Photo Essay: Going for the Gold at the Warrior Games
Posted By Blackfive
Army Spc. Elizabeth Wasil wins gold in the 1500-meter wheelchair race during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14, 2013. More than 200 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games, which run through May 16. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman's Cup. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
The Marine Corps sitting volleyball team celebrates a point and went on to defeat Army, earning the number one seed during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 13, 2013. More than 200 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games, which run through May 16. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman's Cup. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea
Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Reid wins the men's 200-meters open race during the 2013 Warrior Games track and field competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14, 2013. More than 200 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games, which run through May 16. The military service with the most medals will win the Chairman's Cup. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Castaneda throws the shot put during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14, 2013. More than 200 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games. The military service with the most medals will win the Commander's Cup. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
U.S. Army Maj. Eugene Johnson, center, explains the normal birthing process for livestock to staff members of the Directorate of Agricultural, Irrigation and Livestock in Kajaki in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013. Johnson, a veterinarian, is assigned to the Georgia Agricultural Development Team 3, Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye
Posted By Blackfive A U.S. sailor runs on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush during sunset in the Atlantic Ocean, April 26, 2013. The Bush is conducting training operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis
A soldier touches the Ranger tab after completing the rope crawl portion of the water confidence obstacle during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright
U.S. Marines exit the back of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter while conducting a parachute operation during exercise Eagle Reslove over Qatar, April 26, 2013. The helicopter crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes Chinese troops before a pass in review with Chinese Gen. Fang Enghui, Chief of the general staff, in Beijing, April 22, 2013. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
(Marty, we need a CoJCS with a stronger first name if we are up against a "Fang")
Posted By BlackfiveA Boston Coast Guard boat crew patrols Boston Harbor near Logan International Airport, April 15, 2013, as the Coast Guard increases its presence following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joe Klinker
Navy sailors aboard the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio secure mooring lines in Apra Harbor as Ohio arrives to conduct an exchange of command in Polaris Point, Guam, April 11, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Jay Price
Posted By Blackfive U.S. Marines drive their tactical vehicles through a river to Camp Dwyer after conducting a mission on Forward Operating Base Geronimo in Afghanistan's Helmand province, March 28, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz
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