The US military, despite the rise of powerful rivals, remains an unmatched military force with more than 2 million active-duty and reserve troops ready to defend the homeland and protect American interests abroad.
Insider took a look back at the thousands of photos of the military in action and selected its favorites.
The following 11 photos, many of which were also Department of Defense favorites, were the ones we chose.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Harris)
(Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jon Alderman)
2. A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 fires flares over Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo., Sept. 24, 2019, during a training mission.
(U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell)
(Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicole Rogge)
4. Marines use a fire hose to extinguish a fuel fire during live-burn training at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 25, 2019.
(U.S. Navy photo by Master-At-Arms 1st Class Joseph Broyles)
(Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
6. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Juan Vasquezninco provides security during small boat raid training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)
(U.S. Navy photo by Jeff Morton)
8. Three MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters line the seawall at Naval Air Station Jacksonville as the sun rises over the St. Johns River on June 13, 2019.
(Army Sgt. Henry Villarama)
9. Army paratroopers jump from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Bunker drop zone at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Aug. 14, 2019.
(Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
10. An Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber, two Royal Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs and two F-15 Eagles fly in formation behind a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission over England, Sept. 16, 2019.
(Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jacob Wilson)
11. A service member jumps out of a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during parachute training at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, Aug. 13, 2019.
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