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    [FONT=Verdana]Reserve F-22 pilot flies son's letter to fallen soldier father[/FONT]



    Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron, takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Alaska, Jan. 24. Tucked into his flight suit is a letter written by 9-year old MacAidan “Mac” Gallegos to his father Sgt. Justin Gallegos, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Mac wanted the letter flown as close to heaven as possible on his father’s birthday.


    Senior Airman Jennifer Dunham, 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, assists MacAidan “Mac” Gallegos with his headset so he can listen to the F-22 start up procedures. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 and wanted it to be flown as close to heaven as possible on his father’s birthday.


    MacAidan “Mac” Gallegos, conducts a walk around inspection of an F-22 with Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd FS prior to his flight. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 and wanted it to be flown as close to heaven as possible on his fathers birthday. Gallegos died when enemy forces equipped with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades swarmed a pair of remote outposts in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province. He was part of a group serving there with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colo. Mac’s mother originally from Palmer Alaska moved back to Anchorage in 2010
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    Default U.S. Troops Train in Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti

    Airmen, Marines, soldiers and sailors from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and members of the French Foreign Legion participated in the exercise in order to enhance interoperability during personnel recovery operations.


    U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS), and a U.S. Army Site Security Team soldier, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Regiment, load a mock isolated person onto a stretcher during a training exercise in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2013.


    A U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS), and a U.S. Army Site Security Team soldier, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Regiment, load a mock isolated person onto a stretcher during a training exercise in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2013.


    U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS), and a U.S. Army Site Security Team, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Regiment, prepare to load a mock isolated person onto an awaiting CH-53E Super Stallion, during a training exercise in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2013.


    A U.S. Air Force pararescueman, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS), practices tactical combat casualty care on a mock patient in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2013.


    U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS), and a U.S. Army Site Security Team, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Regiment, participate in a training exercise in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2013.

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    A landing craft air cushion approaches the stern gate of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), joining it on a scheduled deployment. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of operations and will take part in amphibious integration training, and certification exercise and will participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling)

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    Default Paratroopers Take Artillery Training on Fort Bragg



    Army Sgt. James Jackson, left, adjusts an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Jackson, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.


    Army Sgt. Steven Adams, front, adjusts an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer as other soldiers load the weapon during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Adams, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.


    Army Sgt. James Jackson, front, adjusts an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Jackson, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team


    Army Sgt. James Jackson, front, prepares to fire an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Jackson, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.


    Soldiers fire an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013.


    Army Spc. Taral Franklin, left, tosses an empty canister ejected from an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Franklin, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.


    Soldiers listen to instruction at a platoon fire direction center, which controls the firing, during a M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer night live-fire field training exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013


    Soldiers in a platoon fire direction center provide targeting information to a battery of M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzers during a night live-fire field training exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013


    Army Sgt. James Jackson adjusts an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a night live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013. Jackson, an artilleryman, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Divisionís 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.


    Soldiers fire an M119A2 105mm lightweight howitzer during a night live-fire exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013

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    Default U.S. Troops, Afghan Soldiers Conduct Operation New Hope, Receive Fire



    U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers run to a compound to take cover while receiving enemy fire during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013. The Marines are assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7. During the three-day operation, Afghan forces cleared weapons caches, improvised explosive devices and enemy fighting positions from the area. Marine advisors accompanied the Afghan forces, providing call for fires and tactical input when needed.


    Afghan soldiers patrol over the frost-covered ground after receiving enemy fire during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013


    Afghan soldiers take cover behind a wall while receiving enemy fire during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013.


    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jovan Delafuente provides security while halted behind a compound during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013. Delafuente, a corpsman, is assigned to Security Force Assistance Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7


    An Afghan army captain coordinates with his soldiers to prepare them for the day's tasks during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2013


    U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers inspect a possible improvised explosive device during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2013.


    U.S. Marine Corps Captain Mastin Robeson stands next to Route 611 to prepare for a convoy during Operation New Hope in Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2013. Robeson, a team leader, is assigned to Security Force Assistance Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7.

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    [FONT=Verdana]Dutch Soldiers from the[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade successfully complete the [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Rigger-Marshall [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]training [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]course[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] – 23rd January 2013[/FONT]


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    Default Miami Police Process Guns Taken Off The Street



    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    Guns sit in the City of Miami Police department as they are processed following a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    Hand guns sit in plasitc bags after they have been processed by the City of Miami Police following a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police officer Manuel Perez (L) and City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez place a cart of weapons into place as they process them at the City of Miami police station after the guns were turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    Guns sit in the City of Miami Police department as they are processed following a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police officer Manuel Perez (L) and City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez process weapons at the City of Miami police station after the guns were turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police officer Manuel Perez (L) and City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez process weapons at the City of Miami police station after the guns were turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police officer Manuel Perez processes a weapon at the City of Miami police station after it was turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez logs in a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program Chavez process weapons at the City of Miami police station after the guns were turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez prepares to log in a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez looks for identifying marks on a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program as he logs the weapons at the Miami Police station on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.


    City of Miami Police Homicide/Gun Squad Detective Enrique Chavez logs in a weapon that was turned in during a recent gun buyback program on January 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. As the Federal Government begins to grapple with the gun issue after recent mass shootings, Miami took in 130 guns during a recent gun buyback.

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    [FONT=Verdana]Belgian Soldiers from Le bataillon des Chasseurs ŗ cheval and ISTR Unit, during its first Major Exercise since it took over the ISTR role in late 2012 Ė The Exercise named Yellow Winter took place over the 21st and 25th January 2013 in several province of Belgium [/FONT]

























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    A coalition force maintains security with Afghan National Security Force members in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting ANSF with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    A coalition force member prepares to leave an Afghan Local Police compound in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    A coalition force member talks with children during a visit from a district governor in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    A mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle parked outside of an Afghan Local Police compound in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    Children crowd around a coalition force member maintaining security in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    A coalition force member maintains security in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    Children crowd around a coalition force member maintaining security in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    Coalition force member maintain security during a meeting in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting Afghan National Security Forces with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)


    A coalition force member talks with Afghan National Security Force members in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. Coalition forces were assisting ANSF with security to allow a district governor to provide hero payments to family members of Afghan Local Police, who were killed in action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)

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    Default Royal Marines Kings Squad 146 as they pass out of CTCRM Lympstone

    [FONT=Verdana]The First Sea Lord, Adm Sir Mark Stanhope, talking to members of Kings Squad 146 as they pass out of CTCRM Lympstone Ė 25th January 2013[/FONT][FONT=Verdana][/FONT]
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    Default Royal Marines Junior Command Course (JCC)

    [FONT=Verdana]The Junior Command Course (JCC) conduct Anti Ambush Drills and SOP on Woodbury Common Training Area on Wednesday the 23rd January 2013.[/FONT]
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    Default U.S Marines Conducts Training Exchange with JGSDF

    [FONT=Verdana]U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conduct live-fire training with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of Exercise Iron Fist 2013, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Jan. 24, 2013. During Iron Fist 2013, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Western Army Infantry Regiment, JGSDF will spend three weeks participating in bilateral training to improve their interoperability, enhance military-to-military relations and sharpen skills essential to crisis response. [/FONT]
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    Default Joint Personnel Recovery Exercise



    Joint service members from Camp Lemonnier along with the French military train together in a personnel recovery exercise in Djibouti, Africa. Training like this enhances the capabilities of U.S. military and coalition forces to play their different and vital roles when recovering isolated personnel across an area that approaches the size of the continental US. SB When we start to do joint exercises like this it's great to hammer out all the kinks and to figure out what we're going to expect when we get to the terminal area. SB We can see the different aspects of the different branches of services and what they bring to the table so the more we work with different people the better overall trained we are.

    The ultimate goal in any personnel recovery mission is to return isolated personnel to friendly control as quickly and safely as possible. SB There's always going to be inherent risk in doing what we do but we have the appropriate procedures and precautionary measures in place to allow us to do what we do safely and effectively.

    Exercises such as this help enhance joint and coalition interoperability and underscore the importance of personnel recovery around the Horn of Africa. SB When our isolated personnel fall into the wrong hands they can be utilized for all sorts of ulterior motives and so it definitely protects our mission out here by keeping our assets and resources out of the hands of the enemy.

    These exercises continue to solidify Joint operations within CJTF-HOA in assisting partner countries to strengthen an increasingly stable and developing East Africa

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    Default Paratroopers take on the wintry weather

    [FONT=Verdana]In the depths of a Northumbrian winter, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) is on Exercise Eagles Nest at Otterburn Ranges. The two-week long training is designed for troops to practice live firing their weaponry, manoeuvring across hostile countryside, working with fire support from artillery and helicopters and living in the field for prolonged periods. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Verdana]From May the 2 PARA Battlegroup takes on the role as the lead unit in the Airborne Task Force (ABTF), with the unitís airborne infantry bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade. The ABTF is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to conduct the full range of military operations, from non-combatant evacuation operations to warfighting[/FONT]
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    [*******#333333][FONT=lucida grande] KC-130 refueled two F-35C carrier variants at the same time for the first time.
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