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.)

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund and Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Spc. Justin R. Helton, assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cpl. Justin R. Clouse and Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Watcher on the wall.
An U.S. Special Forces soldier, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, scans a valley from a rooftop during an operation in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. USSF assisted Afghan National Army special forces and commandos on an operation to disrupt insurgent freedom of maneuver in the area.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez, 27 MAY 2014.)
[Gives “taking the black” a fresh twist… -R] High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Watcher on the wall.

An U.S. Special Forces soldier, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, scans a valley from a rooftop during an operation in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. USSF assisted Afghan National Army special forces and commandos on an operation to disrupt insurgent freedom of maneuver in the area.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez, 27 MAY 2014.)

[Gives “taking the black” a fresh twist… -R]

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.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Night terrors.
U.S. Air Force combat controllers observe a target being hit with support from an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft while participating in close air support training during Emerald Warrior 14 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored two-week joint/combined tactical exercise designed to provide realistic military training in an urban setting.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee, 1 MAY 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Night terrors.

U.S. Air Force combat controllers observe a target being hit with support from an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft while participating in close air support training during Emerald Warrior 14 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored two-week joint/combined tactical exercise designed to provide realistic military training in an urban setting.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee, 1 MAY 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: HMIT, the Star Wars - Google Glass crossover. 

U.S. Air Force Maj. Philip Stein adjusts the eyepiece on the Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting system installed on his helmet at the aircrew flight equipment shop of the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing. The HMIT is a force multiplier, with a cueing system that allows rapid target acquisition, giving aircrew the ability to acquire targets by looking at them. HMIT is also compatible with existing night vision devices, and supports night operations while retaining full color displays via a high resolution device in front of the pilot’s eye. Stein is an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 119th Fighter Squadron.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht, 25 MAR 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: One last systems check.
A coalition security force member pulls security before boarding a MH-47 Chinook Helicopter during an operation to capture a Taliban commander in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael G. Herrero, 18 JAN 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: One last systems check.

A coalition security force member pulls security before boarding a MH-47 Chinook Helicopter during an operation to capture a Taliban commander in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael G. Herrero, 18 JAN 2014.)

Sergeant Lee’s Last Steps.

[1] Afghan National Army special forces and commandos, 6th Special Operations Kandak (SOK), along with U.S. forces take cover after a rocket - propelled grenade was fired towards them on the landing zone from enemy forces during an operation in the Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity.

[2] U.S. soldiers of the attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Afghan National Army special forces and commandos of the 6th Special Operations Kandak, start their objectives during an operation in Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity. 

[3] A U.S. Special Forces soldier attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, looks over the valley as a patrol of commandos return from clearing further compounds during an operation in the Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity.

(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Connor Mendez, 15 JAN 2014.)

SOLDIER STORIES: Fear that which walks the night.

(Photos and article by Sergeant Tyler Main, 15 DEC 2013.)

FORT HOOD, Texas - Students from the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., completed a “Proof-of-Concept” 1,100 mile, long-range operation from Twentynine Palms, Calif., to Fort Hood, Texas, via MV-22 Ospreys, on Dec. 15, 2013. 

The Marines fast-roped into a mock city to secure the embassy and rescue key U.S. personnel. The Marine Corps is the only military branch with the proven capability to missions of this magnitude, whether for humanitarian, rescue, combat operations or other special-forces type missions.

“What’s different about this mission and where the Marine Corps stands today is, primarily, in the past we would receive the mission and six hours later the first aircraft lifts or the first action is taken to go ashore.” Maj. Scott Cuomo, Director of IOC, said. “Now, the moment the warning order is dropped or any type of indication that there is a significant threat, we can lift these aircraft and be two hours closer to our objective area.”

Cuomo said many new technologies contribute to the Marine Corps expedient deployment capability including a tablet that receives images and video from nearby aircraft to update Marines in the air, and the long-range capability of the MV-22 Osprey.

“The [MV-22 Osprey] allows us to go over 1,000 miles and we can go even further than that,” Cuomo said.

The Marine Corps has recently used the Ospreys capabilities in humanitarian and disaster relief missions as well to assist the Philippine people after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

It’s these rapid-response type missions that Cuomo claims are the Marine Corps primary role as a force in readiness. Since being exposed to their first mission of this sort, the students under his charge are confident in the Marine Corps ability to take on these operations.

“If this class is any indication of what Marines can do with Ospreys then there’s no reason that the Marine Corps at large couldn’t train to this standard and execute these missions,” 2nd Lt. Ben Hooker, IOC student, said.

“The Marine Air Ground Task Force is part of the naval service and is ready to be America’s crisis response force,” Cuomo added.

Cuomo said that America will see the fruits of the Marine Corps labor in advancing the technologies, reach and capabilities required to complete missions like the 1,100 mile raid in Texas and the relief in the Philippines.

“What we have now and what we’ll have going forward is a force that’s more lethal, that can go further, that can get there faster and that can be more precise than it’s ever been before to provide whatever the American people need us to provide.”

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: I wear my sunglasses at night.
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marines conduct a combat logistics patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 21, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, conducted the combat logistics patrol to resupply and support Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: I wear my sunglasses at night.

As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Marines conduct a combat logistics patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 21, 2013. The Marines, assigned to Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, conducted the combat logistics patrol to resupply and support Regimental Combat Team 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz