Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite military 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.
Lit-up Lancers, Night Hawks, and Alaskan Angels | Military Photos
An Alaska Air National Guard formation of HH-60 Pave Hawks in flight. The HH-60s' dedicated rescue capabilities make them important search and rescue assets not only to the armed forces but also to a state that often needs their services. DoD photo by MSgt Sean Mitchell. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric supervises Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Raegen during underwater videography training off the coast of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The underwater photo team of Expeditionary Combat Camera conducts semi-annual training to ensure support of Department of Defense activities worldwide. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shane Tuck A U.S. Air Force pararescueman with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) jumps from a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 over the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, July 18, 2012. Members of the 82nd ERQS, HMH-461 and the Spanish navy were practicing a simulated casualty event during a joint training exercise in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel St. Pierre, U.S. Air Force U.S. Marines with the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise off the coast of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, July 12, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Meares Lights in the aircraft parking area cast an eerie glow around a B-1 bomber standing at the ready during a summer rainstorm at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 24, 2012. Ellsworth is home to 28 B-1 bombers and two of the Air Force’s three B-1 combat squadrons. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada An MV-22 Osprey maneuvers on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during test operations. George H.W. Bush was in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian M. Brooks Colombian national army soldiers prepare for the opening ceremony for Fuerzas Comando June 6, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center, Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior leader seminar that is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean. DoD photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann, U.S. Army An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans The former combat stores ships USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) sinks in the Pacific Ocean after being used as a target vessel by the Royal Canadian Navy submarine HMCS Victoria (SSK 876) during a sink exercise July 17, 2012, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. DoD photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Croatian soldiers ride in an armored vehicle to a training site for an assault exercise during Immediate Response 2012 in Slunj, Croatia, June 6, 2012. Immediate Response is a U.S. Army Europe-led combined joint tactical field training exercise designed to build interoperability between NATO, Croatia and its regional partner nations. DoD photo by Spc. Lorenzo Ware, U.S. Army