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Camp Humphreys, South Korea. (February 2, 2023): In this photo by Captain Frank Spratt, Army Specialist Tyler John Vandkirk of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division begins moving toward a UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment on the runway of Desiderio Airfield, Camp Humphreys, South Korea.

A total of 130 Soldiers were transported in UH-60M Blackhawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters to practice air insertion techniques and link up procedures as part of a combined arms team.

The 2nd Infantry Division, known for its distinctive Indianhead shoulder patch, has the primary mission of pre-emptively defending South Korea in the event of an invasion. There are approximately 17,000 soldiers in the 2nd Infantry Division, with 10,000 of them stationed in South Korea, which accounts for about 35% of the United States Forces in Korea.

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Asan, Guam. (January 26, 2023): In this photo by Lance Corporal Garrett Gillesie, the Honorable Meredith Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, speaks at the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz Reactivation and Naming Ceremony at Asan Beach, Guam. The ceremony officially recognizes the rebirth of Naval Support Activity Camp Blaz after the Marine Barracks was deactivated in 1992. Named after the late Brig. Gen. Vicente “Ben” Thomas Garrido Blaz, the first CHamoru Marine to attain the rank of general officer, Camp Blaz represents a renewed commitment to the people of Guam and the defense of the Indo-Pacific. The CHamoru are the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, politically divided between the United States territory of Guam.

The ceremony included a joint ship display including Guam’s fast cutters, the U.S. Coast Guard cutters Myrtle Hazard and the Frederick Hatch.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps have a history of cooperation dating back nearly 80 years when Coast Guard members drove the landing craft that brought the III Amphibious Corps ashore in 1944 to retake Guam from Imperial Japanese Forces in World War II. When Marines first landed on Guam during the Spanish-American War, they established Marine Barracks Guam in the village of Sumay, thus beginning a century-long relationship that continues today with the activation of Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz.

Airmen with multiple Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve security forces units learn to build an Arctic 10-person tent Jan. 19, 2023, as part of a 16-day Cold-Weather Operations Course led by the Air Force at Fort McCoy, Wis. More than 50 Airmen are participating in the training from across the Air Force. Besides learning about use of snowshoes and moving as a squad over terrain pulling an ahkio sled in a cold-weather environment, the Airmen also learned about cold-weather shelters, survival techniques, cold-weather uniform wear, and more. Fort McCoy has a long history of supporting cold-weather training. Eighty years prior to this training, in January 1943, the installation hosted winter training for the Army's 76th Division prior to the Division deploying to Europe to fight in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. (Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office)

Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. (January 19, 2023): In this photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Airmen with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve security forces units learn to build an Arctic 10-person tent during a 16-day Cold-Weather Operations Course at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. More than 50 Airmen from across the Air Force are participating in the event to learn how to survive in arctic conditions. Airmen practiced using snowshoes and moving as a squad over deep snow. The Airmen built cold-weather shelters, practiced survival techniques, and how to properly wear cold-weather gear.

The Cold Weather Operations Course is a 2-week class held 6 times a year at Fort McCoy and is modeled after a similar program taught by the Army Northern Warfare Training Center at Black Rapids, Alaska. Each class begins in the classroom studying survival techniques followed by 14 days practice in the field under frozen conditions.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Courtney, 378th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron K9 handler, trains Mirco, her military working dog, at a firing range on Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jan. 21, 2023. K9 Defenders and their handlers are required to train together around live fire to ensure safe interoperability in stressful real-world situations. (photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. (January 21, 2023): In this photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Courtney, a K-9 handler with the 378th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, sensitizes working dog Mirco to gunfire. K-9 Defenders and their handlers are required to train together around live fire to ensure the dogs can handle the stress of combat.

Military working dogs have accompanied soldiers into battle since ancient times because of their loyalty, intelligence, and trainability. The dogs train for 90-120 days to become certified in bite work, bomb, and drug detection. According to Health.mil, over 4000 military working dogs have been injured during combat operations since 1980 and the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps has established a trauma registry to record these animal’s treatments, injuries, and deaths.

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Spartan, communicates with Soldiers from his battalion through hand signals from the air guard hatch of their High Mobility Rocket Artillery System during exercise Juniper Oak 2023. The exercise is a large-scale bilateral multi-domain military exercise aimed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Israeli armed forces contributing to integrated regional security (photo by Spc. David Campos-Contreras).

Israel. (January 23, 2023): In this photo by Specialist David Campos-Contreras, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Spartan, communicates with Soldiers from his battalion through hand signals from the air guard hatch of their High Mobility Rocket Artillery System. The Americans and the Israeli Armed Forces joined forces during exercise Juniper Oak 2023, a large-scale bilateral military exercise to build teamwork among U.S. and Israeli forces.

This year, American forces trained their Israeli counterparts on the now world-famous High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) system now being employed with significant effect in Ukraine.

U.S. Navy Lt. Catherine Cloetta, a triage officer, and U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Angel Marmolejo, a radio system operator, both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, coordinate an extraction during a ship to shore casualty care and extraction exercise at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 25, 2023. The exercise simulated a mass casualty incident to maintain readiness and to improve response time. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of USS America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (photo by Lance Cpl. William Wallace)

Philippine Sea. (January 25, 2023): In this photo by Lance Cpl. William Wallace, U.S. Navy Lt. Catherine Cloetta, a triage officer, and U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Angel Marmolejo, a radio system operator, both with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), coordinate an extraction during a ship to shore casualty care exercise at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The training simulated a real-life mass casualty incident to test readiness and to improve response times. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of USS America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operations.

A mass casualty event, by nature, is chaotic. These exercises allow Marines to practice keeping their nerves under control while dealing with dozens of emergency situations at once.

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