Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, conducts a press briefing on the mission and provided an update on operations to members of the media at the Pentagon, Dec. 18, 2014.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronnie Smith grinds a weld in a arresting gear engine room aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 14, 2014.
Air National Guard Maj. Phillip Stein boards a F-16C Fighting Falcon before a training mission on Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., Dec. 17, 2014. Stein, an F-16 pilot, is assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing.
Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Smallwood, left, receives his first salute as an officer from Army Master Sgt. Jeramie Woodall on Clemson University's Military Heritage Plaza in Clemson, S.C., Dec. 17, 2014. The service members served together as noncommissioned officers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Santa rides in a U.S. Army Humvee after dropping from an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to deliver toys at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. The operation delivered toys donated by the Kaiserslautern military community to less fortunate children.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work greets Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces as he arrives at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., to discuss matters of mutual importance, Dec. 18, 2014.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher lights up its mast during night-delayed landing qualifications with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec 15, 2014.
U.S. Marines exit from a CH-53E Super Stallion on the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Coast Guard members conduct flare training on Plum Island, Mass., Dec. 15, 2014. The Coast Guardsmen are assigned to the Coast Guard Sector Boston, Coast Guard Station Merrimack River and the First Coast Guard District.
COMMANDER'S CALL -
Air Force Col. Robert A. Meyer Jr. addresses New Jersey Air National Guard airmen during a commander's call on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 14, 2014. Meyer is the 108th Wing commander.
Coast Guardsmen fast rope on to the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores off the coast of Miami, Dec. 16, 2014. The team is assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami.
Video: Lee: Nuclear Mission Top Air Force Priority. 12/17/2014
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the force must put more money, resources and effort into its nuclear mission.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Strother proposes to Brittney Apperson during a homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts in Mayport, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014.
Video: Coast Guard Offload Cargo From Drug Bust
The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded 44 million dollars worth of cocaine in Florida after a drug bust off the coast of Panama.
Army Maj. Jodee Aubol, right, gives a gift to Elizabeth Graham at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D., Dec. 12, 2014. Aubol is assigned to the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
HOLIDAY RECEPTION -
Dr. Jill Biden, far left, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, watches as Santa passes out gifts to military children during a holiday reception she hosted to honor service members, veterans and their families at the vice president's residence in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014.
President Barack Obama spends time with an audience of 3,000 service members, military families, civic leaders and elected officials inside a Marine hangar on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. The purpose of the president's visit to the base was to thank troops for their service. Also speaking at the event were Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Margaret W. Boor, commanding general of the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, commanding gener
Holiday wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 wreaths during the annual Wreaths Across America campaign.
Army Spc. Macmillan Ekedede fires a round downrange during Exercise Iron Strike on Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 8, 2014. Ekedede, an assistant gunner, is assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division Artillery.
Marine Corps Pfc. Roberto Pena fires an M249 squad automatic weapon during a realistic urban training exercise on Camp Roberts, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. Pena is assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from right, meets with Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko, second from left, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, Dec. 16, 2014.
Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of Naval Operations, delivers remarks during the Vice Admiral James Stockdale Leadership Award ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 2014. The Stockdale Leadership Award is presented annually to two commissioned officers on active duty below the rank of captain who are in command of a single ship, submarine, aviation squadron or operational warfare unit at the time of nomination. The award is unique candidates are nominated.
Sailors conduct a flight deck wash down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 13, 2014. Peleliu is on its final regularly-scheduled western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
FLARE LAUNCH -
C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014.
U.S. Marines lead a foot patrol during exercise Forest Light 15-1 on Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan, Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, stands with Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. during a change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 5, 2014. Jacoby relinquished command to Navy Adm. William E. Gortney.
Video: Marines And Sailors Work With U.S. Army Aviation And R.O.K. Forces. 12/16/14
Thousands of miles from the U.S., Marines and Sailors partnered with U.S. Army aviation and Republic of Korea forces for the Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-15 mock raid exercise.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks before the 115th Army-Navy Game in Baltimore.
Navy celebrates their 13th straight win against Army in the 115th Army-Navy football game in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014. Navy won 17-10, extending their winning streak against Army for the 13th straight year.
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Video: Navy Tests Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
The Navy is testing the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle also known as the "Ghostswimmer."
Presidential Thanks -
President Barack Obama speaks to troops on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014, to thank them for their service.
MISSILE FIRING -
A Javelin anti-tank missile is fired by U.S. Marines during an Anti-Armor Workshop in Balti, Moldova, Dec. 12, 2014. The exercise integrated U.S. Marines with Moldovan soldiers and they practiced with various weapons
AIRLIFT OPERATOINS -
U.S. soldiers attach cargo to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Liberia, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission was to airlift incinerators to a new ebola treatment unit built in support of Operation United Assistance.
FLAG FOLDING -
U.S. Navy Seaman JaCade Jones folds the U.S. flag aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 14, 2014.
DECK LANDING -
An MV-22B Osprey aircraft lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, to embark Marines on the ship, in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 13, 2014.
Twenty-four Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft prepare to take off on Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in support of exercise Joint Forcible Entry 14B, Dec. 6, 2014. Eleven of the aircraft are model C-130H Hercules and 13 are C-130J Super Hercules.
Video: Airmen Train For Active Shooter Scenario
Airmen with the 633rd Security Forces Squadron at Langley Air Force Base conduct an active shooter exercise. 12/15/2014
GAME DAY PROMOTION - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promotes a soldier during the 115th Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel performs the opening coin toss during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014.
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen tip their caps in formation on the field as part of pregame activities during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Dec. 13, 2014.
U.S. Military Academy cadets march onto the field for pre-game activities during the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 13, 2014.
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Battaglia read a letter co-written with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanking Wreaths Across America cofounders Morill and Karen Worcester for their support of fallen service members.
Soldiers work together to unload Christmas trees as they arrive at the Northwest Adventure Center during the "Trees for Troops" program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 2, 2014.
A C-17 Globemaster III takes off from a degraded airfield during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B at the Nevada Test and Training Range on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2014.
Marines participate in a non-commissioned officer's hike on the Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014. The Marines are from alpha, bravo and charlie companies of headquarters battalion.
An MH-60S Seahawk recover two search and rescue swimmers during training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 26, 2014. The Seahawk is part of the "Desert Hawks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Detachment 1. Detachment 1 is a forward deployed naval force asset attached to Commander, Task Force 53 to provide combat logistics and search and rescue capability throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Army Spc. Cameron Huntington embraces his wife Rebekah shortly after he returned home from Afghanistan in the early morning hours on Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 28, 2014. Huntington is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Combat Aviation Brigade.
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
TREE LIGHTS -
Airman 1st Class Zach Wertz replaces old rope lights on an outdoor tree display on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Dec. 2, 2014. Wertz is an electrician assigned to the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron.
Marines finish a hike by calling cadence on Telegraph Pass in Yuma, Ariz., Nov. 26, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, based on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces the release of a report noting progress in eliminating sexual assault within the military during the past three fiscal years while briefing reporters at the Pentagon, Dec. 4, 2014. Hagel was joined by Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow, director, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, right, and Jessica Wright, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Video: Four Nations Participate in Exercise Noble Justification
The United States along with Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium participate in the multinational immediate response training exercise Noble Justification.
EBOLA BRIEFING -
Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, discusses the Defense Department's response to the Ebola outbreak during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2014.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with senior military leaders as he hosts a senior leadership council meeting at the Pentagon, Dec. 3, 2014.
Video: Soldiers Use New Technology To Improve Shooting Skills
Marksmen at Fort Stewart, Georgia, are using new ideas to help refine their shooting skills on the range. SGT Dean Gannon has the story.
U.S. sailors observe as a helicopter lowers a pallet of supplies across a flight deck during a vertical replenishment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Dec. 1, 2014.
A U.S. Air Force airman speaks to another airman while playing a simulated victim of a vehicle accident during a focused exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 2, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron.
U.S. soldiers conduct slingload operations as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter hovers inches above their heads on Tactical Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command - East.
U.S. soldiers move from behind an old tank during an exercise at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014
An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter with the 101st Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, tests a defensive system during a simulated rescue of a downed airman near Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Nov. 25 2014.
Ashton B. Carter offers remarks after President Barack Obama announced he had selected Carter to serve as the next defense secretary during an event at the White House, Dec. 5, 2014. Obama's announcement followed the resignation of Chuck Hagel, who will remain in office until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, and served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics before that.
Marines prepare to attach an M777 Howitzer to a CH-53E Super Stallion as it hovers over the gun during Exercise Steel Knight 2015 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Landing Support Platoon, Truck Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 5.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wes Smith signals to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 11, 2014.
An aircraft engine is tested on the fantail of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2014. Stennis is currently undergoing an operational training period in preparation for future deployments.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Samantha Tellez does a crafts project with Lilly Walls while waiting for the Snowball Express Flight in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 11, 2014. Lilly's father, Army Cpl. Jonathan Wall, was killed in action in Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2009. Tellez is assigned to the Arizona National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing.
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, left center, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, right center, stand as the Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club honors them during a ceremony on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Dec. 11, 2014.
Air Force Maj. Blaine Jones demonstrates aerial maneuvers during training Dec. 10, 2014. Jones is assigned to the Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work bonds with the Army's mule mascot during a pep rally for cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the Pentagon, Dec. 12, 2014, before the upcoming Army-Navy football game.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applaud during a pep rally at the Pentagon, Dec. 12, 2014, for cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before the upcoming Army-Navy football game. The Army's mascot, a mule, looks on.
Video: Andersen Airmen Continue Operation Christmas Drop
The Airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam continued the DOD’s longest running humanitarian airlift mission, Operation Christmas Drop.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel autographs a game ball during a pep rally for the U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen before the upcoming Army-Navy football game at the Pentagon, Dec. 11, 2014.
A Marine conducts a static line jump from a MV-22B Osprey aircraft during realistic urban training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 9, 2014. This Marine is assigned to the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Video: Stryker Mobile Gun System In Transition
The Stryker Mobile Gun System is getting a workout as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment continues to transition from centric operations toward unified land operations
U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 5, 2014.
Department of Defense Releases Second Quarter Suicide Information
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, open a USO show for U.S. service members and their families on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey is visiting U.S. service members who are deployed outside the United States during the holidays.
CHAIRMAN SELFIE - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a photo with a U.S. sailor while aboard the USS Ross on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey is visiting U.S. service members who are deployed outside the United States during the holidays.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits U.S. service members at the International Security Assistance Force dining facility in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014.
Video: Army-Navy Game Preps Focused on Weekend Classic
Army gears up to break a losing streak as Navy aims to extend their record in this weekend's gridiron classic.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tadd Gorman, right, commanding officer of the USS Ross explains the ship's recent patrol U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, and his wife, Deanie, during tour of the ship, on Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. Dempsey visited the ship along with athletes, singers and actors as part of the 2014 USO holiday tour, which includes stops throughout the European region.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center left, meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center right, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, speaks with U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2014.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he boards an aircraft to depart Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 5, 2014, to travel to Afghanistan.
PRESS CONFERENCE - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on board an aircraft as they travel to Afghanistan, Dec. 5, 2014
Paratroopers Conduct Time-Sensitive Target Training with Allies
Published on Dec 9, 2014
U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade alongside soldiers from Estonia, Czech Republic and Germany conduct movement-to-contact training at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Nov. 21, 2014. The exercise is part of a week-long training hosted by the squadron, designed to teach leaders the planning
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Cotton directs cargo into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment-at-sea operation with ship USNS Rainier in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 3, 2014
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Allen during the USO's 53rd Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner in New York, Dec. 4, 2014. Allen, an avioniccs electrical technician, was one of five service members to receive a USO Military leadership award.
Video: LTG Stephen Lanza Talks About Yama Sakura
2014 - Commander of the Army's First Corps Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza tells us why Yama Sakura, a bilateral exercise between Soldiers from First Corps and Japan, is so important.
Video: Navy Deploys New Laser Weapon System
Navy officials are saying a new laser system performed flawlessly during testing while deployed to the Arabian Gulf.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye as he prepares to depart the Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Dec. 10, 2014, after a visit to the Middle East.
U.S.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to reporters during a press briefing in Baghdad, Dec. 9, 2014
Video: Guided Missile Cruiser On Display In Japan
President Barack Obama participates in a Toys for Tots event on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014
Video: Marines Commemorate End of Afghanistan Mission
Video: U.S. And Japan Troops Start Yama Sakura
FIRST LADY'S HELPER - First Lady Michelle Obama introduces her new helper, President Barack Obama, at an event supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bring bags of toys to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center right, walks with Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mohammad Al-Khoder as he arrives at the Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait, Dec. 7, 2014.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses service members on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014.
The E-2D, The Military's Highest Tech
Published on Oct 29, 2014
The Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20) was commissioned to provide full spectrum developmental ground and flight test services. The VX-20 supports U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Fleet programs associated with research, development, test and evaluation of many different types of aircraft and mission systems.
Marine Corps Maj. James S. Tanis lands an AV-8B Harrier during field carrier landing practice training on Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., Dec. 5, 2014. Tanis is a naval aviator and executive officer assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Goulden, left, Air Force Senior Airman Kris Gleason, center, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Erin Raggio, right, sing to residents with 47 fourth graders from the Seaview Elementary School in Linwood, N.J., during the 14th Annual Holiday "Songfest" at the Veterans Memorial Home on Vineland, N.J., Dec. 9, 2014.
CLEAR RIGHT - U.S. Army paratroopers rehearse for a live-fire exercise during Exercise Rock Proof III on Pocek Range in Postonja, Slovenia, Dec. 2, 2014.
BURIAL AT SEA - Sailors conduct a burial at sea for deceased service members aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 6, 2014. The Bataan is conducting an underway evolution in preparation for a planned maintenance availability.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kiska prepares to tow a 25-foot sailboat and its owner Ron Ingraham to Kaunakakai, Hawaii, Dec. 9, 2014. Ingraham spent 12 days lost at sea aboard the sailboat in the Pacific Ocean.
TAKING AIM - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Morris tells Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathaniel Morris where to aim the shot line during a replenishment at sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 5, 2014.
U.S. soldiers sing during a USO holiday show at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, listen to the USO holiday show at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, meets with Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Ubaidi, right, to discuss matters of mutual importance during a visit to Iraq, Dec. 9, 2014
Arizona National Guard members from across the state stand in one formation for the first time in over a century during a community expo at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2014. More than 3,800 Guardsmen participated in the historic event.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Vince Nicholford takes a moment to let Bery, his military working dog, rest on his shoulders on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 5, 2014. Nicholford is a master-at-arms and Bery are assigned to security forces on Camp Lemonnier.
The International Security Assistance Force Joint Command color guard marches during the the ISAF and U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps end-of-mission ceremony on North Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2014.
An MV-22B Osprey aircraft prepares for a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during realistic urban training on Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Dec. 7, 2014. The aircraft crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 Reinforced, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Marines supervise the closing of the ramps on amphibious assault vehicles in preparation to depart the French Creek loading dock on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 2, 2014.
An MH60-S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage as part of at-sea training in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 3, 2014. The Anchorage is participating in the first exploration flight test for NASA's Orion program.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses service members during a visit to Baghdad, Dec. 9, 2014