U.S. military photos from May

Published 5:34 PM ET, Fri May 27, 2016
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Cadet Alix Idrache sheds tears of joy Saturday, May 21, as he graduates from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. "I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me," he said. He will soon be going to flight school. "Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words," he said. "I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life." Staff Sgt. Vito Bryant/Digital/US Military Academy at West Point
Marine Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek brace themselves as they fire a mortar during a training exercise in Jordan on Sunday, May 15. Sgt. Paris Capers
U.S. Marines anchor ropes to a Humvee during a training exercise in Twentynine Palms, California, on Friday, May 13. Lance Cpl. Clarence Wimberly
Aircrewman Operator 2nd Class Brandon Fregeau searches for EgyptAir Flight 804 from a patrol aircraft provided by the U.S. Navy on Friday, May 20. Some of the wreckage was found north of Alexandria, Egypt, the next day. There were 66 people on the plane when it crashed during a flight from Paris to Cairo. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rebecca Sunderland
Combat cameramen from the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force perform live-fire battle drills in Azusa, California, on Wednesday, May 18. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Callahan
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, swears in Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday, May 18. Fanning is the first openly gay secretary of a U.S. military branch. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A couple of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice Saturday, May 7, before an air show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Solar/ACE Pictures/Newscom
Armed men in uniform, identified by Syrian Democratic Forces as U.S. special operations forces, ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah, Syria, on Wednesday, May 25. The Pentagon has pushed back on assertions that the U.S. forces were fighting ISIS fighters alongside the Syrian forces they are advising. "Our forces in Iraq and Syria, their instructions, their mission, is clear that they are not at that leading edge," Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters. U.S. officials have maintained that their forces on the ground are only there to advise and assist local forces in their fight against ISIS. DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Steel Worker 1st Class Jesse Hamblin, left, and Builder 2nd Class Justin Lieder examine a ladder well of the USS Arizona on Friday, May 20. The battleship was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E. White
Retired Army Sgt. Thomas Block lost his right eye in Afghanistan in 2013, but he got a prosthetic that resembles the shield of comic-book hero Captain America. He's also part of the HERO program where wounded, injured and ill veterans receive training in computer forensics so that they can join federal agents in tracking child predators online. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images
Members of the U.S. Navy jump from a C-130 Hercules during an exercise off the coast of Guam on Wednesday, May 18. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug Harvey
Former U.S. President George W. Bush, right, and Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. laugh at a joke during an Invictus Games symposium on Sunday, May 8. The Invictus Games, which took place in Florida this year, were created by Britain's Prince Harry for wounded, injured and sick service members. Fifteen countries competed in the sports competition this year. GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images
The USS Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, travels in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, May 14. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena
A uniform lies in the casket containing the remains of Army Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating on Monday, May 23. Keating's remains had finally returned to his native New Orleans after being discovered on the island of New Guinea, where he was killed during World War II in 1942. Gerald Herbert/AP
Plebes from the U.S. Naval Academy perform situps with a 12-foot log on top of them during the annual Sea Trials training exercise on Tuesday, May 17. Win McNamee/Getty Images
A B-52 burns after crashing during a training mission in Guam on Thursday, May 18. All seven crew members were safe, according to Andersen Air Force Base, and the crash was under investigation. Jason Salas/KUAM News
Marine Staff Sgt. Clayton Walker is moved to tears after he surprised his 10-year-old daughter, Cassidy, at a Major League Baseball game in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 11. He had been deployed for 11 months. Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP
U.S. troops train at a range in Twentynine Palms, California, on Wednesday, May 25. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird
Plebes climb the Herndon Monument to end their first year at the U.S. Naval Academy on Monday, May 23. The midshipmen have to work together to climb the 21-foot monument, covered in vegetable shortening, so they can replace the cap on top. Al Drago/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images
An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the USS Boxer in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, May 23. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose Jaen
A horse nuzzles Vietnam veteran Roberto Gonzales outside a VA hospital in San Antonio on Saturday, May 21. Gonzales, a disabled horse trainer, wanted to spend some of his precious final moments with two of his beloved friends: his horses, Ringo and Sugar. He died two days later. Lupe Hernandez/South Texas Veterans Health Care System/AP
U.S. Army Sgt. Kathryn Fermin-Weinreb, right, kisses her wife, Victoria, after Victoria graduated from the Denver Sheriff Department training academy on Friday, May 13. Andy Cross/Denver Post/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, on Friday, May 27. See more photos of Obama's trip to Japan and Vietnam JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Marines fly a tiltrotor aircraft over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Thursday, May 19. Sgt. Lillian Stephens
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves a military courthouse in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, after a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, May 17. Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014, will face court martial in February 2017. He is charged with desertion and endangering fellow soldiers. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
Former talk-show host David Letterman speaks during the 75th Anniversary USO Show on Thursday, May 5. Joining him on stage, from left, are host Jon Stewart, U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Kris Connor/WireImage/Getty Images
Ethen Lyon, son of Marine Staff Sgt. David Lyon, receives a folded flag during a memorial service at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base on Saturday, May 7. Ethen's father was killed in Afghanistan while serving as an explosive-ordnance disposal technician. Samuel King/Eglin Air Force Base
Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bataan salute as the ship pulls into New York for Fleet Week celebrations on Wednesday, May 25. See U.S. military photos from April Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik