Look at this badass soldier. In this beautiful picture, First Lt Drew Parks helps guide an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet through the gorgeous, star-speckled night sky of Kuwait as a part of Operation Spartan Shield.
Parks is a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC), meaning he helps things along in the air -- communications, air traffic, gun fire, attack plans and general support -- from the ground. It's hard work that requires a great deal of focus. And that amazing view makes his post all the more impressive.
Image: US Air Force/Staff Sgt Jonathan Snyder