Soldiers with the 106th Infantry Division begin digging foxholes as they prepare to take their turn on the front lines in the Ardennes Forest. The date is Dec. 13, 2014, yet it feels and looks exactly as it must have 70 years ago.
Located just outside the town of St. Avold, 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.
By trodding fantastic paths that wind through pastures and forests dotted with surreal rock formations, one can see why the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region was recently recognized as one of the best trails in Europe.
The first Europe-based U.S. military aircraft based here departed early Monday for Liberia on what is expected to be one of many flights taking supplies to West Africa to help with the Ebola outbreak there.
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.
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."
An interesting perspective to take on the displays of light and sound is from above, which means the hills ringing a town and their scenic overlooks are often heavily visited on this night. Here are some of the doings planned.