It has been said that the US Army provides among the best training for photographers in the world. Certainly their public collections of photographs display an impressive and consistent quality. Given that several famous photographers cut their teeth in the military (David Douglas Duncan, Edward Steichen) it's perhaps not surprising that some fine pedigree persists. We thought we would collect some of these impressive images to show off what US Army photographers can do.
Oct. 21, 2010 — Sgt. Larry J. Isbell, representing the National Guard, watches his firing lane for targets during the M-4 Range Qualification event during the Department of the Army's 10th annual Best Warrior Competition held on Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 21, 2010. (photo by Spc. Venessa Hernandez)
Field artillerymen of Battery A, 2-218th Field Artillery, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, fire a 105mm shell from a Howitzer at Yakima Training Grounds, Wash., during the units annual training Aug. 9.
091212-N-0696M-821 An Army Soldier celebrates during the 110th playing of the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 12, 2009. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)
Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, U.S. Army Reserve Command, performs a uniform inspection during the Mystery Event at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)
Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., flies over southern Afghanistan, in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in Apr. 29, 2010. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen (released)
President George W. Bush stands on stage with U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, commander, Mulitnational Force Iraq, after Bush addressed U.S. military and diplomatic personnel at Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2008. ÊWhite House photo by Eric Draper
Lieutenant Col. Gregory VanHeukelom with the 110th Fighter Wing is pictured outside a tent chapel being used for religious services at the Alpena Combat Readiness Center.
Army Staff Sgt. Buddy, an explosive detection and attack dog, stands tall to sniff a suspicious scent as Army Sgt. Tyler Barriere, military working dog handler, 163rd MP Det., based out of Fort Campbell, Ky., and attached to STB, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., looks on during a search demonstration at Camp Echo, Jan. 7. Barriere calls Ithaca, N.Y., home and has been with Buddy for more than a year.
Soldiers from A Company, 101st Division Special Troop Battalion air assault into a village inside Jowlzak valley, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Afghan National Police searched the village while Soldiers provided security and conducted key-leader engagements.
All the following images are from the US Army Photographers Flickr Account.