Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite photos we’ve come across in putting together our various 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 | Missile Launches, MARSOC Freefalls, and Maximum Rate Turns
Spc. Adam Supino, M249 squad automatic weapon gunner attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, takes a break while on a security halt during a multi-day operation Aug. 21 in Alingar District, Laghman Province. The PRT, combined with assets from the 45th Infantry Brigade, conducted a cordon and search in a village thought to be home to IED makers and Taliban fighters. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane Airmen from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, perform low-level maneuvers July 27, 2011, during an Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 event over Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch The setting sun silhouettes the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) under way off the coast of Southern California with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sept. 5, 2011. The MEU boarded the Makin Island in San Diego to begin its second seagoing exercise since becoming a complete Marine air-ground task force in May 2011. DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Aaron Jelinek demonstrates the turning performance of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 14, 2011, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., during the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show. Jelinek is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird’s lead solo pilot. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Larry Reid Jr. Dwight Meyer, right, a former U.S. Marine who served during the Korean War, congratulates his grandson, Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, after he was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 16, 2011. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, USAF Left to right, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and the guided missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) launch a coordinated volley of missiles during a Vandal Exercise (VANDALEX) in 2003. The exercise was designed to intercept hostile missiles with the ship’s missiles. Remote-controlled drones were used to simulate the hostile missiles. U.S. Navy photo A U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircrew member deployed to Helmand province scans the terrain below during an Aug. 4 mission to support Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, during his Regional Command-Southwest battlefield circulation. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., were tasked with search-and-rescue and range-clearing missions for the shuttle program from 1981. Courtesy photo A jumpmaster with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, conducts a freefall jump during a double-bag static-line parachute course in Wendover, Utah, April 9 - 21. The course was taught by personnel from the 2nd MSOB paraloft and the Airborne Mobile Training Team (AMTT), and was designed to give Marines a basic understanding of HAHO operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNally Aircraft maintenance personnel marshal out the last C-17 Globemaster III prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Aug. 26, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik