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These Are The Most Captivating Military Photos From August 2015

This month's photos feature hero servicemembers and the first female Army Rangers.

August was quite a month for the U.S. military. Servicemembers helped stop a terrorist attack on a train in France and the Army Ranger school graduated women for the first time ever. Through it all, military photographers captured moments and angles we don't get to see every day.

The following images were compiled from the Flickr feeds of all branches of the military and the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System. See the best military photos from August 2015 below:

Lt. Cole Yoos, the command religious ministries department divisional officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ge
Lt. Cole Yoos, the command religious ministries department divisional officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), and Lt. Brian Kirschenbaum, a Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 chaplain, baptize Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) 2nd Class Ryan Norton, from Minto, North Dakota in the baptismal pool on the ship's flight deck during a baptism-at-sea. 
Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon heave line during an underway replenishment. 
Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon heave line during an underway replenishment. 
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christian Trigos, from San Juan, Texas, monitors a SPA-25G radar during a general quarters dr
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christian Trigos, from San Juan, Texas, monitors a SPA-25G radar during a general quarters drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99).
<span>U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone hugs his mother for the first time in Paris Aug. 24, 2015, following a foiled attac
U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone hugs his mother for the first time in Paris Aug. 24, 2015, following a foiled attack on a French train. Stone was on vacation with his childhood friends, Aleksander Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, when an armed gunman entered their train carrying an assault rifle, a handgun and a box cutter. 
Capt. Kristen Griest smiles at friends and family as she waits with her U.S. Army Ranger School Class 08-15 to graduate at Fo
Capt. Kristen Griest smiles at friends and family as she waits with her U.S. Army Ranger School Class 08-15 to graduate at Fort Benning, Georgia, Aug. 21, 2015. Griest and class member 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first female graduates of the school.
Chief Utilitiesman Philip Anderton, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, musters his platoon as his daug
Chief Utilitiesman Philip Anderton, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, musters his platoon as his daughter hugs him before departing on a scheduled deployment to the Pacific region. 
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Rankins and military working dog Eespn demonstrate aggression training Aug. 4, 2015, at Sheppard Air Force B
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Rankins and military working dog Eespn demonstrate aggression training Aug. 4, 2015, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
Soldiers from 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) conduct a raid on a MOUT, military operations in urban terrai
Soldiers from 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) conduct a raid on a MOUT, military operations in urban terrain, training site at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. 
Paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment descend after jumping out of a C-130 Hercules, ass
Paratroopers assigned to 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment descend after jumping out of a C-130 Hercules, assigned to the 374th Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, over the Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2015. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the servicemembers who helped stop the terrorist attack as Marines. 

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