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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 4, 2019) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Amie Phillips, left, from Bakersfield, California, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Breanna Westcott, right, from Merrimack, New Hampshire, splint an arm for Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaleb Sarten, from Clarksville, Tennessee, for a medical training team drill in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). IKE is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Waters)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 29, 2019) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Aaliyah Deeley, from Gilmer, Texas, updates the flight deck status board in flight deck control aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Nov. 29, 2019. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting routine training in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pyoung K. Yi)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 1, 2019) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Laquoston Hafner, from Carthage, North Carolina, assigned to the “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, tapes off an F/A-18F Super Hornet jet wing for maintenance in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 1, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Thomas R. Pittman)

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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 27, 2019) Lt. Cmdr. Sabrina Cummings, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), holds her daughter for the first time during a homecoming gathering at Naval Base San Diego. Boxer, part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), is returning to its homeport of San Diego following a 7-month deployment to the 5th and 7th fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Whitley)

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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 27, 2019) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Silvia Simuel-Leon, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), holds her daughter for the first time during a homecoming gathering at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Whitley)
 

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Stormy Mendez, a combat graphics specialist and the Reproductions and Graphics Team Chief with the 2nd Marine Division Communication Strategy and Operations Unit, draws in a sketchpad on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 3, 2019. Mendez was nominated as 2nd Marine Division's Motivator of the Week for exemplifying what it means to be technically and tactically proficient in her Military Occupational Specialty and passing those traits onto her Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Parsons)

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WIESBADEN, Germany -- The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus presents their “Ring the Bells!” concert Dec. 4, 2019, at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus. The annual concert is a gesture of appreciation from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden to the city of Wiesbaden and other host nation partners. (U.S. Army photo by Emily Jennings)

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DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory (Dec. 6, 2019) - Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Sheri Russell salutes during a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony onboard Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia, Dec. 6, 2019. NSF Diego Garcia provides logistic, service, recreational and administrative support to U.S. and Allied Forces forward deployed to the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dartanon D. Delagarza)

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Whitaker, left, and Capt. Jennifer K. Silvers, right, assigned to Public Health Activity Italy, to demonstrate how to do medical care at the dog during Medical Working Dog Medical Training at the paratroopers assigned to 173rd Battalion Support Brigade, 173rd Airborne Brigade at Caserma Del Din, Vicenza, Italy, Dec. 5, 2019. (U.S. Army Photo by Paolo Bovo)

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Oklahoma Air National Guard Maj. Kim Caroll, a flight nurse assigned to the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron out of Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, completes pre-flight paperwork aboard a Texas Air National Guard C-130 Hercules assigned to the 136th Airlift Wing out of Carswell, Texas, before a two-hour, low-altitude flight from and around the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix during a training mission, Aug. 23, 2019. The four-day event — which included two seven-hour flights to and from St. Croix, a four-hour ground training and evaluation meeting the second day, and the two-hour, low-altitude flight the third day — was largely driven by an overhaul of career field-wide aeromedical evacuation training and evaluation standards. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Kasey M. Phipps)
 

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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lizette Vargas, a supply administration specialist with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, sets up camouflage netting on a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) in preparation for Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 5, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tayler P. Schwamb)

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Staff Sgt. Paris James, left, speaks with Senior Airmen ___ Goff and Valerie Schlegel, with the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, during a kick-off event for Hobby Hub at the Tinker Main Exchange Nov. 7. Hobby Hub is a way to bring people together across base through similar interest groups such as gardening, crafts, outdoor activities or auto repair. Hobby Hub can currently be found on a Facebook group page, Tinker Hobby Hub, or you can e-mail any questions or suggestions to 72ABW.CVB.TINKERHOBBYHUB.US.AF.MIL. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

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Graduates of Airman Leadership School Class 20-A prepare to set the POW/MIA table during the ALS Graduation ceremony at the event center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. The table was set as a symbol of honor and remembrance of America’s prisoners of war and missing comrades across all branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robyn Hunsinger)

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U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Quintina M. Pearson, First Sergeant, Financial Management School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, hikes at Camp Johnson, N.C., Dec. 5, 2019. The hike fostered a combat mindset by presenting Marines with obstacles and increasing their combat conditioning. (Photo released/taken by Sgt. James A. Guillory)

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U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Alexis A. Beserra, an entry-level Marine with Financial Management School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, traverses the obstacle course halfway through a hike at Camp Johnson, N.C., Dec. 5, 2019. The hike fostered a combat mindset by presenting Marines with obstacles and increasing their combat conditioning. (Photo released/taken by Sgt. James A. Guillory)
 

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Airmen assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, demonstrate the effects of being tased at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg, Nov. 7, 2019. The Airmen participated in the demonstration as part of the 100th Veterans Day celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

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Nancy McCoy, an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel with the 353rd Civil Affairs Command of Staten Island, N.Y., and government civilian Equal Employment Opportunity specialist with the Army Reserve at Fort McCoy, Wis., holds two Army Ten-Miler championship trophies Nov. 14, 2019, she helped win in 2019 and 2007. The two titles are the only two Ten-Miler titles held at Fort McCoy, and McCoy is the only person to have been a part of both teams. McCoy is a resident of Tomah, Wis. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Lauren Kram, a B-2 Spirit pilot assigned to the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, talks to a veteran on Nov. 7, 2019, at Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg. Kram visited the veteran’s home as part of the 100th Veterans Day celebration along with several other B-2 pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Carter)

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Recruits with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, take the Water Survival Basic Qualification Course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Dec. 3, 2019. The recruits must be able to shed combat load underwater, swim and float in full utilities, and jump from the tower to pass qualification. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michelle Brudnicki)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chloe LeFebvre, a loadmaster assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, watches as the engines start up on a C-130J Super Hercules Nov. 5, 2019, in East Africa. The 75th EAS supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa with medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and air drop operations. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)
 

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PLYMOUTH, England (Dec. 11, 2019) - Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Vanessa Diaz, middle, from Middle Park, California, throws a slacked mooring line around a set of bits during a sea and anchor evolution aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Dec. 11, 2019. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV/Released)

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PLYMOUTH, England (Dec. 11, 2019) - Seaman Jan Miguel, right, from Weehawken, New Jersey, stands watch as the helmsman during a sea and anchor evolution aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), Dec. 11, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV/Released)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2019) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Kayla Crump, from Sharon, Wis., assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, uses a speed handle to tighten a screw aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Dec. 8, 2019. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting routine training in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alexander Williams)

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(Dec. 8, 2019) Sailors monitor an engine turn on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, from the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Elliot Schaudt)

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(Dec. 11, 2019) Culinary Specialist Seaman Alanna Gunn, from Fayetteville, N.C., operates the phone line during a replenishment-at-sea for communications between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) and the fleet replenishment ship USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) Barry is underway conducting operations in the Indo- Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy's largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet's principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Keia Randall)
 

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 10, 2020) - Sailors attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) learn to assess a staged sucking chest wound and leg fracture during a medical team training drill. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy and, as 7th Fleet command ship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sarah Eaton)

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 6, 2019) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Prycilla N. Saldivar practices chest compressions during an CPR training aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67). Shiloh is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chanel L. Turner)

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dalia Galvan Tavera, staff nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, operates a cycler used for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies during CRRT training at LRMC’s ICU, Dec. 19.

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U.S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate 2nd Lt. Saleha Jabeen, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Alexander James, recruiter, sign recruitment paperwork after a commissioning ceremony Dec. 18, 2019, at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois. Jabeen is scheduled to continue training and be assigned to a unit once she has completed all initial training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

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Airman 1st Class Jessica Carino, a 35th Security Forces Squadron armorer, ensures the M4 carbine assault rifle is clear and safe at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2019. Carino earned the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence, given for outstanding performance while deployed to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2019) – Hospitalman Luzelia Howard discusses a leave chit with a sailor at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville. Howard, a native of Copperas Cove, Texas, says, "I came into the Navy undesignated and after almost two years, I’m now a hospital corpsman. Despite the long journey to become a corpsman, I wouldn't have done it any other way. I’m currently working on my associate’s degree and hope to become a nurse practitioner. Our mission at BHC Jacksonville’s Administration Department is to ensure that the administrative support needed is anytime, anywhere! We’re here to serve!" (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2019) – Hospitalman Recruit Meghan Bowen checks a patient’s temperature at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s OB/GYN Clinic. Bowen, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, says, “Working with patients and providers every day reminds me of why I joined the Navy, and it's more rewarding than I ever thought it could be. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to serve my fellow military members who serve our country.” (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2019) – Hospitalman Molly Pratt prepares to draws Naval Aircrewman (Operator) Airman Joshua Smith’s blood at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville’s Laboratory. Pratt, a native of San Jose, California, says, "I wanted to join the military to follow in my grandpa's footsteps. I knew I could make the most difference as a hospital corpsman in the Navy. It’s giving me the skills and connections to pursue my nursing degree." (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2019) – Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Earlena Sylvester prepares for a dental cleaning at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville’s Dental Clinic. Sylvester, a native of Brooklyn, New York, says, “I joined the Navy for the betterment of my family and myself. It has afforded me the opportunity to start a new life and the ability to give my son more opportunities than I had. In Dental, we want to ensure every service member is dentally ready so they can continue to support our country." (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2019) – Hospitalman Stephanie Yanday instructs Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Hosford at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Physical Therapy Clinic. Yanday, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, says, “It’s very rewarding helping patients recover and get back to full duty. The care we provide gives a sense of encouragement, knowing that they’re getting stronger. Working with patients over time forms a bond. I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when patients fully recover.” (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville/Released).
 

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GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2020) A performance division recruit leads the state flag performers inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall during a pass in review graduation ceremony at Recruit Training Command. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy's only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brandie Nix/Released)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 22, 2020) Culinary Specialist Seaman Marilyn Mejiasanchez, from Alexandria, Virginia, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) supply department, prepares dessert in Ford's aft galley. Ford is currently conducting Aircraft Compatibility Testing to further test its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Melvin)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 24, 2020) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Faith Pedroza, right, from Los Angeles, and Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Shelby Sischo, from Safety Harbor, Florida, assigned to the "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9, perform the daily maintenance on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) hangar bay. . (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesus

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 1, 2020) Culinary Specialist Seaman Recruit Jessica Romero, from Las Vegas, assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), prepares dinner for Sailors and Marines in the ship’s galley. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defense peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 13, 2020) Lt. Laura Burzenski, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, pilots an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter after departing the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), Jan. 13, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
 

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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Thessa Washington, a C-130H pilot, became the first African-American woman C-130H pilot at the 165th Airlift Wing. Her achievement coincides with the celebration of Black History month highlighting African-American contributions and achievements throughout the military. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Renee Crugnale)

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Capt. Jessica K. Smith, a general dentist assigned to the 48th Dental Squadron, sits in her treatment room at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 30, 2020. The 48th DS mission is to provide excellent, best-value oral health for readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

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RED SEA (Jan. 15, 2020) Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Ashley Holt, from Cibolo, Texas, right, demonstrates to Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Malaysia Taylor, from Monroe, North Carolina, how to use an M9 service pistol before a live-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). Forrest Sherman is part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Raymond Maddocks)

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DEDEDO, Guam (Feb. 8, 2020) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) listen to instructions during a park beautification community relations (COMREL) project, Feb. 8, 2020. Theodore Roosevelt and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinkney (DDG 91) are in Guam for a port visit during their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony J. Rivera)

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ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 8, 2020) Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Littilious Fuller, from Augusta, Georgia, moves supplies during a working party onboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Arabian Sea Feb. 8, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dalton Lowing)
 

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