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January 2016
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Scenes of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell's activities during a 'near end of service' Bering Sea patrol ... as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2015 . The Cutter Boutwell's 50 year honorable service comes to end in 2016 with its  decommissioning. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from scenes in the video, Arctic Shield 2015 - Cutter Boutwell)
Gov. Jay Nixon (not shown), Maj. Gen. Steve Danner (right) and members of the governor's emergency management team met with local officials and emergency response leaders in Pacific, Mo., Dec. 30, 2015. They also conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas, including Pacific, Valley Park, High Ridge, Arnold and Kimmswick in a Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Harold Flynn)
Marines run through the obstruction of smoke during the company supported, live-fire assault portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 6, 2015. The purpose of a MCCRE is to evaluate Marines’ collective performance in specific mission requirements that will prepare them for their upcoming deployment rotation. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devan Gowans)
January 1, 2016 - Sailors observe fireworks behind the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG65) to celebrate the new year from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas)
Pallbearers from the 105th Airlift Wing carry the casket of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, during a dignified transfer of remains service at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base. Bonacasa was one of the six airmen killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Bonacasa was from Coram, N.Y., in Suffolk County and was a former member of the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard / Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)
U.S. soldiers fire an M224 mortar system during a live-fire exercise near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 16, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cory D. Payne)
RANDOLPH, Massachusetts - New Marines on recruiters assistance with Recruiting Substation Brockton, Massachusetts, carry the casket of Sam Bernstein, a former Marine who fought on Iwo Jima, into the Temple Beth AM prior to his burial, December 30, 2015. Bernstein left the Marine Corps as a corporal following his return from Japan, but never forgot his time in service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan G. Wright)
Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct small boat operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Jan. 5, 2016. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg)
The four Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agents and two security forces defenders who were killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2015, are remembered during a memorial service at the U.S. Marine Memorial Chapel in Quantico, Va., Jan. 7, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Hastings)
Coast Guard recruits walk onto the field to take their oath of service during the halftime ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 29, 2015. This year, the Air Force Falcons played the California Golden Bears with California winning 55-36. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams)
Gen. David G. Perkins, Commander U.S. Army Training and Doctorate Command, flips an Army Challenge coin to determine which team will receive the option to receive the ball first during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. For 16 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, bringing together many talented athletes that have gone on to successful college and professional careers, as well as a number of marching band members that have gone on to receive ROTC scholarships.)
U.S. Marines assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in an infantry immersion training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina December 14, 2015. BLT 1/6 conducted the training in preparation for a future deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Koby I. Saunders)
BAHRAIN (January 11, 2016) - Naval Support Activity (NSA) and Bahrain Naval Security Forces (NSF) commemorated five fallen master-at-arms Sailors who died while serving their country and protecting the lives of their fellow shipmates. Displays honoring these brave heroes were exhibited during the ceremony while their biographies and citations were read aloud. The displays honoring the fallen Sailors have been placed in the Joint Security Force Headquarters along with murals depicting the pride and tradition of NSF and the NSA Bahrain guardians. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Benso)
U.S. Air Force Major Steve Briones, left, and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker over Turkey, January 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)
Hold-over paralegal Soldiers from Juliet Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, relax in the Fort Lee USO Center's game and breakroom January 11, 2016. The facility reached its fifth anniversary this week. It has become a popular hang-out spot for young troops attending military schools here. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Buffett, Fort Lee)
A Maritime Raid Force Marine holds security while his team moves toward the objective during a raid January 13, 2016 on Guam. The raid is one scenario during the Realistic Urban Training Exercise (RUTEX). RUTEX is used to provide the MRF with high-intensity, close-quarter battle training in an urban environment. The training provides a degree of realism that cannot be duplicated at the MRF’s facilities on Okinawa. The exercise is part of the MRF’s pre-deployment training before their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jan. 14, 2016) - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus greets Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel "Woody" Williams during a ship naming ceremony. Mabus announced in the ceremony that the Navy's newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, T-ESB 4, will be named USNS Hershel Woody Williams in honor of Williams' honorable actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales)
Col. Clay Garrison, 144th Fighter Wing commander, prepares for his final flight in an F-15C Eagle at the Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016. With more than 3,900 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16, and F-15 combined, Garrison took his final flight and will be concentrating on his duties as the assistant adjutant general, air/deputy commander for the California ANG in Sacramento, Calif. Garrison's family, friends, colleagues and fellow Airmen were present to help celebrate the Air Force tradition. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Klynne Pearl Serrano)
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The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter (CG 6608) from Air Station Barbers Point conducts a search for 12 Marine aviators off the North Shore of Oahu Jan. 17, 2016. Joint aircrews connected multiple sortie contributing to more than 16,000 square nautical miles of cumulative search effort by the late afternoon of day three. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Barbers Point)
Soldiers from the 10th Engineer Battalion marched in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Claxton, Georgia on January 18, 2016. The soldiers are stationed at Fort Stewart, which is the home of the 3rd Infantry Division and largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Randy Ready)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Gilbert looks through the scope of his M240 medium machine gun while providing security for his platoon Jan. 7, 2016, on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, navigated the jungles of Okinawa in search of a simulated enemy platoon. Gilbert, a machine gunner with Alpha Co., BLT 1/5, 31st MEU, is a native of Frederick, Maryland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King)
SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 19, 2016) - Sailors participate in a "Peace March" at U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo in honor of the 1963 March on Washington. Upon completion of the march in 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech to more than 250,000 people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher S. Haley)

Kimmy Duran, patient of the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., watches as Airman 1st Class Dylan Westmoreland, 790th Quick Response Force, plays music for her, Jan. 6, 2016. Duran is one of several children Westmoreland was able to play for after his broadcast throughout the whole hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malcolm Mayfield)
Color guard members present the colors during the grand opening ceremony of a new, interactive shuttle exhibit at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Jan. 23, 2016. The space shuttle replica and Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft exhibit are intended to inspire and educate future generations on space exploration. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams)
U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter crews, assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, land at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Jan. 6, 2016.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson)
A Marine reads coordinates over the radio to an aircraft flying overhead to accurately and effectively engage the targets scattered along the hillsides of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 13. 2016. The Marines are Joint Tactical Attack Controllers and Joint Fire Observers who are responsible for directing fires of artillery and aircraft. The Marines are with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
January 21, 2016 - Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mark Francesco, from Atlantic City, N.J. receives a trophy from Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC) for his selection as 2015 CNIC Sailor of the Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Belanger)
First Lt. Matthew Sanders, a 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, prepares for a combat sortie in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2016. Airmen assigned to the 421st EFS, known as the “Black Widows,” are deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, gives remarks during NASA’s Day of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery gather around the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial and Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, Jan. 28, 2016, in Arlington, Va. Jan. 28 marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident, though all of those “who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.” In addition, attendees visited the graves of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil Grissom and Lt. Cmdr. Roger Chaffee, who were killed in a fire on Apollo 1. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue, Arlington National Cemetery)
U.S. Soldiers use teamwork to drag an ahkio sled loaded with 300-plus pounds of gear during the USARAK Winter Games at Fort Wainwright Jan. 27, 2016. As America’s Arctic Warriors, USARAK Soldiers train hard to cultivate the knowledge and experience necessary to survive, train, operate, fight and win in extreme cold weather and high altitude environments. The games are an annual opportunity for USARAK units to test their skills, validate their expertise and set a benchmark of excellence for all Arctic Warriors to strive for. Battalions from both Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright were represented by 10-man teams for a total of 210 competing Soldiers in this year’s games. (U.S. Army photo by John Pennell)
Sgt. Tyler Felts, an LAV crewman, sights in on a target during a live-fire gunnery qualification test with an M240B machine gun at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms,California, Jan. 22, 2016. Live-fire tests like these allow the Marines of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force to train for how they will execute their mission when they are deployed in a combat zone. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Robert Bliss)

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