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December 2014

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Native American veterans celebrate their heritage and military service during the Grand Entry ceremony at the Native American Veterans Association's annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow in South Gate, CA.
TODAY co-host Al Roker (l), comedian/entertainer legend (2nd l) , and musician Kevin Eubanks (c)  along with comedians Iliza Shlesinger (2nd r) and Craig Robinson (r) proudly hold the USO flag on stage at the conclusion of the TODAY/USO Comedy Tour performance at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on October 1, 2014. (USO photo by Fred Greaves)
Army Spc. Cameron Huntington embraces his wife Rebekah shortly after he returned home from Afghanistan in the early morning hours on Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 28, 2014. Huntington is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Armas)
U.S. Marines move quickly through the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s endurance course on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson)
Dr. Jill Biden, far left, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, watches as Santa passes out gifts to military children during a holiday reception she hosted to honor service members, veterans and their families at the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard)
U.S. sailors push back an F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 113 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, November 22, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.)
USS Arizona shortly after being attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew Campbell, 36th Airlift Squadron commander, prepares a C-130 Hercules for a night landing during KEEN SWORD 2015 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 13, 2014. KEEN SWORD is a bilateral exercise between the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. service members to increase readiness to defend and support various crisis situations in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Soo C. Kim)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon conducts a pass-in-review by the USS Arizona Memorial during the 73rd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day commemoration ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan)
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The Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard’s Silent Drill Team precisely execute elaborate manual of arms for the Cutter Hamilton’s commissioning ceremony Dec. 6, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen B. Lehman)
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment move around a tank during a squad fire range, used to train Soldiers in squad fire movement drills while assaulting objectives, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner)
Families with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and Marine Transport Squadron 1 take photos during Breakfast with Santa at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, Dec. 6, 2014. VMR-1 Marines transported Santa from the North Pole to Cherry Point where he passed out presents and heard Christmas requests from the children of more than 25 families who attended. H&HS and VMR-1 hosted the event to bring together family members and spread holiday cheer throughout the two squadrons. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)
Gulf Of Oman (Dec. 8, 2014) - Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Matthew Wellington hangs holiday decorations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). Sterett is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffe)
Civil Air Patrol National Commander Joseph Vazquez looks on as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Lester Wolff, a former member of Congress and Civil Air Patrol veteran, during a ceremony Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Vazquez and Wolff accepted the medal on behalf of the CAP World War II members. (U.S. Air Force by Andy Morataya)
Holiday wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 remembrance wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bring bags of toys to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
(From left to right) Samara Elledge, president of Santa's Workshop, a member of the Boy Scouts, Santa Claus and Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg, the commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), cut the ribbon symbolizing the kickoff of the holiday season for the Fort Hood Santa’s Workshop on November 20, 2014. (Courtesy Photo)
Cpl. Joshua A. Pineset (left), the security administrative noncommissioned officer in charge at Marine Forces Reserve, and Staff Sgt. Sylvester T. Dollard (center), the security administrative Staff NCOIC at MARFORRES, receive toys from Phyllis M. Taylor (right) at the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation building in New Orleans, Dec. 16, 2014. The toys were donated by employees of the foundation to support the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ian Leones)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov 30, 2014) - Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) assemble gifts for Operation Christmas Child. Peleliu is on its final scheduled deployment and is in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Batchelder)
Civil Air Patrol cadets carry a wreath to be placed at a grave marker Dec. 13, 2014, during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Nearly 50,000 volunteers came together to place remembrance wreaths on the headstones of about 230,000 veterans during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)
Lt. Cmdr. Lance Tinstman, officer at the 14th Coast Guard District, gives a Christmas present to a child at Kuhio Elementary School in Honolulu, Dec. 19, 2014. Crew members from Oahu-based Coast Guard units 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 Melissa McKenzie)
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division fire 105mm howitzers during a night-fire training event at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 10, 2014. The U.S. Army Alaska Soldiers used the dark and arctic conditions to maintain their proficiency in operating in austere environments. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)
The young son of a returning Marine from deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom helps his daddy with his belongings at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina on December 6, 2014. The Marine is with the HMLA-467 assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, which was part of the last Marines to be deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in support of OEF with the purpose of providing close-air support to the Marines operating on the ground. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia McDonald)
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Strother proposes to Brittney Apperson during a homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts in Mayport, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Wiss)
Friendly Hills Elementary School students and Santa Claus  listen as the school choir sings for Marines during the Toys for Tots drive, Dec. 18, 2014. The students were able to show their appreciation for the Marines through song for their efforts in providing Christmas toys for children. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo)
Left Image  - Six-year-old Jacob Butierries sits at the helm of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush with the support of his father Petty Officer 1st Class Denis Butierries during a tour of the ship in Honolulu Dec. 23, 2014. Right Image - Petty Officer 1st Class Denis Butierries, his wife Lori, daughter Abby and son Jacob stand in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush in Honolulu Dec. 23, 2014, following a tour of the cutter. Six-year-old Jacob was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was four months old and was given between four months and one year to live. His longtime wish was to see the Rush where his grandfather served as the engineering officer. (U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson / Combined image by USA Patriotism!)
Santa Claus and U.S. service members bow their heads in prayer during the Joint Forces Command - United Assistance holiday tree lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy)
Marines clear a trench during a combined arms exercise in the desert on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Fulks signals launch preparation for an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Strike Fighter Squadron 41 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 9, 2014. Fulks is an aviation boatswain's mate equipment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez)
Maj. Phillip Stein readies his F-16C Fighting Falcon for flight prior to a training mission Dec. 17, 2014, at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. Stein is an F-16 pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
Coast Guard H-65 helicopters fly over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with the American Flag unfurled across the field at the start of the Military Bowl 2014 in Annapolis, Md., Dec. 27, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

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