PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 14, 2011) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the Red Dragons of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 268 Reinforced, takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is currently on its maiden deployment and conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. Makin Island is the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)
Shah Marai—AFP / Getty Images Feb. 21, 2012. Afghan youth take cover from the rubbers bullets shot by U.S. soldiers at the gates of Bagram airbase during a protest against Koran desecration at Bagram, about 60 km (40 miles) north of Kabul. (via TIME Magazine’s Best Pictures of the Week, February 17 – February 24 - LightBox)
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Staff Sgt. Heidi Tuley, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, poses for a photo next to an A-10 Thunderbolt II’s 30mm cannon
Mongolian commandos celebrate Mongolian National Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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SHOAL WATER BAY TRAINING AREA, QUEENSLAND, Australia. (July 22, 2009) - Australian Defence Force Soldiers, 5th Royal Australian Regiment, prepare to fire the 84mm Carl Gustav recoilless rifle at the Urban Operations Training Facility during Exercise Talisman Saber 200
Canadian and Afghan national army soldiers patrol in Badula Qulp, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2010. Operation Moshtarak is an Afghan-led initiative to assert government authority in the centre of Helmand province. Afghan and ISAF partners are engaging in this counter- insurgency operation at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Helmand provincial government. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez)
U.S. and Canadian forces join in the rose garden at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan to mourn the deaths of Sgt. Marc D. Leger(29, Lancaster, ON), Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer(24, Montreal, QC), Pte. Richard Green(21, Mill Cove, NS), and Pte. Nathan Lloyd Smith(27, Porters Lake, NS), all from the 3rd Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group. The four were killed by friendly fire from an American F16 fighter near Kandahar on April 17. Photo by Spc. George Allen, USA, 314th Press Camp Headquarters