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February 2016
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January 30, 2016 - The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) is launched into the Menominee River seconds after ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, christened the Freedom variant littoral combat ship. LCS 11 is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Sioux City, Iowa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)
An Air Force Reserve pararescueman descends into the Atlantic Ocean from a C-17 Globemaster III in an effort to recover a NASA astronaut as part of an exercise Jan. 14, 2016, off the shore of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program; Air Force pararescuemen; combat rescue officers; and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists to practice recovering astronauts quickly and safely in the event they would need to abort their spacecraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier salute during the commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 29, 2016. The Joseph Napier is the 15th fast response cutter to be commissioned. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)
U.S. Soldiers of Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment attack simulated enemy combatants while conducting a defense operation during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, February 2, 2016. Exercise Allied Spirit IV is a U.S. Army Europe-directed, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command-conducted multinational exercise that is designed to prepare forces in Europe to operate together by exercising tactical interoperability and testing secure communications within NATO Alliance members and partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Randy Wren)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sam Allison, a cannoneer with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, pulls the lanyard of an M777 Howitzer during Fire Support Coordination Exercise (FSCEX) during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 24, 2016. The battalion participated in FSCEX to enhance their skillset and proficiency pertaining to suppression of enemy air defense and supporting the ground scheme of maneuver. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trever A. Statz)
February 4, 2016 – (Top) Cmdr. Raymond Stromberger, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, administers the oath of enlistment to officer candidate Brenden Peterson in front of a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet jet airplane on the flight line of Moffett Field. (Bottom) Cmdr. Raymond Stromberger, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District, officer candidate Brenden Peterson and Navy Recruiting District San Francisco’s Command Master Chief David Peterson stand in front of a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet jet airplane immediately following Brenden Peterson’s swearing-in to the U.S. Navy. The Blue Angels, Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, were at Moffett Field in preparation for their performance at Super Bowl 50. Brenden Peterson, son of Navy Recruiting District San Francisco’s Command Master Chief David Peterson, was surprised by his father and Stromberger with the opportunity to take the oath of enlistment in front of a Blue Angels jet airplane. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photos by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark R. Alvarez)
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to Airmen returning from deployment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 4, 2016. On his way to depart the base, Carter noticed a C-5 Galaxy where Airmen were coming off the aircraft, returning from deployment. So, he took a 20-minute detour to personally welcome home all of the returning Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)
February 4, 2016 - Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo Capt. Matthew Ovios and USO personnel hold a banner at a cake cutting celebrating the USO's 75th anniversary. According to Brian White, USO Sasebo center manager, said the USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. USO Sasebo has three employees and 160 volunteers that supported 43,000 center visits and whose programs and events were attended by 10,000 people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum)
Members of Cub Scout Pack 89 along with boy scouts and parents salute during a color guard presentation before an annual Pinewood Derby competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 23, 2016. Cub Scouts is a mentorship program for boys seven to 12 who participate in volunteer and teamwork events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamma)
A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment, provides security using his M240B machine gun during a unit reconnaissance patrol, part of Allied Spirit IV, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Immanuel Friddle, guide for Combat Logistics Battalion 252, prepares fellow Marines for a hike in Bridgeport, California, during Mountain Exercise 1-16, a cold weather training exercise, on Jan. 11, 2016. The training is a prerequisite for a large, multi-national exercise called Cold Response 16 that will take place in Norway, March of this year. Cold Response will challenge 12 NATO allies’ and partners’ abilities to work together and respond in the case of a crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi)
February 11, 2016 - Sailors taxi an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Warhawks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 across USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tomas Compian)
Chief Master Sgt. Jose Barraza, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, visits a second grade class at Craycroft Elementary School, Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2016, during Love of Reading Week. During his visit, Barraza read to multiple classes and talked with the students about the importance of reading and education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Quade Sheehan, Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick McHugh and Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Brannon, stand next to the 44-foot Motor Life Boat 44363 memorial prior to rendering a 21-gun salute at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., Feb. 12, 2016. A ceremony was held in honor of Petty Officer 2nd Class David Bosley, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Schlimme and Seaman Clinton Miniken, who lost their lives while responding to a distress call Feb. 12, 1997. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)
Paratroopers assigned to U.S. Army Alaska's 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, run through smoke to mask their movements while assaulting an objective at the Joint Readiness Training Center's Peason Ridge on Fort Polk, La., Feb. 13, 2016. The 4-25th BCT and the Airborne Task Force Soldiers, like all U.S. Army Alaska units, train to survive, operate, fight and win in extreme cold weather and high-altitude environments. They have also proven just as effective in warmer climates. Alaska's strategic location allows our airborne forces to get boots on the ground anywhere in the Pacific. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Brady, U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs)
U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Marine Corps Base Hawaii run in the Great Aloha Run in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Feb. 15, 2016. The Great Aloha Run is an annual charity event with more than 30,000 participants and 6,000 military service members. Marines participated in the Sounds of Freedom portion of the race, where they ran in memory of the fallen Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge)
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Feb. 15, 2016 - Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Dylan Williams fires a .50 caliber machine gun as Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Levi Horn and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Donald Woods look on during a live fire exercise aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD4). More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) are transiting the Pacific Ocean en route to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric C. Burgett)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Darrell Prior, a Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) specialist with Air Mobility Command, examines a map of Colombia at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 2, 2016. As a whole, the MacDill TERPS office ensures all Defense Department aircraft safely land in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico by evaluating the host nation’s procedures and applying Air Force criteria. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Danielle Quilla)
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Harold Johnson, a pilot with 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, holds up "Fluffy," a doll given to him by his daughter for good luck, at Fort A.P. Hill, VA on  Feb. 18, 2016. Johnson has the doll on him every time he flies, to include when he flew in Afghanistan during a recent deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman/ 82nd CAB PAO)
Marines from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Calif. raise the national colors during the unveiling ceremony of a veterans’ memorial wall at the Rancho Mirage Community Park, Feb. 14, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd)
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (Feb. 20, 2016) - The 'Frontmen' perform for Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Preston)
Feb. 19, 2016 - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson meets with Sailors at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird)
F-15C Eagles assigned to the 131st Fighter Squadron at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., and the 194th Fighter Squadron at Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif., wait to refuel beside a KC-135 Stratotanker during a Red Flag 16-1 training mission on Feb. 11, 2016. The concept of Red Flag was developed by Maj. Moody Suter to simulate the first 10 combat missions pilots would face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)
A 32-foot U.S. Coast Guard Ports and Waterways Boat and crew from Port Security Unit 312 conducts training in San Francisco Bay Feb. 19, 2016. The unit regularly conducts training in order to maintain efficiency while conducting their port security missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner)
The International Space Station is seen in this eleven-second exposure as it flies over the US Marine Corps War Memorial Feb. 17, 2016, in Arlington, Va. Onboard are: NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra; Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, and Yuri Malenchenko; and ESA astronaut Tim Peake. (NASA photo by Joel Kowsky)
Don Clayton, Vietnam veteran and ride captain with the Patriot Guard Riders, visits the 14th Quartermaster Detachment memorial in Greensburg, Pa., prior to the memorial ceremony held Feb. 25, 2016 at the Greensburg Army Reserve Center. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the single-most devastating attack on U.S. forces during the Persian Gulf War, when 13 of the detachment’s Soldiers were killed and another 43 were wounded by an Iraqi Scud missile attack. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris)
Pfc. Bradley Brandes, a mortarmen with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, fires an 81mm mortar system during the supporting arms coordination exercise (SACCEX) portion of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on San Clemente Island, Feb. 21, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations at the platoon, company and battalion levels. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devan Gowan)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2016) Members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, perform a tethered flag during a training demonstration. The Navy Parachute Team is based in San Diego and performs aerial parachute demonstrations around the nation in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy recruiting. (U.S. Navy photo by James Woods)

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