Combat Camera

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Sergeant Lee’s Last Steps.

[1] Afghan National Army special forces and commandos, 6th Special Operations Kandak (SOK), along with U.S. forces take cover after a rocket - propelled grenade was fired towards them on the landing zone from enemy forces during an operation in the Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity.

[2] U.S. soldiers of the attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Afghan National Army special forces and commandos of the 6th Special Operations Kandak, start their objectives during an operation in Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity. 

[3] A U.S. Special Forces soldier attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, looks over the valley as a patrol of commandos return from clearing further compounds during an operation in the Ghorband district, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. forces conducted the operation with the goal of capturing several high value targets known for Taliban activity.

(U.S. Army photos by Spc. Connor Mendez, 15 JAN 2014.)

Some quality Kong time.

Wilbur, a Marine Special Operations Team member, is rewarded with his favorite toy after successfully sweeping a build site for an Afghan Local Police checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Afghan Local Police complement counterinsurgency efforts by assisting and supporting rural areas with limited Afghan National Security Forces presence, in order to enable conditions for improved security, governance and development.
(Photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, 30 MAR 2013.)

[Pete and Wilbur! Best combination I’ve seen in combat camera photography in quite some time. H/T to Turtletot reblogging it, I had to post the hi-res version. -R]

US Army Specialist Hilda I. Clayton. 2 JUL 2013.

Died at FOB Gamberi in Kabul province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered in a mortar system failure during a live fire training exercise. Clayton, of Augusta, Ga., was forward-deployed in Afghanistan as the combat camera asset covering the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, “Task Force Long Knife,” at the time of her death. Clayton served as a combat documentation/production specialist assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, based out of Fort Meade, Md.

(Photos by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr. 8 JUL 2013.)

Playing both sides of the lens.

Airman 1st Class Daniel Johnston, 1st Combat Camera Squadron broadcaster, mans the turret position on a Humvee with an M4 carbine rifle while scanning for Improvised Explosive Devices and enemy forces during the Ability to Survive and Operate exercise at North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C. The exercise was organized to sharpen airmen’s skills and their ability to operate as combat documentation specialists in hostile environments.

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, 17 JAN 2014.)

Bonds forged of blood, sweat, and grit.

Philippine and U.S. Special Operations Forces Soldiers recover together after competing in the 3rd Annual SOF Challenge on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines. Philippines, Australian and U.S. Special Operations Forces will be training together over the next three weeks during Balikatan 2014. The Armed Forces Philippines and U.S. have had a long-standing relationship and welcome the Australian Defence Force’s increasing participation in Balikatan.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, 3 MAY 2014.)