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 March 31, 2011
Flying F/A-18C Hornets above USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Capt. Craig Williams, foreground, and Capt. Richard Butler look up for a photo during their airborne change of command ceremony on March 1, 2007. Butler relieved Williams as the commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 during an aerial change of command ceremony in the skies above Ronald Reagan. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group was under way in support of operations in the western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Tam Pham An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit conducts rescue hoist training over the frozen Lake St. Clair, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Pictured from left are: Petty Officer 2nd Class Jim Downey, rescue swimmer; Petty Officer 3rd Class Aharon Williamson, flight mechanic; and Lt. j.g. Mike Flint, co-pilot. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Mark Dukti, Air Station Detroit Observation Post Coleman, a historical fort providing over watch for Combat Outpost Monti in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province in 2010, is believed to have been built in the 1800s by the British. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment A U.S. soldier with 10th Special Forces Group and Pronto, his military working dog, jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico March 1, 2011, as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011. Emerald Warrior is an annual two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to leverage lessons learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in order to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force Capt. Yuri Batten looks at a map while flying a C-130 Hercules filled with medical supplies March 19, 2011, over Yokota, Japan. Captain Batten is assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) monitor countermeasure wash down system sprinklers on the flight deck. Sailors scrubbed the external surfaces on the flight deck and island superstructure to remove potential radiation contamination coming from the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant. Ronald Reagan was operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. U.S. Navy photo by 2nd Class Josh Cassatt Sgt. Anthony Battles (left), Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), engages the enemy during a firefight in Northern Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2010. The Marines and sailors of B Company were conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. ISAF photo by SSgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe A Qatar Emiri Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet takes off as part of a Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn mission. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley A sailor guides a Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s AV-8B Harrier jump jet to the deck of USS Kearsarge for fuel and ammunition resupply while conducting air strikes in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, March 20, 2011. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III. Official Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle M. Bacon Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Bret Pembleton, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, greets his son after a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). HSC-12 is part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which was deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Crossley