Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to evacuate a simulated casualty during a Joint Force Entry training exercise July 22, 2014, at the Joint Rotational Training Center, Fort Polk, La. Soldiers participating in the exercise planned, rehearsed, and conducted a large scale air assault mission. (U.S. Army photo)
JBLM, Wash. (23 JUL 2014) – Master Sgt. Leroy A. Petry, receives his retirement flag from Brig. Gen. Erik Kurilla, former 75th Ranger Regiment commander, July 23. Petry served 15 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment and was promoted to the rank of master sergeant during the ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael R. Noggle, 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs NCOIC).
The Salute Battery of 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment render honors to presiding general officer Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland during the re-flagging of 212th Fires Brigade to 1 AD DIVARTY ceremony July 23, 2014 at the 1 AD parade field at Fort Bliss, Texas.
A team of five Soldiers assigned to C Company, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, hoist a fast rope on their shoulders before being “extracted” using the Special Purpose Insertion and Extraction System (SPIES) and Fast-Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) method. The fast-rope insertion and extraction system (FRIES) is employed by small units to make rapid infiltration and exfiltration using rotary-wing aircraft in confined areas. The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is flown by a crew with the North Dakota Army National Guard’s C Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment. (Photo by Capt. Kevin Sandell, 11th Public Affairs Detachment)
President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, the White House, Washington, D.C., July 21, 2014. Pitts received the nation's highest military honor for his actions in 2008 in Wanat, Afghanistan, with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
President Barack Obama and former U.S Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts bow their heads in prayer during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, Jul. 21, 2014. Pitts is awarded the Medal of Honor for the heroic actions he displayed during one of the bloodiest battles in Wanat, Afghanistan, Jul. 13, 2008.
President Barack Obama and former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts enter the East Room of the White House for a Medal of Honor ceremony Washington, D.C., July 21, 2014. Pitts became the 9th living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was selected for the honor for continuing to fight after sustaining life-threatening injuries during a fierce battle in Afghanistan July 13, 2008. Pitts served as a forward observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade