A quick look back at service men and women at the beginning of this year:
Supporting Jalalabad’s police
U.S. Army Sgt. Juan Perez helps secure the Afghan National Police Headquarters in Jalalabad Feb. 3, 2014, while Security Force Advise and Assist Team Blue with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, meets with their counterparts inside and introduces them to the advisors with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Perez hails from Palmdale, Calif., and serves as a guardian angel with 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment.
Bataan Amphibious Group, 2014 deployment
Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Seaman Allen Stevenson, from Warrenton, Va., loads anti-ship missile defense chaff rounds in the decoy launcher system as Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Richard Dinio, from Lancaster, Calif., observes aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts.
2014 Marine Corps Trials shooting competition
Cpl. Joshua Lopez, from Lancaster, Calif., with Wounded Warrior Battalion East, aims downrange during the air rifle shooting competition at the Marine Corps Trials aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment enables wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. The fourth annual Marine Corps Trials is being held at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4-12. Athletes will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, track, field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.
Navy Misawa sailors participate in career day
Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Itza Lara, originally from Hidalgo, Texas, and Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Jake Lopez, a native of Lancaster, Calif., demonstrate baton strike safety during a Sollars Elementary School Career Day Fair on board Misawa Air Base, March 28, 2014. The school conducted the career day so students could learn about the basic aspects of numerous military career fields.
U.S. Marine, Ghanaian sailors conduct boat maintenance
Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson, a small-boat mechanic with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1, uses his digital technical manual to aid in troubleshooting a problem with a small-boat engine in Takoradi, Ghana, March 17. Jackson, a Lancaster, Calif., native, was responsible for creating classroom instructions and practical application courses designed to teach the Ghanaian sailors the best common practices to fix the engines on their fleet of boats. Established in 2011, the task force is charged with supporting U.S. Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements.