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.
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Cpl. William Cox, an armorer at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest and a native of Amory, Miss., provides security as an MV-22 Osprey lands in Zaranj, Nimroz province, Dec. 30, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice around the Russian-flagged tanker Renda 250 miles south of Nome Jan. 6, 2012. After inclement weather prevented a fuel barge from reaching the city, the only hope was supply by tanker with icebreaking support. The Healy is the Coast Guard's only currently operating polar icebreaker, and without it, Nome might have run out of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis U.S. Marine Lance Cpls. Matthew Scofield (left), 19, from Syracuse, N.Y., and Jarrett Hatley, 21, from Millingport, N.C., a squad automatic weapon gunner and an improvised explosive device detection dog handler with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, rest next to Hatley’s dog Blue after clearing compounds with Afghan National Army soldiers during Operation Tageer Shamal (Shifting Winds) in Kartaka, Helmand province, Afghanistan Jan. 4. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Combat Shadow II aircraft from the 522nd Special Operations Squadron flies over a snow-covered landscape in New Mexico Jan. 4, 2012. The MC-130J provides in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration and aerial delivery resupply of special operations forces. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Bell A U.S. soldier with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, provides security outside Mullayan, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck Waves break over the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) as the ship receives fuel from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a refueling at sea in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 24, 2011. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 were under way on a western Pacific deployment. DoD photo by Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates, U.S. Navy An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter fires its .50-caliber machine gun during a strafing run on an enemy compound during a live-fire exercise Jan. 14, 2012, at Fort Polk, La. The helicopter was providing close air support for a platoon of paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod U.S. Army Spc. Daniel Hatfield, from 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force No Fear, climbs a steep hill while conducting a patrol from Outpost Mace to Outpost Fawlad, during Operation Toufan Fawlad, in the Naray district, Kunar province, Nov. 17, 2011. The soldiers were building watch positions to enable the ANSF to re-establish OP Fawlad. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tia Sokimson An MH-60S Knight Hawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 passes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) while delivering supplies to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during a vertical replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans An A-10 Thunderbolt II with the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., fires an AGM-65 Maverick missile during a close air support training mission Sept. 23, 2011, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. U.S. Air Force Weapons School students participate in many combat training missions over the range during the six-month, graduate-level instructor course held at Nellis AFB. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman