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FRIDAY FOTO (April 20, 2018)

So Where’s the Plane?

Pararescue Airmen practice military free fall

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Gustavo Castillo)

Illustrating the “Free” in free fall, this photo shows Air Force para rescue jumpers (PJs) performing a military free fall jump over Djibouti in East Africa on April 17, 2018. The airmen are assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. They are deployed in support of humanitarian aid and contingency operations in the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa area of responsibility.

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April 20, 2018 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

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.

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

FRIDAY FOTO (March 30, 2018)

Future War.

URBAN ANTX18

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Rhita Daniel)

Infantrymen from the 4th Marines’ 3rd Battalion assessed emerging technologies and engineering innovations recently during an Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. The March 21, 2018 exercise saw leathernecks checking the operational utility of an unmanned light cargo vehicle, an electric tactical vehicle, protective helmets and defensive weapons like the Big Gun shown here. The name on the side of the weapon says it all. The “Drone Killer” is aimed at countering the threat from small unmanned aerial systems (drones).

Marine Corps planners expect battle-spaces in the future will include narrow streets lined by high rise buildings in densely populated megacities in Africa and Asia.

Click here to see more photos of the technology examined at the urban warfare technology exercise.

 

March 30, 2018 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 23, 2018)

Snowfall, Arlington Virginia.

Spring Snow Storm 2018

(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)

We had snow in the Washington area this week. Pretty as it fell, there was enough to closes area schools and many Federal government facilities for the day, but not Arlington National Cemetery.

In Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment’s Caisson Platoon trooped through the snows in a funeral procession on March 21, 2018.

This scene calls to mind the last lines of Irish writer James Joyce’s novel, The Dead.

The snow “lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears   of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”

Known as “The Old Guard,” the 3rd Infantry is the oldest, active duty regiment in the U.S. Army. In addition to honor guard duties at Arlington, the White House and elsewhere, the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry guard the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington.

March 23, 2018 at 1:03 am 2 comments

FRIDAY FOTO (March 16-18, 2018)

Wearin’ of the Green.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Deployment FY 2018

(U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Michael Hogan)

O.K., we’re a little bit late to mark St. Patrick’s Day, but we thought we’d share this image in homage to the tradition of wearing green on March 17.

However, these aircraft carrier sailors wear green every day at work. The color signifies they are carrier air wing maintenance personnel and here they are replacing the windshield of an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN- 71). The photo was taken in the Persian Gulf a few days before Paddy’s Day (March 14, 2018).

The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6. The Roosevelt (call sign: Rough Rider) is supporting maritime security operations in the Middle East.

March 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm 1 comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 9, 2018)

Vertigo!

Bridge Company Field Training Exercise

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Private First Class Timothy Shoemaker)

Marines perform preventative maintenance to a girder bridge during a field training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California on February 28, 2018.

These Marines are assigned to Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion of the 1st Marine Logistics Group. They’re attaching ropes to link reinforcements under the bridge to ensure it was tightly secured. There’s no information on just how high they were working, but looks pretty high.

March 9, 2018 at 10:31 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

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