A firework display concludes the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16 Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls; and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 1-189th Aviation Regiment, in Rapid City, S.D. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, from Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 147th band, from Mitchell, S.D., provided musical entertainment. The events celebrated the 244th year of the Independence of the Nation and provided the DoD an opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the Armed Forces.
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Salute to America

A firework display concludes the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16 Falcons [Read More …]

A B-52H Stratofortress flies over the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) as part of a long-range, long duration strategic bomber mission during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020, June 15, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (Courtesy Photo by Danish Navy)
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B-52 trains with Danish Navy

A B-52H Stratofortress flies over the Royal Danish Navy Absalon-class support ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) as part of a long-range, long duration strategic bomber mission during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020, June 15, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing [Read More …]

Challenge coins are traditionally given to individuals to signify membership in an organization or commemorate an outstanding achievement. While it is not uncommon for service members to receive more than one coin in their career, many only carry the one that is most important to them. “I didn’t have Photoshop and I looked up Photoshop and I didn’t want to pay for it. So, actually to design this coin I used Paint and I used PowerPoint. At first, I just drew it on a piece of paper and then submitted it to the chain of command, to say, ‘Hey, this is kind of what we want.’ We used the outline of Iraq since we were going to be out here. On the front of the coin we put the OIR symbol and the words ‘Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve’ feeding around the edge of the coin. Then we used the Iraq flag in the background for the front of the coin and then put all the flags of the nations that help out with the OIR campaign that was on the official OIR website. I took each individual one and had to crop it down, make it small, get the best picture quality for each one, and then fit seventy something of these flags in there to include everyone. At one point we were going to get rid of them just because there were so many. The front of the coin was supposed to be three dimensional – like the back is – and it was supposed to pop out, but because of all of these flags I couldn’t. So I had the option of having this pop out or leave in the flags. When I was manipulating the picture it just looked too blank because there was such a big open spot. I decided to leave the flags in and not make it three dimensional and just make it a nice clean coat over it. On to the backside, we put the United States flag in the background because that’s what country we’re with. And then we put our unit name: Expeditionary Medical Unit rotation eight as well as all of the jobs associated with our unit. The top one, the gold leaf with the acorn in the middle,
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Coins of the Coalition – Challenge coins

Challenge coins are traditionally given to individuals to signify membership in an organization or commemorate an outstanding achievement. While it is not uncommon for service members to receive more than one coin in their career, many only carry the one that is most important to them. “I didn’t have Photoshop and I looked up Photoshop and I didn’t want to [Read More …]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Border District contractors make an assembly line of tractors to place border barrier panels at the Yuma 3 project near Yuma, Arizona, May 5. These projects are being executed by USACE, as directed through the U.S. Army by the Secretary of Defense, in response to the Presidential national emergency declaration dated Feb. 15, 2019, requiring the use of the armed forces and authorizing the use of Section 2808 of Title 10, U.S. Code. (Some personnel and corporate identifiable markings have been masked for privacy reasons. No one in this imagery crossed the international border.)
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Border Barrier Construction: Yuma 3

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Border District contractors make an assembly line of tractors to place border barrier panels at the Yuma 3 project near Yuma, Arizona, May 5. These projects are being executed by USACE, as directed through the U.S. Army by the Secretary of Defense, in response to the Presidential national emergency declaration dated Feb. 15, [Read More …]

SHAPE, Belgium (March 30, 2020) – The flag of the Republic of North Macedonia is raised at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) during a ceremony welcoming the Republic of North Macedonia as NATO’s newest Allied nation. The Republic of North Macedonia became the thirtieth Allied nation during the ceremony presided over by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters. (NATO photo by SSGT Ross Fernie)
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The Republic of North Macedonia Flag Raising Ceremony at SHAPE

SHAPE, Belgium (March 30, 2020) – The flag of the Republic of North Macedonia is raised at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) during a ceremony welcoming the Republic of North Macedonia as NATO’s newest Allied nation. The Republic of North Macedonia became the thirtieth Allied nation during the ceremony presided over by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod [Read More …]

200324-A-VU957-1004 Bethesda, Maryland Sailors assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), set up the Rapid Response Shelters. The purpose of this exercise is to test the readiness of the equipment and personnel setting these facilities up and manning them. This is not in response to any increase in patients or diagnoses; it is a preemptive measure to assess the ability to rapidly expand our facility in the event of a patient surge. (Photo by Harvey A. Duze)
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Sailors assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), set up the Rapid Response Shelters

Sailors assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), set up the Rapid Response Shelters. The purpose of this exercise is to test the readiness of the equipment and personnel setting these facilities up and manning them. This is not in response to any increase in patients or diagnoses; it is a preemptive measure to assess the ability to [Read More …]