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We Honor Memorial Day

By Lee Sadler on May 25th 2013

In honor of Memorial Day, SLR Lounge is showcasing some great images from military photographers.

Rather than showing shocking and emotionally provocative images I instead chose to highlight the ones that best show the troops working and interacting with each other on a daily basis, and which are captured in an interesting and thoughtful way.

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The U.S. military trains enlisted photographers and deploys them with units all across the world.  These men and women get direct access to all of the various operations the military conducts worldwide, including training missions, joint and multi-national exercises, combat search and rescue missions, humanitarian aid and support, as well as to the front-lines of combat.

Their photography is very creative and diverse in execution, subject matter, and editing style.

The images we’re showing are primarily of U.S. Forces and their allies’ involvement in recent times, but we honor all military personnel of all wars.

All of the images are selected in good taste; please take a moment to enjoy them and think of those serving or who have served.

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Did you know?

Did you know that on May 19th, 2013 the world’s first all-military team completed the Seven Summits challenge?  The Seven Summits challenge is a revered and rarely achieved mountaineering tradition where a team of climbers summits the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.  This was a U.S. Air Force team led by Major Rob Marshall; the members of his team paid for the trip themselves through fundraising and used their own personal time off.  The team just made summit on Mount Everest, their final destination, and is now on their way back home.

Did you know that the U.S. Army was in charge of exploring and mapping America? The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all Army affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see such landmarks as Pike’s Peak and the Grand Canyon.

Did you know that the U.S. Military provides humanitarian support to countries all over the world in the form of translators, transportation, airlifts, medicine, infrastructure, search and rescue, and security?  This type of support has obvious benefits to the country in need, but it has an added bonus in that it helps keep military personnel sharp so that they’re ready for any contingency.

 

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Happy Memorial Day from everybody at SLR Lounge!

About

I am a photographer and writer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Landscape is my primary focus, but I love to dabble and experiment in all forms. You can find me on my website or connect with me on Google+.

3 Comments

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Lee Sadler

    Photographers:

    #1 – Navy Specialist 3rd Class Traviss K. Mendoza
    #3 – Air Force Airman Osakabe Yasuo
    #5 – Army Sgt Shawn Miller
    #7 – USMC Corporal Reece Lodder
    #10 – Navy Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans
    #11 – Army Sgt Christopher Bonebrake
    #12 – SrA Brett Clashman
    #13 – Uncredited
    #15 – Navy Specialist 2nd Class David Hooper
    #16 – USMC Lance Cpl. Todd Michalek

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  3. Samuel Morse

    Photo captions I could find:

    Photo #3: ABOVE YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Staff Sgt. Nickolas Alarcon, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, observes a drop zone from the rear of a C-130 Hercules after deploying a light payload above Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 21, 2013. The C-130 aircrews demonstrated their airlift capabilities during a readiness week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo)

    http://www.yokota.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/2013/02/130221-F-PM645-661.jpg

    Photo #8: Senior Airman Casey Kubick sets up a forward area refueling point during Exercise Angel Thunder 2013, April 18, 2013, in White Sands, N.M. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies. Kubick is assigned to the 755th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)

    http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/2013/04/130418-F-PD696-967.jpg

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