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Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 07, 2017 11:02PM
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"ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Army has published the final photo of a combat photographer who captured her own death on camera in an accidental mortar explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.

The photograph of Spc. Hilda Clayton was published this week in Military Review.

The Army’s professional journal noted that Clayton’s death “symbolizes how female soldiers are increasingly exposed to hazardous situations in training and in combat on par with their male counterparts.”

Clayton snapped the picture during a live-fire training exercise on July 2, 2013 in the Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The blast also killed four Afghan National Army soldiers. One of them was a photojournalist Clayton had partnered with to train."






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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: artie67
Date: May 08, 2017 12:00AM
Sadly the Afgan photojournalist also took the shot from another angle.

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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 08, 2017 07:27AM
Wow
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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: DP
Date: May 08, 2017 08:50AM
Many don't realize how dangerous training can be in the military, let alone actual combat. Just a shame for that to happen. RIP...





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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 08, 2017 09:01AM
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Some explosive ordnance disposal airmen can get massive re-enlistment bonuses for signing up for another three to five years.

A full five-year extension will get eligible master sergeants and senior master sergeants in the 3E8X1 EOD career field the maximum $75,000 critical skills retention bonus, the Air Force Personnel Center said in a Monday email.

Eligible EOD airmen who sign up for the four-year extension can get $50,000, and those who extend for three years can get $30,000, AFPC said.

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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: decay
Date: May 08, 2017 09:04AM
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Some explosive ordnance disposal airmen can get massive re-enlistment bonuses for signing up for another three to five years.

A full five-year extension will get eligible master sergeants and senior master sergeants in the 3E8X1 EOD career field the maximum $75,000 critical skills retention bonus, the Air Force Personnel Center said in a Monday email.

Eligible EOD airmen who sign up for the four-year extension can get $50,000, and those who extend for three years can get $30,000, AFPC said.

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Wow... talk about high stakes gambling.



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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 08, 2017 09:34AM
It's extremely unusual for the Air Force to offer Senior NCOs any kind of re-enlistment bonus.

This is typically a tool used to attract people to reenlist for the first time, occasionally a second time, and once in a blue moon for the third time.

When someone is looking at a 4th reenlistment like a Senior NCO, it is someone who already has at least 16 years time in service and has clearly already made the decision to spend at least 20 years in the service...
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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 08, 2017 09:39AM
It's cheaper to retain someone than train a replacement. FAR FAR too few businesses operate this way.

It's over a million to train a SEAL up until his first deployment. I'm sure a military pilot is similar. EOD must be pretty expensive too.



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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 08, 2017 10:52AM
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freeradical
It's extremely unusual for the Air Force to offer Senior NCOs any kind of re-enlistment bonus.

This is typically a tool used to attract people to reenlist for the first time, occasionally a second time, and once in a blue moon for the third time.

When someone is looking at a 4th reenlistment like a Senior NCO, it is someone who already has at least 16 years time in service and has clearly already made the decision to spend at least 20 years in the service...

I think the problem is that they are requesting reassignments, not that they want to leave the military. They just don't want to keep doing that job.



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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: steve...
Date: May 09, 2017 11:50AM
That is a very sad story. What are the odds those two photos could be taken at almost the same moment in time?




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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 10, 2017 09:29AM
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steve...
That is a very sad story. What are the odds those two photos could be taken at almost the same moment in time?

Possibly the cameras were set to take a sequence of frames, with the expectation of getting one shot that captured the the event best. They do not mention all of the images recovered from the cameras.
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Re: Army combat photographer captures the moment an explosion kills her in Afghanistan
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 10, 2017 10:15AM
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freeradical
It's extremely unusual for the Air Force to offer Senior NCOs any kind of re-enlistment bonus.

This is typically a tool used to attract people to reenlist for the first time, occasionally a second time, and once in a blue moon for the third time.

When someone is looking at a 4th reenlistment like a Senior NCO, it is someone who already has at least 16 years time in service and has clearly already made the decision to spend at least 20 years in the service...

I think the problem is that they are requesting reassignments, not that they want to leave the military. They just don't want to keep doing that job.

The Air Force has never allowed people with critical skills to cross train into another specialty. In fact, very few people in an AFSC that pays a SRB would want to do that. This field is different. This is why it's critical to make sure that you get a job you can live with when you enlist in the military, because you will get stuck with it unless they need people to voluntarily cross train into another field where they desperately need people.
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