“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 28, 2011
Syrian tanks participate in the Kuwaiti National Day celebrations that marked the 50th anniversary of the nation’s independence and the 20th anniversary of their ousting of Saddam Hussein’s forces from their country during the first Gulf War. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 lands on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) in the East China Sea. Essex was part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl A paratrooper with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is parallel to the ground following the opening shock of his parachute after jumping from a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter during training Dec. 2, 2010, at Fort Bragg, N.C. A parachute already on the ground is visible at upper right. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off from the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) Nov. 6, 2009. The aircraft were flown to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, transferred to Marine Medium Tiltrotor squadron 261, and used in support of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. This was the first time the aircraft were used in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Julio Rivera Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Barber guides the cable hoisting a 40-year-old fisherman from the processor fishing vessel Golden Alaska into a Kodiak-based HH-65 Dolphin helicopter at 12:17 p.m. Feb. 14, 2011. The Dolphin helicopter crew was forward deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau conducting a Bering Sea patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Wright Sailors assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepare an EA-6B Prowler for a mission at sunset aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group was deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon Aggressors fly over the Alaska Range during Red Flag-Alaska 10-2, April 20, 2010, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A provided participants 67,000 square miles of airspace, more than 30 threat simulators, one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing more than 400 different types of targets. The F-16s were assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz U.S. Army Spc. Erik Martin uses a footbridge to cross a river during a mission to Khwazi village, Afghanistan, on Dec. 14, 2010. Martin, a member of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, visited the village to survey a site for a future well project. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson, U.S. Air Force Sailors seek cover from sea spray behind the stealthy gun turret of a Mk. 45 5-inch/54-caliber gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103). Truxtun was conducting a composite training unit exercise as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to prepare for an upcoming combat deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Richard J. Stevens Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Link, Special Operations Task force-West command sergeant major, stands on machine gun casings and links at a Forward Operating Base in the village of Darrah-I-Bum, Badghis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 5, 2011. International Security Assistance Force Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill and a cadre of personnel listened to a security brief on a rooftop position overlooking the valley. The brief was part of a visit to Marines, sailors, and soldiers of Special Operations Task Force-West living and working in Darrah-I-Bum. U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Brian Kester