Marine ‘Snaps’ Leg, Picks Up Photography, Shoots One Of The Most Fascinating Military Instagrams Ever
Geoffrey Ingersoll Jul. 4, 2013
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.
Watching friends rappel. Dirty as hell.
Marines love rockets. Love firing them even more.
No replacement for the rifle though.
Good lord this guy looks tired.
Yeah, uhhh, where do I sign up for this ride.
Eating strange things is part of the reason they call it “service.”
Snake can’t be all that bad, no?
Again, happy faces all around.
Ouch. Don’t want to be on the receiving end of a Marine Corps sniper.
Matthew’s favorite lens, Canon 24 – 70, 2.8. Arguably the workhorse of combat correspondents.
0331 is the designation for Marine Corps machine gunners.
0351 is “assaultman.” Here the danger area behind a rocket is clearly visible.
Climbing up steep hills is also a thing Marines do.
A Marine Corps saying — there’s always room for one more.
Amphibious: The Marine Corps prides itself on sea to surface operations.
There’s that smile we were looking for.
How many more? At least one.
Urban operations are also an emphasis of Marine light infantry.
Nothing like fire and smoke.
Dude-cuddling is one of the military’s best kept secrets.
Don’t forget the never-ending battle against indigenous creepy crawlies.
These guys must have just started. This picture even smells clean.
A view the enemy definitely doesn’t want to see.
Dials and meters glow in the dark.
We call this a “moto tat” for motivational tattoo.
Marine F18 frozen in motion.
Balaclava to keep the dirt out of a Marine’s face.
They even operate on the decks of ships.
And train foreign militaries.
Inside the cockpit, pilots take the coolest selfies.
hand-to-hand combat training, of course.
It’s tradition to get to re-enlist under any condition the Marine wants. This Marine wanted to get gassed.
Amphibious assault vehicles that have been in service for decades.
Someone obviously had a problem properly labeling his gear issue.
Sometimes small-arms aren’t very small.
More international cross-training.
Battalion PT. Something every Marine dreads, running in formation, forced to call running cadence.
Morning, noon and night. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Pretty well-timed shot here.
No Marine likes to see folded flags.
Marines likely getting ready for hazmat training.
Marines have several ways to cross gaps.
Beneath barbed wire, chin deep in dirty water. Jungle training.
Another portrait out of Jungle Warfare Training Center.
Killin’it with those ROCKETS!
Another smile. Must be finished for the day.
On the ready line for the physical fitness test.
In the bamboo shoot. Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Marines doing live-fire rocket and small arms, earplugs necessary.
A fellow Marine and one of Matthew’s best friends, Sam Pomodoro rocks it for Boston beneath his service Charlie shirt.
Infantry training Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Hawaii. Looks intense.
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