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    Nov 11, 2014

    40 Inspiring Photos Of The United States Armed Forces

    Celebrating the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

    On Veterans Day, we take the opportunity as a nation to thank the brave members of the United States Armed Forces for their sacrifices and perseverance.

    Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    Cpl. Daniel G. Dillender is reunited with his wife and their dog at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

    Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez recieves an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II.

    Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Washing an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

    Sgt. Dengrier Baez / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    Sgt. Chesty XIII, official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps, stares down his successor Recruit Chesty.

    Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo / Via http://U.S. Air Force

    Lt. Col. Matthew Yaun conducts aerial operations during a training flight onboard a C-17 Globemaster III.

    Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth / Via http://U.S. Army

    Spc. Jessie Nelson hugs her husband after returning home from an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Davis / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Naval Air Crewman 3rd Class Kyle Daggett observes aboard an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter as it transports cargo to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a replenishment-at-sea.

    U. S. Marine Corps / Via Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul S. Mancuso

    Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and other Marines from Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East, receive final instructions prior to assaulting an objective.

    http://U.S. Marine Corps / Via Cpl. Paul Peterson

    Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Hartlove dances with a resident of Carebridge Assisted Living center in Jacksonville, N.C.

    Sgt 1st Class Nicholas Ford / Via http://U.S. Army

    Staff Sgt. Adam Davila exits a CH47 Chinook helicopter during a free fall jump.

    http://U.S. Air Force / Via Donna L. Burnett

    More than 650 Squadron Officer School students at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., form the Air Force logo to commemorate the Air Force's 67th birthday.

    Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    Cpl. Justin R. Wiemer climbs a hill during a regimental hike aboard Camp Pendleton, California.

    Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko / Via The http://U.S. Army

    The Minnesota National Guard developed the Pink Tank Project to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth / Via http://U.S. Army

    U.S. Army Capt. Jefferson Mason, left, serves Thanksgiving dinner to a Soldier on Joint Combat Outpost Mushan, Afghanistan.

    Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kory Alsberry / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Chief Electronics Technician Cuyler Brimberry hugs his family during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base San Diego.

    Staff Sgt. Mary Junell / Via National Guard Public Affairs

    Spc. Brian Krause, with the 211th Military Police Company, holds hands with his fiance at the Asheville Regional Airport in Franklin, N.C.

    Sgt. Brad Mincey / Via http://U.S. Army National Guard

    Spc. Sabrina Day kisses her three-year-old son upon returning from deployment to Afghanistan.

    http://U.S. Air Force / Via Joshua Rodriguez

    Staff Sgt. Gregory Lacy plays a guitar solo during a Red Ribbon Week concert at the Edgewood Theater for Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

    Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Jessica Pena-Guerrero pulls a fuel line across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

    Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses his Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device prior to escaping the simulated helicopter seat.

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    Pfc. Mitch Taylor and his search and seizure dog sit aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk.

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo / Via http://U.S. Army photo

    Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 296th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico National Guard, conduct a skills presentation during the change of responsibility and retirement ceremony. o

    Sgt. Richard Blumenstein / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    Cpl. David J. Dickson embraces a loved one during a homecoming ceremony on Camp Lejeune.

    Staff Sgt. Sara Keller / Via http://U.S. Air Force

    llan Levitsky-Orkin, a Delaware native who served as a U.S. Army nurse in Normandy during World War II, is greeted by a U.S. Army paratrooper during a ceremony honoring the service of U.S. Army nurses during World War II.

    http://U.S. Air Force / Via Justin Connaher

    Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Alaska's 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion airdropped a Humvee and approximately 60 paratroopers from a C-17 aircraft.

    Lisa Ferdinando / Via Army News Service

    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts. Pitts received the nation's highest military honor for his actions in 2008 in Wanat, Afghanistan.

    Senior Airman Mary O'Dell / Via http://U.S. Air Force

    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise overSouth Dakota.

    Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Sailors conduct a service dress blue uniform inspection aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

    Gertrud Zach / Via http://U.S. Army

    U.S. Army Spc. Elizabeth Ibabao goes across a rope bridge at the obstacle course during U.S. Army Europe's Best Warrior competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

    Maj. Will Cox / Via Georgia Army National Guard

    Georgia Guardsman Capt. Jason Royal and his son, Pvt. 1st Class Hector Royal, a fellow Guardsman, prepare to jump out of H-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

    Samuel King Jr. / Via http://U.S. Air Force

    Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria salutes his crew chief as he begins taxiing for his final qualifying flight in the F-35A Lightning II.

    Senior Airman Timothy Young / Via http://U.S. Air Force

    Capt. Khiem Nguyen examines a patient’s mouth while Staff Sgt. Sagan Barber takes down information.

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    A petty officer with Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 activates a smoke flare during training, July 31, 2013.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen / Via http://U.S. Coast Guard

    Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Mayport, Fla., arrives at the scene of an accident involving a 21-foot boat which ran aground on a jetty near Mayport with two men and a 10-year-old boy aboard.

    http://U.S. Navy / Via Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell

    Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Recruit Tim Brunner flexes his muscles during flight quarters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

    Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Declan Barnes / Via http://U.S. Navy

    Sailors man the bridge helm station to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin during a replenishment-at-sea.

    http://U.S. Coast Guard / Via Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf

    Petty Officer 3rd class Joseph Gagnon and Seaman Jennifer Pender, conduct a field exercise on Green Bay in northern Wisconsin.

    http://U.S. Navy / Via Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sabrina Fine

    Cryptologist Technician 1st Class Roger Lilley kisses his wife after returning to Naval Station Norfolk aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey.

    Sgt. Kim Browne, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs / Via http://U.S. Army

    A young girl embraces her father during a welcome home ceremony for the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division.

    Cpl. Michael Petersheim / Via http://U.S. Marine Corps

    Marines watch the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Onslow Beach in Camp Lejeune, N.C., as Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct ship-to-shore operations.

    Thank you, to America's Veterans.

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