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US Army Private First Class Donnell A. Hamilton Jr. 24 JUL 2014.

Died at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Hamilton was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.

US Army Private First Class Keith M. Williams. 24 JUL 2014.

Died in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Williams was assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

US Army Staff Sergeant Benjamin G. Prange. 24 JUL 2014.

Died in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Prange was assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Life and Death in the Korengal.

Baker Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, August 2009.

(Photos and article by Sergeant Matthew Moeller, 22 AUG 2009.)

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — As bullets started to rain down on Baker Company’s position, a Soldier sighed, and said, annoyingly, “Well here we go.”

Over the next twenty minutes the service members fired everything from bullets to curse words at the invisible enemy attacking from the surrounding hills.

"Just once I’d like to come out here and not get shot at," said an exasperated U.S. Army Sgt. Graham Mullins, of Columbia, Mo., using a four-foot stone wall for cover. "Just once."

Near the end, two F-15 fighter jets pummeled the insurgent forces with 500-pound bombs, and an eerie silence fell across the battlefield. For the U.S. service members, it was just another morning in the notorious Korengal Valley. 

Nicknamed “The Valley of Death,” the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers have called the isolated valley, in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, home, since arriving in June.

"This place is definitely its own monster; there are a lot of other dangerous places in Afghanistan, but I would say this place lives up to the hype," said U.S. Army Capt. Mark Moretti, Co. B. commander, and New Windsor, N.Y., native.

"It’s all just a waiting game," said a Co. B Soldier, during a ‘routine’ patrol. "We come out here, and wait for them to open fire on us."

Seeing some of the toughest fighting in Afghanistan on a daily basis, many Baker Co. Soldiers find humor in the idea that many of their fellow Soldiers are envious of their assignment, who often refer to the almost constant battle as the ‘infantryman’s dream.’

"I would tell them to seriously reconsider their thinking positions," U.S. Army Spc. Guadalupe Gardenias, a B Co. Soldier, said, laughing.

Living in conditions that rival the third-world villages they patrol, the tiny U.S outposts dotting the valley walls are in stark contrast to other American mega-bases in Afghanistan, such as Bagram Airfield, which offers everything from personal internet to American fast food restaurants. 

Here, if a resupply helicopter gets cancelled, Soldiers miss not only letters from home, but risk having to ration their food.

At the Korengal Outpost, Soldiers use outhouses and hope to shower once a week to conserve water. At nearby Restrepo Outpost, Soldiers lack any running water, and eat field rations for every meal.

"The conditions out here are tough, and it’s a tough fight," said Moretti. "But given the chance, I don’t think anyone would want to leave."

Despite daily gun battles, poor hygiene and tortuous terrain, the men of Baker Co. seem content living their life in the “Valley of Death.” When asked if they would take an easier assignment, the answer was always the same. “Not unless everyone else came with me.” 

To these Soldiers the debate back home about the war in Afghanistan means little. To them, it’s the brotherhood, born in combat, keeping these Soldiers motivated to stand shoulder to shoulder.

"Before I came into the Army a lot of people would talk about brothers in arms, and I thought it was kind of cheesy, but being out here, I can definitely say that it brings us a lot closer," said Gardanias. "Cause no matter what we say, or what we do, nobody besides us is going to know what we went through, and what it was like."

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Ever Wonder Why U.S.Army Helicopters Have Native American Names (Mostly…)?
From Army Aviation Digest - March 1977 - Contest to Name the UH-60, Which Would Become the Blackhawk:
AR 70-28, dated 18 June 1976, specifies that Army aircraft should be given the names of American Indian tribes or chiefs or terms. The name should appeal to the imagination without sacrifice of dignity, and should suggest an aggressive spirit and confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft. The name also should suggest mobility, agility, flexibility, firepower and endurance.For brevity, it is suggested the name consist of only one word. The names given Army aircraft are primarily for use in public releases and other documents as a ready reference but have proven popular among Army personnel. In the past some Army aircraft, such as the 0-1 Bird Dog and OH-23 Ravenwere not given Indian names. In most cases, such aircraft were given their names before the present policy went into effect. These names have not been changed. The last aircraft introduced into the Army without an Indian name is the AH-1G HueyCobra. This aircraft, an outgrowth of the UH-1 Iroquois (Huey), was named by its maker before it was purchased by the Army. When the Army started buying the helicopter the name quickly was shortened by common usage to ” Cobra,” which is descriptive of its impressive fighting ability. The names of fixed and rotary wing Army aircraft are listed below.
ROTARY WINGAH-1 HueyCobraOH-13 SiouxCH-21 ShawneeOH-23 RavenCH-34 ChoctawOH-58 KiowaCH-37 MojaveTH-55 OsageCH-47 ChinookUH-1 IroquoisCH-54 TarheUH-19 ChickasawOH-6 CayuseAH-56 Cheyene
Now you know… and knowing is half the battle.
via The Aviationist

OH-58 Kiowa thats all, they are Angels down range

[List is missing the newest sibling of the bunch: UH-72 Lakota.]

itsramez:

toocatsoriginals:

Ever Wonder Why U.S.Army Helicopters Have Native American Names (Mostly…)?

From Army Aviation Digest - March 1977 - Contest to Name the UH-60, Which Would Become the Blackhawk:

AR 70-28, dated 18 June 1976, specifies that Army aircraft should be given the names of American Indian tribes or chiefs or terms. The name should appeal to the imagination without sacrifice of dignity, and should suggest an aggressive spirit and confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft. The name also should suggest mobility, agility, flexibility, firepower and endurance.For brevity, it is suggested the name consist of only one word. The names given Army aircraft are primarily for use in public releases and other documents as a ready reference but have proven popular among Army personnel. In the past some Army aircraft, such as the 0-1 Bird Dog and OH-23 Ravenwere not given Indian names. In most cases, such aircraft were given their names before the present policy went into effect. These names have not been changed. The last aircraft introduced into the Army without an Indian name is the AH-1G HueyCobra. This aircraft, an outgrowth of the UH-1 Iroquois (Huey), was named by its maker before it was purchased by the Army. When the Army started buying the helicopter the name quickly was shortened by common usage to ” Cobra,” which is descriptive of its impressive fighting ability. The names of fixed and rotary wing Army aircraft are listed below.

ROTARY WING
AH-1 HueyCobra
OH-13 Sioux
CH-21 Shawnee
OH-23 Raven
CH-34 Choctaw
OH-58 Kiowa
CH-37 Mojave
TH-55 Osage
CH-47 Chinook
UH-1 Iroquois
CH-54 Tarhe
UH-19 Chickasaw
OH-6 Cayuse
AH-56 Cheyene

Now you know… and knowing is half the battle.

via The Aviationist

OH-58 Kiowa thats all, they are Angels down range

[List is missing the newest sibling of the bunch: UH-72 Lakota.]

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Black and gold.
Crew chiefs of the 169th GSAB prepare a CH-47F Chinook before conducting the night portion of the sling load training with the 1569th Transportation Company. 
(Photo by Sgt. Michael K. Selvage, 10th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs NCO, 30 JUN 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Black and gold.

Crew chiefs of the 169th GSAB prepare a CH-47F Chinook before conducting the night portion of the sling load training with the 1569th Transportation Company. 

(Photo by Sgt. Michael K. Selvage, 10th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs NCO, 30 JUN 2014.)

Antics arguing semantics.

U.S. Air Force airman from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron jump out of the back of a MH-47 Chinook helicopter at Wynnehaven Beach, Florida. The 23rd STS partnered with 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to conduct personnel recovery training using alternate infiltration and exfiltration techniques.

The 160th SOAR, also known as “Night Stalkers,” is a special operations force of the U.S. Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose and special operations forces. The 23rd STS performs austere airfield control, terminal attack control, personnel rescue and recovery, assault zone assessment, battlefield trauma care, direct action and special reconnaissance.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway, 9 APR 2013.)

Water sports.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade train with the U.S. Navy to conduct a personnel recovery exercise. The 36th CAB is currently deployed to Kuwait and based out of Camp Buehring.

(U.S. Marine Corps motion media by Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings, 26th MEU Combat Camera, 10 JUN 2013.)

Guardian Angel.

A US Army AH-64 Apache gunship provides close air support for Romanian Land Forces during a live fire exercise at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area as part of exercise Combined Resolve II.

The exercise is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise; including more than 4,000 participants from 15 allied and partner countries. The intent of the exercise is to train and prepare an U.S.-led multinational brigade to interoperate 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 Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach, 27 JUN 2014 via DVIDS.)

Brothers in arms.

[1,2] A team of US Special Forces mounted in a MATV convoy with ANA Special Forces of 6th SOK mounted in a MASV through a mountain pass in Sarobi district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. USSF and ANA forces drove to Tagab district, Kapisa province to capture known Taliban commanders in the area.

[3] A member of the US Special Forces provides security cover for the convoy while halted to address mechanical difficulties.

[4] 6th SOK Commandos prepare to breach a compound in Tagab district.

[5,6] 6th SOK Commandos take cover after receiving hostile fire. ANASF and their US counterparts shelter behind the MASV while treating a casualty and requesting medevac.

[7,8] A team of Pedros respond to extract the wounded.

(US Army photos by Specialist Connor Mendez, 17 JUN 2014.)