Posts filed under ‘FRIDAY FOTO’
Red Sky at Morning.
Last week was so busy, we missed wishing the U.S. Air Force a happy 68th birthday. So we thought we’d make it up to the folks work in the wild blue yonder with this photo.
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft sits on the flightline before morning sorties at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The aircraft is assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing
Taking One for the Team.
A member of the Washington National Guard uses his body to create an opening in a wire obstacle so his team can assault a position during Exercise Grizzly Defender in Alberta, Canada.
To us this photo (click on it to enlarge the image) looks like a hyper-realistic painting or a still from a major motion picture. It shows U.S. troops — citizen soldiers — training to adapt and overcome obstacles. It also showcases the skills of military photographers.
Grizzly Defender is a joint training exercise with the Canadian Army Reserve that focuses on offensive tasks including patrols, convoys, raids, information operations, traffic control points and company-level group attacks.
Like some sort of giant blossoms, paratroopers from the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment descend from an Air Force C-130 Hercules over the Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
Troops from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Army paratroopers conducted the practice jump utilizing Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force planes as part of Pacific Airlift Rally 2015. The exercise is a biennial, multilateral tactical military symposium designed to enhance military airlift interoperability and cooperation between nations of the Pacific region for future humanitarian missions.
The C-130 is assigned to the 374th Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 1st Battalion is part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 25th Infantry Division, based in
This is not a photo of a flooded underground parking garage. This is actually the inside of a Navy ship: the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans.
Here we see Seaman Elana Hunter, a boatswain’s mate, signaling Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) to launch from the ship’s well deck during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 in the Pacific Ocean off the California Coast. The well deck is where amphibious vehicles like these AAVs, first meet the sea as they head down a ramp in the amphib’s rear (stern) that opens out onto open water. (See photo below)
Dawn Blitz is a Navy and Marine Corps training exercise to practice amphibious task force operations while also building interoperability between U.S. and coalition forces, which this year, include military units from Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. The New Orleans is a San Antonio class amphib.
Capturing the Action.
Canadian Master Corporal Kevin Mcmillan, assigned to Canadian Forces Combat Camera, documents combat troops training during Fleet Combat Camera Pacific’s Summer Quick Shot 2015 (video here).
McMillan is assigned to Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
Quick Shot is a semi-annual exercise that improves combat camera photographers’ abilities to operate in a tactical environment. In other words they learn to shoot guns and well as imagery for when they are on assignmnt with front line troops
The combined U.S.-Canadian joint field training exercise took place last month (August) in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, California.
Waiting for Fuel.
A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet waits to receive fuel from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotankerwhile flying over Al Udeid Base in Qatar. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve,the air war against the self-styled Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Wednesday (August 26) was Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution — which gave women the right to vote in the United States. In other words, living up to that document’s opening words: “We the people of the United States …”
Women comprise at least 14 percent of the U.S. military. Recently the first two women soldiers completed the challenging Army Ranger course, earning the respected “Ranger” tab. Now the Defense Department is wrestling with how to implement a 2013 decision that could lift the ban on women serving in combat units like armor (tanks), artillery, infantry and special operations.
So here at 4GWAR we thought this would be a good time to show the tough and dangerous jobs women in the services already do.
After looking a dozens of photos of women in the services doing work that puts them in harm’s way — helicopter and fighter pilots, medics and forward area nurses, truck drivers, aircraft carrier deck crewmen, mechanics and helicopter door gunners — we found this photo. We think it’s the best, and most dramatic illustration of women doing hard jobs, dangerous jobs and scary jobs.
It shows Navy Electronics Technician 2nd Class Amanda Craig greasing the ball bearings of the primary marshaling radar for aircraft on the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The technician is performing routine maintenance work high above Teddy’s flight deck. Notice how small the people look.
It’s also worth noting that the intrepid photographer who shot this picture from a perch almost as high up as Craig is also a woman: Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jennifer Case.
The Roosevelt is deployed in the Arabian Sea, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve strike operations in Iraq and Syria.