A Soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior A 120mm mortar round flies out of the tube as Staff Sgt. Ramey J. Brown (left), a section sergeant from Marshville, N.C., Spc. Tyler L. Dillon (center), a team leader from Williamstown, W. Va., and Pvt. Gabriel C. Fields (right), from Fort Worth, Texas, all mortarmen assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandits, take cover while at Observation Post Mustang in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Jan. 26, 2011. Staff Sgt. Travis Surber, a native of Franklin County, Va., and a paratrooper with the 173rd Brigade Combat Team’s Battle Company of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, parachutes out of a C-130 Hercules Transport Aircraft and into the Ukraine sky. F-16 Fighting Falcons from both the 8th and 419th Fighter Wings demonstrate an elephant walk formation as they taxi down a runway during an exercise Dec. 2, 2011, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise showcased Kunsan AB aircrews’ capability to quickly and safely prepare an aircraft for a wartime mission. An M777 howitzer kicks rocks and dust into the air after firing during a recent mission. The Marines are with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. Pfc. Erik Park from San Mateo, Calif., fires his M-777 155mm howitzer Sept. 3. Park, who is in 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, is the number one man on the five-man numbered team that operates the massive weapon system. He was 12 years old on 9/11. U.S. Air Force airmen de-ice a C-130 Hercules at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2011. The airmen are assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 914th Airlift Wing. A U.S. Army soldier From the 2/327th Infantry Battalion (No Slack), 101st Airborne Division, relieved after a fire fight with the Taliban opens his mouth up towards the sky to taste the snow as it falls in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan March 29, 2011. U.S. Army Spc. Devon Boxa from San Angelo, Texas, a member of Company B, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, admires the Afghan landscape out the back door of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter as another Chinook follows. The choppers were flying from Kabul to Jalalabad. An F-15E Strike Eagle pilot demonstrates the aircraft’s maneuverability April 9, 2011, during the Charleston Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston S.C.