Hello, again. I’m back. Another day. Another revolution of the planet around the sun. Meanwhile, the sun never sets on the US military as it operates around the world, in every time zone, including space. It’s am amazing amount of mobility if you stop and think about it. And space. The post about Star Trek being premiered in Kuwait got me to thinking about technology and science and space travel. Will there soon be space marines? Space infantrymen? I’ll have to dust off my old Robert Heinlein and Asimov novels, I think.
Technology does play a large role in the military, though. Being able to dominate technologically is one of the reasons the US military is so strong and can ‘get it done’ wherever they are in the world, whatever they’re trying to do. With the help of technology, soldiers with great training are able to dominate all over the world. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, battling pirates (sea terrorists) and extremists (land terrorists), the US military is able to use technology to literally be able to see and hear things the enemy can’t begin to fathom.
This is why it’s going well in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh, it’s taking a while maybe, but you can see the technology adapting to the task at hand. Just look at the MRAPs when they started being shipped over. They’ve been successful, from what I know. There are other examples too. Wherever you look, technology and the ability to adapt and adapt quickly (for a large military anyway), make it possible to get it done and get it done efficiently, quickly, safely – the American way, you could say.
What about you? Your thoughts about technology in the military? Speak up, I wanna hear what you have to say.
Ok, enough chitchat. Here’s this weeks video and pics. Let me know what you think!
U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrea Judkins, a C-130 Hercules pilot from the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, pilots the aircraft during airlift operations April 8, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pavehawk
A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pavehawk from the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, flies over the Iraqi landscape April 10, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Officer Capt. Robert Wilson, assigned to the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, conducts security for an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during proficiency training April 10, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron
U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Officer, Capt. Robert Wilson, assigned to the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, scans for threats below during a mission April 10, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
A Texas guardsman with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment refuels a Humvee on a highway in western Iraq, Feb. 15. The unit escorts fuel convoys from the Jordanian border to hubs such as Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Photo by Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman
Rangers wait in formation to participate in the Combat Water Survival Assessment obstacle on Fort Benning, Georgia. The CWSA consists of a 40 ft high rise walk on a plank 2 ft wide, a rope crawl and drop, and a 70ft zip line ride. There are three phases in Ranger training which include the Benning Phase in Fort Benning Georgia, Mountain Phase in Dahlonega, Georgia, and the Florida Phase at Camp James E. Rudder. Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
B-roll of Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and Iraqi soldiers conducting a neighborhood patrol outside of Joint Security Station Apache, Baghdad, Iraq. Produced by Sgt. Edwin Bridges
B-Roll of Iraqi soldiers receiving live fire mortar training from U.S. Army Soldiers at the Saber Range in Iraq. Produced by Senior Airman Nyx Z. Nieves Lopez.