Thursday, July 24, 2014

BLT, 3rd Battalion/ 5th Marines Mechanized Raid Exercise by GySgt Ismael Pea

Buddy carry...a MilPriority pic.

Note:  If you haven't checked out MilPriority's Facebook page you're missing out.  He's one of the great up and comer's when it comes to military photography...and he's one of the few that focuses on infantrymen and not aviation.

An Infantryman carries the Ruck of an injured marine during a grueling movement at Camp Pendleton.

The champagne is on ice. Dunford confirmed.

Read the article here.

Long story short?  Dunford will replace Amos this fall.  The champagne is on ice, the sour mash is hid in the footlockers (we'll bring that out once the women and children have gone to bed) and a warrior culture will hopefully return to the USMC.

Namer Command Post Variant?

I haven't heard that Israel has designed a command post variant of the Namer but this particular vehicle has an unusually large number of antennas.

Command post or intel variant is my guess.

Ship to Ship transfer by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

Note:  HQMC is highlighted the ship to ship transfer (really just an at sea test of the MLP) concept.  Has anywork been done on selective offloading?  Does this have any utility for the MEU or will this sit on the shelf until a Marine Expeditionary Brigade is needed?  Remember this small factoid.  MEU's are the unit of choice for combatant commanders.

IDF armor and artillery in action in the Gaza Strip.

Note:  All pics are via the IDF Flickr page (captions are embedded in the can see the caption by downloading them or by going to my Google Picaso and seeing them there)

Sidenote: Any explanation of why the IDF doesn't use towed artillery?  It really does bring the "artillery raid" concept into question.  If any nation would be inclined to use it then it would have to be the Israeli's.

Canadian and Romanian forces in Operation Reassurance 2014.

Romanian Army troops rappel from two IAR-330 Puma helicopters during a joint training exercise between the Canadian Air Task Force Romania and the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) on July 18, 2014 in preparation for the RoAF tactical exercise and evaluation in Campia Turzii, Romania during Operation REASSURANCE.
Photo: Capt Christopher Daniel, ATF 1401 PAO