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The Lloyd McKim Garrison Award for Proficiency in English Literature, Harvard University

The Lloyd McKim Garrison Award for Proficiency in English Literature, Harvard University

Given scholarship. Washington, D.C., Sept. 13. Secretary of War, Harry H. Woodring presenting to Thomas C. Towler of Baltimore, MD., today a scholarship to the Western Military Academy at Alton, Illinois. The scholarship valued at $500, was awarded by the National Patriotic Council for Military Proficiency at the 1937 Citizens Military Training Camps, 9/13/37

Civilian protection. Among civilian defense activity, the job of auxiliary fireman appeals most to this young man who is here shown enrolling with the fire chief of his district. He will then receive a course of training after which he will receive his certificate of proficiency, his armband and other equipment

Parris Island. Marine Corps barrage balloons. The Marines have the situation well in hand. That goes for everything they tackle -- like this barrage balloon, for example. The special Marine Corps units at Parris Island, South Carolina gain proficiency with this new fighting tool that the leathernecks have taken over

Mitchel Field, New York. On the rifle range members of the airbase squadron learn to fire the snubnose Thompson sub-machine gun. The highest degree of proficiency in the use of these firearms is attained in the intensive training program

Marine Corps barrage balloons. The Marines have the situation well in hand. That goes for anything they tackle -- like this barrage balloon, for example. Special Marine Corps units at Parris Island, South Carolina gain rare proficiency with this new fighting tool that the leathernecks have taken over

Parris Island. Marine Corps barrage balloons. The Marines have the situation well in hand. That goes for everything they tackle -- like this barrage balloon, for example. The special Marine Corps units at Parris Island, South Carolina gain proficiency with this new fighting tool that the leathernecks have taken over

M-60 main battle tanks of Co. F, 40th Armor, Berlin Bde., undergo dry firing proficiency training at Tempelhof Central Airport

An air-to-air left rear view of a T-43A training aircraft. The T-43A has 12 stations for students, four for proficiency training, and three for instructors. The student training compartment is equipped with advance avionics gear identical to that of Air Force operational aircraft

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) McGee of the 345th Security Police Squadron exercises his K-9 dog on the obstacle course during proficiency training

To increase his night proficiency, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, practices tying a knot blindfolded, during an exercise at the Mountain Warfare Training Center

To increase his night proficiency, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, practices tying a knot blindfolded, during an exercise at the Mountain Warfare Training Center

To increase his night proficiency, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, practices tying a knot blindfolded, during an exercise at the Mountain Warfare Training Center

Members of SEAL Team 2. Platoon Alpha, are shown in a training scenario required to maintain their highly skilled proficiency in guerilla warfare. The SEAL on the left is armed with an M16A2 assault rifle

A C-5 Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, California takes off. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

AIRMAN Jesus Navarro, Jr., an electro-environmental specialist from the 523rd Fighter Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, inspects a tool kit. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

STAFF SGT. Shahr Poureetezadi, Aircraft Jet Engine Technician from the 523rd Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico does a tail feather check inspection on his jet. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

SENIOR AIRMAN Charles Deeds, a crew chief with the 523rd Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico inspects the under side of an F-111. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

SENIOR AIRMAN Carl Peguese (left) and Technical Sergeant James McLean, members of the 27th Fighter Wing, Wing Initial Communication Package, Cannon Air Force Base, set up a radar system on top of a hangar. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A view of the flight deck operations on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A Navy E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) touches down for a landing on the carrier flight deck. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A Navy F-14A tomcat is in position in front of the blast deflector, with afterburners ignited, ready to begin take-off from USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A line of F/A-18 Hornets sit on the flight deck of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A Navy F-14A tomcat is in position in front of the blast deflector to begin take-off from USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A Navy F-14A Tomcat catapults off the deck of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as another is positioned for take-off. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

An F/A-18 Hornet, assigned to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) is just before touchdown on the carrier flight deck. This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

A Navy ES-3A Shadow takes off into the evening sun aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) This is part of a four day exercise involving Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to test proficiency in joint operations and coordination of various elements of a strike package

High oblique aerial view looking northwest. This joint use civil and Air National Guard airfield is base for F-16A Falcon aircraft from the 111th Fighter Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard and is also operated for the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center for astronaut flight proficiency training

SENIOR AIRMAN Thomas Kretschmann, from St. Louis, Missouri, tightens a laser guided bomb on the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. SENIOR AIRMAN Kretschmann is a member of the 510th Fighter Squadron's Weapon Load Team 21. The team performed a monthly required proficiency (MPRO) load as evaluators watched their progress. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

Weapon Load Team 21, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, are critiqued by evaluators after completing their monthly required proficiency (MPRO) load 9 Sidewinder missiles and laser guided bombs to the wings of an F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of their evaluation training. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

SENIOR AIRMAN Thomas Kretschmann from St Louis, Missouri and STAFF Sergeant David Sarval from Manchester, New Hampshire load a laser guided bomb on the wing of a F-16 fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. SENIOR AIRMAN Kretschmann and STAFF Sergeant Sarval are members of the 510th Fighter Squadron's Weapon Load Team 21. The team performed a monthly proficiency load (MPRO) as evaluators watched progress. The 510th has kept its aircraft mission ready since the inception of Operation Decisive Edge

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1. A second CH-46E is parked on flight deck

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Overview of the eight new firing points on the Remote Electronic Target System (RETS) range at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Each one has seven remote controlled targets out to 300 meters. These ranges are used for M16A2 rifle and record proficiency and qualification

A close-up showing one of the firing points with a shooter's view of the Remote Electronic Target System (RETS) range at Fort Dix, New Jersey. This range is used for M16A2 rifle and records proficiency and qualification

Members of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, train in drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency. (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-06739 or search 001019-F-3128G-008)

A US Army member of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, train in drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts (not shown) deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency

A US Army member of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, trains in drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts (not shown) deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency

a US Army member of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, trains in Tactical Satellite Communications at drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts (not shown) deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency

A US Army member of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, trains in drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency

Members of the Southern Europe Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, train in drop zone "Juliet" located 15 miles from Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Army, Air Force, and Italian Army troops jumped from C-130 Hercules aircrafts deployed from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as part of a monthly jump training to maintain proficiency. (Duplicate image, see also DF-SD-01-07379 or search 001019-F-3128G-008)

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Shamari R. Bethancourt, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attaches the lanyard before plugging the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Aldo R. Avegnorivera, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, receives Fire Direction Commands to relay to Marines manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, are served morning chow in the field, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, make ready to ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, make ready to ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Sergeant (SGT), Lawrence C. Salcido, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, verifies the lay with a M1A1 GUNNER's Quadrant, in preparation to fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Lance Corporal (LCPL), Joseph T. Flamand, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, digs a fox hole for his tripod mounted M-240G Automatic Machine Gun. He provides a defensive position for the M-198 155mm Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Mount Fuji, Japan provides a scenic background for Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area of a nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, await the firing order on the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot (g), designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Tall grass and camouflage netting make excellent concealment as US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division fire the M198 155mm Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Shamari R. Bethancourt, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attaches the lanyard before plugging the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Enrique J. Cruz, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, looks through the M137 Panoramic Telescope while manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A close up view of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Enrique J. Cruz, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, as he looks through the M137 Panoramic Telescope while manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attend morning mass at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, set up camouflage netting over their M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Members of the Japanese media photograph the M107 155mm High Explosive Projectiles, as US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, get ready to fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Captain (CPT), Lacy S. Scott, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, answers questions posed by members of the Japanese media, about his unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), John H. O'Hey, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, with the aid of an interpreter, answers questions posed by members of the Japanese government about his unit's mission. The nine firing day relocation shoot is designed to military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), John H. O'Hey, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, answers questions posed by members of the Japanese government about his unit's mission. The nine firing day relocation shoot is designed to military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Navy Lieutenant (LT), Steven B. Zurek, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, rakes leaves, as part of a community relations effort at an orphanage near, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A close up of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Travis Bach, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as he cleans his 240G 7.62mm machine gun, located at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Charles Greer (right) and Private First Class (PFC), Aaron Colling, from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, man their 240G 7.62mm Machine Gun located at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. Training Area during the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A US Marine from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, is given assistance with his Mission- Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, perform Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear drill at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, use the buddy system during Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear training, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, participate in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear training, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, march out the birthday cake, during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A well camouflaged bunker position at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. Part of 3D Marine Division unit's, nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines Corps STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Summer O. Fields, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, serves cake to his Marines during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines Corps Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John H. O'Hey 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, speaks to his Marines following a Marine Corps 225TH Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Charles Kell, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, lays inside his bunker position aiming the tripod mounted M240G Machine Gun. Part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan

US Marines Corps First Sergeant (1SGT) Michael B. Gray, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, cuts pieces of birthday cake for waiting marines during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday, cake cutting ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, retire the colors from the Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A view from outside the bunker, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan, as US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Charles Kell, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, aims his tripod mounted M240G Machine Gun. Part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Captain (CPT), Lacy S. Scott passes the first piece of cake to First Sergeant (1SGT)Michael B Gray, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, during the Marine Corps 225TH Birthday Ceremony, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A parajumper from the Italian Air Force Special Operations Forces, 83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron, armed with a Baretta rifle, attempts to validate US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Rick Sapone from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, as a friendly "survivor" during a joint NATO search and rescue exercise in Rimini, Italy. The joint mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Rick Sapone (left) and US Air Force Second Lieutenant Adam Cuquet (right), from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, await rescue by the 83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron, Italian Air Force, during a joint NATO search and rescue exercise in Rimini, Italy. The mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

(from left to right) Italian Air Force Captain Vittorio Carminato, 83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron, briefs US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Rick Sapone and US Air Force Second Lieutenant Adam Cuquet from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prior to the start of a joint NATO search and rescue exercise in Rimini, Italy. The joint mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Rick Sapone (left) and US Air Force Second Lieutenant Adam Cuquet (right), 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, read coordinates off their global positioning satellite device in their roles as "survivors" during a joint NATO search and rescue exercise with the 83rd Search and Rescue Squadron, Italian Air Force, in Rimini, Italy. The mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

Italian Air Force Lieutenant Dario de Liguorno, 83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron, gives last minute instructions to US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Rick Sapone and US Air Force Second Lieutenant Adam Cuquet, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, prior to a joint NATO search and rescue exercise in Rimini, Italy. The joint mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

US Air Force Second Lieutenant Adam Cuquet, 510th Fighter Squadron pilot candidate from Aviano Air Base, Italy, practices a hoist recovery manuever with a Pavehawk helicopter during a joint NATO search and rescue exercise with the 83rd Combat Search and Rescue Squadron, Italian Air Force, in Rimini, Italy. The mission allows the two countries to put into practice procedures that will maintain search and rescue proficiency

Members of the Special Operation Command Pacific complete a "Friendship Jump" with the Australians at the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Townsville, Queensland, during TANDEM THRUST 2001. A combination of Air Force, Army and Australian paratroopers jumped from a MC130P Talon maintaining jump proficiency. Exercise Tandem Thrust is a combined United States and Australian military training exercise. This biannual exercise is being held in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay training area, Queensland, Australia. More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, AIRMAN and Marines are participating. Tandem Thrust is a training exercise for crisis action planning and execution for contingency

Making annotations in an aircraft log, US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Jason Via, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, performs post-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after arrival at Malacky Air Base, Republic of Slovakia, for a Weapons Training Deployment. The range at Malacky allows the 555th Fighter Squadron to maintain proficiency and accuracy in armament delivery

A soldier of the 1ST Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, teaches basic platoon movement formations to soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army during OPERATION FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the U.S. Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

Soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion, Senegal Army members with M-16A1s and an M-60 Machine Gun, execute troop movement formations during OPERATION FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the US Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

Soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army siege an objective point as part of a training exercise during Operation FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the US Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone. Senegal Army members are seen with the M-16 Assault Rifle

A soldier of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army charges an objective point with his M-16 Assault Rifle as part of a training exercise during Operation FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the US Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

Soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army attend a training class on raid techniques during Operation FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the U.S. Army Special Forces to the Senegal army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

Soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army practice troop movement techniques during Operation FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the US Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

Soldiers of the 1ST Infantry Battalion Senegal Army reload ammunition for their M-16A1 Assault Rifles while conducting troop movement training during Operation FOCUS RELIEF II (OFR II) in Thies, Senegal. OFR II is an operation provided by the US Army Special Forces to the Senegal Army for training on new equipment and fighting tactics to bring up their proficiency level for peace enforcement in Sierra Leone

SEAMAN Apprentice Thomas Bruce, SEAMAN Apprentice Daniel Polfleit, and PETTY Officer Third Class study for one of the many tests they must pass to maintain proficiency as small boat crew members at US Coast Guard Station Charleston, South Carolina. Station Charleston is reponsible for law enforcement and search and rescue in the Charleston area. They have an 18 foot flatboat as well as a 27 foot safeboat that they use for patrols and rescues. There are three crews which work 24 hour shifts each to ensure the safety of Charlestons many boaters

MASTER Sergeant Ian S. Wightman, USAF, Flight Engineer, 7th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK, performs pre-flight checks onboard an MC-130H Combat Talon II before a local proficiency training flight

Captain Cesar Sandan, USAF, 7th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK, in the co-pilots seat, performs pre-flight checks on an MC-130H Combat Talon II before a local proficiency training flight

A close-up of the watch in use by AIRMAN First Class Khalio Borum, USAF, load standardization crew, 31st Operations Group, Aviano AB, Italy, as he records the completion time to load the GBU-24/B 2000lb laser guided bomb: 25 minutes and 53 seconds. Weapons load teams are responsible for proficiency on 9 primary munitions and are evaluated monthly on 3 of the 9 primary loads. Load standardization crews assigned to the 31st Operations Group evaluate the proficiency, safety and speed of each load team

SENIOR AIRMAN Scott Batson, USAF, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, Weapons Load crew team member uses a meter to test the gyro of a guidance control unit attached to an inert GBU-24B (Paveway III) training bomb loaded on an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Weapons load teams are responsible for proficiency on 9 primary munitions and are evaluated monthly on 3 of the 9 primary loads. Load standardization crews assigned to the 31st Operations Group evaluate the proficiency, safety and speed of each load team