“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 February 21, 2011
Soldiers from A Company, 101st Division Special Troop Battalion conduct an air assault into a village inside Jowlzak valley, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan National Police searched the village while soldiers provided security and conducted key leader engagements. DoD photo by Spc. Scott Davis Sailors assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 do final pre-flight checks on an EA-6B Prowler aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Enterprise, the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear carrier, is on her final combat deployment, and the venerable Prowler is being replaced with the Super Hornet-based EA-18G Growler. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King Maj. Loren Coulter exits an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Jan. 11, 2011. The 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is part of the 23rd Fighter Wing, a legacy of the 23rd Fighter Group, which was formed around a nucleus of experienced American Volunteer Group (AVG) pilots. The AVG was more popularly known as the Flying Tigers, who made the shark mouth emblem famous. DoD photo by Senior Airman Willard E. Grande II, U.S. Air Force U.S. Army Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, looks down on a spot in Tupac, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2011, where his unit had been attacked by an improvised explosive device two days earlier. TF Ironman is a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense ship JS Hatakaze (DDG 171) participates in exercise Keen Sword 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Information Systems Technician 1st Class Benjamin Wooldridge U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Miguel Trevino, with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares to search and clear a compound during Operation Outlaw Wrath in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, on Dec. 1, 2010. Outlaw Wrath was a battalion operation to clear routes of improvised explosive devices and enemy combatants. The battalion was one of the combat elements of Regimental Combat Team 2, whose mission was to conduct counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force. DoD photo by Cpl. David Hernandez, U.S. Marine Corps Four U.S. Navy F/A-18E and F Super Hornet aircraft, affectionately known as Rhinos, fly over mountains in Afghanistan on Nov. 25, 2010. The asymmetrical carriage of external fuel tanks, with one on the starboard wing and one on the centerline, but an empty port inboard pylon, is due to the need to keep the field of view open for the targeting pod mounted on the port inlet cheek. Note also that each aircraft is carrying one laser-guided bomb and one JDAM, and that the pylons are canted slightly to the outside of the aircraft, an expedient solution to ensuring safe weapons separation from the aircraft. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin, U.S. Air Force U.S. Navy sailors assigned to a visit, board, search and seizure team and Coast Guardsmen assigned to a Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group (DOG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) embarked aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) conduct a counter piracy operations briefing while under way in the Arabian Sea on Jan. 1, 2011. The Lake Champlain is deployed with Commander, Task Force 151 supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael O'Day, U.S. Navy. CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, provide air support for ground forces during a mock amphibious assault, Feb. 10, 2011, in support of exercise Cobra Gold 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Caleb Eames U.S. Air Force Maj. James Rowe, an Air Force CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft pilot, and co-pilot Capt. Timothy Skypeck, both from the 8th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) "Black Birds," come in for a landing Jan. 26, 2011, during a local training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Osprey's primary mission in the 8th SOS is insertion, extraction, and re-supply of unconventional warfare forces and equipment into hostile or enemy-controlled territory using airland or airdrop procedures. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock