DON’T MISS THESE MARINE PHOTOS! U.S. MARINE MATTHEW CALLAHAN SNAPS ONE OF THE BEST MILITARY INSTAGRAMS EVER

Training in Thailand.

Marine ‘Snaps’ Leg, Picks Up Photography, Shoots One Of The Most Fascinating Military Instagrams Ever

Geoffrey Ingersoll Jul. 4, 2013

Matthew

 
The change for U.S. Marine Matthew Callahan came when he “snapped” his leg.

 It was his first deployment to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. He was an “assaultman,” a Marine specialized in assaulting hardened positions.

He was sent to the Wounded Warrior Battalion to recover, where he picked up a camera and started On-The-Job Training (OJT) to be a combat correspondent.

“I feel being a former infantryman gives me a better perspective and will serve me well in telling the stories of Marines from the ground combat element especially. Civilians have a genuine interest in knowing about the ins and outs of Marine life and I have a genuine desire to tell them. It’s incredibly satisfying and a wicked good time,” Callahan told Business Insider.

He must be having fun, because in our opinion his Instagram feed — bridgingthegap__ — is one of the most fascinating in the military.

Snipers set up a snap firing position.

Snipers set up a snap firing position.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Watching friends rappel. Dirty as hell.

Watching friends rappel. Dirty as hell.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Yeah, they look happy.

Yeah, they look happy.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

The Marine Corps Cobra helicopter.

The Marine Corps Cobra helicopter.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Taking a break.

Taking a break.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Marines love rockets. Love firing them even more.

Marines love rockets. Love firing them even more.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

No replacement for the rifle though.

No replacement for the rifle though.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Good lord this guy looks tired.

Good lord this guy looks tired.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Yeah, uhhh, where do I sign up for this ride.

Yeah, uhhh, where do I sign up for this ride.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Eating strange things is part of the reason they call it “service.”

Eating strange things is part of the reason they call it "service."

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Snake can’t be all that bad, no?

Snake can't be all that bad, no?

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Again, happy faces all around.

Again, happy faces all around.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Ouch. Don’t want to be on the receiving end of a Marine Corps sniper.

Ouch. Don't want to be on the receiving end of a Marine Corps sniper.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Matthew’s favorite lens, Canon 24 – 70, 2.8. Arguably the workhorse of combat correspondents.

Matthew's favorite lens, Canon 24 - 70, 2.8. Arguably the workhorse of combat correspondents.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

0331 is the designation for Marine Corps machine gunners.

0331 is the designation for Marine Corps machine gunners.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

0351 is “assaultman.” Here the danger area behind a rocket is clearly visible.

0351 is "assaultman." Here the danger area behind a rocket is clearly visible.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Climbing up steep hills is also a thing Marines do.

Climbing up steep hills is also a thing Marines do.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

More rockets.

More rockets.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

A Marine Corps saying — there’s always room for one more.

A Marine Corps saying — there's always room for one more.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Looks like a vacation.

Looks like a vacation.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Amphibious: The Marine Corps prides itself on sea to surface operations.

Amphibious: The Marine Corps prides itself on sea to surface operations.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

There’s that smile we were looking for.

There's that smile we were looking for.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

More water.

More water.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

A lot more water.

A lot more water.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

How many more? At least one.

How many more? At least one.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Good for the skin.

Good for the skin.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Urban operations are also an emphasis of Marine light infantry.

Urban operations are also an emphasis of Marine light infantry.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Nothing like fire and smoke.

Nothing like fire and smoke.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Dude-cuddling is one of the military’s best kept secrets.

Dude-cuddling is one of the military's best kept secrets.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Don’t forget the never-ending battle against indigenous creepy crawlies.

Don't forget the never-ending battle against indigenous creepy crawlies.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

The Iwo Jima memorial.

The Iwo Jima memorial.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

More training.

More training.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

More happy faces.

More happy faces.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

These guys must have just started. This picture even smells clean.

These guys must have just started. This picture even smells clean.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

A view the enemy definitely doesn’t want to see.

A view the enemy definitely doesn't want to see.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Dials and meters glow in the dark.

Dials and meters glow in the dark.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

We call this a “moto tat” for motivational tattoo.

We call this a "moto tat" for motivational tattoo.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Marine F18 frozen in motion.

Marine F18 frozen in motion.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Balaclava to keep the dirt out of a Marine’s face.

Balaclava to keep the dirt out of a Marine's face.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

They even operate on the decks of ships.

They even operate on the decks of ships.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

And train foreign militaries.

And train foreign militaries.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Inside the cockpit, pilots take the coolest selfies.

Inside the cockpit, pilots take the coolest selfies.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

hand-to-hand combat training, of course.

hand-to-hand combat training, of course.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

It’s tradition to get to re-enlist under any condition the Marine wants. This Marine wanted to get gassed.

It's tradition to get to re-enlist under any condition the Marine wants. This Marine wanted to get gassed.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Amphibious assault vehicles that have been in service for decades.

Amphibious assault vehicles that have been in service for decades.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Someone obviously had a problem properly labeling his gear issue.

Someone obviously had a problem properly labeling his gear issue.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Sometimes small-arms aren’t very small.

Sometimes small-arms aren't very small.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

More international cross-training.

More international cross-training.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Happy faces.

Happy faces.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Battalion PT. Something every Marine dreads, running in formation, forced to call running cadence.

Battalion PT. Something every Marine dreads, running in formation, forced to call running cadence.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Morning, noon and night. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Morning, noon and night. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Pretty well-timed shot here.

Pretty well-timed shot here.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Sunny skies in Hawaii.

Sunny skies in Hawaii.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

No Marine likes to see folded flags.

No Marine likes to see folded flags.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Marines likely getting ready for hazmat training.

Marines likely getting ready for hazmat training.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Kicking doors.

Kicking doors.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Marines have several ways to cross gaps.

Marines have several ways to cross gaps.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Beneath barbed wire, chin deep in dirty water. Jungle training.

Beneath barbed wire, chin deep in dirty water. Jungle training.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Another portrait out of Jungle Warfare Training Center.

Another portrait out of Jungle Warfare Training Center.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Training in Thailand.

Training in Thailand.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Get some.

Get some.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Killin’it with those ROCKETS!

Killin'it with those ROCKETS!

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Kryptonite.

Kryptonite.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Another smile. Must be finished for the day.

Another smile. Must be finished for the day.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

On the ready line for the physical fitness test.

On the ready line for the physical fitness test.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

In the bamboo shoot. Mountain Warfare Training Center.

In the bamboo shoot. Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Marines doing live-fire rocket and small arms, earplugs necessary.

Marines doing live-fire rocket and small arms, earplugs necessary.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Rockets at sunset.

Rockets at sunset.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

A fellow Marine and one of Matthew’s best friends, Sam Pomodoro rocks it for Boston beneath his service Charlie shirt.

A fellow Marine and one of Matthew's best friends, Sam Pomodoro rocks it for Boston beneath his service Charlie shirt.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Infantry training Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Hawaii. Looks intense.

Infantry training Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Hawaii. Looks intense.

Matthew Callahan

bridgingthegap__

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marines-instagram-one-of-the-best-2013-7?op=1#ixzz2Y81pj1Nc

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