Photos of those serving America abroad on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

On 31 August 1949 President Harry S. Truman designated May 21 as Armed Forces Day, a time for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. This represented the important unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense, and replaced the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.

To put faces to this Day, here are a few U.S. Army photos from Kuwait by Staff Sergent Ian M. Kummer of 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. These represent the 1.3 millions active duty troops and the 811 thousand in the Reserve and National Guard forces.

 

A Helocast: Jumping from the helicopter

Soldiers jump from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, during a Helocast exercise in the Persian Gulf May 2. Helocast is a method of inserting teams of troops into combat zones that might not be otherwise accessible.

Army soldiers helocast: rafting to the target

Solders from the 86th Engineer Dive Detachment pick up the Soldiers.

Nicki Burtcher and Janet Johnson

Captain Nicki Burtcher, an en route critical care nurse, and Sgt. Janet Johnson, a medic with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, are stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Mathew Rainey, USAF, in Kuwait

 

Airman 1st Class Matthew Rainey, a joint terminal air controller with the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron provides a Close Air Support Request to AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Kuwait Air Force and 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, during a live-fire exercise at Range 10 near Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, April 26.

During the exercise an MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system from Company F, 277th Aviation Regiment, marked targets with a laser while Rainey cleared the Apaches to fire. This is the first time in history an Army Gray Eagle has lased a target for a KAF Apache.

 

A US Army Apache flies into position in Kuwait

An AH-64 Apache helicopter from 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, flies to its battle position during the exercise.

Kevin Fisher, USAF in Kuwait

Air Force Capt. Kevin Fischer, the air liaison officer for the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, monitors radio traffic during the exercise.

Hoist Training - exiting the copter

An Airman from the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron prepares to be hoisted out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flown by Soldiers in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, during a training exercise in Southwest Asia April 4. During medevacs a hoist can be used to evacuate injured troops when there is terrain preventing the helicopter from landing.

Hoist Training: Recovery

A UH-60 Black Hawk hoists up two of its crew members.

Cassandra Peel, California National Guard

 

California Army National Guard Sergent Cassandra Peel.

She practices taekwondo at Camp Buehring, Kuwait on April 2. Sergent Peel has practiced taekwondo for six years and is now a second degree black belt.

Sergent Peel is an avionic mechanic in Company B, 640th Aviation Support Battalion, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade.

See her story in this April 19 Face of Defense profile: “Soldier Combines Lessons From Military Service, Martial Arts“.

 

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