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December 2016

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November 29, 2016 - Private first class Alex Pelletier positions himself behind a .50 cal. machine gun during a training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Marines with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment practiced vehicle buddy rushes to hone the Marines’ ability to communicate and move as a team to reach an objective. Pelletier is a machine gunner with the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sean J. Berry)
November 26, 2016 - Sailors fire the first of three volleys to honor the deceased during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72). The ship is in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Comerford)
December 1, 2016 - President Barack Obama and his family and along several musical performers at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony line the stage to sing holiday tunes in Washington, D.C. Among those who performed classic holiday hits were singers James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson and Marc Anthony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter)
November 9, 2016 - The Texas Tenors, (L-R) Marcus Collins, JC Fisher, and John Hagen ... an Emmy Award winning classical crossover trio ... perform an inspiring patriotic song during their must see entertaining show at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri. (Photo by USA Patriotism!)
November 15, 2016 - Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Russell Rhodes speaks to an audience after receiving the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 85-year-old Rhodes requested the medal ceremony be held at the base’s fuels flight, where Rhodes was stationed during his Air Force career as a fuel truck driver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
December 5, 2016 - World War II veterans attend the Wheeler Field Remembrance, in Hangar 206 . The ceremony commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Wheeler Field, Dec. 7, 1941. Wheeler Field was among several sites to be attacked by the Japanese in addition to Pearl Harbor. More than 30 were killed and more than 50 were wounded in the attacks. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)
December 6, 2016 - Ray Chavez, 104, the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes during the Freedom Bell Opening Ceremony and Bell Ringing at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Civilians, veterans, and service members came together to remember and pay their respects to those who fought and lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet)
December 7, 2016 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) performs a pass-in-review between the Battleship Missouri Memorial and USS Arizona Memorial during the 75th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The 75th commemoration, co-hosted by the U.S. Military, the National Park Service and the State of Hawaii, provided veterans family members, service members and the community a chance to honor the sacrifices made by those who were present Dec. 7, 1941, as well as throughout the Pacific theater. Since the attacks, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner)
December 6, 2016 - U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, engage targets during a night live-fire exercise as part of Exercise Mountain Shock at Pocek Range in Slovenia. Mountain Shock is part of the Shock series of Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises conducted within the U.S. European Command, testing a unit's ability to conduct operations with little or no warning. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo)
November 12, 2016 - The amazing, versatile singer George Dyer (wearing white coat) with his talented family (L-R -- daughter/Kendra, wife/Clarisse, and son/Garrett ... wave to the audience during a standing ovation after performing an inspiring patriotic song at their must see show at the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson, Missouri. (Photo by USA Patriotism!)
December 7, 2016 - The U.S. Pacific Command joint service color guard marches down Kalakaua Avenue during the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade at Fort Derussy Beach Park, Hawaii. Civilians, veterans, and service members came together to remember and pay their respects to those who fought and lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet)
December 6, 2016 - Amphibious assault vehicles with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to land during the initial landing phases of Exercise Alligator Dagger. The exercise involves all three ships of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and enables the Marines and sailors of the 11th MEU to conduct the comprehensive amphibious operations that keep their skills ready for crisis response and contingency operations throughout the Central Command area of responsibility. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devan Gowans)
The National Guard celebrates its historic birthday on December 13th ... On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's General Court, the colony's militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the colony. Today, the descendants of these first regiments - the 181st Infantry, the 182nd Infantry, the 101st Field Artillery, and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard – share the distinction of being the oldest units in the U.S. military. December 13, 1636, thus marks the beginning of the organized militia, and the birth of the National Guard's oldest organized units is symbolic of the founding of all the state, territory, and District of Columbia militias that collectively make up today's National Guard. (Image provided by National Guard)
December 8, 2016 - Petty Officer 2nd Class Jahod Ross performs maintenance on a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter of the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Mason, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Janweb B. Lagazo)
December 5, 2016 - Aircrew aboard a C-130 Hercules assigned to the U.S. Air Force 36th Airlift Squadron circle a Micronesian Island practicing airdrop procedures during Operation Christmas Drop. Each year Operation Christmas Drop provides aid to over 30,000 islanders in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)
December 6, 2016 - The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performs for visitors during a joint static aircraft display on the flightline at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The display, which featured a diverse range of aircraft, was open to all service members, family and veterans interested learning more about modern military aviation during the weeklong series of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)
December 7, 2016 - World War II veteran William Flatters, U.S. Sen. John McCain and Vice President-elect Mike Pence walk toward the location they will be laying a wreath during the 2016 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.)
December 17, 2016 - Volunteers place wreaths at the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery for National Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)
December 14, 2016 - A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division volunteers his time to hand out children gift bags during the All American Holiday Concert at Fort Bragg, NC. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Lytle)
December 16, 2016 - Annie Glenn grieves at the casket of her husband U.S. Sen. John H. Glenn, Jr., at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Having flown 149 combat missions in World War II and the Korean War, John Glenn became the first man to orbit the earth in 1962. After retiring from the space program, Glenn was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 1974. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Ochoa and illustration by Sgt. Elize McKelvey)
December 17, 2016 -  Petty Officer 1st Class Angelo Espiridion, from Vallejo, Calif., stationed with Commander, Strike Group Three, searches for a specific stuffed animal request for a child during the Toys for Tots-Kitsap distribution event at the Kitsap Fairgrounds. Kitsap Marines, Sailors and volunteers with the organization devoted more than an approximated 1,500 hours to collect and reach more than 2,000 children, who received gifts throughout the 2016 campaign effort in the county, with nearly 1,800 receiving gifts on Saturday alone. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cory Asato)
November 9, 2016 - The diversely, talented Bretts grab the audience's hearts with a moving performance of a Christmas song at their amazingly, entertaining show in Branson, Missouri. It is a must see show for all ages! (Photo by USA Patriotism!)
December 16, 2016 - The Tyndall Spouses Club and First Sergeants Group load donated children’s gifts during Operation Angel Tree at the base Thrift Shop on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Operation Angel Tree provided gifts to 225 children from 128 Tyndall families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ty-Rico Lea)
December 22, 2016 - A U.S. Marine playing Santa Claus holds a very happy little boy during a Holiday party hosted by the U.S. Marines with Security and Emergency Services Battalion at the Deluz Housing Community Center on Camp Pendleton, California. Toys were given to Marines and their families at the party. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler S. Dietrich)
The Hughes Brothers Show that includes the extended family ... even little tots ... is an enjoyable experience anytime when visiting Branson, Missouri ... and none more so than their wonderfully, entertaining Christmas Show ... that is faith inspiring and a pure joy to watch. Every performance reinforces what Christmas is all about ... with a scene of Santa kneeling in front of the baby Jesus with his loving parents by Him. (Photo taken by USA Patriotism! on November 12, 2016.)
December 20, 2016 - Georgia Guardsmen laugh with residents of the Azalea Manor Assisted Living Facility during a holiday visit. Twenty Georgia Guardsmen visited the residents and provided gifts and holiday cheer. (Georgia National Guard photo by U.S. Army Capt. William Carraway)
December 17, 2016 - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, advance toward downrange targets during a squad assault rehearsal as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger. During the assault rehearsals, the Marines were tested in their abilities to react and respond to simulated fire from enemy combatants by bounding toward the objective and delivering suppressive fire as a team. The unilateral exercise provides an opportunity for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU to train in amphibious operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The 11th MEU is currently supporting U.S. 5th Fleet’s mission to promote and maintain stability and security in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devan K. Gowans)
December 24, 2016 - Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jonathan Perkins holds his son Gabrielle Perkins for the first time as the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (WSP ARG) homecoming from a six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and Middle East. WSP ARG includes Commander, Amphibious Squadron 6; USS Wasp (LHD 1); USS San Antonio (LPD 17); USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unity (MEU). #Home4TheHolidays (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Elesia Patten)
December 27, 2016 - U.S. Air Force Academy cadets during a tour of the A-10C Thunderbolt II on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The tour gave cadets the opportunity to learn about missions they may be involved in when they commission as Air Force officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour)
November 19, 2016 - Scout Damien-Michael Jacques, of Troop 21, Putnam, Conn., conducts an experiment to create acid rain with fellow boy scouts, during a science, technology, engineering and mathematics day held for Scouts at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. More than 120 Scouts from five states attended the annual event. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo by John D. Ryan)
December 23, 2016 - U.S. Army Cpt. Keith Twichell, 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, (left), and U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Brian Jarvis, 316th ESC HHC 1st Sgt., (right), prepare to fold an American flag during an American flag honoring event at the Area Support Group – Kuwait headquarters at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dalton Smith)

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