A member of the U.S. Army 3/187th Scouts from Fort Campbell, KY, takes a break at a bombed out building on April 12, 2002, at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The Scouts, and the Lord Strathcona's Force (Royal Canadian) Reconnaissance Squadron "RECCE" 2TP from Edmonton Canada, along with the Afghanistan Military Forces (AMF) have been conducting surveillance of the outer perimeter of the Air Base. This small multinational force is positioned at the North Tower on the outer perimeter outside of Kandahar airport during Operation Enduring Freedom. Their mission is to play a surveillance role on the outer perimeter with the capability of providing direct fire support. Kandahar Airport is home to over 5000 U.S. and Multinational Armed Services.
Exhausted from the heat, PFC Valentine Rodriquez from 1st Platoon Charlie Company 1/17th Infantry 172nd Stryker BDE Ft. Wainwright, AK, sits on the floor resting and smoking a cigarette at an Iraqi Police station June 21, 2006, during a patrol in Rissalo, Mosul, Iraq.
Debris and wreckage is piled up on March 16, 2011, in Kamaishi, Japan, after a 9.0 earthquake that struck offshore of Japan on March 11, 2011, causing a Tsunami that destroyed everything in its path, and killing more than 18,000 people in the disaster.
Two young boys run around and play with toy guns in the Ger District in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ger districts usually occupy poor quality land on the outskirts of town.
An older man is crushed while he tries to get out of the way of a huge number of Haitians making their way to the relief supplies (food and water) the U.S. Army Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were handing out on January 20, 2010, at the stadium in Port au Prince, Haiti, for Operation Unified Response. As more and more Haitians heard of the distribution being handed out by the soldiers, the distribution line turned into a huge gathering of people being pushed from the back. The soldiers stood their ground and handed out the majority of the relief for as long as they could, before they were hugely outnumbered and overrun. A devastating earthquake hit the region on January 12, 2010. Since then USSOUTHCOM has distributed more than 636,951 bottles of water and more than 473,325 Humanitarian Daily Rations.
French soldiers chase down papers picked up by a small dust tornado that traveled through their camp during a 10-day French Tactical Desert Survival Training Course on May 8, 2008, in the Djiboutian desert, Djibouti, Africa.
U.S. Marines from the 8th Provisional Security Detachment, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, play soccer with children in Negad, Djibouti, Africa, on May 22, 2008, as members of the U.S. Air Force Central Command Band "Falcon" sets up to play a concert for the village.
SGT John Christoffersen from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6 Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany, heads back to base on September 2, 2006, in a Bradley after conducting an early morning raid, looking for weapon caches on a local school, and several houses in the Tameem district of Ramadi, Iraq, during Operation Caribbean Stud. No significant evidence was found. The mission is part of the continuing support of the 1-1 Armored Division. 1-1AD is deployed with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq (Multi National Forces-West) to develop the Iraqi security forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction.
An Afghani woman hurries through the streets of Gardez, as a U.S. military convoy passes her on their way to Bagram, Afghanistan, on May 11, 2002, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The convoy is on its way back to Bagram after dropping off members from the 345th Psychological Operation Company, Dallas, Texas, in Gardez. The team will be the first in the area completing their mission of visiting local villages and towns promoting Afghanistan and American coalition cooperation and to gather intelligence.
Under the cover of darkness, Platoon Leader SFC Steven Kirk from 4th Platoon Alpha Company, 1/17th Infantry 172nd Stryker BDE Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, has a smoke while scanning his target area for suspicious activity or movement while on a Small Kill Team (SKT) mission at an undisclosed location in the desert July 12, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq. Soldiers on SKT missions are randomly placed in and around the city to watch for suspicious activity or movement. The goal of the mission is to kill anti-Iraqi Forces placing IED's. Missions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 72 hours.
With his identity concealed, an Iraqi Policeman prepares to head out on patrol July 27, 2006, at Al Huriya Police Station in Ramadi, Iraq. The mission is part of the continuing support of the 1-1AD. 1-1AD is deployed with IMEF (FWD) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq (MNF-W) to develop the Iraqi security forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction.
CPL David Stigers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany, administers first aid to an injured Iraqi man that was shot on August 16, 2006. U.S. Forces came under fire from anti-Iraqi Forces during a Traffic Control Point (TCP) on Alternate Supply Route Michigan in Tameem, Ramadi, Iraq. TCP's are performed by pulling over random vehicles and searching the vehicle and it's occupants for weapons or explosives being transported into the city.
Spc. Christopher Brinton from the 2-18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, looks out the window while sitting on a bus waiting to leave for a 10-day French Tactical Desert Survival Training Course on May 4, 2008, during his deployment to Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa located at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. Forty U.S. Military members stationed at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti volunteered for the 10-day course taught by French Marines from the 5th Regiment Overseas Infantry. The training was held in the desert outside Djibouti City where students were trained in two phases. The first phase was five days of classes teaching basic desert survival and tactical training, and the second was putting their learned skills to the test. During the course, the students walked over 90 kilometers in total with only nine liters of water a day, one French MRE a day and a few goats. Seven U.S. service members fell out due to exhaustion and dehydration, one of which was medically evacuated. Two French service members were medically evacuated as well due to exhaustion and dehydration.
Son, Robert Lock and his wife Chris comfort his mother Mary as she takes her last couple of breaths in life on October 22, 2012, as she passes at a nursing facility in Gloversville, New York. Mary was 87 and placed in a nursing facility when she broke her femur over a year ago.
Lance Cpl. Brett Herman from the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, break dances during some down time before moving to the next firing range in the Arta region of Djibouti, Africa, on January 23, 2008. The Marines fired the M203 Grenade Launcher AT-4 and threw M67 Fragment Grenades for practice, while deployed with the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, located at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa.
U.S. Naval Cmdr. Chad Reed from the Test and Evaluation Squadron Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, dives down to explore the outer reef at White Sands beach in the Gulf of Aden on June 1, 2008, during a Morale and Recreation trip while deployed to Combined Joint Force - Horn of Africa, located at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa.
Milk is poured over the head of the winning horse as a sign of good luck after a race. Horses are greatly cherished in Mongolian culture, especially by the nomads, because horses are very useful to people's daily lives and livelihood. Horse racing is the second most popular event in Mongolia, after traditional wrestling. There is a traditional Mongolian saying, "A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings."
U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technician Staff Sgt. Salvatore DiGiacomo from the 514th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, demonstrates the EOD 9 bomb suit and helmet ensemble operational equipment on August 21, 2012, during Air Force Week in New York City, New York.
A KC-135 Stratotanker seems tiny in comparison to the huge storm its flying through on its way to refuel a C-17 Globemaster on July 12, 2012, off Florida's east coast.
A Sadhu (holy man) reaches out and blesses a man on February 6, 2013, in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela. Other activities besides bathing include religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men and women and the poor, and religious assemblies.
"Kumbh Mela" is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. The event is believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, and is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. A bath here is said to wash away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth. It is considered to be largest peaceful gathering in the world with over 100 million people from January 14 - March 15, 2013.
A CH-47 " Chinook" drops off members of a coalition force into the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, in support of Operation Torii on May 4, 2002. Operation Torii is a coalition operation consisting of over 400 members from the United States, Canadian Army, and the Afghanistan Military Forces (AMF) to gather intelligence. They also exploited and denied entrance to four underground sites in the Tora Bora region. The area was bombed December 2001, with 2000 pound GPS guided bombs called Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
U.S. Military members run through some tactical movement drills in case they are attacked during a 10-day French Tactical Desert Survival Training Course on May 7, 2008, while deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, located at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. The students are taught to conserve as much energy during the heat of the day and to move at night when it is cooler. Forty U.S. Military members stationed at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, volunteered for the 10-day course taught by French Marines from the 5th Regiment Overseas Infantry. The training was held in the desert outside Djibouti City.