Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Life is better with a buddy

I think life in general is better with a buddy, but I think it is better and crucial in the military for many, many reasons including Combat Camera.

While traveling and documenting a mission known as Sentry Savannah 2015 (see my previous blog for more information) the NCOIC and I separated one morning to catch more missions, working alone is not uncommon in our MOS of 25V. After a lovely breakfast of fried chicken (my obsession every time I am in Georgia) I reported back to Townsend Bombing Range on Feb. 12, 2015.

For those of you who may not know me very well, or at all... I can easily and happily talk to anyone about anything at anytime. This has pros and cons, mostly pros ;) In this case, well,

I quite literally bumped into an Airmen attached to The Air National Guard’s 113th Security Forces Wing, located in D.C.. Since, I start conversations easily and quickly, I discovered they were conducting training with the M-240B and M-203 weapon systems and qualifying. He invited me to join his unit to document..... and qualify with them, they had plenty of ammo!  It was a lovely afternoon and a successful mission.

The Army journalist I met for breakfast, my new buddy, also joined us and captured some images of me!

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Life is a journey

Life is a journey.

I have been traveling quite a bit with the Army lately, it is rare. I am lucky and grateful, as a result I have not been consistent with my photography blog. Since life is a journey and a work in progress I will take you back in time a bit to catch you up on my journey.

The Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing based out of Knoxville, Tennessee conducted an aerial refueling training exercise at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. February 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Tracy McKithern/Released

I spent a couple of weeks traveling to Savannah Georgia and surrounding areas to document an event known as Sentry Savannah 2015  with one of my many favorite NCOs. The mission on this day was to document a refueling training exercise at 20,000 feet with F-22s and F-16s. I was aboard a C-130 with an experienced flight crew based out of Tennessee. The "trigger" has been flying for just over 20 years, so he let me push my way into his view and I ended up laying on him in various odd angles to capture some of these images.

We awoke early without much sleep from the night before because of a night time downed pilot training exercise we documented. Only one of us was allowed aboard the C-130 and my NCOIC let me catch this flight. 

It was cold and bright in the air, I ended up with some overexposed and slightly blurry images but, I also ended up with some that I will love for many years to come.

Wherever life takes you on your journey, please remember to have fun, stay positive and learn something from your mistakes. As I learned how to properly brace myself even steadier with a camera at 20,000 in the air. 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Veterans Cafe Podcast

We would like to dedicate this podcast to soldiers who are currently serving or who have served in the past. Wes and Tracy are a husband and wife duo who have both served and continue to serve today. This podcast is a fun, light-hearted discussion about the relevant issues affecting soldiers and veterans alike. So sit back with a cup of joe or a beer (we know we will) and enjoy. If you'd like to get involved, please feel free to contact us via email at We certainly hope to engage fellow soldiers and veterans by having meaningful and thoughtful discussions while having a great time as well. If you enjoy our show and would like to hear live broadcasts so that our fans could call in and participate, please send us an email and let us know. We are ready to take it to the next step whenever you are!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Almost impossible

"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." - Bern Williams 

Here are some of my favorite sunset images of us from a shoot here at Indian Rocks Beach. We used a tripod and a remote with a timer. 

Dreams are so important, never give up on yours. 

More than anything

“If you love someone more than anything, then distance only matters to the mind, not to the heart.”

My groom safely returned home from a 319 day deployment to Afghanistan. This was not his first deployment, but it was our first as a married couple.

We were very lucky, technology has improved so much, that we were able to stay in touch with eachother every day.  He was thousands of miles away, but always the first thing on my mind.

We have been celebrating his return for 2 weeks today. Here is part of one of several shoots we did together. We used a tripod and a remote with a timer.

Though I hope neither of us deploy again anytime soon, I feel confident that the distance will only matter to our minds and not our hearts, because I love him more than anything.