An “Elephant Walk,” comprising 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, was held as part of a training exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise enabled aircrew, maintenance, command post and operational support personnel to test their ability to launch a mass amount of aircraft in support of real-world operations. An Elephant Walk is a nose-to-tail taxi formation.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Russell, 21 NOV 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: High five, man.
CCT communicate with incoming USAF C130.
[Is it a AC130J Spooky? The profile angle is poor for positive identification, can’t see the detail on the left side clearly enough to distinguish gunship armaments. They don’t usually operate in daytime hours, but this definitely looks like a training exercise.]
Long as I can see the light.
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, flies over Fresno, California. The 144th Fighter Wing bid goodbye to the F-16C Fighting Falcon after converting fully to the F-15 Eagle for the unit’s guard mission.
(Photo by Master Sgt. Roy Santana, 7 NOV 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Snowy Eagle.An F-15 Eagle sits on static display at Heritage Park near the 3rd Wing headquarters as the subarctic dawn breaks over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2013.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Freedom salute.Sailors and Marines manning the rails aboard the USS New York pay tribute as the ship passes the Freedom Tower in New York City, Nov. 8, 2013. The Tower is the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex, and a monument to those killed in the 9/11 attacks. The USS New York was forged out of steel from the original towers.
During an operation in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province, Afghanistan, an Afghan-led security force captured a Haqqani leader responsible for insurgent attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the district. The security force detained four additional suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.
(Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kohl, 5 MAR 2012.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Royalty in red.
F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, left, and the Dambusters of VFA-195 prepare to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during night flight operations. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Peter Burghart, 3 NOV 2013.)
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sits at sunrise at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. Air Station Atlantic City aircrews utilize the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter for search and rescue, law enforcement, and national security missions.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen, 31 OCT 2013.)
Fright Night done right.
An AC-130U Gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron flies a local training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The AC-130U “Spooky” gunship is the primary weapon of Air Force Special Operations Command. Its primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The U model is an upgraded version of the H and is equipped with side firing, trainable 25 mm, 40 mm, and 105 mm guns.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Jeremy Lock, 27 JAN 2011.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Star bright.
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater is parked on the tarmac in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The aircraft has four 910-horsepower Allison P56-A-15 turbo prop engines and has a multi-mission capable range of more than 2,400 miles.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Colon, 15 MAY 2013.)
Lt. Col. Chris Beckman, lead aircraft, and Maj. Jeremiah Gentry, both A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots from the 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith Air National Guard maneuver in formation over the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas. The 188th hosted a Special Operations Exercise (SOFEX) with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) from the 75th Ranger Regiment and an AC-130U Spooky gunship from Hurlburt Field, Fla.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Benjamin Bloker, 4 JUN 2012.)
Hawg at play.
Lt. Col. Brian Burger, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot and the 188th Fighter Wing operations group commander, Fort Smith Air National Guard fires off a flare while banking into a high angle firing position during a training exercise on Razorback Range located at Fort Chaffee maneuver training center. The 188th, in preparation for its second deployment to Afghanistan with the A-10, conducted training with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from different branches of service to sharpen its close air support mission. During this exercise, JTACs from the 75th Ranger Regiment provided forward control.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Benjamin Bloker, 4 JUN 2012.)
Is this low enough for you?
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith Air National Guard, Arkansas, banks just over a tree line during a training exercise on Fort Chaffee maneuver training center.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Benjamin Bloker, 7 JUN 2012.)
Fire for effect.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Cook, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller instructor from the 75th Ranger Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, communicates target information to A10’s flying overhead during a training exercise on Razorback Range located at Fort Chaffee maneuver training center, Arkansas.
(Photo by Master Sergeant Benjamin Bloker, 6 JUN 2012.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Hornet’s halo.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Mediterranean Sea, Oct. 26, 2013. The Nimitz is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.