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.
Firefights, Final Flights, Harriers and Hawks | Military Photos
Four New Jersey Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters from the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion land at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J., May 29, 2012. The helicopters transported civilian employers of New Jersey National Guardsman for a "Boss Lift," an event run by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The civilian employers got to spend the day touring facilities and meeting soldiers and airmen. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jathan Lane directs the movement of aircraft during foul weather on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans Dust lights up the rotors of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as paratroopers with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment load for an air assault mission near Combat Outpost Ab Band May 23, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The unit is part of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to the area in March to help bring security to the areas along the country’s main road between Kabul and Kandahar. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod Cmdr. Daniel Sullivan, the outgoing commanding officer of the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, sits on the flight deck in an F/A-18F Super Hornet Aug. 16, 2012, in preparation for an aerial change of command above the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team fire at insurgent forces during a firefight June 15, 2012, on the outskirts of Spedar, a remote village in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province. This was the first of several firefights the paratroopers and their Afghan National Army counterparts had that day. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod, Task Force 1/82 PAO Capt. Brandon Lavalley, a pilot assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, breaks right on a final approach over northern Las Vegas during day three of Red Flag 12-2, Jan. 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Coalition partners from South Korea and Saudi Arabia participated in the joint training exercise that's been around since 1975. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Bloker Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C, gets hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the air station Aug. 3, 2012. The crews conducted hoist training with cadets from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as part of their week-long summer visit to the air station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna, assigned to Joint Multinational Training Command, performs push-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test at U.S. Army Europe's Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 30, 2012. Competitors who were named the best in their units came to compete in the Best Warrior Competition; the winning pair goes on to compete for honors at the Department of the Army level. U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger The hot twin plumes of jet exhaust from the rearmost two nozzles of an AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 311, part of the Air Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are seen through a night vision device as it lands on the USS Essex (LHD 2), March 6, 2012. The pilots of VMA 311 were conducting night carrier landing qualifications in preparation for the 31st MEU's Certification Exercise. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garry J. Welch An MV-22 Osprey of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, July 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zane Ecklund