The military in photos this month

A selection of military photos that you might have missed this month.


Christian Jacobs touches a photograph of his Marine father, Christopher Jacobs, while visiting his grave on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A flight medic assembles an M4 rifle, while a thick cloud of smoke limits his visibility, during the stress shoot portion of the Multinational Battle Group-East’s Best Warrior Competition.

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Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval/US Army

US sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bataan man the rails, as it pulls in for 2016 Fleet Week New York. The event, now in its 28th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services.

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/US Navy

US Navy sailors perform a static line jump from a C-130 Hercules.

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug Harvey/US Navy

Guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez transits the Gulf of Aden.

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Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/US Navy

US Marines fire a TOW missile during a combined arms assault at Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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Cpl. Clarence L. Wimberly/US Marine Corps

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1 ascend to the surface after conducting an anti-terrorism and force protection dive during exercise Eager Lion 2016.

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US Navy

In this time-lapse image, the SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-14 lifts off from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Fla., May 6, 2016, during a launch supported by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing.

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US Department of Defense

Sgt. Brett D. Hankins, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa, observes out the back of an MV-22B Osprey.

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US Marine Corps

US Naval Academy graduates toss their hats in the air during their graduation ceremonies. This is the first year that females wore the same uniform as the males.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US Army Sergeant Sean Salter demonstrates how to complete an obstacle at Baumholder, Germany.

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TSgt Brian Kimball/DoD

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians conduct an anti-terrorism exercise dive near the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan.

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey/US Navy

A C-130J Super Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron fires flares as it performs anti-aircraft fire tests in Romania.

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Airman 1st Class Lane Plummer/US Air Force

Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek, assaultmen with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, brace themselves as a 60mm mortar exits the tube of a M224 mortar system.

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Sgt. Paris Capers/US Marine Corps

US Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobras shoot Hellfire missiles during a training exercise.

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Cpl. John A. Hamilton Jr./US Marine Corps

A US Army soldier fires an M249 squad automatic weapon during night fire qualification at Fort Hunter-Liggett, Calif.

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Master Sgt. Michel Sauret/US Army

US Naval Academy freshmen make a human wall to climb the lard covered Herndon Monument in Annapolis. Each year the freshman class, known as ‘Plebes,’ climb the monument at the Naval Academy to retrieve the Plebian Sailor’s hat and replace it with an officer’s hat. The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to the headgear of a naval officer.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A US Air Force pararescueman maintains security, while conducting search and rescue training.

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Alejandro Pena/US Air Force

US Marines endure light debris from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter in Australia.

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Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

A MK 45 5-inch gun fires during a live-fire exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez.

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Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/US Navy

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Seekell, of Team US, sprints during the male 100-meter track finals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. 15 nations competed in multiple adaptive sports events for the 2016 Invictus Games.

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Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/US Air Force