Saturday, April 17, 2010

A firing exercise

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Juan Gomez clears Cpl. Morgan Ruffin's M-16A4 rifle during the unknown distance portion of a firing exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii April 13, 2010. Gomez is assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Orlando Perez, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

Search and seizure team

Members of a visit, board, search and seizure team from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conduct tactical exercises aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) while underway in the Pacific Ocean on April 7, 2010. The Freedom and the Bunker Hill are supporting Southern Seas 2010, a U.S. Southern Command-directed operation that provides U.S. and international forces the opportunity to operate in a multinational environment. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Barker, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Army and Agriculture

 U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Sanford and Department of Agriculture representative Anthony Miller plant Afghan pine tree saplings on the Agribusiness Development Team demonstration farm on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan, April 9, 2010. The six-acre farm is used to demonstrate progressive agriculture techniques to local farmers and producers. (DoD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ross Dobelbower, U.S. Army/Released)

The overwatch position

U.S. Army Pvt. Michael S. Walters monitors an Afghan National Army visit to Nishigam village in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on April 6, 2010. The Afghan National Army-led mission involved meeting with villagers and inspecting important community gathering places, such as the school and local bazaar. The overwatch position near Combat Outpost Bar Alai is used to prevent anti-Afghan forces from attacking Afghan National Security Forces as they work with residents. Walters is a forward observer with 2nd Platoon, Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, U.S. Army. (Released)