The 24 Best Military Photos Of 2016

2016 is quickly coming to an end which means it’s time to endure countless “best of 2016” photo posts. But rather than share the best cake fails or cutest capybara photos of 2016, we went to the Department of Defense to find the best photos from the United States military. Sorry capybaras, but oversized swamp rats just can’t compare to Chinooks and aircraft carriers.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2016) An MV-22 Osprey aircraft, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer, flagship for Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker)

At 17,400 feet, Mount Foraker towers above soldiers as they offload equipment and supplies from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter after landing on Kahiltna Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, April 24, 2016.
Seaman Fabian Soltero looks through shipboard binoculars aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Atlantic Ocean, March 25, 2016. Soltero is a logistics specialist. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson
PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 5, 2016) Seaman (AW) Brice Scraper, top, from Dallas, and Petty Officer 2nd Class (AW) Alex Miller, from Monroe, Michigan, verify the serial number of a Captive Air Training Missile (CATM) 9M, attached to an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brianna Caballero maneuvers a harbor patrol boat to load it onto a trailer for maintenance on Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Jan. 6, 2016. Caballero is a machinist’s mate. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Granger Jr.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Ellam signals to the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie from aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout during a replenishment in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 14, 2016. Ellam, a boatswain’s mate, assists in all deck operations. The Stout is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bill Dodge
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2016) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jessica Wagner stands as line captain aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) in the Mediterranean Sea.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristen Neufeld performs maintenance on a Mark 38-25 mm machine gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at its home port in San Diego, Aug. 18, 2016. Navy photo by Seaman Theo Shively
GULF OF ADEN: Members of guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez’s (DDG 66) visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pasquale Sena/Released)
U.S. Marine Sgt. Josh Greathouse, a team leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, scans the area during a perimeter patrol in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, March 21, 2016.
A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron conducts a night flight mission over Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2016.
Air Force Maj. Steve Briones and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker over Turkey, Jan. 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Evans maintains an antenna system while working aloft during a replenishment involving the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the USS Monterey and the USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 2, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Nathan T. Beard
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 10, 2016) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean.
An Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 27, 2016) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Hector Gortaire conducts maintenance on an F/A-18F Hornet assigned to the Fighting Swordsmen of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike).
Sailors aboard USS Ross conduct small boat operations in the Mediterranean Sea on March 1, 2016. Justin Stumberg/U.S. Navy
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Fulks motions to crew members on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Philippine Sea, Feb. 24, 2016. The Stennis provides a ready force to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Cole C. Pielop
Senior Airman Jacob Nevills, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Dirt Boy, washes the concrete from his face after helping fill a footer at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 03, 2016.
Marines depart a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard the USS Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 22, 2016. The amphibious assault ship is supporting the Navy’s maritime strategy in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163. Navy photo by Seaman Devin M. Langer
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The fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic conducts a replenishment with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf, Aug. 12, 2016. The aircraft carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Seaman Dartez C. Williams
U.S. Navy sailors assist in moving a McDonnell Douglas T-45C Goshawk assigned to Carrier Training Wing 2 (CTW-2) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
The USS Bulkeley receives fuel and cargo from dry cargo ship USNS Medgar Evers during a replenishment in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 25, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Lieberknec

The USS Carney breaks away from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn after a replenishment in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 14, 2016. The Carney is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones

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