A look back at some of the best military photos we discovered to accompany stories published throughout the year.
2010 Year in Military Photos
U.S. Special Forces are extracted from a mountain pinnacle in Zabul province, Afghanistan by a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, after executing an air assault mission to disrupt insurgent communication. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aubree Clute. An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Blue Diamonds of Strike Fighter Squadron 146 flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to 465th Air Refueling Squadron, 507th Air Refueling Wing, after receiving fuel during a refueling mission supporting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multi-national interoperability. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock. Staff Sgt. Giunta (far right) received the Medal of Honor for his actions while deployed with Battle Company's 1st Platoon in Afghanistan's remote Korengal Valley. It was widely considered to be one of the most difficult and dangerous assignments of the war. U.S. Army photo. U.S. Army soldiers from the Ground Combat Platoon, Echo Company, 4-3 Aviation Battalion and a platoon from the Afghan National Army prepare for a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to land so they can board it after a patrol they conducted in the village of Akbar Kheyl, Pole-Elam district, Logar province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2010. The mission was to communicate with village leaders and assess humanitarian conditions. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest. Marines assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, depart a vehicle checkpoint and patrol back to Forward Operating Base Geronimo, May 30, 2010. U.S. Army photo. F-22 Raptor aircraft from the 90th Fighter Squadron out of Elmendorf Air Base, Alaska, and the 49th Fighter Wing out of Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., fly to the Nevada Test and Training Range Feb. 4, 2010, during exercise Red Flag. Red Flag, which is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies, is conducted on the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range, north of Las Vegas. U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Taylor Worley. U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilson, a security forces team leader with Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, secures the perimeter of a village during a dismounted patrol in the Zabul province of Afghanistan July 13, 2010. DoD photo by Senior Airman Nathanael Callon, U.S. Air Force. Afghan National Army soldiers, 4th Cannon Battery, 4th Combat Support Kandak, 4th Brigade, fire a 122 mm D-30 towed howitzer during live-fire training at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Urzugan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer Spradlin. An MV-22B Osprey assigned to the Golden Eagles of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 lands aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), June 17, 2010. Mesa Verde was part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Smith. As the sun heads toward the horizon, two UH-60 Black Hawks and a CH-47 Chinook prepare to land at Forward Operating Base Connolly to pick up Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates after he visited troops at Forward Operating Base Connolly in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 7, 2010. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs. British Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Douglas McKay, an exchange pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 311, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Peleliu during night operations in the Pacific Ocean Feb. 10, 2010. The squadron trained aboard the Peleliu in order to obtain its aircraft carrier qualifications and prepare for its upcoming deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in May. Approximately 10 pilots and 15 support and maintenance personnel participated in the exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard. Escorted by dozens of children, Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Cesaitis exits the site of a future park in Qalat, Afghanistan during a site visit Oct. 28, 2010. Sergeant Cesaitis is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson. An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 transfers pallets of Meals, Ready-to-Eat from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) while off the coast of Haiti Jan. 27, 2010, in support of Operation Unified Response. The Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development were conducting the operation to provide aid and relief to Haitian citizens affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the region Jan. 12, 2010. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Steinhour, U.S. Navy. U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from the 437th Air Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., airdrops 14,000 bottles of water and 14,500 meals, ready-to-eat /humanitarian rations to an outlying area of Port-au-Prince Haiti, Jan. 23, 2010 to be distributed by members of the United Nations. Department of Defense assets were deployed to assist in the Haiti relief effort following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the city on Jan. 12, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr. An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron 83 flies over the Kajaki Dam reservoir in Afghanistan, May 20, 2010. VFA-83 was embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Ben Stickney. U.S. soldiers from Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, fire on a known enemy fighting position on May 24, 2010 from FOB Blessing, Afghanistan. The 3-321st FA was in direct support of 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jonathan J. Springer. U.S. Marines conduct training at a gunnery range in Southwest Asia, June 25, 2010. The Marines were assigned to Tank Platoon, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit was on a seven-month deployment aboard vessels from the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group as the theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command. DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl, U.S. Marine Corps. U.S. Army soldiers with 3rd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog, conduct a reconnaissance patrol through the village of Kolack in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province July 13, 2010. The unit, based at Combat Outpost Michigan, routinely patrolled to help Afghan officials assess the area and check for trouble. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies over the Tarbela Dam en route to Kohistan, Pakistan, Aug. 27, 2010, during humanitarian relief efforts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. DoD photo by Capt. Paul Duncan, U.S. Marine Corps. An air weapons team of two AH-64D Apaches from the 1st Attack Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, come in for a landing at Camp Taji, Iraq, after completing a reconnaissance mission in the skies over Baghdad Nov. 6, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel McClinton, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd Sackman, a platoon sergeant with the 832nd Engineer Company from Ottumwa, Iowa, shares a laugh with a group of Afghan boys in the town of Bajawri, Dec. 6, 2010. U.S. Army photo. U.S. Army Sgt. Richard A. Darvial (kneeling), a combat medic from Amery, Wisc., takes cover while U.S. Army Spc. Corey C. Canterbury, a mortar man from Ocean Springs, Miss., fires a mortar from a mountaintop overlooking the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province Dec. 11, 2010. Both soldiers were assigned to Bayonet Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, and were supporting Operation Eagle Claw II. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs.