The 19 most badass Army photos from 2019

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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.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Danielle Farber (left) and Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley (right) graduate U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Dec. 13, 2019. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Brian Calhoun)

In yet another first, two female National Guard soldiers have graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School.

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Little girls everywhere will soon have the chance to play with a set of classic little green Army soldiers that actually reflect the presence of women in the armed forces.

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The day of the Army is upon us.

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking over as Acting Secretary of Defense, President Trump announced on Tuesday, as Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination.

The comes just a couple of months after Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley was officially nominated to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

An defense official familiar with the matter confirmed to Task & Purpose that Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy will "more than likely" become Acting Army Secretary — his second time in that position.

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(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)

To a civilian, “hooah!” can sound like a completely nonsensical utterance, the guttural wail of an unhinged man on the verge of defeat. But to a soldier in the U.S. Army, it’s a fearsome battle cry that's heard on battlefields and among battalions deployed around the globe.

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U.S. Army photo by Spc. Thomas X. Crough

The U.S. Army is often viewed as a no-nonsense organization, as it should be, given the awesome responsibility that lies with its members to protect and defend the people of the United States. As such, military jargon usually reflects this, which words such as, “Roger,” “Affirmative,” and “Execute.” These all conjure up images of hard-bitten soldiers giving orders in combat or communicating vital issues over the radio. And for the most part, this image of a professional organization is exactly correct.

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