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December 2015

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The entertainers on the Showboat Branson Belle stir the audience's pride with a patriotic performance saluting the troops and veterans during their early dinner show on November 7, 2015 ... which is in association with Veterans Week in Branson, MO. The must see show involved pitch-perfect Branson star, Cassandre Faimon-Haygood; the ShowMen accompanied by a live band; dance troupe, Rhythm; and, the masterful host, comedic genius and magician extraordinaire, Christopher James. Then there is the scenic views of  the cruise on Table Rock Lake from Branson Belle's deck before the show. (Photo by USA Patriotism!)
12/01/15
A recruit with Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, executes a rear hand punch during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program session at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Nov. 25, 2015. Although recruits will have several more MCMAP sessions before graduation, each is equally important because they will be tested on everything they learned in order to earn their tan belt in MCMAP, which is the first level and a graduation requirement. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler Viglione)
12/02/15
Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), talks with recruits at the American Legion Post 208, Nov. 26, 2015. The Legion hosted Evans and 84 recruits as part of an annual Adopt-A-Sailor program. The program allows local organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, like Arlington’s American Legion, to adopt eligible recruits from the Navy’s only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Ill., to spend the day off base. The organizations provide a Thanksgiving Day meal with all the trimmings and other assorted treats for the recruits, including allowing recruits to phone home. (U.S. Navy photo by Mike Miller)
12/03/15
A F-15 Fighting Eagle from the 428th Fighter Squadron arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 19, 2015. The 428th Fighter Squadron,  from Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, is  taking part in Forging Sabre 2015 exercise, which also involves Luke AFB’s 425th FS and members of the Republic of Singapore armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)
12/04/15
Santa Claus visits with a U.S. Army paratrooper at the 18th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Dec. 4, 2015, at Pope Field, NC. Operation Toy Drop is the world’s largest combined airborne operation with seven partner-nation paratroopers participating and allows Soldiers the opportunity to help children in need everywhere receive toys for the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy L. Hale)
12/05/15
A rifleman holds security outside a simulated combat town after conducting a beach landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin Boling)
12/06/15
Nelson Mitchell, the oldest living African-American Pearl Harbor survivor, reflects in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial during a Pearl Harbor Survivor/ World War II, Family and Friends Harbor Tour at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on December 5, 2015. The harbor tour is one of several events that will take place leading up to the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day to pay tribute to the nation’s military while enlightening Americans about veterans and service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd ClassTamara Vaughn)
12/07/15
The hosts of FOX NFL Sunday Live, service members and Pearl Harbor survivors during FOX NFL Sunday Live Special at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, December 6, 2015.  FOX Sports paid tribute to the nation's military while enlightening Americans about Pearl Harbor Day during the 74th anniversary. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Wilbur)
12/08/15
Heather Gray and her three children Ava (left), Garrett (middle) and Nyah visit U.S. Air Force Maj. David Gray at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2015. David, a husband and father to the three children, was killed in action Aug. 8, 2012, during a deployment to Afghanistan. Heather and her children moved from Colorado, where David was stationed at Fort Carson, earlier this year for the first time since his death. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) 
12/09/15
Pearl Harbor survivors render honors during the presentation of colors at a Pearl Harbor Survivors ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Alameda, Monday, December 7, 2015. One survivor, retired Chief Petty Officer George Larsen, served in the Coast Guard as a radioman from 1939 through 1945. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena)
12/10/15
U.S. Army paratroopers fill the sky at Sicily Drop Zone as friends and families watch during the 18th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Dec. 5, 2015, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Operation Toy Drop is the world’s largest combined airborne operation and allows Soldiers the opportunity to help children in need everywhere receive toys for the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy L. Hale)
12/11/15
Two World War II veterans render a salute after laying a wreath during a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at the National WWII Memorial on Dec. 7, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The attacks on the island of Oahu eventually left more than 2,400 dead and almost 1,200 wounded as it catapulted the U.S. into the war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean Kimmons)
12/12/15
Marines with Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 Howitzer during the opening day of live-fire operations for Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on Dec. 10, 2015. The tough, realistic training is intended to develop combat skills necessary to operate as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cameron Storm)
12/13/15
Wreaths lay on headstones after being placed by volunteers during the Wreaths Across America event in Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Va. WAA, a nonprofit organization, places a wreath on every eligible headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue, Arlington National Cemetery)
12/14/15
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A member of the U.S. Navy parachute team, the Leap Frogs, parachutes into Lincoln Financial Field during the 116th Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Dec. 12, 2015. The U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen earned their 14th consecutive victory over Army with a final score of 21-17. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird)
12/15/15
December 12, 2015 - The Fallen Defenders Ruck to Remember honors security forces defenders who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic)
12/16/15
Marines from the 1st Marine Corps District with students and staff during a “Toys for Tots” pick up at H. Frank Carey High School, Dec. 10, 2015 at Franklin Square, N.Y. “Toys for Tots” has been around for such a long time and they have done such a great job every year,” said Clarice Tenorio, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Thomas)
12/17/15
Col. Kent Olson, the 119th Wing commander, center, pins the Bronze Star Medal on the shirt of Gerald Tillman, left, as Lt. Col. Mark Ostern, who is the Airman and Family Readiness Program manager for the North Dakota Air National Guard and a member of the 372nd Military Intelligence Battalion, reads the citation at the Bethany Nursing Home, Fargo, N.D., Dec. 15, 2015. Olson and Ostern are presenting the award at the request of family members, who are present for the ceremony being done in haste because of Tillman’s failing health. The award was received with the help of South Dakota Sen. John Thune's office. Tillman was originally a private and was promoted to sergeant serving in Company A, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Division in the Philippines at the time of his heroic actions. He was a gunner in a machine gun unit at Woodpecker Ridge, Luzon campaign, Philippines. According to a letter of commendation dated June 1945 to Col. Washington M. Ives Jr. of the 152nd Division from Maj. Gen. William C. Chase, “the 152nd Infantry advanced rapidly to Zig Zag Pass east of OLANGAPO and there attacked continuously ... your continued aggressive attack destroyed the greater part of the Japanese 39th Infantry Regiment which had been ordered to defend to the death in the Zig Zag Pass ... your own losses have been relatively light. You have killed over 5,900 (of the enemy).” (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H Lipp)
12/18/15
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of Army Reserve, lights the Christmas tree as U.S. Army Reserve Command employees and family members took part in USARC's Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House held at USARC headquarters Dec. 18, 2015. The ceremony and open house is an annual event held to celebrate the holidays with co-workers and family members as they enjoy holiday music, food and award presentations for the best decorated cubicles in the building. (U.S. Army photo by Brian Godette)
12/19/15
December 17, 2015 - Sailors man the rails of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) as it returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following an independent deployment to the Western Pacific. Deployed since May, the crew of more than 350 Sailors steamed a total of 42,000 nautical miles across the U.S. 3rd, 4th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While deployed Chafee conducted various theater security operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. Chafee also escorted USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a Southern Sea deployment around South America and through the Straits of Magellan before the carrier's return to Norfolk, Va., this month. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John M. Hagema)
12/20/15
Roy Mullinax, a World War II veteran, speaks with Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard NCO in charge, during a recognition ceremony, Dec. 8, 2015, in Newton, Kan. Mullinax enlisted in the Air Force shortly after the end of World War II, and his years of military service led to his recognition with a veteran’s pin through his hospice center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)
12/21/15
Coast Guard members and Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics wrap holiday gifts for the children of military families at Coast Guard Base Boston, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The event was a joint effort between World Vision, the Boston Celtics, and the U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)
12/22/15
The 1st Mission Support Command (MSC), U.S. Army Reserve – Puerto Rico and U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Buchanan staff spread holiday cheer by giving children from Casa Cuna and Sociedad Pro Hospital del Nino some Christmas gifts that were donated as a part of “Operation Feliz Navidad” on Dec. 22, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Carlene E. Vera)
12/23/15
A Marine with Alpha Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, awaits the order to lock down the hatches as the unit prepares to conduct company-level beach operations on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 5, 2015. During this exercise the unit conducted maneuvers as a mechanized infantry company in preparation for upcoming operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi)
12/24/15
U.S. Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers celebrate an early Christmas with Romanian children at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, Dec. 19, 2015. Marines and Sailors with the Black Sea Rotational Force team up with Soldiers to participate in a holiday event for the local Romanian children to strengthen community relations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melanye E. Martinez)
12/25/15
December 22, 2015 -  Ships and submarines home-ported in Hawaii participate in the Annual Festival of Lights as a spirited way to celebrate the holidays on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Meranda Keller)
12/26/15
The U.S. Air Force Band performs the national anthem as the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Color Team presents the colors at the opening of the final holiday concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Burns)
12/27/15
U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment, conduct a 12-mile ruck march during a unit spur ride near Camp Albertshof, Germany, Dec. 9, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bunn)
12/28/15
Marines with the 1st Expeditionary Operations Training free fall at 10,000 feet above Drop Zone Basilone, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA December 21, 2015. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 supported the 1st EOTG in their parachute-operations training. This training is intended to improve the Marines' skill for future uses of this knowledge, such as a deployment situation. Units like the 1st EOTG deploy often and this training allows the Marines to be ready to deploy at a moment's notice. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson)
12/29/15
December 26, 2015 -  The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Strait of Hormuz. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting 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 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht)
12/30/15
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III congratulates retired Chief Master Sgt. Ronald W. Brodeur and Eric L. Roberts II after presenting them with the Silver Star during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., December 17, 2015. Brodeur and Roberts received their medals for their gallant action in Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash)
12/31/15
    

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