Every week we’ll be sharing favorite 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.
Top 10 Shots: Military Photos April 7, 2011
U.S. Army Pfc. Ben Bradley (left), a Bulldog Troop, Red Platoon scout (7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment), ducks away from small arms fire as fellow scout Sgt. Jeff Sheppard loads his M203 to launch a grenade at the enemy’s position during a combat engagement in northern Bala Murghab Valley, Baghdis province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. Bradley, Sheppard, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Lee and his military working dog, Valdo, were all wounded by a rocket propelled grenade blast in the engagement. All suffered minor wounds and Valdo was critical, but survived the attack. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Mario Billote guides a C-2A Greyhound assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) March 3, 2011, during 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 Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3 and Marines from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps perform a right echelon maneuver in riverine assault boats during a three-week cross-training exercise at Camp Lejeune to exchange tactics and refine skills. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul D. Williams An F-15 Eagle takes off from Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., while participating in a training mission Oct. 21, 2010. The Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing provides air sovereignty alert support, protecting the northeastern United States. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark Fortin International Security Assistance Forces assigned to Forward Operating Base Sweeney, Zabul province, Afghanistan, provide security while supplies are loaded after an air drop from a C-130 Hercules, Feb. 7. Winds during the drop gusted up to 20 mph. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson Australia's Collins-class submarine HMAS Rankin (SSK 78) cruises out to sea at periscope depth, during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A. Levy An Afghan Air Force Mi-17 "Hip" transport helicopter descends for a landing during a combat resupply mission in Barge Matal in the northern Kunar Valley March 10, 2011. The AAF worked in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and coalition forces to complete the mission, using 10 aircraft to deliver more than 9,000 kilograms of weapons, ammunition, and food to Afghan National Police (ANP) stationed in the remote post that is seen as vital by Afghan officials due to its proximity to Pakistan and history of insurgent activity. Following the supply drop-off, forces loaded more than 80 ANP bound for their respective homes following a three- to six-month deployment to the region. ISAF photo A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft performs maneuvers as part of an air demonstration for Brazilian guests aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) March 3, 2010, in the Atlantic Ocean. Carl Vinson was under way participating in Southern Seas 2010, a major component of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Partnership of the Americas maritime engagement strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ashley Van Dien Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, maintains overwatch during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment’s 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division ride in a C-130 Hercules during an air transport mission in support of Operation New Dawn in March 2011. A C-130 crew from the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron transported the soldiers out of Iraq on the first leg of their return trip home after completing their deployment. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz