Posts tagged ‘Lithuanian Army’

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.


(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.



(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.



(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.



(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 16, 2016)

Purple Smoke for Iron Sword.


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 (March 25, 2016)

Foot Cavalry.

2 CR conducts FTX/community engagement event

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Michael Behlin

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.

March 26, 2016 at 12:32 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (May 29, 2014)

Dog Day Afternoon.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer

U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer

Lithuanian soldiers provide a security escort for U.S. Army Sgt. Kara Yost, right, and Kajo, her military working dog, during urban assault training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

Yost, a military police dog handler, and Kajo are assigned to the 131st Military Working Dog Detachment, 615th Military Police Company.

To see more photos of the training exercise, click here.

May 30, 2014 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (July 6, 2012)

U.S. Marines, Polish Amphib, Lithuanian Beach

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Nate Hauser

Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force 12, disembark a Polish amphibious tractor during Exercise BALTOPS 2012 at Klaipeda, Lithuania. The Marines and sailors of BSRF-12 joined Lithuanian infantry in the first amphibious landing on Lithuanian soil in 40 years.

We’ll bet most people don’t know there are U.S. Marines posted to the Black Sea area. BSRF-12 is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force training with 19 countries in the Black Sea and Caucasus regions to promote regional stability while providing a limited crisis response capability in the area.

BALTOPS 2012 is an international military exercise that seeks to increase interoperability of equipment and cooperation of troops among NATO members and other militaries in the Baltic region. Land and naval forces from Estonia, Latvia, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany were among the  participants in the exercise, which ran from June 1-16.

For more photos of the Marines’ amphibious operations at BALTOPS 2012, click here.

Marines from BSRF-12 are currently in Romania conducting joint training with Romanian troops.

July 6, 2012 at 11:22 am Leave a comment


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