From the pilot’s viewpoint: an F-15E Strike Eagle positions under the boom of a KC-135R Stratotanker during a training mission Dec. 17, 2010, over North Carolina. The F-15E is from the 335th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

 

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., drops a AGM-65 Maverick during a close-air support training mission Sept. 23, 2011, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. U.S. Air Force Weapons School students participate in many combat training missions over the NTTR during the six-month, graduate-level instructor course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brett Clashman)

 

More than 7200 pounds of unserviceable tank rounds, mortars and 1700 pounds of composition C-4 detonates near Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Feb. 19. Photo by Sgt. Brandon Owen

 

A C-17 Globemaster III air delivers bundles of fuel to Forward Operating Base Waza K’wah in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The fuel was part of an air delivery to help sustain members of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, whose only means of re-supply is through air delivery. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

 

A B-1B Lancer, from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, returns to mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, while flying over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, March 29.

 

Marines with Combat Assault Battalion, Ground Combat Element, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade Forward, III Marine Expeditionary Force, in amphibious assault vehicles train with smoke grenades here Feb. 11, 2011. The training evolution also included courses of fire with the M2 50. caliber heavy machine gun and the Mk19 automatic grenade launcher at a newly-constructed range built for multinational training by Marines from 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF, and Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd MarDiv, both assigned to GCE during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.Cobra Gold 2011 is a yearly multinational, joint training exercise designed to improve partner nation interoperability. Photo by Pfc. Mark Stroud

 

A B-1B Lancer, from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, returns to mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, while flying over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, March 29.

 

Lt. Col. Chris Bigelow observes as an F-15 Eagle from the Massachusetts Air National GuardÂ’s 104th Fighter Wing taxis down the flight line Aug. 5, 2011, prior to take-off while deployed to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, for training. Bigelow is the commander of the 104th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony M. Mutti)

 

Members of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over San Diego Harbor in formation, Feb. 12, 2011. They participated in the Parade of Flight, an air show showcasing historic and current naval aircraft in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Roland A. Franklin

 

A formation of aircraft flies over Guam Feb. 21, 2011, during exercise Cope North.

 

Iraqi army soldiers maneuver an M1 Abrams tank on a range in Besmaya, Iraq, Oct. 10, 2011. (Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) are underway in the Pacific Ocean. Kidd and Pinkney are part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and are participating in a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Crishanda K. McCall)

 

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., heads out to the fight April 28, 2011, during Green Flag West 11-6. Green Flag West provides a realistic close-air support training environment for Airmen and Soldiers preparing to deploy in support of combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

 

Fireworks burst above Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 2, 2011, during Celebrate America. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)

 

A C-130J Super Hercules flies in a 10-ship formation Oct. 5, 2011, over southern Germany, during Europe’s first full-spectrum training environment rotation. The C-130J is assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen J. Otero)

 

A U.S. Army soldier and Pronto, his Special Forces military working dog, jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of Emerald Warrior, March 1, 2011. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored, multiservice exercise to leverage lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force. photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

 

U.S. Marines perform maintenance on a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard the USS Makin Island under way in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 20, 2011. The Makin Island is on its maiden deployment conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. sailors and Marines assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Makin Island performed several operations between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, 2011, while under way in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg)

 

U.S. Army Spc. Devon Boxa from San Angelo, Texas, a member of Company B, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, admires the Afghan landscape out the back door of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter as another Chinook follows. The choppers were flying from Kabul to Jalalabad Dec. 17. (Photo by Spc. Ken Scar)

 

An F-15E Strike Eagle pilot demonstrates the aircraft’s maneuverability April 9, 2011, during the Charleston Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston S.C. The F-15E is a multirole fighter capable of air-to-surface and air-to-air combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Richardson)

 

F-16 Fighting Falcons from both the 8th and 419th Fighter Wings demonstrate an elephant walk formation as they taxi down a runway during an exercise Dec. 2, 2011, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise showcased Kunsan AB aircrews’ capability to quickly and safely prepare an aircraft for a wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas)

 

Cpl. Aaron Pickett, an anti-tank missilemen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fires a Javelin missile from the front of a Humvee during the Enhanced Mojave Viper training exercise at the Black Top Range Training Area on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 29. The Marines of 3/3 are working through the 35-day exercise, their final evaluation before deploying to Afghanistan’s Helmand province in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this fall. During EMV, the infantry battalion is training in the field bolstering infantry skills and practicing counterinsurgency operations. The Marines will combine with supporting arms, aviation and logistics units, and train to fight as a Marine Air Ground Task Force to prepare for deployment. Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder

 

OKINAWA, Japan (Nov. 4, 2011) Landing craft air cushion vehicles assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 transport equipment and vehicles of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to White Beach Naval Facility. Essex offloaded elements of the 31st MEU after completing Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Sade T. Lucas)

 

An M777 howitzer kicks rocks and dust into the air after firing during a recent mission. The Marines with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, remain undaunted as they listen to the recorder to see if they have another mission. 2nd Marine Division. Photo by Cpl. Jeff Drew.

 

Pfc. Erik Park from San Mateo, Calif., fires his M-777 155mm howitzer Sept. 3. Park, who is in 3rd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, is the number one man on the five-man numbered team that operates the massive weapon system. He was 12 years old on 9/11. Photo by Spc. Ken Scar.

 

U.S. Air Force airmen de-ice a C-130 Hercules at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2011. The airmen are assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 914th Airlift Wing. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph McKee

 

An F-15C Falcon participates in an excercise evolution during Northern Edge 2011 over a mountain range in Alaska, June 16, 2011. The U.S. Pacific Command is directing the exercise, which has brought together nearly 6,000 participants from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. The Falcon is assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Joe Painter

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wild Cards of helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 transports ordnance from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during an ammunition handling evolution. Ronald Reagan is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd)

 

GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Navy Seaman Daniel Freeman provides security as his squad exits a V-22 Osprey during Operation Black Dawn here, May 17. Freeman is a corpsman in 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company. Along with his squad, the Woodstock, Ga., native conducted security patrols and vehicle checks in the desert of Eastern Garmsir for 24-hours. During the operation, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s focused on pinpointing trouble areas and narcotic smuggling lanes in Garmsir. The battalion supports Regimental Combat Team 1, the Marine ground combat element in Southern Helmand province. The mission of the RCT is to partner with Afghanistan to conduct counterinsurgency operations to secure the Afghan people, defeat insurgent forces, and enable Afghanistan to assume security responsibilities in the region. Ultimately, the partnered forces promote the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance. Photo by Cpl. Colby Brown.

 

The Pentagon is visible from a V-22 Osprey carrying Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Sept. 6, 2011. Panetta traveled to New York City to visit the 9/11 memorial site with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Defense Department photo/Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey)

 

An artillery round exits the barrel of an M777A2 155mm Howitzer during a live fire exercise at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin Calif., Feb. 19, 2011. Soldiers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conducted the exercise to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Blalack.

 

Airmen assigned to the 820th RED HORSE Squadron jump from a C-17 Globemaster III May 12, 2011, during a training exercise above Alamo, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

 

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 18, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) pulls along side the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) during a vertical replenishment. Gridley is on a deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza)

 

The Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles perform aerial stunts in Black Eagles T-50Bs Oct. 30, 2011. More than 50,000 service members and spectators from around the world watched the aerial stunts, jumps and during Air Power Day 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Staff Sgt. Daylena Gonzalez)

 

A formation of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fly in formation as they return to Yokota Air Base, Japan, from a training mission near Mt. Fuji, Japan, Nov. 2, 2011. Aircrew from the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in Samurai Surge, an all-day training exercise testing mission capability of many agencies throughout the Yokota AB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy)

 

Airmen from the 107th Airlift Wing give Santa a rideon a C-130 Hercules during Operation Toy Drop, Dec. 12, 2011, at Niagra Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagra Falls, N.Y. Operation Toy Drop is a week-long, philanthropic project where both American and foreign paratroopers stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. individually contribute new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local children’s homes and social service agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joseph McKee)

 

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4 releases countermeasure flares while passing the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a tiger cruise. Tiger cruises allow friends and family of deployed sailors and Marines to spend time aboard a sea-going vessel to experience the ship’s day-to-day operations. Ronald Reagan is returning from a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Tidd)

 

OKINAWA, Japan (May 2, 2011) Marines assigned to the 4th Marine Regiment embark an amphibious assault vehicle aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in preparation for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises conducted with the naval and armed forces of participating southeastern Asian countries designed to enhance engagement and cooperation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Hostutler)

 

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 30, 2011) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) perform a recoverable exercise torpedo (REXTORP) fire exercise. REXTORP is a launch and recovery exercise using a dummy torpedo. (U.S. Navy photo)

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (June 7, 2011) Navy Diver 2nd Class Zach Dojaquez, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, watches multinational divers conduct a security sweep of the bottom of a Barbadian Coast Guard vessel. MDSU-2 is participating in Navy Diver Southern Partnership Station, a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase inoperability and partner nation capability through diving operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric)

 

DIEGO GARCIA (Sept. 8, 2011) The Los Angeles-class atack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) is pushed by tugboats as the boat prepares to moor alongside the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Fray)

 

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, top, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George and the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe conduct a replenishment at sea. Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Mendoza

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 10, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Indian navy transit the Pacific Ocean during exercise Malabar 2011, a bilateral training operation with the Indian navy. Ronald Reagan is operating in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray)

 

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 11, 2011) The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) fires its MK-75 76mm mounted gun while underway off the coast of Brazil. Thach is deployed supporting Southern Seas 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips)

 

A U.S. Army soldier From the 2/327th No Slack Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, relieved after a fire fight with the Taliban opens his mouth up towards the sky to taste the snow as it falls in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan March 29, 2011. Joint Combat Camera Afghanistan Photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd

 

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 77th Fighter Squadron prepares for takeoff, Oct. 5, 2011, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Crew chiefs with the 77th FS launched several F-16s to help pilots prepare for real world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston)

 

An F-35 Lightning II flies over Destin, Fla., before landing at its new home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 14, 2011. Its pilot, Lt. Col. Eric Smith is the first Air Force qualified F-35 pilot and is assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago)

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 1, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25 takes off from the flight deck while conducting carrier qualifications aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dean M. Cates)

 

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a field during a clearing mission April 9. Marines with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, learned basic route clearance techniques from engineers like Hickok, who are deployed with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall)

 

Air Force pararescuemen from 103rd Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, and West Coast-based Navy SEALs leap from the ramp of an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft during free-fall parachute training over Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 21. The pararescuemen and SEALs parachuted from an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft over Marine Corps Base Hawaii to fulfill specialty-based sustainment training requirements. They were joined by Marines from 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division. Photo by Lance Cpl. Reece Lodder

 

Jamie Hunters award winning photo Copyright Saab AB

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 20, 2011) Heavy waves crash against the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE 199) during a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is on its maiden deployment conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. Makin Island is the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg)

 

An HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter transports the casualties and members of Baker Company, 3rd Platoon, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), and the 212th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen during training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 21. In this specific training scenario, the pararescuemen used the helicopter to evacuate members of Baker Company who were hit by an improvised explosive device. Photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf

 

An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 8, 2011. The Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 25. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 6, 2011) Fat Albert, the C-130 Hercules assigned to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over San Francisco in preparation for an air show scheduled during San Francisco Fleet Week 2011. San Francisco Fleet Week is a five-day event that highlights the equipment, technology and operational capabilities of the military’s sea services and their history in the San Francisco area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Johnson)

 


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  1. Chris

    I think it’s the 26th photo from the top. (the one titled “northern-edge-06-2011.jpg”)

    It’s an F-16c, NOT an F-15c

    (Silly typo, I’m sure, but majorly noticeable to us military folks.)

    Thanks!

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  2. David Kelly

    As retired Aussie Vietnam vet it is pleasing to see we have such a great ongoing relationship with the US Military.

    best regards,

    David K

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  3. Thomas Bomback

    Served with the 49th T.F.W Germany
    Crewchief on the F-100d leadsled and the F-105d Thud.
    was proud to have served

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    • Paul Squier

      Yo Tom, noticed we both were members of the 49thTFW…what yrs were you there?..71-74 for me..loved Germany, wish I could have extended, but uncle AF needed me back in Korea…My e-mail address: usafpablo@sbcglobal.net…Take care, all the best..Paul, CMSgt,USAF Ret.

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  4. Lonnie (ANDY) Andrews

    Ammo Troops never get enough reconigton.Without Ammo it would be Hand to Hand.
    Very good pictures.

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  5. J.M. Duke

    Good images. It’s heartening to see such stuff, especially with the country in the shape it’s in today. It takes me back to when I was a Navy photographer in the 1950s

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  6. DARYL HUBBARD

    Served 8-1/2 years flying the F-100 at Itazuke, Misawa, Vietnam. The hours I spent in the Super Sabre cockpit were golden…

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  7. R. W. Towne LtCol USAF Retired

    Thanks for many great photos that took me back to my assignments over 23 years.

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  8. B. Richardson, Captain, USN, (Ret.)

    Retired in 1971 after 4 tours in Nam. Miss the Navy like one
    would miss a right arm. Loved every minute, even the bad ones.

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