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.
Elephant Walks, Well-deck Ops, and Twin-rotor Blizzards l Military Photos
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter raises a blizzard of blowing snow as it lands at a remote landing zone in Shah Joy district, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2012. Helicopters provide an efficient and reliable means of transporting personnel and cargo to rural areas of Afghanistan. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen A member of the Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services Decontamination Team is washed down in a decontamination tent as a part of a hazardous material training scenario at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor during Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2012. The weeklong series of anti-terrorism and force protection exercises involved Navy installations and activities. U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarines) 3rd Class Kenan O'Connor Pfc. Samuel Corsolini, a gunner assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, pulls security with other Pathfinders March 16, 2012, as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter takes off after unloading his team and members of the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons And Tactics Team during a vehicle interdiction as part of Operation Pranoo Verbena, in order to disrupt Taliban operations in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. DoD photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons of the 8th Fighter Wing (FW), Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) of the 388th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the 55th EFS from the 20th FW at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; and from the 38th Fighter Group of the ROK Air Force, demonstrate an "Elephant Walk" as they taxi down a runway during an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 2, 2012. DoD photo by Senior Airman Brittany Auld Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, lean against a mud wall during a break from combat operations in Kandahar province's southern Spin Boldak district. From Fort Hood, Texas, the soldiers have been in Afghanistan since July in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. DoD photo by Spc. Crystal Davis, Joint Combat Camera Afghanistan Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) recover at the stern gate of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) after a night exercise in combat rubber raiding craft. Tortuga, part of The Essex Amphibious Readiness Group, was under way on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Crosby An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk performs a hoist over U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island on March 14, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter with Company F, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade's Pathfinders, looks through the scope of a Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifle while Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader with Company F, 282 CAB, waits for the UH-60 Black Hawk to turn around so they can commence an aerial firing platform exercise, Jan. 26, 2012. Courtesy photo via DoD U.S. sailors secure a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) MH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to JMSDF Helicopter Mine Squadron 111 on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) during Annual Exercise (Annualex) 2011 in the Philippine Sea Oct. 31, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Colby Drake U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and native of Arlington, Texas, sights in with his infantry automatic rifle while providing security with Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog, during a patrol Feb. 16, 2012. Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder. DoD photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division