A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130 Hercules is hosed down after completing a flight over the Gulf of Mexico. The water pressure removes salt that accumulates on the aircraft when it flies through storms over the ocean.
Chilean pararescuemen unload from the rear of a CH-47 Chinook while providing cover during an urban warfare environment exercise at the Playas Training and Research Center, New Mexico.
Airmen of the United States Air Force Honor Guard, prepare for the result of combat by carrying a weighted transfer case draped with an American flag during training at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Maryland on Aug. 13. Honor guard body bearers train constantly to maintain the precision they are known for and the standards of flawlessness to honor the fallen during burials.
During a personnel recovery exercise at the Playas Training and Research Center in Playa, NM., a role player waits on a bus for aerial help, to pick up her and the other wounded role players.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile accelerates toward a test range near Guam March 27 after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The ICBM was the second fired for testing and evaluation purposes in the course of a week, with both Malmstrom and F. E. Warren AFBs sending crews and randomly selected missiles to Vandenberg AFB to launch the missiles in conjunction with the 30th Space Wing and 576th Flight Test Squadron which oversee the launch facilities and operational tests, respectively. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
A member of the Black Daggers, the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration team, floats down as he trails smoke making designs in the sky during the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree arena show at Fort AP Hill, Va., on July 31.
Nathan Lancaster paints an oil pan for aircraft maintenance at the 403rd Maintenance Squadron fabrication shop at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens steps off the bus before attending a wreath laying ceremony in honor of Armed Forces Day, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
A flight of F-16s soar over an audience of more than 45,000 during the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Va.
SSgt Welby Ramos, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., watches as other members of his team land after parachuting 13,000 feet for training. A combat controller's mission is to deploy undetected into combat and hostile environments to conduct special reconnaissance, establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command, control, and communications and forward air control.
Command Sergeant Major Michael Callaghan-Mccann, with the 1st Battallion 3rd Infantry, salutes the flag before he presents the flag to a family member of Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner in Arlington National Cemetery. Gardner, along with 11 of his fellow crew members, went missing on April 10, 1944, after his B-24D Liberator aircraft was shot down over New Guinea.
Callie William, 6, daughter of Buffaloe William, walks through Arlington National Cemetery to find the headstone she's looking for to lay the wreath.
Specialist Andrew Selga, a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, takes a step onto the platform to begin walking on the mat in front of the tomb in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia on April 8. The tomb guards are soldiers of the United States Army.
A UH-34D Seahorse helicopter, which began service in 1952 as a Navy anti-submarine warfare helicopter and served as the primary Marine Corps assault helicopter of the Vietnam War. This one now sits as part of the more than 4,400 aircraft deactivated in the "boneyard" of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
Xavier Deveaux a member of the wash rack team scrubs the side of a WC-130 aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
Newly arrived Air Force Academy appointees stand on "the footprints" for their first real test as cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, June 27, 2014. The cadet cadre bombard the basic cadets with question, corrections and distractions, testing their ability to think under pressure.
A Minotaur IV rocket makes an arc as it is launched Sept. 25, 2010, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minotaur IV launched the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a satellite that can detect and track orbiting objects from space.