To The Rescue.
North Carolina Army National Guardsmen and local emergency services personnel assist with evacuation efforts in Fayetteville, North Carolina on October 8, 2016. Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew led to flooding as high as five feet in some areas.
To read a story about one of those rescue efforts, click here. No wonder they’re called guardsmen.
(U.S. Force photo by Capt. Adan Cazarez)
No, this isn’t how you catch a helicopter. These U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina are holding down ropes attached to a UH-60M Black Hawk while others prepare to rappel from the helicopter. Here’s a video from the Army’s Air Assault School that almost makes it look easy. No, not really. Watch the video and you’ll see.
The helicopter is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
Pretty, But Rugged Environment.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Gerbrands (left) guides a rescue heaving line to a 25-foot response boat during crewman qualification training in Valdez Harbor on Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Gerbands is assigned to Coast Guard Station Valdez, the service’s northern-most boast station. To see more photos of this training session, click here.
U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Joshua L. DeMotts
The U.S. Air Force concerns itself with things that fly — fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, missiles — and M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets, too, apparently.
Here we see the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performing at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, to honor Vietnam War veterans.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne
Marines depart the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay in a combat rubber raiding craft in the Pacific Ocean. The Green Bay is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Noble
Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel participated in the exercise.
Bird’s Eye View.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Nicole Zurbrugg
Marine Corporal Chris Lawler, crewmaster on an KC-130J aerial refueling tanker observes a Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet approach the refueling hose during Exercise Pitch Black 2016 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Australia.
The jets line up parallel to the wing of the tanker until cleared by the pilot, then maneuver to a position about 10 to 15 feet behind the hose, then to a pre-contact position three feet behind the basket until cleared for contact. At contact, the pilots plug in until refueled.
Lawler is with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
The Australian air force hosted the three-week, biennial, multinational training exercise.