Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Pedro swingset.
Pararescue jumpers practice rescue hoisting from their HH-60 Pavehawks.  High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Pedro swingset.

Pararescue jumpers practice rescue hoisting from their HH-60 Pavehawks. 

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US Army Specialist Christopher A. Landis. 10 FEB 2014.

Died at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered during a rocket propelled grenade attack on their dismounted patrol in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Landis was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Invisible scars.

A coalition forces member fires a Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) during marksmanship training on a range on Kandahar Air Field, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces qualified with various weapon systems to maintain their proficiency.

(U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Dacotah Lane, 15 JAN 2014.)

US Army Sergeant Daniel T. Lee. 15 JAN 2014.

Died in Ghorband district of Parwan Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during an Afghan-led clearing operation led by commandos of 6th SOK. Lee was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

The official ISAF HQ Public Affairs statement:

The mission, led by commandos of the 6th Special Operations Kandak and supported by ISAF special operations advisers, was conducted to disrupt insurgent activities in the district, including attacks on Bagram Airfield, and in support of Afghan National Security Forces’ tactical priorities. Local district and provincial officials were informed in advance of the operation and were provided updates during and after the actions.

The operation was conducted in a high threat area with Taliban activity, some linked to the Haqqani network. The insurgents in this area enjoy freedom of movement allowing them to harass and threaten the local population as well as stage and facilitate attacks. The majority of the intelligence for the operation was provided by Afghan forces. Qari Nazar Gul, Taliban Deputy Shadow Governor for Parwan Province and a member of the senior Taliban Commission, was known to operate in the area. Gul has ties to the Haqqani network and transports weapons, fighters and suicide bombers to Parwan and Kabul. Gul has conducted attacks against ANSF and coalition forces including a complex attack at Bagram Airfield. 

Noorullah is a mid-level Taliban Commander in Ghorband district who coordinates attacks and emplaces IEDs targeting ANSF patrols and check points in the area where this operation was conducted. He also distributes weapons, ammunition and rockets to Taliban fighters.

While moving through Ghorband district, ANSF commandos and their coalition advisers came under heavy fire from insurgents, resulting in the death of one ISAF service member. The force required defensive air support to suppress the enemy fire from two compounds. According to initial operational reports, at least 10 insurgents were killed. Tragically, two civilians inside a building from which insurgents were firing on the commandos were killed.

Specops sustainability.

An Afghan National Army commando recruit mans an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon  while securing an overwatch position during the commando selection and assessment course on Camp Commando near Kabul, Afghanistan.

(U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Michael J. Carden, 12 JAN 2014.)

The Retaking of Fallujah.

gunrunnerhell:

Showdown

With the infamous city of Fallujah being captured by Al-Qaeda linked insurgents, the Iraqi Special Operation Forces are now set to attempt what will undoubtedly be a bloody battle to recapture it.

ISOF are the most well equipped and trained counter-terrorism unit in the Middle East. They are also one of the most feared military forces in the region.

According to retired Lt. Col. Roger Carstens;

US Special Forces are “building the most powerful force in the region.” In 2008 Carstens, then a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, was an adviser to the Iraqi National Counter-Terror Force, where he helped set up the Iraqi counterterrorism laws that govern the ISOF.

"All these guys want to do is go out and kill bad guys all day," he says, laughing. "These guys are shit hot. They are just as good as we are. We trained ‘em. They are just like us. They use the same weapons. They walk like Americans."

[Will be watching, along with the greater part of the rest of the civilized world, to see what ensues here. Big talk is one thing, making good on it both efficiently and effectively with little to no collateral damage is something else entirely. -R]

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To Valhalla!
andrewwadenunn:

iamoceanic:

conqueringfools:

breathe-squeeze-follow-through:

Iraqi SOF getting ready to retake fallujah

You mean getting ready to get shit on

That looks like a loooottttt of US gear. (Duh, I suppose)

The only thing in any of those pouches is paper, or clothing. I promise you.
Good luck motherfuckers.
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To Valhalla!

andrewwadenunn:

iamoceanic:

conqueringfools:

breathe-squeeze-follow-through:

Iraqi SOF getting ready to retake fallujah

You mean getting ready to get shit on

That looks like a loooottttt of US gear. (Duh, I suppose)

The only thing in any of those pouches is paper, or clothing. I promise you.

Good luck motherfuckers.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Comfort in solidarity.
Afghan National Army commandos with 3rd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak stand by a fire to stay warm as the temperature drops during the sunset hours in Bahlozi village, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The 3rd SOK conducted the clearance to disrupt insurgents use of Bahlozi village as a bed down location.
(U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores, 1 JAN 2014.) High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Comfort in solidarity.

Afghan National Army commandos with 3rd Company, 3rd Special Operations Kandak stand by a fire to stay warm as the temperature drops during the sunset hours in Bahlozi village, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The 3rd SOK conducted the clearance to disrupt insurgents use of Bahlozi village as a bed down location.

(U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores, 1 JAN 2014.)

Just a little adrenaline-rush refreshment.
U.S. pararescuemen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron get hoisted into an HH-60 Pave Hawk as part of a joint search and rescue training exercise between the 303rd ERQS and the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward off the coast of Djibouti. This was an opportunity for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa units to train with other units based at Camp Lemonnier, to test inter-service communication and expand mission capabilities.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 20 DEC 2013.) High-res

Just a little adrenaline-rush refreshment.

U.S. pararescuemen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron get hoisted into an HH-60 Pave Hawk as part of a joint search and rescue training exercise between the 303rd ERQS and the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward off the coast of Djibouti. This was an opportunity for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa units to train with other units based at Camp Lemonnier, to test inter-service communication and expand mission capabilities.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 20 DEC 2013.)