• 1st Sgt. Jose Casillas, a paratrooper assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, conducts a dynamic thermal breach during the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016.

    2016 Best Sapper Competition

    1st Sgt. Jose Casillas, a paratrooper assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, conducts a dynamic thermal breach during the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016.

  • Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein and Capt. Robert Killian, jump over smoldering logs during the Spartan Race that kicked off Day 2 of the grueling 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., April 16, 2016. The competition is a three-day event consisting physical, mental, and technical challenges in honor of Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr.

    2016 Best Ranger Competition

    Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein and Capt. Robert Killian, jump over smoldering logs during the Spartan Race that kicked off Day 2 of the grueling 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., April 16, 2016. The competition is a three-day event...

  • Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein and Capt. Robert Killian, representing the Army National Guard are the 2016 David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition winners. Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy presented awards to the winning team, April 18, 2016. In July 1981, the Ranger department was asked to design and conduct a Ranger Olympics to identify the best two-man buddy team and the annual event is held  annually at Fort Benning, Ga.

    2016 David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition winners

    Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein and Capt. Robert Killian, representing the Army National Guard are the 2016 David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition winners. Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy presented awards to the winning team, April 18, 2016. In...

  • Staff Sgt. Tobias Henry, Special Troops Battalion, 171st Infantry Brigade, uses a three second rush to bound to an alternate firing point while reacting to direct fire during Expert Infantry Badge qualifications held at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 31, 2016. Soldiers vying for the coveted Infantry qualification were given 30 timed Army Warrior tasks to complete in addition to being tested on the Army Physical Fitness test, day and night land navigation. Testing ends on April 1 with a 12-mile forced march.

    Army Warrior tasks

    Staff Sgt. Tobias Henry, Special Troops Battalion, 171st Infantry Brigade, uses a three second rush to bound to an alternate firing point while reacting to direct fire during Expert Infantry Badge qualifications held at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 31...

  • U.S. military personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa negotiate a water obstacle during a desert commando course in Arta, Djibouti, March 15, 2016. Through unified action with U.S. and international partners in East Africa, CJTF-HOA conducts security force assistance, executes military engagement, provides force protection, and provides military support to regional counter-violent extremist organization operations in order to support aligned regional efforts, ensure regional access and freedom of movement, and protect U.S. interests.

    Water obstacle

    U.S. military personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa negotiate a water obstacle during a desert commando course in Arta, Djibouti, March 15, 2016. Through unified action with U.S. and international partners in East Africa...

  • A Soldier from The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" performs Taps for an Army Full Honor Funeral for Sgt. Wilson Meckley in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 4, 2016. Meckley was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War. While operating in the Chosin Reservoir Meckley's element was overwhelmed and he was reported missing on December 2, 1950. On March 28, 2016 it was announced by The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) that Meckley's body had been recovered.

    Taps

    A Soldier from The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" performs Taps for an Army Full Honor Funeral for Sgt. Wilson Meckley in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 4, 2016. Meckley was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Mark Milley and Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the posture of the Department of the Army at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 7, 2016.

    Posture of the U.S. Army Hearing

    Chief of Staff of the Army Mark Milley and Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on the posture of the Department of the Army at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 7, 2016.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Feldner, 95th Training Division, prepares to begin the push-up event at the 2016 108th Training Command Best Warrior competition held at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 21. This year's Best Warrior competition will determine the top NCO and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the 108th Training Command at the Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year competition later this year at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    2016 108th Training Command Best Warrior competition

    Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Feldner, 95th Training Division, prepares to begin the push-up event at the 2016 108th Training Command Best Warrior competition held at Fort Jackson, S.C., March 21. This year's Best Warrior competition will determine the top NCO...

  • Spc. Michael A. Burton, an infantry man, fires the Carl Gustav M3 84mm recoilless rifle during a certification live-fire on Fort Bragg, N.C., March 9, 2016. The Paratroopers are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The gun is breech-loaded and can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions.The purpose of the rifle is to engage lightly armored targets at ranges up to 700 meters and soft targets at up to 1,000 meters.

    Carl Gustav M3 84mm recoilless rifle

    Spc. Michael A. Burton, an infantry man, fires the Carl Gustav M3 84mm recoilless rifle during a certification live-fire on Fort Bragg, N.C., March 9, 2016. The Paratroopers are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st...

  • U.S. Army Spc. Jared Schultz and military working dog, Teddy, assigned to the 549th Military Working Dog Detachment, conduct K-9 training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. The Army military working dog handlers conducted the K-9 training with their Air Force counterparts, assigned to the 673d Security Forces Squadron, to keep their teams flexible to respond to law enforcement emergencies and for overseas deployments.

    K9 training

    U.S. Army Spc. Jared Schultz and military working dog, Teddy, assigned to the 549th Military Working Dog Detachment, conduct K-9 training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. The Army military working dog handlers conducted the...

  • A Soldier assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa negotiates a rope obstacle during a desert commando course in Arta, Djibouti, March 15.

    Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

    A Soldier assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa negotiates a rope obstacle during a desert commando course in Arta, Djibouti, March 15.

  • Jesse Baltazar, 95, a Bataan Death March survivor wipes his face during a
survivor talk, March 19, 2016, a day prior to the 27th Annual White Sands
Missile Range, N.M., Memorial Bataan Death March. Baltazar joined the 71st
Battalion, U.S. Armed Forces Far East right after the Japanese Bombed Pearl
Harbor. Three days into the Bataan Death March, Baltazar escaped and joined
the Filipino resistance. After being discharged from the Army in 1945,
he became the first Filipino-born officer in the U.S. Air Force in
1948, retiring at the rank of Major.

    Memorial Bataan Death March

    Jesse Baltazar, 95, a Bataan Death March survivor wipes his face during a survivor talk, March 19, 2016, a day prior to the 27th Annual White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Memorial Bataan Death March. Baltazar joined the 71st Battalion, U.S. Armed Forces...

  • Spc. Ben Sherman (middle,) a cavalry scout assigned to Palehorse Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, breaches a building through the window as other members of his fire team provide security and prepare to follow him during their unit's live-fire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, located near Rose Barracks, Germany, Feb. 24, 2016.

    Tactical ground combat techniques

    Spc. Ben Sherman (middle,) a cavalry scout assigned to Palehorse Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, breaches a building through the window as other members of his fire team provide security and prepare to follow him during their unit's...

  • A gunner from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, engages targets during the unit's aerial gunnery exercise, Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 28, 2016.

    Aerial gunnery exercise

    A gunner from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, engages targets during the unit's aerial gunnery exercise, Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 28, 2016.

  • Sgt. David Jones practices his swimming technique at the Aquatics Training Center on Fort Bliss, Texas, March 1, 2016.

    Army Trials

    Sgt. David Jones practices his swimming technique at the Aquatics Training Center on Fort Bliss, Texas, March 1, 2016.

  • A Soldier with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), climbs an ice wall
at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vt., March 5, 2016.  Soldiers performed basic and advanced mountain warfare skills like ice climbing, mountain movement techniques, and nighttime navigation as part of their
mountaineering winter bivouac.

    Mountain warfare skills

    A Soldier with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), climbs an ice wall at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vt., March 5, 2016. Soldiers performed basic and advanced mountain warfare...

  • U.S. Soldiers assigned to East African Response Force, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conduct small-arms training with French Foreign Legion soldiers at a firing range in Djibouti, March 5, 2016. Through unified action with U.S. and international partners in East Africa, CJTF-HOA conducts security force assistance, executes military engagement, provides force protection, and provides military support to regional counter-violent extremist organization operations in order to support aligned regional efforts, ensure regional access and freedom of movement, and protect U.S. interests.

    East African Response Force, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

    U.S. Soldiers assigned to East African Response Force, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conduct small-arms training with French Foreign Legion soldiers at a firing range in Djibouti, March 5, 2016. Through unified action with U.S...

  • U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell relinquished command of both Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan to U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. in a ceremony at NATO's Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016.

    Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan

    U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell relinquished command of both Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan to U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. in a ceremony at NATO's Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016.

  • U.S. Army athletes competing in the 2016 Warrior Trials train for the
cycling competition at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 28, 2016.

    2016 Warrior Trials

    U.S. Army athletes competing in the 2016 Warrior Trials train for the cycling competition at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 28, 2016.

  • Sgt. Ryan Hawley, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, Colorado
National Guard, climbs the mountain at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville,
Vt., Feb. 18, 2016. The Mountain Walk is a culminating event for basic and
advanced mountain warfare students to use the skills taught at the Mountain
Warfare School.

    The Mountain Walk

    Sgt. Ryan Hawley, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, Colorado National Guard, climbs the mountain at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vt., Feb. 18, 2016. The Mountain Walk is a culminating event for basic and advanced mountain warfare students...

  • Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" and the U.S. Navy
Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" train together on canopy relative work over
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., February 22, 2016.

    U.S. Army Parachute Team

    Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" train together on canopy relative work over Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., February 22, 2016.

  • A U.S. Army civil affairs Soldier attached to 3rd Cavalry Regiment conducts security during a convoy halt at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 12, 2016. The National Training Center conducts tough, realistic, training to prepare brigade combat teams and other units for combat.

    U.S. Army civil affairs Soldier

    A U.S. Army civil affairs Soldier attached to 3rd Cavalry Regiment conducts security during a convoy halt at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 12, 2016. The National Training Center conducts tough, realistic, training to prepare...

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey speaks to Soldiers, from Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), following a live-fire exercise on Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 28, 2016.

    Dailey inspires new generation of Soldiers

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey speaks to Soldiers, from Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), following a live-fire exercise on Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 28, 2016.

  • Army Capt. Craig Morin presents an American flag to Tuskegee Airmen 2nd Lt. Samuel G. Leftenant's eldest sister, Nancy Leftenant-Colon, during a full military honors memorial service held for Leftenant at Arlington National Cemetery, Jan. 14, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. Leftenant, was involved in a midair collision while escorting bombers to Sankt Viet, Austria, causing him to bailout of his damaged aircraft. He was reported MIA, April 12, 1945, declared deceased in 1946, since he was never found. Leftenant-Colon was a nurse with the Army Reserves. She was stationed with the Tuskegee Airmen in Columbus, Ohio, after her brother died, and worked there until 1949.

    Memorial service for Tuskegee Airmen

    Army Capt. Craig Morin presents an American flag to Tuskegee Airmen 2nd Lt. Samuel G. Leftenant's eldest sister, Nancy Leftenant-Colon, during a full military honors memorial service held for Leftenant at Arlington National Cemetery, Jan. 14, 2016, in...

  • A Colorado Army National Guard crew chief conducts preflight checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in preparation for a blizzard response exercise at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., Jan. 9, 2016. Colorado Guard members and various local agencies are participating in a blizzard response exercise with local authorities this week.

    Colorado Army Guard conducts blizzard response exercise

    A Colorado Army National Guard crew chief conducts preflight checks on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in preparation for a blizzard response exercise at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., Jan. 9, 2016. Colorado Guard members and various local...

  • Mecole Hardman Jr., gets a little pre-game motivation from Soldier Mentors at the Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 9, in San Antonio, Texas.

    Army All-American Bowl

    Mecole Hardman Jr., gets a little pre-game motivation from Soldier Mentors at the Army All-American Bowl, Jan. 9, in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Brig. Gen. Diana Holland receives assumes command of the U.S. Corps of Cadets, Jan. 5, at Cullum Hall at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Holland is the U.S. Military Academy's 76th Commandant of Cadets and the first female to serve in the position.

    Holland receives assumes command of the U.S. Corps of Cadets

    Brig. Gen. Diana Holland receives assumes command of the U.S. Corps of Cadets, Jan. 5, at Cullum Hall at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Holland is the U.S. Military Academy's 76th Commandant of Cadets and the first female to serve in the...

  • Paratroopers from Pathfinder Company, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, engage in a pugil stick match during the Pathfinder Torcher, Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 8. While they were in the ring, their platoon was cheering them on from the sideline.

    U.S. Army Soldiers compete in pugil stick match

    Paratroopers from Pathfinder Company, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, engage in a pugil stick match during the Pathfinder Torcher, Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 8. While they were in the ring, their platoon was cheering them on...

  • U.S. Army Capt. John Dills, Joint Task Force-Bravo, or JTF-B, tactical officer in charge, shakes hands with a boy during a medical readiness training exercise, or MEDRETE, in San Jose De Rio Pinto, Honduras, Nov. 12, 2015. The MEDRETE JTF-B support provide military members with essential training in austere locations and helps build local community relations in the host country.

    MEDRETE JTF-B

    U.S. Army Capt. John Dills, Joint Task Force-Bravo, or JTF-B, tactical officer in charge, shakes hands with a boy during a medical readiness training exercise, or MEDRETE, in San Jose De Rio Pinto, Honduras, Nov. 12, 2015. The MEDRETE JTF-B support...

  • South Carolina Army National Guard firefighters cut through the trunk of an overturned vehicle upon arriving at a simulated accident scene as part of their auto extraction exercise at the McCrady Training Center near Eastover, S.C., Nov. 15, 2015. Firefighters of the 264th, 266th, 267th and 268th Engineer Detachments responded to a variety of training scenarios over the course of the drill weekend where passengers where trapped inside of an overturned vehicle.

    SC Guard trains for emergency vehicle extraction

    South Carolina Army National Guard firefighters cut through the trunk of an overturned vehicle upon arriving at a simulated accident scene as part of their auto extraction exercise at the McCrady Training Center near Eastover, S.C., Nov. 15, 2015...

  • After losing his balance on a rope bridge obstacle, a Soldier in Basic Combat Training with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, attempts to complete the task by using pure upper body strength to shimmy across to the other side with his Drill Sergeant looking on, Oct. 28, 2015. Soldiers in Basic Combat Training must complete all tasks at Victory Tower on Fort Jackson, S.C., which also boasts a 40-foot repelling wall, in order to graduate.

    Victory Tower

    After losing his balance on a rope bridge obstacle, a Soldier in Basic Combat Training with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, attempts to complete the task by using pure upper body strength to shimmy across to the other side with his...

  • Soldiers assigned to Kosovo Force Multinational Battle Group-East's Task Force Hurricane, made up of Soldiers from the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, hiked to the peak of Mount Ljuboten in southern Kosovo, Aug. 23, 2015. Led by German members of MNBG-E's headquarters, these Soldiers earned Germany's Edelweiss Badge by successfully completing the 8,000 ft. trek.

    U.S. Army Soldiers hike to the peak of Mount Ljuboten

    Soldiers assigned to Kosovo Force Multinational Battle Group-East's Task Force Hurricane, made up of Soldiers from the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, hiked to the peak of Mount Ljuboten in southern Kosovo, Aug. 23, 2015. Led by German members of...

  • Graduates of U.S. Army Ranger Class 08-15 render a salute during their graduation on Fort Benning, Ga., August 21, 2015.

    U.S. Army Ranger Class 08-15 Graduation

    Graduates of U.S. Army Ranger Class 08-15 render a salute during their graduation on Fort Benning, Ga., August 21, 2015.

  • Paratroopers assigned with 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, move to their loading zone as rotor wash from a UH-60 black hawk caused a dust cloud. The UH-60's are assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, in support of Operation Red Fury. The 1-508th PIR will conduct an air assault into their objective. The training helped to increase the unit's interoperability between the ground and aviation units.

    Operation Red Fury

    Paratroopers assigned with 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, move to their loading zone as rotor wash from a UH-60 black hawk caused a dust cloud. The UH-60's are assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation...

  • U.S. Army firefighters, assigned to the Nebraska Army National Guard, conduct aircraft rescue firefighting training, at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Wis., July 16, 2015, in preparation for an upcoming exercise.

    Fire Training

    U.S. Army firefighters, assigned to the Nebraska Army National Guard, conduct aircraft rescue firefighting training, at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Wis., July 16, 2015, in preparation for an upcoming exercise.

  • U.S. service members from the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, escort the recently disinterred remains of a service member from the U.S.S. Oklahoma, previously buried as unknown.  The disinterments taking place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HIawaii, June 8, 2015, were conducted in effort to identify the U.S. service members.  The mission of DPAA is to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

    Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency

    U.S. service members from the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, escort the recently disinterred remains of a service member from the U.S.S. Oklahoma, previously buried as unknown. The disinterments taking place at the National Memorial...

  • A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne),
salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft
over a drop zone in Germany, Feb. 24, 2015.

    Salute

    A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany, Feb. 24, 2015.

  • CH-47F Chinook helicopter crew chiefs, assigned to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, support 1st Special Forces Group during helocast operations into the waters off of Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, March 16, 2015.

    U.S. Army Soldiers in CH-47F Chinook helicopter

    CH-47F Chinook helicopter crew chiefs, assigned to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, support 1st Special Forces Group during helocast operations into the waters off of Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, March 16, 2015.

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