240 Bravo

After delivering U.S. Soldiers and Iraq dignitaries to their final destinations, Crew Chief Sgt. Fred Oser, A. Company 2-25, Combat Aviation Brigade, attached to 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, dismounts the 240 Bravo Machine Guns from the UH-60 Black Hawk used during the morning’s mission to several Combined Security Checkpoints in the Ninewa province, Iraq, July 2. 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs
Photo by Spc. Gregory Gieske
Date: 07.02.2010
Location: MOSUL, IQ

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  • SpudGun

    There’s your Army recruitment poster right there – he looks seriously badass.

  • Arron

    Those are actually M240H not M240B.

  • Bill

    My initial take was Halo!

  • AB

    If we outfitted all of our grunts to look this frightening, we’d win the psychological war in no time.

  • Raymond

    Come fly the friendly skies

  • Lance

    Some solder wants to look like the Terminator in T2…. Just needs a minigun.

  • ericire12


  • Wow, I’m surprised his commander allows art on his gear like that.
    My commanders were all uptight dicks I guess.

  • ZomBkiller

    Dude plays a little too much Call of Duty…though the mask does resemble the one worn by Ghost (dont hate me if I am wrong COD fan boys) in the game. Thats gotta be HOT this time of year in da ‘box.

    • ZomBkiller, I think COD got the idea from the troops. I have seen many variations on that theme .

  • SoulTown

    Wayyy cool. That’s simply bad ass.

  • Aurelien

    ZomBkiller, the “skull face” has been painted on those protections for a while now. The first seen were at the beginning of OIF i believe. Maybe even before that.

  • Heartless Libertarian

    What Arron said – M240H, not B.

    You can see the spade grip on the one in his right hand.

  • jdun1911

    Skull masks in different types have been in the military for God knows how long. It’s not like a game invented it.

  • shawn

    Soldiers conceal their identities all the time. Doing this with introducing a little fear is a good thing. Blessings to all US soldiers.

  • Aurelien

    Pete, the death imagery has been going on for thousands of years. Military groups have always been trying to be seen as death itself.

    Skulls are a powerful image and have been part of uniforms and unit flags for a long time.

  • Mountainbear

    Caption should seriously read: USA! F*** yeah!

    Or maybe “Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do you?!”

    Pete, it’s war. Soldiers in combat zones do that. They need to blow off steam somehow. I’d say that’s part of it. A long time ago fighter pilots started to paint eyes and teeth on their planes, making them look more fierce. It’s still done today. Richthofen painted the planes in his squadron in utterly crazy colors. Got the job done.

  • .

    I think this is photo shopped. If you type his name in google “Crew Chief Sgt. Fred Oser” and search images, you will find his picture with gear that in and from his helmet that just wouldn’t work with this. Whoever did it did a great job… but if you look close I think you can tell it is shopped.

    And Pete… dude, if your joking – funny. If not, maybe, just maybe you should revisit the hippie gun:


  • Ted N(not the Nuge)

    I’m a door gunner with the 1st CAB, 1st ID. By reg, we are allowed to paint our face shields however we want, as long as it is fire resistant paint, most do it when they complete their training, as a right of passage type thing. It’s one of the rare, rare areas that we actually get to customize our gear. I highly doubt that’s a photoshop job. Awesome mask.

    And yes, those are 240H’s, not 240B’s, the only difference is swapping out the buttstock with grips and butterfly trigger, and the pistol grip with a lever assembly that runs up to the butterfly trigger. It looks like a cut down pistol grip with an Erector set bolted to the side. Operator level to swap them back and forth, so getting the letter wrong isn’t a big deal.

  • .

    Thanks Ted, I may in fact be wrong, and since you have more direct input than I on this matter, I think I will defer to you. My son is almost done with his helicopter frame mechanic training and will be working on the CH’s for the Marines. Hopefully he transitions over to the Osprey as they are fazing out the CH’s. Thanks for the response and info Ted, much appreciated.


  • Ted N(not the Nuge)

    Thank you, P.G. I’m hoping to put together an album of the facemasks of our company, we’ve got some pretty wild ones. 😀

    Best of luck to your son, tell him to pay attention to his FOD checks, PMDs and Preflights. 😀

  • Ted N(not the Nuge)

    added so i could follow comments.

  • .

    When you do get an album TedN, let me know where. My email is on my bio page:


  • .


    In typical Marine bravado my son says he does FOD walks in his sleep while wearing “PPE”! You guys are speaking latin to me. I will have to hop on the Marine Dictionary (http://www.vietvet.org/usmcdict.htm) and Marine Acronyms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Marine_Corps_acronyms_and_expressions) resources.

    Hope all is well here at FireArm Blog.


  • Ted N(not the Nuge)

    Will do.

  • JoeB

    Dear God! I love the US military!