By J.G. Noll
Grab a mug of hot chocolate or a tumbler of coffee, crank up the heater or throw another log on the fire, and enjoy these photos of American service members taking on Mother Nature in the winter.
1. After an unexpected snowfall, this airman uses her ingenuity and scrapes off her car… with a wooden spoon.
2. Even though the USS Bataan’s flight deck is covered in snow, the crew prepares to go underway.
3. A crew chief carefully removes snow from a C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
4. Soldiers at Fort Drum work to remove three feet of Lake Effect snowfall.
5. In Japan, a Navy builder sculpts a block of snow for the Sapporo Snow Festival.
6. A crashed plane rests in Alaska after its pilot was rescued by members of the Coast Guard.
6. Soldiers compete in a snowshoe challenge during PT.
7. Soldiers deployed to Kosovo compete against other service members in a sledding competition.
8. An Air Force civil engineer squadron clears a flightline in Idaho.
9. A National Guardsman jumps over a Ukrainian stream during land navigation training.