Worth a Thousand Words in DoD

Have you ever wondered what our soldiers, sailors, airman and Marines see on a daily basis? There are so many different professions and specialties our service members hold, so I find myself wondering from time to time, what it’s like to be in their shoes?

Fortunately, we have some great photographers in the military so you and I can get at least a glimpse. Here’s a look behind the lens at what these service members are undertaking around the globe.

Photo: Indiana National Guard Soldier Spc. Zack Ahearn, assigned to the 1413th Engineer Company, evaluates a casualty during the Combat Lifesaver Course at the Atterbury-Muscatatuck Medical Simulation Training Center in Edinburgh, Ind., April 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Sproles/Released)

Indiana National Guard Soldier Spc. Zack Ahearn, assigned to the 1413th Engineer Company, evaluates a casualty during the Combat Lifesaver Course at the Atterbury-Muscatatuck Medical Simulation Training Center in Edinburgh, Ind., April 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy Sproles/Released)

Photo: Coast Guard crewmen restart MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during training with the 418-foot Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf off the coast of San Diego, April 8, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell/Released)

Coast Guard crewmen restart MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during training with the 418-foot Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf off the coast of San Diego, April 8, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell/Released)

Photo: A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing approaches the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard over New Jersey, April 2, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen /Released)

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing approaches the refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard over New Jersey, April 2, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen /Released)

Photo: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Fernando Perez inspects a fuel sample aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) during a replenishment at sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) in the Arabian Sea, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Fernando Perez inspects a fuel sample aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) during a replenishment at sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) in the Arabian Sea, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

Photo: U.S. soldiers, assigned to Bandit Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain division, fire a mortar cannon during a Mortar Fire Direction Training at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktia province, Afghanistan, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dixie Rae Liwanag/ Released)
U.S. soldiers, assigned to Bandit Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain division, fire a mortar cannon during a Mortar Fire Direction Training at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktia province, Afghanistan, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dixie Rae Liwanag/ Released)
Photo: A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463, launches from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during deck landing qualifications. Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463, launches from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during deck landing qualifications. Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

Photo: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Almedina, assigned to 1st Marine Division, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, carries a mock Marine casualty during the Division Schools Urban Leader Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 3, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray/released)

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Almedina, assigned to 1st Marine Division, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, carries a mock Marine casualty during the Division Schools Urban Leader Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 3, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray/released)

Photo: U.S. Marines assigned to a Georgian Liaison Team and Georgian soldiers exit a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as they are inserted into a training area in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to a Georgian Liaison Team and Georgian soldiers exit a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as they are inserted into a training area in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

 

Photo: Jacob Martinez, a Marine assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, makes his way across an obstacle during a Spartan Race in Las Vegas, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Jacob Martinez, a Marine assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, makes his way across an obstacle during a Spartan Race in Las Vegas, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Photo: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Mediterranean Sea at night. April 3, 2014. Donald Cook is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Mediterranean Sea at night. April 3, 2014. Donald Cook is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

Photo: A Honduran Paratrooper, assigned to 2DO. Batallon De Infanteria Aerotransportado, maneuver towards the drop zone during a partner nation static line jump with Soldiers from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras., April. 03, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven K. Young/Released)

A Honduran Paratrooper, assigned to 2DO. Batallon De Infanteria Aerotransportado, maneuver towards the drop zone during a partner nation static line jump with Soldiers from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras., April. 03, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven K. Young/Released)

 

Photo: Air Force Major Daniel Toocheck, assigned to the 514th Aerospace Medical Squadron, conducts an eye examination on a Kodiak Island resident during “Operation Arctic Care” in Kodiak Island, Alaska, April. 08, 2014. (DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard/Released)

Air Force Major Daniel Toocheck, assigned to the 514th Aerospace Medical Squadron, conducts an eye examination on a Kodiak Island resident during “Operation Arctic Care” in Kodiak Island, Alaska, April. 08, 2014. (DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard/Released)

Photo: Army soldiers, assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, hang an American flag from the III Corps headquarters building on Fort Hood in preparation for a memorial service honoring the victims of the April 2 shooting on the base, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar/Released)

Army soldiers, assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, hang an American flag from the III Corps headquarters building on Fort Hood in preparation for a memorial service honoring the victims of the April 2 shooting on the base, April 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar/Released)

Photo: Army Capt. Sarah Luciano, left front, and Maj. Jay Coisman, right front, perform surgery on a dog with the assistance of Spc. Felix Lopez at a military veterinary field clinic in Kodiak Island, Alaska during operation Arctic Care April 7, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom/Released)

Army Capt. Sarah Luciano, left front, and Maj. Jay Coisman, right front, perform surgery on a dog with the assistance of Spc. Felix Lopez at a military veterinary field clinic in Kodiak Island, Alaska during operation Arctic Care April 7, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom/Released)

Photo: Air Force Senior Airman Logan Huffman, assigned to the 189th Medical Group, checks the blood pressure of a local Kodiak Island resident during “Operation Arctic Care”in Kodiak Island, Alaska, April 7, 2014. (DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard/Released)

Air Force Senior Airman Logan Huffman, assigned to the 189th Medical Group, checks the blood pressure of a local Kodiak Island resident during “Operation Arctic Care”in Kodiak Island, Alaska, April 7, 2014. (DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard/Released)

Photo: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacquelyn Barbeau covers her face to protect herself from the cold while flying aboard a Army Blackhawk helicopter in Kodiak, Alaska, April 8, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom/Released)

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacquelyn Barbeau covers her face to protect herself from the cold while flying aboard a Army Blackhawk helicopter in Kodiak, Alaska, April 8, 2014. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom/Released)

Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Wilson signals to pilots in an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 as it takes off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the Arabian Gulf, April 6, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Wilson signals to pilots in an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 as it takes off from the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the Arabian Gulf, April 6, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II/Released)

Photo: An Airman, assigned to 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, monitors a KC-135 Stratotanker during an engine check on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan, March 31, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo/Released)

An Airman, assigned to 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, monitors a KC-135 Stratotanker during an engine check on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan, March 31, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo/Released)

Photo: Richard Hernandez, a Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, writes the names of three fallen Marines on the Wall of Valor during a Spartan Race event in Las Vegas, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Richard Hernandez, a Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, writes the names of three fallen Marines on the Wall of Valor during a Spartan Race event in Las Vegas, April 5, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Photo: U.S. Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, board an MV-22B Osprey tilt rotor aircraft during African Lion 2014 in Tifnit, Morocco, April 3, 2014. African Lion is an annually scheduled joint/combined U.S.-Moroccan exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and designed to promote interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation's military tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Hill/Released)

U.S. Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, board an MV-22B Osprey tilt rotor aircraft during African Lion 2014 in Tifnit, Morocco, April 3, 2014. African Lion is an annually scheduled joint/combined U.S.-Moroccan exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and designed to promote interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s military tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Hill/Released)

Photo: A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) maneuvers toward the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) maneuvers toward the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, Calif., April 9, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)

Photo: U.S. Marines, assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, conduct landing zone security at Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, during exercise African Lion 14, April 3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Hill/Released)

U.S. Marines, assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, conduct landing zone security at Tifnit Military Instillation, Morocco, during exercise African Lion 14, April 3. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexander Hill/Released)

Photo: Army Spc. Michael Velazquez, assigned to 237th Support Maintenance Company, fires an M9 pistol at the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Best Warrior Competition qualification range at Fort Devens, Ma, April 1, 2014 . (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow/Released)

Army Spc. Michael Velazquez, assigned to 237th Support Maintenance Company, fires an M9 pistol at the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Best Warrior Competition qualification range at Fort Devens, Ma, April 1, 2014 . (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow/Released)

 

Photo: U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), simulate evacuating a casualty during infantry training near Osoppo, Italy, April  8, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Graigg Faggionato/Released)

U.S. Army paratroopers, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), simulate evacuating a casualty during infantry training near Osoppo, Italy, April 8, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Graigg Faggionato/Released) 

Photo: Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, perform construction operations during their 2014 deployment in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, April 9, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class LeAnna Manke/Released)

Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, perform construction operations during their 2014 deployment in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, April 9, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class LeAnna Manke/Released)

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Chinese Rear Admiral Guan Youfei in Qingdao, China April 7, 2014.  Hagel visited the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while in Qingdao, the first foreigner to do so. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Chinese Rear Admiral Guan Youfei in Qingdao, China April 7, 2014. Hagel visited the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while in Qingdao, the first foreigner to do so. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel eats lunch with two Non Commissioned Officers and several Chinese Military Commissioned Officers at the Non Commissioned Officer Academy in Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. Hagel was shown around the school by Chinese Officers, escorted to demonstrations on training and simulations as well as having lunch with two NCO's as well as Chinese officers. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel eats lunch with two Non Commissioned Officers and several Chinese Military Commissioned Officers at the Non Commissioned Officer Academy in Beijing, China, April 9, 2014. Hagel was shown around the school by Chinese Officers, escorted to demonstrations on training and simulations as well as having lunch with two NCO’s as well as Chinese officers. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan at an honors ceremony in Beijing, China April 8, 2014. Hagal and Chang met to discuss military to military relations as well as other issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan at an honors ceremony in Beijing, China April 8, 2014. Hagal and Chang met to discuss military to military relations as well as other issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks in a pass and review with Minister of Defense Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene at an honor cordon at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. Hagel met with Mongolian counterparts during his visit to discuss issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks in a pass and review with Minister of Defense Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene at an honor cordon at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. Hagel met with Mongolian counterparts during his visit to discuss issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 9, 2014. Hagel met with Chinese President Xi to discuss mutual state and defense issues. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 9, 2014. Hagel met with Chinese President Xi to discuss mutual state and defense issues. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Photo: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Minister of Defense Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene sign a joint vision statement at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. Hagel met with Mongolian counterparts during his visit to discuss issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Minister of Defense Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene sign a joint vision statement at the Ministry of Defense in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia April 10, 2014. Hagel met with Mongolian counterparts during his visit to discuss issues of mutual importance. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo /Released)

 

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