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Jungle Grunts

This set of photographs was made on October 22, 2002 as part of a 24-hour continuous window of shooting done as part of the Day in The Life of The U.S. Armed Forces book project. Info about the book project is available at www.daymilitary.com.

My main assignment was at the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) in Okinawa, Japan. The JWTC is the U.S. military's only jungle training facility. There was once one in Panama, but it closed some years ago. With all of the anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines and other East Asia locations, the JWTC in Okinawa has become a very important training facility.

These photos were shot in the morning and featured a squad of U.S. Marine grunts practicing their search and destroy patrol techniques in a jungle environment. The scenario was similar to what the Marines may face if called into direct action to hunt al-Qaeda terrorists in the Philippine jungles.

These were all shot with an FM2 body, 20mm/f2, 50mm/1.4, and 105mm/f2. I used TMAX 400 b&w and Fuji 800.
Jungle grunts lead.jpg
Jungle grunts lead.jpg
swallowed by jungle
swallowed by jungle
halt, look, smell, listen
halt, look, smell, listen
move out
move out
jungle transit
jungle transit
humping my piece
humping my piece
partol pause
partol pause
point man
point man
grunt motto
grunt motto
water trail
water trail
security pause
security pause
combat contemplation
combat contemplation
fuel and fire
fuel and fire
sweet sweet smoke
sweet sweet smoke
battle paint
battle paint
combat camera
combat camera
keepin' it clean
keepin' it clean
ready & focused
ready & focused
workhorse
workhorse
final orders
final orders
hot pursuit
hot pursuit
secure objective
secure objective
defensive posture
defensive posture
objective consolidation
objective consolidation
HQ instruction
HQ instruction
bad news from HQ
bad news from HQ
we're dead ... arty got us
"we're dead ... arty got us"
grunt's second best friend
grunt's second best friend
grunts and photographers Gunnery Sgt. Matt Hevezi and Sgt. Ben Barr role-playing civilian embeds.
grunts and photographers Gunnery Sgt. Matt Hevezi and Sgt. Ben Barr role-playing civilian embeds.