These five photos show other sides of being a soldier
CAMP KONOTOP, Poland: Heading out at 4 a.m., Army Staff Sgt. Marcus Carr Sr. and his supply team put on their gear and jumped into their tactical vehicle to deliver breakfast to the soldiers in the field here. Although chow doesn't start for two more hours, Carr is adamant about getting the food to its destination on time.
“When I first came in the Army, I had a first sergeant and a commander who would ride me constantly, making sure the soldiers were fed on time,” said Carr, a unit supply sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. “When I was younger I didn't understand it,” he said, “but as I got older, I understood that if a soldier is not fed on time, the soldier cannot complete the mission.”
This Memorial Day Weekend, you might notice something different on the tires of your favorite Nascar drivers' cars. For six straight years, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces through its “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program, benefitting Support Our Troops®. This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, all race tires will be emblazoned with a stately "Support Our Troops" logo in red, white and blue.
Recently, Afghanistan - Here at SupportOurTroops.org, we have a simple mission - to support our men and women now serving in the Armed Forces. We’re proud and privileged to help those who need it. In this position, we often get an inside look at some of the important work these soldiers do on a daily basis. The 72nd Medical Detachment is a veterinary service support unit currently deployed in Afghanistan.
here to donate and show your support for the brave men and women serving our country.In a typical month, they can see over one hundred patients and perform 13 surgeries. Most of the patients are Military Working Dogs, known as MWDs. Recently, the 72nd redeployed 6 MWDs to their home stations. They performed five yearly exams, four dentals and even extracted some broken teeth. They also do X-rays and CT scans on the dogs, which helped to diagnose on working dog with a slipped disc, and another with a tumor. One common ailment of MWDs is Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), a non-combat related cause of death for working dogs. When this happens, the stomach bloats and rotates, and can only be corrected with surgery. Click
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz., April 2, 2015 – Newly promoted Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Draffen stood at attention in front of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 building here yesterday. His uniform’s collar lay bare for a moment before two pairs of hands deftly pinned in place the rank he has worked 20 years to achieve.
Behind him, friends and peers mirrored the air traffic controller’s tall stance. To his left, his wife, who he has been with since before his enlistment in 1994, secured one side of his collar. On his right, retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Arnett -- the drill instructor responsible for making Draffen into a Marine -- secured the other.
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., April 1, 2015 – Air Force Senior Airman Julie Breault said the desire to serve in the military was instilled in her at a young age. “I wanted to be security forces. I know a lot of people go into the Air Force and get weeded into security forces, but I chose it because I feel like as security forces I can truly make a difference,” said Breault, who is a 4th-generation service member.
While the security forces career field has traditionally been male-oriented, Breault said she remains undeterred and unaffected by gender-role stereotypes.
Gender ‘Doesn’t Matter’ “Being in a career field that is primarily male-dominated feels relatively normal to me,” Breault said. “I understand women are outnumbered in security forces, but the guys do a really good job of treating me equally. When stuff hits the fan, it doesn’t matter [the] the gender of the person to the left or right of you. We’re defenders. That’s the label I’d prefer.” Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Smith, Breault’s supervisor at the 97th Security Forces Squadron here, noted that her performance is exemplary and said she performs her duties just as well, if not better, than many of the males in the same career field.