Visiting Santa at the Frankfurt PX, 1949
Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 11, 1949: Charles, 3, (left) seems a little less happy to see Santa than his 8-month old sister Elizabeth.
 Yongsan Yule, 1970
Yongsan, South Korea, Dec. 20, 1970: Christmas lights glow on a 35-foot tree at Yongsan Main Post after they were turned on by Lt. Col. Donal Miller, commander, U.S. Army Garrison.
Desert Christmas tree, 2001
Camp Rhino, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2001: The desert version of a Christmas tree — dried brush decorated with bits of rope and red-and-white beaded candy cane, complete with a star on top — provided a quirky backdrop for the troops’ morning briefings.
Olivia de Havilland arrives in Frankfurt, 1953
Frankfurt, Germany, Oct. 29, 1953: Actress Olivia de Havilland arrives at Frankfurt’s Rhein-Main airport aboard Air France’s inaugural Chicago-Frankfurt flight.
Crash boat duty, 1954
Tripoli, Libya, 1954: Members of the 7th Crash Rescue Boat Flight pose aboard one of the four 63-foot converted PT boats that provide marine rescue services in the event of an air crash at sea.
A visit from Santa, 1968
Nhon Cho, Vietnam, 1968: Santa Claus hands out presents to children, dependents of South Vietnamese Special Forces soldiers stationed at Nhon Cho.
Winter in Kandahar, 2010
Zhari, Afghanistan, Dec. 9, 2010: 101st Airborne soldiers patrol through grape fields with vines that are dead for the winter.
Battle of the Bulge anniversary, 2004
Wiltz, Luxembourg, Dec. 16, 2004: A joint honor guard of soldiers from Mannheim, Germany, and sailors from Rota, Spain, presented the colors at the ceremony at Schumann’s Corner, marking the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge.
Reindeer on parade, 2007
Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Dec. 7, 2007: Marines of Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, throw candy from their “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” float during the Camp Kinser Christmas parade.
Over the hills and far away, 2009
Shembowat, Afghanistan, June 14, 2009: An American soldier stands guard on a hilltop as U.S. and Afghan forces pay a visit after a rocket was fired from the area toward their base, Camp Clark, just a few miles away.
Jungle Warfare Training on Okinawa, 2015
Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, March 17, 2015: Marines from India Company’s Weapons Platoon enter a pool of murky jungle water during the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s E-Course.
Honoring a son, 2010
Dresden, Ohio, 2010: Steve Harper stands at the grave of his son Brad Harper, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
Wreaths Across America, 2016
Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 17, 2016: Ice coats a tree at the cemetery as volunteers lay down wreaths at the graves during Wreaths Across America.
USS Forrestal, 1970
Mediterranean Sea, April 16, 1970: A fisheye lens provides a panoramic view of the USS Forrestal, its escorts and the Mediterranean below them in a photo shot from a helicopter.
Loading up, 2004
Asadabad, Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2004: Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division get on a CH-47 Chinook on their way to an air assault. Helicopters inserted the soldiers onto a hilltop 8,000 feet into the mountains near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.
Invincible spirit, 2010
Busan, South Korea, July 25, 2010: The USS George Washington pulls away from Busan on its way to participate in the Invincible Spirit joint military exercise being staged for four days by the U.S. and South Korea.
Search and rescue in Texas, 2017
Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 2, 2017: Megan McKee, left, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Anthony DiToma of Dallas pull a boat up a flooded street in a Beaumont neighborhood, after hurricane Harvey dropped historic amounts of rain in southeast Texas.
Cardinal Preysing in Berlin, 1947
Berlin, Germany, Feb. 9, 1947: Portrait of Cardinal Konrad von Preysing in Berlin, a few days before the cardinal’s trip to New York to speak at a Catholic conference about the welfare of Catholics under the Nazi regime.
Veterinarian on duty, 2004
Djibouti, Africa, Jan. 4, 2004: Army 1st Lt. Amy Peterson-Coleell, 28, a veterinarian, treats a camel that was bitten by another camel, at a veterinary civil action program in a remote valley near Tadjourah.