Soldiers work at dislodging their M-777 155mm howitzer from the three-foot deep hole it dug its spades into after firing several rocket-assisted projectiles

September 4, 2011 - Photo by Spc. Ken Scar

Soldiers work at dislodging their M-777 155mm howitzer from the three-foot deep hole it dug its spades into after firing several rocket-assisted projectiles - Download Hi-Res photo

Members of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, work at dislodging their M-777 155mm howitzer from the three-foot deep hole it dug its spades into after firing several rocket-assisted projectiles, Sept. 4. The huge weapon weighs 9,000 pounds and can launch projectiles over 30 kilometers.
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Secretary of the Army John McHugh administers the oath to Genneral Raymond T. Odierno during a change of responsibility ceremony as Odierno's wife Linda looks on

September 7, 2011 - Photo by U.S. Army

Secretary of the Army John McHugh administers the oath to Genneral Raymond T. Odierno during a change of responsibility ceremony as Odierno's wife Linda looks on - Download Hi-Res photo

Secretary of the Army John McHugh administers the oath to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno during a change of responsibility ceremony as Odierno's wife Linda looks on at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 7. Upon completion of the oath, Odierno became the Army's 38th Chief of Staff.

Soldiers begin their descend from the summit of Big Nasty

September 7, 2011 - Photo by Spc. Ken Scar

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Members of Company C, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, Task Force 228, 172nd Infantry Brigade, begin their descend from the summit of "Big Nasty," Sept. 7. The unit was on a joint mission with the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Border Patrol in the mountains near the Pakistan border.

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

September 8, 2011 - Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft - Download Hi-Res photo

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend to the ground after jumping out of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during a Joint Operations Access Exercise over Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 8. JOAX is a one-week exercise to prepare the Air Force and the Army to respond to worldwide crises and contingencies.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Crumpler with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade shares a last kiss with his wife

September 9, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt Donna Davis

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Crumpler with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade shares a last kiss with his wife - Download Hi-Res photo

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Crumpler with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade shares a last kiss with his wife, Jill, moments before boarding a bus to begin his journey to Afghanistan for a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Paratroopers exit a C-17 Globemaster III during an airborne training exercise

September 10, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Paratroopers exit a C-17 Globemaster III during an airborne training exercise - Download Hi-Res photo

Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team "Devil Brigade" exit a C-17 Globemaster III during an airborne training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 10. The yellow cord, called a static line, deploys the paratroopers' parachutes automatically, which is important since the paratroopers are jumping at 800 feet above ground level.

September 11, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Roland Hale

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Hailee Cook, daughter of fallen Spc. Michael Cook Jr., sits near the Global War on Terror monument at Fort Riley, Kan., during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Cook was killed in Iraq while serving with the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in June.

A Soldier oversees the liftoff of a UH-60 Black Hawk flown during medical evacuation training in harsh weather conditions

September 20, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit

A Soldier oversees the liftoff of a UH-60 Black Hawk flown during medical evacuation training in harsh weather conditions - Download Hi-Res photo

A Soldier from the 2nd Detachment, Company C, 147th Aviation Battalion, oversees the liftoff of a UH-60 Black Hawk flown during medical evacuation training in harsh weather conditions at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind.

Corporal Jose Pacheco practices rappelling techniques during the basic-mobility portion of Mountain Exercise

September 22, 2011 - Photo by Sgt. Gene Arnold

Corporal Jose Pacheco practices rappelling techniques during the basic-mobility portion of Mountain Exercise - Download Hi-Res photo

Cpl. Jose Pacheco, Headquarters and Headquarters Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, practices rappelling techniques during the basic-mobility portion of Mountain Exercise 08-11 at the Marine Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center in Northern California’s Toiyabe National Forest, Sept. 22. Pacheco and his fellow Soldiers will use the technical skills they learn during basic-mobility to gain a tactical advantage over their adversaries during the subsequent force-on-force exercise.

Corporal Kristine Tejada, a truck commander, provides security at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq

September 24, 2011 - Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler

Corporal Kristine Tejada, a truck commander, provides security at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq - Download Hi-Res photo

Cpl. Kristine Tejada, from Oakland, Calif., a truck commander for 1st Platoon, Higher Headquarters Battery, Task Force 2-82 Field Artillery Regiment, provides security at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq, Sept. 24. TF 2-82 is one of the last units that provides security for U.S. Forces visiting the site, a mission that is dwindeling with the reposture of U.S. Forces in Iraq.