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.

No fear here.

German, Spanish, French, Estonian, Dutch, and American paratroopers sit side-by-side in a C-130 during an international airborne exercise. Pictured are German, Dutch, And American airborne infantrymen.

American soldiers from the 4th ID board a CH47 Chinook.
The flak vests that they’re wearing along with their camouflage patterns lead me to believe that this was during the initial occupation of Afghanistan.

American soldiers from the 4th ID board a CH47 Chinook.

The flak vests that they’re wearing along with their camouflage patterns lead me to believe that this was during the initial occupation of Afghanistan.

For the unlucky ones.

Today in America we are celebrating “Memorial Day”, a day where there are many sales, and celebration of an extra day off of work. But many have forgotten the real significance of this “holiday”. It is for those who have died in the heat of battle, for those who were captured, killed, or who simply found themselves unlucky. It is for those innumerable killed and lost, some without name, many forgotten, that we mourn today. That we visit their graves and give thanks for the sacrifices they made. Please remember that next time you see an advertisement for sales on this weekend.

It’s all fun and games until someone goes deaf.
A notorious problem for UH-1 “Huey” door gunners and crew chiefs during Vietnam was that, during extended sorties, many of the crewmen would actually start experiencing hearing loss. Now, it’s argued that this was due to faulty hearing protection, or just by simply being next to the gaping hole in the side of the aircraft, where both the noise from the aircraft’s engine, the noise from the machine gun, and the battering of the fast moving wind were constantly in your ears. Many Marine and Army aviation specialists were later brought back down to “ground work” in positions such as Squad Leaders, Aviation technicians, or designated machine gunners. One thing was for certain, though. If no one could hear the crew chief, or visa versa, you’re going to have some serious problems.

It’s all fun and games until someone goes deaf.

A notorious problem for UH-1 “Huey” door gunners and crew chiefs during Vietnam was that, during extended sorties, many of the crewmen would actually start experiencing hearing loss. Now, it’s argued that this was due to faulty hearing protection, or just by simply being next to the gaping hole in the side of the aircraft, where both the noise from the aircraft’s engine, the noise from the machine gun, and the battering of the fast moving wind were constantly in your ears. Many Marine and Army aviation specialists were later brought back down to “ground work” in positions such as Squad Leaders, Aviation technicians, or designated machine gunners. One thing was for certain, though. If no one could hear the crew chief, or visa versa, you’re going to have some serious problems.

Live fire exercises with the Abrams.

If you ask these guys, nothing’s tasted better than the desert air when it’s ionized by close to 8 kilos of propellant blasting the 4.6 kg (10lb) penetrator out of the barrel at 1,575 m/s into the desert floor. M1’s are equipped with a license built Rheinmetall 120mm main gun, and are heralded as being some of the most accurate breach-loading weapon systems on the battlefield to date (aside from bore-launched ATGMs).

Panoramic from the battlefield.
This is an incredible photo taken from a joint training mission between American forces, Dutch, and Hungarian infantry at a Hungarian MOUT killhouse.
Go ahead, take a look around.

Panoramic from the battlefield.

This is an incredible photo taken from a joint training mission between American forces, Dutch, and Hungarian infantry at a Hungarian MOUT killhouse.

Go ahead, take a look around.

Dedication comes in many forms, this is one of them.

Dedication comes in many forms, this is one of them.

Practice makes perfect.

American 75th Regiment training at Fort Knox for the annual Task Force Training to evaluate their operational efficiency during combat scenarios. American Rangers are constantly training to achieve the highest level of operational proficiency.

Indirect fire, comin’ at ya.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eric Thielen, infantryman, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6), 2nd Marine Division, looks through the M2A1 reflex sight on a M32 MGL to engage targets down range during the Talon Exercise (TalonEx) at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

Indirect fire, comin’ at ya.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eric Thielen, infantryman, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (3/6), 2nd Marine Division, looks through the M2A1 reflex sight on a M32 MGL to engage targets down range during the Talon Exercise (TalonEx) at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

MARSOC

MARSOC

Fused Response

U.S. Special Forces soldiers of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan provide security during the clearance of Mirza Kalay village, Mya Neshin district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2014. USSF soldiers assisted commandos of the 3rd Special Operations Kandak in conducting the clearance to disrupt insurgents’ freedom of movement in the area

Take a break, before it breaks you.

Take a break, before it breaks you.

A relic of the cold war.
Sitting in the hangar of the USAF’s museum lies one of two YF-23 “Black Widow II”s lies the prime competitor to the renowned F-22 “Raptor”. Produced by the Northrop company after the American government had learned of the Su-27 and MiG-29. The YF-23 was designed to meet USAF requirements for survivability, supercruise, stealth, and ease of maintenance. 
Northrop submitted its evaluation results with their proposals on December 1990, and on April 1991, the Secretary of Defense had selected the YF-22 instead of the YF-23.

A relic of the cold war.

Sitting in the hangar of the USAF’s museum lies one of two YF-23 “Black Widow II”s lies the prime competitor to the renowned F-22 “Raptor”. Produced by the Northrop company after the American government had learned of the Su-27 and MiG-29. The YF-23 was designed to meet USAF requirements for survivability, supercruise, stealth, and ease of maintenance. 

Northrop submitted its evaluation results with their proposals on December 1990, and on April 1991, the Secretary of Defense had selected the YF-22 instead of the YF-23.

Through the eyes of the hunter.
An M1 Abrams sets its sights on an enemy T-72 during an engagement in the Gulf war. 

Through the eyes of the hunter.

An M1 Abrams sets its sights on an enemy T-72 during an engagement in the Gulf war. 

An interesting cold war design grows up.

The T92 Light Tank was an innovative American light tank developed in 1950s by Aircraft Armaments. At 18.5 tonnes, 5m length, it was designed as an airborne/airdropped replacement for the 5 tonnes heavier M41 Walker Bulldog. The T92 was never accepted into service.

The main gun was a conventional 76 mm cannon with a very low profile turret. Little more was exposed than the main gun and two crew cupolas which allowed 50 caliber and 30 caliber machine guns to fire buttoned up. The engine was moved to the front, which increased protection, and a rear access door provided an escape hatch and protection while reloading; this layout was later adopted by the contemporary Israeli Merkava battle tank. It had a crew of four with a semi-automatic loading system. It carried 60 main gun rounds, and automatically ejected spent shell casings.