Sunday, March 27, 2011

Take and give

Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, the guided missile destroyer USS Barry fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines that targeted about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller.

TAKE - What you're seeing in the above photo is power projection.  It's what makes our Navy so scary.  We have the ability to quickly move to, and participate in regional conflicts all over the world, without risking our ground troops.  The photo was taken by one of my former DINFOS instructors.

It's kind of weird, looking at combat photos taken by people you know... Petty Officer Miller's a goofy guy, but he's really good at what he does.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown prepare relief supplies. Germantown is off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo C. Aquino.

 GIVE - This is the mushy stuff.  But meals can carry the same weight as missiles.  Operations like this are essential to building strong relationships with our allies, as well as presenting the military in a positive light.

An aerial view of a helicopter landing zone near an evacuee center shows a "Thank You" message in the mud deposited by a tsunami. U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Sean Hughes.

The photos taken by these MCs allow us to see, through the Navy's eyes, life-altering events all over the world.

Keep up the hard work guys.

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