Archive for November, 2020

FRIDAY FOTO (November 27, 2020)

Your Ride’s Here.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Well here’s a switch. The pilot in the picture are Army and the folks on the ground are Air Force.

This photo, taken November 18, 2020, shows an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter landing to pick up Air Force special warfare Airmen, assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, during small unit training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Conducted under physical and mental stress conditions (what other kind do special operators operate in?) the small unit training reinforces fundamental combat skills and fosters team cohesion, according to the Air Force.

November 27, 2020 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 20, 2020)

Stringing Along.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Dalton J. Payne)

U.S. Marines with the Third Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), conduct special patrol insertion/extraction and helicopter repel training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan on October 23, 2020. T

hese Marines belong to the Expeditionary Operation Training Group (EOTG), which trains Marines before they are  attached to Marine Expeditionary Units, where they will be using these techniques. The UH-1Y helicopter is from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469).

November 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 13, 2020)

Somewhere Over Asia.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Joey Swafford)

Refueling a fighter jet in the air is tough enough in daylight, but imagine how hard it must be to do at night.

We picked this photo because of the unusual scenery below these two aircraft. And since the official caption merely says the photo was taken over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, we doubt if they’ll share much more information about those brilliantly-lit geometric shapes on the ground.

U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (Image. Central Command)

This photo shows a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker on November 4, 2020.

November 14, 2020 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

VETERANS DAY, November 11, 2020

Remember the Veterans and their Families.

A soldier assigned to the Oklahoma National Guard walks with loved ones at an Army aviation facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after returning on October 19, from a yearlong deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

This Soldier is from Bravo Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, of the 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard. They returned from a 12-month deployment, where they provided support to another National Guard unit — the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade — from Minnesota.


(Oklahoma Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. C.T. Michael)

In May, on Memorial Day, America remembers the honored dead, those who gave their lives in this country’s wars since 1775.

U.S. Soldiers celebrate the Armistice near Remoiville, France in November 1918. (archival photo via the Fort Hood Sentinel)


But on Veterans Day every November, Americans honor the living who served or continue to serve in uniform. November 11 is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I – the “War to End All Wars” — in 1918. Unfortunately, history has proven that was an overly optimistic term for what turned out to be the First World War.

After years of bloodshed in the 20th and early 21st centuries, we’d like to pause here to remember the sacrifice of all those who serve their country in both war and peace. Even far from a combat zone, many of them have risky jobs on aircraft carrier decks, in fast moving armored vehicles and high flying aircraft. There is hard work, as well as danger, in airplane hangars and  ships at sea. Depots and warehouses are stuffed with equipment and supplies that can blow up, burn, sicken or maim the humans working nearby.

We also don’t want to forget veterans from the Greatest Generation who are still with us, like 102-year-old Vivian Corbett, or Arthur Rinetti.

November 11, 2020 at 6:48 pm 3 comments

SHAKO: Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps

Happy 245th Leathernecks!

.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Alison Dostie)

The traditional birthday cake was on display for the Marine Corps birthday pageant at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on November 9, 2020, the day before the Corps’ 245th birthday.

The Marine Corps was created by the Second Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775 and since 1921, Marines around the world have celebrated the Corps’ founding under Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, issued by then-Commandant Major Gen. John LeJeune (pronounced Leh-Zhern). LeJeune’s order summarized the history, tradition and mission of the Marine Corps and directed that the order be read to every command on every subsequent November 10, the Marine Corps Birthday.

Attack on Derna by Colonel Charles Waterhouse, (Marine Corps Art Collection)

Since the 1950s, the Marines have marked the occasion with a birthday celebration and a cake cutting ceremony, where a senior Marine Corps officer slices the cake — usually with the traditional Mameluke officer’s sword, commemorating the Marines’ first overseas action near the shores of Tripoli in 1805. The first slice of cake is handed to the oldest enlisted Marine present. That senior Leatherneck then hands the slice to the youngest Marine present.

The cake is a big deal in birthday celebrations at Marine Corps bases around the world, like the ceremony shown at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan on November 9. In the photo below, Colonel Omar Randall, left, commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 37 (CLR) , 3rd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) and Sergeant Major David West,  cut the cake, with the traditional officer’s sword. but wearing masks to adhere to COVID-19 mitigation procedures.

(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Private First Class Courtney A. Robertson)

SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

(U.S. Military Academy photo)

November 10, 2020 at 11:08 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 6, 2020)

Golden Rainbow.

(U.S. Army photo by Major Robert Fellingham)

A CH-47 Chinook from B Company, 1st Battalion, 214th General Support Aviation Regiment spins up for an evening training flight just after an October 6 storm clears — leaving a rainbow in its wake —  Katterbach Army Airfield in Germany.

November 6, 2020 at 11:57 pm 1 comment


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