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    • US Forces Afghanistan Retrograde

      US Forces Afghanistan Retrograde

      The following photos and video products are of the United States Armed Forces retrograde in Afghanistan.



      Operation Desert Storm was the first conflict in history to make comprehensive use of stealth and space systems support capabilities against a modern, integrated air defense. U.S. forces brought new weapons to the fight, including stealth aircraft, global positioning system devices, and precision guided technologies--these proved essential in neutralizing Iraq's more than 700 combat aircraft,...

    • Operation Southern Cross

      Operation Southern Cross

      The USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) departed from Pascagoula, Mississippi, just ahead of Christmas for a multi-month deployment to the South Atlantic, countering illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing strengthening relationships for maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region.

      The brand new Legend-class national security cutter, one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s flagships, will...

    • Joint Task Force - Quartz

      Joint Task Force - Quartz

      Joint Task Force – Quartz reports to U.S. Africa Command and is
      responsible for Operation OCTAVE QUARTZ. The mission of Operation OCTAVE
      QUARTZ is to reposition U.S. personnel from Somalia to other locations in
      East Africa. Joint Task Force – Quartz priorities are to 1) safely
      reposition U.S. forces, 2) protect U.S. forces through coordinated and
      increased force protection measures,...

    • Westpac


      Fighter operations will be conducted in the western Pacific to provide opportunities for Pacific Air Forces to improve readiness of the forces, build experience and competence in dynamic force employment (DFE) processes and concepts, and demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment to allies and partners and to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

    • Operation Christmas Drop

      Operation Christmas Drop

      Every December, C-130J aircrews from Yokota deploy to Andersen AFB. The C-130J crews airdrop food, supplies, and educational material to islanders throughout the, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. These islands are some of the most remote locations on the globe that span a distance nearly as broad as the continental US. Each year, OCD serves as a proving ground for the...

    • Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

      Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

      The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) provide Geographic Combatant Commanders with forward-deployed, sea-based, expeditionary forces that can operate across the range of military operations. The three ships that compose the Makin Island ARG are the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the amphibious transport dock ship USS...

    • USSOUTHCOM Counter-Narcotics Operations

      USSOUTHCOM Counter-Narcotics Operations

      U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced presence will support ongoing whole-of-government and internationally supported operations to reduce the availability of illicit drugs and save lives in the United States and throughout the region. The intent is to reduce the flow of illicit drugs, degrade transnational criminal organizations, and increase interoperability with our partner nations and...