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The best US military pictures of the year 2015

It’s not every day you’re parachuting into work or taking a deep plunge into icy waters. But this is the job for military photographers and soldiers featured in our picks for the best military photos for  2015

The Thunderbirds fly over Niagara Falls on July 16.

The best US military pictures of the year

Senior Airman Jason Couillard/US Air Force

USS Mitscher and the French tall ship replica the Hermione approach Chesapeake Bay on June 2.

USS Mitscher and the French tall ship replica the Hermione approach Chesapeake Bay on June 2.

Flickr/Official US Navy Page

A Marine sucks the blood from the head of a python in a jungle-survival course during Malaysia-US Amphibious Exercise 2015.

A Marine sucks the blood from the head of a python in a jungle-survival course during Malaysia-US Amphibious Exercise 2015.

US Marine Corps

The USS George Washington transits the Strait of Magellan on November 1. It is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015.

The USS George Washington transits the Strait of Magellan on November 1. It is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015.

Flickr/Official US Navy Page

Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, US Army Alaska, practice a forced-entry parachute assault on Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on March 18.

Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, US Army Alaska, practice a forced-entry parachute assault on Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on March 18.

Flickr/The US Army

An aircraft maintainer stands on the flight line in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy on January 6 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

An aircraft maintainer stands on the flight line in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy on January 6 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Flickr/US Air Force

“Falling with Style”: Gunnery Sgt. Eddie Myers, parachute safety officer assigned to Detachment 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, parachutes from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during airborne insertion training at the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay on June 10.

"Falling with Style": Gunnery Sgt. Eddie Myers, parachute safety officer assigned to Detachment 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, parachutes from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during airborne insertion training at the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay on June 10.

Flickr/Marines

An MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron airdrops a Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise on November 12.

An MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron airdrops a Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise on November 12.

US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command stages on a hasty landing zone during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on November 16.

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command stages on a hasty landing zone during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on November 16.

US Marine Corps/Cpl. Akeel Austin

Gunnery Sgt. Dragos Coca engages targets during a desert survival and tactics course. Coca is a platoon sergeant with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment in Djibouti from September 21 to October 7 in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military.

Gunnery Sgt. Dragos Coca engages targets during a desert survival and tactics course. Coca is a platoon sergeant with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Elements of the 15th MEU trained with the 5th Overseas Combined Arms Regiment in Djibouti from September 21 to October 7 in order to improve interoperability between the MEU and the French military.

US Marine Corps/Sgt. Steve H. Lopez

Two FA-18 Jets are displayed in front of the Wall of Fire during the Marine Corps Community Services-sponsored 2015 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, on October 3.

Two FA-18 Jets are displayed in front of the Wall of Fire during the Marine Corps Community Services-sponsored 2015 Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, on October 3.

US Marine Corps Combat Camera/Cpl. Trever A. Statz

Marines train Malaysian Armed Forces on the M32 grenade launcher during a Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar on September 12. NOLES is an annual exercise hosted by US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and is the US Pacific Command’s premier multilateral theater security cooperation event for nonlethal weapons.

Marines train Malaysian Armed Forces on the M32 grenade launcher during a Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar on September 12. NOLES is an annual exercise hosted by US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and is the US Pacific Command's premier multilateral theater security cooperation event for nonlethal weapons.

US Marine Corps/Sgt. Erik Estrada

A family enjoys Gator Beach as an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is underway off the coast of Southern California on November 7.

A family enjoys Gator Beach as an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is underway off the coast of Southern California on November 7.

US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy M. Black

US Marines assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion observe the approach of amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during well deck operations aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25). Somerset is participating in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

US Marines assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion observe the approach of amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during well deck operations aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25). Somerset is participating in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15).

US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos

‎US Army‬ Soldiers from Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment conduct training with the M777 155 mm howitzer at Tactical Base Gamberi in Afghanistan on January 1.

‎US Army‬ Soldiers from Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment conduct training with the M777 155 mm howitzer at Tactical Base Gamberi in Afghanistan on January 1.

US Army

US Army Soldiers, assigned to the Michigan National Guard secure a landing zone during an infiltration/exfiltration mission, part of Exercise Northern Strike at the Joint Maneuver Training Center at Camp Grayling in Michigan on July 23.

US Army Soldiers, assigned to the Michigan National Guard secure a landing zone during an infiltration/exfiltration mission, part of Exercise Northern Strike at the Joint Maneuver Training Center at Camp Grayling in Michigan on July 23.

US Air Force/SSgt Matthew B. Fredericks

An Army Special Forces soldier salutes as he jumps out of a C-130 on February 24.

An Army Special Forces soldier salutes as he jumps out of a C-130 on February 24.

Flickr/The US Army

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in November.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in November.

US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado

A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on April 22.

A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on April 22.

US Marine Corps/Sgt. Austin Long

A sailor guides an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the “Dragon Whales” of Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 during a night vertical replenishment aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

A sailor guides an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 during a night vertical replenishment aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

US Navy

Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker on January 23, 2015, on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in support of Red Flag 15-1.

Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker on January 23, 2015, on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in support of Red Flag 15-1.

USAF/Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne

A US Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a Composite Training Unit Exercise above San Clemente Island, California, on March 20, 2015.

A US Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a Composite Training Unit Exercise above San Clemente Island, California, on March 20, 2015.

US Marine Corps

Aircraft land aboard the carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during nighttime flight operations in the Arabian Sea.

Aircraft land aboard the carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during nighttime flight operations in the Arabian Sea.

US Navy

Lance Cpl. Zachery Johnson prepares to engage targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training above San Clemente Island, California, on February 28, 2015.

Lance Cpl. Zachery Johnson prepares to engage targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training above San Clemente Island, California, on February 28, 2015.

US Marine Corps

A Marine attached to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. “The Lava Dogs” fires a Javelin missile at a simulated enemy tank during Lava Viper aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on May 29, 2015.

A Marine attached to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. "The Lava Dogs" fires a Javelin missile at a simulated enemy tank during Lava Viper aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on May 29, 2015.

US Marine Corps

US Marines with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines fire the M777-A2 Howitzer down range during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 at Blacktop Training Area aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on January 31, 2015.

US Marines with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines fire the M777-A2 Howitzer down range during Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 at Blacktop Training Area aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on January 31, 2015.

US Marine Corps

The crew of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton posted a sign reading “North Pole” made by the crew after surfacing in the polar ice-cap region.

The crew of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton posted a sign reading "North Pole" made by the crew after surfacing in the polar ice-cap region.

US Navy/Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott

All photos taken by US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps service members.

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