The US Army Releases its Best Photos From 2023

U.S. Army Soldiers supporting NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland (eFP Poland), joined other multinational troops from Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom with eFP Latvia for exercise Verboom in Adazi, Latvia, Oct. 28, 2023. During exercise Verboom, U.S. engineers supported eFP Latvia by constructing an improvised door handle charge to demonstrate how to infiltrate a locked door. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. H. Howey)

The U.S. Army has compiled its best photos taken in 2023 with everything from wargames in Australia to World War Two veterans being featured.

All the photographs are taken by active members of the military who are also engaged in regular army activities as well as picking up the camera.

Being a member of the world’s largest military throws up some exciting photo opportunities: live rounds of ammunition being fired, people pushing themselves to the absolute limit, and moments of genuine human emotion.

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Jessica Romero, 416th Theater Engineer Command, attacks a swim obstacle during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition team selection camp at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, June 16,2023. Reserve service members compete to represent Team USA at the CIOR MILCOMP. This three-day team competition consists of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, held this year in Finland and is open to all reserve components for both NCOs and officers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson)
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment engage in a gunfire battle with enemy forces played by the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, during Saber Junction 23 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center near Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 14, 2023. The training exercise promotes regional stability and security, while increasing combat readiness. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Michel Sauret)
Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place U.S. flags at gravesites in Section 25 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 25, 2023. This was the 75th anniversary of Flags In where over 1,000 service members placed more than 260,000 flags at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)
A Maine Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crew conducts a training flight near Bangor, Maine, June 13, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Warrant Officer 1 Patrik Orcutt)
A U.S. Soldier assigned to 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment carries a simulated casualty to a cover position during the unit spur ride in the vicinity of Schnaittenbach, near Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 10, 2023. The spur ride provides troopers and leaders an opportunity to complete a series of warrior tasks and drills in order to obtain the right to wear the cavalry’s coveted spurs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Randis Monroe)
Army mortarmen assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment ‘Red Currahee,’ 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, supporting the 4th Infantry Division, fire an M120A1 120 mm towed mortar system during a fire support coordination exercise at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Aug. 28, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar Gollaz )
The U.S. Military Academy’s Parachute team teamed up with the 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a day of parachute jumps, Sep.6, 2023, at West Point, N.Y. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luisito Brooks)
A young girl hugs a Soldier during a deployment ceremony for more than 150 Delaware Army National Guardsmen in New Castle, Delaware, Jan. 13, 2023. The citizen Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to southwest Asia for one year in support of U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Army photo by Delaware Army National Guard)
A Soldier from Sniper School Class 23-002 participates in stalk training January 2, 2023, at Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace)
An armored crew from Comanche Company, 4th Battalion, 6th infantry Regiment, fires an M1A2 Abrams tank during a Live Fire Accuracy Screening Test at the Townsville Field Training Area in Queensland, Australia, August 4, 2023. Comanche Company and units from the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade are preparing to participate in a combined arms live fire exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Greaves)
A U.S. Soldier, assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment, engages the enemy during Dragoon Ready 23 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 1, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jose H. Rodriguez)
Soldiers drive a Stryker vehicle over a temporary floating bridge during wet gap training on the Imjin River, South Korea, March 15, 2023. During training, soldiers honed skills for crossing water obstacles while strengthening the U.S. and South Korean combined defense posture. (U.S. Army photo by Chin-U Pak)
U.S. Army Spc. Destiny Clark and Spc. Kennia Lopez, both paratroopers assigned to the 4th Quartermaster Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 11th Airborne Division, don parachutes ahead of an all-women jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 7, 2023. The airborne operation was held in recognition of Women’s History Month and marked the first all-female jump in division history. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan)
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point held its graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Class of 2023 at Michie Stadium at West Point, New York, on May 27, 2023. Kamala Harris, 49th Vice President of the United States was the commencement speaker. (U.S. Army photo by Cadet Noah Murray)
Soldiers fire three M142 HIMARS rockets during a combined joint live fire demonstration at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 22, 2023. The demonstration launched Talisman Sabre, the largest bilateral military exercise between the U.S. and Australia. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Wilhoit)
An artillery round is fired from a M109A6 Paladin, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, supporting 4th Infantry Division, during NATO training exercise Barbara’s Determination near Pabrade, Lithuania, July 13, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cesar Rivas)
Idaho Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Lauren Cox completes an 11-mile ruck with a 40-pound weight in a pack during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition near Boise, Idaho, Sept. 16, 2023. During the competition, 15 Idaho National Guardsmen participated in intensified tests that challenged candidates physically and mentally while evaluating the ability to shoot, move, communicate and survive. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)
Soldiers fire an M4 weapon during Silver Arrow, a live fire training event, at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Sept. 17, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. H. Howey)
U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division supporting the 4th Infantry Division maneuver an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during exercise Arrow 23 in Niinisalo, Finland, May 5, 2023. Exercise Arrow is an annual, multinational exercise involving armed forces from the U.S., U.K., Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, who train with the Finnish Defense Forces in high-intensity, force-on-force engagements and live fire exercises to increase military readiness and promote interoperability among partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John Schoebel)
Army Staff Sgt. Corey Rogers low-crawls under barbed wire during the Wolf Cup Competition at Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, Mass., Oct. 14, 2023. The competition tested competencies in basic Army warrior tasks. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Ahmed)
A CH-47 Chinook Helicopter lands at the Best Warrior competition, Fort Carson, Colorado, Oct. 20, 2023. The top-tier competitors from the Colorado Army National Guard will earn the title of Noncommissioned officer or Soldier of the Year and move on to compete in the Region VII competition. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Low)
U.S. Army WWII veteran Alan Daun is celebrated by local school children June 1, 2023, to Normandy, France, for his contributions to the war effort to kick off the commemoration ceremonies for the 79th anniversary of D-Day. The 4th Infantry Division’s participation in the 79th D-Day commemoration showcases the legacy of Ivy Soldiers who represent the Ivy “READY” mindset and remains a critical reminder of the steadfast and loyal relationship between the U.S. and our European Allies and partners. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Zayas)
U.S. Army Jumpmaster-qualified Paratroopers assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), pull in the static lines in a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter after a successful exit of 6 paratroopers on January 21, 2023, near Camp Williams, Utah. (Spc. Mackenzie Willden)
A Texas Army National Guard paratrooper descends to the drop zone before a waning crescent moon during airborne operations taking place at Bright Star 23 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 7, 2023. Bright Star 2023 is a multilateral U.S. Central Command exercise held with the Arab Republic of Egypt across air, land, and sea domains that promotes and enhances regional security and cooperation and improves interoperability in irregular warfare against hybrid threat scenarios. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jason Welch)
U.S. Army Capt. Larry L. Taylor is greeted by former teammates after receiving the Medal of Honor at the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 5, 2023. Taylor was awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as 1st Lt. Taylor, a team leader assigned to Troop D (Air), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, near the hamlet of Ap Go Cong, Republic of Vietnam, June 18, 1968. (U.S. Army photo by Henry Villarama)
Public Health Activity Fort Lewis participates in high altitude canine insertion and recovery rotary wing training across the Alaska Mountain Range with the 354th Security Forces and 549th Military Working Dog (MWD) Detachment on Fort Wainwright March 17, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Yamil Jorge)
U.S. Army Central Best Squad Competitor Staff. Sgt. Joshua Hutchings, deadlifts a hex bar during the Army Combat Fitness Test, at USARCENT’s Physical Training Field, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., on July 7, 2023. USARCENT conducts the ACFT in order to measure the readiness of the competitors for the upcoming FORSCOM Best Squad Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leo Jenkins)
U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Wilwol, a flight paramedic with the 1-111th Aviation Regiment, 78th Aviation Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard, watches the Moroccan coast pass along below him while enroute to Inezgane Airfield in Agadir, Morocco, June 11, 2023, during Exercise African Lion 2023. Eighteen nations and approximately 8,000 personnel will participate in AL23, U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia from May 13-June 18, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cameron Boyd)
A convoy of U.S. Army Soldiers and vehicles from 1st Battalion of the 4th Infantry Regiment, playing the role of opposition forces, rolls through a training village with various armored vehicles during Saber Junction 23 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center near Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 13, 2023. U.S. and multinational soldiers play the role of enemy forces during the exercise to provide integrated, total force training for combat readiness. Saber Junction 23 is an annual U.S. Army exercise with NATO allies and partners including 4,000 participants from 16 different countries training together from Aug. 28 to Sept. 23, 2023. The primary training audience for the exercise is the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, a U.S. Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team based in Germany. While U.S.-led, this exercise will develop and enhance NATO allies and partners’ interoperability and readiness. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. Michel Sauret)

The full gallery can be seen on the army’s website.

Image credits: U.S. Army