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FRIDAY FOTO (March 22, 2019)

The Future.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations Program

(U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets in the Unmanned Aerial System Operations Program familiarize themselves with quad-copter flight controls at the academy’s Cadet Field House in Colorado on March 4, 2019. The next day, the cadets conducted mock scenarios , in the Air Operations Center’s “Reaper Room.” An MQ-9 flight simulator allowed one operator to control multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which can autonomously search, find, identify and track various targets worldwide.

On March 1, the Air Force’s two main UAVs (also known as remotely piloted aircraft) —  the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper — reached a flight hour milestone. The Predator and Reaper have been flown more than 4 million hours. Since the late 1990s, Air Force drones have conducted persistent attack and reconnaissance; search and rescue, and strike and support, to civil authority missions around the world.

The MQ-1B entered the Air Force fleet in 1996 and retired in 2018. The MQ-9 mission began in 2007.

March 22, 2019 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 15, 2019)

Flying Squad.

CJTF-HOA Reinforces Commitment to Djibouti’s Rapid Intervention Battalion

(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Ahearn)

No, they didn’t forget to pay the gravity bill. These soldiers from Djibouti’s Rapid Intervention Battalion  (RIB) were performing a traditional Somali dance welcoming new RIB graduates.

The Rapid Intervention Force is a U.S. Army-trained unit formed to respond to crises and promote regional security and stability in East Africa, where Djibouti is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal from the Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea.

One-hundred twelve Djiboutian soldiers joined the ranks of the RIB following a graduation ceremony last June (June 28, 2018), when this photo was taken at a training site outside Djibouti City.

Soldiers from the U.S. 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team provided training in U.S. Army basic warrior tasks, including hand-to-hand combat techniques and combat life saving. The U.S. Army personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).

March 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 8, 2019)

Beauty and the Beast.

M1A2 Live-Fire

(U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Mason Cutrer)

This is a photo of an M1 Abrams tank and the National Guard soldiers who operate it at live-fire gunnery qualification training at the Orchard Combat Training Center in Idaho on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. The Abrams is a main battle tank.

We like the composition of this photo from blue clouds that seem to be racing across the sky to the sunset (sunrise?) gold and peach and aqua-colored streaks closer to earth. Those colors contrast with the stolid neutral tones of the tank and the wet tread marks on the trail.

Well done sergeant. Well done.

March 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (March 1, 2019)

The Night Watch.

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(U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 1st Class Michael DiMestico)

O.K. we admit it, your 4GWar editor’s inner artist was taken with the color and shadows of this Navy photo. Who are these folks and what are they doing and where are they doing it?

The Defense Department caption that came with this picture identifies the subjects as Sailors and Marines stand[ing] watch aboard the USS Kearsarge as it transits the Strait of Hormuz, February 15, 2019.

The Kearsarge (LHD-3) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault shipthe largest amphibious ships in the world. Resembling a small aircraft carrier, the Kearsarge’s main job is taking a 1,600-man Marine Expeditionary Unit to trouble a spot — for either combat or humanitarian relief operations — and then putting the Marines ashore via helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft and various types of waterborne landing craft.

That said, this photo reminded us of Rembrandt’s massive 1642 painting commonly called “The Night Watch.” The Dutch master was commissioned to paint a group portrait of a militia company (the real title of the work is: Officers and Men of the Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Wilhelm van Ruytenburgh). It was not your typical 17th Century class photo and the Captain and his men were not pleased.

It is not a night scene at all, but actually takes place during the day.  The Night Watch name was first applied at the end of the eighteenth century — long after Rembrandt was dead — when the painting had darkened considerably through the accumulation of many layers of dirt and varnish, according to art history professor Wendy Schaller.

Maybe it’s a stretch, but we think the above photo — titled Blue View — like Rembrandt’s Night Watch, does more than capture some sailors and Marines on duty.

March 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (February 22, 2019)

INSIDE JOB.

Aviano Readiness Exercise

(U.S.  Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Rebeccah Woodrow)

Air Force Senior Airman Jaxson Ferree performs an internal inspection of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet during a readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy on February 11, 2019.

The shoeless Ferree — even combat aircraft have sensitive innards — has squeezed into the multirole fighter’s engine air intake section below the cockpit.

February 22, 2019 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (February, 15, 2019)

That’s No Snowball.

MRF-E 19.1: Exercise Snow Panzer
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Nghia Tran)

A Marine launches an RQ-20B Puma unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Setermoen, Norway, on February 11, 2019, during Exercise Snow Panzer with Norwegian troops.

Snow Panzer is a force-on-force exercise between Marine Rotational Force-Europe and the Norwegian Panzer Battalion of Brigade Nord.

The Marines have been doing a lot of cold weather training in recent months in NorwaySweden and Iceland.

February 15, 2019 at 2:07 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (February 8, 2019)

Wet, wet, wet.

There are many way to get your feet (or other parts of your body) wet in the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) as this series of photos indicate. It can happen on dry land — even indoors, as the photo below shows.

Bravo Company dives into swim qualification training

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Three Marine Corps recruits participate in swim qualification training in an indoor pool at the Marines’ Recruit Depot, on Parris Island, South Carolina on February 5, 2019.

You can be on the water but not in it and still get soaked as the next photo shows.

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( U.S. Navy photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Parker)

Navy Ensign Bronson Chancellor (left) practices handling a charged fire hose (pressurized and ready for use) while receiving training from Petty Officer 3rd Class Aracely Morales aboard the amphibious warship USS Arlington in the Mediterranean Sea on February 2, 2019.

Of course you can be on dry land and still get soaked as these two Marines know.

Marines with 7th ESB Bridge the Gap at Camp Pendleton

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Coporal Juan Bustos)

Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jasper Tapia (left) and 1st Lieutenant Joseph Kelly confer during a bridge-building operation at the Marines’ Camp Pendleton in California on February 4, 2019.

Finally it’s obvious you can get very wet — and cold — moving from boat to ship at sea.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James Turner)

A soaking wet Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Felton climbs a ladder aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter during small boat operations in the Baltic Sea on January 28, 2019.

February 8, 2019 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

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