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May 2015
(National Military Appreciation Month)
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U.S. Army Capt. Jason Beams, Training Division officer at the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, Vt., observes Soldiers climbing Smugglers' Notch during their final phase of the Basic Military Mountaineering course in Jeffersonville, VT, Feb. 19, 2015. Students in the Basic Military Mountaineering course spend two weeks acquiring the skills and knowledge required to operate in mountainous terrain. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison)
Marine Corps Sgt. Jesse Mouring, an electronic maintenance technician with 8th Communication Battalion, helps his son sight in with an M4 Carbine rifle during a "Bring Your Child To Work Day" aboard Camp Lejeune, NC, April 23, 2015. This event brought Marines, sailors and their children together to see what their parents do on a day-to-day basis. The children ran through a modified combat fitness test, saw weapon systems and communications gear before ending the day with food and refreshments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia McDonald)
April 24, 2015 - Utilitiesman 2nd Class Elmer Agonias, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, secures the rear of his patrol while other Seabees carry a simulated injured team member on an improvised stretcher down a steep hill at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. More than 60 Seabees from NMCB-5 attended the weeklong course taught by Marine instructors. The course is designed to prepare Marines and joint forces for the rigors of combat in a dense jungle environment. NMCB 5 is currently deployed to Japan and several countries in the Pacific area of operations conducting construction operations and humanitarian assistance projects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John P. Curtis)
The Wings of Blue parachute team glides down with the American and Air Force flags after jumping from an MC-130 to land on the U.S. Air Force Academy's Terrazzo in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 24, 2015. The patriotic jump is part of an Air Force Special Operations Command demonstration in support of the yearly cadet exercise Polaris Warrior. (Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan)
Space shuttle Discovery is seen inside the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. On April 24, 1990, Discovery launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA photo by Joel Kowsky)
U.S. Army First Lt. Mark Bloniarz, assigned to Company A, 3-69 AR, 1ABCT, 3ID, reports his squad’s status during a security and reconnaissance mission on May 5, 2015 ... as part of a situational training exercise in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany. (Photo by Sgt. Uriah Walker, 1ABCT Public Affairs)
A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 22, 2015. The stalking exercise taught Marines the importance of going undetected during movement and while firing at a target. The stalking exercise was one of many conducted by Marines attending the Scout Sniper Basic Preparation Course over the course of two weeks during the month of April. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 26, 2015) - Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Marcus Jones, from Anderson, S.C., directs a helicopter during flight operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58). Laboon is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)
A World War II B-17 bomber aircraft takes off from Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, Va., during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover media day on May 7, 2015. (U.S. Dept. of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard)
Korean War veteran Walter Derebeew who escaped from Russia during World War II attends the historic aircraft sweep over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the European theater victory in WWII, May 8, 2015. More than 50 aircraft from all periods of World War II, coordinated by the Commemorative Air Force, flew at about 1,000 feet over the nation’s capital, including a B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-51 Mustang. The flyover coincides with a commemorative veterans celebration at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. This was the first time that civilian aircraft were allowed to overfly the National Mall since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)
With other children looking on ... a child participates in a community safety presentation in the remote Alaskan village of Ouzinkie, Alaska, April 29, 2015. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew gave an emergency preparedness and safe boating presentation to the community to kick off the start of the busy summer season. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens)
Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment 173rd Abn. Bde., stand in formation on May 11, 2015 after completing a airborne jump during the opening ceremony for Exercise Noble Partner 15. Noble Partner is a field training and live-fire exercise between the U.S. Army and the Georgian military to support Georgia's participation in the NATO Response Force and build military ties between the two nations. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole, Army Europe Public Affairs)
Marines gathered into formation for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312's change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on May 8, 2015. Lt. Col. Nathan M. Miller, the commanding officer of VMFA-312, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Harry F. Thomas Jr. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Torres)
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks with World War II veteran Con Crabb during the 66th annual Chattanooga Armed Forces Day parade on May 1, 2015. Greenert was the reviewing officer for the event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird)
A McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guardsman presents a flag to 22nd Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Rakker during a retirement ceremony, May 13, 2015, at McConnell AFB. Rakker, a former explosive detection MWD, retired after 49 dog years of service in which he conducted more than 11,000 sweeps throughout his career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht)
Troopers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, place American, Romanian and NATO flags on their Stryker Combat Vehicles in preparation for the unit's Cavalry March to the Cincu Training Center, at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 13, 2015. This event will not only focus on transporting troopers and their equipment to a new Romanian training facility, but it will also give the unit a chance to interact with the local populace while improving on relations with their host nation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve-South. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner)
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa run through a creek bed at a training range in Sierra Del Retin, Spain, May 6, 2015. The Spanish Marine Corps opened the range for SPMAGTF-CR-AF to allow the unit to complete live-fire training exercises while deployed to Spain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson)
May 11, 2015 -  Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 take part in helicopter training in Aqaba, Jordan, during Exercise Eager Lion 2015. Eager Lion is a recurring multinational exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability between partner nations, and enhance regional security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steve Hill)
Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center commander, passes the AFIMSC Detachment 4 flag to Col. Andra Clapsaddle, the AFIMSC Detachment 4 commander, during an assumption of command ceremony May 15, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. AFIMSC is establishing detachments at each major command in order to best support the needs the management and operation of its installations while leveraging centralized capabilities in the AFIMSC headquarters, its six primary subordinate units and two direct reporting units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren participates in the second day of qualification exams with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimya Yui on May 7, 2015 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. The Expedition 44/45 trio is preparing for launch to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (NASA photo by Bill Ingalls)
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., crew members hosted their annual safe boating open house, Saturday, May 16, 2015. The open house kicked off National Safe Boating Week, launched the new Coast Guard application and educated the boating public about safety tips for the summer season. (U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo by George Papabais)
Local Austin Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America salute during the Service Member Naturalization Ceremony at the Texas Military Forces Open House and Air Show at Camp Mabry April 18, 2015. The boys witnessed 23 service members became U.S. citizens from 13 countries. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Josiah Pugh)
Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have a duty to respectfully honor America's sons and daughters who have lost their lives in defense of this great nation. "Flags In" is a four hour event in which over 1,000 Soldiers from The Old Guard remember service members in Arlington National Cemetery, VA by placing a flag on over 228,000 headstones in the cemetery. Soldiers in The Old Guard have held this honor and privilege of conducting "Flags In" since 1948. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock) 
Children and their mentors cheer during the 21st annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors in Arlington, Va., May 22, 2015. Known as TAPS, the program offers support for military families who have lost a family member serving in the military. The Pentagon also hosted the TAPS families for a night of fun and remembrance to honor Memorial Day. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton)
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President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to observe Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
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Melissa Watkins (right), Gold Star spouse, and her two children place the wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 25, 2015, in Goldsboro, N.C. Watkins’ late husband, Lt. Col. William Watkins III, was killed in action, April 7, 2003, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes)
Palm Vista Elementary School students lift a stretcher with Seaman Sean Sullivan, field medical service technician, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion, on it during a tour of the 1st Tanks Tank Ramp, May 18, 2015. During the tour, the students had the opportunity to see four M1A1 Abrams, an M88A2 Hercules, an ambulance, a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle and a Logistics Vehicle System Replacement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd)
A 343 Fireboat, assigned to the Fire Department of New York Marine 9 division, prepares to escort the guided missile destroyer USS Stout through New York Harbor following Fleet Week New York 2015 in New York, May 26, 2015. This year marked the 27th anniversary of the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kiona Miller)
Sailors assigned to USS San Antonio (LPD 17) march in the Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade in the borough of Brooklyn as a part of Fleet Week New York (FWNY) event on May 24, 2015. FWNY is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre)
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard marches during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2015. The National Memorial Day Parade was first launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash)

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