Five stunning DOD photos by future vets


Presented are one recent image from the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Marines.  They each show great artistry in the way they portray the very different scenes they have captured.  

The curvy Raptor is almost Rubenesque–one can’t ignore it even though the background colors merge with the metal.   The Colorado training shot is Impressionistic but also has a colorful Sci-Fi glow.  Is this landscape and sky really Earth’s?

The Coast Guard rescue is the Realism style–a job is done with no drama on their  part.  Someone has lost a very expensive boat but not their lives. The Marine portrait is a fine example of  how lighting and composition can be used to show a person’s mood.  The last Naval scene is somber, sensitive and respectful in its depiction of a burial-at-sea.   

The photographs have a crisp cinematic look but unlike many films today, they are not computer-generated–they are the real deal.  They show human technological power and nature’s power on display yet the possibility of danger, at any moment, is implied.  There are many moving photos on the DOD Flickr account to marvel at.  Click any of these images to see bigger, more detailed versions, or to discover more by scrolling left or right.


“A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 95th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, flies over Iraq March 5, 2018. The F-22 is an air superiority fighter that incorporates the latest technological advances in reduced observables, avionics, engine performance and aerodynamic design. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)” PD image

“U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division move into position for their night iteration during gunnery operations at Fort Carson, Colorado, March 19, 2018. Soldiers battled fog, flurries, and freezing temperatures to compete for ‘Top Gun’ while demonstrating their skills. Gunnery tables evaluate the crew on engaging moving and stationary targets using all vehicle weapon systems. Weighing nearly 68 short tons, the M1A2 Abrams Battle Tank is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill) ” PD image.

“A U.S. Coast Guard small boat crew assigned to the USCGC Robert Yered (WPC 1104) arrives on scene with the sinking vessel La Bella, April 28, 2018 approximately 13 miles northwest of Cat Cays, Bahamas. The Coast Guardsmen rescued two people who remained aboard the La Bella attempting to make it back to Cat Cay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Galan) “ PD image

“JORDAN (April 30, 2018) . U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dylan Mangas, a maintenance chief assigned to Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, guides an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle into the well deck of the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) following the conclusion of Eager Lion 2018 April 30, 2018, off Jordan. Eager Lion is a major training event that provides U.S. forces and Jordan Armed Forces the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Livingston)


“U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Nathan J. Nelson, right, renders honors after committing cremains to the sea during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Atlantic Ocean March 31, 2018. The ship was underway conducting sustainment exercises to maintain carrier readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Hank Gettys) ” PD image.

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1 Response to Five stunning DOD photos by future vets

  1. Charlie says:

    Alex: Great photos. Hope you are well or at least doing as well as you can given your health and no doubt still viewed by the VA as more dangerous than a rattle snake!

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