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U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe
Night vision goggles cast an eerie green glow on the eye of Air Force Technical Sergeant Christopher Rector peers through them during a training flight over U.S. Army Garrison Yokohama North Dock in Japan last month (April 25, 2016).
The internal lights of his UH-1N Iroquois helicopter — known everywhere as a Huey — paint an equally eerie glow on his fearsomely decorated crash helmet. A lot of helicopter crewmen in the U.S. military decorate the front of their crash helmets to look like skulls or orcs — just like some NHL hockey goalies.
Rector is a special missions aviator evaluator assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron, which frequently trains to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations.
Army photo by Sgt. Anthony Hewitt
No, defense budget cuts haven’t come to this.
These two Army paratroopers are hauling this Humvee as part of the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, home of the Army Engineers School.
Sapper is an ancient term for military engineers. In olden days they designed and dug the trenches, built the forts and figured out how to break into castles.
These days, a Sapper is usually a combat engineer who has completed the 28-day Sapper Leader Course, and earned the red Sapper uniform tab. That tab says they are among the best at their complex and dangerous craft, which includes bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, creating field defenses as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair.
To earn the Sapper tab you have to graduate from the Sapper course, but you don’t have to be an engineer, according to the Army.
The paratroopers in this photo, Army 1st Sergeant Jose Casillas and Sergeant 1st Class Tim Shay are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
What’s the difference between a 1st Sergeant and a Sergeant 1st Class? Click here for an explanation.
Thirty-two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters with the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade — the last U.S.-based Kiowa squadron– conduct a flyover during a farewell flight above Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Under the Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) — a cost-saving program to fund future development and acquisition of helicopters — the Army is divesting its OH-58 Kiowa Scout helicopters. The Army is replacing them with active duty AH-64 Apache attack helos and pairing them with unmanned aircraft.
The 1st Squadron will deploy to Korea this summer. When it returns, it will be switching over to Apaches.
The April 15 flyover served as a final “thank you” and farewell to the residents of the Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville, N. C. community. To learn more about the flyover, the Kiowa Warriors and the people who flew them, click here to read an article co-authored by our friend and colleague, Drew Brooks of the Fayetteville Observer, (via Stars and Stripes).
Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Paratroopers board and position their gear inside an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft before participating in a night jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 31, 2016.
To see what a night drop looks like, click here.
U.S. Marine Sergeant Josh Greathouse scans the area during a perimeter patrol in Al Taqaddum, Iraq on March 21, 2016.
Greathouse is a member of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air (SPMAGTF) Ground Task Force.
I Robot, You Pitcher.
U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Mickey Treigle
No, there wasn’t a bomb threat at a spring training baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona late last month. Quite the contrary, the Talon bomb disposal robot shown here is bringing out the ball for the first pitch of the March 25 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants as part of Navy Week festivities.
We assume the sailor in white was going to throw that first pitch, not the Explosive Ordnance Disposal operator in full bomb squad gear to his right. Normally, the EOD operator would be using the Talon to examine, and if necessary, defuse a bomb, from a safe distance.
Troopers with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepare to clear a building during urban assault training last month in Paupliai, Lithuania.
The soldiers rehearsed their tactics in preparation for an upcoming live fire exercise at Gaiziunai Training Area, Lithuania.
Editor’s NOTE: Do to an editing miscue, this week’s FRIDAY FOTO did not post when filed 24 hours ago. We apologize for the delay.