Magee, Master Sgt. Backlund, Tech Sgt. Cronin ... in front of their plane on June 21, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melinda Mier, 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
Members of the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard silent drill team maneuver their rifles with precision toward Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Attaway, the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard's silent drill team petty officer, during the silent drill team demonstration at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, May 22, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank J Iannazzo-Simmons)
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U.S. soldiers move along a wall in a stack formation during a fire team live-fire certification training as part of Exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, June 17, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer)
Cpl. Connor J. Adlington climbs over a wall after emerging from a river during the Jungle Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves, June 14, 2014. Adlington is a machine gunner with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Multiple obstacles make up the endurance course, which tests physical and mental stamina, as well as unit cohesion. The 31st MEU is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region and is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Henry Antenor)
NORFOLK (June 20, 2014) - Members of SEAL Team 18 perform a demonstration at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek for the 2014 Navy Employer Recognition Event. Selected employers were nominated by their Navy Reserve Sailor employees and invited to attend the one day event that included tours of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), a static display of aircraft and a demonstration by SEAL Team 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Theodore Quintana)
 U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sergio Verdin provides security during a training exercise with members of the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and the French air force’s 311th Fighter Squadron on June 12, 2014, in Djibouti. Verdin is a tactical air control party member with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS). (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lakisha A. Croley)
U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco's (retired) brother, Mike Marrocco, fires 155mm howitzer rounds from an M777 with Task Force Blackjack, Bravo battery, 4-25 FA on FOB Shank, Afghanistan on May 28, 2014. The gentlemen are part of Feherty's Troops First Foundations' Operation Proper Exit. Operation Proper Exit is for troops who have been injured in battle and provides them the opportunity to make a "proper exit" on their own terms. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nelia Chappell)
A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs up the USS San Diego on a caving ladder as part of an approach, hook and climb exercise conducted during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 13, 2014. The 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team conduct CERTEX to hone mission-essential tasks, execute specified MEU and Amphibious Ready Group operations, and certify the foundation of a cohesive warfighting team for exercises and operations they may encounter in their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus)

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