U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandin Salazar greets his daughter on the flightline on Naval Base Ventura County following his return from deployment on Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Aug. 26, 2015. Salazar is a steelworker assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, which conducted maintenance and infrastructure improvements at U.S. military facilities in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Lowell Whitman
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U.S. Army Pfc. Kristina Batty dons a headscarf to meet with female Afghan villagers in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, May 5, 2012. Battym a medic assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, is joining Female Engagement Team members to discover what females of the village need. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
The USS Chung Hoon, USS Moble Bay and USS Russel follow the USS John C. Stennis during a show of force as they transit in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 11, 2015. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are conducting composite training and joint task force exercises, the final step in certifying to deploy.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
Soldiers help extinguish a small fire while battling the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Calif., Aug. 12, 2015. The soldiers are California National Guardsmen assigned to the 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and the 1st Battalion, 18th Cavalry, 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
California Army National Guard photo
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Jody Volz, adviser for Train, Advise and Assist Command South in Afghanistan, flies over Kandahar, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2015, with Afghan army and command leaders to gain situational awareness and a shared understanding of key terrain in southern Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Kristine Volk
US Army soldiers take rest during patrol in Baghdad suburb, Monday Nov. 17, 2003. U.S. forces have reacted to the increasing attacks in which dozens of Americans and their allies have died by mounting a massive show of force in central and northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Ah, a paratrooper rendering the proper salute to the press. It brings tears to my eyes... Airborne! All the Way!
Soldiers dash across the rocky desert terrain during a live-fire exercise as part of Operation Dragon Spear on Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. The soldiers are snipers assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. The demonstration included a forcible entry operation with Army and Air Force units showcasing the U.S. global response force's ability to deploy, fight and win.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 9, 2015, to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support Operation Inherent Resolve. This deployment coincides with Turkey's decision to host U.S. aircraft to conduct operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. The Falcon was one of six F-16s assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing and about 300 personnel and cargo to deploy from the base. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman
CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters transport senior leaders from the Resolute Support mission and Afghan army to the Regional Military Training Center on Tactical Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan, July 30, 2015. The helicopter crews are assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jarrod Morris
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alexander Hoodwin climbs aboard the USS Essex from a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Indian Ocean, July 27, 2015. Hoodwin is a radio operator with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Elements of the unit are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht