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Urban Assault

August 2, 2013, 9:59AM

Army Sergeant 1st Class Jeremy Carver emerges from a red plume of smoke during an urban assault while competing in the national Best Warrior Competition in Little Rock, Ark. The competition evaluated soldiers on a wide range of field exercises and individual Army warrior tasks. DoD photo by U.S National Guard Sergeant Betty BoyceArmy Sergeant 1st Class Jeremy Carver emerges from a red plume of smoke during an urban assault while competing in the national Best Warrior Competition in Little Rock, Ark. The competition evaluated soldiers on a wide range of field exercises and individual Army warrior tasks. DoD photo by U.S National Guard Sergeant Betty Boyce

Going Home

August 1, 2013, 9:43AM

U.S. soldiers board an Air Force C-130 as they depart Forward Operating Base Farah for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., following a two-month tour of duty with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah in Afghanistan. Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah's Mission is to train, advise and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan. Navy photo by Lieutenant Chad A. DulacU.S. soldiers board an Air Force C-130 as they depart Forward Operating Base Farah for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., following a two-month tour of duty with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah in Afghanistan. Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah's Mission is to train, advise and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan. Navy photo by Lieutenant Chad A. Dulac

Dual Rockets

July 31, 2013, 10:40AM

Marine Corps Private First Class Matthew Bollig (front) and Private First Class Ryan Kelly fire an 83 mm high explosive dual purpose rocket from a shoulder fired multipurpose assault weapon in a paired volley fire at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, as part of Exercise Lava Viper. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Matthew CallahanMarine Corps Private First Class Matthew Bollig (front) and Private First Class Ryan Kelly fire an 83 mm high explosive dual purpose rocket from a shoulder fired multipurpose assault weapon in a paired volley fire at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, as part of Exercise Lava Viper. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Matthew Callahan

Talisman Formation

July 30, 2013, 10:24AM

Two E-2C Hawkeyes, from left, two F/A-18E Super Hornets 5 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet fly over the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a change of command ceremony. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michelle N. RasmussonTwo E-2C Hawkeyes, from left, two F/A-18E Super Hornets 5 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet fly over the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a change of command ceremony. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michelle N. Rasmusson

Corporal Ben Kopp died in 2009 in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Jill StephensonCorporal Ben Kopp died in 2009 in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Jill StephensonIn the Winter 2012 issue of ON PATROL, we told the amazing story of Cpl. Ben Kopp and how his donated organs were able to help save the life of a 60-year-old woman he didn’t even know.

Kopp’s name is in the news again. Photojournalist Michael Yon has coined the phrase Kopp-Etchells Effect to describe the glittery halo around rotor blades when a helicopter is landing in thick sand. The effect is named after Kopp and a British soldier named Joseph Etchells. Both men were killed in Afghanistan in July 2009.

On Sunday, Yon and Kopp’s mother – Jill  Stephenson – went on Fox and Friends to discuss the effect and why it was named after the two troops.

“What I see in it, even four years later, is the beauty in a tragedy,” Stephenson said. “The way that we perceive things and the way that we look at them – to find the beauty in the tragedy is what helps us survive.”

Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/07/28/kopp-etchells-effect-explained-photographer-michael-yon#ixzz2aSz0VBrg

A Day for Korean Vets

July 29, 2013, 9:29AM

Two Korean War veterans pose with the U.S. wreath at the Korean War Memorial after President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., marking the 60th anniversary of the suspension of the war. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett Two Korean War veterans pose with the U.S. wreath at the Korean War Memorial after President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., marking the 60th anniversary of the suspension of the war. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Remembering the "Forgotten War"

July 29, 2013, 9:13AM |

America paused this past weekend to observe the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the commemorations made more official with President Obama's proclamation declaring July 27 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

"This anniversary marks the end of a war. But it also commemorates the beginning of a long and prosperous peace. In six decades, the Republic of Korea has become one of the world's largest economies and one of America's closest allies," the president said. "So as we mark this milestone, let us offer a special salute to our Korean War veterans. Let us renew the sacred trust we share with all who have served. And let us reaffirm that no matter what the future holds, America will always honor its promise to serve our veterans as well as they served us -- now and forever."

Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral James Winnefeld and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki were among government officials who marked the service and sacrifice of the veterans who fought in the Korean conflict.

For more on commemoration events, including photos, please visit www.dod.gov.