Schofield Barracks, HI — Lightning Academy hosted the “Best Squad Competition” for the 25th Infantry Division during Tropic Lightning Week on October 04, 2021 at East Range Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Battalions from within the Division nominated their best six Soldier squad to compete in the 25th Infantry Division Best Squad Competition. The competition consisted of 6 graded tasks, evaluated at Camp Lightning, followed by a 10 mile ruck march and Stress Shoot. This year's Tropic Lightning Week marks the 80th anniversary of the Division and is a week-long occurrence comprised of competitive events taking place between battalions throughout the Division. In addition to a sports competition, the Division will host a State of the Division, Best Squad Competition, Light Fighter Cook-Off, Tropic Lightning Got Talent as well as the Guadalcanal Cup presentation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jessica Scott)
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Best Squad Competition – 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Week 2021

Schofield Barracks, HI — Lightning Academy hosted the “Best Squad Competition” for the 25th Infantry Division during Tropic Lightning Week on October 04, 2021 at East Range Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Battalions from within the Division nominated their best six Soldier squad to compete in the 25th Infantry Division Best Squad Competition. The competition consisted of 6 graded tasks, evaluated at [Read More …]

Schofield Barracks, HI — Soldiers from across 25th Infantry Division were selected by their unit, for demonstrating excellence, to participate in a tandem jump during Tropic Lightning Week 2021 with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers. This tandem jump was executed off a Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopter with Bravo Company “Hill Climbers“, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade on October 05, 2021 at North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. This year's Tropic Lightning Week marks the 80th anniversary of the Division and is a week-long occurrence comprised of competitive events taking place between battalions throughout the Division. In addition to a sports competition, the Division will host a State of the Division, Best Squad Competition, Light Fighter Cook-Off, Tropic Lightning Got Talent as well as the Guadalcanal Cup presentation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jessica Scott)
U.S. Army

Black Dagger Tandem Jump – 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Week 2021

Schofield Barracks, HI — Soldiers from across 25th Infantry Division were selected by their unit, for demonstrating excellence, to participate in a tandem jump during Tropic Lightning Week 2021 with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers. This tandem jump was executed off a Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopter with Bravo Company “Hill Climbers“, 3rd Battalion, [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division conduct combat marksmanship training at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 5, 2021. During this exercise Marines sharpened critical combined arms skills, ensuring they are ready and capable to execute a wide range of missions anywhere in the world. 2/3 is forward deployed under 4th Marines as part of the Unit Deployment Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kree Laing)
U.S. Marine Corps

V23 Conducts Combat Marksmanship Training

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division conduct combat marksmanship training at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 5, 2021. During this exercise Marines sharpened critical combined arms skills, ensuring they are ready and capable to execute a wide range of missions anywhere in the world. 2/3 is forward deployed under 4th Marines as part [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin Holden, a UH-1Y crew chief, from Brentwood, Tenn., assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), fires a GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun out of a UH-1Y Venom aircraft during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-22, at East TAC Airfield, near Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2021. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by MAWTS-1, providing standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness, and assist in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James Stanfield)
U.S. Marine Corps

WTI 1-22: UH-1Y Fire in the Sky

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin Holden, a UH-1Y crew chief, from Brentwood, Tenn., assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), fires a GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun out of a UH-1Y Venom aircraft during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-22, at East TAC Airfield, near Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2021. WTI is a seven-week training [Read More …]

211008-N-HI500-2149 SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 8, 2021) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform at Marina Green during San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2021. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community, and enjoy the hospitality of the city and its surrounding areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandie Nuzzi/Released)
U.S. Navy

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration

211008-N-HI500-2149 SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 8, 2021) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform at Marina Green during San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2021. SFFW is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America’s sea services. During fleet week, service members participate in various community service events, [Read More …]

Spc. Justin Earnhart, a human intelligence collector representing U.S. Army Futures Command, completes a hand grenade qualification range while competing in the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 5, 2021. U.S Soldiers and noncommissioned officers test their physical, mental, and combat readiness during the competition through a series of trials including the Army Combat Fitness Test, weapons marksmanship, land navigation and a mystery event. This year's event stands out from previous years by focusing on the total immersion of its competitors in tactical scenarios designed to test their physical and mental toughness. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell / 4th Cavalry Multifunctional Training Brigade)
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2021 U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition

Spc. Justin Earnhart, a human intelligence collector representing U.S. Army Futures Command, completes a hand grenade qualification range while competing in the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Knox, Ky., Oct. 5, 2021. U.S Soldiers and noncommissioned officers test their physical, mental, and combat readiness during the competition through a series of trials including the Army Combat Fitness Test, weapons [Read More …]

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nelson Struck, left, and Sgt. Justin Wenzel, both military working dog handlers (MWD) with the 928th Military Working Dog Detachment, Connecticut National Guard, train with MWD Rexo on suspect apprehension in Newtown, Connecticut, Oct. 8, 2021. The training was part of a demonstration of skill during a visit from Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, who visited the unit to speak with Soldiers and learn more about the 928th’s mission and capabilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Sarah Mattison)
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928th Military Working Dog Detachment

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nelson Struck, left, and Sgt. Justin Wenzel, both military working dog handlers (MWD) with the 928th Military Working Dog Detachment, Connecticut National Guard, train with MWD Rexo on suspect apprehension in Newtown, Connecticut, Oct. 8, 2021. The training was part of a demonstration of skill during a visit from Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, in support of 3d Marines, fire an M777 A2 Howitzer, as part of the Regimental Air Assault Course during Service Level Training Exercise 1-22 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 9, 2021. 1st Battalion, 10th Marines provided indirect fire support for maneuver units throughout the battlespace, enabling 3d Marines to successfully conduct offensive and defensive operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexis Moradian)
U.S. Marine Corps

1/10 participates in the Regimental Air Assault Course

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, in support of 3d Marines, fire an M777 A2 Howitzer, as part of the Regimental Air Assault Course during Service Level Training Exercise 1-22 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 9, 2021. 1st Battalion, 10th Marines provided indirect fire support for maneuver units throughout the battlespace, enabling 3d [Read More …]

Lance Cpl. Kyle Coalson, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit bulk fuel specialist, gives the signal to pull the chocks during a joint training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 29, 2021. Joint training improves interoperability among U.S. forces and enables more effective teamwork during real-world engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte)
U.S. Air Force

Marines Participate in Hot Pit Refueling with 18th Wing Airmen

Lance Cpl. Kyle Coalson, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit bulk fuel specialist, gives the signal to pull the chocks during a joint training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 29, 2021. Joint training improves interoperability among U.S. forces and enables more effective teamwork during real-world engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi [Read More …]

211004-N-PH222-1637 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 4, 2021) Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) transits the Philippine Sea during routine operations. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, is operating in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden/released)
U.S. Navy

USS Charleston (LCS 18) Transits the Philippine Sea

211004-N-PH222-1637 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 4, 2021) Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) transits the Philippine Sea during routine operations. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, is operating in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of free and open Indo-Pacific [Read More …]