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Top - U.S. Marine Corps Second Lieutenant David Higgins shoots his rifle in the World Championships in Granada, Spain, in September 2014.  Bottom - 2nd Lt. David Higgin with his father, Col. David A. Higgins (right) image at the new officer's commissioning ceremony on June 2, 2016 ... Image created by USA Patriotism! from a U.S. Marine Corps courtesy photo (top) and by Cpl. Logan Block (bottom)
July 30, 2016 - Sailors aboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) man the rails as the flagship arrives in Gaeta, Italy. Mount Whitney, the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship, forward deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alyssa Weeks)
July 20, 2016 - Airmen with the 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, maneuver through concealment smoke during shoot, move, communicate training in Peoria, Illinois. The training was designed to practice fire team communication and movements while engaging simulated combatants. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)
August 3, 2016 - The Coast Guard Cutter Manowar passes the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument as it patrols the Houston Ship Channel. The Manowar is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Galveston, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams)
August 4, 2016 - U.S. Soldiers aboard MK2 Bridge Erection Boats race down the Olt River in Voila, Romania during a tactical river crossing demonstration. U.S. and Romanian military forces participated in the demonstration to showcase combined combat readiness for the Distinguished Visitor Day during Saber Guardian 16. Saber Guardian is a Romanian and U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)
August 5, 2016 - Lt. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, assists the mother of Maj. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, commanding general of Marine Forces Cyber Command, with pinning on her daughter’s new rank insignia at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Reynolds was the first female commander of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island, S.C. before taking charge of her current command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Eric Keenan)
August 3, 2016 - Cmdr. Dale Klein, USS Maine (SSBN 741) commanding officer, is piped through sideboys during the USS Maine crew combination ceremony. USS Maine recently returned from a two-month underway period. The ceremony is to combine the Blue and Gold crews into USS Maine (Green) before she undergoes an engineered refueling overhaul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV)
July 27, 2016 - An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, SC waves at the boom operator after a mid-air refueling during Red Flag 16-3 over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving multiple military branches conducting training operations on the 15,000-square-mile test and training range. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Davis Hayden, assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, overcomes an obstacle during the 2016 European Best Warrior Competition held at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Aug. 8, 2016. The intense, grueling annual week-long competition is the most prestigious competitive event of the region. Event organizers will announce the year's top junior officer, noncommissioned officer and Soldier during a concluding ceremony scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Emily Houdershieldt)
July 29, 2016 - U.S. service members and guests listen to the National Chaplain of the Montford Point Marine Association, Reverend James E. Moore, as he delivers the invocation during the Montford Point Marine Memorial dedication ceremony held at Jacksonville, North Carolina. The memorial was built in honor of the 20,000 African-Americans who attended training at Montford Point. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Mercado)
August 7, 2016 - Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) steams through the Pacific Ocean as Sailors, family and friends gather to watch an air and sea power demonstration. The demonstration was part of a schedule of events put together for a tiger cruise, an opportunity for Sailors to invite their family and friends to experience life underway aboard a Navy ship. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bryan Niegel)

August 6, 2016 - Petty Officer 2nd Class James Grant, a maritime enforcement specialist and dog handler assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 in Seattle, introduces canine Sonya to children attending Seafair festivities next to Lake Washington in Seattle. Coast Guard crews partnered with state and local agencies to coordinate safety and security operations for those working at and attending Seafair. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley)
Osan Air Force Base (August 5, 2016) - U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Grooms, a member of 51st Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, receives special permission while on shift to join fellow airmen at the USO Osan grand opening ceremony to see how visitors liked the new space. USO staff member said Grooms regularly volunteers at the USO facility and has been a huge asset in preparing of the grand opening. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Carlton)
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kendall Ward (from left to right) of the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the 2016 European Best Officer Warrior; Staff Sgt. Ethan Rodgers of the 7th Army Training Command, the 2016 Best NCO Warrior; and Spc. Daniel Guenther, also with the 7th ATC, the 2016 Best Soldier Warrior, receive trophies during a concluding ceremony held August 11, 2016 at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center. (U.S. Army Photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach)
August 10, 2016 - Marines with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, attack an objective during a live-fire range movement at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. The Marines are part of Marine Rotational Force Darwin and are taking part in Exercise Koolendong 16. The range also included close air support, mortars, sniper over watch and the Combined Anti-Armored Team. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Anderson)
August 15, 2016 - Navy Diver 2nd Class John Baxley and fellow divers explain the importance of communication to kids from the Walnut Creek YMCA during Navy Week in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines is one of select cities to host a 2016 Navy Week, a week dedicated to raise U.S. Navy awareness through local outreach, community service and exhibitions (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert Bolibol)
August 3, 2016 - U.S. Air Force Capt. Brittny Barney, a 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, performs preflight checks of equipment inside a UH-1N Huey at Joint Base Andrews, MD.. The 1st HS is the Air Force’s largest helicopter squadron, tracing its heritage back to 1955. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)
U.S. Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Mississippi wins the bronze medal in the men's pole vault with a mark of 5.85 meters at the 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's Thiago Braz de Silva took the gold with an Olympic record mark of 6.03 meters. France's Renaud Lavillenie claimed the silver at 5.98 meters. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from  photo by Tim Hipps, U.S. Army Installation Management Command)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Kevin E. McDonald scans the area for simulated enemy combatants during a field operation at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. The military policeman with Company B, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF conduct monthly training to maintain and sharpen skills for patrols in enemy territory. McDonald, from Katy, Texas, is a field military policeman with Company B, 3rd LE Bn, III MHG, III MEF. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kelsey M. Dornfeld)
August 18, 2016 - Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Kristen Neufeld performs maintenance on a Mark 38 - 25 mm machine gun system aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is pierside at homeport in San Diego. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Theo Shively)
An A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 75th Fighter Squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., taxis down the runway at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. A-10 pilots flew in both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the A-29B Super Tucano coordinating simulated close-air-support missions as part of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)
August 19, 2016 - Coast Guard Barque Eagle crew member Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl reunites with his children after arriving at the Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, MD. The Eagle departed the Yard in April for port calls in Europe, Bermuda, and the eastern United States, as it carried out its mission to train future Coast Guard officers. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando)
August 15, 2016 - U.S. Army Spc. Mariah Ridge, a military working dog handler assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo’s Joint Security Forces, laughs at her military working dog, Jaska, during K9 hoist evacuation training with their teammates at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Although the MWDs and their handlers were training in 90 degree, 100 percent humidity weather, they managed to stay in good spirits. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)
August 19, 2016 - U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John A Toolan takes a moment to honor fallen U.S. Marines during the Marine Memorial Rededication Ceremony at the USS ARIZONA Education Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Toolan is the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet)
August 24, 2016 - Sailors assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 participate in a search and rescue exercise. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, 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 Casey J. Hopkins)
August 18, 2016 - PJs and EOD work Together Senior Airmen Kyle Green, left, and Ty Hatcher, both 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue specialists, lift a wounded warrior onto a litter during a mass casualty and extraction exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Airmen from various units acted as patients with injuries that included broken limbs, deliria and head wounds. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)
Aug. 21, 2016 - U.S. Army Sgt. Gauthier, of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, provides overwatch prior to an Area Reconnaissance mission during the Exportable Combat Training Capability program at Fort Hood. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Ross Dobelhower, Troop A/1-124 CAV)
Aug. 9, 2016 - The Iwo Jima monument stands tall during a sunset parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA . Sunset parades are held as a means of honoring senior officials, distinguished citizens and supporters of the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Bestul)
Aug. 27, 2016 -  Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Joey Rush escorts the remains of Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class John P. Lamson to be committed to the sea during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Lamson served in the Navy from 1976-1989. George Washington, homeported in Norfolk, is underway conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom)
August 29, 2016 - U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilots fly over Crater Lake, Oregon during their return to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Thunderbirds performed at the Airshow and Warrior Expo at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., August 27-28, 2016. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

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