Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite military photos we’ve come across in putting together our various defense 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.
Military Photos | Dusk Launches, Boarding Parties, Stryker Fires, and Illumination Rounds
Lt. David Gardner, from New England, N.D., gives an aircraft the signal to launch during night flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Feb. 23, 2009. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 were on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman U.S. soldiers and airmen, as well as soldiers from five NATO nations, parachute from a C-130J Hercules aircraft over the Alzey drop zone in southwestern Germany June 15, 2010. U.S. soldiers, airmen and Marines, as well as soldiers from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Britain, Norway and the Netherlands, participated in airborne operations during International Jump Week 2010. The U.S. Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group organized the event to build confidence and relations among the NATO allies. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is illuminated by lightning in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, during Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11), a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric C. Tretter Spc. Mustafa H. Valadanzouj, an M249 machine-gunner with 3rd Platoon, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with other 3rd Platoon soldiers survey an area near Gerdab, Afghanistan, April 14, 2011. DoD photo by Pfc. Nathan Goodall A combat observation lasing team calls in illumination rounds from nearby mortars during training at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 27, 2011. The soldiers were assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. The forward observers were working between two armed security vehicles. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle anchors nearby the Statue of Liberty, Aug. 4, 2011. The Eagle was in New York for the Coast Guard’s 221st birthday. It was the cutter’s last port call for the summer training cruise, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the 295-foot barque. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden British Color Sgt. Christopher Wright (Far Right) gets ready to jump onto St. Mere Eglise drop zone from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Fort Bragg on July 12, 2011. Wright was one of 40 paratroopers from the U.K. training with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) prior to a deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres A Navy boat launched from USS New Orleans carries maritime raid force members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to a vessel the force’s assault element later boarded during counter-piracy and counter-terrorism training miles from Southern California's San Clemente Island, Aug. 14, 2011. The unit began its first sea-based exercise since becoming a complete Marine Air/Ground Task Force in May. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Justin R. Stein Armor soldiers assigned to 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, fire their M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System's (MGS) 105 mm main gun on the range March 28, 2011, at Yakima Training Center, Wash. Each MGS crew in the Arrowhead Brigade completed the 1500 meter course firing at targets of various distances. U.S. Army photo The Chilean navy frigate Capitan Prat participates in a live-fire exercise with ships from the navies of Chile, Colombia, Peru and the United States during the Pacific phase of UNITAS 52. UNITAS was a multi-national exercise as part of Southern Seas 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stuart Phillips