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Week In Photos

Department of Defense Aug. 24, 2014

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Misheff flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2014. Misheff is a crew chief assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service members as part of aviation tradition. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Lewis
  • U.S. Marine Cpls. Armondo Cortez, left, and Estevan D. Hernandeza discuss their plan for dismantling the command operation center during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Aug. 15, 2014. Cortez, a data network specialist, and Hernandez, a telephone switchboard and personal computer intermediate repairer, are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
  • U.S. soldiers fire a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on the airfield from Forward Operating Base Pasab. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ariel Solomon
  • U.S. Marine Sgt. Lonnie Smith Jr., right, makes sure U.S. Marines understand how to use  night-vision goggles and advanced target pointers during night training at a range on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 19, 2014. Smith is a flight equipment technician assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366. The purpose of the training was to familiarize the Marines with their equipment and prepare them to react to any possible contingency during the defense of Bastion Airfield. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March
  • U.S. Army Spc. Jon Sweatt provides security during evening hours in Morghan Kachah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Sweatt, an infantryman, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
  • A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • A teddy bear accompanies a halal meal in a C-130 Hercules before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq, Aug. 14, 2014. An American child donated the teddy bear to offer support for children trapped in the Iraq conflict. U.S. airmen assisted with the airdrop, which included bottled water and food for displaced citizens of Sinjar, Iraq. Brawley is a loadmaster assigned to the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos, left, and Latvian Cpl. Janis Gabranis, right, carry U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lance A. Liggett to a medical evacuation point after a simulated roadside bomb explosion during Operation Northern Strike 2014 on a gunnery range in Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14, 2014. Vamvakos and Liggett are tactical air control party specialists assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron.  National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Marten Palomo, right, relays a message to Petty Officer 2nd Class Julius Gomez during an engineering casualty drill on the guided-missile frigate USS Rodney M. Davis in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 28, 2014. The frigate is patrolling in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins
  • Soldiers detonate a mine-clearing line charge during Decisive Action Rotation 14 on the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 10, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.  U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes
  • Navy Airman Ramey Herrera checks of the wash-down system on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier is off the coast of Southern California conducting carrier qualifications as part of a deployment to the western Pacific region.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell
  • Navy Seaman Marico Dean holds his daughter for the first time as he returns on the attack submarine USS Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 26, 2014. The submarine, which arrived at its home port on Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment, will begin the inactivation process in 2015.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shannon D. Barnwell