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U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lennon pulls the lanyard to fire a D-30 howitzer during a test at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 6, 2013. The firing of the howitzer is the last test after being refurbished in Afghanistan. Lennon is assigned to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan at Camp Eggers in Kabul. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kleynia R. McKnight

The M982 Excalibur 155mm round leaves the barrel of an M777 Howitzer during a live fire shoot conducted by Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at Oro Grande Range Complex, N.M., Dec. 5. The shoot was the first of its kind conducted outside of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., and combat. US Army photo by Sgt. Sean Harriman, 2nd BCT, 1st AD, Public Affairs

Capt. Andrew Eickbush, an Artillerymen in 4th Battalion, 25th Artillery Regiment, fire the howitzer during the fire support certification exercise at Fort Drum.

Soldiers from 3rd Howitzer Section, Alpha Battery, 2-8th Field Artillery fire the M777 at COP Wolverine in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

The U.S. Army rolls out it's new lightweight, diesel-electric concept hybrid vehicles, the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) during the Chicago Auto Show. The intended use for the CERV is for targeting, reconnaissance, and rescue sorties, with a traveling speed up to 80 mph, and with a capability to travel in a silent mode under 8 mph. Read more here:

Soldier of the future, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Oliver, silently engaged crowds near the vehicle of the future, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM vehicle. Oliver is from the U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade's Mobile Exhibit Company, at Fort Knox, Ky. Read more here:

Soldiers and others can now read the latest Army news on their iPhones, thanks to a new application created by the team that developed the Army's Web site, See more at Army iPhone download among top 25 free news apps Download the Army iPhone app on iTunes

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2012) -- It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells and can be mounted on the M4 carbine or act as a standalone firearm. The M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System is the latest combat enhancer in Strike's arsenal.

Just off a sun-baked California highway, Soldiers roll their high-tech base of operations into a high school parking lot and greet future recruits. The message they're sharing with the school's students focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and the role it plays in today's Army, and the Army of tomorrow.

A civilian trainer explains how to setup the operating display for the Pack Bot battlefield robot to soon-to-deploy paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team Jan. 9, 2012, at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La. The robot features two video cameras and an articulating arm and can be used to inspect objects such as potential roadside bombs from a safe distance. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, depart from the flight line here, Feb. 13. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade is currently in charge of U.S. aviation operations in Regional Command North and is providing aerial support for coalition ground forces.

U.S. Army at Chicago Auto Show 2012: The Army is participating in the Chicago Auto Show 2012. The show runs through next Feb. 19th at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The U.S. Army has several exhibits including two concept lightweight, diesel-electric hybrid prototypes; and for the first time, General George Patton's 1938 Cadillac Staff car from the Patton museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Army surgeons in the operating room at Ireland Army Community Hospital at Fort Knox, Ky.

A mine resistant ambush protected vehicle belonging to a Task Force Maverick, 1st Cavalry Division explosive ordinance disposal unit sits in the glow of the full moon on Combat Outpost Red Hill.

Three days at Combat Outpost Red Hill

During a press conference following his induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, July 13, Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. 1st. Class Leroy Petry describes in detail the combat action of May 26, 2008, near Paktya, Afghanistan, during which he distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry in saving the lives of two fellow Rangers. Petry's right hand was traumatically amputated during the fight and he now uses a state-of-the-art prosthesis, which allows him amazing dexterity. Photo by Robert D. Ward