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

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Statuesque.
An Afghan National Army soldier provides security during a clearing operation in Gaza Valley, Arghandab district, Zabul province, Afghanistan. The clearing operation was conducted by Afghan National Security Forces in order to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement in the area.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. David Devich, 11 DEC 2013.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Statuesque.

An Afghan National Army soldier provides security during a clearing operation in Gaza Valley, Arghandab district, Zabul province, Afghanistan. The clearing operation was conducted by Afghan National Security Forces in order to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement in the area.

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. David Devich, 11 DEC 2013.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: With your shield, or on it.
An Afghan commando identifies the first compound for commandos and U.S. coalition forces to clear during a night operation in the Sairobi district of Afghanistan’s Kabul province, Dec. 2, 2013. High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: With your shield, or on it.

An Afghan commando identifies the first compound for commandos and U.S. coalition forces to clear during a night operation in the Sairobi district of Afghanistan’s Kabul province, Dec. 2, 2013.

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'Steadfast and Loyal'
Images of US Army soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan. Images spanning from 2008-2010.

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sun, moon and stars.
A coalition force member provides security during an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader, responsible for an improvised explosive device cell.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin Young, 27 OCT 2013.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sun, moon and stars.

A coalition force member provides security during an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader, responsible for an improvised explosive device cell.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin Young, 27 OCT 2013.)