These are some of the military’s best photos of 2019
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 11, 2020
A lightning bolt rips through a purple sky above the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha in a photo that helped earn Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom the 2019 military photographer of the year award.
Carlstrom, of Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., was one of nine Defense Department personnel recently named winners of the annual Defense Media Awards. Others included Samuel King of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., who was named DOD’s top civilian photographer for his work, including an image of an Air Force bugler framed by the gold fringe of a U.S. flag.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Magee won the defense communicator of the year award for his video, photography and writing work with Coast Guard District 8 in New Orleans, La.
The awards program is open to military personnel and civilian employees of the DOD and military services, who work as graphic artists, photographers, videographers, communicators and writers.
All of the 2019 winners and their portfolios can be seen here.
Airman 1st Class Giovanni Wilson, an honor guard at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., holds a bugle playing taps during the 50th annual explosive ordnance disposal memorial service on May 4, 2019. This and other photos in Air Force civilian photographer Samuel King Jr.'s portfolio earned him the Defense Media Activity's civilian photographer of the year award for 2019.
SAMUEL KNG JR./U.S. AIR FORCE
Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Kwakye, of Accre, Ghana, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha, reunites with his family during a homecoming gathering at Naval Base San Diego on Nov. 27, 2019. This image was part of a portfolio that earned Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom honors as the Defense Media Activity's military photographer of the year for 2019.
KYLE CARLSTROM/U.S. NAVY
Marine Sgt. Cade Allen, of Bartlesville, Okla., fires a GAU-17 mingun at a fast inshore attack craft during a live-fire exercise on board a UH-1Y Huey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced). This photo was part of a portfolio that earned Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom honors as the Defense Media Activity's military photographer of the year for 2019.
KYLE CARLSTROM/U.S. NAVY
This November 26, 2019 photo of Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Granger, a rescue swimmer stationed at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, was part of a portfolio of work that earned Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Magee recognition from the Defense Media Activity as defense communicator of the year for 2019.
TRAVIS MAGEE/COAST GUARD