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USS Chafee Returns from Independent Deployment
December 18, 2015
151217-N-DT805-283 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 17, 2015) Sailors man the rails of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) as it returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following an independent deployment to the Western Pacific. Deployed since May, the crew of more than 350 Sailors steamed a total of 42,000 nautical miles across the U.S. 3rd, 4th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While deployed Chafee conducted various theater security operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.  Chafee also escorted USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a Southern Sea deployment around South America and through the Straits of Magellan before the carrier's return to Norfolk, Va., this month. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John M. Hageman/Released)

Operation Christmas Drop Showcases HA/DR Training
December 18, 2015
A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron drops a bundles during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, at Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. Airmen delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the first trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Local Bonds Strengthened, Celebrated Through New Year's Tradition
December 18, 2015
151215-F-FK724-058 MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (Dec. 15, 2015) U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Parrish, 35th Mission Support Group commander, swings a mallet during the Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2015. The ceremony is held annually to give members of the 35th Fighter Wing and Naval Air Facility Misawa a chance to experience a Japanese New Year’s tradition and celebrate the strong bonds between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman/Released)

Commander of ROK Chemical/Biological/Radiological Defense Command Visits 20th CBRNE Command
December 18, 2015

VP-16 brings P-8A Poseidon to Singapore
December 18, 2015

George Washington Travels 52,000 Miles on a Seven-Month Return Trip to the U.S.
December 16, 2015

Rumble in the Jungle: 1st Recon Marines Train in Hawaii
December 16, 2015
Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, survey a named area of interest during reconnaissance and surveillance training, Nov. 19-21, 2015, aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii. The Marines conducted insertion, infiltration, execution, exfiltration, and extraction in terrain unfamiliar to what is usually found at their home base in California. The Hawaiian terrain ranged from beach shores, to dense jungle and open valleys during pouring rains

15th Wing Leaders Travel to the Highest Point on Oahu
December 16, 2015
Master Sgt. Morris Niibu, a radio frequency technician for the 169th Air Defense Squadron, shows Col. Randy Huiss, 15th Wing commander, the Federal Aviation Administration’s radar tower during a tour of the Mount Kaala Air Force Station, Hawaii, Dec. 4, 2015. The tour was an opportunity for Huiss to better understand the mission of the 169th ADS and improve the integration with the HIANG and active duty Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/Released)

Marine Corps Installations Pacific Brings Holiday Spirit to Okinawa
December 16, 2015
Col. Christopher A. Feyedelem, left, shakes hands with Urasoe City Mayor Tetsuji Matsumoto during the Camp Kinser Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 27 aboard Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan. Hundreds of participants from all units on Kinser and children from various organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America participated in the event. Feyedelem is the commanding officer of Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Courtesy Photo by Toshi Nakamoto)

Okinawa Outreach Brings Christmas Cheer to Local Children
December 16, 2015
U.S. Air Force volunteers pose for a photo with children and staff from the Midori School-Age Program during a visit, Dec. 10, 2015, in Okinawa City, Japan. Fourteen volunteers from Kadena’s Top 3 and the 18th Communications Squadron brought a little Christmas cheer when they visited the SAP. Okinawa Outreach is a community service-oriented program designed to aid the local community while allowing Americans and Okinawans to exchange cultures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

USS Boxer Underway Replenishment Success Proves Amphibious Ready Group Capability
December 15, 2015
Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) transit alongside one another during a replenishment at sea. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z. Rodarte/Released)

Admiral Swift Talks Regional Trends During Cooperative Strategy Forum
December 15, 2015
U.S. Navy Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks to students about regional issues in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region during the Naval War College cooperative strategy forum at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Dec. 14, 2015, in Honolulu. More than 100 personnel from ten partner nations attended the event to broaden dialogue and deepen debate on maritime challenges and opportunities in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Maintenance Professionals Exchange Ideas Aboard USS Emory S. Land
December 15, 2015

Misawa Pilots Save Iraqi Civilians, Earn 2014 Mackay Trophy
December 15, 2015
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh accompanied by a National Aeronautic Association spokesman present the Mackay Trophy to Capts. David Kroontje and Gregory Balzhiser during the NAA fall awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 3, 2015. The trophy is awarded for the “most meritorious flight of the year by an Air Force person, persons, or organization.” Kroontje and Balzhiser earned the trophy as a result of their heroic efforts during an air strike that helped Peshmerga forces the next day set up a safe corridor from Mount Sinjar, Iraq, saving the lives of 40,000 stranded civilians including women, children, elderly, and the infirm. Kroontje has since transferred to the 560th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Balzhiser is now a member of the 31st Operations Support Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Courtesy photo)

American Women March Forward in Landmark Military Decision
December 15, 2015
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston

Alaskan NORAD Region Prepares to Track Santa for 60th Year
December 14, 2015
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Williams, 176th Air Defense Squadron weapons director, prepares to help Alaskan NORAD Region track Santa this Christmas Eve. For 60 years the North American Aerospace Defense Command, including ANR at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, has tracked Santa’s movements as he travels around the globe on Christmas. The dedicated men and women of ANR have made the vital preparations necessary to help keep Santa safe on his journey around the world. When not tracking Santa, ANR's mission is to continuously provide warning of a possible aerospace attack within the region and will maintain aerospace control to include peacetime air sovereignty and appropriate aerospace defense measures in response to hostile actions within ANR's area of operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Gordinier/Released)

Evacuation Exercise Prepares Residents of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
December 14, 2015
Station residents provide required information to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, and American Red Cross during a noncombatant evacuation processing center exercise in the IronWorks Gym at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 11, 2015. This exercise practices evacuating endangered personnel in a host foreign nation to a safe location. An evacuation can take place for a variety of reasons such as natural disasters, industrial accidents and military threats.

With Another Year of CARAT Complete, DESRON 7 Looks to the Future
December 14, 2015
Ships and submarines from the Republic of Singapore navy and U.S. Navy gather in formation during the underway phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2015. CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Bishop/Released)

3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade Participated in Exercise Yama Sakura
December 14, 2015

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Returns From 7-Month Deployment
December 14, 2015