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.
Top 10 Shots: Military Photos July 21, 2011
A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft conducts a mission over Afghanistan May 28, 2008, after receiving fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft. The KC-135R was assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway A sailor observing from the forecastle aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is dwarfed by the ship's anchor as Enterprise returns to Mayport for a port visit. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group was returning to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Gary Granger Jr. Chief Warrant Officer Five Tom Travis exits from a UH-60 Black Hawk over St. Mere Eglise drop zone at Fort Bragg, N.C. on July 13, 2011. Travis was jumping with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Operations Command (Airborne) who were hosting the U.K.’s 4th Parachute Regiment in a joint training mission. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor approaches to be refueled by a KC-10A Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron Dec. 6, 2009, over Southwest Asia. The F-22 fighters and crews were deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility for the first time as part of a multinational exercise where air crews from France, Jordan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States trained together in fighting a large-scale air war. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller Sailors watch from the fantail as aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 land aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during night flight operations. Lincoln and embarked CVW-2 were on a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen thanks a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) airman after a tour of a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter at the PLAAF 19th Air Division in Shandong, China on July 12, 2011. Mullen was on a three-day trip to the country meeting with counterparts and Chinese leaders. DoD photo by MC1 Chad J. McNeeley Lt. Lief Walroth greets his son during a homecoming celebration for the Dragonslayers of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11 during a port visit by the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 were returning to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr. An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Bounty Hunters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2 breaks to enter the landing pattern over the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Russell crosses the Tarnek River in Qalat City, Afghanistan, July 9, 2011. Russell is a member of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul's security force. DoD photo by SRA Grovert Fuentes-Contreras The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) approaches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), not pictured, during a refueling at sea. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 were under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans