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.)
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.)
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 flies by Kauaʻi during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.
(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, 3 JUL 2014.)
A thousand hues of harsh reality.
Pararescue, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, provides rear security as a wounded Afghan National Army commando is evacuated after receiving wounds during an operation in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. US Special Forces assisted ANASF and Commandos on an operation to disrupt insurgent freedom of maneuver in the area.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez, 27 MAY 2014.)
Let’s get this party started.
The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) transits to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. Accompanying assets include landing craft cushions(LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, and U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465.
Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series since its inception in 1971.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan, 26 JUN 2014.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Midnight blue.
Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on 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 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson, 8 JUN 2014.)
Hate to see you go, love to watch you leave.
Seventeen UH-60A Black Hawks and seven Uh-72 Lakota helicopters from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Army Air Operations Group, 12th Aviation Battalion lift off from Davison Army Airfield beginning a one-hour training flight over the skies of the National Capital Region. The exercise was the 12th’s final flight, with its current aircraft configuration before the UH-72 (Lakota) and VH-60A (black and gold Black Hawks) will be redistributed to Fort Rucker, Alabama and the Army Museum. The redistributed aircraft will be replaced with UH-60L Black Hawk configuration.
(Photo by George Markfelder, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs, 4 JUN 2014.)
Death waits in the dark.
A formation of MH-60M Black Hawks from the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) perform a ceremonial Missing Man flyover of the Night Stalker Memorial during the annual Week of Night Stalker Activities Memorial Ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The ceremony was held to honor fallen Night Stalkers of the regiment and their families.
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Allen Hill, 160th SOAR Public Affairs, 21 MAY 2014.)
Not trying to hide.
U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division scan for threats atop an M1A2 Abrams tank during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Combined Resolve II is a multinational decisive action training environment exercise occurring at the Joint Multinational Training Commands Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas that involves more than 4,000 participants from 15 partner nations. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare a U.S. led multinational brigade to inter-operate with multiple partner nations and execute unified land operations against a complex threat while improving the combat readiness of all participants.
(U.S. Army photo by Specialist Bryan Rankin, 19 MAY 2014.)
Phrogs play Fire Hop.
U.S. Marines use CH-46 Phrogs with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, to slingload Bambi Buckets in assisting California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and local firefighting agencies fire containment in Camp Pendleton, California.
(U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Max Pennington, 16 MAY 2014.)
Happy Humpday #soldierporn: Let’s get down and dirty, baby.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft arrives at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The arrival of the aircraft marks a transition from the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to the 303rd Fighter Squadron, Whitman Air Force Base, Missouri.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. 10 APR 2014. Title lyrics from "Stop the Rock" by Apollo 440.)
Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Showboating.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets deploy heat flairs during a combat patrol in support of ground troops in Afghanistan. Trust between joint terminal attack controllers and pilots serves as an important aspect of close air support missions.
(Photo by Staff Sergeant Aaron Allman, 15 DEC 2008.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Old Tom.
An F-14D Tomcat prepares for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto conducts plane guard duties in the Persian Gulf. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 were underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. This was the last active service deployment for the Tom. The F-14 entered active service with the US Navy in 1972, and was retired in 2006. The only other country that operates this specific airframe is the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).
(U.S. Navy photo by Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird, 6 JAN 2006.)
Prowls the gloaming.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet maneuvers into position for aerial refueling during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The multi-role, carrier-capable fighter entered active service in 1978.
(Photo by Staff Sergeant Andy Kin, 25 NOV 2010.)