Line of Sight

Airstrikes in Syria

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A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

Remembering a hero

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A Vietnam Veterans Memorial docent makes a rubbing for the family of Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor last week.  Sloat distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with the 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of Jan. 17, 1970, Sloat's squad moved up a hill in file formation, when the lead Soldier tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap, set up by enemy forces. When the grenade rolled down the hill toward Sloat, he picked up the grenade to throw it away from his fellow Soldiers. After initially attempting to throw the grenade, Sloat realized that detonation was imminent, and that two or three men near him would be killed or seriously injured if he couldn't shield them from the blast. In an instant, Sloat chose to draw the grenade to his body, shielding his squad members from the blast, and saving their lives. He was killed in action Jan. 17, 1970, a month before his 21st birthday. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/Released)

A Vietnam Veterans Memorial docent makes a rubbing for the family of Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor last week. Sloat distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with the 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of Jan. 17, 1970, Sloat’s squad moved up a hill in file formation, when the lead Soldier tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap, set up by enemy forces. When the grenade rolled down the hill toward Sloat, he picked up the grenade to throw it away from his fellow Soldiers. After initially attempting to throw the grenade, Sloat realized that detonation was imminent, and that two or three men near him would be killed or seriously injured if he couldn’t shield them from the blast. In an instant, Sloat chose to draw the grenade to his body, shielding his squad members from the blast, and saving their lives. He was killed in action Jan. 17, 1970, a month before his 21st birthday. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/Released)

 

Zeroing a Howitzer

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Soldiers serving with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Division, shoot a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on KAF from Forward Operating Base Pasab. The shoot also provided training for a fire support team from 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Soldiers serving with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Division, shoot a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on KAF from Forward Operating Base Pasab. The shoot also provided training for a fire support team from 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Senior leaders pay respect to fallen general

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DOVER, DE - U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on August 7, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. According to reports, Greene, who was from Schenectady, New York, assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, was killed after his unit was attacked in Afghanistan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DOVER, DE – U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on August 7, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. According to reports, Greene, who was from Schenectady, New York, assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, was killed after his unit was attacked in Afghanistan. He is the first U.S. general officer to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

 

Fuerzas Comando 2014

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U.S. and Colombian paratroopers track during a free fall as part of Fuerzas Comando 2014 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 30, 2014. The U.S. service members are assigned to Special Operations Command South. The jump symbolizes the strong partnership between both nations.  U.S. Army photo by Maj. Edward Lauer

U.S. and Colombian paratroopers track during a free fall as part of Fuerzas Comando 2014 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 30, 2014. The U.S. service members are assigned to Special Operations Command South. The jump symbolizes the strong partnership between both nations.
U.S. Army photo by Maj. Edward Lauer

BCT: Jacks Valley

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Basic cadets participate in the assault course during Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff)

Basic cadets participate in the assault course during Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff)

A basic cadet navigates an obstacle during the assault course at Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff)
A basic cadet navigates an obstacle during the assault course at Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff)

 

VMFA-115 deploys to Western Pacific

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Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort as part of the Unit Deployment Program, July 9. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115), also known as the Silver Eagles, will support multinational exercises improving American forces' ability to work well with allies while exposing the Marines to various training elements. The UDP is designed to balance strategic capabilities in the Pacific theater to train with allies, respond to crises and promote security cooperation across the region. (Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Marine Corps Air Station Beaufor)

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort as part of the Unit Deployment Program, July 9. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115), also known as the Silver Eagles, will support multinational exercises improving American forces’ ability to work well with allies while exposing the Marines to various training elements. (Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Marine Corps Air Station Beaufor)

Capitol Fourth

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The Presidential Salute Battery, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), supports the Capitol Forth Concert honoring the Nation as part of a fourth of July celebration in Washington D.C., July 4, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody W. Torkelson)

The Presidential Salute Battery, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), supports the Capitol Forth Concert honoring the Nation as part of a fourth of July celebration in Washington D.C., July 4, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody W. Torkelson)

Tango Battery

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Marines with the Cannons Platoon of Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, observe illumination rounds shot from their M777A2 Howitzer during a fire mission aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, June 13, 2014. The Marines of Tango Battery aboard Camps Bastion and Leatherneck have a unique makeup for an artillery battery, with one platoon of M777A2 Howitzer cannons and one platoon of HIMARS launchers. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo By: Sgt. Frances Johnson/Released)

Marines with the Cannons Platoon of Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, observe illumination rounds shot from their M777A2 Howitzer during a fire mission aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, June 13, 2014. The Marines of Tango Battery aboard Camps Bastion and Leatherneck have a unique makeup for an artillery battery, with one platoon of M777A2 Howitzer cannons and one platoon of HIMARS launchers. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo By: Sgt. Frances Johnson/Released)

Marines help fight California wildfires

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Aircraft with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assist CALFIRE 2014 and local firefighting agencies with Cocos wildfires in San Marcos, Calif. May 15.

Aircraft with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing assist CALFIRE 2014 and local firefighting agencies with Cocos wildfires in San Marcos, Calif. May 15. (Pfc. Maxwell Pennington/U.S. Marines)

The Camp Pendleton Fire Department is working with Cal Fire, North County Fire, Orange County Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Oceanside Fire to contain the Tomahawk fire on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook. The firefighters are staging at the Lake O'Neill area on Camp Pendleton. The Lake O'Neill recreation park is closed, however the camping site remains open.

The Camp Pendleton Fire Department is working with CALFIRE, North County Fire, Orange County Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Oceanside Fire to contain the Tomahawk fire on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook. The firefighters are staging at the Lake O’Neill area on Camp Pendleton. The Lake O’Neill recreation park is closed, however the camping site remains open. (Cpl. Trevon Peracca/U.S. Marines)