We Salute The Public Affairs Officer Who Simply Tagged This Photo As 'Fire Mortar Boom'

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U.S. Army Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire the M121 120 mm mortar system during the Combined Arms Live Fire at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Nov. 14, 2018.

U.S. Army/Capt. Justin Wright

Fire. Mortar. Boom. That's really all you need to know about what's happening in this photo, and based on the tag, that's about all you get. For those who aren't familiar with PAO parlance: A "tag" is how you identify a photo so it shows up when you search for it.

And really, what else should you search for if not: "fire mortar boom."


The incredible image, and the even more awe-inspiring tag was surfaced by Defense News' Aaron Mehta on Twitter, and shows soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division lobbing 120 mm rounds from an M121 mortar during a live fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The photo was taken by Army Capt. Justin Wright — if his bosses are reading this: Promote ahead of peers — along with a number of similarly tagged images, like "security" and "fire mortar hang it."

The tag on this photo beats out my previous favorite from the Marine Corps, which included the well placed tags "boot" and "pog."

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