A while back I posted about technology and its impact on the modern military. Today, I want to talk about a specific area – video. If you don’t know, I have a SgtStryker YouTube Page. I’ve been using it more and more to post videos released from the US military every day from all over the world. It’s amazing (to me at least) how much video really gives us a look at what it’s like over there – wherever there might be.
We’re accustomed to getting video and news from the media, but we all know how they film for four hours then cut all that down to a thirty or sixty second segment. That’s just not right if you ask me. That or they put their own media spin on it. Sometimes it’s better to get the video direct from the source. Oh, some will say it’s propaganda from the military, but I look at it as there perspective and look at how things are going.
When you think it through, that’s not such a bad thing – being able to see video of the military taken by the military and released by the military. With that in mind, I’m going to try to get the best video every week and share it with you here and at my YouTube page. (You can subscribe there, I think.) Video has come a long way over the years. (No, I’m not going to tell you if I bought a Betamax or not!) I really think it’s great to be able to see and hear what’s going on over there from the eyes of the military.
Oh, I still watch the news (with a grain/bucket of salt, mind ya!), but it’s nice to be able to see some behind the scenes looks at what’s happening on the ground around the world.
Remember, if you have any questions for me, leave a comment below.
Until next time, Sgt. Stryker signing out…
Operation Viper Shake Clears Korengal Valley
Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Soldiers establish a patrol base during Operation Viper Shake, April 21. During the operation 1st Bn., 26th Inf. Regt. Soldiers battled freezing temperatures, as they hiked to elevations above 2,500 meters in the mountains surrounding Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Photo by Sgt. matthew moeller
Cpl. Thomas Bourget watches over the mountains surrounding the Korengal Valley, in Afghanistan, during Operation Viper Shake, April 21. Bourget, a native of West Warwick, R.I., is an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. Photo by Sgt. matthew moeller
Iraqis, Long Knives Unleash ‘Lion’s Roar’
An Iraqi air force utility helicopter takes off after inserting ground troops onto the mock battlefield of the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise in the Maysan province, April 19. The event displayed the combined forces of the 10th Iraqi Army Division, the Long Knife Brigade and the Iraqi and U.S. Air Forces. Photo by Spc. Creighton Holub
Task Force Warrior Assists Afghan Neighbors
Army 1st Lt. Christopher Riggs and Army Pfc. Johnny Lane, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Task Force Warrior, hand out backpacks to students from the Janquadam Middle School in Janquadam Village, Bagram District, during a humanitarian aid mission, April 20. Maps, paper, pencils, chalk and other teaching aids were given out to school workers while approximately 1,200 students received school packs, first aid supplies and hygiene kits. Photo by Sgt. Warren Wright
Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2′s Community Appreciation Open House
Tech. Sgt. Derrick Brooks, a pararescue jumper with the 304th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, back flips from an Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter at 7,200 feet, during a joint operation High Altitude-Low Open jump demonstration for the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2′s Community appreciation open house, April 23, in Pendleton, Ore. The air crews with 2nd Battalion, 641st Aviation Regiment, flew the Air Force Reserve pararescue jumpers to high altitude for a parachute drop. Photo by Sgt. Eric Rutherford
Cav Troopers Help Keep Sadr City Safe
Jack Rollins, from Anson, Texas, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, takes a knee and keeps watch at the mouth of an alleyway in Sadr City, April 20. Soldiers from 2-5 Cav. patrol these streets to provide a visual deterrent to insurgents and criminal activity. Photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner