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Our team is made up of doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and combat troops. We’re highly trained, adaptable and ready for anything. We are U.S. Army Soldiers and through every win, every day — we make a difference. #ArmyTeam

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Staff Sgt. Samira Abdullahmuhammad high-fives a child during a mission with her all-female engagement team in Deh Dadi, Afghanistan. Out of respect for local customs and cultural boundaries, the U.S. Army created this team in order to engage with local women and assist them in improving their community.

The U.S. Army Team gathered at Fort Meade, Md. for a war game exercise in which they simulated cyber warfare attacks on one another. The U.S. Army Cyber Command regularly hosts war game exercises to ensure Soldiers are prepared for any mission, including those online.

The Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (GEN III ECWCS) allows Soldiers to adapt to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions including subarctic temperatures. Soldiers meet arising challenges anywhere in the world—no matter how remote the location, or extreme the climate.

Army Recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bennett says he and his team are more than recruiters, they’re “Ambassadors of the Community.” His team mentors kids, participates in food drives, and helps with natural disaster relief. He feels the Army has given him the experience and adaptability to overcome any challenge, and shares that with others so they can do the same.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command is a work force of more than 70,000 dedicated military and civilian employees who specialize in weapons development, manufacturing, research and logistics. They are leaders in their respective fields they continually innovate and support the broad spectrum of joint military operations.

Pfc. Adrian Echevarria prepares to load a 120mm mortar round during gunnery qualification at Udairi range near Camp Buehring. Prior to qualification, platoons go through weapons training and simulation to learn how to work together as a team and get certified for combat.

Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Webster, 10th Mountain Division, and his team provide security detail outside the Al-Alwya power station in Karadah, Iraq. The 10th Mountain Division is a rapidly deployable part of the Army team, capable of deploying worldwide within 96 hours of notification to conduct a full spectrum of operations from humanitarian relief to combat operations.

Analyzing every possibility, geospatial engineers like Pfc. Taylor Barisoff, are trained to support military and civilian operations by interpreting geographic data from satellites, aerial photography and field reconnaissance. Here he assists Sgt. 1st Class Juan Aviles, a signal support systems specialist, in analyzing a topographic map.

Sgt. Mike Buchan looks for spot fires from a HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Ore. The U.S. Army team – Active, Reserve and National Guard – continue to support local authorities fighting land fires throughout the West Coast. In Washington State alone, 200 Soldiers and 100 National Guard Soldiers have been mobilized as firefighters.

Col. Doug Wheelock, STS-120 mission specialist, participates in a 7-hour, 19-minute spacewalk to repair a damaged solar array installed on the International Space Station.

Sgt. Lee Savoy, a Soldier with the 256th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, evacuates a child from the floodwaters caused by Hurricane Isaac. The U.S. Army Team rushes to the aid of those affected by natural disasters. They are vital to relief efforts and rebuilding communities.

Soldiers move a section of bridge into place over the Tigris River in Iraq, creating safe passage for other Soldiers. Bridge crewmembers provide bridge and rafting support for dry and wet gap crossing operations over natural, impassible obstacles or rough terrain in combat situations.

Spc. Corey Thompson, 420th Engineer Brigade, works with Australian combat engineers as they align two sections of a bridge on Highway 1 in eastern Afghanistan. The highway and its bridges are a focal point for insurgent activity, targeting supply convoys and merchant traffic. Army Engineers and Soldiers work quickly to help rebuild and improve infrastructure.

Lt. Col David Sigmund fist bumps a young boy after passing out soccer balls to local children in Bamako, Mali in Africa. U.S. Soldiers stationed around the world support and connect with community leaders, families and their children.

The U.S. Army’s focus on advancing medicine has created innovations such as 3-D bioprinting. Army Scientists and civilian doctors work together to research, develop and validate groundbreaking approaches. It’s the medicine of tomorrow, today.

Pfc. Robert Engel, a technical engineer, is trained to perform surveys, build scale models, analyze soil composition and create detailed building schematics. From building schools to hospitals and roads, Engel and his team are instrumental in all aspects of Army construction.

Paratroopers from the 40th Cavalry Regiment move off the drop zone after an arctic airborne operation near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The purpose of this training is to further validate the units rapid insertion capability into arctic conditions. Whatever the environment we are called to enter, we stand ready.

Capt. P. Lain Hancock monitors the refueling and reloading of his AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopter at Fort Hood, Texas, during an annual aerial gunnery exercise. Exercises such as these enable Soldiers to be ready at a moment’s notice to protect our Nation.

Soldiers operate the M777 Howitzer, an artillery weapon that is able to deliver up to five rounds a minute under intense firing conditions. Normally a crew of eight operates the M777, but these Soldiers are being trained to operate it with a reduced detachment in order to adapt to any situation.

A U.S. Soldier assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salutes fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone. Army Special Forces are an elite team of experts who use their specialized skill sets and knowledge of multiple languages to complete some of the toughest missions around the world.

U.S. Army Pfc. Ajia Gumabon, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jessie Freeman, Capt. Katherine Wempe and Sgt. Natasha Elusme pose for a photo after their first mission over Kandahar province during deployment in Afghanistan. Their team is the first all-female crew of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.

U.S. Army Officer Candidates Landon Foy, Paul Frankl, Phillip Bettis and Damien Cole check each other's points for accuracy during a night land navigation exercise at Fort Meade, South Dakota. Officer Candidate School is a rigorous 12-week training program that helps Soldiers develop the agile, adaptive leadership skills needed to be an Army Officer.

“Service has been what has made everything in my career thus far worth it. It’s made me reenlist indefinitely, raise my right hand to give even more of me to the Army, as it has given so much to me.” Sgt. 1st Class Nidia Cruz has grown with her career in the army through a variety of positions and now works as a Public Affairs Broadcaster, ensuring their stories are told.

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment practice exiting a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during air-assault training with the Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Riley. The event trains both the helicopter crews and their passengers for potential air assaults when accuracy is key and seconds can matter greatly.

“They carried their own weight and then some.” Capt. Kristen Griest, one of the first two women to graduate from Army Ranger School, carries a buddy during an exercise. Both West Point alums, Griest and Lt. Shaye Haver entered as part of a class of 380 male and 19 female candidates. In the end, both completed the grueling 120-day course, earning the coveted Ranger Tab.

Spc. Shawn Aiken, a combat medic, poses for a photo with some local children during a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq. Through the years, Soldiers have been able to provide much-needed medical, education and other aid to the communities they encounter.

Sgt. Robert Newman, assigned to the 4th Infantry Regiment, watches the sun rise after a dismounted patrol mission near Forward Operating Base Baylough in Zabul, Afghanistan. Known as the “backbone of the Army,” the Infantry aids in the mobilization of vehicles, troops and weaponry, and assists in reconnaissance missions.

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