Periodically 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 June 23, 2011
An F-16C from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies over a mountain range in Alaska during an exercise evolution that is a part of Northern Edge 2011. The U.S. Pacific Command directed exercise was taking place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and brought together nearly 6,000 participants from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. DoD photo by Lt. j.g. Joe Painter Petty Officer 1st Class Travis McGregor (right) raises his hand to take the oath to re-enlist during a training flight near Cape Cod, Mass. U.S. Coast Guard photo Security personnel from Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul depart for the Zabul Provincial Hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated, injuring two civilian children, June 9. Both children were medically evacuated by helicopter for further medical care. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson Waves crash over the bow of the Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) as she plows through heavy seas while under way in the Mediterranean Sea in 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Philip V. Morrill U.S. Air Force Maj. Aaron Jelinek, bottom, and Maj. J.R. Williams, both pilots with the Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, perform their signature maneuver, the Reflection Pass, during the Puerto Rico Air Show in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, April 3, 2011. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., U.S. Air Force U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Rudder, Fla., undergo small boat movement training. U.S. Army photo by John D. Helms Staff Sgt. Joshua Montgomery inspects the intake of a U-2 Dragon Lady from the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at an air base in Southwest Asia, Nov. 23, 2010. The U-2 is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft that reaches altitudes above 70,000 feet. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 is readied for launch aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced) transport role-playing evacuees during a noncombatant evacuation exercise at Camp Pendleton May 4, 2011. The role players – Marines serving with Combat Logistics Battalion 11 – participated in the exercise in preparation for the battalion's upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Carpenter, USMC Coast Guardsmen conduct a fast rope exercise on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting training operations as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Deven B. King