Willie the Wildcat, mascot for the Kansas State University Wildcats, runs on to the field with the Kansas State Football Team prior to kickoff at the Kansas State Wildcats game against the Baylor Bears

October 1, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Scott Lamberson

Willie the Wildcat, mascot for the Kansas State University Wildcats, runs on to the field with the Kansas State Football Team prior to kickoff at the Kansas State Wildcats game against the Baylor Bears - Download Hi-Res photo

Willie the Wildcat, mascot for the Kansas State University Wildcats, runs on to the field with the Kansas State Football Team prior to kickoff at the Kansas State Wildcats game against the Baylor Bears, Oct. 1. Soldiers attended the game for a military appreciation day held to honor the relationship between KSU and the Soldiers of Fort Riley, Kan.

Private Stephen Justice acts as an assistant gunner and feeds rounds through a M240B machine gun

October 2, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes

Private Stephen Justice acts as an assistant gunner and feeds rounds through a M240B machine gun - Download Hi-Res photo

Pvt. Stephen Justice, an infantryman from Haverhill, Mass. with Company C, 3/172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) of the New Hampshire National Guard, acts as an assistant gunner and feeds rounds through a M240B machine gun, while the gunner, Spc. Trevor Seaton, an infantryman from Rochester, N.H., fires with the weapon at Fort Devens, Mass., Oct. 2. The Soldiers were participating in a weapons qualification course, a yearly requirement for NHNG Soldiers, to practice their basic Soldier skills in preparation of state and federal missions.

Private First Class Andrew Coffman inspects a load of heavy equipment on a flatbed truck prior to shipping it out of the country

October 8, 2011 - Photo by Pamela Proper

Private First Class Andrew Coffman inspects a load of heavy equipment on a flatbed truck prior to shipping it out of the country - Download Hi-Res photo

Pfc. Andrew Coffman, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, inspects a load of heavy equipment on a flatbed truck prior to shipping it out of the country at Camp Liberty, Iraq. The 402nd AFSB operates seven turn-in points in Iraq. The facility at Camp Liberty is the largest with more than 300 vehicle turn-ins and 10,000 other items per week.

Private First Class Richard Mills secures his eyes and ears as Afghan National Army Soldiers conduct a controlled detonation

October 8, 2011 - Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras

Private First Class Richard Mills secures his eyes and ears as Afghan National Army Soldiers conduct a controlled detonation - Download Hi-Res photo

Pfc. Richard Mills, Security Forces rifleman attached to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, secures his eyes and ears as Afghan National Army Soldiers conduct a controlled detonation of a Taliban-planted Improvised Explosive Device found on a road in Shinkai, Afghanistan, Oct. 8. ANA soldiers detonated the IEDs after being trained by PRT Zabul on proper controlled detonation techniques. Mills is deployed from Company C, 182nd Infantry Division, Massachusetts National Guard.

More than 30,000 runners wait for the start of the 2011 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane

Sergeant Jon Reiff gets radio communications with a detached element while on patrol - Download Hi-Res photo

Sgt. Jon Reiff, team leader attached to the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, gets radio communications with a detached element while on a patrol in Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, Afghanistan, Oct. 8. The PRT traveled to visit with the social affairs committee to discuss building a second orphanage to provide care to children who have lost their family.

Major General David L. Mann (right) holds the hand of Captain Ivan Castro, a blind runner, while they approach the finish line at the 2011 Army Ten-Miler

October 9, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

Major General David L. Mann (right) holds the hand of Captain Ivan Castro, a blind runner, while they approach the finish line at the 2011 Army Ten-Miler - Download Hi-Res photo

Maj. Gen. David L. Mann (right), commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, holds the hand of Capt. Ivan Castro, a blind runner, while they approach the finish line at the 2011 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9. Castro continues to serves in active duty despite losing his eyesight. He is the only blind officer serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America racing team participate with their handcycles in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler

October 9, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

Members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America racing team participate with their handcycles in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler - Download Hi-Res photo

Members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America racing team participate with their handcycles in the 2011 Army Ten-Miler, Washington, D.C., Oct. 9.

Soldiers patrol to a village in the district of Mizan, Afghanistan

October 17, 2011 - Photo by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras

Soldiers patrol to a village in the district of Mizan, Afghanistan - Download Hi-Res photo

Soldiers of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, Agribusiness Development Team, and 489th Civil Affairs Battalion patrol to a village in the district of Mizan, Afghanistan, Oct. 17. PRT Zabul's mission is to conduct civil-military operations in Zabul province to extend the reach and legitimacy of the government of Afghanistan.

Captain Michael Natalino leads his men across Fort Bragg’s Kiest Lake to commemorate the Allied crossing of the Waal River near Nijmegen during World War II

October 19, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Captain Michael Natalino leads his men across Fort Bragg’s Kiest Lake to commemorate the Allied crossing of the Waal River near Nijmegen during World War II - Download Hi-Res photo

Capt. Michael Natalino, commander of a company of combat engineers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, leads his men across Kiest Lake at Fort Bragg, N.C., to commemorate the Allied crossing of the Waal River near Nijmegen during World War II, Oct. 19. Hosted by the 307th Engineers Battalion, the reenactment includes a run of several miles carrying the raft followed by five round-trips across the lake ferrying passengers.

Abigail Castro, a 21-month-old, clings to her daddy, Specialist Kory Castro, following his return to Fort Riley, Kansas

October 21, 2011 - Photo by Mollie Miller

Abigail Castro, a 21-month-old, clings to her daddy, Specialist Kory Castro, following his return to Fort Riley, Kansas - Download Hi-Res photo

Abigail Castro, a 21-month-old, clings to her daddy, Spc. Kory Castro, following his return to Fort Riley, Kan., Oct. 21. Spc. Castro, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, was one of more than 250 Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division, who returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq as part of the Dagger brigade's first "main body" flight. The remainder of the brigade's 3,000 Soldiers will return to Fort Riley throughout the next several weeks.
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