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Infantrymen make their way through a dust storm created by a CH-53E helicopter during a combat recovery exercise in rural Djibouti.
100506-N-6509M-007 NORFOLK, Va. (May 6, 2010) -- Electronics Technician 3rd Class Cory J. Boswell from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Combat Systems Department performs maintenance on a Global Positioning System more than 200 feet above the waterline May 6. George H.W. Bush is undergoing Command Assessment of Readiness and Training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel S. Moore)
The Cavour aircraft carrier after launch. In reality, only half of the ship was launched on the 20th July 2004 in Riva Trigoso, as the Fincantieri plant was too small for the whole boat.    On the mid-section a 700 square meters Italian flag made by Velerie San Giorgio.    Il varo della portaerei Cavour a Riva Trigoso (Sestri Levante) il 20 luglio 2004. In realtà la nave fu varata solo metà nave, perchè lo scalo di Riva Trigoso non poteva procedere alla costruzione della nave nella sua interezza. Fu l'ultimo varo tradizionale a Riva Trigoso.  A mezza nave vi era una grande bandiera tricolore da 700 metri quadrati realizzata dalle Velerie San Giorgio.
Update:  I have recently been in touch with the Navajo Codetalkers. Only two Code Talkers in this photo are still alive. Mr. MacDonald ( second from left) and Bill Toledo.(Far Right)  Mr. Little passed away in January 2012 and Mr. Willetto passed away just a few days ago on the 23rd of June 2012.   There are now less than 20 all together. United States Marine Corps Navajo Code Talkers, Keith Little, Peter MacDonald, Frank Chee Willetto, and Bill Toledo at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. 28 October 2009. Four of under twenty World War II Navajo Codetalkers still alive at the Iwo Jima Memorial. I lucked out and these gentlemen showed up while my father and I were at the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a pleasant visit that I'll not soon forget. Thank You Codetalkers and everyone else in the military. I greatly appreciate your service to this country so we can take photos and do other things that other countries don't allow. Take Care and God Bless You and the United States.
F 15 Strike Eagle in Afterburner Flight.
A sergeant yells for his Marines to take cover as sniper fire impacts around them during a fight with anti-coalition militia in central Afghanistan.
Ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda
The Changing of the Guard     The guard is changed every hour on the hour Oct. 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual. From April 1 through September 30, there are more than double the opportunities to view the change because another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5 to 7 p.m.    An impeccably uniformed relief commander appears on the plaza to announce the Changing of the Guard. Soon the new sentinel leaves the Quarters and unlocks the bolt of his or her M-14 rifle to signal to the relief commander to start the ceremony. The relief commander walks out to the Tomb and salutes, then faces the spectators and asks them to stand and stay silent during the ceremony.     The relief commander conducts a detailed white-glove inspection of the weapon, checking each part of the rifle once. Then, the relief commander and the relieving sentinel meet the retiring sentinel at the center of the matted path in front of the Tomb. All three salute the Unknowns who have been symbolically given the Medal of Honor. Then the relief commander orders the relieved sentinel, "Pass on your orders." The current sentinel commands, "Post and orders, remain as directed." The newly posted sentinel replies, "Orders acknowledged," and steps into position on the black mat. When the relief commander passes by, the new sentinel begins walking at a cadence of 90 steps per minute.     The Tomb Guard marches 21 steps down the black mat behind the Tomb, turns, faces east for 21 seconds, turns and faces north for 21 seconds, then takes 21 steps down the mat and repeats the process. After the turn, the sentinel executes a sharp "shoulder-arms" movement to place the weapon on the shoulder closest to the visitors to signify that the sentinel stands between the Tomb and any possible threat. Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed -- the 21-gun salute.     Duty time when not "walking" is spent in the Tomb Guard Quarters below the Memorial Display Room of the Memorial Amphitheater where they study Cemetery "knowledge," clean their weapons and help the rest of their relief prepare for the Changing of the Guard. The guards also train on their days off.     The Guards of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknowns are highly motivated and are proud to honor all American service members who are "Known But to God."
The fast combat support ship (AOE) is the Navy's largest combat logistics ship.
A Marine provides overwatch of a village in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province as his fellow Marines move in to search the buildings for weapons and enemy fighters.

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