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.
A Herd of Hercs, a Knot of Phrogs, and a Warthog’s Welcome Home l Military Photos
Two Chinooks and four Black Hawks, along with two Apache gunships to provide air support, all from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, support soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team for an air assault on an objective as part of their Full Spectrum Training Environment being held at Hohenfels Germany. U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs photo by Richard Bumgardner. U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Newcomb, left, and Pfc. Brandon Hobgood scan their sectors from a rooftop vantage point in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2011. Newcomb and Hobgood, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's Company D, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, were part of a humanitarian assistance mission led by Afghan National Army elements distributing school supplies, radios and blankets to children and villagers. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. John Zumer A military freefall parachutist course student conducts a high-altitude, low-opening airborne operation at the Military Freefall School at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. A parachutist course instructor stays close by to ensure the student's safety throughout the free fall and critique his performance back on the ground. Courtesy photo via USASOC Two Marine Corps F-35Bs are chocked and chained aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) during ship suitability testing in October 2011. Lockheed Martin photo Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Savage, an aviation maintenance technician, holds the hoist cable aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during a training mission in Clearwater, Fla., Nov. 2, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse U.S. Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Maritime Raid Force prepare for an exercise aboard the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean Oct. 9, 2011. New Orleans and the 11th MEU were conducting predeployment training with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique Pineiro The Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team practices for the 2011 Randolph Air Force Base Air Show in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 27, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Joel Martinez A KC-135 Stratotanker connects with a Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon during aerial refueling Aug. 18, 2011, over Afghanistan. The pilot was on a mission providing close-air support to coalition forces in Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen A C-130J "Super" Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, flies in a 10 ship formation over southern Germany, Oct. 5, during Europe's first full-spectrum training environment rotation. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen J. Otero U.S. Air Force Maj. Craig Morash, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, is welcomed home by his daughter, Adeline, after returning from a deployment Oct. 11, 2011, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Morash was part of a six-month deployment to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, where he supported Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter