Run For a Brother
Cpl. Garrett Carnes (in wheelchair), a squad leader with 3rd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old native of Mooresville, N.C., jokes with Sgt. Kenney Clark (right), a fellow India Co. squad leader, during a motivational run held here, May 29, 2012, to honor Carnes' life and sacrifice. The infantryman lost his legs in an improvised explosive device attack Feb. 19 while supporting combat operations in the Khan Neshin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province. Shortly before the attack, Carnes had earned a combat meritorious promotion to the rank of corporal. Teams of his fellow Marines and sailors ran 46 miles in his honor, traveling the same distance between the Afghan village in which he was injured, Malakhan, and the fighting position from which he operated, Observation Post Thomas Hill. The men of 'America's Battalion' recently returned from their deployment, marking the battalion's sixth combat tour in eight years and its final scheduled one to Afghanistan.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)
C-130J Hercules from across the Air Force fly over the Nevada Test and Training Range May 23, 2012 during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Mobility Forces Exercise. The mass air mobility exercise in which nearly 70 aircraft, primarily C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-130s, practiced a "forced entry" operation. In the scenario, U.S. forces entered a simulated defended enemy country, defeated defending air defense forces and put troops on the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Damon Kasberg)
Turning Wrenches so ‘That Others May Live’
Aircraft maintainers from the 33rd Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit perform routine maintenance on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter May 25, 2012, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The high operational tempo and austere environment of Afghanistan presents a unique challenge for the maintainers, who work around-the-clock to keep the Pave Hawks ready to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy)
All gave some, some gave allU.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Twila Stone readies her weapon during a Memorial Day ceremony May 28, 2012, at the Texas State Veteran Cemetery in Abilene, Texas. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Stone is assigned to the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Stefanko)
Weapons School conducts mass air mobility exerciseU.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lengal communicates with C-17 Globemaster III as the crew lands during a Mobility Air Force Exercise May 23, 2012, on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Airmen and Soldiers from more than five units took part of the ground support portion of MAFEX. Lengal is an 18th Air Support Operations Group air liaison officer from Fort Bragg N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes)