2015 Year in Photos: Top Five Images

For the 13th consecutive year, the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA) has compiled the best photos from all around the Army. This year, we proudly present the Top Five Photos of 2015.

The selection process involved a yearlong photo search and compilation by OCPA and then voting on the images by the public via Facebook “Likes” and “Shares.”

Photos are gathered from all around the Army — including social media, DVIDS, www.army.mil, and more.

We invite you to view our winning photos as we honor the photographers of these outstanding images.

# 1 –  Sept. 9, 2015 – Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton – 2,809 Likes


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Russell Vidler leaps over the wall at the Fit to Win obstacle course on Fort Jackson, S.C. Vidler, a Reserve drill sergeant assigned to the 98th Training Division, was in a head-to-head competition for the title of Army Reserve’s top drill sergeant.

#2 – Feb. 24, 2015 – Photo by U.S. Army Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston – 2,491 Likes


A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany.

#3 – Aug. 5, 2015 – Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Hull – 1,916 Likes


Snipers from the 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, dash across the rocky desert terrain during a combined-arms live-fire exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment was one of several organizations from across the U.S. participating in Operation Dragon Spear, a demonstration which included a joint forcible entry operation with XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Special Forces Group and the Air Force.

#4 – Feb. 19, 2015 – Photo by U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Sarah Mattison – 1,105 Likes


Soldiers attending the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, Vt., climb Smugglers’ Notch as part of their final phase of the Basic Military Mountaineering Course in Jeffersonville, Vt. Students in the Basic Military Mountaineering course spend two weeks acquiring the skills and knowledge required to operate in mountainous terrain.

#5 – Oct. 21, 2015 – Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Hewitt – 697 Likes


Paratroopers, assigned to 307th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, begin paddling for a boat competition during the unit’s annual “Crossing of the Wall River” event at Fort Bragg, N.C. Seven teams from the battalion crossed Kiest Lake to replicate the five trips across the Waal River.

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2015 Year in Photos: Top Five Images