The US Army, the largest branch of the US armed forces, had a challenging year in 2016.

With forces deployed all over the globe and ever-changing political and battlefield dynamics, the US Army depends on disciplined soldiers at all levels to maintain professionalism and to protect Americans and their interests.

Below¬†we picked our favorite pictures among the Army’s 2016 Year in Photos.

 

The US Army consists of a huge variety of specialized commands and forces. Here a Green Beret, the Army’s special forces component, surveys a vast, beautiful landscape.

The US Army consists of a huge variety of specialized commands and forces. Here a Green Beret, the Army's special forces component, surveys a vast, beautiful landscape.

A US Green Beret overlooks a valley while training horse riding techniques.3rd Special Forces Group

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