What you see is what you expect to see.

Commandos from the Afghan National Army Special Forces, 3rd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak and U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, conducted clearance of Sorbaghal village in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. After making contact with villagers in the local bazaar, the team came under small arms fire and withdrew their wounded to meet the medevac before continuing their mission.

3rd SOK and the USSF teamed together in order to disrupt insurgent networks in the area and make Sorbaghal village a safer place for its residents.

(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Sara Wakai, 10 APR 2014.)

[Curator’s Challenge: can you tell which personnel are 3rd SOK Commandos, and which are Special Forces? -R]

Falcon with a wart.
A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 93rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, flies a close air support mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom coalition ground forces. The compact, multi-role fighter aircraft entered active service in 1980. It is highly maneuverable and proven in both air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.) High-res

Falcon with a wart.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 93rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, flies a close air support mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom coalition ground forces. The compact, multi-role fighter aircraft entered active service in 1980. It is highly maneuverable and proven in both air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)

Bacon on black velvet.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the tarmac awaiting its pilot and a weapons reload at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, 10 FEB 2014.) High-res

Bacon on black velvet.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the tarmac awaiting its pilot and a weapons reload at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, 10 FEB 2014.)

Hungry Hawg.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Harris, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Harris is a Denver native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and after almost forty years of service remains the most effective and efficient at delivering that mission.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)  High-res

Hungry Hawg.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Harris, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Harris is a Denver native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and after almost forty years of service remains the most effective and efficient at delivering that mission.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.) 

Hawg Spam Thursday.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Babbitt, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Babbitt, is a Houston native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and remains the most effective and efficient means of delivering that mission.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)

[Show your Hawg love, share your favorite Warthog pics with me! -R] High-res

Hawg Spam Thursday.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Babbitt, 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, flies a combat sortie over northeast Afghanistan. Babbitt, is a Houston native. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specifically designed for close air support of ground forces, and remains the most effective and efficient means of delivering that mission.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 2 APR 2014.)

[Show your Hawg love, share your favorite Warthog pics with me! -R]

And what do we say to Death? Not today.
fuckyeahcanadianforces:

A wounded Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimeter recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zhari district, October 23, 2007.

And what do we say to Death? Not today.

fuckyeahcanadianforces:

A wounded Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimeter recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zhari district, October 23, 2007.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The mountain’s breath comes to Muhammad.
Two Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinooks lift into the sunset from Task Force Helmand headquarters in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province.
(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, 22 SEP 2011.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The mountain’s breath comes to Muhammad.

Two Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinooks lift into the sunset from Task Force Helmand headquarters in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province.

(Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, 22 SEP 2011.)

Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: This one’s for the birdwatchers.

[1] A British Forces Merlin Bird of Prey multi-purpose helicopter lands at Patroling Base Boltan-T to drop off personnel and cargo. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, 26 JUL 2011.)

[2] British Merlin comes in for a landing in Al Fao, Iraq. (Photo by Specialist Rhonda Roth-Cameron, 29 SEP 2008.)

USMC Lance Corporal Caleb L. Erickson. 28 FEB 2014.

Died in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations. Erickson was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.