Red Teams Crew: Know your enemy.

[Top] Airmen from the 133rd Security Forces Squadron play the role of aggressors in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

[Center] Airman 1st Class Bronson Scheff secures Master Sgt. Robben Todd during a refresher Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training exercise.

[Bottom] Staff Sgt. Justin Schmidt secures the hands of an Airman. Schmidt, along with other 133rd SFS personnel, provided a sense of realism for Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron and 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training exercise.

(U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren, 12 APR 2014.)

Fun day at the beach with your friends.

Republic of Korea Marines drive Amphibious Assault Vehicles onto Dogue Beach during exercise Ssang Yong, Pohang, South Korea. Exercise Ssang Yong is conducted annually in the ROK to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces by performing a full spectrum of amphibious operations while showcasing sea-based power projection in the Pacific.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Whitney, 3 APR 2014.)

Endless brown and blue.

UH-60 Black Hawks, operated by 3rd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, fly overhead after conducting an air assault with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as part of Operation Intrepid Centurion in Kuwait. The 42nd CAB, New York Army National Guard, provided rotary winged aviation assets to Intrepid Centurion, an annual exercise between the U.S. and Kuwait militaries designed to strengthen their tactical proficiency and familiarity with each other’s operations.

(N.Y. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. Harley Jelis, 19 FEB 2014.)

Because there’s no such thing as too much bacon.
Capt. Tom Silkowski, lead aircraft, and Capt. Andy Labrum, wingman, two Idaho Air National Guard pilots from the 190th Fighter Squadron, fly their Warthogs next to a Utah National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker, waiting to refuel shortly after leaving Idaho. The pilots are headed to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, for Green Flag East, a two-week training exercise.
(Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur, 9 MAR 2014.)
[And grunts love their bacon. -R] High-res

Because there’s no such thing as too much bacon.

Capt. Tom Silkowski, lead aircraft, and Capt. Andy Labrum, wingman, two Idaho Air National Guard pilots from the 190th Fighter Squadron, fly their Warthogs next to a Utah National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker, waiting to refuel shortly after leaving Idaho. The pilots are headed to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, for Green Flag East, a two-week training exercise.

(Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur, 9 MAR 2014.)

[And grunts love their bacon. -R]

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The future was wide open.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Suggs, loadmaster with the 52nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, observes the cloud cover in preparation for pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to free-fall jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules over Djibouti. Training jumps cannot take place with complete cloud cover.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 12 MAR 2014. And they all lived happily ever after.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The future was wide open.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Suggs, loadmaster with the 52nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, observes the cloud cover in preparation for pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to free-fall jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules over Djibouti. Training jumps cannot take place with complete cloud cover.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 12 MAR 2014. And they all lived happily ever after.)

Beats a polar bear swim.
Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo climb a caving ladder attached to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a training exercise at Lake Yojoa, Honduras. Task Force members and members of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted helocast, caving ladder and overwater hoist training during the exercise in order to maintain proficiency in a variety of skill sets as well as to prepare for future operations and exercises throughout Central America.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Zach Anderson, 25 FEB 2014.) High-res

Beats a polar bear swim.

Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo climb a caving ladder attached to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a training exercise at Lake Yojoa, Honduras. Task Force members and members of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted helocast, caving ladder and overwater hoist training during the exercise in order to maintain proficiency in a variety of skill sets as well as to prepare for future operations and exercises throughout Central America.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Zach Anderson, 25 FEB 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Contrast.
U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment participate in training during amphibious landing operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, as part of exercise Iron Fist 2014. Iron Fist is a three-week bilateral training event held annually between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force designed to increase interoperability between the two services while aiding the Japanese in their continued development of amphibious capabilities.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric Coffer, 19 FEB 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Contrast.

U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment participate in training during amphibious landing operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, as part of exercise Iron Fist 2014. Iron Fist is a three-week bilateral training event held annually between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force designed to increase interoperability between the two services while aiding the Japanese in their continued development of amphibious capabilities.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric Coffer, 19 FEB 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sound of the drums, beatin’ in my heart.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division lay in a cloud of dirt after an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade drops them off during a bilateral exercise in the US Central Command area of responsibility. After being dropped off, soldiers assaulted a mock village, which tested their ability to conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain. The week-long military-to-military exercise fostered partnership and interoperability.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th ID, 19 FEB 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sound of the drums, beatin’ in my heart.

Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division lay in a cloud of dirt after an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade drops them off during a bilateral exercise in the US Central Command area of responsibility. After being dropped off, soldiers assaulted a mock village, which tested their ability to conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain. The week-long military-to-military exercise fostered partnership and interoperability.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th ID, 19 FEB 2014.)

Brothers in arms.

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fire FN Minimi light machine guns (top) while training and swapping challenge coins (center) with U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, California. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna K. Albrecht, 7 FEB 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Traffic jam.

Coalition force members waits for a herd of sheep to pass, so they can setup a helicopter landing zone in Balkh province, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2014. The troops were setting up the HLZ to return safely to FOB MES after participating in marksmanship training.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Stephen Cline, 20 JAN 2014.)