68 best shots of military tech in action
Last year we brought you our picks of the 100 best images of the military in action, highlighting the technology that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines deal with every day. And the advances keep coming. Here are 68 of the greatest action shots.


May 8, 2014: Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Jeffery Fischer jumps from an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 during search and rescue swimmer training in the Yellow Sea with the Arliegh-burke class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer

U.S. Navy/Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Gary Robinson


May 6, 2014: A team of Soldiers belonging to the 450th Engineer Company, the 350th Eng. Co., and the 374th Eng. Co., moves through concealing smoke to enter and clears a building as one of the evaluated exercises for Sapper Stakes at Fort McCoy, Wis.

U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret


May 5, 2014: A 55th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter hovers above a skiff to hoist critically burned sailors, 600 nautical miles off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The pararescuemen transported the injured sailors to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they were transferred to a HC-130J Combat King II that flew them to the University of California, San Diego, Calif., regional burn unit. 

U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Adam Grant


Landing support Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit await a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for a helicopter supply transfer during a U.S.-French bilateral exercise.

U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Alisa J. Helin


May 1, 2014: Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, insert into Tagvreshk Village by CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Joseph Scanlan


April 30, 2014: A U.S. Soldier with the 20th Special Forces Group jumps from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for helocast training, an airborne technique used by small forces to insert into a military area of operations, during Emerald Warrior 14 in Gulfport, Miss. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored two-week joint/combined tactical exercise designed to provide realistic military training in an urban setting.

U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Jodi Martinez


April 8, 2014: UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters from 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny" transport Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on to Landing Zone Red Crow during Operation Golden Eagle in Fort Campbell, Ky. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade.

Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs


Jan 31, 2014: U.S. Marines with Bravo and Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct rocket range outside of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Marines used the range to keep their knowledge sharp on the different weapons systems they use.

Marine Corps/Eric S. WIlterdink


April 28, 2014: Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), wait on a beach in Djibouti to carry troops and equipment back to the ship during sustainment training ashore.

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase Hawley


January 27, 2014: U.S. Army Parachute Team members prepare to land on target as part of the Golden Knights annual certification cycle on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.

Army/Jerry Morrison


January 8, 2014: Marines with Air Delivery Platoon, Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conduct jump training aboard a CH-46E Sea Knight with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMMT-164) aboard Camp Pendleton, California. Air Delivery Platoon conducts training jumps to maintain the unit's deployment readiness.

Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Lauren Falk


January 11, 2014: An A-10C Thunderbolt II prepares to land following a training mission. The entire A-10 fleet has been modified for improved precision engagement and now carries the A-10C designation. The A-10 is assigned to the 188th Fighter Wing√Ęs 184th Fighter Squadron, Arkansas Air National Guard.

Courtesy photo/Retired Capt. Brad Kidder


December 30, 2013: Col. Mark Anderson and Maj. Doug Davis conduct a training mission over Razorback Range at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Ark. The sortie was one of the last four-ship training missions that will be conducted at the 188th Fighter Wing as it is currently transitioning from a fighter mission, to an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance/remotely piloted aircraft mission.

Airforce/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch


January 26, 2014: U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire off a Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle at a range on Camp Roberts, California.

Army/Pfc. Rashene Mincy


January 23, 2014: Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the internment ceremony of Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner, at Arlington National Cemetery. Risner was the Air Force's 20th ace and survived more than seven years of captivity as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

U.S. Airforce/Courtesy Photo


January 31, 2014: The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE11), left, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85). McCampbell is on patrol in the U.S.

Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro


January 26, 2014: Pfc. Cristian Mejia, javelin gunner, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Raleigh, N.C., shoots a javelin missile during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Bravo Co. is dedicated to helicopter operations during their upcoming combat deployment to Afghanistan.

Marine Corps/Cpl. Joseph Scanlan


February 5, 2014: Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 fast rope from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Red Lions" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Fenaroli


October 30, 2013: Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist members of the 19th Special Forces Group with freefall and static line parachute jumps near Camp Williams, Utah.
Air Force/Staff Sgt.Tim Chacon


November 6, 2013: Airman 1st Class Christopher Garrison performs liquid oxygen, or LOX, at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. LOX is primarily used for aviator's breathing oxygen.
Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht


October 2, 2013: An A-10C Thunderbolt II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Afghanistan. The A-10 is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The KC-135 is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron.
Air Force/Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards


November 3, 2013: A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, fires the M777 howitzer during a battery defense battle drill at Arta Range. A five-person gun crew can fire as many as five rounds per minute. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Air Force/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller


October 28, 2013: The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), bottom, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).
Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Collin Turner


September 5, 2013: Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct military freefall parachute operations from UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to Alpha Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion from the Montana Army National Guard in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Marine Corps/Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone


November 6, 2013: Lt. Col. Sloan Hollis maneuvers a B-1B Lancer bomber over Southern Afghanistan. Hollis is a 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron commander and pilot.
Air Force/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker


October 2, 2013: Lance Cpl. Chris Eichelberger, a Huey door gunner with a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, and a native of San Diego, unloads on a target at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif.
Marine Corps/Cpl. Zachary Scanlon


November 1, 2013: The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) fires its forward MK 48 five-inch lightweight gun during a gunnery exercise. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donald R. White Jr.


October 18, 2013: United States Marines with Africa Partnership Station participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills and more.
Marine Corps/Sgt. Marco Mancha


September 12, 2013: An F-15C Eagle prepares to refuel with a KC-135R Stratotanker, en route to the Arctic Challenge Exercise in Norway.
U.S. Airforce/1st Lt. Christopher Mesnard


August 26, 2013: California Air National guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing perform precision water bucket drops, in support of the Rim Fire suppression operation at Tuolumne County near Yosemite, Calif.
U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Ed Drew


August 27, 2013: Three F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fly in formation during fixed-wing aerial refueling training over eastern California. VMFA-121 is the first F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps.
U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza


September 9, 2013:The People's Liberation Army-Navy destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113), foreground, frigate Linyi (FFG 547), and the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) operate together off Oahu, Hawaii, during a search and rescue exercise.


Aug. 29, 2013: An explosive ordnance disposalman (EOD) assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 jumps from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 during a casting and recovery exercise. EODMU-11and HSC-6 are deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jess Lewis


September 16, 2013: A Colorado Army National Guardsmen views the Colorado landscape from the back of a COARNG CH-47 Chinook helicopter on the ride home after a long day of aerial evacuation in support of flood relief operation in Larimer County, Colo.
U.S Army National Guard/Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida


September 16, 2013: Sgt. Kenton Miller, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, takes aim at a simulated target during a joint platoon exercise at the Yakima Training Center, Wash.
U.S. Army/Sgt. Austan Owen


August 22, 2013: An A-10 Thunderbolt II does a show of force maneuver after locating a simulated downed pilot during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Two A-10s defended the pilots position until members of the 210th Rescue Squadron could rescue him. The A-10 is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Shawn Nickel


August 18, 2013: A U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing departs from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif. and flies to McChord Air Force Base, Wash., in order to conduct a deployment for training exercise.
U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Nathan Sotelo


September 18, 2013: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Eger, left, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Troy Parmley, both pilots with the Colorado National Guard, fly a UH-72 Lakota helicopter over flooded areas as part of relief and recovery operations near Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday.
U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy


Aug. 2, 2013: The forward close-in weapons system (CIWS) fires rounds during a pre-action calibration firing (PACFIRE) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
U.S. Navy / Edward Guttierrez III


July 19, 2013: An Atlas V rocket launches the Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) 2 satellite from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MUOS is a next-generation narrow band tactical satellite communications system made to improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces.

U.S. Navy/NASA/Patrick H. Corkery


July 15, 2013: During a flying training deployment, Bulgarian paratroopers perform a static-line jump from a C-130J Super Hercules in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes


July 15, 2013: A Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion engages a simulated tank with an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon at Camp Pednletion, CA.

U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Ismael E. Ortega, 1st Marine Division


Mar. 25, 2013: A CV-22 Osprey, flown by the 8th Special Operations Squadron, hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King


Aug. 2, 2013: AS-332 Super Puma helicopters fly near the ships USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), left, USNS Yukon (T-AO 202), center, and forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) while delivering supplies during the biennial exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
U.S. Navy / Edward Guttierrez III


May 2, 3013: Marines aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms CA, load an M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer for firing during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR.

U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John Clary 1st Marine Division


Mar. 25, 2013: A still image from video shows a split-screen view of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), upper left, striking a remote-controlled target aircraft.
U.S. Navy photo


Mar. 25, 2013: The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory.
U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams


Mar. 22, 2013: A MK38 25 mm machine gun fires remotely aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza


Mar. 25, 2013: Hardware - Honorable Mention: Capt. Blaine Jones takes off in Thunderbird 6 during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Expo July 22, 2012.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid


Mar. 25, 2013: Combat Operational - Honorable Mention: U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment scan their area May 2, 2012, near Combat Outpost Sabari, Afghanistan.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts


Apr. 9, 2013: Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., jump out of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter April 9 at Wynnehaven Beach, Fla.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway


Apr. 11, 2013: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Diamond formation performs the Echelon Pass in Review maneuver March 13 during a practice sortie over a range in Nevada.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez


Mar. 25, 2013: Pictorial - Honorable Mention: 1st Lt. Drew Parks communicates with a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet supporting Operation Spartan Shield Sept. 11, 2012, in Southwest Asia. Joint terminal attack controllers establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic, naval gun fire and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U.S. and coalition close air support.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder


Mar. 25, 2013: Hardware - Honorable Mention: A U.S. Army M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from the 3rd Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., practices night-firing during National Training Center iteration 12-05, March 10, 2012, at Fort Irwin, Calif.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aracelli Alarcon


Mar. 26, 2013: MZ-3A, the U.S. Navy's only airship currently in operation, moored at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson


Feb. 15, 2013: An MH-60R Sea Hawk from the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 launches flares alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate


Feb. 12, 2013: A unitary medium-range ballistic missile target launches from the Pacific missile range facility and flies northwest towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mathew J. Diendorf


Feb. 21, 2013: Pfc. Cullen Rocha sits on the Gunner Station while training in the Virtual Clearance Training Suite.
U.S. Army/Staff Sergeant Pablo N. Piedra


Feb. 22, 2013: Damage Controlman First Class Nathan Alberti, right, observes Hull Technician Fireman Samson Shephard and Damage Controlman Fireman Dillon Brown approach a simulated fire during an emergency drill aboard the USS Blue Ridge.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman


Feb, 15, 2013: Brian Smith, a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth computed tomography technologist, views images from a thoracic aorta scan.
U.S. Navy/Rebecca A. Perron


Feb. 21, 2013: A formation of C-130 Hercules fly over Yokota Air Base, Japan.
U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy


Jan. 30, 2013: An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter provides plane guard to ensure safe recovery of any aircrew personnel in the event of a crash during a vertical replenishment from the USS Harry S. Truman to the guided-missile frigate USS Kaufman.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Parker


Mar. 6, 2013: Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II.
U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.


Feb. 1, 2013: A four-ship of F-35A Lightning IIs returns to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a sortie.
U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Edward Schmitt


Jan. 26, 2013: The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fires a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a live-fire exercise.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn


Jan. 18, 2013: Six UH-60L Black Hawks and two CH-47F Chinooks simultaneously launch a daytime mission.
U.S. Army


Feb. 20, 2013: The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Situational Awareness System installed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower uses two Electro-Optic/Infrared sensors placed forward and aft of the ship's island to provide 360 degree surveillance capability. Additionally, SAWS can enhance force protection, aid navigation, monitor visit, board, search and seizure operations, and detect mine-like objects in the water.
U.S. Navy/John F. Williams


Dec. 5, 2012: Lt. Matt Reed, assigned to the Rampagers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches defensive flares during a flight from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Greg Linderman

68 best shots of military tech in action

Last year we brought you our picks of the 100 best images of the military in action, highlighting the technology that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines deal with every day. And the advances keep coming. Here are 68 of the greatest action shots.

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