We often forget that the military is not only about training and firepower. In fact, it sometimes offers quieter, softer moments that are just as inspirational and memorable as other louder ones. Sometimes the mission includes saving kittens from a hurricane or a flight line or teaching community members about pet safety. And sometimes–just sometimes–those moments are caught on camera.
1. Just hanging around. . .
Capt. Cheryl Abbate, of 1st Brigade, 104th Division, socializes with the kittens at the Animal Refuge Center. (Photo: US Army, Capt. Cheryl Abbate) 2. Sharing a little safety info
Lt. Col. Carolyn Congleton (left), chief of public health from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, holds a kitten from the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter at Graves County High School in Mayfield, Ky., on July 26, 2016, during Bluegrass Medical Innovative Readiness Training. Congleton conducted a free pet safety seminar to residents of Western Kentucky as part of the IRT. The Kentucky Air National Guard, U.S. Navy Reserve and other military units are teaming with the Delta Regional Authority to offer medical and dental care at no cost to residents in Mayfield and two other Western Kentucky locations from July 18 to 27 as part of the training event. (Photo: US Air National Guard, Master Sgt. Phil Speck) 3. With a survivor
Airman 1st Class Katharina Helmic, 20th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft scheduler and a native of Omaha, Neb., poses with her husband Senior Airman James Helmic, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons team chief and a native of Phillipsburg, N.J, and Mila the three legged kitten at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 24, 2012. The Helmic family rescued Mila after she was discovered potentially fatally injured in a Chevy engine here, June 26, 2012. According to Katharina, the kitten is on the road of recovery and is doing much better. (Photo: US Air Force, Airman 1st Class Krystal Jeffers) 4. Rescuers with the rescued
Heavy equipment operators from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron calm kittens who were found while cleaning debris left by Tropical Storm Hermine, Sept. 6, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Airmen escorted the kittens to a nearby shelter. (Photo: US Air Force, Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) 5. A little one-on-one attention
HM3 Michael Donohue, senior line corpsman for Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, pets kittens at a local animal shelter, July 12, 2017. Marines with Company L took time off from their busy training schedules and spent the day helping out at a local Queensland animal shelter that promotes animal welfare. (Photo: US Marine Corps, Cpl. Nathaniel C. Cray) 6. A little time after shots
Maj. Eileen Jenkins, a veterinarian clinical specialist with the 248th Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support comforts a young kitten shortly after receiving its shots on September 21, at the Harnett County Animal Shelter in Lillington NC. The mission was to provide care and services for the shelter in efforts to make the animals safe, healthy and adoptable. (Photo: US Army photo, Spc. Dustin D. Biven)
By J.G. Noll