by SrA Matthew Bruch

A U.S. Air Force AC-130W Stinger II aerial gunner reloads 30mm ammunition during a flight in support of Emerald Warrior 2013 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 24, 2013. The primary purpose of Emerald Warrior is to exercise special operations components in urban and irregular warfare settings to support combatant commanders. Emerald Warrior leverages lessons from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and other historical lessons to provide better trained and ready forces to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


I wanted to photograph an aerial gunner holding ammo to give the viewer an idea of how large 30mm rounds are. The sight of aerial gunners loading and reloading ammunition during a flight is impressive.