Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite military photos we’ve come across in putting together our various defense publications and the DMN website. These photos won’t necessarily be the newest or the most newsworthy, in any kind of chronological order, or even an equal representation of each service. They are photos that sometimes depict important events, sometimes illustrate the everyday service of men and women in the armed forces, and sometimes just struck us as being great compositions or arresting images.
Military Photos | Cat Shots, Dog Attacks, Beach Assaults, and Blue Angels
An AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter gunship from the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, prepares for a night mission in 2008. The 1-1 ARB Gunfighter air and ground crews worked around the clock sustaining air operations and were part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kan., flying in support of Task Force Iron, 1st Armored Division, in northern Iraq. DoD photo by Maj. Enrique T. Vasquez, U.S. Army F-35C CF-3, with Navy Lt. Chris Tabert at the controls, is fired into the air during the first catapult shot for the carrier-capable JSF variant. The launch took place on July 27, 2011 at Lakehurst, N.J. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Lt. Ryan Ramsden, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, runs in a protective suit while training with the Police Dog Operations Unit of the Australian Northern Territory during Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos U.S. Marine pilots Capt. John Hecker, left, and Capt. Ben Blanton perform a bank over Glacier National Park while flying Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels were performing at the Flight Over the Falls air show in Great Falls, Mont., as part of the 2011 show season and in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Joe Alley A soldier with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. focuses downrange during weapons qualification at Fort Riley, Kan., July 26, 2011. DoD photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, U.S. Army The Philippine navy's newest multi-mission surface combatant ship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF 15), arrives at Pearl Harbor during a scheduled port visit. Gregorio del Pilar, the former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, is on its maiden voyage to the Republic of the Philippines to join the Philippine Navy fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dustin W. Sisco Divers dive onto a 22-ton engine block off the coast of Barbados June 16, 2011. Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 was participating in Navy Diver-Southern Partnership Station, a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frances Rivera, right, the commander and command sergeant major of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), case the colors of WRAMC in a closing ceremony at the 102-year-old facility in Washington, D.C., July 27, 2011. U.S. Army photo by J.D. Leipold An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands on Freshwater Beach as part of an amphibious assault rehearsal during Talisman Sabre 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jerome Reed Deployable Operations Group assessment and selection candidates perform push-ups in full gear with a gas mask during the rigorous, two-and-a-half-day assessment at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne, Mass., April 20, 2009. The assessment was developed to identify Coast Guardsmen who have the physical and mental capabilities to serve in specialized law enforcement billets throughout the Coast Guard’s deployable, specialized force units. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen