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FRIDAY FOTO (February 16, 2018)

Carrier Deck Dance.

FRIFO 2-16-2018 Carrier deck dance

(U. S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaysee Lohmann)

Sailors signal an F/A-18E Super Hornet to launch from the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean on February 7, 2018.

For the curious or uninitiated, each crewman has a different task on a carrier flight deck, depending on the color of their jacket. Click here to see what the different color jackets  mean. As for the precision dance team pose, there are all sorts of signals between deck crewmen and pilots on the incredibly noisy carrier deck. Click here to see an amazing video.


February 16, 2018 at 12:36 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (January 26, 2018)

And Awaaaaay.

Free Fall

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Private First Class William Chockey)

A Marine jumps from an MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. The January 18, 2018 jump by the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion came during Integrated Training Exercise 2-18.

January 26, 2018 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 29-30, 2017)

Christmas Watch.


(U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Erika Kugler)

A lone sailor walks across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), after being relieved from watch duty. The ship is in port in Bremerton, Washington —  where this photo was taken on December 25, 2017 — where the Stennis was preparing for its next deployment.

December 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 8, 2017)

Water Wall.

Nimitz Conducts Flight Demonstration

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Madrigal)

No, those aren’t giant polar bears, woodchucks or Yetis advancing on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean.

You can’t see them, but planes from from Carrier Air Wing 11 just dropped live ordnance (bombs) on the ocean surface, creating an exploding “water wall” in a flight demonstration. The aqua-technics were part of Tiger Cruise 2017 on December 1.

The photo below gives a closer view of the titanic splashes of water. To us they look like frolicking fuzzy critters. (the fifth from the right definitely reminds us of a giant porcupine.) What do they look like to you?

USS Nimitz Conducts Flight Demonstration

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kennishah J. Maddux)

December 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 24, 2017)

Thanksgiving at Sea.

FRI FO 11-24-2017

(U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Kevin Leitner)

They used to say it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken, or in this case, enough macaroni and cheese to feed a navy (or at least one ship)

Here we have Navy Culinary Specialists 3rd Class Malik Staten, left, and Kyheim Porter making macaroni and cheese in the galley of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima during Thanksgiving day meal preparations Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean.
Lest you think the food on Thanksgiving aboard ship isn’t different than any other day, please click here, here, here and here for more photos.
We thought we’d add the photo below in keeping with the season.
FRI FO 11-24-2017 Thanksgiving 2.JPG

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Terry Haynes III)

A Marine greets his family at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, (November 21), after returning from a seven-month deployment. The Marine is assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, which supported combat operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

November 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

SHAKO: Happy Birthday Leathernecks

242 Years Young.

SHAKO USMC Birthday 11-11-2017

(U.S. Marine Corps photo Staff Sergeant Mark E. Morrow Jr.)

Friday, November 10, was the 242nd anniversary of the creation of the United States Marine Corps. The organization has been defending the Republic since before there was a Republic —  by about nine months.

The Continental Congress resolved on November 10, 1775 to create two battalions of Marines. Captain (later Major) Samuel Nichols — considered the Corps’ first commandant — advertised in and around Philadelphia for “a few good men” and signed them up at Tun Tavern in Philly.

As we have noted in the past, 4GWAR has a warm spot in its heart for the USMC because this blog was born on Nov. 12, 2009 — just two days after the Corps’ birthday.

In the above photo, Marines with color guards from various units stand ready for the Joint Daytime Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on November 8, 2017. The event honored the 242nd Marine Corps birthday and included the traditional birthday cake-cutting.

In 1952, the 20th Marine Corps commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the ceremony, stating the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest Marine present, who passes it to the youngest Marine.

USMC uniforms

Marine Corp uniforms since 1775 (the green number with wig, 5th from the right). Photo courtesy of United States Marine Corps Historical Company.


SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.



November 11, 2017 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 13, 2017)

Ready to Rock.


(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Spencer Roberts)

Amid clouds arising from the steam-powered catapult and waiting flight deck crew, an F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to take off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific Ocean on October 10, 2017. Named for the 26th president, who was also an assistant secretary of the Navy, the aircraft carrier is on a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet (Middle East) and 7th Fleet (Asia Pacific) areas of operation.

Oh, and by the way, Happy 242nd Birthday U.S. Navy! 4GWAR will have a photo essay on the Navy, Sunday (October 15).

October 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

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