Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during an event where NASA introduced 12 new astronaut candidates at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Seven candidates are service members: Army Maj. Frank Rubio, a battalion surgeon for 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Dominick, Former Navy SEAL Jonny Kim, Air Force Lt. Col. Raja Chari, Marine Corps Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli, Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Bob Hines and Navy Lt. Kayla Barron. After completing two years of training, the new astronaut candidates could be assigned to missions performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and launching on deep space missions on NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.
(NASA photo by James Blair)
U.S. Soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, set off smoke grenades during Northern Edge 2017 May 10, 2017, at Fort Greely, Alaska. The smoke was used by the Soldiers to mark the completion of one of the objectives needed to regain the port the simulated port they were taking.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson)
Silver Star and Purple Heart
Master Sgt. Delorean M. Sheridan smiles at his daughter, Kinsley, while Staff Sgt. Christopher G. Baradat and Tech. Sgt. Jeremy C. Whiddon look on during a 21st Special Tactics Squadron awards ceremony, presided by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, Jan. 10, 2014. Sheriden was awarded the Silver Star medal for heroically distinguishing himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Wardak province, Afghanistan, March 11, 2013. Baradat was awarded the Silver Star medal for heroically distinguishing himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Sono Valley, Sheltan District, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on April 6, 2013. Whiddon was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action, May 29, 2013.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Marvin Krause)
Georgia National Guard
878th Task Force Dynamite
VALHALLA, Afghanistan, August 11, 2013 – Georgia Guardsmen from the 878th Task Force Dynamite stand in formation in Afghanistan
US Air Force
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C., take a quick rest before assuming security of the perimeter of The Troussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti, Jan. 17, 2010, in response to the earthquake that devastated much the country. The soldiers are resting outside because they gave up their tent so it could be used to assist injured Haitians.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV)