Operators Operating Operationally.

This is a military blog that features pictures and videos of weapons, vehicles, and the individuals who use them on a daily basis.
I find a portion of these pictures from military_armies. Thanks to him for letting me use so many of his great photos.
Enjoy.

A Syrian soldier aims his PKM machine gun from a foxhole during a firepower demonstration.

A Syrian soldier aims his PKM machine gun from a foxhole during a firepower demonstration.

The M163
Because when your APC’s start to go obsolete, why not just fill the crew compartment with huge stashes of ammunition for a 20mm Vulcan gatling cannon? 
All jokes aside, the M163 was designed to be a competitor to the ZSU-23-4, AKA the “Shilka”. They were used to support ground units from aerial attacks, but were also used as indirect support weapons, firing on anything they could depress their guns far enough to shoot. Overall, the M163 “VADS” had an unimpressive career as mobile AA. It was later replaced by the M1097 Avenger and the M6 Linebacker.

The M163

Because when your APC’s start to go obsolete, why not just fill the crew compartment with huge stashes of ammunition for a 20mm Vulcan gatling cannon? 

All jokes aside, the M163 was designed to be a competitor to the ZSU-23-4, AKA the “Shilka”. They were used to support ground units from aerial attacks, but were also used as indirect support weapons, firing on anything they could depress their guns far enough to shoot. Overall, the M163 “VADS” had an unimpressive career as mobile AA. It was later replaced by the M1097 Avenger and the M6 Linebacker.

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Red Teams Crew: Know your enemy.

[Top] Airmen from the 133rd Security Forces Squadron play the role of aggressors in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

[Center] Airman 1st Class Bronson Scheff secures Master Sgt. Robben Todd during a refresher Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training exercise.

[Bottom] Staff Sgt. Justin Schmidt secures the hands of an Airman. Schmidt, along with other 133rd SFS personnel, provided a sense of realism for Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron and 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training exercise.

(U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren, 12 APR 2014.)

Woah woah woah, you're telling me you're an airborne army ranger and part of MARSOC, how did that work out?

I applied my critical skills.

that doesn't even make sense wtf?

I was referring to this gem: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0d6_1395615850

Also, the first MOS, 0372, is a Marine critical skills operator, while the 0352 is an Anti-Tank specialist.

manipulate the acronyms in CSO and AT and you come up with CAT

You a chairborne ranger?

I’m an airborne ranger MOS 0372 EOD team specialist but I used to be a 0352. Guys in my unit call me the “C.A.T.”

The MI-24P, armed with two 30mm autocannons and it’s intended purpose was similar to that of the A-10, just in a more versatile package with the capability of transporting infantry.

The MI-24P, armed with two 30mm autocannons and it’s intended purpose was similar to that of the A-10, just in a more versatile package with the capability of transporting infantry.

(via diannefeinsteinvevo)

why would they cover their entire body like that?

Who, the police officer? Shit gets cold in the winter, anon. It can drop down to the 30’s (Fahrenheit of course). Along with that, it’s basic psyops shenanigans that dictate wearing a mask in combat will make your enemy more likely to fear you.

Let’s face it, who seems more intimidating to you?

This guy?

Or this guy?

And I’m willing to bet an overwhelming majority of you had chose the latter. But why? Because you can’t see his face.

And it’s because of that, that guys who wear gas masks, or pilots helmets come off as cold, calculating, and deadly. Because you can’t read their emotional status. Instead, you see the outline of their visor, or their eye slits. There is no mouth to convey anger though barred teeth, or sadness through a frown, or panic through a howl. Instead, their mouth is covered, and their eyes are covered to prevent you from guessing their next move.

Like I said, basic psyops shenanigans.

Practice makes perfect.

Latvian Soldiers from a 160 strong Infantry Battle Group during field training exercises for future deployment with the Swedish led EU Battle Group.

Iraqi police posing with a khyber pass AK.

Iraqi police posing with a khyber pass AK.

"KAPITAN, ES BRILLIANT IDEA! NAZI THINK WE ARE AIR FORCE, BUT MESSERSCHMITT CANNOT FIGHT TANK AND WIN!"

"KAPITAN, ES BRILLIANT IDEA! NAZI THINK WE ARE AIR FORCE, BUT MESSERSCHMITT CANNOT FIGHT TANK AND WIN!"

Mini battle shield?

Apparently a shield is being produced that’s main goal is to stop lvl III and IV NIJ threats by a company named Combat Body Armor. Now, while I find it a little gimmicky, it’s supposedly being produced to stop rifle caliber rounds like 7.62x39, 5.45x39, and 7.62x54R. However, it’s test models so far are only stopping lvl II rounds. There’s actually rumors floating around about this thing that there are soldiers that are actually taking this out and field testing it. Regardless, it seems as though CBA has yet to develop a web page, so this may be one of those one-off developers that don’t make it as far as they could. But I’d keep an eye out in case they actually make something.

Because no matter how you cut it, wood is good.

“You may fight from the front, but I jump into the middle.”

You may fight from the front, but I jump into the middle.”

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Dutch Special Forces.