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FRIDAY FOTO (October 16, 2020)

Uniform Excellence.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Christopher McMurry)

Marines with Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, stand at parade rest during a Battalion Commander’s inspection on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, on October 2, 2020. (Click on photo to enlarge)

The Battalion Commander’s Inspection is the final check and last chance to correct any discrepancies before the Marines graduate. Graduation ceremonies, usually a celebratory display for friends and family, have been closed to the public since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Notice that the non-commissioned officer checking these newly-minted Marines is not the usual staff sergeant or gunnery sergeant drill instructor. This Marine is a sergeant major, the highest enlisted rank in the Marines except for the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, who advises the Marines’ commanding general, the commandant. The sergeant major in this photo is the senior sergeant for the whole 4th training battalion.

Those four red service stripes on her lower sleeve mean she has served at least 16 years in the Corps — four years for every stripe.

Notice all of the Marines in this photo are female. Unlike the other services, the Marines have segregated male and female recruits at the platoon level during basic training. That is scheduled to change under orders from Congress over the next five years.

October 15, 2020 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 9, 2020)

Rugged Beauty.

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, stationed in San Diego, practices terrain flight tactical landings during Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.

HARP is hosted by the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific and is designed to enhance combat readiness with rough, robust, realistic war fighting training for joint operations in an austere environment. HSC-4 trains for a range of capabilities for vertical lift including search and rescue, logistics, anti-surface warfare, special operations forces support and combat search and rescue.

Click on the image to enlarge.

October 9, 2020 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO: October 2, 2020

Uniform Tour.

(All Defense Department photos by Lisa Ferdinando)

This week we thought we would return to a thing we haven’t done for a while: A look at honor guard uniforms in countries where the Secretary of Defense is visiting. We haven’t done it for Mark Esper, who, because of the coronavirus pandemic, hasn’t been traveling much outside the United States.

But recently he made the rounds of North Africa and the Mediterranean and here are some of the uniforms that Defense Department staff photographed.

The first one (above) is from the island nation of Malta. You can see the influence of the British Empire in the garb of these two very tall guards.

Next up is Morocco, a former French colony in North Africa, now ruled by a king.

The uniforms still showed European influence, if a little more formal with epaulets, in Rabat, Morocco where Esper met with General Abdelfattah Louarak at the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces Headquarters.

Then there was Tunisia.

(Defense Department photo)

Lots of different uniforms were on display in a welcome ceremony with Tunisian Defense Minister Ibraham Bartagi in Tunis.

(Defense Department photo)

Here’s another look at those caped, saber brandishing, red clad honor guards.

(Defense Department photo)

And then there are the U.S. Marines in their dress blues meeting with the Defense Secretary at the North African American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.

(Defense Department photo)

October 2, 2020 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 25, 2020)

Resistance Training.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Is this how they walk dogs in the Air Force?

Actually, No. This photo shows Air Force Staff Sergeant Jason Taylor, a military working dog handler with the 31st Security Force Squadron,  and his K-9 counterpart, Ben. If this is resistance training, it’s hard to determine who’s resisting who.

According to the Air Force caption that came with this photo, Taylor was using a dog toy during basic obedience training at Aviano Air Base in Italy on August 18, 2020.

September 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 11, 2020)

Let the Sparks Fly.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)

They may look like golden sequins, but those are sparks flying as a Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) uses a welding torch to simulate breaching a sealed access during a  boarding, search and seizure exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown.

An MEU, consists of about 2,200 Marines and Sailors under the command of a Marine Corps colonel. The MEU is built around a 1,200-Marine infantry battalion, armed with medium and heavy machine guns, mortars, combined anti-armor teams and scout snipers. It’s backed up by light armored reconnaissance vehicles, tanks, artillery, combat engineers and amphibious assault vehicles. MEUs also have a mixed aviation element of helicopters and fighter jets that can land vertically on an amphibious assault ship’s flight deck.

The Germantown is part of the America Amphibious Ready Group assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, along with the 31st MEU. They all serve in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Indo-Pacific region.

September 12, 2020 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (August 28, 2020)

You say ‘How High?’

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Alison Dostie)


Marine Corps Sergeant Roxanne Gorostieta motivates a fellow Marine during a physical training session at Del Mar Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on August 5, 2020.

Gorostieta, the administrative chief with the Command Element of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, uses her knowledge and experience in fitness and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program to train and educate her Marines.

August 28, 2020 at 12:13 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (August 21, 2020)

Quiet Crossing.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Sara Eshleman)

The Royal Danish Navy Thetis-class frigate HDMS Triton leads the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner across Godthab’s Fjord in the Labrador Sea on August 13, 2020.

The Hudner participated in Canadian Operation Nanook alongside U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian, French, and Danish Allies to enhance their Arctic capabilities.

Operation NANOOK. which runs through August 24, is the Canadian Armed Forces’ signature northern operation. It comprises a series of comprehensive, joint, interagency, and multinational activities designed to exercise the defense of Canada and security in the region.

NANOOK-TUUGAALIK is the maritime component of the NANOOK series of deployments and training events and designed as a maritime presence operation and domain awareness of the seas in the Eastern Arctic. Operation NANOOK has taken place each year since 2007, but because of COVID-19, there will be no land ops or visits to local communities.

The United States is one of eight Arctic nations and the National Defense Strategy calls upon the military to increase its presence in the Arctic over the long term and to conduct joint operations with Arctic allies to strengthen situational awareness and information sharing.

In addition to the Hudner and Triton, this year’s maritime component for Operation NANOOK included the Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Glace Bay, HMCS Ville de Quebec, and MV Asterix; the “Misfits” of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46.2; the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Tahoma, French Navy coastal patrol vessel FS Fulmar. While France is not an Arctic nation, it is a member of NAT, as are the United States, Canada and Denmark (thanks to its control of Greenland). However, France still has territory in the High North, the fishing islands of  Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are the last piece of French territory in North America.

August 20, 2020 at 11:56 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (August 14, 2020)

Time to top off the tank.

Exercise "Enduring Lightning II" strikes again

 (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Patrick OReilly)

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II strike fighters approach a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender, an aerial refueling tanker, on August 2, 2020 during exercise Enduring Lightning II over southern Israel.

This is the view from the tanker: U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II and Israeli Air Force F-35I Lightning II aircraft, which means “Mighty One” in Hebrew.

Australia, Italy, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom are  among the other militaries that fly the F-35, orginally known as the Joint Strike Fighter.

August 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (July 31, 2020)

Tanks for the Memory.

The Last Ride

 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Patrick King)

With their turrets reversed, it’s hard to tell if this line of Marine Corps Abrams main battle tanks are coming or going. But make no mistake, these behemoths are definitely going — away, forever.

The official caption of this photo reads:

U.S. Marines with 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division, track through tank trails on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 27, 2020. For nearly 80 years, 2d Tank Battalion left the tank lot and would return after combat or training operations. This time, the tanks will not return. After serving 2d MARDIV for more than three quarters of a century, 2nd Tank Battalion will deactivate in accordance with the future redesign of the Marine Corps.

It isn’t just the 2nd MARDIV’s tanks that are going away. The Marine Corps is unloading all of its M1A1 Abrams tanks, M-88 Recovery Vehicles and Armored Vehicle Launched Bridges as part of the United States Marine Corps Force Design 2030 guidance published in March by General David  Berger, the Marine Corps commandant.

The 15-page document outlines a plan to modernize the Marine Corps in accordance with the National Defense Strategy, which pivots away from two decades of counter insurgency and special operations combat with terrorist groups around the world to Great Power competition with Russia and China. The Force re-design calls for a shift from big guns, tanks and infantry units to  rocket artillery batteries, light armored reconnaissance companies and unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons.

The Marine Corps will eventually divest of all three of its active tank battalions as it moves from a “second land army” back to its maritime roots of defending ships at sea, island-hopping and battling for contested coastlines, in preparation for potential conflict with near-peer adversaries such as China, according to Stars and Stripes in a July 30 article under the headline: A  farewell to armor.

July 31, 2020 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (July 24, 2020)

Lighting, Three Ways.

Lightning Forge 20 Night Air Assault

 (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Sarah D. Sangster)

The lighting in this photo is almost surreal. Hawaiian sunset, stars above and the lights from an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

It shows soldiers assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team preparing for air assault operations training in total darkness to accomplish their mission during exercise Lightning Forge 2020 at Oahu, Hawaii July 17, 2020.

Lightning Forge is an annual brigade-level training exercise that prepares units for a deployment certification exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

July 24, 2020 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

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