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December 2017

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November 29, 2017 - U.S. Navy Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and prepare to render honors to the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the Pacific Ocean. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Emily Johnston)
12/01/17
 November 29, 2017 - Members of the AC-130U Gunship aircrew known as "Spooky 43" received the Mackay Trophy in Arlington, VA for the most meritorious U.S. Air Force flight in 2016 ... providing close air support and armed reconnaissance for a 55-man combined American and Afghan special operations team conducting a raid to interdict insurgent command and control nodes, senior leadership, and their networks. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Stephen Wood stand with the honored airmen with trophy int center. The Mackay Trophy was first awarded in 1912. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)
12/02/17
November 29, 2017 - Recipients of the Purple Heart medal gather in front of the newly unveiled Purple Heart memorial at the Wayne County Veteran’s Memorial, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to service members wounded or killed during combat while serving in the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Boyton)
12/03/17
November 26, 2017 - A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach medevacs a 26-year-old man from a 27-foot dive boat, Reel Cowboy, 31 miles west of Naples, Florida. The Coast Guard, in partnership with Fort Myers Beach Fire rescue, transported the man to shore where an ambulance awaited. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)
12/04/17
November 6, 2017 - Scenes of the must see very entertaining Presleys' Country Jubilee in Branson, Missouri during the city's annual Veterans Week, the largest tribute to military veterans in the USA. (Image and associated photos by USA Patriotism!)
12/05/17
December 4, 2017 - Soldiers from 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), row a zodiac across American Lake to participate in an endurance challenge for Menton week. Menton week celebrates the 1st Special Forces Group heritage, as its predecessor was the First Special Service Force, which disbanded in Menton, France at the end of World War II on Dec. 5, 1944. The unit, commonly refereed to as the "Devils Brigade," is credited with a distinguished record of unconventional operations behind enemy lines. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Garret Smith)
12/06/17
December 5, 2017 - Rear Adm. James Waters, U.S. Pacific Fleet Director of Maritime Headquarters, left, Maryan St.Claire, daughter of Machinist Mate 1st Class Estellee Birdsell, center, and Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service deliver the ashes of Estellee Birdsell, a Pearl Harbor survivor, to divers during an interment ceremony on board the USS Arizona Memorial as part of the 76th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The 76th commemoration, co-hosted by the U.S. Military, the National Park Service and the State of Hawaii, provided veterans, family members, service members and the community a chance to honor the sacrifices made by those who were present Dec. 7, 1941, as well as throughout the Pacific theater. Since the attacks, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phillip Pavlovich)
12/07/17
December 7, 2017 - Pearl Harbor survivors, military members and guests render honors for the presentation of colors during the 76th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The 76th commemoration, co-hosted by the U.S. Military, the National Park Service and the State of Hawaii, provided veterans, family members, service members and the community a chance to honor the sacrifices made by those who were present, as well as throughout the Pacific theater. Since the attacks, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Somers Steelman)
12/08/17
November 30, 2017 - The 2017 National Christmas Tree with the White House in the background shortly after its lighting by First Lady Melania Trump with President Donald J. Trump introducing her at the end of his remarks including the ones below. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
12/09/17
December 6, 2017 - A U.S. Marine attending a Marine Corps Instructor Course of Water Survival (MCIWS) carries a simulated victim to the end point of an open water rescue at Davie Point Beach, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MCIWS gives Marines and Sailors the necessary skills to respond to emergency situations in aquatic environments, and allows them to oversee annual swim qualifications. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isabelo Tabanguil)
12/10/17
December 6, 2017 - Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 recovers the towing hawser aboard MKVI patrol boat during towing exercise as part of unit level training conducted by CRS 3 command training team. CRS provides a core capability to defend designated high value assets throughout the green and blue-water environment and providing deployable Adaptive Force Packages worldwide in an integrated, joint and combined theater of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nelson Doromal Jr.)
12/11/17
November 7, 2017 - The must see Hughes Brothers Show in Branson, Missouri ... is very family-oriented that all age audiences should thoroughly enjoy ... as it involves the brothers' wives and children ... that even includes a little one playing baby Jesus in a touching scene with Santa paying his solemn praise ... during its faith inspiring very entertaining Christmas show! (Image and associated photos by USA Patriotism!)
12/12/17
December 9, 2017 - Santa poses with the crew of an HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 41st Rescue Squadron on the flightline at Moody Air Force Base, GA. Every year Santa makes his grand entrance by helicopter to attend the 23d Maintenance Group and 347th Rescue Group holiday party, where he poses for photos with children and listens to Christmas wish lists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
12/13/17
December 5, 2017 - Santa Claus with his Coast Guard elves and the Jayhawk "reindeer" at the Danger Bay, Kodiak Island runway before taking off in return to Kodiak, Alaska. Santa to the Villages is a time-honored tradition where Santa and elves deliver toys to the remote Kodiak Island villages by Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen)
12/14/17
November 26, 2017 - First Lady Melania Trump examines the Christmas lighting decorations along the State Floor of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
12/15/17
December 14, 2017 - Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provide support for a Department of the Army retirement ceremony at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. During the ceremony over 25 Soldiers assigned to the Military District of Washington/ Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region retired after more than 500 years of combined service to the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. George Huley)
12/16/17
December 16, 2017 - Wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia across the Potomac river from Washington, D.C. that were placed by troops, veterans, and volunteers to honor fallen heroes during National Wreaths Across America Day. National Wreaths Across America Day is an annual event coordinated by the nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America where more than 50 thousand volunteers placed remembrance wreath on over 240 thousand tombstones. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from DoD photo by Walter Reeves)
12/17/17
November 21, 2017 - The Tomb of Remembrance in Section 72 of Arlington National Cemetery is exclusively for the placement of portions of cremated remains of deceased active duty members of the Armed Forces eligible for interment. The Tomb of Remembrance serves as an alternative to Department of Defense directed retirement at sea. Surrounded by Cherry and Black Gum trees, the Tomb of Remembrance has an inscription which reads: "Here We Remember Those Who Have Laid So Costly A Sacrifice Upon The Altar Of Freedom." - Abraham Lincoln. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army photos by Elizabeth Fraser, Arlington National Cemetery)
12/18/17
November 7, 2017 - Whenever visiting Branson, Missouri there is one show that should be on everyone's must see list ... The Bretts! This amazingly talented family show grabs the audience from the start ... never letting go ... with a variety of singing, dancing, humor, and more. And during November and December, the Bretts include an inspiring mini-play paying tribute to returning troops during the Christmas season after deployment in World War II ... It is heart touching on many levels! (Photo by USA Patriotism!)
12/19/17
October 14, 2017 - David and Mellissa Edney with their 1 year old daughter Charlotte discuss the damage to their home with a firefighter and American Red Cross representative in the Coffey Park subdivision following the impact of the Tubbs fire into Santa Rosa, California. (American Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic)
12/20/17
December 16, 2017 - U.S. Marine Cpl. Stephen King, a combat engineer with Combat Logistics Battalion 5, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group with his family during a "Santa’s Blessing Toy Store" event at the Unit Event Center at Camp Pendleton, California, which included visiting Santa, wrapping presents, and a holiday meal. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Shoemaker)
12/21/17
December 20, 2017 - Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), participate in the Toys for Tots charity event by delivering toys and cash donations to the Thames River Detachment, Marine Corps League. Members of Colorado's First Class Petty Officer Association(FCPOA) came up with the idea to promote the charity during Colorado's recent underway. The crew returned to their home port with just a few days left to shop and donate before Toys for Tots' delivery deadline for this year's Christmas holiday. Colorado is a new vessel that’s set to be commission in March 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Hoskins)
12/22/17
December 21, 2017 - Santa visits with children in Bay Ridge housing on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Santa rode in a fire truck as he drove through each housing area to spread Christmas cheer to Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue, 81st Training Wing / Public Affairs)
12/23/17
December 7, 2017 - Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus wave to the crowd during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodi Martinez)
12/24/17
May God Bless our beloved USA on Christmas and throughout the holiday season ... with best wishes to all Americans ... as each celebrates in their own way. (Image designed and produced by USA Patriotism!)
12/25/17
Scenes from the very entertaining The Duttons show in Branson, Missouri during November 2017 that involves three generations of family rich talent and the second half all about Christmas. In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, the Duttons are accomplished singers and dancers ... as they showcased on NBC’s America’s Got Talent show in 2007 ... and reaching the finals. (Image and associated photos by USA Patriotism!)
12/26/17
December 26, 2017 - Country music artist Jerrod Niemann performs during the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's annual USO Holiday Tour at Powidz, Poland. Niemann and other USO entertainers traveled with Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to visit service members who are deployed during the holidays. This year's other entertainers are Chef Robert Irvine, wrestler Gail Kim, actor Adam Devine, comedian Iliza Shlesinger and WWE Superstars Alicia Fox and "The Miz.". (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jazmin Jenkins)
12/27/17
December 24, 2017 - The Task Force Marauder Unit Ministry Team conducted a candlelight service for U.S. service members deployed to Afghanistan on Christmas Eve. Task Force Marauder consists of Soldiers from South Carolina National Guard, Illinois National Guard, Iowa National Guard, as well as active duty component and provides aviation capabilities with AH64 Apaches, UH60 Black Hawks, CH47 Chinooks, and medevac assets in Afghanistan under the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade while deployed. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Jessica Donnelly, Task Force Marauder)
12/28/17
December 22, 2017 - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tristan Gray spreads holiday cheer as Santa Claus during the third annual Reindeer Games at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan. The Reindeer Games are a holiday-themed, family event held to boost morale and camaraderie among the Marines, Sailors and families of Headquarters Company, Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tiffany Edwards)
12/29/17
December 26, 2017 - Operations Specialist Seaman Andrew Cox, left, and Logistics Specialist Seaman Xavier Brennon, right, lower the Ensign during evening colors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) docked in Mayport, Florida.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Holmes)
12/30/17
December 23, 2017 - The Military Forces Honor Guard of the New York Army National Guard render honors during the funeral for Spc. Joseph Nelk, a soldier assigned to Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, Fairport, NY. Nelk passed away while deployed to the Ukraine as part of the 7th Army Training Command's Joint Multinational Training Group. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
12/31/17
    

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