The 19 most badass Army photos from 2019


A Soldier prepares to throw a practice M67 fragmentation grenade as part of Expert Infantryman Badge testing at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Liane Hatch

From scaling the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, to an Army surgeon's launch into space, and West Point graduating the most diverse class in its history — the Army had a hell of a year in 2019.

And they have the photos to prove it.

Below are the 19 best photos from the Army this year, in no particular order.

A Soldier of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) plants a U.S. flag in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a severe storm for Flags In at Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Maryam Treece

Golden Knights and the British Army's Red Devils train together

U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Brandan Parra

Army AH-64 Apache aircrews conduct formation practice at Camp Williams, Utah, before the funeral flyover for Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, whose remains were recovered after being listed as missing in action for 74 years. 

U.S. Army/Warrant Officer 1 Frederick Bittner

Soldiers assigned to the 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion - Airborne performed a series of airborne proficiency jumps from a CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in Aviano, Italy.

U.S. Army/Spc. Ryan Lucas and Sgt. Henry Villarama

Kosovo Force Regional Command East Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team hosted an EOD Challenge, Oct. 20, 2019, on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.

U.S. Army/Spc. Lynnwood Thomas

A Guardsman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group parachute past Mt. Rainier on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

U.S. National Guard/Joseph Siemandel

U.S. Army Capt. Julissa Myers, Paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, puts the finishing touches to her face paint camouflage in preparation for a blank-fire exercise as part of Lipizzaner V at Pocek Range in Postonja, Slovenia.

U.S. Army/Paolo Bovo

Soldiers demonstrate how to integrate maneuver forces with enablers for CWMD operations in an Underground Facility in South Korea.

U.S. Army/Spc. John Che

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point held their graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Class of 2019 at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.

U.S. Army/Brandon OConnor

U.S. Army Chinook helicopters from 25th Aviation Regiment provide inter-island troop lift support to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team soldiers over the Hawaiian Islands.

U.S. Army/Spc. Geoff Cooper

U.S. soldiers with the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, detonate a mine clearing line charge fired from their M1 assault breacher vehicle at the Camp Aachen training area, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

U.S. Army National Guard/Spc. Jacob HesterHeard

4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division prepare to qualify on M240/249 Montana Range in South Korea.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Alon Humphrey

Six-month-old Emma reacts to seeing her dad, Spc. Jacob Debbery, Company B, 404 Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, returning home from a deployment.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Daphney Black

Paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, huddle over a mock casualty to protect it from the rotor-wash of a landing UH-60 helicopter at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Alex Skripnichuk

A soldier with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) begins to pack his parachute after a night High Altitude High Opening jump.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Ian Ives

U.S. Army and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan waves as he is photographed during an Extra Vehicular Activity, also known as a space walk, to install the International Space Station's second commercial crew vehicle docking port.

Photo by astronaut Nick Hague

U.S. Army Rangers climb the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, in Cricqueville en Bessin, France.

U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Andy M. Kin

Royal Thai Armed Forces Master Sgt. 1st Class Saengchai Seeuthai pours cobra blood into the mouth of a U.S. soldier of the 20th Infantry Regiment during exercise Cobra Gold 19 in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Robert Gavaldon

Army Sgt. Jonathan Weasner races a wheelchair during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games in Tampa, Fla.

DoD/EJ Hersom

Roughly a dozen U.S. troops showing concussion-related symptoms are being medically evacuated from Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, a defense official told Task & Purpose on Tuesday.

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In a Galaxy — err, I mean, on a military base far, far away, soldiers are standing in solidarity with galactic freedom fighters.

Sitting at the top of an Army press release from March 2019, regarding the East Africa Response Force's deployment to Gabon, the photo seems, at first glance, just like any other: Soldiers on the move.

But if you look closer at the top right, you'll find something spectacular: A Rebel Alliance flag.

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The maiden flight of the first CMV-22B Osprey took place in Amarillo, Texas (Courtesy photo)

The first of the CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft the Navy plans on adopting as its carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft of choice has successfully completed its first flight operations, manufacturer Boeing announced on Tuesday.

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A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army

Another 300 lawsuits against 3M flooded federal courts this month as more military veterans accuse the behemoth manufacturer of knowingly making defective earplugs that caused vets to lose hearing during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan or while training on U.S. military bases.

On another front, 3M also is fighting lawsuits related to a class of chemicals known as PFAS, with the state of Michigan filing a lawsuit last week against the Maplewood-based company.

To date, nearly 2,000 U.S. veterans from Minnesota to California and Texas have filed more than 1,000 lawsuits.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it was no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States' failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks and "brutal and inhumane" U.S. sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set an end-December deadline for denuclearization talks with the United States and White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said at the time the United States had opened channels of communication.

O'Brien said then he hoped Kim would follow through on denuclearization commitments he made at summits with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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