Merry Christmas! A Brief Collection of Military Photos from 2017

 In Military

Military photos are sometimes spectacular, sometimes funny, but they are taken by photographers who have a job to do- capture the moments of each branch of the Armed Forces.

 Marine Corps

Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary UnitGround Combat Element, Company A, conduct a M240B medium machine gun shoot during Alligator Dagger. Alligator Dagger is an amphibious exercise in order to increase proficiency and enable the force to train for amphibious operations within U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Valero)

Photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot from Marine Corps Base Quantico.He captured Marines from The Basic School helping develop the
Paws for Purple Hearts Virginia canines through basic handling skills, exercise, and cleanliness. [And dog biscuits, right? You didn’t forget the treats did you?]

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green cuts a cake with oldest and youngest Marine during a cake cutting ceremony held by the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., November 3, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alex A. Quiles)

Army

A squad automatic weapon gunner with 34th Infantry Division, reads some Dari phrases to two curious young Afghan boys in the Galuch Valley, Afghanistan, March 27, during Operation Promethium Puma. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson)

Soldiers in Sapper Leader Course 06-17 demonstrate to instructors a vertical evacuation of a casualty, Feb. 17, during mountaineering operations, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (U.S. Army photo by Stephen Standifird)

Estonian and U.S. Soldiers conduct live-fire training during a combat exercise near Tapa, Estonia, April 6, 2017. U.S. Soldiers participated to boost the capabilities of the Estonian forces under the NATO-led Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Jason Johnston)

Family members greet their Soldiers after the 204th Engineer Detachment welcome home ceremony, Jan. 28, 2017, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Members of the unit returned from their nine month deployment to Afghanistan, where they managed deconstruction and retrograde missions at bases across the country. (Ohio National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Carden)

Navy

DEVESELU, Romania (Dec. 20, 2017) Megan Villapudua, the Moral, Welfare and Recreation director on board Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, passes out cookies to Sailors on board NSF Deveselu while dressed as Santa Claus. NSF Deveselu and AAMDS Romania are co-located with the Romanian 99th Military Base and play a key role in ballistic missile defense in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bill Dodge/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2017) Seaman Adam Jones, assigned to the deck department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), stands the lookout watch on the fantail. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel Pastor/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 4, 2017) Landing craft, air cushions, operated by Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, transit alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). Pearl Harbor, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Logan C. Kellums/Released)

Air Force

A B-1B Lancer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares for a mission at Andersen AFB, Guam, Nov. 16, 2017. The U.S. military has maintained a deployed Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) in the Pacific since March 2004. CBP capabilities provide the commander of U.S. Pacific Command a flexible response capability throughout the theater and beyond. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

A C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Base, Port Hueneme, Calif., drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017, in an effort to contain the Thomas wildfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Santa poses with the crew of an HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 41st Rescue Squadron, Dec. 9, 2017, on the flightline at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Every year Santa makes his grand entrance by helicopter to attend the 23rd Maintenance Group and 347th Rescue Group holiday party, where he poses for photos with children and listens to Christmas wish lists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star cuts through Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea near a large group of seals as the ship’s crew creates a navigation channel for supply ships on January 16. US Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Boomer, the mascot of Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Maryland, sitting on the deck of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium on February 28. Boomer was rescued from a shelter and reported to Station Crisfield as the mascot in December 2013. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala

Petty Officer 2nd Class Lyman Dickinson, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, is lowered into the water from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during a joint search-and-rescue exercise with the Mexican navy off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico on June 7.

US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman

Featured photo;

Into the Darkness

U.S. Marines perform a night raid during an air assault training event in support of Exercise Blue Chromite on October 31, 2017 at Marine Corps Air Station Fuetenma, Okinawa, Japan.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)

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