An MQ-9A Reaper assigned to the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron sits on the ramp at Creech Air Force Base carrying eight Hellfire missiles. This was the first flight test of the MQ-9 carrying eight Hellfire missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Haley Stevens).
U.S. Air Force

MQ-9 Reaper Takes Flight with 8 Hellfire Missiles

An MQ-9A Reaper assigned to the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron sits on the ramp at Creech Air Force Base carrying eight Hellfire missiles. This was the first flight test of the MQ-9 carrying eight Hellfire missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Haley Stevens).

U.S. Marines with 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, unload a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from a C-130 during a HIMARS rapid infiltration exercise at Ie Shima, Japan, Sept. 24, 2020. The exercise represented a step forward in demonstrating how III Marine Expeditionary Force units can leverage the unique capabilities of joint partners in rapidly dispersing to and operating from key maritime terrain, sustain distributed positions, and quickly displace or withdraw as necessitated by the tactical situation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Donovan Massieperez)
U.S. Marine Corps

Extending the range: Marines secure martime terrain, deploy rocket system

U.S. Marines with 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, unload a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from a C-130 during a HIMARS rapid infiltration exercise at Ie Shima, Japan, Sept. 24, 2020. The exercise represented a step forward in demonstrating how III Marine Expeditionary Force units can leverage the unique capabilities of joint partners in rapidly dispersing to and operating [Read More …]

200910-A-FC661-1071 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 10, 2020) - A MH-60 Seahawk helicopter, attached to Commander Task Force (CTF) 52 hoists an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the water after preparing a detonation site during a mine countermeasures interoperability exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 10. CTF 52 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua DuRant)
U.S. Army

Strengthening Partnership: UK and U.S. Navies Conduct Mine Hunting and Countermeasures Exercise

200910-A-FC661-1071 ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 10, 2020) – A MH-60 Seahawk helicopter, attached to Commander Task Force (CTF) 52 hoists an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the water after preparing a detonation site during a mine countermeasures interoperability exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Sept. 10. CTF 52 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval [Read More …]

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, begins to taxi during exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 24, 2020. A hot-to-hot refuel consists of two aircraft, where both aircraft'  are running and one aircraft refuels the other. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Heal)
U.S. Air Force

Hot-to-Hot Refuel During Valiant Shield

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, begins to taxi during exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 24, 2020. A hot-to-hot refuel consists of two aircraft, where both aircraft’  are running and one aircraft refuels the other. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus [Read More …]

Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) from Echo 2-6 Cavalry Squadron, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supply fuel to the AH-64D Longbow Apaches at the 4-point FARP during aerial gunnery at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) is designed to provide fuel and ordnance necessary for highly-mobile and flexible helicopter and fixed-wing operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah D. Sangster)
U.S. Army

25th CAB Aerial Gunnery

Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) from Echo 2-6 Cavalry Squadron, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supply fuel to the AH-64D Longbow Apaches at the 4-point FARP during aerial gunnery at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) is designed to provide fuel and ordnance necessary for highly-mobile and flexible helicopter and fixed-wing operations. (U.S. Army [Read More …]

An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, takes off in support of Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 29, 2020. MAX 20-20 is designed to test and hone capabilities for conducting operations in conventional and chemical warfare environments while integrating the Agile Combat Employment concept, which applies the use of agile operations to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Sparks)
U.S. Air Force

MAX 20-20 takes flight

An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, takes off in support of Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 29, 2020. MAX 20-20 is designed to test and hone capabilities for conducting operations in conventional and chemical warfare environments while integrating the Agile Combat Employment concept, which applies the use of agile operations [Read More …]

200822-N-LI768-1034 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2020) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2020. 10 nations, 22 ships, 1 submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel are participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from August 17 to 31 at sea around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships, critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The exercise is a unique training platform designed to enhance interoperability and strategic maritime partnerships. RIMPAC 2020 is the 27th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer)
U.S. Navy

USS Chung-Hoon RIMPAC 2020

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 22, 2020) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2020. 10 nations, 22 ships, 1 submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel are participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from August 17 to 31 at sea around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed [Read More …]

A student of the Carteret County Special Response Team (SRT), is guided on where to shoot a flexible baton round, or bean bag round, into a mock town building at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point’s Marine Corps Outlying Field (MCOLF) Atlantic, North Carolina, Sept. 21, 2020. MCAS Cherry Point supported the Carteret County SRT by lending the MCOLF Atlantic training grounds to the special weapons and tactics class, where they utilized the range, mock towns, and classrooms for practical application training and sit-down classes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Micha Pierce)
U.S. Marine Corps

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

A student of the Carteret County Special Response Team (SRT), is guided on where to shoot a flexible baton round, or bean bag round, into a mock town building at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point’s Marine Corps Outlying Field (MCOLF) Atlantic, North Carolina, Sept. 21, 2020. MCAS Cherry Point supported the Carteret County SRT by lending the MCOLF [Read More …]

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier fires the M26 Shotgun while attending Operation Ready Warrior at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA on Sept. 18, 2020. Operation Ready Warrior is a collective training event that allows the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to focus on individual and squad-level training that helps to maintain readiness while preventing the further spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Army Reserve Sgt. Stephanie Hargett)
U.S. Army Reserve

ORW 20-1 M26 Shotgun

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier fires the M26 Shotgun while attending Operation Ready Warrior at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA on Sept. 18, 2020. Operation Ready Warrior is a collective training event that allows the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to focus on individual and squad-level training that helps to maintain readiness while preventing the further spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Army Reserve [Read More …]

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter Ashwell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-113th Infantry Regiment, instructs a functions check class for the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, during the Senior Gunner Course on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 15, 2020. The Senior Gunner Course trains accomplished noncommissioned officers to be Mounted Machine Gun gunnery subject matter experts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Schwenk)
U.S. Army National Guard

NJ National Guard Senior Gunner Course

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter Ashwell, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-113th Infantry Regiment, instructs a functions check class for the M2 .50 caliber machine gun, during the Senior Gunner Course on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 15, 2020. The Senior Gunner Course trains accomplished noncommissioned officers to be Mounted Machine Gun gunnery subject matter experts. (U.S. Army National Guard [Read More …]