Lunch at Khe Sanh! I did not know how to categorize this photo, but had to show it, so I put it here. This is a photo taken by Dan Evans of Stars & Stripes back in March 1971. His text read: “With the smoke from a morning attack by the Viet Cong on a rearmament point still rising in the background, a soldier sits atop a bunker and eats his lunch.” In a way, this American soldier was showing the enemy, “Nice attack, but I’m gonna have my lunch.”
I am an American. I pay taxes, I am a veteran, I own a gun and my bike. I am a master leatherworker. I work hard and long. I believe in God and freedom of religion. I believe the money I make belongs to me. I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor. I’ve never owned a slave. I believe “illegal” is illegal. I believe in the American flag.
American Exceptionalism. These are Marine Corps drill instructors, part of the reason our military is the greatest, strongest, most lethal, and most fair military in the world, bar none. They are part of American Exceptionalism.
Three Proud Canadians, veterans of Vietnam, two of whom are recipients of the Purple Heart, each sporting a USMC tatoo. Presented by Sgt Grit. Thank you for your service, brothers. And oh yes, you guys are good lookin' dudes, and it looks like you're ready to go again. Bravo! (100409)
The Flying Tigers are still alive and fightin'. This is an A-10 Warthog Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, deployed from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) out of Moody AFB, Georgia. The 74th EFS "Flying Tigers" trace their roots back to the American Volunteer Group (AVG) of WWII fighting against the Japanese in support of Chinese ground forces. The Flying Tigers were among our most famous fighter squadrons and the 74th is upholding its legacy. In the past five months in Afghanistan, the squadron has set a record number of combat flying hours, 12,200 through July 25, 2009, breaking the record of their sister Flying Tiger squadron which the 74th replaced in March. The Warthog carries a large array of weapons including the GAU-8 Gatling gun mounted on internal pylons in the aircraft. The GAU-8 is capable of firing upwards of 4,000 rounds of high explosive 30-mm shells per minute in a very compact footprint. The ground commanders like that gun, because the Warthog pilot can target the enemy with near surgical precision, and it blows the enemy sky-high. Our enemies do not like being on the receiving end of this bad boy. I've done several stories that have talked about the Flying Tigers of the past. One that has a pretty good history is, "They found the Earthquake, Jim McGovern has come home." McGovern, among other things, was a fighter pilot with the 118th Tactical reconnaissance Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group "Flying Tigers" during WWII. You can do a search on this site in the right column for Flying Tigers and you'll find other stories where I have talked about them. (072609)
Those GIs just never change, I don't care how old they get. And they've always held a special place in a woman's heart. Ralph Manley, a D-Day veteran of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles," plants a kiss on Marsha Schattner of Dallas, Texas, after agreeing to pose for a photograph Saturday at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. Hey Sarge, save a spot for me! Photo credit: Ben Bloker, Stars & Stripes (060709)
From basic trainee to Airman. Tech. Sgt. Carlos Carbajal marches his flight of basic trainees toward the parade ground at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, April 24, 2009 for their graduation ceremony. Sergeant Carbajal is a military training instructor assigned to the 324th Training Squadron. These new airmen are proud, mighty proud of their achievements during a very difficult period of basic training. TSgt Carbajal is proud of them, and walks strutting his stuff, and the stuff of his flight of new airmen. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios
Air Force at Talladega. The #43 Air Force-sponsored NASCAR driven by Reed Sorenson makes its way to the front during the Aaron's 499 race April 26, 2009 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. This was the first race for the #43 Richard Petty Motor Sports car featuring the Air Force primary paint scheme. The car started 41st but finished 11th in the race. Photo credit: MSgt. Scott Reed, USAF.
A need for speed. The first Air Force-themed Indy race car prototype model by Luczo Dragon Racing - owners of race car no. 2. Luczo Dragon Racing will display the Air Force Symbol free of charge during the 2009 race season, including the Indy 500. She made her debut at Long Beach, California on April 19, 2009.
This is, I am, the United States Air Force, and we are the best Air Force in the world. The Air Force Honor Guard drill team performs during a nationally telecast Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers basketball game in front of nearly 20,000 fans in Los Angeles. I shiver with pride looking at this master sergeant as he represents the entire USAF in front of the world. Photo credit: SSgt Raymond Hoy
The shower of power. An USAF F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, deploys his decoy flares during a combat patrol. He's doing two things. First, the flares will distract a missile should the enemy fire one at him. Second, he's sending a message to the enemy below that if they don't shape up, he'll come back at 'em and give 'em the real stuff right down their throats. You'll note all that stuff hanging from his wings to deliver on that promise. Photo credit: SSgt Aaron Allmon, USAF.
Easy does it Marine! A Pfc. Christian Calo, USMC at Camp Fuji, Honshu, Japan poses with singer Mariah Carey, carefully snuggling his right hand between her arm and ribs. This Marine is a diesel mechanic gone big-time. It ain't like that in the Mo-Pool is it Calo? Bravo, all mankind envies you like no tomorrow! And Ms. Carey, thanks for spending time with our Marines. This photo will last Calo a lifetime. Photo credit: S&S. (010309)
Minnesota Twins forever! Soldiers from A/834 Aviation from St. Paul, Minnesota, deployed to Balad AB, Iraq display their softball clothing and equipment they received from the Twins' Wives Organization, September 20, 2008. (102908)
The Dance of Hornets. Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102) "Diamondback" F/A-18F Super Hornets line up and launch at fever pitch for the last time off the retiring USS Kitty Hawk in the Pacific, August 6, 2008. The choreography here is a sight to behold. The squadron moved over to the USS George Washington. Photo credit: PO3 Kyle D. Gahlau, USN.
Guess who'se comin'? This Navy F/A-18 is being flown by Capt. James M. Spence, USN, the Deputy Commander Carrier Air Group-9, CAG-9, otherwise known as CVW-9. This editor believes he is flying an aircraft from VFA-146 Blue Diamonds, because the aircraft has been marked with the McClusky Award, which it earned during air operations over Afghanistan conducted from the USS Carl Vinson in 2001. The captain and his aircraft have earned the right to strut their stuff.
Mess with me? A crew member of a U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter wears a helmet painted with a skull at LZ Washington helipad in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad May 26, 2008. Photo credit: Erik de Castro, Reuters.
A taste of what else GIs fight for. When you hear GIs say they fight for their comrades, that's partly right. Here's a taste of what else they fight for. Capt. Jeremy Singleton, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, poses for a photo op with the "Purrfect Angelz" at the Falcon Cafe, Camp Striker, Baghdad, Iraq, April 18, 2008. Easy does it skipper! Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills, USA
Busting through the course. Damon Bradshaw, driver of the U.S. Air Force Afterburner monster truck, rumbles through the obstacle course at the Monster Jam World Finals March 29, 2008 in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr., USAF
The Nighthawks Retire. A specially painted F-117 Nighthawk peels off from its last refueling by the Ohio National Guard's 121st Air Refueling Wing. Two F-117s were retired March 1, 2008, in a farewell ceremony strutting their stuff at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Photo credit: Senior Master Sgt. Kim Frey, USAF
Coats on going up the stairs, coast off for the photographer! Firefighters Charlie Schmidt, left, and John Stewart, both of Vancouver, Wash., fire dept., pick up their gear and head out after resting following racing up 1,311 stairs in competition March 2, 2008, in the Columbia Center tower in Seattle. More than 1,000 firefighters from throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and New Zealand, raced 788 vertical feet up 69 floors in the 17th annual stair climb at the tower, in a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Photo credit: Elaine Thompson
When you're good, you're good. Duty, Honor, Country. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team members perform their new "four-corners" drill sequence, which represents the global reach of the Air Force, at Union Station in Washington, D.C. February 21, 2008. The "unveiling drill" is the first drill of the year and the formal presentation of the 2008 team. Photo credit: Senior Airman Sean Adams, USAF
Good morning, Iraq! We're back. Navy Riverine is back in business, activated for Iraq, not seen since Vietnam. These sailors are conducting a security patrol on Lake Qadisiyah near Haditha Dam, in Iraq, December 28, 2007. The Sailors are assigned to Detachment 3, Riverine Squadron 2 (RIVRON-2), which regularly patrols the lake and surrounding inland waterways, protecting their use for legitimate commerce. Good to see you guys back at it. These dudes are ready to do bin-ness. Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Seeber, USN. (010408)
A "Purrfect Angel:" Lisa Ligon, the founder and director of the "Perfect Angelz," shows off her dance moves during a performance at Al Asad AB, Iraq. The "Purrfect Angelz" is a performance entertainment group from Los Angeles, comprised of women from various backgrounds such as professional cheerleading, competitive dance, modeling, singing, and aerial acrobatics. Six of them came and took their chances in front of all those Marines at al Asad. Easy does it, Marine! Ha! Photo credit: Cpl Rick Nelson, USMC, 2nd MARDIV
Three dudes sittin' on the porch! What do we got here? I say we got three dudes sittin' on the porch, struttin' their stuff. Staff Sgt. Shane Glowcheski, right, Rapid City, S.D., native and a platoon sergeant with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, and Sgt. Hector Hernandez, top, a squad leader, are joined by a young student while taking a breather on the steps of an elementary school being renovated in the Graya'at neighborhood of Baghdad's Adhamiyah District, September 9, 2007. As one Polish boy to another, Good job Glowcheski! Hernandez, you lookin' good too. And young man, you are the coolness factor! The editor. Photo credit: Sgt. Michael Pryor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs.
Uncle Sugar makes the call. A man dressed as Uncle Sam drums up the crowd at an election campaign rally in Saginaw, Michigan, October 28, 2004. Photo credit: Jason Reed, Reuters
I'm an American, and I'm the champ, dammit! Moto Nicky Hayden of the US celebrates after winning the 2006 Moto GP championship at the end of season Valencia Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste. Photo credit: Javier Soriano, AFP
Let me at dat fire! Meet Mrs. Patty Markel, administrative assistant for the Whatcom County Fire District 7, Ferndale, Washington. As you browse through WCFD 7's web site, you can see the district, like so many others, is filled with pride and professionalism, men and women unafraid to "strut their stuff." Bravo to them. Photo credit: Gary Thompson. Presented by the Whatcom Fire District 7. (092606)
Viet Cong my ass! Meet Lt. J. Bruce Huffman, Army Aviator, Charlie Troop, First Squadron, Ninth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division (Airmobile), while at Phouc Vinh, Republic of Vietnam, 1968-69. He has written a story, "Wet n' Wild," that'll bring a tear to your eye, a shiver from pride, and intense anger at the way the Left in this country painted the "bad guy" stereotype of our warriors in battle in Vietnam. Huffman has earned the right to strut his stuff for the photographer. (042206)
Over five decades of uncontested air superiority. On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The name “Thunderbirds” was soon adopted by the unit. influenced in part by the strong Indian culture and folklore of the southwestern United States. Indian legend speaks of the Thunderbird with great fear and respect. To some it was a giant eagle … others envisioned a hawk. When it took to the skies, the earth trembled from the thunder of its great wings. From its eyes shot bolts of lightning. Nothing in nature could challenge the bird of thunder, and no man could stand against its might. On April 24, 1946, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval Operations, ordered the establishment of a flight demonstration team. Their first air show occurred less than two months later. The name originated during a trip by the original team to New York in 1946. One of them came across the name of the city’s famous Blue Angel nightclub in the New Yorker Magazine. The Blue Angels are representatives of the excellence and professionalism found throughout the fleet. Each Blue Angels team member is an ambassador and representative of fleet counterpart. Together, USAF, Naval and Marine aviators represented by these two teams have controlled the skies around the globe since WWII over those portions of the battlefield that matter. In the science of "correlation of forces," US air superiority has for over five decades had the advantage.
Firefighting Calendar Men of King's Point. These lads are midshipmen at the US Merchatn Marine Academy, King's Point, New York, the Regiment. While undergoing firefighting training, these fellows put their "bods" on display for the world to see and "domo85" published it.
On the throne! This is Captain Josh Stiltner, USA, sitting on Saddam Hussein's "throne" in the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad with a group of entertainers from the US known as "The Purrfect Angelz," left to right, Maggie, Amber, Tanea, Phoenix, and Lisa. Photo presented by chicksdigbodyarmor.com.
Fill 'er up, boys. Army, Canada.
Dude! You might think I'm getting ready to cry. Wrongo-bucko. I'm gettin' ready to take you down, 'cause I'm one mean machine.
US power. America. Land of the free. Home of the brave.
Proud to be an American. You gotta problem with that, meatball? I didn't think so. If you do have a problem, sweet-pea, come by and see me on Rockland Road, Rockland, Virginia, in Shenandoah country. I do knees, and I'm one mean machine if you wanna tangle. I'm your best friend and will lick your rounded jowls if we're on the same sheet of music. Let's rock. Photo credit: Marek Enterprise
Rockin' the Corps. Ted Nugent performs at the Rockin' The Corps concert held at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego Friday, April 1, 2005. The free concert was organized as a thank you for the Marines who have served in Iraq and their families stationed at the base. Photo credit: Denis Poroy, AP
"Women kick ass." Katie Ketchum, a world class aggressive pro skater, wearing her "Women Kick Ass" helmet at the inline park competition of the 2003 Summer X Games in Los Angeles, where she placed fourth in the Women's competition. Photo courtesy of Kathy Fry's Skatelog.com
Firefighters never grow old. This is Edward L. Cartwright, a perfect example that Firefighters never grow old. Mardi Gras 2003, with an unknown friend. Cartwright is a Vietnam vet, having been stationed with Det 10, 38th Air Rescue Recovery Squadron, Binh Thuy, Vietnam, HH-53 "Huskies", callsign "Pedro" Search and Rescue, crash recovery, firefighting, and anything else you need to save your butt! Photo courtesy of pedrorescuechopper.net
This is "Kristina" (15) showing her muscle at the local fire house in front of the "Flag of Heroes" provided to that firehouse, and to firehouses around the country. The "Flag of Heroes" contains the names of the emregency services personnel who gave their lives to save others in the terrorist attacks of 9.11. Now and forever it will represent their immortality. We shall never forget them. Each name is inscribed on the red stripes of the flag. Visit the Flag of Heroes web site to learn more and enjoy some uplifting photography.
Verbowski, we love you! U.S. Army mortar platoon Sgt. James Verbowski, from Cocoa, Florida, cheers after a mortar fired from his squad hit the Baath Party headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, April 8, 2003. Verbowski is with the 4th Battalion 64 Armor Regiment. Photo credit: John Moore, April 8, 2003
Showing muscle at the Air Force Academy's 2004 graduation. These seniors are now out there, preparing to fly, fight, and destroy targets, and that's precisely what they're gonna do.
The USS Constellation's mean machine! Here is a deck crew posing with a brashness it deserves, that look of they got it done, they'll get it done, you know it, and they know it. This is why they're so damn good, and they know that too!
If it's hard ball you want, it's hard ball you get. Way back in our early days, the word was, "Don't tread on me." Our forefathers meant it then, and we mean it now.