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May 2016
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April 28, 2016 - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Dollar, assigned to the 666th Ordnance Company (EOD), 441st Ordnance Battalion (EOD), searches a hostage for explosives during the hostage rescue scenario for the 52nd and 111th Ordnance Group (EOD) Joint Team of the Year 2016 competition at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, KY. The weeklong competition tests teams, consisting of (2 to 3) EOD technicians, in various scenarios they may encounter in situations around the world, to determine the most physically, mentally, tactically, and technically fit team to represent their command in future competition. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Kohl)
LEAGUE CITY, Texas - Alyssa Beach sings the national anthem as a U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard presents the colors at Wounded Warrior Marine Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell's home dedication ceremony in League City, Texas, April 14, 2016. The home dedication marks Operation FINALLY HOME’s 100th dedication for a deserving veteran or surviving spouse. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Alyssa Ramirez)
April 30, 2016 - Special Operator 1st Class Remington Peters, member of the Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, flies the SEAL trident as he comes in for a landing during an aerial demonstration at the sixth annual SEAL Invitational sponsored by Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate at the Naval Special Warfare Center obstacle course in Coronado, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Special Operator 1st Class Timmy Holland)
April 21, 2016 - U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 57th Rescue Squadron use the Jaws of Life to tear apart a vehicle's roof to remove a mock victim during a combat search and rescue demonstration at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Pararescuemen and members of the 48th Security Forces Squadron demonstrated the rescue during a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Civic Leader Program visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nu�ez)
May 3, 2016 - On stage from left, Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph F. Dunford, Jr, outgoing Commander of U.S. European Command, EUCOM, Gen Phillip M. Breedlove, and in coming commander EUCOM, GEN Curtis M. Scaparrotti salute the incoming colors during the official change of command ceremony on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti transitioned to commander of EUCOM and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, taking the reins from U.S. Air Force Gen. Phillip M. Breedlove. (U.S. Army Photo by Visual Information Specialist Martin Greeson)
U.S. Navy file photo of Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, who was killed in a battle on May 3, 2016 with Islamic State of Iraq in the village of Tal Asquf. (U.S. Navy photo)
April 28, 2016 - Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 perform air to air refueling of a F/A-18D Hornet. The units practiced both in the afternoon and at night to ensure maximum readiness in any scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Nathan Wicks)
May 6, 2016 - U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Luis Macedo Lopez, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), parades the colors as the ship arrives in Shanghai. Blue Ridge is conducting a regularly scheduled port visit during its patrol of the 7th Fleet area of operations strengthening and fostering relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Don Patton)
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilots fly their jets over Ft. Lauderdale during a practice show in preparation for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, May 6, 2016. The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force. The Thunderbirds are assigned to the 57th Wing, and are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)
April 28, 2016 - The Coast Guard's 2015 Enlisted Persons of the Year pose for a photo with the commandant of the Coast Guard, master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, and several former EPOYs following the 2015 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.. Standing left to right are: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell; Lt. Cmdr. James Cullen, a 1999 EPOY; Chief Petty Officer Wilton Terry, the 2015 EPOY - Reserve Component; Lt. j.g. Jessica Snyder, a 2011 EPOY; Chief Petty Officer Wesley Mundy, a 2013 EPOY; Petty Officer 1st Class Evan Ward, the 2015 EPOY - Active-Duty Component; Chief Petty Officer Travis Cutler, a 2013 EPOY; and Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)
May 7, 2016 - Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Smith, Team US, thank each other for their respective service and discuss the global efforts to increase awareness and support for wounded warriors, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace)
May 6, 2016 - World War II veterans with special guests after being awarded the Legion of Honor aboard the USS Bataan in association with Fleet Week Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction and recognizes exceptional service to France. It rewards distinguished military and civil accomplishments and rewards courageous American soldiers who helped France fight and become liberated from its occupied status. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi)
May 8, 2016 - Lieutenant Colonel Eric J. Dougherty and Sgt. Maj. Marcus A. Chestnut stand at parade rest during a service commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea at USS Peary Gun Memorial, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The Battle of the Coral Sea was a series of naval engagements, between the U.S. and Australia against Japan, which occurred May 4 to May 8, 1942 on the northeast coast of Australia. Community engagements between the U.S. military and Australian Defence Force reinforce relations that date back to when both countries fought alongside each other in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan together. Dougherty is the commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. Chestnut is the sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
May 11, 2016 -  The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. Pacific Partnership is in its 11th iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Veloicaza)
Chief Master Sgt. Martin Cortez and Maj. Emil Rebik salute the Air Force list of lost explosive ordnance disposal technicians during the 47th annual EOD Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 7, 2016. Names of recent and past fallen EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall during the ceremony each year. The Army, Marines and Navy added six new names this year. The total now stands at 320. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
May 15, 2016 - A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, sets his sight on a target approximately 300 meters away at Vaziani Training Area during Exercise Noble Partner. The exercise is happening May 11 to 26 and includes approximately 1300 participants from the U.S., Georgia and the U.K. The exercise is a reoccurring training event that takes place at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia. Noble Partner 16 is a critical part of Georgia's training for its contribution of a light infantry company to the NATO Response Force (NRF) and enhances Georgian territorial self-defense capability. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole)
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, lay down suppressive fire at Range 410 while participating in Integrated Training Exercise 3-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, May 9, 2016. 2/8 came from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to participate in ITX 3-16. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dave Flores)
May 16, 2016 - The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team performs during a kick-off event in support of Navy Week Roanoke. Navy weeks are events held throughout the inland United States to help raise public awareness of the U.S. Navy in areas that are not typically exposed to a large naval presence. (mage created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Austin)
May 16, 2016 - Officers and guests salute during the playing of Taps at the Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The ceremony was to honor fallen police officers from the previous year by reading their names aloud. Security forces Airmen from Eglin and Hurlburt Field attended and participated in the event. The ceremony is one of many events taking place during National Police Week. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
May 14, 2016 - The Pavini family display the name of a U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Jim Pavini, at a 2016 Run To Remember 5k at the Nessler Park Rotary Pavilion in Texas City, Texas. This year, the run honored Senior Chief Petty Officer Jim Pavini and Chief Petty Officer Chuck Blome, who were both marine inspectors lost in a helicopter accident in 1994. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease)
April 29, 2016 - Actor Gary Sinise enjoys looking over a special heavy air drop training platform that was hand-painted with scenes from the movie Forrest Gump by members of the 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Aerial Port. Col. Robert Ator II, commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing tells Sinise about the special pallet. Sinise was at Little Rock Air Force Base as part of the Lt. Dan Band USO tour. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Chris A. Durney)
May 19, 2016 - Service members from each branch of the military salute the flag during the national anthem before they march on the field of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pirates hosted the first Military Takes the Field night at PNC Park to honor members of all branches of the military (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dalton Smith)
May 16, 2016 - U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division provide security during Decisive Action Rotation 16-06 at the National Training Center aboard Fort Irwin, CA. Decisive action rotations at the NTC ensure brigade combat teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Christopher Blanton, Operations Group, National Training Center)
May 16, 2016 - U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division breach a room for clearing during a military operations in urban terrain tactics exercise in Al Quweyrah, Jordan. Eager Lion is a recurring exercise between partner nations designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability, and enhance regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez)
May 22, 2016 - Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) in the Gulf of Aden. USS Gonzalez is currently operating with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena)
April 22, 2016 - Chief Master Sgt. William Speck graduated U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, GA. Speck is the first Air Force chief master sergeant to graduate from the Army's premier leadership course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angelita Lawrence)
May 25, 2016 - U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers render honors to the fallen after unveiling a new monument dedicated to the Paratroopers who lost their lives while conducting combat training during a memorial ceremony at the 82nd Abn. Div. War Memorial Museum on Fort Bragg, NC. Families, friends, and veteran Paratroopers paid their respects and honored their fallen comrades. The new monument featured more than 220 names, all training casualties. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder)
U.S. Army soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation's fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on May 26, 2016. (DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard)
The Official Color Guard of the Marine Corps marches into Times Square during a Battle Color Detachment performance during Fleet Week at Times Square in New York, May 28, 2016. U.S. Marines, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen are in New York to interact with the public, demonstrate capabilities and teach the people of New York about America’s sea services. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd Michalek)
Memorial Day
U.S. service members unroll an American flag during the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony at Pier 86 in New York, May 30, 2016. Hundreds of active duty service members, veterans, civilians, and prominent figures in the New York City community gathered to pay tribute to and recognize the fallen as well as to share in the history of the USS Intrepid, a retired Navy ship docked at the pier. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Barajas, 2D MARDIV Combat Camer)

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