Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Big load.
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. soldiers work with CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews during a sling-load operation on Jalalabad Airfield in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, May 10, 2013. The helicopter crews are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and the soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
160th SOARs in Peru.
In support of Special Operations Command South, a MH-60 Blackhawk from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), takes off for a mission to provide aerial support during a combined U.S.-Peruvian Special Operations exercise in the Pasco region, located in central Peru. The exercise enabled U.S. and Peruvian special operations to share military tactics, improve interoperability and strengthen partnerships between the two nations.
(Photo by Army Maj. Emanuel Ortiz, Special Operations Command South Public Affairs Office, 7 MAY 2013.)
An F/A-18C Hornet makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, May 9, 2013. The Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are currently underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations. The aircraft is part of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron 94.
It’s called a Chinook for a reason.
Soldiers of Company C “Chaos”, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army prepare to load onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near the Kheybari Ghar ridgeline in the Panjwa’i District of Afghanistan as part of “Operation Rising Sun III.” The joint team traversed more than 32 kilometers of terrain while searching 82 Kuchi camps and 12 structures of interest.
(Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office, 4 MAY 2013.)
Prince Harry places wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns.
Britain’s Prince Harry, left, and Army Sgt. 1st Class Tanner Welch, Sergeant of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
(Photo by Sergeant Luisito Brooks. Article by Terri Moon Cronk, American Forces Press Service 10 MAY 2013. Source.)
WASHINGTON - Britain’s Prince Harry received a 21-gun salute this morning when his motorcade arrived at Arlington National Cemetery, where he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The young British royal, 28, also paid his respects to gravesites at Section 60 at the cemetery, where U.S. service members who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.
The prince was treated as a head of state at the cemetery. During the wreath-laying ceremony, he received a four-platoon cordon with full honors, said Army Maj. John Miller, a spokesman for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
The prince was dressed in the ceremonial uniform of the British Army in which he serves as a captain, and as the flag of the United Kingdom flew behind him he approached the tomb, accompanied by Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander of the Military District of Washington.
Hundreds of school children and other spectators watched as Prince Harry placed the wreath at the tomb.
From the cemetery, Prince Harry traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he visited wounded warriors.
Following two deployments to Afghanistan, Prince Harry has since focused on honoring the sacrifices and service of veterans, wounded warriors and their families.
Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington
The shadow of a UH-60L helicopter belonging to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, an Arizona Army National Guard unit out of Phoenix, is cast over the Caribbean Sea in Colon, Panama. The unit is providing air support to Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013. BTH-Panama 2013 is a humanitarian and civic assistance exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Army South that provides medical and engineering support to communities throughout the country to show U.S. support and commitment to the country of Panama.
(Photo by Capt. Sarah Harris, 23 MAR 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: You are the nighttime fear…
An HH-60H Seahawk helicopter flies over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower at sunset in the North Arabian Sea, April 29, 2013. The Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Kubick (left) and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roof, 755th Logistics Readiness Squadron, refuel a HH-60 Pave Hawk using a forward area refueling point in White Sands, N.M., during Angel Thunder 2013. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, 18 APR 2013.)
Air Force Senior Airman Casey Kubick, left, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Roof refuel an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Angel Thunder 2013 on White Sands, N.M., April 18, 2013. Kubick and Roof are assigned to the 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Green-eyed night rider.
An Afghan soldier provides security while conducting a tactical training exercise at Camp Scorpion in Kabul province. The training is part of the transition of security to the Afghan National Security Force before coalition forces depart in 2014.
(Photo by Sgt. Matthew Freire, 4 FEB 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Seahawk sunset.
U.S. Navy Seaman Isia Washington directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 to land on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 10, 2013. Washington is an aviation ordnanceman airman.
A ghost of a chance.
Afghan National Army commandos with 3rd Company, 1st Special Operations Kandak, depart for an independent unilateral mission in Chapahar district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Afghan commandos conducted the independent mission to capture insurgents responsible for attacks on coalition bases and undermining Afghan Local Police efforts in the area.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown, 6 APR 2013.)
Full frontal, well hung.
Maj. Clint Webber, the tactical aviation department head for Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, trains in an F-18 Hornet during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors’ Course hosted by MAWTS-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. WTI is a training evolution designed to promote the best possible skills in today’s Marine Corps aviators.
(Photo by Corporal William Waterstreet, 30 MAR 2013.)
You will be missed, your memory honored always.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) passes by the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the ship returns from an underway period in the Hawaiian operating area. The destroyer is named after Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, the first person to be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
(Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan, 29 MAR 2013.)
Dance of the Flying Brass.
U.S. Marines of 3rd Recon Battalion engage targets with an M240B medium machine gun near Camp Schwab during training on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 25, 2013.