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Learning How To Look Honor Guard
Sun, 17 Dec 2017
The Air Force Honor Guard team instructed us on how to crisply showcase our movements, making them picturesque. It was a resurrection of a forgotten art, rather than a refresher course.
National Wreaths Across America Day
Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia across the Potomac river from Washington, D.C. that were placed by troops, veterans, and volunteers to honor fallen heroes during National Wreaths Across America Day.
Navy JROTC Candidates Tour USS Essex
Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Turlock High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps candidates experience weapon and other demonstrations by Marines and Sailors while touring the USS Essex during San Francisco Fleet Week 2017.
To Honor The Fallen - The Joint Personal Effects Depot
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
With the possibility of a rising number of casualties stemming from this new war, America’s military was faced with a new challenge - how to care for its fallen?
Army Retirement Ceremony
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) provide support for a Department of the Army retirement ceremony at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. During the ceremony over 25 Soldiers assigned to the Military District of Washington/ Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region retired after more than 500 years of combined service to the U.S. Army.
Airmen Conduct Post Attack Reconnaissance
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing had the opportunity during Arctic Gold 18-1 to get hands on experience with things such as Post Attack Reconnaissance or PAR, driving in MOPP 4 and decontamination of assets.
A Christmas Thought
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
While "A Christmas Thought" reflects a Christian message ... all Americans ... regardless of their faith and respective holidays celebrated ... should remember that their freedom to do so is because of the troops and all who have served in the military defending our blessed ... one nation under God ... the USA!
French Town Dedicates WWII Memorial To 103rd Infantry
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
The people of Scherwiller, France, a Alsatian community near the German border, honored American Army veterans of the Second World War for liberating the town from the Nazis on December 1, 1944.
White House Christmas Lighting Decorations
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
First Lady Melania Trump examines the Christmas lighting decorations along the State Floor of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Paratroopers Live-Fire - Eagle Strike 17
Fri, 15 Dec 2017
U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade conduct a live fire training exercise as part of Eagle Strike 17. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours.
Old Glory - Linking Present With Past
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
The beaches of Normandy, the ports at Pearl Harbor, atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, and Ground Zero in New York City; all of these places have one thing in common: The American Flag. The American Flag has symbolized victory, defeat, liberation and hope throughout our nation’s history.
Santa With Elves and Jayhawk Reindeer
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Santa Claus with his Coast Guard elves and the Jayhawk "reindeer" at the Danger Bay, Kodiak Island runway before taking off in return to Kodiak, Alaska. Santa to the Villages is a time-honored tradition where Santa and elves deliver toys to the remote Kodiak Island villages by Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crews.
Christmas Letters From Kids To Their Deployed Dads
Thu, 14 Dec 2017
Children read their heart grabbing handwritten letters of love and pride to their respective dad in the Marine Corps who won't be home for Christmas.
Flames For The Fallen - Honoring WWI Dead
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
In remembrance of the lives lost during World War I, dozens of French, American, Dutch and German volunteers arrived hours before nightfall on France's Remembrance Day to place candles at 3,500 headstones in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.
Santa With Rescue Aircrew
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Santa with the crew of an HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 41st Rescue Squadron on the flightline at Moody Air Force Base, GA.
Man The Rails - SFFW 2017
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
U.S. Marines and Sailors "man the rails" aboard the USS Essex during the San Francisco Fleet Week 2017 Parade of Ships, San Francisco Fleet Week is an opportunity for the Bay Area public and visitors to meet Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and experience America’s sea services.
From Refugee To Airman
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
In the country of Liberia, a good day and bad day are extreme opposites ... a difference of children playing in the street and going to war .... Now in the U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Christiana Katta, 633rd Inpatient Squadron Labor and Delivery medical technician, reflects on life experiences, which made her who she is today.
Hughes Brothers' Christmas Show
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The must see Hughes Brothers Show in Branson, Missouri ... is very family-oriented that all age audiences should thoroughly enjoy ... as it involves the brothers' wives and children ... that even includes a little one playing baby Jesus in a touching scene with Santa paying his solemn praise ... during its faith inspiring very entertaining Christmas show!
Military Space Technology Evolution
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has been involved with the evolution of space technology from 1954 to present ... connecting space to warfighter effects and how it impacts the battlefield. The SMC, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command, is responsible for on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems.
Marines Conduct Sniper FEX
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
U.S. Marines with Regimental Surveillance and Target Acquisition Company (RSTAC) participated in a Sniper Field Training Exercise (FEX) at Fort Irwin, California. The Sniper FEX involves all aspects involved with a sniper taking the shot including planning and preparation for precision shots.
Coast Guard Ice Operations
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
For 150 years, the Coast Guard and its ancestor agencies have played a vital role in Alaska and the Arctic. The service’s ice operations provide the U.S. with the capability to support national interests in ice-bound waters, including the movement of maritime transportation, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection and the pursuit of marine science. The service continues to make an impact in Alaska and Arctic waters and the Coast Guard’s ice operations mission remains as important as ever.
Coastal Riverine Squadron Aboard MKVI Patrol Boat
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 recovers the towing hawser aboard MKVI patrol boat during towing exercise as part of unit level training conducted by CRS 3 command training team.
ROTC Cadets Explore Army Aviation
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets enrolled at Baylor University received first-hand experience on Army aviation when they partnered with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 244th Regiment, Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Marines Open Water Rescue
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
A U.S. Marine attending a Marine Corps Instructor Course of Water Survival (MCIWS) carries a simulated victim to the end point of an open water rescue at Davie Point Beach, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Soldiers Live-Fire M252A1 Mortar
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
U.S. Army "2 Gun" mortar team members assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade conduct live-fire with the M252A1 81mm mortar system at Range 117 at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.
Pilots Can Grunt Too
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
U.S. Marine Corps pilots are trained to operate advanced aircraft in often dangerous situations. These pilots are the only aviators in the U.S. military who are taught the basics of infantry tactics prior to flight school.
National Christmas Tree
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The 2017 National Christmas Tree with the White House in the background shortly after its lighting by First Lady Melania Trump with President Donald J. Trump introducing her.
Hurricane Harvey Response Efforts In Texas
Sat, 09 Dec 2017
The heroic response by the Texas Military and other first responders to Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 cyclone, that made its first landfall on August 25, 2017 around 30 miles northeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas near Rockport. Then for the next four days unleashed more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 60.58 inches, Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States. The resulting floods caused by Hurricane Harvey inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
Long Road Home To Healing
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
While on the set of an upcoming TV show revolving around a deadly ambush that he and other 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers endured in Iraq, Eric Bourquin managed to get the emotional healing he had sought for years.
Pearl Harbor Attack 76th Anniversary
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Pearl Harbor survivors, military members and guests render honors for the presentation of colors during the 76th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Operations
Fri, 08 Dec 2017
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts flight operations with embarked F/A-18F Super Hornets from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 along with helicopters taking off in association with overall testing and evaluation operations during September and October 2017.
Holiday Blessings
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
"Holiday Blessings" ... is a heartfelt reminder about the importance of the December holiday season to many Americans ... relative to each one's respective faith ... with special thoughts ... for all who have answered the call to defend ... the precious freedom and rights endowed through our beloved country's constitution ... that only came to be through the noble efforts of Her founding fathers ... after America's victorious fight for independence! And may She always remain... One Nation Under God!
Honor Guard Brings New Perspective For Airman
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Some people see the honor guard when they’re performing their duties; attending funerals, parades, presenting colors and firing their rifles. They may not know what goes on behind the scenes, or what goes on in their minds.
Internment On Board USS Arizona Memorial
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Rear Adm. James Waters, U.S. Pacific Fleet Director of Maritime Headquarters, left, Maryan St.Claire, daughter of Machinist Mate 1st Class Estellee Birdsell, center, and Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service deliver the ashes of Estellee Birdsell, a Pearl Harbor survivor, to divers during an interment ceremony on board the USS Arizona Memorial as part of the 76th Commemoration Event of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
ROTC Cadets Compete In Ranger Challenge
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Thirteen teams of cadets from 10 Texas universities converged on Fort Hood to compete in the ROTC Ranger Challenge competition. The nine-cadet teams pushed their limits and tested their skills during each of the five main events.
Soldiers Row Zodiac Across American Lake
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Soldiers from 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), row a zodiac across American Lake to participate in an endurance challenge for Menton week. Menton week celebrates the 1st Special Forces Group heritage, as its predecessor was the First Special Service Force, which disbanded in Menton, France at the end of World War II.
U.S. Marines and Swedish Forces Attack - Aurora 17
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Marines with U.S. Marine Rotational Force-Europe along with Swedish military forces take part in joint company live-fire attack using multiple weapons and tanks during Exercise Aurora 17 in Gnesta, Sweden.
150 Years Of The Army In Alaska
Tue, 05 Dec 2017
The Army originally headquartered in Sitka maintained law and order in the Alaska Military District from 1867-1877. Initially, the Army built forts along Alaska’s southern coastline and as far out into the Bering Sea as the Pribilof Islands.
Presleys' Country Jubilee
Tue, 05 Dec 2017
Scenes of the must see very entertaining Presleys' Country Jubilee in Branson, Missouri during the city's annual Veterans Week, the largest tribute to military veterans in the USA. You can also enjoy the Presleys' Country Jubilee on RFD-TV.
Vietnam War and Navy Seal Veteran Frank Richard
Tue, 05 Dec 2017
Sergeant 1st Class Frank Richard joined the U.S. Navy in 1969 and at boot camp he took the Navy SEAL test and passed. After rigorous SEAL training, Richard deployed to Vietnam in December of 1970 and completing his tour in June 1971. Richard was honorably discharged from the Navy in February 8, 1980 as a Electrician's Mate 1st Class.
Patriot Warrior Mirrors Real-World Deployed Environment
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Deployments take place in an atmosphere that’s completely different than what most Americans experience in their daily lives. That’s why it’s important for Reserve Citizen Airmen to train in an environment that mirrors a real-world deployment as closely as possible.
Coast Guard Medevacs Diver
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach medevacs a 26-year-old man from a 27-foot dive boat, Reel Cowboy, 31 miles west of Naples, Florida.
Old Guard Caisson Prep
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Every morning starting at 0430, members of the Caisson Platoon on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall get prepared for the day. The process takes over 3 hours to get done but reflects in the honorable mission of laying those who served to rest. They perform over 1700 full honors funerals a year and are the last full time equestrian mounted unit in the Department of Defense.
Dawn Blitz 2017 - Setting Standard For New Amphibious Capabilities
Sun, 03 Dec 2017
Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a robust training environment where forces plan for and establish expeditionary advanced bases (EAB), execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events, and integrate fifth-generation aviation capabilities in a land and maritime threat environment to test new integration and concepts of operation.
Purple Heart Recipients and Memorial
Sun, 03 Dec 2017
Recipients of the Purple Heart medal gather in front of the newly unveiled Purple Heart memorial at the Wayne County Veteran’s Memorial, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to service members wounded or killed during combat while serving in the armed forces.
Nuclear Enterprise - Command, Triad, Defense
Sun, 03 Dec 2017
The nuclear enterprise comprises all aspects of the U.S. nuclear arsenal including command/control, triad/delivery, and defense ... providing deterrence against attack ... with overwhelming first strike and counter strike response.
Navy Light-Maneuver, Surgical Team
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
The Navy’s first Role 2 Light Maneuver (R2LM) team, Navy Adaptive Trauma Team (NATT) ONE, put their crew to the test in their first exercise with the fleet, integrating with the medical department aboard Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore.
MacKay Trophy 2016 Recipients
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
Members of the AC-130U Gunship aircrew known as "Spooky 43" received the MacKay Trophy in Arlington, VA for the most meritorious U.S. Air Force flight in 2016 ... providing close air support and armed reconnaissance for a 55-man combined American and Afghan special operations team conducting a raid to interdict insurgent command and control nodes, senior leadership, and their networks. The Mackay Trophy was first awarded in 1912.
Air Battle Managers
Sat, 02 Dec 2017
During air combat, there are no small decisions. And in the U.S. Air Force, each crucial choice falls to the Air Battle Managers. Utilizing strategy, experience and an intimate knowledge of aircraft, weapons and surveillance, they use everything at their disposal to control the outcome of an air battle. A job demanding composure, confidence and decisiveness, an air operation’s success depends on the plans implemented by these accomplished experts.
U.S. Will Not Accept Nuclear-Armed North Korea
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reiterated that the United States will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea ... The secretary said the threat from North Korea, also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has grown more serious.
Rendering Honors To USS Arizona Memorial
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and prepare to render honors to the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the Pacific Ocean.
Marines Conduct Amphibious Assault - Aurora 17
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Marines with U.S. Marine Rotational Force-Europe along with Swedish military forces take part in Exercise Aurora 17 on Gotland Island, Sweden ... with an amphibious assault that moves inland with combat in a forest.
A Month With The Royal Canadian Navy
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
The group of ships I deployed with was comprised of several marine coastal defense vessels from the eastern and western coasts of Canada ... I wasn’t the only foreign crewmember aboard the ship. Yellowknife also embarked two other U.S. Navy Sailors and a sailor from the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Marines Judge High School Drill Meet
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Gunnery Sergeant Michael Bright, the staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Recruiting Substation Jacksonville Beach, Recruiting Station Jacksonville, 6th Marine Corps District, judges Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students during a drill meet at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
U.S. Soldiers In European Best Sniper Squad Competition
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
U.S. Soldiers with 173rd Airborne Brigade participate in the European Best Sniper Squad Competition at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The soldiers are shown competing in the advanced marksmanship lane, water shot task, and water shot lane.
POW Recalls Mission That Led To Capture 50 Years Ago
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia ... When he hit the ground, an enemy soldier with an AK-47 shot a burst at Smith, hitting him numerous times. They then stripped him of his G-suit and flight suit with a machete, got him down to his shorts and a T-shirt and tied his hands with rope and wire.
Muleskinners Make A Difference During Toy Ruck
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade (LI) Commander Col. Shawn Schuldt (second left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Octavia Greaves-Egyinam (third left), along with brigade and garrison BOSS representatives, show off just part of the "Mountain of Toys" the Muleskinners brigade collected in donations for Fort Drum children.
Breaking The Ice For Polar Progress
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
A team led by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) deploys Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoys (AXIB) in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). The buoys provide real-time weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting, and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets operating in the Arctic.
Iwo Jima - A Trip To Remember
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
As I took in the amazing view of the blue sky, greeting the green covered island wrapped in black sand surrounded by sea, it was hard to imagine the island as one of the harshest battle grounds of WWII. One memorial that stood out to me was a U.S. Marine memorial with two posts, one on each side. The posts were overflowing with hundreds of tokens ranging from rank insignias and dog tags to hats, belts, PT belts, unit patches, small flags, chewing tobacco, small bottles of alcohol and one bag of beef Jerky. The mementos were taken to the peak by service members to pay respect to their fallen brothers in arms.
Branson Veterans Week Closing Show
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Many patriotic entertainers (including country music icon, Mickey Gilley, and the legendary Lennon Sisters) performed during a tribute show on Veterans Day at the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, MO honoring America's military veterans with many of the veterans receiving great gifts during a raffle throughout the show.
Marines Live-Fire Maneuver In Romania
Tue, 28 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 17.2 conduct a live-fire range exercise with a variety of weapons including mortars along with helicopter medavac at Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania.
Recon Marines From USA, United Kingdom, and Mexico Conduct Helocast Ops
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, Royal Marines with British Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, and Mexican Marines participated in a helocast exercise during Bold Alligator 17 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Thanksgiving Day Visit By President and First Lady
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
President Donald J. Trump looks on as First Lady Melania Trump shakes hands with a member of the Coast Guard during a Thanksgiving day visit to the Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Dagger Brigade Conducts Live Fire In Poland
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
U.S. Army soldiers from 5-4 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored (Dagger) Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conduct a combined live-fire exercise at Presidenski Range, Poland.
Old Glory
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Heartflet poem by Lawrence Campbell ... reminding all Americans about always honoring Old Glory.
Celebrating 150 Years Since Alaska Territory Transfer
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
The 1867 Alaska Treaty of Cession was signed with Russia March 30, 1867, the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty April 9, and President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty May 28, agreeing on the purchase price of $7.2 million – or little more than $125 million in today's dollars.
Air Force One Over Japan
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Air Force One departs Yokota Air Base, Japan after President of the United States Donald J. Trump’s first visit Japan.
Breaking The Nuclear Barrier
Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Since it became a separate military service September 18, 1947 ... the United States Air Force has been on the leading edge of ensuring a safe, reliable, and effective nuclear capability for the defense of our Nation. Professional and highly trained Airmen and civilian personnel are committed to defending the United States and our allies 24/7, 365 days a year.
Tuskegee Airman Visits JBER, Tells History
Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Leslie Edwards braced himself against the roaring might of an F-22 Raptor as nearly 70,000 pounds of thrust threatened to rip his signature red-and-black Tuskegee Airmen cap from atop his head ... a dramatic change from the propeller aircraft of his day.
Praying Before Thanksgiving Meal
Sat, 25 Nov 2017
Sailors pray before Thanksgiving dinner on the mess decks of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
Artillery Support - WTI 1-18
Sat, 25 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, provide artillery support with a M777 Howitzer during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-18 (WTI) in Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California.
Assistance From The Seas
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
The LHD, Amphibious Assault Ship (Multipurpose), is a highly versatile and capable warship. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) proved this during the multi-hurricane events in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico while conducting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
Marine Greets Family After Deployment
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
A Marine greets his family after returning from a seven month deployment aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 left for the deployment to support combat operations in the Central Command area of operations.
Capital Shield 2017
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Capital Shield is a training exercise designed for CID Special Agents, with a focus on crisis and hostage negotiation, crime scene processing and intelligence management. The training during September, included approximately 45 soldiers, officers and special agents from the U.S. Army Reserve and the active component.
Dark Horse Of The Infantry
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Indirect fire infantrymen, colloquially known as mortarmen, are often shunned in the community of grunts. They participate in the same mission as their compatriots who hold an 11B military occupational specialty designator, they carry asinine masses of weight on their back, they hunker down in the nasty crags of the bush, yet they constantly fight to be recognized as members of the infantry.
Soldiers and Families Enjoy Thanksgiving Meal
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Soldiers, along with other family members, from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, enjoy their Thanksgiving meal at the Warrior Sports Cafe Dining Facility in Hohenfels, Germany.
10th Air Force Mission
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
The 10th Air Force is the parent command of all Air Force Reserve fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft, airborne warning and control, space, cyberspace, rescue, special operations, combat air operations battle staff and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units. The 10th Air Force organizes, trains and equips mission-ready Reserve Citizen Airmen to fly, fight and win in air, space, and cyberspace.
USAF Academy Cadet Takes Flight With Falconry Program
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
“Weathering, weathering” the cadet shouts out, as another cadet prepares to release a falcon inside a stadium filled with thousands of spectators. The falcon is released, immediately diving towards the field searching for the target she has trained many years to go after. A senior cadet waits at the bottom, bait in hand, twirling the target in the air.
Rescue Swimmers Off Oahu
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Carroll, an aviation survival technician from Air Station Barbers Point, stands with Korean coast guard rescue swimmers after conducting training off Oahu, Hawaii.
Digitally Aided Close Air Support - WTI 1-18
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One provide digitally aided close air support during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-18 in Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California.
National Guard Soldier Born In Sudan Proudly Earns Citizenship
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Immigrants from 24 countries across the globe sat together in anticipation at the U.S. District Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. It was naturalization day. Fifty-eight individual, unique journeys all led to a singular moment; they would all raise their right hands and take the Oath of Allegiance together. Sitting in the desired "first chair" was a young man whose journey to U.S. citizenship looked much different than that of his 57 peers. Pfc. Fortytwo Chotper, originally from Sudan, came to America from a refugee camp in Kenya, leaving behind a dozen siblings, his mother, and everything he had ever known.
Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt Soars
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
A 75th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt soars away after zooming in to target boats along Choctawatchee Bay during a Combat Hammer evaluation at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The boats swarm around the water creating a realistic environment to provide pilots an opportunity to train against maritime targets.
Medevac Exercise - Orient Shield 2017
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
U.S. Army Soldiers attached to Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, assigned to Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital, participate in a medical evacuation evolution as part of exercise Orient Shield 2017.
Generating Synergy Among Nations In Swift Response 17-2
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
The broad purpose of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's mission during training exercise SR 17-2 is to perform a joint-forcible entry with the Airborne Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (A-CJEF) into a hostile airfield, rid the surrounding communities of enemy forces and establish a defensive posture while ensuring safety for civilians affected by the illegal incursion of the invading force ... Swift Response 17-2 was designed to force challenges during peace to amplify the strength of a combat team in the case of emergency, by integrating different combat techniques, procedures and assets to create an elusively formidable leviathan of a fighting force.
Vietnam Era Veterans Honor Show
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Many patriotic entertainers performed during a tribute show at the Clay Cooper Theatre honoring Vietnam Era Veterans during Veterans Week at Branson, Missouri with many of the veterans receiving great gifts during a raffle throughout the show.
Defense Space Test Program - 50 Years
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
It has been 50 years since the Department of Defense Space Test Program’s (STP) first launch. The Space Test Program has flown over 568 experiments on over 251 missions to date. The STP is managed under the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD), and continues to provide access to space for DoD-sponsored research and development missions. It relies heavily on small satellites, small launch vehicles, and innovative approaches to space access to perform its mission.
Take a Knee... my Ass! performed by Neal McCoy
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Neal McCoy's "Take a Knee... my Ass!" song wonderfully underscores what most Americans feel about those who dishonor the flag and country when taking the knee "for any freedom of expression reason" during the anthem or any other time when honoring Old Glory!
A Generation Of Control
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
At the top of the air traffic controller tower, F-35s zip by at eye level. Staff Sgt. Brian Morris keys up his headset to tell those fighters where to go, when to turn and who to talk to next. A few steps behind Morris is Steven Kates, who helped train Morris and supervised his tower certification ... During Morris’s training, the trainee and his trainer discovered they shared a generational ATC bond dating back possibly before the new staff sergeant was born.
USS Nimitz Flight Ops Observation
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Airman Luis Aguilera assigned to the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 observes flight operations on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton Drug Interdiction
Sun, 19 Nov 2017
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton boarding team members pursue and detain four suspected drug smugglers after intercepting their vessel with 17 bales of cocaine on board. Cutter Stratton was patrolling the eastern Pacific as part of a whole-of-government campaign to combat nefarious transnational organized criminal networks that use illicit drugs to fund violence, terrorism and other illegal activities in the Western Hemisphere.
More Than Weekend Warriors: Serving Out In The Fleet
Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Eighteen Reserve Sailors spend time aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland for active duty training, support the ship in critical areas to enhance material readiness and training readiness.
Marine Veteran Benjamin Gonzalez Receives Navy Cross
Sat, 18 Nov 2017
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Lance Cpl. Benjamin Gonzalez with Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon, commander of Marine Corps Forces South and Sgt. Maj. Thomas G. Eggerling, Sgt. Maj. of Marine Corps Forces South ... after receiving the Navy Cross in El Paso, Texas. Gonzalez was serving as an automatic rifleman in Al Fallujah, Iraq when a motorcycle borne insurgent threw a hand grenade into his fighting hole. Gonzalez threw himself on a fellow Marine, shielding him from the blast.
Force of the MAGTF - ITX 5-17
Sat, 18 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with Marine Air-Ground Task Force 8 (MAGTF-8) participate in Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 5-17 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California during July and August 2017.
Eyes of the Eagle: Collect, Detect, Protect
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
They collect information, detect problems with investigations and help protect against crimes by searching for the truth. When all is said and done, they pass everything along to the inspector general, wing commander and wing staff judge advocates to take appropriate actions against an alleged perpetrator. The Office of Special Investigations is the Air Force agency in charge of felony, fraud, sexual assault, counterintelligence and other investigations that have the potential for legal action.
Pre-Flight Checks For AH-64D Apache
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
A U.S. Soldier of 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, conducts pre-flight checks for an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter at a fuel and ammunition resupply point during exercise Allied Spirit VII at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
25ID Combined Arms Live Fire
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conduct a live fire exercise using a variety of weapons at the Battle Area Complex on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
George Day, Medal of Honor Recipient
Thu, 16 Nov 2017
George "Bud" Day is one of the most highly decorated service members in U.S. military history. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam, but that came toward the end of an already storied career ... He is still the only person to have been awarded both the Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross.
Vets For Vets Show
Thu, 16 Nov 2017
This collage includes a veterans' honor guard presenting the colors and many of the entertainers who performed during the Vets For Vets show at the Mansion Theatre during Veterans Week at Branson, Missouri. The annual opening show for Branson's Veterans Week is produced by the Branson Veterans Task Force, a nonprofit organization.
Air Force Operationally Responsive Space 5 Mission
Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Operationally Responsive Space or ORS is an innovative concept of meeting joint space requirements within months instead of years and getting critical battlespace information into the hands of those who need it as quickly as possible ... which is the responsibility of the Air Force Space Command Space & Missile Systems Center's ORS-5 Team.
Sentinels Of The Gulf
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The 26th Operational Weather Squadron operates day and night to track the weather and watch for possible weather threats in their Area of Responsibility (AOR) at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. They provide support for the Southeast region of the U.S., which includes 13 states and 151 military installations.
FDNY Bag Pipers March In Veterans Day Parade
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Bag Pipers from the New York City Fire Department march in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.
Life On A Submarine
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
The U.S. Navy's submarine force is unlike any other community in the military, a small, tight-knit group of approximately 20,000 active-duty and reserve Sailors who spend months at a time sailing deep below the waves ... as experienced on the ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742). Between their secretive missions and their lack of contact with the outside world, the submarine community is often a mystery to those on the outside.
New Technology Could Streamline Medical Treatment On Battlefield
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Today's Army medics can be slowed down during medical evacuation missions by the need to document patient data and medication logs. In the future, however, medics may be free from such tasks that can deter their focus on treating the wounded.
Coast Guard Members March In NYC Veterans Day Parade
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Coast Guard Sector New York members represent the unit while marching in the New York City Veterans Day Parade. With more than 40,000 participants, the New York City Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the USA.
Marines Helicopter Support Team Training
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct Helicopter Support Team (HST) training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Sailors Scouting For The Next Generation
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Navy recruiters talked to Girl Scouts about naval service at G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) ... Sailors answered questions about their personal experiences and the challenges that come with being in the naval service.
U.S. Flags For Kids
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
Airmen from the 81st Training Group hand out U.S. flags to children during the Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans Parade in Biloxi, Mississippi. Keesler Air Force Base leadership along with hundreds of Airmen attended and participated in the parade in support of all veterans past and present.
Stryker Brigade Field Operations - Orient Shield 2017
Mon, 13 Nov 2017
U.S. Soldiers attached to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division perform a tactical-movement exercise during exercise Orient Shield 2017 on Camp Fuji, Japan.
The Solitary World Of A Vet
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Millions of vets are and have been successful in all endeavors. They are doctors, lawyers, business people and a thousand other professions. Not all have PTSD ... not all are the troubled, brooding, street corner homeless guy ... although they exist and need help desperately.
Navy League Veteran's Day Ceremony
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
Members of the Knights of Columbus and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets render honors during the presentation of colors at Kitsap Fairgrounds Pavilion in Silverdale, Washington during the Navy League Veteran's Day Ceremony while veterans and family members stand respectfully.
Air Force Expeditionary Warrior
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
The men and women of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing display the traits of a warrior as they support the fight against ISIS with Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, and Resolute Support.
Marine Veteran Makes Wrestling Available To Youth A Priority
Sat, 11 Nov 2017
The passion many Marines have for combative sports like wrestling is easily explained. They require the fostering of traits like resiliency, discipline, and commitment, tenets that all Marines strive to improve in their careers. One retired master gunnery sergeant is making it his priority to share his knowledge and make the sport available to youth.
Veterans Day
Sat, 11 Nov 2017
Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace. For nearly 100 years, since the end of World War I, Veterans Day has given us a time to pay due respect to our veterans, who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next... President Donald Trump
Diving In The Arctica
Sat, 11 Nov 2017
An underwater training exercise between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy. These incredible divers will show us what it takes to succeed in an underwater mission with the highest safety measures.
Last Living WWII OSS Maritime Frogman Relives History
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
1st Marine Raider Support Battalion held an event giving U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command personnel the opportunity to learn about the involvement of World War II Raiders in the war and their legacy that lives on at Camp Pendleton. World War II Marine Raiders played a large role in the success of World War II, on and off the battlefields.
U.S. Marine Corps 242nd Birthday
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also known as the United States Marines ... began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting on both at sea and on shore. By the mid-20th century, the U.S. Marine Corps had become a major theorist of amphibious warfare, which were utilized in the Pacific theater of World War II. As of 2017, the USMC has around 185,000 active duty members and some 38,500 reserve Marines.
26th MEU Realistic Urban Training
Fri, 10 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed Realistic Urban Training (RUT) at Marine Corps Outlying Field Camp Davis-South, North Carolina. RUT allowed the 26th MEU to gain operational experience working as a unit in a simulated forward deployed environment as preparation for an upcoming deployment at sea.
On The Flip Side
Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Tired of Chicago’s inner city violence, Toy’s parents moved the family to a better neighborhood in Dolton, Illinois. Where, Toy made friends much easier ... Hoping for a similar diversity and culture in the Air Force, Toy took a chance and joined.
Anti-Terrorism Drill
Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) hold a simulated perpetrator during an anti-terrorism force protection drill.
Soldiers Live Fire Weapon Systems In Okinawa
Thu, 09 Nov 2017
U.S. Soldiers with 10th Support Group Regional qualify on various weapon systems including Anti-Tank 4 (AT4) Rockets and the MK19 (Automatic 40mm Grenade Launcher Machinegun) with MK281 40mm non-dud producing ammunition during deployment in Okinawa, Japan.
Cyber Games Strengthen Ties and Technical Skills
Wed, 08 Nov 2017
A cyber-attack is invisible, can be undeterred by boundaries, and extremely dangerous ... Cyber security is the protection of computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.
Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon Performance
Wed, 08 Nov 2017
The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs precision marching and rifle drill movements during a Salute to Service halftime show at a Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos game at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA.
Air Force Special Operations Command Heritage
Wed, 08 Nov 2017
Air Force Special Operations Command is small in numbers ... because it has to be! In these special ops airmen's business ... quality is always better than quantity. They will go wherever the mission demands. They will do whatever our country requires at a moment's notice!
AFRL Volunteers Growing A LEGACY In Materials Science
Tue, 07 Nov 2017
With paperclips, school glue, and a few metal scraps, AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate volunteers are helping to secure a brighter future for materials science research, one student at a time.
Army Interactive Experience
Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Staff Sgt. Tameca Bradley, assigned to the U.S. Army’s Largo, Maryland Recruiting Center, speaks to students about joining the army. Soldiers from Largo were at the school helping out as part of an Army Interactive Experience visit from the U.S. Army’s Mission Support Battalion Mobile Exhibit Company.
Marine Combat Training - Camp Lejeune
Tue, 07 Nov 2017
U.S. Marines with Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East, conduct various training events aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Rutherford Hayes Honored For Contributions To Nation
Mon, 06 Nov 2017
A clear sky and warm, autumn sun provided the ideal backdrop to honor the 19th president of the United States during a ceremony in Fremont, Ohio on October 8, 2017. Rutherford B. Hayes was laid to rest in this northwest Ohio town in 1893. Prior to that, he served the nation in public service roles ranging from city solicitor to major general and ultimately president.
Astronaut Shares International Space Station Experience
Mon, 06 Nov 2017
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer speaks about his time onboard the International Space Station (ISS) during Expeditions 51/52 at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Underdog Makes Navy Ceremonial Guard
Mon, 06 Nov 2017
Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Reed is the point man on the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. He leads the drill team’s four- and nine-person ceremonial formations, but it wasn’t always easy for him.
Small Antennas Could Benefit The Warfighter
Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Researchers at the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, in partnership with Northeastern University, recently developed an ultra-compact antenna that uses a whole different approach in transmitting and receiving signals. This breakthrough could be a big step in the miniaturization of many military and commercial communication systems.
Coast Guard Life Boat Training Outside Tillamook Bay
Sun, 05 Nov 2017
A boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay, conducts training outside the Tillamook Bay entrance, near Garibaldi, Oregon.
Soldiers Live Fire At Schofield
Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conduct a live fire exercise at the Battle Area Complex on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Army Veteran - Wheelchair Basketball Warrior
Sat, 04 Nov 2017
When Army veteran Anthony Pone began his military career in 2000, he had no idea where life would take him ... No matter what team he’s playing for, Pone says his goal is to represent for those who give their all to the game, despite their limitations.
F-16 Viper Wall of Fire
Sat, 04 Nov 2017
An Air Force F-16 Viper taxis just a few hundred feet from the wall of fire at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show at Fort Worth, Texas.
Marines Conduct Direct Action Exercises At Night
Sat, 04 Nov 2017
1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, conducts direct action exercises at night. This training provides 1st ANGLICO with realistic situations that will better prepare them for future deployments.
Old Glory Raised, Then Lowered
Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The flag is the ultimate point of shared citizenship, especially if you are in ranks for a military reveille or retreat ... During half-staff days, I find strength and inspiration in the story of William Driver.
Sailor Mans Machine Gun Aboard Patrol Boat
Fri, 03 Nov 2017
U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Owen, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, mans an M240G machine gun aboard a MK VI patrol boat while providing high value asset protection for the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as it transits (CVN 71) to Apra Harbor, Guam.
Utilizing Laser Power To Enhance Weapons and More
Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Research into lasers may offer advancement in propulsion technology to get us into deep space and beyond for a fraction of the cost. The geniuses at the Air Force Research Laboratory are developing multiple ways to utilize laser power to enhance weapons, mining in space and electrolyze water.
WWII Bombardier Earns Medal of Honor Giving Up Parachute, Life
Thu, 2 Nov 2017
Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. David Kingsley, a bombardier in World War II, who knowingly traded his own life for that of an injured compatriot ... All eight crew members who were able to bail out survived. The crew said the last they saw of Kingsley, he was standing on the bomb bay catwalk. Minutes later, the plane crashed into a heap of fire.
Marine Corps SSgt. Patrick Maloney Awarded Bronze Star
Thu, 2 Nov 2017
Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command commander, awards the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Maloney at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Maloney exposed himself to enemy fire to employ a heavy machinegun mounted in an open truck bed during an enemy ambush on deployment in August 2016. Despite two weapon malfunctions, Maloney effectively suppressed and disrupted the ambush, allowing Raiders to repel the attackers.
Army Greywolf Brigade Fires TOWs
Thu, 2 Nov 2017
U.S. Army soldiers with the Greywolf Brigade train on firing the TOW missile from the Bradley Fighting Vehicle at an undisclosed location in Kuwait.
Corps Evaluates Virtual Decision Kit To Supplement Training
Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Innovation! Vision! Initiative! Those are the reasons Lt. Col. Marcus Mainz envisioned the Tactical Decision Kit, or TDK. The Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office, in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research, developed the TDK which uses technology that allows Marines and Sailors to train virtually on or off duty, and test their decision-making skills from the barracks.
ROTC Ranger Challenge
Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Tarleton State University ROTC cadets cross the finish line during the 10-mile ruck march event at the end of the U.S Army ROTC Ranger Challenge competition held at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen teams of nine ROTC cadets, including two Tarleton State teams, competed in the weekend-long competition.
Little Boy Lucas' Fight With Neuroblastoma
Wed, 01 Nov 2017
At an early age Lucas Parsek was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma a cancer often found in the small glands on top of the kidneys. U.S. Army Captain Larissa Parsek, Lucas’ mother, shares his harrowing story of sacrifice and perseverance.
Gold Star Survivors Are Part of Air Force Family Tree
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
The Air Force family tree has many branches and one branch, representing the service’s Gold Star families, has leaves that glow consistently with the rest.
Coast Guard Boatcrew Rescues Dog In Lake Pontchartrain
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station New Orleans rescued a dog in Lake Pontchartrain. A Coast Guard boatcrew that was preparing to get underway for training launched, rescued the dog and brought him back to the station. From there, he was turned over to the Jefferson Parish East Bank Animal Shelter.
Digitally Aided Close Air Support Training At MCAS Yuma
Tue, 31 Oct 2017
Joint Test and Evaluation oversees tactics, techniques and procedures for the DACAS at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
Always A Marine ... Fighting For Freedom
Mon, 30 Oct 2017
From a young age, Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Gilbert G. Oshana knew he wanted to serve his country. He wanted to give back to the nation that had given him so much and had blessed his family ... After 20 years of service, Oshana is nowhere near close to leaving the Corps.
Pave Hawk Demonstration During Airshow
Mon, 30 Oct 2017
An HH-60G Pave Hawk flies in a demonstration during the Thunder Over South Georgia Airshow at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
President George W. Bush With Troops In Al Asad - Iraq War
Mon, 30 Oct 2017
U.S. President George W. Bush makes a surprise visit to an air base in the Al Asad, Iraq area ... where he thanks and interacts U.S. troops; and, meets with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, and the staff of the air base. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates accompanied President Bush on the visit.
Evolution of the Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Mission
Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the service’s development has been shaped in response to the nation’s natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that clearer than the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission. Major response efforts and evolving technology continue to influence the U.S. Coast Guard’s development as the world’s premier search and rescue organization.
Dawn Blitz Simulated Strait Transit
Sun, 29 Oct 2017
The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) leads the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) in formation during a simulated strait transit as part of Dawn Blitz 2017.
Navy Trains With Air Force At Desert Defender
Sun, 29 Oct 2017
Sailors and Airmen work side-by-side building critical skill sets during the first joint-service security course at the Air Force Desert Defender Ground Combat Readiness Training Center. Although Sailors have attended two Desert Defender classes in the past, this was the first time Air Force and Navy students completed the same course together.
A Chief's Foundation: Faith, Family, Mentorship
Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Thirty feet up in the air, clinging to a utility pole, was a brand new Airman crying out for help ... An instructor stared up at him from the ground and sighed. This was the sergeant’s first day as a technical training school instructor, and before that moment, it had been years since he had climbed a utility pole. Even to a man with a resolute stature and years of experience, the sergeant had to gather his own nerves before making the climb.
Amphibious Assault Vehicles Land During Dawn Blitz
Sat, 28 Oct 2017
U.S. Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade drive amphibious assault vehicles during Dawn Blitz 2017 aboard Camp Pendleton, California. Dawn Blitz 2017 provides a robust training environment where forces plan and execute amphibious training.
Texas National Guard Hurricane Harvey Rescue Ops
Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Texas Army National Guard soldiers conducting rescue operations in heavily flooded areas near Houston, Texas. The entire Texas National Guard was called up in response to Hurricane Harvey.
Ret. Army Captain Receives Medal of Honor For Vietnam War Heroics
Fri, 27 Oct 2017
More than 47 years after his heroic actions in Laos during the Vietnam War, Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose was recognized with the Medal of Honor ... Rose served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War with the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group, part of Army Special Forces. He was recognized for his actions between Sept. 11-14, 1970, in Laos. The mission he was part of, "Operation Tailwind," had for many years been classified.
Fallen Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida's Flag Presentation
Fri, 27 Oct 2017
U.S. Army Col. Michael Kornburger, commander, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, presents the American flag to Rebecca Dalida at her husband’s, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida’s, graveside service in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, was enrolled in the Special Forces Qualification Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School when he died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, September 14, 2017.
Marine Week Detroit Concert and Demonstrations
Fri, 27 Oct 2017
U.S. Marines present military performances at Detroit's Riverwalk for Marine Week Detroit ... including drill team demonstration, aerial assault, martial arts, amphibious assault, dog handling, marching band, and singers.
Keeping The High Ground
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Since the advent of flight, all battlefield commanders have sought to control the airspace above the battlefield – the "ground" above the high ground. Control of the airspace grants its occupant a clearer view of an enemy’s movements, better communications with friendly forces and the freedom to move quickly and unpredictably to attack downhill well behind the enemy’s front lines.
USS Constitution Sailing In Boston Harbor
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
The USS Constitution originally launched in 1797 and is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world sails in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. The USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America.
Cheyenne Mountain Complex
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
According to legend, Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain is a sleeping dragon that many years ago saved the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. In the Native American story, the Great Spirit punished the people by sending a massive flood, but after they repented, it sent a dragon to drink the water away. The dragon, engorged by the massive amount of water, fell asleep, was petrified and then became the mountain. Unlike the dragon of legend, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex has never slept during 50 years of operations. Since being declared fully operational in April 1966, the installation has played a vital role in the Department of Defense during both peacetime and wartime.
Gary M. Rose's Medal of Honor Ceremony
Wed, 25 Oct 2017
President Donald J. Trump awards the Medal of Honor to retired Army Capt. Gary M. Rose, for conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War, at a White House ceremony.
Road To Awesome ... A Mindset, Not A Destination
Wed, 25 Oct 2017
All eyes direct their gaze at a lean, tall and tan specialist as he walks toward the man wearing three stars on his Army Combat Uniform. The specialist faces the crowd, clears his throat, and claims in loud, confident voice...
Retired U.S. Army Captain Gary M. Rose Awarded Medal of Honor
Wed, 25 Oct 2017
President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Retired U.S. Army Captain Gary M. Rose in a ceremony at the the White House in Washington, D.C. Rose was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during Operation Tailwind in Southeastern Laos during the Vietnam War, September 11-14, 1970. Then-Sgt. Rose was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at the time of the action.
From Idea To Innovation: Encompassing A Mindset
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
Air Force Master Sgt. Bartek Bachleda developed an ergonomically correct support cushion and floor panel for KC-135 Stratotanker boom operators, which potentially saves Airmen from future medical problems ... His innovations even have him dabbling in other career fields, from creating a new aircrew alert system to enhance readiness to creating air refueling training videos to inspire and coach a new generation of boom operators.
Air Force Academy Cadets Releasing Falcons
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets 3rd Class Shawn Weathersby and James Barney, both falconers at the academy falconry program, prepare to release their falcons at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Marine LAHS 469 Conducts Drills
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 conduct close air support drills using a UH-1Y Venom during a training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, California with scenes of the picturesque rugged Pacific coast line and desert areas . The purpose of this training is to create a realistic training environment that enhances combat readiness.
Army Model Predicts Number Of 'Piercing' Cyber Attacks
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
A new study from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory presents evidence that the number of cyber intrusions can be predicted, particularly when analysts are already observing activities on a company or government organization's computer network.
Blue Angels Perform Over Alcatraz Island
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
The Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, perform over Alcatraz Island during an air show as part of Fleet Week in San Francisco.
Active Shooter At Richmond Hill Medical Home
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
In partnership with U.S. Army Medical Activity-Fort Stewart, Richmond Hill Medical Home and the Richmond Hill Police Department first responders, worked hand-in-hand with the MEDDAC Emergency Management Team lead by Wilson Rodriguez, participated in a collaborative active-shooter exercise.
Salute To Vietnam Veterans
Sun, 22 Oct 2017
U.S. Marine Corps Retired 1st Lt. McClary, along with thousands of other men and women, joined during a time when our country was not only at war but was struggling with internal turmoil. American citizens were staging anti-war protests and desecrating American flags ... Instead of returning to parades, our troops returned home to riots and protests.
Marine Interacts With Tucker Creek Middle School Students
Sun, 22 Oct 2017
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kayla Chappel, assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) 2, interacts with students during lunch at Tucker Creek Middle School, Havelock, NC. MTACS-28 signed the Memorandum of Understanding to support community involvement in education through the Marine Corps by having the unit volunteer with the students throughout school events.
Psychology Of A Hero
Sun, 22 Oct 2017
What does it take to be a hero? Can anyone be a hero? Dr. Wayne Chappelle, psychologist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, researched what psychological traits allowed Air Force special operations battlefield Airmen to succeed through training and in operations. He also discovered that many of the same traits that make a person a hero can also make them a great scientist or engineer.
A Family Legacy 70 Years In The Making
Sat, 21 Oct 2017
So far, there have been seven Ellison’s to serve in various career fields and in all three Air Force components ... More than 70 years after enlisting, Lenard Ellison accomplished more than just a better life for his family, he led them in service to their country.
Hurricane Maria Survivors With NY National Guard Pilot
Sat, 21 Oct 2017
A pilot assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation, makes friends during a relief supply mission in Puerto Rico. The 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation deployed 60 personnel and four UH-60 helicopters to Puerto Rico to provide relief and assistance following Hurricane Maria.
Northern Strike 17 - Water Range Proficiency
Sat, 21 Oct 2017
U.S. Navy Aircrew, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, Norfolk, VA, exercise strike capability proficiency training at Alpena CRTC water range over Lake Huron during Northern Strike '17 ... a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting approximately 5,000 service members from 13 states and five coalition countries during the first two weeks of August 2017.
Medal Of Honor Heroes Walk Through History
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Above the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum fly the Stars and Stripes joined by the flags of the U.S. Armed Forces. The low-key event contrasts with the magnitude of the service given by the Medal of Honor recipients, who met with the community, Fort Carson Soldiers, service members, cadets and other guests.
Air Force Honor Guard In A Full Honors Funeral
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard holding folded flags during a full honors funeral for Col. Robert Anderson at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Anderson, originally from Battle Creek, Mich., went missing on October 6, 1972, when his F-4D crashed in North Vietnam. His remains were identified on October 22, 1998.
Marine AV-8B Harriers Fire 'Maverick' Missile
Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Marine Attack Squadron 311 AV-8B Harriers fire the AGM-65E 'Maverick' missile during the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Amphibious Integration Training. The Maverick is a laser guided, air-to-surface tactical missile designed to take out armored targets and hardened structures. VMA-311 is concluding the Harrier's 'farewell tour' with the 31st MEU as the force transitions to the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
WWII Soldier, Future Senator Loses Arm, Earns MoH Saving Many
Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Inouye tried to join the military after graduation, but he was given draft classification 4C, which stood for enemy alien and labeled him unfit for duty ... Inouye was eventually taken to a field hospital, where his right arm was amputated without the use of anesthesia ... Medal of Honor in the 1990s by President Bill Clinton.
Ready For Flight Deck Take Off
Thu, 19 Oct 2017
An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to take off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific Ocean.
Air Force Cyber Shield
Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Hacking, ransomware, the "dark web." Computers have opened up new possibilities for unprecedented access to information by millions around the world, but along with the positive possibilities come cyber threats. The Air Force uses computers to aid in national defense in everything from GPS to advanced aircraft and weapons systems, and it all needs to be kept safe as shown by the airmen who are part of the Air Force cyber shield.
Vietnam War Veterans
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
"Vietnam War Veterans" pays tribute to those of who valiantly served in Vietnam with many making the ultimate sacrifice or returning wounded for life ... all beyond self for country's sake ... regardless of the political disrespectful mindset that kept them from achieving the victory they so deserved ... as the greatest generation before them did in World Wary II and the Korean War!
Discovering Wartime Whittier
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pvt. John Parys, a 29-year-old machine shop foreman from Rhode Island, traveled by rail east across America with other green Soldiers in late 1944, presumably on their way to combat someplace in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. No one told them where.
Marines Desert Training In Middle East
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Lecompte and Lance Cpl. Dulton James with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment run in the hot grabbing sand toward simulated casualties while training in an undisclosed Middle East location. They are members of a quick reaction force that is capable of responding to developing situations on short notice.
President Bush Praises & Thanks Troops In 2008 Iraq Visit
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
During December 2008 at an undisclosed location in Iraq ... President George W. Bush praises U.S. troops for their valiant service under combat conditions ... and then thanks them personally as he interacts with them after his remarks.
USO - There For The Troops
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
"USO - There For The Troops" honors the USO and its patriot volunteers including super star entertainers for this nonprofit's steadfast efforts for America's brave, honorable troops even those in harm's way since its start in 1941.
Thank You Friend
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
"Thank You Friend" is an inspiring message of proud appreciation to America's active troops and the veterans before them ... for their brave, honorable service to our beloved great country ... touchingly delivered by Dan Carlos' heartfelt performance.
POW Recounts Operation Linebacker II
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
It was December 26, 1972. The vibration from bombs exploding in the distance resonated through the walls of the North Vietnamese prison. In his cell, an American pilot peered through the barred windows where he saw the silhouette of a B-52 Stratofortress in flames. He could only watch as the same fate that lead him to his prison cell was handed over to his fellow Airmen.
Soldiers Fire Machine Gun
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Garrett Brazzell and Staff Sgt. Lee Hicks, both petroleum specialists with the 842nd Quartermaster Company, work together as gunner and assistant gunner firing an M2 machine gun for weapons qualification during Operation Cold Steel II, hosted by the 79th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Hunter Liggett, California.
Talisman Saber 2017 - Final Battle
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Troops from Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Japan and Canada conducted a series of coordinated attacks as part of the culminating activity for Talisman Saber 2017 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The three main battle groups making up the coalition ‘blue’ forces were given a series of objectives to clear from the static ‘red’ forces. Australian and United States troops fought side by side on both the blue and red teams.
America's Presidents
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
"America's Presidents" honors all who have and will proudly lead the United States of America ... as President. This salute is more about the Presidency ... understanding the respective political mindset and associated actions ... relative to the challenges for each one ... underscored by their love of country.
America Medley performed by Anthem Lights
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Anthem Lights' wonderful harmony performance of "America Medley" with iconic patriotic songs ... God Bless America, God Bless The USA, America The Beautiful, and the Star-Spangled Banner ... should stir every American's pride of our beloved country.
Family, Football, Faith
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
The noise from the cheering fans muffles into the background. Gloved hands brace against a worn turf field. Under his helmet, sweat accumulates on his face. His eyes lock focus on the opponent across from him as he waits for the football to be snapped.
Aerial Ridgetop Sunrise
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Two Army MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion prepare to participate in a sunrise aerial refueling exercise during a weapons and tactics Instructor course over the mountains near Yuma, Arizona.
PHIBRON 4 - 26th MEU Integration
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed an at-sea exercise with Amphibious Squadron 4 (PHIBRON-4) during PHIBRON-MEU Integration Training (PMINT) in the Atlantic Ocean.
Music Legend Patriots
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
Music Legend Patriots ... honors Country Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak Ridge Boys, for always being there for our brave troops and veterans ... always exemplifying pride of America ... and love of God ... on and off the stage!
Two Sons Lost, Two Battles - A Resilient Family
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
One military family lost two sons - one to the struggle with mental illness and one to the battlefield. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Graham and his wife Carol, who lost their sons, recently spoke to service members about the importance of resiliency while visiting Fort Sam Houston.
Food and Water For Hurricane Maria Survivors
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Alba, rescue swimmer, delivers food and water from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to survivors of Hurricane Maria near San Sebastian, Puerto Rico from a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Army Autonomous Micro-Robotics
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
A look at some of the amazing results from the groundbreaking research into autonomous micro-robotics that the U.S. Army along with its 19 industry and university partners through a collaborative technology alliance have accomplished over 10 years that is coming to a very successful end. There is also a peak at the next collaborative technology alliance research effort.
Dust On The Rails Of A Glorious Heritage
Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Hidden inside these gray train car shells is a unique historical treasure that shares a special bond with the B-52D, the KC-135 Stratotanker and Fairchild AFB. It is the last, complete original B-52D simulator in existence, code-name: Alpine Clover, with supporting cars named Little John, Andrew Squire and DFX-7 adjoining it.
Father and Son Show Honor and Respect During Anthem
Sat, 14 Oct 2017
U.S. Air Force Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, and his son, Mac Smith, pay respect during the nation anthem at a Biloxi High School military appreciation night football game in Biloxi, Miss. Smith, along with other Keesler Air Force Base leadership, participated in the coin toss to determine which team would receive the ball first.

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