30 incredible military night shots

Day or night, the Army, Navy and Air Force battle on with a dizzying array of military technology.

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    Illumination rounds light the way for forward observers to adjust artillery and mortar fire during a night portion of a four-day, live-fire exercise following the conclusion of Talisman Saber 13 in Townshend Island, Queensland, Australia.
    Marine Corps/Cpl. Michael Oxton
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    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter is readied for launch during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
    Navy/Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III
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    Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to collect simulated enemy casualties and weapons during a mechanized raid at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia.
    Air Force/Sgt. Sheila deVera
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    Pvt. Lewis T. Washington, a 14S Air and Missile Defense Trooper with I Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, uses a Stinger Missile to bring down an Apache Helicopter during a force-on-force engagement against 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division on Fort Irwin, California.
    U.S. Army/Spc. David N. Beckstrom
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    An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) takes off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
    Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries
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    A 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Maritime Raid Force Marine fires an M40 sniper rifle during a nighttime live fire in Jordan.
    Marine Corps/Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone
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    The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).
    Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho
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    Paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, call for indirect fire during an airfield seizure at Sicily Drop Zone during Operation Fury Thunder at Fort Bragg.
    Army/Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez
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    Cavalry Scouts from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, conduct escape and evasion lane training at Ft. Irwin, California.
    Army/Spc. David N. Beckstrom
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    Capt. Jonathan Ferricher prepares a C-130J for flight June 4, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
    Air Force/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
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    Lance Cpl. Hailey Carrol with Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, refuels a logistics vehicle system replacement after conducting a combat logistics patrol (CLP) to Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
    Marine Corps/Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz
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    Marines participating in Talisman Saber 2013 regroup after fast-roping from HH-60H Sea Hawks assigned to the Firehawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 85 at Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
    Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg
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    A C-17 Globemaster III is towed into position on the flightline to be chained in place due to approaching tropical storm Andrea May 6, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
    Air Force/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
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    Marines participating in Talisman Saber 2013 prepare to fast-rope from an HH-60H Sea Hawk assigned to the Firehawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 85 at Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
    Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg
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    Marines with Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division load an M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer for firing during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.
    Marine Corps/Cpl. John Clary 1st Marine Division, Combat Camera
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    Firefighters from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department extinguish a simulated aircraft fire as part of an operational readiness exercise, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
    Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer
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    Hurlburt Field held the 18th Annual Sound of Independence celebration at the Soundside Marina June 28, 2013, on Hurlburt Field, Florida.
    Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway
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    Airman 1st Class Everardo Torres scans an airfield for potential threats in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, while a C-130 Hercules from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron transfers equipment and personnel.
    Air Force/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker
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    Tech. Sgt. Andrew Gravett walks along the top of a C-17 Globemaster III while wearing a safety harness as he does a routine maintenance check of the aircraft June 4, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
    Air Force/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
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    Soldiers fire at targets as the night sky with simulated munitions.
    T. Anthony Bell
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    A wall of fire erupts behind the Blue Angels.
    U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Jamean Berry
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    An MV-22 Osprey prepares to take off at night.
    U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza
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    A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft lights up the sky with flares during a night mission.
    U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd
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    Sailors perform night search and rescue jumps.
    U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher B. Stoltz
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    A B1-B Lancer aircraft takes off at night toward the Las Vegas Strip during exercise Green Flag-West at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
    U.S. Air Force/Val Gempis
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    An F/A-18C Hornet makes its final approach on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan.
    U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd
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    U.S. soldiers take in the night sky at a patrol base on an overnight mission near Forward Operation Base Lane, Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
    U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini
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    U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Sweeny and Staff Sgt. Robert Novak watch explosions from a mountain top near Forward Operating Base Salerno.
    U.S. Army/Spc. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD
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    A pilot takes the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft up for its first night flight near Edwards Air Force Base, California.
    Tom Reynolds
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    A Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired at night.
    U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly
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