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Tactical Tuesday

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, engage targets during the marksmanship phase a close-quarter tactics course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014. This training allows Marines to sharpen their skills engaging targets with their pistols and rifles in close quarters before compositing with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in October.

(Photos by Cpl. David Silvano)

Tactical Tuesday
A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank assigned to the Minnesota National Guard races through a breach in a barbed wire obstacle during the 116th eXportable Combat Training Exercise at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho. The scalable live-training program has proven effective for pre-mobilization forces, in accordance with the Army Force Generation model. (DoD photo by Sgt. Leon Cook, U.S. Army/Released)

Tactical Tuesday

A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank assigned to the Minnesota National Guard races through a breach in a barbed wire obstacle during the 116th eXportable Combat Training Exercise at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho. The scalable live-training program has proven effective for pre-mobilization forces, in accordance with the Army Force Generation model. (DoD photo by Sgt. Leon Cook, U.S. Army/Released)

F22’s Flying in formation

F22’s Flying in formation

An Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) delivers humanitarian aid to flood victims in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia

An Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) delivers humanitarian aid to flood victims in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia

Refuel
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Samantha Medellin, right, a nozzle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 274, prepares to attach a fuel hose to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, at a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The FARP was the last Marine-controlled FARP in Afghanistan. (DoD photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Refuel

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Samantha Medellin, right, a nozzle operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 274, prepares to attach a fuel hose to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, at a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The FARP was the last Marine-controlled FARP in Afghanistan. (DoD photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Drugs, Drugs, and Drugs
U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to the coastal patrol boat USCGC Hawk (WPB 87355) unload 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million, Aug. 22, 2014, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla. The contraband was interdicted during Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. (DoD photo by Seaman Meredith Manning, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

Drugs, Drugs, and Drugs

U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to the coastal patrol boat USCGC Hawk (WPB 87355) unload 576 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million, Aug. 22, 2014, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla. The contraband was interdicted during Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. (DoD photo by Seaman Meredith Manning, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

The List
A U.S. Marine Corps maintainer assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 performs preflight inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft, during Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)

The List

A U.S. Marine Corps maintainer assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 performs preflight inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft, during Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Rounds away!
U.S. Army Pfc. Zachary Buckalew, left, and Pfc. Michael Hurley, both assigned to the Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fire a 120 mm mortar system while his unit and Air National Guard joint terminal attack controllers train at the Yukon Training Area in Alaska, during Red Flag-Alaska 14-3. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Justin Connaher, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Rounds away!

U.S. Army Pfc. Zachary Buckalew, left, and Pfc. Michael Hurley, both assigned to the Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, fire a 120 mm mortar system while his unit and Air National Guard joint terminal attack controllers train at the Yukon Training Area in Alaska, during Red Flag-Alaska 14-3. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Justin Connaher, U.S. Air Force/Released)