Defense Secretary Ash Carter waves hello before he hosts an all-call meeting at the Pentagon, Feb. 19, 2015, to inform Defense Department personnel about his priorities as he takes office.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts an all-call meeting at the Pentagon, Feb. 19, 2015, to inform Defense Department personnel about his priorities as he takes office.
Incoming Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrives at the Pentagon to assume duties as the newly appointed Secretary of Defense, Feb. 17, 2015.
Vice President Joe Biden swears in Ash Carter as the 25th defense secretary as Carter's wife, Stephanie, looks on during a private ceremony at the White House, Feb. 17, 2015. DoD screen shot
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work tours a B-52 weapons loading training hangar on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 11, 2015. Work, who is chair of the Nuclear Deterrent Enterprise Review Group, is there to meet with nuclear enterprise airmen and tour the facilities.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Weaver, center, gives a mission briefing during Exercise Scorpion Lens 2015 on North Auxiliary Air Field near North, S.C., Feb. 10 , 2015. Weaver is a maintenance technician assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron.
A U.S. Navy sailor signals an AH-1Z Viper helicopter to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during routine flight operations in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 4, 2015
Airman 1st Class Ryan Galante blows an overnight snowfall from a KC-135R Stratotanker on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Feb. 17, 2015. Galante, assigned to 108th Maintenance Squadron, 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, operates the de-icing system from a cabin at the end of a 42-foot boom. .
Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel receives a traditional clapping-out ceremony on his final work day as he leaves the Pentagon, Feb. 13, 2015. Hagel, the 24th defense secretary, is the only enlisted veteran to have been appointed to the cabinet position. The Senate confirmed Ash Carter, former deputy defense secretary, to serve as the next defense secretary.
A SECRETARY'S RESPECT: During his last week in office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far right, visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Feb. 11, 2015.
24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Farewell 2/13/2015
HARRIER MOVE: U.S. Navy sailors prepare to move an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in the East China Sea, Feb. 11, 2015. The ship is currently conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The sailors are assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 231.
An airman tests a helmet on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Feb. 8, 2015. The airman is assigned to the 437th Operations Support Squadron.
U.S. Navy Airman Arturo Gourentchik performs maintenance on a E-2C Hawkeye on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 8, 2015. The Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Gourentchik is assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron.
U.S. Army soldiers prepare Black Hawk helicopters for loading onto a ship to redeploy from Buchanan, Liberia, Feb. 10, 2015. The soldiers disassembled the helicopters at the 101st Sustainment Brigade's Division Support Area near the Port of Buchanan.
Lightning flashes over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as the ship transits the Persian Gulf, Feb. 8, 2015. The carrier is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA:
Acting Assistant Defense Secretary for Reserve Affairs Richard O. Wightman Jr., left, and Estonian Ambassador Eerik Marmei sign an official agreement at the Estonian Embassy, Feb. 10, 2015, expanding opportunities for Guardsmen and reservists to exchange forces to improve NATO interoperability. The Military Reserve Exchange Program features cyber, maneuver and special warfare.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work speaks with missile alert crew members on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 11, 2015. During his visit, Work met with nuclear enterprise airmen and toured the facilities.
A Thai military instructor, known as the "Snake Man," shows the size of a cobra's fangs to U.S. service members during a jungle survival training course on Camp Lotawin, Thailand, Feb. 12, 2015. The course teaches military members survival techniques and provides an opportunity for U.S, Thai and South Korean Marines to interact.
A Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter delivers a pallet of ordnance to the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The ship is underway off the coast of California completing certifications in preparation for a 2015 deployment.
Airmen aboard a patrol boat speed through the water near Dock Charlie on Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station, S.C., Feb. 11, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 628th Security Forces Squadron.
Airmen relax by a camp fire after completing a day of training during Exercise Scorpion Lens 15 on North Auxiliary Airfield in the city of North, S.C., Feb., 11, 2015.
An F-16 Fighting Falcon approaches the runway for landing during Red Flag 15-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 5, 2015. The F-16 crew is assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Col. Johnny K. Davis, commander of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard," render honors during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute to Hagel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Jan. 28, 2015. President Barack Obama hosted the event, which included remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Army Sgt. William Nagy drives a small unit support vehicle during a driver's training course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 4, 2015. The soldier is assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, Airborne, 25th Infantry Division.
SCORPION LENS: Air Force Senior Airman Jordan Castelan trains during Exercise Scorpion Lens 2015 on North Auxiliary Air Field, located near the city of North, S.C., Feb. 9 , 2015. The airman is a combat photojournalist assigned to 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
WORK ARRIVAL: Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd, left, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet welcomes Deputy Defense Secretary BoB Work to Naval Air Station North Island as he arrives to attend the U.S. Naval Institute 2015 West Conference in San Diego, Calif., Feb 9, 2015.
CAMP TAJI TRAINING:
U.S. soldiers conduct a platoon live-fire demonstration for more than 1,000 Iraqi army trainees and officers on Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb, 5, 2015. In an upcoming session, Iraqis will lead a similar live-fire exercise requiring the use of complex maneuver and communication among units.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caroline Leonard searches for music during a radio show on Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb 3, 2015. Leonard is a broadcast journalist assigned to American Forces Network Europe.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work departs Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 9, 2015, for San Diego. where he will speak at the U.S. Naval Institute 2015 West Conference.
Air Force Master Sgt. Avel Villages attempts to complete an obstacle course during the Texas Military Forces Best Warrior Competition on Camp Swift near Bastrop, Texas, Feb. 6, 2015. Villages is assigned to the 149th Security Forces Squadron.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Troy Brown greets his family after his return to homeport on Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015. Brown is a executive officer assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4. Seabees from the battalion were deployed to the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
The U.S. Navy's Electromagnetic Railgun 2/9/2015
U.S. Army Sgt. Gordon Scott shows what an all-terrain vehicle can do to soldiers during a safety course in Boeblingen, Germany, Jan. 29, 2015. Scott is assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group. The solders are assigned to 554th Military Police Company.
An audience member asks a question of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a public forum with students and faculty of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 6, 2015.
Airmen prepare their aircraft on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 1, 2015, to fly over the Super Bowl during the event later in the day. The airmen are assigned to the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron.
Washington Wizard Girls Promote Health and Wellness to Vets. 2/3/2015
U.S. Marines train with a rubber raiding craft from the USS Bonhomme Richard in Aichi, Japan, Feb. 2, 2015. The Marines and sailors launched and recovered the boat to prepare for their upcoming patrol. The Marines are assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's Veterans Day Message 11/11/2014
An Air National Guard crew chief de-ices a KC-135 Stratotanker on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Mich., Feb. 4, 2015. The crew chief is assigned to the 191st Air Refueling Group.
SOUTH KOREAN SHARING:
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, left, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks to retired South Korean Army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, former army chief of staff, during an office call on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 3, 2015. Battaglia met South Korean troops as part of his four-day visit to the peninsula.
Mike McCord, left, DoD comptroller and chief fiinancial officer, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark Ramsay, director, the Joint Staff's director of force structure, resources and assessment, brief reporters on the president's fiscal year 2016 defense budget at the Pentagon, Feb. 2, 2015.
A U.S. soldier runs to his next objective under the cover of purple smoke during a squad training exercise in Adazi, Latvia, Jan. 28, 2015. The training event is part of the squad's participation in Operation Atlantic Resolve.
RED FLAG LAUNCH:
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft launches during Red Flag 15-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. The pilot and aircraft are assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington Air National Guard Base, Vt.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hickman provides security from behind a partial stone wall during a patrol with Czech and Afghan soldiers through a village in Parwan province, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2015. Hickman is assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
FALL OUT PERFORMANCE:
Rock group Fall Out Boy performs during the VH1 Concert for the troops on Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 30, 2015. Former 98 Degrees band member Nick Lachey hosted the event held to show support for the troops.
STALLION LANDING: A Marine guides a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to the landing zone while participating in an air assault course event during the Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 31, 2015.
Marines practice "combat gliding" during the Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 on Camp Wilson in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 30, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kathryn Howard.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discuss the president's fiscal year 2016 budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon, Feb. 2, 2015.
SUPER FLYOVER: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over during opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.., Feb. 1, 2015. Members of the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard also performed during the event.
Three CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters fly past Mount Fuji, Japan, Jan. 24, 2015, during a two-day flight to Misawa Air Base, Japan, from Okinawa to support Exercise Forest Light 15-2. The semiannual exercise strengthens U.S. and Japan military relations. The CH-53E helicopters operate with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, currently assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.
SECURING A SEAHAWK:
U.S. Navy sailors move to secure an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during flight operations on the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima in the Red Sea, Jan. 24, 2015. The Iwo Jima, the flagship for the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, provides a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
MARINE FORMATION: Marines stand in formation before an armed forces tribute on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., Jan. 28, 2015
MORNING MAINTENANCE: Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Oliver inspects the rotor on a UH-N1 Huey helicopter on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Jan. 27, 2015. Oliver is a special missions aviator assigned to the 40th Helicopter Squadron.
Marines in amphibious assault vehicles disembark the USS Rushmore off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S. Army Spc. Michael Saucier pressure washes the bottom of a tactical vehicle in Buchanan, Liberia, Jan. 28, 2015. Soldiers are required to wash military vehicles before they return to the United States. Saucier is a truck driver assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command United Assistance.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon correspondent, during an interview at the Pentagon, Jan. 30, 2015.
U.S. Navy Airman Ryan Carpenter prepares an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter for takeoff on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 24, 2015. The Stennis is conducting an operational training mission.
CHURCHILL AT SEA:
The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill conducts a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Arctic in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 28, 2015. The Churchill is conducting a training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment.
REFUELING TWINS: Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker during exercise Red Flag 15-1 on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev, Jan. 23, 2015. The F-15's are assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing.
COMPAIGN AWARDS: Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work speaks during the award ceremony for the Defense Department's Combined Federal Campaign at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2015.
An M1A1 Abrams tank fires its 120-mm main gun toward a target during a Marine Corps exercise to evaluate combat readiness on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015.
U.S. troopers load an M777 howitzer during a live-fire exercise at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 23, 2015. The troops are assigned to Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment.