I can just picture this guy going to the VA one day in the future and being told by the government that his chronic neck and back pain are not service-connected.  Seriously, let’s hope that does not happen. Those chains have to weigh a ton, and lugging them around all day is going to take a toll.

This particular photo, which I’ve chosen as our “Pic of the Day,” is of Aviation Machinist’s Mate Keante Harris from Cleveland, OH.  He is shown here on the flight deck of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Keen Sword 19. The photograph was taken on November 1st, 2018, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Martin.

If you were wondering, Keen Sword 19 was a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Original illustration from SOFREP

Flight Deck Shirt Colors Explained

Just in case you were wondering what all of those different colored shirts on the flight deck mean, this video explains it.