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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.

An F/A-18 Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) flies over Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54). Antietam is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn, 16 OCT 2014. Tagline quote Roberto Bolaño2666)

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Tandem with the boss.

U.S. Air Force Col. Kelly Passmore, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, jumps tandem with a U.S. pararescueman assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 9 JAN 2014.)

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Pulling G’s and clouds.

Maj. Blaine Jones, Thunderbird 5 of the US Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team, performs a Max Turn maneuver during a practice show at Daytona Beach, Florida.

(U.S. Air Force photo Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, 10 OCT 2014.)

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Operation United Assistance to support MSF/Doctors Without Borders and CDC.

[1] From left, Dr. Joel Montgomery, a team leader with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adjusts a colleague’s personal protective equipment before entering the Ebola virus treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia, during United Assistance, a response to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. The outbreak also affected Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The treatment unit was staffed and operated by members of Doctors Without Borders. United Assistance is a U.S. Army Africa-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (DoD photo by Athalia Christie, CDC, 17 SEP 2014.)

[2] U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Aaron Kulp, standing, the officer in charge of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, speaks to a group of Seabees before a flight at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Fifteen Sailors with NMCB-133 were to travel to Monrovia, Liberia, to conduct site surveys, construct a $22 million hospital and stockpile it with supplies to support training health care workers in support of United Assistance. United Assistance is a U.S. Army Africa-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka, 19 SEP 2014.)

[3,4] A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft sits in Liberia. The aircraft delivered the first shipment of U.S. military equipment and personnel for United Assistance, a U.S. Army Africa-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government’s efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. The cargo included a heavy-duty forklift, a drill set, a generator, engineers and airfield specialists. (DOD photo by U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, 24 SEP 2014.)

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Night terrors.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets. The strikes were conducted as part of the president’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, 27 SEP 2014.)

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October third and fourth of 1993…

The Battle of Mogadishu took place on October 3rd and overnight to the 4th. This mission was apart of Operation Gothic Serpent. Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment, Air Force Rescue and Air Force Combat Controllers, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, and pilots from the 160th Spec Ops Aviation Regiment. The overall goal was to swarm in to a meeting in the city between Mohamed Adids lieutenants. Shortly after large groups of armed militants attacked the U.S. Forces and shot down two Black Hawk helicopters. In the end, 18 service members died, along with 80 injured. Many personnel were awarded for their actions. Two Delta Force snipers received the Medal of Honor after fighting and perishing while defending one of the crash sights.

Lest we forget the deceased

** - SFOD  Delta - **

MSG Gary Ivan Gordon - Killed defending Super 6-4   - Received Medal of Honor and Purple Heart

SFC Randy Shughart - Killed defending Super 6-4 - Received Medal of Honor and Purple Heart

SSG Daniel D. Bush - Crashed with Super 6-1, mortally wounded defending the crew - Received Silver Star and Purple Heart

SFC Earl Robert Fillmore, Jr. - Killed moving to the first crash sight - Received SIlver Star and Purple Heart

MSG Timothy “Griz” Lynn Martin - Mortally wounded by an RPG on the ‘Lost Convoy’, and died en route to Germany’s Field Hospital - Received Silver Star and Purple Heart

- 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment - 

CPL James “Jamie” E. Smith - Killed around the crash sight of Super 6-1 - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, and Oak Leaf Cluster as well as a purple heart

SPC James M. Cavaco - Killed on the Lost Convoy - Received a Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple heart

SGT James Casey Joyce - Killed on the Lost Convoy - Received a Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

CPL Richard “Alphabet” W. Kowaleski, Jr. - Killed on the Lost Convoy by a RPG - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

SGT Dominick M. Pilla - Killed on Strueckers Convoy (1st Convoy to move back to base) - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

SGT Lorenzo M. Ruiz - Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy and also  and died en route to Germany’s Field Hospital - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

** - 160th SOAR - **

SSG William “Wild Bill” David Cleveland, Jr. - Killed on Super 6-4 (Crew Chief) - Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

SSG Thomas “Tommie” J. Field - Killed on Super 6-4 (Crew Chief) - Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

CWO Raymond “Ironman” A. Frank - Killed on Super 6-4 (Copilot) - Received Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

CWO Clifton “Elvis” P. Wolcott - Killed in Super 6-1 Crash (Pilot) - Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Valor Device, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

CWO Donovan  ”Bull” Briley - Killed in Super 6-1 crash (Copilot) - Received Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

** - 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division - **

SGT Cornell Lemont Houston, Sr. - Killed on the rescue convoy - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, de Fleury Medal, Purple Heart

PFC James Henry Martin, Jr. - Killed on the rescue convoy - Received Purple Heart

** - Malaysian Army - **

LCPL Mat Azan Awang - Killed when his vehicle was struck by an RPG - Received Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa

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The sky wasn’t big enough for them all.

An AH-64 Apache from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, fires simulation missiles during an aerial gunnery range on Fort Carson, Colorado.

(Photo by Sergeant Jonathan Thibault, 9 SEP 2014. Title lyrics from "Dirty Paws" by Of Monsters and Men.)

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Hildisvíni’s aerobatics.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, currently deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, peels away after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Eastern Afghanistan. The A-10’s maneuverability at slow speeds and low altitude has made it one of the most utilized aircraft for close air support throughout Operation Enduring Freedom.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Russ Scalf, 16 AUG 2014.)

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National Guard identifies fallen Eagle aviator.

(Photo by Tech Sergeant Anthony Mutti, 12 AUG 2011. Article by Steve Marshall, National Guard Bureau, 29 AUG 2014. Source.)

Massachusetts National Guard officials today identified the pilot of an F-15C Eagle jet that crashed in Virginia as Air Force Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” Fontenot Jr.

The veteran aviator was killed Aug. 27 when his aircraft crashed in remote, mountainous terrain near Deerfield Valley.

"We all continue to keep the Fontenot family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time," said Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing based here.

Fontenot served with the 104th Fighter Wing as the full-time Wing Inspector General, responsible for the implementation of the Air Force Inspection System and as an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours. A 1996 Air Force Academy graduate, he was additionally a Weapons School Graduate with more than 17 years of F-15 flying experience. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations.

Following active duty assignments in Washington D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments to the Middle East, Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February 2014. He was a decorated combat veteran, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal, among others.

An official safety investigation board is being convened and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

A massive search ensued following the Aug. 27 crash of the jet in dense forest. The search involved personnel from the National Guard, Virginia State Police and civilian searchers, some with dogs and others on horseback.

At approximately 9:05 a.m. Aug. 27, Washington Center Air Traffic Control in Washington, D.C., lost radio contact with the aircraft stationed at the 104th Fighter Wing, and at approximately 9:30 a.m. the wing learned that the aircraft had crashed in a remote site near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

The single seat F-15C aircraft was en route to Naval Air Station New Orleans to receive a radar system upgrade. The flight was not related to the 104th Fighter Wing’s homeland defense mission, and there were no munitions on the aircraft during the flight, a National Guard news release said.

Fontenot was flying a solo mission when he reported an in-flight emergency prior to the loss of radio contact with Washington Center.

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Downed Eagle found, Massachusetts Guard pilot deceased.

An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 131st Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, flies over Penang, Malaysia, during Cope Taufan 14. Cope Taufan is a biennial large force employment exercise taking place June 9 to 20 designed to improve U.S. and Malaysian combined readiness.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 18 JUN 2014. Article courtesy of National Guard News Bureau press release, 29 AUG 2014.)

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE - The pilot of an F-15C Eagle aircraft that crashed Aug. 27 in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia, was fatally injured, Massachusetts National Guard officials said late yesterday.

The pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time," said Air Force Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing based here.

"We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the family and allow them the time they need to grieve," Keefe said.

An official safety investigation board is being convened and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

A massive search ensued following the crash of the jet in dense forest. The search involved personnel from the National Guard, Virginia State Police and civilian searchers, some with dogs and others on horseback.

At approximately 9:05 a.m. on Aug. 27, Washington Center Air Traffic Control in Washington, D.C., lost radio contact with the aircraft stationed at the 104th Fighter Wing. At approximately 9:30 a.m. the 104th Fighter Wing learned that the aircraft had crashed in a remote site near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

The single-seat F-15C Eagle aircraft was en route to Naval Air Station New Orleans to receive a radar system upgrade. The flight was not related to the 104th Fighter Wing’s homeland defense mission, and there were no munitions on the aircraft during this flight, a National Guard news release said.

The pilot was flying a solo mission when he reported an in-flight emergency prior to the loss of radio contact with Washington Center.

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Barnes Eagle soaring Malaysian skies.

An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 131st Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., flies over Penang, Malaysia, during Cope Taufan 14. Cope Taufan is a biennial large force employment exercise taking place June 9 to 20 designed to improve U.S. and Malaysian combined readiness.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 18 JUN 2014.)

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If it wasn’t for the bullet, nobody’d fear the gun.

Thunderbirds pilots perform the High Bomb Burst [1] and Echelon Pass-In-Review [2] at the Thunder in the Valley II Air Show in Waterloo, Iowa.

(U.S. Air Fore photos by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, 24 AUG 2014. Title lyrics from Lightning does the work, Chad Brock.)

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Skills for Combat Survival and Effectiveness (Accelerated).

[1] U.S. Army Sgt. David Welter, 3-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion ammunition specialist, scans the range during a training exercise led by 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controllers with machine gun and rocket attacks from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk during a training exercise.

[2] A U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk prepares to takeoff during a training exercise led by 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controllers.

[3] Airmen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron drive a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a training exercise involving U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy. U.S. Air Force JTACs led training for eight U.S. Army soldiers in preparation for future missions. The weekly training is designed to teach the infantry soldiers how to properly communicate with aircraft to coordinate airstrikes in the absence of a JTAC.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr, 8 JUL 2014.)

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Back in the saddle again.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the Echelon Pass In Review during the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stan Parker, 5 JUL 2014.)

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Highway to the danger zone.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.)