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Satellite Photos Show Parts Of Tyndall Air Force Base Have Been Completely Decimated
Tyndall Air Force Base suffered widespread destruction from the effects of Hurricane Michael, as satellite photos show.
NOAA released overhead imagery from the path of Michael, and when compared to images taken from Google Earth, it's clear that Tyndall has a long way to go toward being restored. Across the base, buildings are missing roofs, vehicles are strewn about, and debris is just about everywhere.
In this photo from Google Earth, you can see a baseball diamond in the right, and what looks like a barracks toward the middle. To the left is a parking lot for RVs and boats.
Here's what it looks like now. The parking lot is a mess, and large sections of the barracks roof are missing:
Just up the street is Building 1149, another building for housing:
Here's what it looks like now:
Here you can see the main base exchange and other restaurants for the base:
Now it appears the storm deposited a large amount of water on top of the exchange building, while winds pulled parts of the roof off the Class Six convenience store and the Raptor Lanes bowling alley in the lower right.
The storm was so powerful that a display of decommissioned aircraft ...
... Was knocked over, and the area was littered with debris.
Closer to the flight line are aircraft hangars:
Damage to this one was catastrophic:
Here's a much larger area of the flight line and buildings next to it:
Which, unfortunately, didn't fare much better:
She's photographed every major war of the last 20 years. Marine Corps boot camp was something else entirely
Conflict photographer Lynsey Addario's seen a hell of a lot of combat over the past twenty years. She patrolled Afghanistan's Helmand Province with the Marines, accompanied the Army on night raids in Baghdad, took artillery fire with rebel fighters in Libya and has taken photos in countless other wars and humanitarian disasters around the world.
Along the way, Addario captured images of plenty of women serving with pride in uniform, not only in the U.S. armed forces, but also on the battlefields of Syria, Colombia, South Sudan and Israel. Her photographs are the subject of a new article in the November 2019 special issue of National Geographic, "Women: A Century of Change," the magazine's first-ever edition written and photographed exclusively by women.
The photos showcase the wide range of goals and ideals for which these women took up arms. Addario's work includes captivating vignettes of a seasoned guerrilla fighter in the jungles of Colombia; a team of Israeli military police patrolling the streets of Jerusalem; and a unit of Kurdish women guarding ISIS refugees in Syria. Some fight to prove themselves, others seek to ignite social change in their home country, and others do it to liberate other women from the grip of ISIS.
Addario visited several active war zones for the piece, but she found herself shaken by something much closer to home: the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Addario discussed her visit to boot camp and her other travels in an interview with Task & Purpose, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.
On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.