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    Starting this thread to share some of the superb pictures that can be found on the various websites of the US armed forces. All are in the public domain and taken almost 'live' around the world. I'll try to make this a regular feature and post at least a couple everyday.
    Last edited by Boonierat; 26 Feb 08, 08:49.

  • #2
    February 26, 2008

    A 101st Bastogne Soldier on the watch
    Photo by Maj. Johnpaul Arnold (26 Feb. 2008)

    A 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier keeps a watchful eye while on a desert patrol with assistance from a Kiowa Warrior aircraft outside of Samarra, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.


    (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army)

    AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq Ė Sergeant Daniel A. Diaz, a patrol leader for 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, lays an AK-47 on the ground while Sgt. Pedro M. Villa, the assistant patrol leader, carries another. Weapons owned by locals living in the area around Al Asad Air Base are documented and photographed to ensure patrols know what threats exist in their area.

    Photo by: Lance Cpl. Michael Stevens (22 Feb. 2008)


    (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps)

    SOUTH CHINA SEA: The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in the South China Sea during annual navy bilateral training as part of Balikatan 2008. During the Balikatan 2008 humanitarian assistance and training activities, military service members from the United States and the government of the Republic of the Philippines work together to improve maritime security and ensure humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts are efficient and effective.

    U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ty Swartz (22 Feb. 2008)


    (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

    Balikatan HALO Jump
    Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer (25 Feb. 2008)

    Members of U.S. Army Special Forces soar out the back of a C-17 Globemaster III at an altitude of 6,000 feet during a high altitude, low opening training exercise, Feb. 22 during Balikatan 08 in the Philippines.


    (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army)
    Last edited by Boonierat; 26 Feb 08, 08:38.

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    • #3
      Good idea for a thread. Was just going to start one for this picture that I found today, so I'll post it here instead:


      Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
      30 March 1964 - PFC Ben Higdon (63-65)
      1st Relief

      I found that photo quite moving.
      "I am not an atomic playboy."
      Vice Admiral William P. Blandy

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      • #4
        Pictures from another thread....

        Paul Mann Jr. in Summer of '67
        "This life..., you know, "the life." Youíre not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you donít shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

        BoRG

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        • #5
          February 27, 2008

          Partners for peace in Tikrit
          Photo by Richard Rzepka, 101st Airborne (Feb. 27, 2008)

          A Bastogne Soldier with 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) and an Iraqi Policemen, team up to clear insurgents out of the Lake Thar Thar area during Operation DESERT HARVEST, Feb. 23, 2008.


          (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army)

          Chasing Al Qaeda
          Photo by Richard Rzepka, 101st Airborne (Feb. 27, 2008)

          Bastogne Soldiers from the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) along with Iraqi Policemen, apprehend suspected Al Qaeda insurgents during Operation DESERT HARVEST Feb. 23, 2008.


          (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army)

          TERNATE, Republic of the Philippines ó Philippine Marines practice basic movements while firing during a live fire exercise.
          In an effort to improve their own marksmanship skills and to build a solid relationship with their Philippine counterparts, over 100 U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a live-fire exercise with over 40 Philippine Marines with 30th Marine Company, Marine Battalion Landing Team 10, Feb. 22, as part of Exercise Balikatan 2008, which is an annual bilateral exercise designed to enhance the professional military relationships between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines.
          (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 31st MEU Combat Correspondent
          Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac)(Released)


          (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps)

          ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2008) Sailors aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) conduct small arms training with 9 mm pistols. Philippine Sea is deployed with the Nassau Strike Group to conduct maritime security operations in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Steinhour (Released).


          (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

          How to build a bomb
          Munitions troops with the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron assemble guided bomb unit-38 bombs during the night shift Feb 14 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The bombs will be loaded onto F-15 Strike Eagles for missions in support of the war on terrorism. The Airmen are (left to right) Staff Sgt. Jeremy Woodruff, Airman 1st Class Zack Demeter and Tech. Sgt. Ben Walker. Sergeant Woodruff is from the 375th Logistic Readiness Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Airman Demeter is from the 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Sergeant Walker is form the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester)


          (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
          Last edited by Boonierat; 27 Feb 08, 08:37.

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          • #6
            February 28, 2008

            Cav Soldiers on the Wall
            Photo by Richard Rzepka, 101st Airborne (Feb. 27, 2008)

            Cavalry Troopers from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA), pull security during Operation HELSINKI near the Bichigan Peninsula, Iraq.


            (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army)


            A display stands tall before the Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) during a remembrance ceremony Feb. 26 at the Protestant Chapel here. Twelve Marines, two sailors and one soldier from 2nd MLG (Fwd) laid down their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the nationís Global War on Terrorism during the unitís year-long deployment to the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

            Photo by: Cpl. Aaron Rooks (Photo Date:02/26/2008)


            (Photo Courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps)

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            • #7
              February 28, 2008

              ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4), center, leads a formation of ships during an Atlantic crossing of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King (Released)


              (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy)


              ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) crosses the Atlantic Ocean during a scheduled deployment as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King (Released)


              (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy)


              Airmen load Japanese helicopter into U.S. plane
              Senior Airman Lisa Long (right) and a Japan Ground Self Defense Force member load a JGSDF CH-47J Chinook onto a C-17 Globemaster III Feb. 23 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The demonstration was conducted during the Pacific Global Air Mobility Seminar held Feb. 22 and 23. Sergeant Boehm is a loadmaster assigned to the 535th Airlift Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The C-17 is also assigned to the 535th Airlift Squadron. The CH-47J is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Brigade at JGSDF Camp Kisarazu in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)


              (Photo Courtesy U.S. Air Force)


              Pilot reaches 1,000 combat hours flown
              Lt. Col. George Uribe taxies into a hardened aircraft shelter after completing 1,000 combat flying hours as an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot Feb. 17 at .Balad Air Base, Iraq. Colonel Uribe is a 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group fighter pilot and deployed from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)


              (Photo Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

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              • #8
                February 29, 2008

                101st Bastogne Soldiers search for weapons cache
                Photo by Maj. Johnpaul Arnold (Feb. 28, 2008)
                Air Assault Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division patrol in a deep circular crevice, looking for a weapons cache in Salah ad Din Province January 2008.

                (Photo Courtesy U.S. Army)

                CENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan ó Marines with III Marine Expeditionary Forceís Special Operations Training Group conducted joint training with an Air Force Pavehawk helicopter and crew in the Central Training Area Feb. 21. The Air Force crew helped the SOTG Marines qualify to oversee helicopter rope suspension techniques training and operations using the aircraft.
                Photo submitted 02/28/2008 Taken by Lance Cpl. Ryan Wicks

                (Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

                Sgt. Jerry McPherson, infantrymen and assistant convoy commander with Personnel Security Detachment, Regimental Combat Team 1, who is a San Clemente, Calif., native, leads the PSD Marines in staging the convoy vehicles into a 360 degree security formation outside of a 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment outpost near Saqulawiayh, Iraq. McPherson has been a part of four deployments including his current tour with RCT-1. He has been to Iraq three times and he was with one of the first responders to Afghanistan directly after the events of 9/11. At that time, he was on a Marine Expeditionary Unit with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment who conducted the longest helicopter raid in American history. He was also wounded in action in august of 2004 during a combat tour in Iraq. Currently, his mission with RCT-1ís PSD is to facilitate the actions of the convoy commander and to ensure the survivability of the platoon.
                Photo submitted 02/28/2008 Taken by Sgt. Nathaniel C. LeBlanc

                (Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

                Gunnery Sgt. Ronnie Smith, platoon commander, Personnel Security Detachment, Regimental Combat Team 1 stages himself on a rooftop to provide security at an outpost near Saqulawiyah, Iraq. As platoon commander, Smith facilitates all missions that PSD performs, ensuring that each one is a success and everyone returns safe.
                Photo submitted 02/28/2008 Taken by Sgt. Nathaniel C. LeBlanc

                (Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

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                • #9
                  February 29, 2008

                  CHINHAE NAVAL BASE, Republic of Korea (Feb. 26, 2008) The guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) is pier side at Chinhae Naval Base. Ohio is participating in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the United States and the Republic of Korea. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lou Rosales (Released)

                  (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy)

                  McGuire Airmen support downed satellite cleanup
                  Members of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron move pallets of equipment and supplies for Joint Task Force Operation Burnt Frost onto a C-17 Globemaster III Feb. 20 at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. The JTF was the recovery part of Operation Burnt Frost which covers the shoot down of the errant satellite loaded with hydrazine. The supplies were for 15 federal agencies tasked to handle the environmental effects of the satellite's reentry into the atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenn Mann)

                  (Photo Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

                  737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron transporting coaliition forces
                  Senior Airman Ian Hunt marshals a 463L cargo pallet onto a C-130 Hercules at an air base in the Persian Gulf Region. The cargo pallet is bound for a base in Iraq. A part of his duties as loadmaster is to ensure cargo is loaded and unloaded in a safe manner and that it's secured to the aircraft, so it doesn't move during flight to bases throughout the theater. Airman Hunt is a C-130 loadmaster deployed with the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrick Dixon)

                  (Photo Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

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                  • #10
                    March 3, 2008

                    Brrrrr!
                    Photo by Sgt. Johnny R. Aragon (Feb. 29, 2008)

                    Sgt. Joseph Chmielewski, from Task Force Gladius, pulls security during a key leader engagement in the village of Jalokheyl, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

                    (Photo Courtesy U.S. Army)

                    CROW VALLEY, Philippines Ė U.S. Marines from Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Philippine soldiers from the 68th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division discuss their enemyís position during an assault Feb. 27, as part of the MEUís participation in a Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise conducted during Exercise Balikatan 2008. (Photo by MC2 Johansen Laurel, U.S. Navy)

                    (Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

                    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Petty Officer 3rd Class Harvest Johannsen, an airframe mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, the Marine Aircraft Group 11 (reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, walks with Navy Lt. John McLaughlin, a pilot with the squadron, Feb. 19. Johannsen, a San Diego native, and McLaughlin ended up not flying, but Johannsen received her incentive flight Feb. 27. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Goacher) (Released)

                    (Photo Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

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                    • #11
                      March 3, 2008

                      BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Feb. 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is moored near the Republic of Korean submarine Sohn Won-il (SSK 072) at Busan Naval Base. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is taking part in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the U.S. and the ROK. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lou Rosales (Released)

                      (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy)

                      ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2008) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) follow the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) during an Atlantic Ocean transit of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan Steinhour (Released)

                      (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy)

                      Joint effort key to success in Deep Freeze
                      A McChord Air Force Base, Wash., C-17 Globemaster III airdrops containerized delivery system bundles to the South Pole. The C-17 is part of 13th Air Force-led Operation Deep Freeze, a unique joint and total force mission that has supported the National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctic Program since 1955. By validating the C-17's capability to complete airdrop missions at the geographical South Pole, Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica demonstrated its ability to provide mid-winter emergency re-supply and flexible support to the National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctica Program. (Courtesy photo/B.K. Grant)

                      (Photo Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

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                      • #12
                        March 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

                        Pfc. Vincent Decrescenzio, an antitank missleman with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fires a tube launched, optically tracked, wire guided missile weapon system here Jan. Decrescenzio joined the ranks as one of the newest TOW gunners in the battalion. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Schmidt)

                        Corporal William J. McMonigle, a squad leader from Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security for a simulated casualty evacuation during a company-wide training evolution near Camp Ghalil, Qatar, April 7, 2007. CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (Reinforced), 26th MEU, supported the training with on-call air support. McMonigle is a native of Walden, N.Y.

                        Lance Cpl. Christopher Ahaus, a fire team leader with 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, loads a round into his M203 Grenade Launcher during a battalion field exercise here Feb. 9. Marines attacked the Infantry Live-fire Maneuver Range in preparation for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Schmidt).

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                        • #13
                          March 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Navy

                          PERSIAN GULF (March 1, 2008) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 166 (reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1). U.S. forces maintain a naval and air presence in the region that deters destabilizing activities while safeguarding the region's vital links to the global economy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jon Husman (Released)

                          ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 29, 2008) The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) approaches along side the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in preparation for a refueling at sea. GW is undergoing carrier qualifications and flight deck certification in preparation for its homeport change to Yokosuka, Japan. GW will relieve USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luis Ramirez (Released)

                          PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 29, 2008) An E2-C Hawkeye assigned to "The Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are under way on deployment supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes (Released)

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                          • #14
                            March 4, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                            IRAQ - A Bradley fighting vehicle provides security as U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division conduct a joint clearing operation with local Abna'a Al Iraq (Sons of Iraq) through a group of small villages south of Salman Pak, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2008. The village is known to have recently been occupied by insurgents. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Timothy Kingston).

                            IRAQ - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shahied Abdulbarr, from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, scans for enemy personnel prior to a joint clearing operation with local Abna'a Al Iraq (Sons of Iraq) through a group of small villages south of Salman Pak, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2008. The village is known to have recently been occupied by insurgents. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Timothy Kingston)

                            IRAQ - U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division take a knee to scan for enemy personnel prior to a joint clearing operation with local Abna'a Al Iraq (Sons of Iraq) through a group of small villages south of Salman Pak, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2008. The village is known to have recently been occupied by insurgents. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Timothy Kingston)

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                            • #15
                              March 5, 2008 - All photos courtesy of U.S. Army

                              Sniffing a Possible Cache
                              Sgt. Max Free, from the 67th Engineer Detachment, and his military working dog, find a tunnel hidden by reeds during a clearing operation in Kesra, Iraq, Feb. 24, 2008.

                              IRAQ - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen promotes U.S. Army 1st Lt. Travis Lee to the rank of captain during a ceremony on Combat Outpost Banshee in Rashid, Iraq, March 1, 2008. Mullen toured the area and visited with locals during his trip. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy.

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