MilSats: Osprey

I love this dramatic shot of the accident-prone Osprey.  I got it from War Is Boring, and you should read the linked article on the failed Yemen raid!

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MilSats: Happy Independence Day!

I have always been proud to be an American.  I realize we’re not perfect, but I still love my country.  I’ve traveled overseas, and I appreciate other cultures, but there’s no place else I’d rather be from.

‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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MilSats: Medevac

Sometimes, a casualty has to be airlifted to a hospital, stat.

PRT Farah Conducts Medical Evacuation Training with Charlie Co., 2-211th Aviation Regiment at Forward Operating Base Farah
Security force team members for Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah wait for a UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopter to land before moving a simulated casualty during medical evacuation training on FOB Farah, Jan. 9. PRT Farah coordinated with C Company, “Northstar Dustoff,” 2-211th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) pilots and medics in order to provide invaluable hands-on medical evacuation training. PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan. Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID). (U.S. Navy photo by HMC Josh Ives/released)

MilSats: D-Day

June 6, 1944.  Allied troops storm the beaches at Normandy, and the assault on Fortress Europe has begun.  It was one of the biggest amphibious operations in history.

Today, US Forces still train to hit the beach.

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MilSats: Afghan Nat’l Army Technicals

A Technical is, per Wikipedia, ” light improvised fighting vehicles, typically a civilian or military non-combat vehicle, modified to provide an offensive capability similar to a military gun truck. It is usually an open-backed civilian pickup truck or four-wheel drive vehicle mounting a machine gun, light anti-aircraft gun, anti-tank weapon, or other support weapon.”

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DELARAM, Afghanistan–Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a patrol in western Afghanistan. (ANA photo by Sergeant Fathe Noori)