Hitting the books, 1957

Chitose Air Base, Japan, Sept. 1957: Mary R. Birdsall, who teaches second and third grades at the Chitose Dependent School, checks the texts her pupils will begin using for the 1957-’58 school year.

Setting up a checkpoint, 1997

Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 4, 1997: U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawks with Task Force 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry, and 2nd Russian Brigade soldiers on board, rapidly descend in an open area near Camp Bedrock to set up a security checkpoint.

Jewish Synagogue Center of Wiesbaden, 1946

Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec. 22, 1946: Maj. Gen. Idwal H. Edwards, commanding general of USAFE (standing at the lectern, right), and other officials are shown at the rededication ceremony of the Jewish Synagogue Center of Wiesbaden.

Soldier on lookout, 2010

Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2010: A soldier from A Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment looks out over the Kunar River road in Spin Kay, a site of frequent attacks by insurgents in the mountains on either side of the river.

William Holden in Taiwan, 1965

Taipei, Taiwan, June 15, 1965: Actor William Holden signs autographs while attending the 11th Asian Film Festival, held for the first time in Taiwan at the Taipei Sports and Cultural Center.

Route sanitation mishap, 2006

Muqdadiya, Iraq, Dec. 7, 2006: Spc. David Flowers, 31, of Baltimore and the 15th Engineer Company, stands beside an upturned road grader moments after he tumbled down an embankment inside the piece of heavy equipment during a route sanitation mission.

Adventure camp, 2009

Ramstein, Germany, April 6, 2009: Ronnie Juhans, left, an outdoor adventure leader, and Katt Gatke, 10, work to keep a parachute afloat during the first day of BRAT adventure camp.

South Korea mail call, 1956

Kimbo Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 26, 1956: Mail is unloaded from an Air Force Globemaster. The Army Postal Service delivered more than four million pounds of mail and packages to Korea-based soldiers in the first six months of 1956.

Farewell salute, 2015

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 25, 2015: Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. salutes as Marines march past during a farewell ceremony for Dunford’s predecessor as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Tire swing in Iraq, 2009

Eastern Babil Province, Iraq, Jan. 30, 2009: Sgt. 1st Class Brendon Hollingsworth, platoon sergeant for Troop E, 5th Calvary Regiment, gives an Iraqi boy a push on the tire swing he helped rig up near a polling station.

Meeting Mom, 1957

Frankfurt, Germany, January 1957: Chief nurse Maj. Ruth Steenburgh puts a newborn baby into the arms of its happy mother at the 97th U.S. Army Hospital.

Walking Washington Heights in Tokyo, 1963

Tokyo, March 1963: A balmy spring day provided the ideal setting for walking the dog at the Washington Heights housing area.

Easter egg hunt, 1949

Frankfurt, Germany, April 17, 1949: A little girl looks triumphant holding not one, but two easter baskets filled with eggs and a chocolate bunny as her friends around her look less pleased.

The road less traveled, 1997

Camp Bedrock, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sept. 2, 1997: A road sign tree shows directions and distances to the hometowns and home bases of the troops stationed at Camp Bedrock.

Sea Trials, 2015

Annapolis, Md., May 11, 2015: Plebes participate in the “wet and sandy” portion of the U.S. Naval Academy’s annual Sea Trials in Annapolis, Md.

Return of the Kitty Hawk, 2003

Yokosuka, Japan, May 6, 2003: Kitty Hawk sailors show the colors as the ship pulls into its home port.

Keukenhof flowers, 2019

Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands, April 5, 2019: Pink tulips stretch to greet the spring sunshine.

Medevac mission, 2011

Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, June 15, 2011: Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry, who was injured in an improvised explosive device attack near Haji Ramuddin, is treated by flight medic Cpl. Amanda Mosher while being transported by medevac helicopter to the Role 3 hospital.

Jungle warfare training, 2018

Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 4, 2018: A Marine with the 9th Engineering Support Battalion takes part in a drill at the Jungle Warfare Training Center.