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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

Yama Sakura 69 Enhances Relationship Between US and Japan
December 11, 2015
Yama Sakura 69 Soldiers learn calligraphy on Camp Itami, Japan, Dec. 7, 2015. As part of YS 69, exercise participants are given the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture through events and trips.

Republic of Korea Marine Corps Commandant Visits Okinawa
December 11, 2015
Lt. Gen. Sang Hoon Lee, commandant of the of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, right, greets Col. Erik B. Kraft, III Marine Expeditionary Force operations officer, left, before entering III MEF Headquarters to talk about strengthening plans, operations and relationships between the two militaries Dec. 11, at Camp Courtney. Lee was on Okinawa from Dec. 11 to increase awareness of senior leader collaboration and oneness of the Combined Marine Component Command. The CMCC is a focused combined force designed to protect the safety and security of the people of Korea.

US-India Joint Statement on the visit of Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar to the United States
December 11, 2015

Night Training Gets K-9 Out of 10
December 11, 2015
Lance Cpl. Kevin Kelly, right, military working dog handler with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, gives praise to his K-9 after successfully attacking Cpl. Justin Stockton, military working dog handler with H&HS, who played a simulated noncompliant suspect during night training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 9, 2015. To ensure the safety of personnel on the air station, this training is conducted to keep military working dogs familiarized with the installation as its landscape continues to develop with the Defense Policy Review Initiative. The K-9’s are trained in the five phases of aggression, basic obedience and building searches which aid in a variety of potentially dangerous situations.

Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to Thailand, Laos and Japan
December 11, 2015

Republic of Korea/U.S. Air Force Airmen participate Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants Train Together
December 11, 2015

6th Joint Leadership Walk Connects Japanese Community, Station Residents
December 11, 2015

Corporal Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 86
December 11, 2015
Holocaust survivor, Korean War hero and Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin died of natural causes, Dec. 5, 2015. Rubin served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions there, Sept. 23, 2005.

Carter Calls U.S.-India Defense Partnership ‘Anchor of Global Security’
December 10, 2015
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts an enhanced honor cordon welcoming India's Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar to Pentagon at the Pentagon River Entrance. Following a bilateral meeting they will conduct a joint press conference in the Pentagon Briefing Room on Dec. 10, 2015.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Tours Operations at Yama Sakura 69
December 10, 2015
United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy arrives with Japan Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani (right) at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Middle Army Headquarters on Camp Itami, Japan, Dec. 9. Kennedy visited with U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Force service members to observe Yama Sakura 69 operations. Yama Sakura is a two-week training event and the largest bilateral command post exercise for the two nations, with more than 6,500 service members participating.