“Top 10 Shots” is a space to share favorite photos we’ve come across in putting together our various publications and the DMN website. No particular time frame or theme ties the selected images together: They might depict historic or current events, newsworthy happenings or the everyday service of men and women in the armed forces, or they may just be photos that struck us as great compositions.
Top 10 Shots: Military Photos March 10, 2011
Soldiers assigned to Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, watch their vehicle spacing during a recent convoy in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, Feb. 25. The soldiers were on the road the majority of the month to provide security for essential supplies throughout eastern Afghanistan. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, 210th MPAD An HC-130 Hercules aircraft sits on the runway at Air Station Sacramento Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. The Wescam Forward-Looking Infra Red (FLIR)/Electro-Optical (EO) turret mounted beneath the nose is part of the program to outfit the venerable “Herks” with the latest sensor, communication, and computer systems. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron releases flares during a training mission over North Carolina Dec. 17, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller United Arab Emirates Air Force Sgt. Maj. Abdul Alkalar, a crew chief assigned to the 3rd Shaheen Squadron, checks the exhaust of an F-16E Desert Falcon aircraft during Exercise Red Flag 11-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 1, 2011. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. DoD photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman, U.S. Air Force International Security Assistance Force special operations forces fire an 81mm mortar at an insurgent position from Forward Operating Base Kutschbach, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2010. The SOF fired mortars to drive back insurgents attacking an Afghan Security Forces checkpoint. ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford A ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing takes off Feb. 2, 2011, during an Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica. The 109th AW, which participates in the Antarctic missions from Christchurch, New Zealand, is the only organization that flies the ski-equipped LC-130s. U.S. Air Force photo Capt. Jason Cobb, of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., fires a volley of 30-millimeter rounds at a target on Oct. 14, 2010, on the Saylor Creek Range in Idaho during Hawgsmoke 2010. He earned two personal awards during the competition. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Walston Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Drew Iverson directs an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter to take off from the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during nighttime vertical replenishment flight operations training, Feb. 9, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Fidel C. Hart U.S. Marines fire their rifles during a battle sight zero exercise on the flight deck of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while en route to Pakistan Sept. 6, 2010. The Marines, assigned to India Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, were deployed aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of ongoing flood relief efforts in Pakistan. DoD photo by Sgt. Jesse J. Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps Marines conduct routine maintenance on helicopters assigned to the Evil Eyes of Marine Medium Squadron (HMM) 163 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) Feb. 24, 2011. Boxer and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) were underway on a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh