Best of Modern US Army Photography
Best of Modern US Army Photography
Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform in front of hundreds of spectators, during a Joint Service Drill Exhibition at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2013. The USADT spends countless hours a week perfecting each movement and routine. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luisito Brooks)

Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform in front of hundreds of spectators, during a Joint Service Drill Exhibition at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2013. The USADT spends countless hours a week perfecting each movement and routine. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Luisito Brooks)

U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Armored Division, provide security with a M109A6 Paladin prior to a reconnaissance patrol during Decisive Action Rotation 14-10 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr., Operations Group, National Training Center)

U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Armored Division, provide security with a M109A6 Paladin prior to a reconnaissance patrol during Decisive Action Rotation 14-10 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr., Operations Group, National Training Center)

Sixteenth Sustainment Brigade, 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company's 1st Sgt. Arnold Caldwell talks to his Soldiers about the day's missions - under a double rainbow. (U.S. Army photos by 1st Lt. Henry Chan, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sixteenth Sustainment Brigade, 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company's 1st Sgt. Arnold Caldwell talks to his Soldiers about the day's missions - under a double rainbow. (U.S. Army photos by 1st Lt. Henry Chan, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Support Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), flown by 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment and led by a Special Forces Team, posture for a night air assault exercise in Guernsey, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 2014. (U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Duke Tran)

Support Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), flown by 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment and led by a Special Forces Team, posture for a night air assault exercise in Guernsey, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 2014. (U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Duke Tran)

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery, Arkansas Army National Guard, competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Robinson, Ark., on Sept. 16, 2014. The Best Warrior Competition is an annual competition to determine the best of the best of the 350,000 Army National Guardsmen nationwide. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores/Released)

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Montgomery, Arkansas Army National Guard, competes during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Robinson, Ark., on Sept. 16, 2014. The Best Warrior Competition is an annual competition to determine the best of the best of the 350,000 Army National Guardsmen nationwide. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores/Released)

Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist in fighting fires in northern Utah, on Aug. 12, 2013. The National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk dropped more than 8,500 gallons of water in one day on two separate fires in northern Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Chacon)

Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist in fighting fires in northern Utah, on Aug. 12, 2013. The National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk dropped more than 8,500 gallons of water in one day on two separate fires in northern Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Chacon)

Paratroopers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, descend toward Holland Drop Zone against the backdrop of a crystal clear sky and last quarter moon during an airborne proficiency jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Feb. 11, 2015 (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger/Released)

Paratroopers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, descend toward Holland Drop Zone against the backdrop of a crystal clear sky and last quarter moon during an airborne proficiency jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Feb. 11, 2015 (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger/Released)

Troops assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment fire an M98 Javelin Weapon System during range operations conducted at Grafenwoehr Training Area located near Rose Barracks, Germany, on Sept. 23, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner)

Troops assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment fire an M98 Javelin Weapon System during range operations conducted at Grafenwoehr Training Area located near Rose Barracks, Germany, on Sept. 23, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner)

Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., an 89-year-old World War II veteran from Horsham, Pa., salutes the gravesite of Pfc. Richard Vargas during a wreath laying ceremony at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France, on June 2, 2014. Both Cruise and Vargas served as paratroopers with H Co., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, and were part of the airborne assault during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944. (Photo by Brandon Beach, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., an 89-year-old World War II veteran from Horsham, Pa., salutes the gravesite of Pfc. Richard Vargas during a wreath laying ceremony at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France, on June 2, 2014. Both Cruise and Vargas served as paratroopers with H Co., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, and were part of the airborne assault during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944. (Photo by Brandon Beach, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

More than 1,000 cadets of Class of 2014 received their diplomas in Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on May 28, 2014, during the U.S. Military Academy’s Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham)

More than 1,000 cadets of Class of 2014 received their diplomas in Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on May 28, 2014, during the U.S. Military Academy’s Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham)

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, Calif., with the help of aviators from 4th Battalion, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted a Maritime External Air Transportation System training evolution in Moses Lake, Wash., on May 21, 2014. MEATS is a way to move a watercraft from a point on land or water to somewhere else using an Army MH-47G Chinook helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Prows)

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, Calif., with the help of aviators from 4th Battalion, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted a Maritime External Air Transportation System training evolution in Moses Lake, Wash., on May 21, 2014. MEATS is a way to move a watercraft from a point on land or water to somewhere else using an Army MH-47G Chinook helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Prows)

A Soldier from the U.S. Army 20th Special Forces Group tries to squeeze through a hole in a building during Emerald Warrior 2014, at Camp Shelby, Miss., on May 5, 2014. Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense's only irregular warfare exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jodi Martinez)

A Soldier from the U.S. Army 20th Special Forces Group tries to squeeze through a hole in a building during Emerald Warrior 2014, at Camp Shelby, Miss., on May 5, 2014. Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense's only irregular warfare exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jodi Martinez)

A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, fires a M136 AT4 during Decisive Action Rotation 15-08 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., on June 1, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle U. Blesam)

A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, fires a M136 AT4 during Decisive Action Rotation 15-08 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., on June 1, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michelle U. Blesam)

Weighed down by heavy equipment, cadets must perform several tasks in a pool being churned by artificial wave makers amid simulated battlefield chaos. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham)

Weighed down by heavy equipment, cadets must perform several tasks in a pool being churned by artificial wave makers amid simulated battlefield chaos. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Fincham)

Pfc. Justin Jones, infantryman, gets into position as an enemy sniper at Fort Carson, Colo., on March 13, 2014. Jones was playing a member of the opposition force to help his unit train on various infantry tactics and techniques to enhance combat readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.)

Pfc. Justin Jones, infantryman, gets into position as an enemy sniper at Fort Carson, Colo., on March 13, 2014. Jones was playing a member of the opposition force to help his unit train on various infantry tactics and techniques to enhance combat readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.)

Paratroopers from Company C, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., climb over a hill in order to secure an airfield during a training exercise near Fort Carson's Camp Red Devil training area in Colorado on Feb. 6, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Terrance Payton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 82nd ABN Div.)

Paratroopers from Company C, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., climb over a hill in order to secure an airfield during a training exercise near Fort Carson's Camp Red Devil training area in Colorado on Feb. 6, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Terrance Payton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 82nd ABN Div.)

A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 4th Infantry Division stares off a camel during a bilateral exercise in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Feb. 19, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 4th Infantry Division stares off a camel during a bilateral exercise in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Feb. 19, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire at an enemy bunker during Task Force Training on Camp Roberts, Calif., Feb. 1, 2014. Rangers constantly train to maintain their tactical proficiency. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock/Not Reviewed)

U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire at an enemy bunker during Task Force Training on Camp Roberts, Calif., Feb. 1, 2014. Rangers constantly train to maintain their tactical proficiency. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock/Not Reviewed)

U.S. Army Pfc. Cody Teel (L) watches as Spc. Mohammed Abbas throws an expended 105mm howitzer shell during live-fire training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

U.S. Army Pfc. Cody Teel (L) watches as Spc. Mohammed Abbas throws an expended 105mm howitzer shell during live-fire training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

An M1A2SEP Abrams Tank from Company C, 3rd Infantry Division, sits ready while others complete the night portion of the Gunnery Table VI in the background at Red Cloud Range at Fort Stewart, Ga., on Dec. 12., 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs NCO)

An M1A2SEP Abrams Tank from Company C, 3rd Infantry Division, sits ready while others complete the night portion of the Gunnery Table VI in the background at Red Cloud Range at Fort Stewart, Ga., on Dec. 12., 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs NCO)

The Minnesota National Guard developed the Pink Tank Project to raise awareness about breast cancer. Here on Sept. 8, 2013. (Photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko)

The Minnesota National Guard developed the Pink Tank Project to raise awareness about breast cancer. Here on Sept. 8, 2013. (Photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko)

The first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test on Sept. 10, 2013. (The U.S. Army)

The first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test on Sept. 10, 2013. (The U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldier with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army soldier with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat team Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lewis, a motor sergeant assigned to the 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, plays with his daughter following a welcome home ceremony held in Swift Gym on Oct. 8, 2013. (Photo by: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby, 4th MEB Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lewis, a motor sergeant assigned to the 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, plays with his daughter following a welcome home ceremony held in Swift Gym on Oct. 8, 2013. (Photo by: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby, 4th MEB Public Affairs)

Bambi Bucket operations performed by a CH-47 Chinook crew from the Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion of the 135th Aviation Regiment, stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., on June 21, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet, JFHQ-CO/RELEASED)

Bambi Bucket operations performed by a CH-47 Chinook crew from the Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion of the 135th Aviation Regiment, stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., on June 21, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet, JFHQ-CO/RELEASED)

A U.S. Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany, on Feb. 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston/Released)

A U.S. Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) salutes his fellow Soldiers while jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a drop zone in Germany, on Feb. 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston/Released)

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard flies to perform a water drop while fighting the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 12, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/Released)

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Colorado Army National Guard flies to perform a water drop while fighting the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 12, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/Released)

Cavalry Scouts from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, conduct escape and evasion lane training at Ft. Irwin, Calif., on May 16, 2013. The training is designed to test the skills of the Cavalry Scout in a simulated battlefield environment. (Photo by Spc. David N. Beckstrom)

Cavalry Scouts from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, conduct escape and evasion lane training at Ft. Irwin, Calif., on May 16, 2013. The training is designed to test the skills of the Cavalry Scout in a simulated battlefield environment. (Photo by Spc. David N. Beckstrom)

A flight medic with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is hoisted into a medical helicopter with Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, on Feb. 24, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Needham, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

A flight medic with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is hoisted into a medical helicopter with Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, on Feb. 24, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Needham, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Army strong? How about Army beautiful. Let us dive into United States Army photography, an actual career path within the military branch leading one to document, sometimes in the most spectacular fashion, the deeds of the men and women in the more than one-million-strong fighting body.

About half a million men and women serve in active duty, some 350,000 in the National Guard and about 200,000 in reserve.

The U.S. Army finds its roots in the Continental Army set up in 1775 to fight the Revolutionary War. The Congress of the Confederation set up the actual U.S. Army after the war in 1784, but the Army still considers itself the continuation of the Continental Army and so it just celebrated, on June 14, its 240th birthday.

Though the Army is focused on land-based warfare, it is able to muster up considerable power in the air as well with almost 5,000 aircraft, the most menacing of which are over 700 AH-64 Apache helicopters.

Interestingly, although the Army has over 10,000 armored vehicles, only about 1,500 of them are tanks, the M1 Abrams vehicles serving since 1980. Throughout the years the tank went through several upgrades with the last one rolled out in 1992.

Yet the Army has at its disposal another 1,000–2,000 vehicles easily mistaken for a tank by a layman, the M109 self-propelled howitzers. As seen on the second picture in the gallery above, the M109 has a sizable howitzer mounted on it, which is capable of bombarding targets up to 11 miles away with massive 155 mm shells.

Another signature piece of equipment, seen on the fourth image, is the CH-47 Chinook twin-engine helicopter. In use since the Vietnam war, modern versions of Chinook can carry as much as 28,000 pounds of cargo.

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