10 Scenes of U.S. Military Life

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When most people think of military bases, some stereotypical images immediately come to mind: Military training exercises. Drill instructors shouting at recruits. Equipment maintenance. Yet for almost 1.3 million U.S. service members and their families, these bases are where life happens, from church and school to concerts and sports. Here are 10 life scenes from U.S. military bases and ships around the world.


10. Daddy’s Home

Credit: U.S. Navy/Mass Comm. Spec. 2nd Class Somers Steelman

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Nathan Orr meets his daughter for the first time at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Orr had just returned from a seven-month deployment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble.


9. Graduation Day

Credit: USMC/Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

A new Marine greets his family after his graduation ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. Some 17,000 recruits each year receive almost 13 weeks of tough training.


8. Dancing Shoes

Credit: U.S. Navy/Mass Comm. Spec 3rd Class Cameron Pinske

Sailors from the hospital ship USNS Mercy dance with Sri Lankan students during a U.S. Pacific Fleet Band performance.


7. This is Your Captain Speaking

Credit: USAF/Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh

Capt. Hatton Updike gives McKay Neel (rear) and two friends a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III’s cockpit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The visit was part of the base’s “Pilot for a Day” program that benefits local children who have serious or chronic conditions.


6. Desert Tourin’

Credit: U.S. Navy/Mass Comm. Spec. Seaman Dary M. Patten

Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima take a camelback tour of Petra, Jordan.


5. Rock ’n’ Roll

Credit: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO

Maneuver Center of Excellence Band members rock the Riverside Concert on the Lawn at Fort Benning, Ga.


4. Shooter’s Touch

Credit: USAF/Samuel King Jr.

An airman shows off his jump shot at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.


3. Just Keep Swimming

Credit: USMC/Sgt. Drew Tech

Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Padilla swims the 50-meter breaststroke during the 2018 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. The trials help select the Marine Corps participants for the DoD Warrior Games.


2. A Boy’s Best Friend

Credit: U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins

Four-year-old Hunter Codding, who is blind, bonds with his new service dog, Indy, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Hunter’s parents both are on active duty. Staff Sgt. Jasmine Codding is an analyst, while Staff Sgt. Dylan Codding is a patrolman.


1. Take Me to the River

Credit: U.S. Navy/Mass Comm. Spec. 3rd Class Matt Matlage

Navy chaplain Margaret Siemer, a lieutenant commander assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, baptizes a sailor in the Jordan River during a stop in an Israeli port.


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