Dovrefjell National Park is popular with Norwegian trekkers, but most foreign tourists don’t make it here, and with its seemingly endless trails, you can go hours without bumping into any living thing that doesn’t have hooves and a bad temper.
Lynn Stockdill was a 20-year-old military policeman attached to the 101st Airborne Division when he arrived on Utah Beach on June 7, 1944 — D-Day plus one. Seventy years later, his daughter Bonnie Schmitz and granddaughter, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tamera Hall, retraced his steps using a map he kept on his wartime travels.
Nine Civil Air Patrol cadets from around Europe attended a weeklong encampment at Ramstein Air Base to fulfill a requirement before becoming officers in the CAP cadet program, a U.S. Air Force auxiliary for youth aged 12-21.
Just outside the town of St. Avold, the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial fans out over 113.5 acres. With its 10,489 graves, it is where the largest number of American dead from World War II rest in Europe.
Like other soldiers who filed into a banner-strung gymnasium Tuesday to the cheers of family and friends, the 24-year-old infantryman from Chicago will now try easing back into family life, a readjustment after nearly a year away at war.
Some tell a story with words, others with pictures. The annual Military Photographer of the Year competition for servicemembers is judged at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md., and Stars and Stripes has rounded up the top shots in several categories.
When it’s your time to battle at World of Laser Kaiserslautern, you’ll kit up and get a short intelligence brief. Then the countdown begins. A heart-racing rapid scattering of players intensifies as the voice coming from your vest says only one word, over and over. “Go!”
Under new Air Force uniform regulations, reflective belts are out and black socks are in. Hot-pink cell phones are now OK too, while in uniform, as are morale T-shirts and patches — but only on Fridays.
Destroyed in 1693 by an earthquake, the city of Noto was rebuilt about six miles from its original location, carved from sandstone the color of golden honey, and arguably Sicily’s best example of baroque architecture.
At a time when much of the ground-level U.S. role in Afghanistan is receding, medical evacuation crews continue to play a major part in the conflict, providing a service that Afghans appear incapable of fielding on their own.
Joshua L. DeMotts
Joshua L. DeMotts is a military photojournalist working at Stars and Stripes
DeMotts cut his teeth in photography by attending the Defense Information
School in 2003. After leaving the school house he spent time in Oklahoma, the
Republic of Korea, and South Carolina where he was a member of the 1st Combat
Camera Squadron. From Combat Camera DeMotts became aerial qualified deploying in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Combined
Endeavor, in the Netherlands, and Unified Response, in support of the Haiti
DeMotts completed the Military Photojournalism Program at Syracuse
University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in May of 2011 and is
a 2009 Eddie Adams Workshop alumnus. He has won numerous military photography
awards including a 1st place Pictorial Category in the Department of Defense
Military Photographer of the Year Competition.
DeMotts grew up in Columbia Falls, Montana, a beautiful town in the Rocky
Mountains of northwest Montana, known as "The Gateway to Glacier National Park."