3295_131231_preparedtodefend.jpg
3295_131231_preparedtodefend.jpg

The Best of the Best

Start Slideshow View as a List
3295_131231_preparedtodefend.jpg
3295_131231_preparedtodefend.jpg

Members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron respond to a ground attack during Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Midnight 13-03 -- a simulated wartime contingency exercise -- on Aug. 8 at Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Staff Sgt. Emerson Nuñez/Released/U.S. Air Force

A U.S. gun crew fires illumination rounds at Forward Operating  Base Hadrian on Jan. 4. The 1st Section Bravo Battery 1-9 Field Artillery from  Fort Stewart, GA, has been conducting intensive training and fire missions to  support operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.       U.S. Army
A U.S. gun crew fires illumination rounds at Forward Operating Base Hadrian on Jan. 4. The 1st Section Bravo Battery 1-9 Field Artillery from Fort Stewart, GA, has been conducting intensive training and fire missions to support operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army

A U.S. gun crew fires illumination rounds at Forward Operating Base Hadrian on Jan. 4. The 1st Section Bravo Battery 1-9 Field Artillery from Fort Stewart, GA, has been conducting intensive training and fire missions to support operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army

A  Marine Special Operations Team member fires a M240B machine gun during night  fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 28.         Sgt.  Pete Thibodeau/U.S. Marine Corps
A Marine Special Operations Team member fires a M240B machine gun during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 28. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/U.S. Marine Corps

A Marine Special Operations Team member fires a M240B machine gun during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 28.

Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/U.S. Marine Corps

Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron jump out the back of  a MH-47 Chinook Helicopter on April 9 at Wynnehaven Beach, FL.         Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway/Released/U.S. Air Force
Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron jump out the back of a MH-47 Chinook Helicopter on April 9 at Wynnehaven Beach, FL. Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway/Released/U.S. Air Force

Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron jump out the back of a MH-47 Chinook Helicopter on April 9 at Wynnehaven Beach, FL.

Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway/Released/U.S. Air Force

Sgt. William Wickett, 2nd Radio  Battalion, performs a rescue drill during a Water Survival Course at Marine  Corps Base Camp Johnson, NC, on March 5.         Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/U.S. Marine  Corps
Sgt. William Wickett, 2nd Radio Battalion, performs a rescue drill during a Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, NC, on March 5. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/U.S. Marine Corps

Sgt. William Wickett, 2nd Radio Battalion, performs a rescue drill during a Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, NC, on March 5.

Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/U.S. Marine Corps

The Corps of Cadets gets fired up  for the 114th Army-Navy football game on Dec. 16.        U.S. Army
The Corps of Cadets gets fired up for the 114th Army-Navy football game on Dec. 16. U.S. Army

The Corps of Cadets gets fired up for the 114th Army-Navy football game on Dec. 16.

U.S. Army

The M119A2 crew of the Archangel  Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team  "Currahee," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), just after the gunner  sends the round down range during a night training fire mission at Forward  Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, on Nov. 11.        Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson/U.S. Army
The M119A2 crew of the Archangel Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), just after the gunner sends the round down range during a night training fire mission at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, on Nov. 11. Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson/U.S. Army

The M119A2 crew of the Archangel Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), just after the gunner sends the round down range during a night training fire mission at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, on Nov. 11.

Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson/U.S. Army

Paratroopers from the 1st Batallion,  503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, prepare for  takeoff in the back of a C-130 Hercules on Dec. 11 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.         Airman Ryan Conroy/Released/U.S. Air  Force
Paratroopers from the 1st Batallion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, prepare for takeoff in the back of a C-130 Hercules on Dec. 11 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airman Ryan Conroy/Released/U.S. Air Force

Paratroopers from the 1st Batallion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, prepare for takeoff in the back of a C-130 Hercules on Dec. 11 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Airman Ryan Conroy/Released/U.S. Air Force

The  Basic Reconnaissance Course class familiarizes themselves with Special Patrol  Insertion/Extraction rigging southeast of Las Flores, CA, in an open field  in the 41-area on Oct. 22.         Lance  Cpl. Orrin Farmer/U.S. Marine Corps
The Basic Reconnaissance Course class familiarizes themselves with Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction rigging southeast of Las Flores, CA, in an open field in the 41-area on Oct. 22. Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer/U.S. Marine Corps

The Basic Reconnaissance Course class familiarizes themselves with Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction rigging southeast of Las Flores, CA, in an open field in the 41-area on Oct. 22.

Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer/U.S. Marine Corps

Lance  Cpl. Joseph Nunez and Viky, an improvised explosive device  detection dog, search a compound for hidden threats during Operation Grizzly in  Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 18. Grizzly was a counterinsurgency  operation to deter enemy activity, establish a presence, and gather human  intelligence.         Cpl.  Alejandro Pena/Released/U.S. Marine Corps
Lance Cpl. Joseph Nunez and Viky, an improvised explosive device detection dog, search a compound for hidden threats during Operation Grizzly in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 18. Grizzly was a counterinsurgency operation to deter enemy activity, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence. Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Joseph Nunez and Viky, an improvised explosive device detection dog, search a compound for hidden threats during Operation Grizzly in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 18. Grizzly was a counterinsurgency operation to deter enemy activity, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence.

Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

Smoke  lingers in the dense air during a training scenario on Oct. 18. in Lagos, Nigeria. U.S.  Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 participated in a training exercise  focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills, and more.        Sgt.  Marco Mancha/Released/U.S. Marine Corps
Smoke lingers in the dense air during a training scenario on Oct. 18. in Lagos, Nigeria. U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills, and more. Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

Smoke lingers in the dense air during a training scenario on Oct. 18. in Lagos, Nigeria. U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills, and more.

Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. pararescuemen assigned to the  82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump from a U.S. Air Force HC-130 near Camp  Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Nov. 19.        Staff Sgt. Staci Miller/Released/U.S.  Official Air Force
U.S. pararescuemen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump from a U.S. Air Force HC-130 near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Nov. 19. Staff Sgt. Staci Miller/Released/U.S. Official Air Force

U.S. pararescuemen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump from a U.S. Air Force HC-130 near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Nov. 19.

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller/Released/U.S. Official Air Force

A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the  flightline at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Dec. 29. The aircrew landed in  a snowstorm and aerial port airmen downloaded and uploaded vehicles and cargo  during the storm.         Capt. Brian Wagner/Released/U.S. Air  Force Photo
A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Dec. 29. The aircrew landed in a snowstorm and aerial port airmen downloaded and uploaded vehicles and cargo during the storm. Capt. Brian Wagner/Released/U.S. Air Force Photo

A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Dec. 29. The aircrew landed in a snowstorm and aerial port airmen downloaded and uploaded vehicles and cargo during the storm.

Capt. Brian Wagner/Released/U.S. Air Force Photo

Firefighters  from the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish a fire during a fire training  exercise on March 4 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.         Tech.  Sgt. Samuel Morse/U.S. Air Force
Firefighters from the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish a fire during a fire training exercise on March 4 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse/U.S. Air Force

Firefighters from the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron extinguish a fire during a fire training exercise on March 4 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse/U.S. Air Force

An Afghan  National Army commando of the 2nd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak talks  with an Afghan villager (as seen through Night Vision Goggles) in Mandozai village, Maiwand district, Kandahar  province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 27.        Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores/Released/U.S. Army
An Afghan National Army commando of the 2nd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak talks with an Afghan villager (as seen through Night Vision Goggles) in Mandozai village, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 27. Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores/Released/U.S. Army

An Afghan National Army commando of the 2nd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak talks with an Afghan villager (as seen through Night Vision Goggles) in Mandozai village, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 27.

Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores/Released/U.S. Army

An infantry instructor scans a field for enemies after firing a  green star cluster flare during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near  Camp Geiger, NC on Oct. 31. Patrol week is a five-day training event that  teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive, and patrolling techniques.        Sgt.  Tyler L. Main/Released/U.S. Marine Corps
An infantry instructor scans a field for enemies after firing a green star cluster flare during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, NC on Oct. 31. Patrol week is a five-day training event that teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive, and patrolling techniques. Sgt. Tyler L. Main/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

An infantry instructor scans a field for enemies after firing a green star cluster flare during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, NC on Oct. 31. Patrol week is a five-day training event that teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive, and patrolling techniques.

Sgt. Tyler L. Main/Released/U.S. Marine Corps

More from The World in Photos This WeekRock the VoteFace OffPreparing for a Very Cold War
More from The World in Photos This WeekRock the VoteFace OffPreparing for a Very Cold War
Previous Next Close