War isn’t a concept that most people associate with beauty. Soldiers deal with ugliness and pain every day as part of their realities. However, these photographs show that moments of peace can exist amongst the chaos of battle.
8. A Moment of Celebration
President Obama celebrates with American soldiers after the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
7. Remembering The Fallen
Fallen U.S. soldier Spc. Cody D. Suggs is honored during a ceremony in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
6. Dog Therapy
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Syriac and his service dog Rosco help soldiers struggling with PTSD.
5. A Powerful High-Five
A United States soldier takes a moment to high-five an Afghan child.
4. Laughter as Medicine
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlitz brings laughs to a group of paratroopers in Iraq. Schlitz was badly burned by an IED and now speaks to soldiers about topics such as suicide prevention.
3. True Partnership
A United States Marine and a Senegalese soldier discuss peace operations in Western Africa.
2. Man’s Best Friend
A moment of peace is shared between U.S. Army Spc. Kory Wiels and Cooper, his military working dog in Iraq.
1. A Military Selfie
United States Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno and Staff Sgt. Austina Knotek take a selfie in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Humor and warmth help us all to survive at some point.