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US Navy QuickShot/TFTT Training

U.S. military combat cameramen train in combat tactics

I often get asked, what I do for the U.S. Navy Reserves… I just reply with ” I take pictures.” However, after going through this training for the second time, I realize that there is more to my job. I initially started off as an active duty member training as a Naval Aircrewman and Search and Rescue swimmer. That training was cut short when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Savannah. I wasn’t allowed to finish SAR school, but still became an Aircrewman. This left me to rethink what I really wanted out of Navy career. I had initially joined to become a photographer, but was picked up for Aircrew at bootcamp. Now, pregnant, I had the opportunity to really focus on that skill. I started taking Advance Photography during my pregnancy at the local community college. I really began having an interest in documentary photography and it was then I decided that I wanted to be a combat photographer for the Navy. My journey getting there is a whole different story, but the short version was that, I started my OJT (on the job training) with Fleet Combat Camera Pacific. I took a year off after I had my daughter and went back as a reserve as a Mass Communication Specialist. I felt at home. Going back to my initial statement, “I take pictures,” I realize that yes, I take pictures, but I am a trained Combat cameraman, trained by the best of the best photographers I know.

The last two weeks I was able to experience for the second time around, this amazing training. I was able to build on my skills as a Mass Communication Specialist (Video and Photography) and my tactical firearms training. I had an amazing team leader and part of the best team anyone could ask for. Fleet Combat Camera Pacific’s Winter Quick Shot 2015 is a joint field training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, Calif. Quick Shot is a semi-annual exercise that improves combat camera Service members’ abilities to operate in a tactical environment. West Coast COMCAM hosts two Quick Shot exercises a year. Combat photographers come from all over the military to learn small arms combat tactics from Max Joseph and his Tactical Firearms Training Team.  with my grumpy, bitchy and lack of sleep, I was able to build on team skills and amazing training. I was blessed with new friends, build on old friendships and most importantly walk away with some battlescars! Below I have included some photographs that I took over the last two weeks.

Here is a video from Brett Cote, a very talented and amazing videographer. Check out his blog, he has great tutorials on video editing as well as some amazing videos. You can check out the link below to see some great photographs from the training from all of the Photographers. https://www.dvidshub.net/tags/image/fleet-combat-camera-pacific/page/1#.VPX5ryjy_HM

Thanks again everyone for all your help and the great learning experience. I even had a few images released and it was all because of the best team I had. Go team bravo!

#teamfour #teambravo aka #teambrown #tftt #quickshot #comcam #fccp #winterquickshot #nancycdibenedetto #dibenedettophotography

By diBenedetto Photography

At diBenedetto Photography, Nancy's extensive artistic experience allows her to bring together imagination, creativity and insight in such a way that creates compelling photography. The San Diego Photographers goal is to capture each unique event like no other photographer.

Whether the occasion is a glorious wedding, family portraits, a new born infant, or boudoir Nancy promises to bring your vision to life by creating an unforgettable event with the utmost attention to detail and professionalism, as one of the best San Diego Photographers.

"Show me what you strive to create and I will bring your vision to life." - Nancy C. diBenedetto

Nancy C. diBenedetto is the Principal Owner at diBenedetto Photography based out of San diego. As a 10 year veteran in the photography industry, Nancy captures her clients most important memories with a natural, documentary style all her own.

Her experience comes from military as a San Diego Navy combat digital photographer as well as working in the hospitality industry. She received her BA in Visual and Performing Arts from CSUSM and is pursuing an MFA at SDSU, in San Diego, California.

As a gifted photographer she can visually conceptualize an event. She is dedicated to helping others by capturing special memories during the most important moments of their lives.

diBenedetto Photography was born while Nancy was living in New Orleans and extended her photography skills to San Diego. Her love for the south helped develop her artistic sensibilities. Bringing a sense of southern hospitality to her work, Nancy's style is deeply personal and working with her is extremely comfortable.

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