Found these photos on WeAreMighty.com. The shallow focus looks great and brings the person into full focus and draws your attention.

A US Marine Corps photographer recently took some portraits of Marines assigned to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group “support[s] maritime security operations, provide[s] crisis response capability, and increase[s] theater security cooperation while providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East,” according to the Navy.

The photographer, Sgt. Matthew Callahan, took portraits of Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Kuwait and in Romania, as well as the Marines’ Romanian counterparts with whom they were training.

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Pfc. Ken Sicard, a rifleman assigned to Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. He said his uncle, who has since passed away, worked to put his three kids to college. In honor of his uncle, Sicard said he puts a portion of every paycheck in a savings account for his cousins.

US Marine Cpl. Rachel Warford is part of the Female Engagement Team, which is deployed with male infantry units and tasked to help communicate with local families and women.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Cpl. Sunsette Winsler, a military working dog handler assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. “I knew I was going to be a Marine when I was 12 years old,” she said, despite what her mom imagined. “I didn’t tell [her] for about two months,” after enlisting.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Winsler and her military dog, Bella, have been together “since day one,” she said. “I got to train with Bella for six weeks, certify her, bring her to the fleet and stay on her. I am her first handler and she’s my first dog. I have to rely on her for my life and she has to rely on me for everything else.”

An Alabama native and gunner with Tank platoon, US Marine Sgt. Seth Mullins’ duties are operating and firing the weapons systems on board the M1A1 Abrams.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Lance Cpl. James Nemger, a dog handler assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses with his military dog, Caesar. “Caesar has taught me to love life … We can be in the field working on no sleep, out all day in the hot sun doing patrols and Caesar is always having a good time.”

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Santana Jimenez, platoon sergeant for Tank Platoon and an Arizona native, stands in front one of the Abrams Tank.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

US Marine Sgt. Elia Balbaloza, part of the Female Engagement Team, poses during a live-fire training exercise in Romania.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

For three days, the Marines participated in Spring Storm 2017 at Capu Midia, training with Romanian soldiers in radio communication, detainee handling, personal security detail, tactical site exploitation and more. It culminated in a live-fire rifle and pistol swap between the two forces.Sgt. Matthew Callahan/US Marine Corps

Romanian Sailor Cpl. Pintilie Madalina, a communications specialist, poses during Spring Storm 2017.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

The purpose of the exercise was to provide US amphibious forces with operational training with Romanian Allies in order to enhance interoperability and strengthen enduring partnerships.

US Marine Sgt. Tyler Holcomb is an ordnance maintenance chief with Amphibious Assault Platoon. He’s responsible for inspecting, repairing and maintaining weapons systems for the Marines.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Cpl. Joshua Montgomery, an infantry team leader assigned to Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. “I didn’t want to go to school. I wanted to travel the world and shoot big guns … I got all my wishes,” he said with a laugh.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

US Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Hecht, an assault amphibian crewman, smokes a cigarette in front of an assault amphibious vehicle, which he’s tasked with operating and maintaining.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Romanian Navy Lt. Zbrnca Mariuta-Lucia was one of 750 Romanian soldiers to participate in Spring Storm 2017.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

US Marine Capt. Rebecca Bergstedt is the officer in charge of the Female Engagement Team.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

US Marine Lance Cpl. Clayton McCabe, a driver with Amphibious Assault platoon and Missouri native, poses in front one of his AAV.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Romanian Army Lt. Preda Laura poses during Spring Storm 2017. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that Romania began making specialized flack jackets for female soldiers.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Romanian Navy Sgt. Ramona Griguta poses during Spring Storm 2017. By 2008, more than 50 Romanian women had served in combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan

Romanian Sailor Cpl. Pintilie Madalina, a communications specialist, stands with her rifle during Spring Storm 2017.

USMC Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan





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  • H

    Is this still a gun blog?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Are they still making you click on sh-t?

      • Kyle

        The TFB Secret Squirrel Operators busted into his house and held him at gunpoint until he clicked on all the links.

    • Klaus

      What’s your point? Almost every picture posted had a gun in it

      • .45

        The only one that did not was the first dog handler. The tanks are of course, really big guns, and many of the tankers were packing some heat too.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I like the ones with the doggies.

  • James

    These are decisively fantastic photos. The capturing of the full person, the background understandable yet blurred nicely really exemplifies the person the photo is about, while placing them in context. I especially like the ones with the dogs or armor behind them. The dogs photos highlight the teamwork between dog and handler, while the M1 and AAV put a human face to the weapons platform.

  • Yongsuk David Won

    a couple Romainians are wearing OPSCORE like helmets does anyone know if theyre issued or personally purchased?

    • Twilight sparkle

      Romania has made a few attempts to modernise their military, its possible that they could have purchased a bunch of tier 1 helmets for their efforts in the Middle East and now don’t have much use for them, I guess they figured they may as well use them. There’s probably an article somewhere on the defence blog that explains how they got them.

  • George Bevis

    POTD win here.

  • ft

    Great photos.I guess I didn’t realize how many women were in harms way there.
    As a Marine Corporal from Vietnam “action”, I still have very mixed feelings about women in combat roles. Not that they can’t do it. I know that they probably can and do it well. I would be more concerned about them being injured or captured during an engagement and all the guys losing their focus and doing thing they shouldn’t do to help them. Or maybe I’m just expressing my fear of what I might do if serving with them. I know, not suppose to think of them as anything else other than another grunt but, in reality, that doesn’t really work for everyone. Guess I like women too much. I certainly respect all of those shown here, no matter whose military they are with.

  • Fred Merville

    WTF. What is the agenda here? I didn’t know that females constituted half of the USMC! Sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell.