My brother Rick (age 22 here) served in the U.S. Army for 14 years. We both served in Operation Just Cause, Panama on opposite sides of the country, 1989. I'm proud of him because he has achieved every goal he has set for himself, if you only knew!
My DAD: Signalmen 2nd Class John E. McDowell
Home on leave from the Navy 1950, age 18. He also served in the Army and the Air Force. All together these 3 McDowell Men have served America for more than 40 years!
Lt Richard L. Reed
My Dad's Uncle Richard joined the Navy successfully when he was 14. When he turned 18 he applied to be an Officer. He served in the Navy for 34 years and 3 wars. My Grand Uncle Richard and I share a kinship of being the only two men in the family that retired from military service. He drove 12 hours to attend my retirement ceremony standing in for my father. I am unbelieveably grateful to him for being there for me on that special day.
Retired Air Force Photojournalist
This blog I dedicate to all the servicemembers I've photographed over my career as an Air Force Photojournalist. I hope they find a picture of themselves here and keep it for their own scrapbook.
A little older and a little thicker!
MSgt John K. McDowell
I served my country for 21 years, 1st as a Security Policemen and later as a Combat Photographer.
Please visit the Photography of SMSgt Bill Thompson, USAF Photojournalist, Retired, one of the best the Air Force ever had behind the camera.
The Godfather of USAF Photojournalism, Kenneth L. Hackman
Click the picture to visit the MPJ Connection Website
TSgt Steve Doyle
Top Designer and Artist at Airman Magazine
Senior Portrait 1980
Fighter Pilot Capt Mike Wang (April 1996)
35th FS Kunsan AB, ROK
SrA Mario Romero, 41st Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL
SrA Romero climbs the rope ladder to a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during his certification training.
Major James F. Doran, Flt Surgeon, 89th AW, Andrews AFB, MD
Maj. James Doran on his first day in Mogadishu, Somalia, (Dec 1993)
AMN Angie Pianga Sarchet, AFKN, Seoul Korea
AMN Angie Pianga Sarchet, Armed Forces Korean Network, Seoul, Korea cues up record with her left hand while making adjustments to the sound board. In the background Lecia Novack loads a audio tape on the old Control 16.
MSgt Eric Carr, 41st Rescue Squadron
MSgt Eric Carr, 41st Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL, conducts a preflight of the tail rotor of a HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter for paddle and boots for delamination, April 1995.
LtCol Bryan Anderson takes Gary Powers Jr. for a ride in the U-2 dragonlady
LtCol Bryan Anderson takes Gary Powers Jr. for a ride in a U-2 Dragonlady from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, CA during the spring of 2000
Major Mike O'Grady, F-16 Pilot
Maj. Mike O'Grady, 18th Fighter Squadron, Eilson AFB, AK, glances back from his cockpit view as he drops live bombs built during CAPEX, a combat ammunition production exercise in South Korea. Maj O'Grady was featured on the Cover of Airman Magazine, July 1996.
TSgt Clay Watson, Sensor Operator, AC-130 Gunship
TSgt Clay Watson is a Sensor Operator Instructor for the AC-130U Spectre Gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlbert Field, FL. The sensor operator assists in the planning the tactical portion of a mission. While in flight he uses either the infrared detection set or the All Light Level Television system to locate, confirm, track and destroy targets. Weapons at his disposal are the 25mm Gatling Gun, 40mm Bofors Cannon and the105mm Howitzer.
TSgt Edward Shaw in underground cable vault.
TSgt Shaw was assigned to the 2069th Com Group, Nellis AFB, NV (1990)
Portrait of U.S. Army Soldier, Panama 1989
This is a portrait of an soldier who was witnessing the recovery of a OH-58 helicopter after being shot down durning the Operation Just Cause 1989 invasion of Panama.
TSgt Scott Johnson
TSgt Scott Johnson, NCOIC of the 9th Intelligence Squadron U-2 Reconnaissance Film Lab, performs a light hearted white glove inspection of the clean lab the film is processed in. A1C Daylena Santana pretends to ask for forgiveness when dirt is found.
Specialist Kevin Breen, 2nd Batt. 17th Inf. Fort Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 1989
Specialist Kevin Breen stands guard at the entry control point to an Army POL storage area in Whittier, Alaska, during the -30 degree temperatures of Joint Service Exercise, Brim Frost 1989.
TSgt Steve Lipenski, Pararescuemen
TSgt Steve Lipenski who is a Parescuemen assigned to the 210th Rescue Squadron ANG, Anchorage, AK, practices Artic Rescue techniques with fellow PJ TSgt Brent Widenhouse in -20 degree weather in the mountains above Anchorage.
SrA Eric Kelly, Pararescuemen, Hurlburt FLD, FL
The most admired job in the Air Force. (These guys are real Heros)
SSgt Marc Stewart, 302 Maintenance Squadron, Peterson AFB, CO
SSgt Marc Stewart is a crew chief for a C-130 Hercules.
SrA Chris Nichols, Bomb Builder
SrA Chris Nichols, 35th Munitions Squadron, Misawa, AB, Japan, shoulders a massive torque wrench used to assemble GBU-12 bombs during this combat ammunition production exercise. Published in Airman Magazine July 1996
SSG Glen Murphy, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC
SSG Lawrence Murphy, a 7 year veteran of the 82nd Airborne, 1-504 and squad leader, reflects on over 400 jumps as he waits for the Blackhawks to arrive to pick his squad up.(May 2, 1987, Hell and Purgatory Drop Zone, Camp Gieger, NC)
MSgt Terry Porch, Chuuk Island
MSgt Terry Porch, on remote assignment as part of the civic action team serving Chuuk Island, Micronesian Islands, enjoys reading "Where's Waldo" to Chuukese children.
SrA Sina Ebinger, Loadmaster
An environmental portrait of SrA Sina Ebinger, 52nd Airlift Squadron, Norton AFB, CA. This Desert Storm veteran has logged more than 1700 hours as a loadmaster on the C-141 Starlifter cargo aircraft.
A1C Joshua McDanal, Security Forces Policemen
A1C Joshua McDanal a 21 year-old State Champion Wrestler, an Air Force Reserve Security Forces Policemen attends airbase ground defense training at Camp Bullis, TX, 1996
A1C Eric Larson & Military Working Dog, "Bo"
A1C Eric Larson and his dog "Bo", 314th Security Police Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR November 1987, share a moment of reward. Everytime Drug Dog, "Bo" finds drugs or obeys commands, his reward it to play with the tennis ball.
SSgt Ching Foster, 31st MXS Propulsion Branch, June 1998
SSgt Ching Foster performing a detailed inspection of F-110-100 F-16 engine prior to refitting on the aircraft.
SRA Ray Mikdajczyk, 31st MXS, Phase Inspection Brance
SRA Ray Mikdajczyk, 31st MXS Phase Inspection Branch removes the Strake Panel from the wing of an F-16 in preparation of a detailed wing inspection.
Maj. Marilin Rhodes
Maj. Marilin Rhodes delivers baby at the Air Force Academy Hospital.
SSgt Rick Roberts, Japanese Middle Weight National Champion
SSgt Rick Roberts who is assigned to Yokota AB, Japan
SrA Sina Ebinger, Loadmaster
SrA Sina Ebinger, age 22, from the 52nd Airlift Squadron, Norton AFB, CA. She is a Desert Storm Veteran who has logged more than 1700 hours as a loadmaster on a C-141 Starlifter cargo aircraft.
Capt Lisa M. Benson, SOS Flight Commander
Capt. Lisa Benson, an Air Force Nurse emerged from Squadron Officer School with such an adrenaline rush that she stayed to be an instructor at Maxwell AFB, AL, 1995
SSgt Todd Maddox, 31st MXS, Propulsion Branch, performs a detailed inspection of a F-110-100 F-16 engine prior to refitting on the aircraft.
A1C David Most, 1987
Environmental Portrait of A1C David Most, Still Photographic Maintenance Technician for Det. 9, 1365 AVS, Little Rock AFB, AR
SRA Roscoe Lowe, 1987
SRA Roscoe Lowe during Security Police Defender Challenge Competition at Little Rock AFB, AR
Capt. David Tingquest, 1987
Capt. David Tingquest, 314 Tactical Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR. Instructor pilot responsible for training pilots from all over the world to fly the versatile C-130 Hercules aircraft.
A1C Deena L. Wigger, World Champion air rifle
A close-up view of Airman 1st Class Deena L. Wigger as she takes aim on her air rifle. She holds a bronze and silver medal from the 1986 and 1990 world championships. She earned a gold medal in the 1995 Pan American games, and in 1989 earned the women's air rifle world record. She is Olympic-caliber
SSgt Anthony Lambert, USAF Photojournalist
Tony Lambert, Now SMSgt Retired, was at George AFB, CA with me shooting pictures of the F-4 Wild Weasels coming home from Desert Storm. He is writing down some caption information. Tony and I were office mates at the 2nd Combat Camera Squadron at Norton AFB, CA. We also attended Rochester Institute of Technology together for Photojournalism training. We also served together in Iraq at Camp Silopi. Tony is a true friend.
Under the Wire
USAF Security Forces Training
John "Mule" Miles, Negro Baseball League Hall of Fame
John "Mule" Miles was one of 2,500 players to play with the Negro Baseball Leagues (1920-1955) He was also instrumental in getting the Tuskegee Airmen program off the ground.
WASP Pilot Ginny Trumbull
Womens's Air Service Pilot (WASP) Ginny Trumbull stands in front of an SNJ-6 bomber aircraft at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, recalling a lnanding of her own in an AT-6at El Paso.
Little Rock AFB, AR
Maj. Sean Murphy
Pediatrician Maj. Sean Murphy conducts a well baby exam at Rhein Main AB, Germany.
Maj. Marilin Rhodes (Mother Rhodes)
Maj. Marilin Rhodes is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Air Force Academy and she has delivered over 1000 babies in her career.
SrA Christy L. Boyd, Aerospce Propulsion Journeymen
Portrait of SrA Christy L. Boyd an Aerospace Propulsion Journeymen, jet engine mechanic in front of an AWACS, at Tinker AFB, OK
SrA Sarah Esparza, 51st Maintenance Squadron
Senior Airman Sarah Esparza, 51st Maintenance Squadron, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB Korea, inspects AIM-9 Sidewinder training missiles, published in Airman Magazine, September 1996.
Maj. (Dr.) Mark Bertagnoli examines a 16 week premature baby
Maj. Mark Bertagnoli and Capt Denise Sewell put little Matt Makenzie on oxygen and prepare to take blood after he was born at Kadena Air Base Japan Hospital, while proud Pa Pa grins in background.
MSgt Robert Petty, Hurricane Hunter
MSgt Robert Petty, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Reserve) Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss. inspects dropsnde reports while probing the inside of Hurricane Opal.
A1C Tulimalefoi Mauga, Somoan Princess
Anderson AFB, Guam is a real life Somoan Princess
A1C Michael K. Savage, Loadmaster
Environmental portrait of A1C Michael K. Savage at the troop door of a C-130 from the 731st Airlift Squadron, Peterson AFB, Co.
F-4 Phantom over Iraq
WolfPack F-16 fully loaded over South Korea
Huricane Marilyn, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
F-4 Phantoms over Iraq
USAF Security Policemen complete the running portion of their annual Defender Challege competition.
Technicians at McClellan AFB, examine ground radar screens.
USAF Pararescuemen in action in Alaska and Florida
Compressed Natural Gas
Compressed Natual Gas storage station at Tinker AFB, Ok
A-10 Munitions Arming
Munitions personnel at Aviano AB, Italy pull the pins on bombs during Operation Determined Falcon in 1998.
shot at unknown location
DUI doesn't pay
Illustration Photo of a DUI arrest by the Armed Forces Police in San Anonio, TX
A U.S. Marine unloads 100 lb bags of flour at a remote Kurdish Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq.
USAF Litho Program
This is an illustration to advertise the USAF Lithograph Program (Jeanie Santos & SrA Ryan Stiles)
USAF Airman from Cannon AFB, NM dance at a local country bar.
MH-53 Pavelow Helicopter
MH-53 Pavelow Helicopter has been the mainstay for the Special Operations Community, this one is assigned to the 1st SOW, Hurlburt Fld, Florida, but soon it will be replaced by newer Helicopters and a suped up UH-60 Blackhawk
F-106 Delta Dart, Worlds Fastest Single Engine Aircraft
This is my favorite aerial image because I shot the photo from Air Combat Magazine's B-25 Bomber, We were full throttle at about 225 knotts and the F-106 was flying as slow as it could to stay in the air, that's why his nose is so high. He had to make multiple passes by us to get pictures. This Dart was on it's last active flight, because it was making it's last flight to the boneyard at Davis-Mothan AFB, AZ to be used for the drone program.
HC-130P 210th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard
General Merrill McPeak, USAF Chief of Staff
This is a portrait of General Merrill McPeak in front of his favorite aircraft at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. This picture was taken in 1993 and is one of his favorite portraits.
KC-10 Refuels C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy
82nd Airborne jump in at Puerto Rico
Chinese Air Force Airmen in formation
Proud Chinese Air Force airmen stand at attention for more than a hour during a WWII, memorial dedication in Bejieng, China.
B-1B Lancer Crew Chiefs
Two B-1B Lancer Crew Chiefs from the 28th Bomb Wing drudge their way through the snow back to the maintenance hanger after launching their aircraft for a mid afternoon sortie at Ellsworth AFB, SD
C-17 Globemaster III, 17th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
A1C Mo Preston, Pararescuemen
A1C Mo Preston calls in wind speed and direction on an HC-130P to coordinate a equipment airdrop in the waters off the coast of Patrick AFB, FL in preparation of some night water rescue training.
SrA Mario Romero and A1C Eric Castor, Pararescuemen
SrA Mario Romero and A1C Eric Caster complete some of their certification training at Patrick AFB, FL by climbing the rope ladder of a hovering UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 41st Rescue Squadron.
SSgt Brenda Colberg, Chief of Intelligence, 71st Rescue Squadron
SSgt Brenda Colberg, was the Chief of Intelligence in 1995 for the 71st Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL, her job was to keep aircrews up to date on world threats.
SrA Mario Romero, Pararescuemen
SrA Mario Romero completes certification training at Patrick AFB, FL. He was featured on the cover of Airmen Magazine, January 1996 as part of a story on Combat Rescue
Capt. Mike Conners, Hero Homecoming
Two F-4 Phantom Pilots get a heros welcome back home when their squadron of F-4 Phantom Wild Weasels from the 561ST Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing George AFB, CA returned after a 7 month deployment for Desert Shield/Storm. The Wild Weasels had one of the most dangerous jobs, "Killing Sam Sites". To do this they must get them to turn on their radar and sometimes fire a SAM so they can target and kill the SAM site.
Security Policemen Patrol Howard AFB, Panama
These are Security Policemen that were patroling the flightline of Howard AFB, Panama during Operation Just Cause 1989. These guys were featured on the cover of Airman Magazine, February 1990 and again in an article about Defenders of the Force in the September 1997 issue of Airman Magzine.
Capt. Kevin Hale returns to George AFB After Desert Storm Deployment
Capt Kevin Hale greets his family after his squadron of F-4 Phantom Wild Weasels from the 561ST Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing George AFB, CA return after an 7 month deployment for Desert Shield/Storm. The Wild Weasels had one of the most dangerous jobs, "Killing Sam Sites". To do this they must get them to turn on their radar and sometimes fire a SAM so they can target and kill the SAM site.
Mt. Rushmore in February
Polynesian dancers of Wamaia Bay Park on Hawaii's north shore.
B-52 Bombers Retired to the AMARC
Tribute to all you BUFF Crews (These Buffs were cut up for START II)
Joshua Tree in Death Valley
Early Morning Flight Operations for KC-135 Tanker Aircraft at Eilson AFB, Alaska in Mid February
Sidney Harbor, Australia
Old Sacramento Bridge, Sacramento California
F-16 From Shaw AFB
F-16 during refueling over Iraq
F-117 Stealth Fighter
F-117 Stealth Fighters from the 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NM, photographed from KC-10 Tanker before refueling.
U.S. Marines Prepare to board C-141 Starlifter
U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune, NC prepare to load on a C-141, 438th Air Lift Wing, McTGuire AFB, NJ sitting on the ramp at Cherry Point MCAS, NC in support of JCS Exercise Ocean Venture 92.
USAF Thunderbirds in Delta Pass during the Golden Air Tatoo celebrating the Air Force's 50th Anniversary
Sheila Widnall, Secretary of The Air Force
Official Portait of Secretary of the Air Force Shelia Widnall, 1993
Australian Sunset, Western Territory
Space Shuttle Columbia, makes a night landing at Edwards AFB, California
NASA crews perform post landing payload operations on the space shuttle Columbia, after its landing at 2250 HRS on 10 Dec 90 at Edwards AFB, CA. This is the 4th time in space history a space shuttle has landed at night and the 30th time a space shuttle has landed at Edwards AFB. Please Remember the "Columbia"
210th Air Rescue, Anchorage, Alaska
TSgt Brent Widenhouse fast ropes down from HH-60P helicopter while TSgt Steve Lupenski waits for him in 20 below-zero temperatures in the glacier above Anchorage
Wolfpack F-16s, Kunsan AB, ROK (April 1996)
Pilots: Capt Ned "Flanders" Linch, Capt Dave "Zam" Hathaway & Capt. Pat "KIO" Wade, Photoship was 1LT Chuck "Digger" Davis
Security Forces demonstrate M-203 Laser
Philips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
A-10s from 355 FS, Eielson AFB, AK (April 1996)
Pilots: Flight Leader LTC Doug Owens & Wingman Capt Mike Meir
Last Flight of the F-106 Delta Dart
Pilot: Maj. Jimmy Robins
C-17 Globemaster III, Charleston AFB, SC
C-17 from 437th Airlift Wing
U.S. ARMY CH-47 Chinook Helicopters
10th Mountain Division Troop insertion.
Airman Cover from Australia Trip
Airman Cover from South Pacific Trip
Airman Cover from WASP Story
Airman Cover from Operation Provide Comfort
Airman Cover from South Korea Trip.
Inside Back Cover Photo of Air Force Flight Surgeon
Capt. Jeannie Flynn First USAF Female Fighter Pilot
Operation Provide Comfort 1991
Combat Rescue Story, Patrick AFB, FL
Cold Weather Survior School, Eielson AFB, AK
Huricane Hunter Story
Armed Forces Police, San Antonio, TX story
Assignment Cannon AFB, NM
Assignment Osan AB, South Korea
Kelly AFB Fiscal Portrait 1993
Kelly AFB Fiscal Portrait 1992
PVT 1st Class Edward Reed
My Dad's Uncle Edward Reed was an MP in WWII.
Charles W. Reed
My Dad's Uncle Charles served in the Navy on the USS Bountiful.
DD 787 USS James E Kyes
Hong Kong Harbor 1952. My Dad's ship during the Korean War!