U.S. Navy Airman Christopher BazanKoury signals the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Philippine Sea. The George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provided a combat-ready force that protected and defended the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro, U.S. Navy/Released).
Lieutenant Col. John R. O’Neal reflects on his time as the commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 10, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
CW4 Tim Reeves and CW2 Kevin Crisp, 1-168th GSAB, Washington National Guard, perform a “flag drag” high above Puget Sound on their way to Gas Work Park in Seattle as part of the Seattle Seafair 4th of July celebration.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. James Reddinger, a commanding officer assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, attends a ceremony at Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2014. (DoD photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr., U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
Two Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush take off after switching pilots during a joint fire exercise with Army AH-64 Apaches from 3rd Battalion, 159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB), 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), and Air Force joint terminal attack controllers from the 82nd Expeditionary Air Operations Squadron on July 8, 2014, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The ARB, originally stationed in Germany under the 12th CAB, is deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard. (N.Y. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis/Released
U.S. Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), stage vehicles near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, during exercise Eager Mace 13. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps participated in the bilateral training exercise with the Kuwait Armed Forces to expand levels of cooperation, enhance mutual maritime capabilities and promote long-term regional stability and interoperability between U.S. forces and regional partners. The 15th MEU is deployed with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hershel Lopresto, a crew chief with an aviation combat element with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, shoots at a static target while hovering as a part of a training exercise, at the Mount Bundey Training Area in Northern Territory, Australia. Marine Rotational Force-Darwin allowed Marines to conduct independent and bilateral training with the Australian Defense Force during a six-month rotation. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
Dave Torrance, Tech. Sgt., 210th Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator with the Alaska Air National Guard’s HH-60 Pave Hawks, mans the hoist cable system during a training mission above Homer, Alaska. The cable hoist system is used to lower pararescuemen to treat and rescue potential victims when the weather or terrain does not allow for the helicopter to land. In a combat theater the hoist system allows for an expedited rescue to minimize the vulnerability of the Pave Hawk and the crew members. (U.S. Air Guard photo by Lt. Bernie Kale)