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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.
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)
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.
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)
Gunnery Sgt. Saul Moreno, tiltrotor crew chief, Aircrew Training Detachment, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, monitors in-flight operations during the weapons and tactics instructor course 3-19, at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Wellton, Ariz., on April 17, 2019. This photo by Cpl. Jennessa Davey was part of a portfolio that earned her the Marine Corps' military photographer of the year award for 2019.
Gunnery Sgt. Saul Moreno, tiltrotor crew chief, Aircrew Training Detachment, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, monitors in-flight operations during the weapons and tactics instructor course 3-19, at Barry M. Goldwater Range, Wellton, Ariz., on April 17, 2019. This photo by Cpl. Jennessa Davey was part of a portfolio that earned her the Marine Corps' military photographer of the year award for 2019. (Jennessa Davey/U.S. Marine Corps)
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.
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)
Moody Mud Run participants swim under a barbed wire obstacle on May 4, 2019, in Ray City, Ga., in this photo that was part of a portfolio that earned Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver honors as the Air Force's military photographer of the year.
Moody Mud Run participants swim under a barbed wire obstacle on May 4, 2019, in Ray City, Ga., in this photo that was part of a portfolio that earned Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver honors as the Air Force's military photographer of the year. (Eugene Oliver/U.S. Air Force)
Seaman Rakeem Williams, of Goldsboro, N.C., stands watch during a lightning storm aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha on Nov. 18, 2019. 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.
Seaman Rakeem Williams, of Goldsboro, N.C., stands watch during a lightning storm aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha on Nov. 18, 2019. 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)
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.
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)
A U.S. Army soldier patrols through a village in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on Nov. 4, 2019, in a photo from the portfolio that earned Staff Sgt. Alex Manne recognition as the Army's military photographer of the year.
A U.S. Army soldier patrols through a village in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on Nov. 4, 2019, in a photo from the portfolio that earned Staff Sgt. Alex Manne recognition as the Army's military photographer of the year. (Alex Manne/U.S. Army)
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.
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)

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.

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