Front Lines: Life as a US Military Photographer

Dedicated Combat Camera units photograph operation on the ground, at sea and in air--even in battle. We joined them for two days of training

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Chen captured the U.S. Navy’s twice-yearly Combat Camera field training. In this photo, combat camera photographers watch another unit maneuver during a reconnaissance exercise. Laurence Chen
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A unit practices with M4 rifles on the firing range. Laurence Chen
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A photographer documents simulated munitions found during a night training exercise. Laurence Chen
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Navy Combat Camera’s standard-issue Nikon D700 and Nightstalker II night vision system by Tactical Solutions LLC. Laurence Chen
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Sergeants and petty officers aren’t the only ones who can get in your face. Laurence Chen
Military personel editing images
Military personel editing images captured with night vision gear. Laurence Chen
Combat Camera photographers
Combat Camera photographers from all branches of the U.S. military participate in Quick Shot field exercises designed to train them in small-unit combat operations. Laurence Chen
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Combat photographer work on the ground, at sea, and as shown here, in the air. Laurence Chen