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JBER at 70th D-Day Anniversary

JBER soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Sesireehana Brunton (left), a member of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), and Sgt. 1st Class Garret Brunton (right), a member of HQ, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, execute the traditional wedding kiss at the conclusion of their vow renewal ceremony June 6, 2014, at the chapel in Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. The Bruntons, who originally married on June 6 while serving together as drill sergeants, took time on the Longest Day to renew their wedding vows at the chapel, which is considered a sacred location by the airborne community. Twenty-five Alaska-based paratroopers were selected to augment Task Force Normandy 70, a special unit created for ceremonial support of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Sgt. 1st Class Garret Brunton (center), a member of HQ, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and Sgt. 1st Class Sesireehana Brunton (right), a member of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), listen as Capt. Jon Butler, battalion chaplain for the 725th BSB, delivers a sermon on the intricacies of marriage June 6, 2014, at the chapel in Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. The Bruntons, who originally married June 6 while serving together as drill sergeants, took time on the Longest Day to renew their wedding vows at the chapel, which is considered a sacred location by the Airborne community.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A model C-47 Dakota aircraft looms over the newly unveiled 9th Air Force memorial in Picauville, France, June 5. The memorial was dedicated during a ceremony in which Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division participated as members of Task Force Normandy 70.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division enjoy themselves at a banquet dinner June 5 at the local high school in Montebourg, France along with members of the German Army. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) enjoy themselves at a banquet dinner June 5 at the local high school in Montebourg, France. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stand in formation alongside members of the 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the U.S. Navy and paratroopers of the Germany army prior to the start of ceremony in Montebourg, France, June 5, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Junior high school students put on a play for the citizens of Montebourg, France, and members of Task Force Normandy 70 June 5 at a banquet dinner following a ceremony which commemorated the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division converse prior to the start of a D-Day ceremony in Picauville, France, June 5, while the local church commands the horizon in the background. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division share a laugh with a veteran member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, prior to the start of a ceremony in Picauville, France, June 5. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A member of the Liberty Jump Team descends onto Picauville, France, June 5, with a tandem jumper prior to the start of a ceremony while the C-47 Dakota they jumped from remains on station. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (left), stand in formation as they watch over a ceremony that took place June 5 in Montebourg, France, which commemorated the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Butler, battalion chaplain for the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), leads those in attendance at the June 5 ceremony in Picauville, France, in a brief prayer to kick off the event. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
An U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules conducts a treetop flyover June 5 during a ceremony commemorating the Troop Carrier squadrons of the 9th Air Force in Picauville, France. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A Soldier with the 4th Infantry Division color guard stands at attention during a ceremony June 5 in Montebourg, France, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were on hand to provide ceremonial support as a part of Task Force Normandy 70.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who was present during the D-Day landings 70 years ago is assisted to his seat during a ceremony June 5 in Picauville, France, to commemorate the Troop Carriers of the 9th Air Force. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Brig. Gen. J.T. Thomson, the 4th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support, looks on as citizens of the town of Montebourg, France, execute a ceremony June 5 to commemorate their town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who was present during D-Day operations 70 years ago is assisted to her seat during a ceremony June 5 in Picauville, France, to commemorate the Troop Carriers of the 9th Air Force. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A young French boy wears a period World War II uniform during a ceremony June 5 in Montebourg, France, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. A weeklong celebration, the anniversary of D-Day finds the local Norman citizenry, young and old alike, donning authentic World War II uniforms and driving fully restored American military vehicles to include everything from Jeeps to halftracks to Sherman tanks - all of which are street legal.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who flew with the Troop Carriers (C-47) during the war laughs with those around him following the conclusion of ceremony honoring the 9th Air Force in Picauville, France, June 5. Members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Town elders lead a formation of Paratroopers, Soldiers and Sailors on parade down the main street of Montebourg, France, June 5, following the conclusion of a ceremony to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stand in formation alongside members of the 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the U.S. Navy and paratroopers of the Germany army prior to the start of ceremony in Montebourg, France, June 5, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
JBER soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Sesireehana Brunton (left), a member of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), and Sgt. 1st Class Garret Brunton (right), a member of HQ, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, execute the traditional wedding kiss at the conclusion of their vow renewal ceremony June 6, 2014, at the chapel in Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. The Bruntons, who originally married on June 6 while serving together as drill sergeants, took time on the Longest Day to renew their wedding vows at the chapel, which is considered a sacred location by the airborne community. Twenty-five Alaska-based paratroopers were selected to augment Task Force Normandy 70, a special unit created for ceremonial support of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Sgt. 1st Class Garret Brunton (center), a member of HQ, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and Sgt. 1st Class Sesireehana Brunton (right), a member of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), listen as Capt. Jon Butler, battalion chaplain for the 725th BSB, delivers a sermon on the intricacies of marriage June 6, 2014, at the chapel in Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. The Bruntons, who originally married June 6 while serving together as drill sergeants, took time on the Longest Day to renew their wedding vows at the chapel, which is considered a sacred location by the Airborne community.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A model C-47 Dakota aircraft looms over the newly unveiled 9th Air Force memorial in Picauville, France, June 5. The memorial was dedicated during a ceremony in which Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division participated as members of Task Force Normandy 70.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division enjoy themselves at a banquet dinner June 5 at the local high school in Montebourg, France along with members of the German Army. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) enjoy themselves at a banquet dinner June 5 at the local high school in Montebourg, France. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stand in formation alongside members of the 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the U.S. Navy and paratroopers of the Germany army prior to the start of ceremony in Montebourg, France, June 5, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Junior high school students put on a play for the citizens of Montebourg, France, and members of Task Force Normandy 70 June 5 at a banquet dinner following a ceremony which commemorated the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division converse prior to the start of a D-Day ceremony in Picauville, France, June 5, while the local church commands the horizon in the background. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division share a laugh with a veteran member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, prior to the start of a ceremony in Picauville, France, June 5. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A member of the Liberty Jump Team descends onto Picauville, France, June 5, with a tandem jumper prior to the start of a ceremony while the C-47 Dakota they jumped from remains on station. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (left), stand in formation as they watch over a ceremony that took place June 5 in Montebourg, France, which commemorated the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Butler, battalion chaplain for the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne), leads those in attendance at the June 5 ceremony in Picauville, France, in a brief prayer to kick off the event. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
An U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules conducts a treetop flyover June 5 during a ceremony commemorating the Troop Carrier squadrons of the 9th Air Force in Picauville, France. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A Soldier with the 4th Infantry Division color guard stands at attention during a ceremony June 5 in Montebourg, France, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were on hand to provide ceremonial support as a part of Task Force Normandy 70.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who was present during the D-Day landings 70 years ago is assisted to his seat during a ceremony June 5 in Picauville, France, to commemorate the Troop Carriers of the 9th Air Force. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Brig. Gen. J.T. Thomson, the 4th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support, looks on as citizens of the town of Montebourg, France, execute a ceremony June 5 to commemorate their town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who was present during D-Day operations 70 years ago is assisted to her seat during a ceremony June 5 in Picauville, France, to commemorate the Troop Carriers of the 9th Air Force. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A young French boy wears a period World War II uniform during a ceremony June 5 in Montebourg, France, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. A weeklong celebration, the anniversary of D-Day finds the local Norman citizenry, young and old alike, donning authentic World War II uniforms and driving fully restored American military vehicles to include everything from Jeeps to halftracks to Sherman tanks - all of which are street legal.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
A World War II veteran who flew with the Troop Carriers (C-47) during the war laughs with those around him following the conclusion of ceremony honoring the 9th Air Force in Picauville, France, June 5. Members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Town elders lead a formation of Paratroopers, Soldiers and Sailors on parade down the main street of Montebourg, France, June 5, following the conclusion of a ceremony to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stand in formation alongside members of the 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the U.S. Navy and paratroopers of the Germany army prior to the start of ceremony in Montebourg, France, June 5, to commemorate the town's liberation by the 4th Infantry Division in June 1944. Paratroopers of the 4/25 IBCT (ABN) are in France as a part of Task Force Normandy 70 to assist with multiple ceremonies commemorating the historic event and honoring those who fought in it.
Maj. Adam Hallmark
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