A Luftwaffe Flak 88 crew prepares to fire onto a formation of Allies bombers enroute to bomb Germany, Brenner Pass, Italy, January, 1944. The Luftwaffe was the most chivalrous and skilled branch in the entirety of the Wehrmacht. Their fighter pilots were the knights of the skies, their Flak gunners were extremely skilled, their bomber crews were valiant, and their Fallschrimjager were elite. This was all very true until 1944 when the Luftwaffe began to go down hill. Ammunition and gasoline ran low, Goering totally neglected the shortages and low morale and instead blamed this on the cowardice of their fighter pilots. In reality the fighter pilots were probably some of the bravest going into the skies with obsolete aircraft against formations of thousands of bombers and escorts all day, hour after hour, day after day. Their chances of survival were extremely thin and success in the war was no longer an option and they were well aware of that but they continued to take to the skies. I have some of the upmost respect for the fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, none of them were ever tried for war crimes. The Flak gunners were also very brave being under constant threat of strafing and being flattened by bombs. They had to take these risks day after day, hour after hour, with little to no sleep for weeks on weeks. They too were blamed for the losses against the Allied "four-motors" (what the Germans nicknamed their bombers) and labeled as unskilled and inefficient. In reality they, like the pilots, just simply didn't have the capabilities to be as efficient to Goerings ridiculous and irrational standards.
Better late than never! Congrats to Antonio Navarro from Pinole Valley High School. This guys finished strong and never quite! Now he will be shipping to One Station Unit Training to begin his Army Adventure as an MOS 19K, Tank Crew Member. I'm pretty us if his hard work and dedication and look forward to seeing the great things he accomplishes in his Army Career #pinolevalleyhighschool#pinolevalleyhigh#classof2017#armystrong
VAP is proud to share three photos Autumn in NY; Custer, South Dakota; Wild Mustang and Foal taken by
SP5, E-5, Army 1967 – 1970 veteran Philip Milio. Philip trained in photo processing and served in Vietnam in a Military Intelligence unit 1968-1969. He has an AAS and a BA in Photography from SUNY colleges and an MA in Higher Ed from NYU. He is a retired SUNY – FIT Professor/ Student Life Counselor. Philip now works as an artist with photography, writing and acting. He recently exhibited photographs in the Ellenville, NY, Library/Museum. His memoirs have been published in The Veterans Writing Workshop series: Afterwords, as well as Stars & Stripes on-line. In April 2016 he was in the off Broadway show Sophocles’ Philoctetes as a member of the Warrior Chorus for the Aquila Theatre. In January 2016, a theatrical reading of Philip’s memoirs and poetry were performed by Bedlam Outreach under the guidance of class Instructor / Director Stephan Wolfert. When he is not writing, acting or taking photographs, Philip trains for long distance foot races and triathlons. Thanks for sharing your work with us Philip! #veteranartist#artistsofinstagram#photographer#artist#army#armystrong#inspire#poet#writer#goarmy