Hildisvíni sings the song of its people.

107th Fighter Squadron A-10’s fly close air support training missions at the Grayling Air Gunnery Range in northern Michigan.

(Video by Tech Sergeant Rachel Barton, 12 APR 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Picture perfect.
Soldiers from Charlie Company 2-104th Cavalry Regiment from the Pennsylvania National Guard pose for a group photo after a battle simulation for distinguished visitors during part of the field training exercise at Saber Strike 2014. Saber Strike 2014 is a joint, multi-national military exercise scheduled for June 9- 20. The exercise spans multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and involves approximately 4,500 personnel from 10 countries. The exercise is designed to promote regional stability, strengthen international military partnerships, enhance multinational interoperability and prepare participants for worldwide contingency operations.
(U.S. Army Europe photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, 16 JUN 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Picture perfect.

Soldiers from Charlie Company 2-104th Cavalry Regiment from the Pennsylvania National Guard pose for a group photo after a battle simulation for distinguished visitors during part of the field training exercise at Saber Strike 2014. Saber Strike 2014 is a joint, multi-national military exercise scheduled for June 9- 20. The exercise spans multiple locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and involves approximately 4,500 personnel from 10 countries. The exercise is designed to promote regional stability, strengthen international military partnerships, enhance multinational interoperability and prepare participants for worldwide contingency operations.

(U.S. Army Europe photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, 16 JUN 2014.)

I am not smiling, I am viciously baring my teeth at you.
defencehq:

Over 400 Army reservists from across Northern Ireland have undertaken a major military exercise in southern Scotland.
Called Scatha Dare, after the legendary Scottish warrior woman who trained the Ulster hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of combat, this was the largest military exercise undertaken by the Northern Irish reserves.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reservists-complete-scottish-war-games
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I am not smiling, I am viciously baring my teeth at you.

defencehq:

Over 400 Army reservists from across Northern Ireland have undertaken a major military exercise in southern Scotland.

Called Scatha Dare, after the legendary Scottish warrior woman who trained the Ulster hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of combat, this was the largest military exercise undertaken by the Northern Irish reserves.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reservists-complete-scottish-war-games

Sky Soldiers in the trees.

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct squad level live-fire training near Tapa, Estonia. The paratroopers of Company C are part of approximately 600 paratroopers from the brigade training with NATO allies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, as part of an unscheduled land forces exercise to demonstrate commitment to NATO obligations and sustain interoperability with allied forces.

[Pictured are (2) Sergeant John Sheets; (3) Private First Class Robert Bryn; (5) Sergeant Timothy Helsel; and (6) at right, U.S. Army Capt. Dwayne Steppe, company commander.]

(Photos by Sergeant Anthony Jones, 145th MPAD, Oklahoma Army National Guard, 9 JUN 2014.)

Solidarity is four thousand personnel from fifteen nations.

militaryarmament:

Austrian soldiers of 2nd Company, 25th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Brigade during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, May 29, 2014. 

[Combined Resolve II is a U.S. Army Europe-led, multi-national exercise at the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas (Germany), May 15-Jun. 30, 2014. More than 4,000 military members from 15 NATO and European partner nations will focus on maintaining and enhancing interoperability during unified land operations in a decisive action training environment. Participating nations include Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,  France, Georgia, Hungary,  Kosovo, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States.]

Cross training.

Marines with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) rappel from a 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) Chinook onto a mock cargo ship during Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training near Camp Pendleton, California. VBSS, which consists of maritime vessel boarding and searching, is used to combat smuggling, drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy.

(U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Kyle McNally, 11 DEC 2012.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The Cry of the Battle Boar.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II of the Idaho Air National Guard supports Exercise Combined Resolve II at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia. Interoperability training during the exercise promotes security and stability among NATO and European partner nations. 
(U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach, 19 MAY 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The Cry of the Battle Boar.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II of the Idaho Air National Guard supports Exercise Combined Resolve II at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia. Interoperability training during the exercise promotes security and stability among NATO and European partner nations.

(U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach, 19 MAY 2014.)

Hildisvíni at Grafenwoehr.

The Idaho Air National Guard supports Exercise Combined Resolve II with A-10 Thunderbolt II jets at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, including more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries including special operations forces from the U.S., Bulgaria and Croatia. Interoperability training during the exercise promotes security and stability among NATO and European partner nations.

(U.S. Army photos by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger, 20 MAY 2014.)

Not trying to hide.
U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division scan for threats atop an M1A2 Abrams tank during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Combined Resolve II is a multinational decisive action training environment exercise occurring at the Joint Multinational Training Commands Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas that involves more than 4,000 participants from 15 partner nations. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare a U.S. led multinational brigade to inter-operate with multiple partner nations and execute unified land operations against a complex threat while improving the combat readiness of all participants.
(U.S. Army photo by Specialist Bryan Rankin, 19 MAY 2014.) High-res

Not trying to hide.

U.S. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division scan for threats atop an M1A2 Abrams tank during exercise Combined Resolve II at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Combined Resolve II is a multinational decisive action training environment exercise occurring at the Joint Multinational Training Commands Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr Training Areas that involves more than 4,000 participants from 15 partner nations. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare a U.S. led multinational brigade to inter-operate with multiple partner nations and execute unified land operations against a complex threat while improving the combat readiness of all participants.

(U.S. Army photo by Specialist Bryan Rankin, 19 MAY 2014.)

Black hole sun.
Senior Airman Russell Elder, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) specialist with the 22nd Training Squadron, out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, participates in personnel recovery training during Exercise Angel Thunder in Tucson, Arizona. Angel Thunder is a multilateral annual exercise that supports the DoD’s training requirements for personnel recovery responsibilities through high-fidelity exercises. AT provides the most realistic PR training environment available to USAF rescue forces as well as their joint, interagency and coalition partners.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church, 7 MAY 2014.) High-res

Black hole sun.

Senior Airman Russell Elder, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) specialist with the 22nd Training Squadron, out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, participates in personnel recovery training during Exercise Angel Thunder in Tucson, Arizona. Angel Thunder is a multilateral annual exercise that supports the DoD’s training requirements for personnel recovery responsibilities through high-fidelity exercises. AT provides the most realistic PR training environment available to USAF rescue forces as well as their joint, interagency and coalition partners.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church, 7 MAY 2014.)