24 Best Photos of The US Military 2015

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Stunning images tell a profound story

The United States Armed Forces has played a decisive role in our history from its inception.  It has forged in this country a sense of national identity and unity.

Interestingly, a large standing army was not established officially until the beginning of World War II.

Keepers of peace, defenders of democracy, brave fighters, we in the US can sleep well knowing our military is always on watch.

We can’t help but feel an extreme sense of pride as we look at each of these beautiful photos.  Pride in our military and what it means to America and the world.

We are especially fond of the last image on page 3, which reminds us of our father, who served in the US Navy in the South Pacific during WWII.   RIP Seaman Jesse Lewis Benedict.  We love you.

Check out these striking images below.

 

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A U.S. 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, Feb. 24, 2015
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An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to take-off aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego Feb. 24, 2015. The training prepares pilots and flight crew members for similar operations they may encounter while deployed this spring.
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Lloyd Ford, a Marine veteran of World War II, observes a wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington. The Ceremony commemorated the 70th anniversary of the battle for Iwo Jima. “When we first landed, we got bombarded. This one guy was praying because he had been a lady’s man. You start praying at a time like that.”
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Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band interact with the crowd during the Fasching parade Feb. 17, 2015, in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. The USAFE Band and about 1,400 other participants marched in the parade for more than two hours entertaining the crowd.
Thunderbirds pilots approach the University of Phoenix Stadium to perform a flyover during the Super Bowl XLIX game, Phoenix, Feb. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
Thunderbirds pilots approach the University of Phoenix Stadium to perform a flyover during the Super Bowl XLIX game, Phoenix, Feb. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
Staff Sgt. Christopher Collins, Thunderbird 2 dedicated crew chief, cleans the parking spot marker for his aircraft, following the Delta formation departure for the Super Bowl XLIX flyover, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
Staff Sgt. Christopher Collins, Thunderbird 2 dedicated crew chief, cleans the parking spot marker for his aircraft, following the Delta formation departure for the Super Bowl XLIX flyover, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 1, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay witnesses the morning sunrise while sitting in a frozen section of Lake Huron, Feb. 10, 2015. As part of Operation Coal Shovel, the crew of the Bristol Bay broke free the motor vessel Capt. Henry Jackman from the ice and assisted it northbound. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay witnesses the morning sunrise while sitting in a frozen section of Lake Huron, Feb. 10, 2015. As part of Operation Coal Shovel, the crew of the Bristol Bay broke free the motor vessel Capt. Henry Jackman from the ice and assisted it northbound. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould)
A Marine with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs Marines on a maneuver path during a vertical assault raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait, Feb. 16, 2015.
A Marine with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs Marines on a maneuver path during a vertical assault raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait, Feb. 16, 2015.

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