forward deployed

It would be an understatement to say the U.S. Navy has some crackshot photographers! Pretty much nailed this one …

WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)



Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 conduct a special patrol insertion/extraction exercise aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. 

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke, 29 SEP 2015.)


U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in the kick-off event for Exercise Ssang Yong by sending amphibious assualt vehicles from the USS Harpers Ferry to Hwajinri beach in South Korea March 12,2016. Exercise Ssang Yong is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Briauna Birl/Released)


OKINAWA, Japan – Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth. The old boxing adage is similar to the military’s own version: No plan survives contact with the enemy.

The Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group are well versed in adapting to the art of war and honed their hand-to-hand combat skills Sept. 3 at Torii Station during Fight Night VI – a battalion level Modern Army Combatives competition.

“As a forward deployed Special Forces Battalion, we do all we can to stay sharp and focused on our warrior tasks,” said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joshe Raetz. “Each of these Soldiers has spent weeks training for this event and will showcase their skills today.”

Not only do the quarterly Fight Night events develop Soldiers’ abilities to continue mission under threat of bodily harm, but enhance camaraderie as well.

“These events are a great way to increase the technical and tactical proficiency of our Soldiers, while also improving the unit’s esprit de corps and pride,” said Raetz. “Conducting physical events under stress and duress makes these soldiers combat ready.”


Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sepia and shadows.

U.S. Air Force combat controllers from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron stand by to provide support during a cargo and personnel airdrop at the Holland Drop Zone in Fort Bragg, N.C., as part of the Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise 15-01. CJOAX 15-01 is an 82nd Airborne Division-led bilateral training event at Fort Bragg, N.C., from April 13-20, 2015.

 This is the largest exercise of its kind held at Fort Bragg in nearly 20 years and demonstrates interoperability between U.S. Army and British Army soldiers and U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Royal Air Force airmen and U.S. Marines. Special Tactics combat controllers integrate air power into ground special operations for mission success, deploying into forward hostile areas to establish assault zones, provide air traffic control capability, and control offensive airstrike operations. 

(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Marianique Santos, 13 APR 2015.)

INDIAN OCEAN (July 16, 2015) An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), takes off from the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is in the Indian Ocean participating in Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg/Released)


U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provides security while conducting an amphibious insertion onto a beach while training foreign Marines in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

Happy Birthday Naval Aviation! Beyond having the world’s most powerful fleet of ships and submarines, America’s Navy also has upward of 3,700 aircraft in operation and nearly one-third of its Sailors working in Naval Aviation. As a result, it ranks as the world’s second largest air force. In a Navy that’s always forward-deployed, Naval Aviation extends the reach even further. Join us as we celebrate 104 years!

Tankbusters head back to Europe.

Airman 1st Class Nelson A. Walker, of the 9th Air Support Operations Squadron from Fort Hood, Texas, observes an A10 Thunderbolt II during a live fire exercise as part of Combined Resolve II at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. 

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda Nall, 22 MAY 2014. Article compiled from U.S. European Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Releases, 11 FEB 2015.)

The US Air Force has deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. European Command officials announced yesterday.

About 300 airmen and support equipment are deploying with the A-10s from the 355th Fighter Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

“While in Germany, these aircraft will forward-deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO nations,” said Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, Eucom spokesman. “Units will conduct training alongside our NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.”

Demonstration of Continued Commitment

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command’s and U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s continued commitment to NATO’s collective security and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, officials said.

“The Air Force has been rotating forces as a part of OAR for the past year,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, vice commander of USAFE and Air Forces Africa. “The [theater security package] is another way the Air Force is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner nations that our commitment to European security is a priority.”

The Air Force’s forward presence in Europe provides the support infrastructure needed to increase the current force and build new and deeper partnerships across the continent, Jones added.

The A-10s are the first of several theater security package deployments to Europe, officials said, adding that rotations generally will last six months, depending on mission and Eucom requirements.

Although this deployment is a first in Europe, officials said, the Air Force has been conducting similar theater support rotations in the Pacific region since 2004.