The men and women of the U.S. military train and conduct operations around the world. But they also are regular people with a range of interests. In this review, we turn to military photographers to show compelling images of troops as they serve, sacrifice and engage in life.

Each year the U.S. Department of Defense publishes their top photos over the last year. Photos within the U.S. Army Europe area of operation were featured prominently. For the full slideshow, visit https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/1216_yip.