Image of the Day: 2 May 2016

Mole & Thomas, The Human Liberty Bell, 1918, Camp Dix New Jersy, 25,000 officers and men

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Watch “John Pilger – Vietnam – The Quiet Mutiny [1970]”

Wow. Just wow…

Watch A Time Lapse Of The Air Force’s Most Intense Combat Simulation

I shot this in the desert a few miles north east of Nellis AFB during RED FLAG exercises, which the Air Force calls the “premier air-to-air combat training exercise,” pitting pilots against one another in a massive simulation.

After attending a number of RED FLAG exercises it still amazes me how much hardware comes alive (flights, taxis, fighters) and comes back all within a fairly limited span of time.

This night time lapse video will hopefully give you a good idea of what I am talking about. Make sure to set the YouTube player to 1080p, enlarge the player’s window, and turn the audio up a bit to get the total experience!

Silver Star Service Banner Day

Show your gratitude to our wounded warriors as well as soldiers from every conflict

Every May 1 Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day.

Across all branches of The United States military, Silver Star families are honored for their services with the symbol of the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag.  We are encouraged on May 1 to take the opportunity to do the same.



Show gratitude and thank those who have returned from deployment wounded or ill. You can get involved with helping SSFOA members with fundraising and community awareness events in your area. Share your stories or experiences using #SilverStarService.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for Silver Star Service Banner Day.

Image of the Day: 1 May 2016

United States Navy carrier and a Tomcat combat fighter

The face of the US Army has changed forever

There’s about to be a, “Yes, ma’am,” in an Army infantry unit.

The new face of the US Army

After earning the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab in August 2015, US Army Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, will once again make history by becoming the first female infantry officer, the Army said.

Griest will become the first woman to lead an infantry unit into combat.
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Image of the Day: 30 April 2016

Maintaining the USS Independence.

I’m sure rust is kept at bay with numerous coats of paint. The anchor tells us the sheer size of this  floating city. 


Fat Albert pilot a first for Blue Angels

Higgins returns to Cherry Point as team’s first female pilot

For some aviators, a sleek supersonic jet is what they want to drive, and others are hip to hover in a helicopter.

    Marine Capt. Katie Higgins has the hots for the Hercules.

    At this weekend’s Cherry Point Air Show, Higgins will be piloting Fat Albert, the famed C-130 of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team.

    Higgins is also the first woman pilot in the history of the precision flying team
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April is known as the Month of the Military Child. In that same vein, Military Brats Day is observed on April 30th.

Military Brats become accustomed to changing circumstances, moving from base to base, both around the United States and internationally. Answering the often asked question “Where are you from,” isn’t always an easy task.

Passing the Time in a War Zone

Baseball in Afghanistan

Nothin’ says “Merica” like Marines playin’ baseball in Afghanistan.
Thank you to the brave military men & women who serve & sacrifice. Not all heroes wear capes #NationalSuperheroDay

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Thank you!

Happy #NationalSuperheroDay to #Army #Airforce #Marines #NavySeals #Navy #NationalGuard #CoastGuards #Rangers

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Image of the Day: 29 April 2016

Life in a foxhole. There’s always room for a smile.

Step inside the cockpit of the US’s most iconic war planes

The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is a treasure trove of the greatest, most iconic aircraft in history, which you can tour at home, online, right now, for free. Continue reading “Step inside the cockpit of the US’s most iconic war planes”

21 award-winning shots from military photographers

A US Marine Corps recruit shouts commands to his teammates during combat training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, Dec. 3, 2015.The training pushed the recruits to their limits while testing their ability to solve problems and work together as a team.
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The 4 corners of the Globe

Thank you!

I was just  reviewing my visitor stats via  I linked to the international page and started to  read off the counties that have visited Maiden on the Midway (as of 29 December 2015 when a new count began due to user error)…well the list kept going, and going. It would seem that my little blog has been viewed in 142 different countries, including a few floating cities on the high seas!

A shout out to the Sailors and Marines on those ships.

Semper Fi

Fair wind and following seas 

And of course the rest of you; thank you for your loyal support for our veterans and  Maiden.

Anna ⚓

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