Retired US Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance.
(Article via CNN, 13 AUG 2014. Source.)
Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission.  Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as Senior Chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.
Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen, and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog.  The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family.  She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn.   While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.
“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film.  LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans.  Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
During the film, Beck also returns to her college, Virginia Military Institute, for her 25th class reunion.  Gazing out onto a football field, she points to the men and women participating in the game activities and says: “some of us need to have a little different journey.  That’s what we defend.  That’s what all these young men right here defend.”
LADY VALOR premiered as an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival and has since been an official selection at Hot Docs, Outfest Los Angeles, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Frameline38 festivals in 2014.  LADY VALOR will be available, in simulcast on Sept. 4, through CNNx for iPad, as well as through “Watch CNN” via www.CNN.com, and CNN’s mobile applications.   The two-hour film will also encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
Beck’s personal reflections and more information about her active duty service will be published via www.CNN.com/ladyvalor before the premiere of the film on CNN/U.S.  More information about LADY VALOR may also be found by visitingwww.LadyValor.com and by following @CNNFilms and @theLadyValor via Twitter. High-res

Retired US Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance.

(Article via CNN, 13 AUG 2014. Source.)

Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission.  Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as Senior Chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.

Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen, and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog.  The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family.  She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn.   While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.

“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film.  LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans.  Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.

During the film, Beck also returns to her college, Virginia Military Institute, for her 25th class reunion.  Gazing out onto a football field, she points to the men and women participating in the game activities and says: “some of us need to have a little different journey.  That’s what we defend.  That’s what all these young men right here defend.”

LADY VALOR premiered as an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival and has since been an official selection at Hot Docs, Outfest Los Angeles, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Frameline38 festivals in 2014.  LADY VALOR will be available, in simulcast on Sept. 4, through CNNx for iPad, as well as through “Watch CNN” via www.CNN.com, and CNN’s mobile applications.   The two-hour film will also encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.

Beck’s personal reflections and more information about her active duty service will be published via www.CNN.com/ladyvalor before the premiere of the film on CNN/U.S.  More information about LADY VALOR may also be found by visitingwww.LadyValor.com and by following @CNNFilms and @theLadyValor via Twitter.

Shooting into the sun.

[1] Sailors aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) re-qualify on 9mm pistols during small arms live fire on the flight deck.

[2] Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Maria Kristine H. Villanueva, a native of Temecula, Calif., fires a 9mm pistol on the flight deck of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) during a small arms live fire qualification. 

Comstock is on a scheduled deployment with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid and disaster response while supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny LaCrosse, 14 AUG 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Naval aviators do it in the dark.
An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, Aviation Combat Element assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) performs a vertical landing on the USS Bonhomme-Richard as part of a carrier landing qualification exercise. The 31st MEU regularly conducts carrier landing qualifications to maintain mission readiness as the Pacific’s only forward deployed MEU.
(USMC photo by Cpl M.S. Oxton, 31st MEU Combat Camera, 26 AUG 2012.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Naval aviators do it in the dark.

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, Aviation Combat Element assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) performs a vertical landing on the USS Bonhomme-Richard as part of a carrier landing qualification exercise. The 31st MEU regularly conducts carrier landing qualifications to maintain mission readiness as the Pacific’s only forward deployed MEU.

(USMC photo by Cpl M.S. Oxton, 31st MEU Combat Camera, 26 AUG 2012.)

Blue Hole.
U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), and Belize Coast Guard divers swim along during a dive at Belize’s famous Blue Hole. The MDSU 2 divers are working together with their Belizean Coast Guard counterparts as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. military teams work with partner nation forces during naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participants.
(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote, 13 JUL 2014.) High-res

Blue Hole.

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2), and Belize Coast Guard divers swim along during a dive at Belize’s famous Blue Hole. The MDSU 2 divers are working together with their Belizean Coast Guard counterparts as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. military teams work with partner nation forces during naval-focused training exercises, military-to-military engagements and community relations projects in an effort to enhance partnerships with regional maritime activities and improve the operational readiness of participants.

(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote, 13 JUL 2014.)

Highway to the danger zone.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.) High-res

Highway to the danger zone.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.)

Scenic overlook.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 flies by Kauaʻi during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

 (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, 3 JUL 2014.)

The technical air worthiness authorities of the Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy have issued a directive to ground the F-35 fleet based on initial findings from the runway fire incident that occurred at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday, June 23.
The root cause of the incident remains under investigation. Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data. Defense Department leadership supports this prudent approach.
Preparations continue for F-35 participation in international air shows in the United Kingdom, however a final decision will come early next week.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, on F-35 Fleet Grounding, 3 JUL 2014. (Source.)

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.)

Zorching into your backyard, your friendly neighborhood stalkers.
An EA-6B Prowler attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 fly by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Arabian Gulf. Current presence in the Arabian Gulf is in support of efforts to restabilize the government of Iraq.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card, 29 JUN 2014.)
[Of course it’s the Bush. Because Bushes are notorious for the speed of their erections, and the totality of their focus, when Iraq is involved. -R] High-res

Zorching into your backyard, your friendly neighborhood stalkers.

An EA-6B Prowler attached to the “Garudas” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 134 prepares to land as two F/A-18E Super Hornets attached to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 fly by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Arabian Gulf. Current presence in the Arabian Gulf is in support of efforts to restabilize the government of Iraq.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card, 29 JUN 2014.)

[Of course it’s the Bush. Because Bushes are notorious for the speed of their erections, and the totality of their focus, when Iraq is involved. -R]