The men and women of the U.S. military who train and conduct operations around the world are also family members, friends and neighbors with a range of interests.

Get a glimpse into their lives and their work as we turn to military photographers for a chronicle of the year.

U.S. Navy Master at Arms 1st Class Kristina Vargas, Kennel Master deployed to Camp Lemonnier, runs with members of the Kenya Defense Force’s 1st Canine Regiment during a military working dog partnership information exchange in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 9, 2018. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. and KDF service members trained on aspects of first aid, combat casualty care and handler proficiency, strengthening the relationship of the two militaries. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Taylor Harrison)
Acrobats with the Colorado Renaissance Festival perform for a crowd at the annual Summer Slam Base Picnic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 20, 2018. Activities at the picnic included face painting, inflatable obstacle courses, pony rides and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez)
Airmen move tactically to a target building during training at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., Feb. 9, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 227th Air Support Operations Squadron.
Airmen move tactically to a target building during training at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., Feb. 9, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 227th Air Support Operations Squadron.
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, conduct Fast Rope Infiltration and Extraction (FRIES) and Special Patrol Insertion and Exfiltration (SPIES) training with the 1/106 Assault Helicopter Battalion, Georgia National Guard, at Bartow County Airport, Winder Ga., Nov. 3, 2018. This training allows both aviators and soldiers to perfect their skills to prepare for future mission success. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. William Ploeg)
Staff Sgt. Kori Myers, 418th Flight Test Squadron load master, waves the American flag out of the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during the beginning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the L.A. Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, Oct. 15, 2018. The 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, provided the C-17 for the ceremonial flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kyle Larson)
GARDEN CITY, New York (June 28, 2018) Engineman 1st Class Angela Rojas’ daughter pinning on her new E6 crow during a frocking ceremony held on the quarterdeck of Navy Recruiting District New York. Rojas, a native of Mercedes, Texas and graduate from Mercedes High School, was advanced to first class petty officer through her score on the March Navy-wide advancement exam. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Travis Simmons/Released)
A U.S. soldier studies a map as Army National Guardsmen and German service members compete in urban operations skills during the 2018 Best Warrior Competition at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C., Jan. 29, 2018.
A U.S. soldier studies a map as Army National Guardsmen and German service members compete in urban operations skills during the 2018 Best Warrior Competition at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C., Jan. 29, 2018.
A U.S. Marine with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, fires a FGM-148 Javelin, a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile, at his target during a live fire demonstration near At Tanf Garrison, Syria September 7, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)
180425-N-OU129-110 TAWAU, Malaysia (April 25, 2018) Chief Musician Chris Sams dances with students during a performance by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Deep Six Brass Band at a community engagement event at SK Muhibbahraya Primary School in Tawau, Malaysia as a part of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)
Staff Sgt. Timothy Driver, 5th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, adjusts safety equipment for Deny, 5th SFS MWD, during flight familiarization training at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 23, 2018. This was the first time the K-9 unit has flown with the 54th Helicopter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT, France (April 10, 2018) Electronics Technician 1st Class Jacob Smelser, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), cleans a monument at the Utah Beach D-Day Museum during a port visit in Cherbourg, France, April 10, 2018. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fifth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)
ARCTIC OCEAN – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) is in the ice Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in the Arctic. The Healy is in the Arctic with a team of about 30 scientists and engineers aboard deploying sensors and autonomous submarines to study stratified ocean dynamics and how environmental factors affect the water below the ice surface for the Office of Naval Research. The Healy, which is homeported in Seattle, is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service and is the only military ship dedicated to conducting research in the Arctic. (NyxoLyno Cangemi/U.S. Coast Guard)
TANDUO BEACH, Malaysia – U.S. Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Malaysian Armed Forces use smoke for concealment at an amphibious raid exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2018, August 17, 2018. CARAT Malaysia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and cooperation, build mutual warfighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg)
A view of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.’s Intel Shooting Star Drone light show where Travis families were shown the choreographed capabilities of over 500 drones during an Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The drones conducted a show consisting of various designs meant to highlight both the U.S. Air Force’s and Travis’ history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)
100-year-old Bataan Death March survivor Col. Ben Skardon, a beloved Clemson University alumnus and professor emeritus, crosses the 8.5-mile finish line of the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 25, 2018. (Photo by Ken Scar)
Sgt. Lakezia Ortiz, a section chief with Repairable Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, participates in a tug-of-war competition during a battalion field meet on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 13, 2018. Additional events during the meet included tire flips, pull-ups, and a race to assemble an M240B medium machine gun. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton Swanbeck)
A U.S. soldier hands out candy to a group of kids during a patrol in their village along the demarcation line outside Manbij, Syria, July 14, 2018. The U.S. and Turkey began conducting independent, coordinated patrols to help reinforce the safety and security in the region after the elimination of ISIS. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster)
BOSPHORUS STRAIT (Feb. 17, 2018) Ð Sonar Technician Surface 3rd Class Seth Chopper Nikki Benak and Sonar Technician Surface Surface 3rd Class Antony Bey man a .50 caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) as the ship transits the Bosphorus Straits, Feb, 17, 2018. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fourth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Jette undergoes a body composition measurement test at the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas June 28, 2018. Jette is a Special Operations recruiter based in Fresno, Calif. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Massachusetts – A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier with the 20th Special Forces Group, Massachusetts National Guard stalks a target during a reconnaissance and surveillance exercise here June 8, 2018. The highly trained soldiers serve part-time but maintain their high level of combat capabilities. (Massachusetts National Guard photo by Army Spc. Samuel D. Keenan)
181121-N-PL946-1041 GREAT LAKES, Ill. (Nov. 21, 2018) The Recruit Training Command (RTC) recruit band performs during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at RTC. More than 30,000 recruits graduate annually from the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Communication Specialist 2nd Class Spencer Fling)
A Marine is covered in colored powder during the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response annual Colorful Consent Run held aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 6, 2018. The goal of the 5k color fun run was to have everyone gather to spread awareness while still having fun. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Christian Lopez)
SAN DIEGO (May 7, 2018) Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Miguel Mosquera, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, hugs his family upon the ship’s return from a scheduled deployment. Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego, Oct. 6 and spent the deployment supporting Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel, as well as maritime security cooperation efforts in U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nick Bauer/Released)
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice their aerial performance over Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 25, 2018. The Thunderbirds practiced to perform twice over the Memorial Day weekend for the 2018 Cannon Air Show, Space and Tech Fest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)
U.S. Army veteran, Brian Hammill of the Ho-Chunk Nation, competes at the 28th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona on Feb. 10, 2018. In the public Native American hoop dance performance, dancers can use up to 50 hoops to make formations that when combined convey a story. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anita C. Newman/Released)
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron flies a mission over Afghanistan, May 28, 2018. The A-10, which can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions, is provides close-air support for coalition forces and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) on the offensive against the Taliban. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)
U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Oluwatosin Adesuyi, military policeman, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Lance Cpl. Nicholas Ott, military policeman, ride horses with Mongolian children while participating in Khaan Quest 18 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, June 17, 2018. KQ 18 is a combined (multinational) joint (multi-service) training exercise designed to strengthen the capabilities of the U.S., Mongolian and other partner nations in international peace support operations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Heidi Kroll)
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (April 16, 2018) Lt. Cmdr. Jason Souza gives a Guatemalan girl to give a “thumbs up” after a trigger finger surgery at the Expeditionary Medical Unit during Continuing Promise 2018 in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Brianna K. Green/Released)
JORDAN (April 17, 2018) A U.S. Marine assigned to Scout Sniper Platoon, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sights in on a long range target during exercise Eager Lion at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Amman, Jordan, April 17, 2018. Eager Lion is a capstone training engagement that provides U.S. forces and the Jordan Armed Forces an opportunity to rehearse operating in a coalition environment and to pursue new ways to collectively address threats to regional security and improve overall maritime security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jon Sosner/Released)
BOSTON (Aug. 14, 2018) Sailors assigned to USS Constitution take part in a lesson in how to furl the Topsail 175 feet over the deck of USS Constitution. Constitution’s crewmembers conduct weekly training to learn and retain sailing information. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Hammond/Released)
News Crews from Local and National media outlets were escorted by the Hawaii National Guard to Leilani Avenue to cover the current conditions from fissure 8 in Pahoa, Hawaii, June 5, 2018. The Hawaii National Guard worked with local and national media entities to ensure they gained access and to ensure they reported the most current information to the community. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. James Ro)
United Nations Command Chaplain U. S. Army Col. Sam Lee performs a blessing of sacrifice and remembrance on the 55 cases of remains returned by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Friday. (Photo by US Army Sergeant Quince Lanford.)
Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons and four Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripens fly in formation behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling training in Swedish airspace, Feb. 8, 2018.
Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons and four Swedish air force JAS 39 Gripens fly in formation behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling training in Swedish airspace, Feb. 8, 2018.
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Kilo Company observe and touch a jungle gecko at Camp Ban Chan Khrem, the Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 19, 2018. The basic jungle survival skills course prepare Marines for operations in the harsh environment. Cobra Gold 18 is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand and runs from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Robert Arellano)
INDIAN OCEAN (March 28, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) transits the Indian Ocean. Halsey is currently underway with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group for a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 17, 2018) Yokosuka area Sailors and family members walk around Yokosuka City in yukata, a casual Japanese summer garment, during a community relations event. The event hosted by U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka and Yokosuka City included a yukata fitting, a visit to a local shrine, a base tour and lunch where participants engaged in conversation with Japanese residents from Yokosuka, Yokohama, Tokyo and Ibaraki. FLEACT provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and 27,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Maria Dumanlang/Released)
An Interim Armored Vehicle “Stryker” and AH-64 Apache helicopters with Battle Group Poland, move to secure an area during a lethality demonstration for exercise Puma 2 with Battle Group Poland at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 15, 2018 as part of Saber Strike 18. This year’s exercise, which runs from June 3-15, tests allies and partners from 19 countries on their ability work together to deter aggression in the region and improve each unit’s ability to perform their designated mission. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III /22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018.
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018.
Recruits with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct warm-up exercises before a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program training session at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 1. Physical training is utilized to strengthen the body and develop a strong character embodying our core values through teamwork. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited form the Western Recruiting Region are trained aboard MCRD San Diego. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 14.
U.S. American and French Armed Forces celebrate and commemorate the 74th anniversary of D-Day in Djibouti, June 6, 2018. Both countries trained together in preparation for the jump, parachuting in remembrance and honor of our nations’ friendship and alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 31, 2018) – Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) participate in a swim call at sea, July 31 (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Control Technician Senior Chief Vien Nguyen)
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kwan Walker faces the cold during a conditioning hike as part of exercise Ullr Shield at Fort McCoy, Wis., Jan. 13, 2018. The training aims to improve Marine capabilities in extreme cold weather environments. Walker is a networking administrator assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 28.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kwan Walker faces the cold during a conditioning hike as part of exercise Ullr Shield at Fort McCoy, Wis., Jan. 13, 2018. The training aims to improve Marine capabilities in extreme cold weather environments. Walker is a networking administrator assigned to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 28.
U.S. Air Force CMSgt Eugene Elking (left), 423rd Air Base Group Superintendent, hoses out a fire during a 423rd Civil Engineering Squadron active fire training event at RAF Molesworth, England on April 23, 2018. During the event, CMSgt Elking had the opportunity to train with the firefighters and observe their specialised skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball)
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Sky Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment conducted sling load training in Grafenwoehr, Germany. After the Chinooks successfully dropped the howitzers, we captured this beautiful round leaving home.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense