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FRIDAY FOTO (December 30, 2016)

Wintry Mix.

Now that winter is underway in the Northern Hemisphere, we thought we’d run a series of photos illustrating U.S. forces dealing with cold and snowy weather around the world.

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(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Kirstin Merrimarahajara.)

The first photo (above) comes from Lithuania, where a Marine works his way through sun beams and snow in a field training exercise November 29, 2016 during Iron Sword 16, at the Rukla Training Area.

 

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(U.S. Navy photo.)

As snow streams down, sailors change a propeller on an EP-3E Aries II aircraft during a night check at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Washington. The sailors are assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1.

 

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman.)

Senior Airman Carlos Aleman and Technical Sergeant Craig Slaten drill a hole in the frozen Tanana River in Fairbanks, Alaska on December 5, 2016. The airmen, both assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, drilled in the area to build up the ice and create a stable bridge for transporting equipment and supplies.

 

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher.)

Army Specialist Joseph Feola loosens the frozen ground so his fellow soldiers can drive tent stakes while conducting cold weather training in single-digit temperatures at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska on November 29, 2016. Feola is assigned to the 95th Chemical Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

 

3rd ID teaches suppressive fire to Ukrainian Soldiers

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Elizabeth Tarr.)

Ukrainian and U.S. soldiers exit an armored vehicle during suppressive fire training in Yavoriv, Ukraine, November 18, 2016.

 

U.S. Marine live-fire exercise in Norway

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Michelle Reif.)

Marines and Norwegian soldiers operated a variety of armored vehicles including this tank in Setermoen, Norway, during a live-fire exercise to acclimate troops to mountainous regions and extreme cold weather conditions, November 17, 2016.

 

106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard Trains in the Snow

(Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy.)

Airman 1st Class Avery Friedman performs taps during training at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York, Dec. 15, 2016. Friedman is a member of the 106th Rescue Wing Honor Guard.

 

 

December 30, 2016 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 22, 2016)

Whose Broad Stripes …

Nellis, Creech Airmen raise American Flag during Las Vegas Bowl

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum.

Airmen hold up a really big American flag before the Las Vegas Bowl college football game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada. The oversized flag weighed nearly 1,000 pounds, requiring the muscle of more than 150 airmen.

The line in the headline comes from the first verse of the U.S. national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

San Diego State University Aztecs beat the University of Houston Cougars, 34-10, in the December 17 game.

December 23, 2016 at 1:02 am 2 comments

FRIDAY FOTO (December 16, 2016)

Purple Smoke for Iron Sword.

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U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Corrina Baltos.

Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade work their way through purple signal smoke during Exercise Iron Sword in Pabrade, Lithuania last month. Iron Sword is an international training exercise featuring 11 NATO countries and about 4,000 troops.

The participating NATO countries included Estonia, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia and Germany.

Military observers from Belarus and Kazakhstan visited the two-week exercise, which ended December 2. NATO partners Sweden and Ukraine also sent military observers.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, and is capable of projecting forces to conduct a full range of military operations across the United States European, Central and Africa Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours, according to the U.S. Army.

December 16, 2016 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 9, 2016)

Kid, Meet the Boys of ’41.

75th Commemoration Event of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurie Dexter

Pearl Harbor survivors greet a child during the 75th commemoration of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 2016. This photo reminds us that these old timers were mostly boys of just 17, 18, 19 and 20-years-old when the Japanese aircraft came in low over the island of Oahu on that fateful Sunday morning in 1941. The Defense Department went all out with photos, videos and slideshows to commemorate the Day of Infamy. But to your 4GWAR editor, this Norman Rockwell-like photo best captured the meaning of the commemoration. These ancient warriors seem enchanted to meet someone from one of the future generations they were fighting for back in ’41.

The U.S. military co-hosted the event, which provided veterans, family members, service members and the community a chance to honor the sacrifices made by those who were present during the attacks.

A Pearl Harbor fact sheet notes the Japanese strike force consisted of 353 aircraft launched from four carriers. The attack killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians, and destroyed or damaged 19 U.S. Navy ships, including 8 battleships. The three aircraft carriers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were out to sea on maneuvers, however, and the Japanese were unable to locate them.

December 9, 2016 at 12:28 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 2, 2016)

Wet Workout.

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Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Jack A.E. Rigsby.

The U.S. Marine Corps has always prided itself on being an amphibious force, and this photo seems to prove that still holds true. It shows Marines and sailors crawling through a water obstacle during a squad competition last month (November 16, 2016) at the Marines’ east coast base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

December 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 26, 2016)

Moonstruck.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt

The brightest moon in almost 69 years sets behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in Coronado, California, November 14, 2016.

Did you see that unbelievably big moon? Where? Tell us in the comment box below.

November 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 4, 2016)

HALO Hello.

Southern Strike 17

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Trevor T. McBride.

It looks like one Naval Special Warfare member is saying to a comrade “Come on in, the water’s fine!” as he leaps from an Air Force MC-130 Combat Talon II during a high-altitude, low-opening jump over Gulfport, Mississippi.

The air borne insertion was part of Southern Strike 17,  a multi-service exercise emphasizing air-to-air, air-to-ground and special operations forces training.

The Mississippi Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center hosted the  two-week exercise which ended Friday. About 2,000 personnel from 51 units representing all of the armed services participated.

To see more photos, click here and here. Click here to see video of a night action against troops role-playing insurgents.

November 4, 2016 at 12:02 am Leave a comment

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