• October 22, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

     Marines of artillery Battery A of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, including (right to left) LCpl. Christine Ruperto, Cpl. Angelique Preston and Pfc. Livier Vielehr, break for chow after camouflaging their trucks and howitzers.  The women in the unit have the MOS of field artillery cannoneer (0811), a job previously closed to female Marines.

  • farmerveteran:

    We are pleased to announce that Farmer Veteran has been selected to receive completion funding from the Independent Television Service(ITVS) through their Open Call initiative. This means that we now have the full financial support needed to complete the film and bring it to a national audience with a public television broadcast in 2016.

    There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but we are thrilled by this news and deeply grateful to all of you that have given your support, love and energy to bring this important story to light. We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the film and look forward to sharing it with each of you as we try to move the conversation forward and create real, lasting impact. 

    Thank You,

    The Farmer Veteran Team

    Look out public television, here we come. Thanks for all the support.

  • October 22, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

      LCpl. Philip Johnston stands in his burn resistant tank crew suit and hood. LCpl. Johnston is member of Bravo Company of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, which is one of the first tank companies to test the integration of women into the unit.

    Shot for the Wall Street Journal (story here)

  • LCpl. Jessica Monroy and LCpl. Eliyanna Heilig for the Wall Street Journal

    October 23, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

     LCpl. Jessica Monroy, center left, and LCpl. Eliyanna Heilig, center right, wait in the classroom before using the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer. The ISMT allows Marines to train on different weapons in various simulated combat scenarios before taking part in live fire exercises.

    Part of this story about the Marines testing the ability of women to engage in combat roles they were previously ineligible for.

    Happy Veteran’s Day.

  • Cpl. Allison DeVries and LCpl. Vicki Harris for the Wall Street Journal

    Cpl. Allison DeVries, age 21, left, and LCpl. Vicki Harris, age 20, are Marines in artillery Battery A of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. Cpl. DeVries graduated #1 out of 90 men and women in her artillery class, the first to admit women.


  • October 22, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

    Marine LCpl. Jessica Monroy takes aim with a M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during patrol training for the 3rd Platoon of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. 

    Monroy has volunteered to take part in a series of experiments that will assess the ability of male and female Marines to work together in combat roles. The results of the tests will determine whether the Marines will ask for exemptions to the 2013 order than said all ground combat positions must be opened to women.

    I spent three days at Camp LeJeune for the Wall Street Journal photographing training for several of the previously male only combat roles that may be opened to women in the coming year. Find the full slide show here and if you are a subscriber, read Michael Phillips’ story, its a good one.

  • 25 years ago tomorrow, the Berlin Wall started to come down.My Dad got me this piece when i was a kid, in some way completing the circle of a tragic history on his side of our family. It is still one of my favorite things.

  • The Syngenta Advanced Crop Lab for WIRED

    An acre under glass, where each grow room, and row within that room, can be individually controlled to test how plants will react, and grow, under varying environmental situations. Pretty damn cool.


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