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FRIDAY FOTO (April 13, 2018)

Night Ops over Japan.

Super Hercs soar through the air

(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Air Force Senior Airman Stephen Clark (left), and Airman 1st Class Matthew Pfeffer sit on the open ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules flying near Yokota Air Base, Japan on March 26, 2018.

The airmen, loadmasters assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, were about to conduct a simulated airdrop over Yokota. Aircrews regularly conduct night operations to prepare for a variety of contingencies throughout the region.

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April 13, 2018 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 2, 2018)

Women in the Military.

Cope North 2018

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres Chardon)

Airman 1st Class Janine Lieder defends a position while a helicopter expedient refueling system (HERS) was being set up during exercise Cope North 2018 at Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands on February 26, 2018.

A HERS — containing transportable pumps, multi-gallon bladders and collapsible fuel tanks — is used to facilitate helicopter refueling in forward  areas and remote sites.

Airman Lieder is assigned to the 736th Security Forces Squadron’s Fly-Away Security Team which provides perimeter security for air crews, ground crews and aircraft at high risk air strips, according to a 2016 article in Stars and Stripes.

By the way, March is Women’s History Month in the Defense Department. For more details, photos and stories, click here.

March 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (January 12-15, 2018)

Mountain High.

A blue sky in Yokota

(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

We’re beginning to think that one just can’t take a bad photo of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji.

Here an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules flies near Japan’s tallest mountain during a routine sortie out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 12, 2018. The aircraft is assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron.

January 15, 2018 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (January, 5, 2018)

In the Red.

Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Justin T. Updegraff)

In case you forgot, there’s still a shooting war going on in Afghanistan, although U.S. troops are deployed largely in advisory and support roles.

As a reminder, here we see U.S. soldiers firing an 81 mm mortar to support Afghan soldiers during Operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 26, 2017. The U.S. soldiers — assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment — fired multiple illumination rounds to light the nearby area of Marjah, in southern Afghanistan, where Afghan soldiers encountered a nighttime ambush.

January 5, 2018 at 12:06 am 2 comments

FRIDAY FOTO (December 29-30, 2017)

Christmas Watch.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Erika Kugler)

A lone sailor walks across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), after being relieved from watch duty. The ship is in port in Bremerton, Washington —  where this photo was taken on December 25, 2017 — where the Stennis was preparing for its next deployment.

December 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 8, 2017)

Water Wall.

Nimitz Conducts Flight Demonstration

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Madrigal)

No, those aren’t giant polar bears, woodchucks or Yetis advancing on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean.

You can’t see them, but planes from from Carrier Air Wing 11 just dropped live ordnance (bombs) on the ocean surface, creating an exploding “water wall” in a flight demonstration. The aqua-technics were part of Tiger Cruise 2017 on December 1.

The photo below gives a closer view of the titanic splashes of water. To us they look like frolicking fuzzy critters. (the fifth from the right definitely reminds us of a giant porcupine.) What do they look like to you?

USS Nimitz Conducts Flight Demonstration

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kennishah J. Maddux)

December 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 1, 2017)

Welcome to Soggy Bottom.

‘Raiders’ conduct waterborne operations

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Armando R. Limon)

Soldiers make a beach landing with combat rubber raiding craft during waterborne training in Hawaii on November 29, 2017. Most people think “Marine Corps” when they  see amphibious operations like these. But the troops hitting the beach in this photo are actually soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division’s, legendary 4th Cavalry Regiment, and 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

While the Army provided the troops and equipment, the Marines supplied the beach: Marine Corps Training Area Bellows.

December 1, 2017 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

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