One mistake that people outside the military make is thinking of our servicemembers as being a homogeneous group. This is understandable. It’s easy to look at a platoon of soldiers in formation and see uniformity — the same haircut and uniform — and register it as sameness. However, is incredibly diverse. Not only does it draw people from all across our country with many different backgrounds, languages, and regionalisms, but is chockfull of different jobs and specializations. But for all the jobs the military offers, you probably wouldn’t guess that it would attract an artist. Yet, that is what a combat cameraman partly is. 


An Artist With a Gun

TSgt Corban Lundborg, 29, has been in the service for 11 years and isn’t planning on going anywhere. For him, being an artist and an Airman are not mutually exclusive. If anything, he’s found his calling as a Combat Cameraman.

The world of the Air Forces Combat Camera is more hardcore than you might think. The Air Force has two Combat Camera Squadrons, and while both are aligned under the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, they are responsible for much more than taking pictures at change-of-command ceremonies and training facilities.