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11 Photos That Make No Sense Unless You Were In The Military
The Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, or DVIDS to defense and military journalists, is overflowing with pictures, videos, and news briefings, and serves as an indispensable archive for all the Pentagon's media going back decades.
But every so often, you come across a photo that just makes you shake your head and go, “wait, what the fuck?”
After an exhaustive search, we compiled some of our favorites, and needless to say, you really need context to understand what these images have to do with the U.S. military.
Where’s Waldo? Oh, he joined the Air Force.
USAF photoAirman 1st Class Austin Jeanneret crawls through a mud puddle during a 'Tuff Mudder' challenge at Lajes Field, the Azores, Portugal, Sept. 17, 2012.
What a waste of cheerios.
DoD photoMaj. Rodney Lambert, 50th Contracting Squadron commander, pours breakfast cereal into the grog during the 2016 Combat Dining Out at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, April 15, 2016.
This guy definitely got lost on his way to rob a bank.
DoD photoCpl. Felipe Martinez, a reconfigurable transportable consolidated automated support system technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, prepares to throw a ball at the opposing team during the “Dodge of The Dead” dodgeball tournament at the gymnasium aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015.
Is this what happens when you drop acid and watch Smokey Bear?
DoD photoSparky the fire dog and Earl the safety squirrel, prepare to race during a children’s bicycle safety event at the Balfour Beatty Community Center, Oct. 17, 2015.
The only way to take down a zombie is to stab it in the brain. But try to do it with a smile.
DoD photoAaron Marshall (right), a Maryland University professor, interacts with a local Okinawan in the 6th Annual Okinawa Zombie Walk at American Village, Okinawa, Japan, on October 30, 2016.
Is this what happens when you try to make a garden salad in theater?
DoD photoFresh cucumbers are cut and placed on serving dishes for Afghan National Army soldiers and Sgt. Christopher Scott, a logistics advisor with the Embedded Training Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, April 29, 2012.
These guys went native on deployment. Really, really native.
DoD photoSailors attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), pose for a photo on the main deck during a steal beach picnic and family day cruise.
Do I really want to know what you’re doing to that orange?
DoD photoSgt. Anthony Bradley eats an orange after a training day, May 12, 2016, at Camp Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea.
Drop and give him a dozen doughnuts.
DoD photoSgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller, U.S. Army Reserve drill instructor and the 2016 U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, jokes around by biting into a donut during a marketing photo shoot organized by the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Feb. 14, to promote the U.S. Army Reserve.
I didn’t know they let bubble boys join the military. Oh wait, this is the Air Force.
DoD photoA group of Airmen collide during the start of a bubble soccer game April 22, 2016, during a tournament inside the Freedom Hall Fitness Center on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
HOW MANY WALDOS ARE IN THE MILITARY?
DoD photoCompetitors goof around before the start of the 17th Annual Combat Logistic Battalion-3's Swamp Romp aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 26, 2011.
KABUL/WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday.
In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq.
Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on the deck of a guard tower. The explosion lifted his body - in full armor - an inch or two off the floor.
Keltz says he thought he had escaped with little more than a mild headache. Initial assessments around the base found no serious injuries or deaths from the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, "All is well!"
The next day was different.
"My head kinda felt like I got hit with a truck," Keltz told Reuters in an interview from al-Asad air base in Iraq's western Anbar desert. "My stomach was grinding."
A video has emerged showing a U.S. military vehicle running a Russian armored truck off the road in Syria after it tried to pass an American convoy.
Questions still remain about the incident, to include when it occurred, though it appears to have taken place on a stretch of road near the Turkish border town of Qamishli, according to The War Zone.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
We are women veterans who have served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Our service – as aviators, ship drivers, intelligence analysts, engineers, professors, and diplomats — spans decades. We have served in times of peace and war, separated from our families and loved ones. We are proud of our accomplishments, particularly as many were earned while immersed in a military culture that often ignores and demeans women's contributions. We are veterans.
Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.
Recent allegations that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center allow no such pretense.
Survival expert and former Special Air Service commando Edward "Bear" Grylls made meme history for drinking his own urine to survive his TV show, Man vs. Wild. But the United States Air Force did Bear one better recently, when an Alaska-based airman peed in an office coffee maker.
While the circumstances of the bladder-based brew remain a mystery, the incident was written up in a newsletter written by the legal office of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on February 13, a base spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose.