19 photos that prove the US military has the best views from its offices

For members of the US military, deployed all over the world, day-to-day duties often come with hardship, but amid those challenges, they often find themselves in breathtaking surroundings.

Whether it’s mountain vistas, Arctic panoramas, and rolling steppe, US troops can easily claim that their working environments are among the most exotic in the world.

Below are some of the best US military photos showing the amazing land- and seascapes service members encounter every day.

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An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, flies past the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, July 14, 2014.
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Ensign Joseph Pfaff/US Navy

Jeremy Bender composed an earlier version of this article.


Lance Cpl. Chance Seckinger, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, rides a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during launch and recovery drills from the well deck of the USS Green Bay, on July 9, 2015.

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US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bekkala

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Evans repairs an antenna system during a replenishment at sea involving the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey, and the Military Sealift Command combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf, September 2, 2016.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard

Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker on January 23, 2015, on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

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USAF/Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, takes off at Jungwon Air Base, South Korea, during Buddy Wing 15-6 exercises on July 8, 2015.

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) transits the South China Sea.

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A US Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during a Composite Training Unit Exercise above San Clemente Island, California, on March 20, 2015.

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Members of the Mongolian armed forces, along with their US Marine and Alaska Army National Guard instructors, hike down a valley during the survival-training course portion of Khaan Quest 2014 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, on June 26, 2014.

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Sgt. Edward Eagerton/US Army

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) participate in a swim call.

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A C-130 Hercules flies over Izu Peninsula, Japan, on October 14, 2015. Performing regular in-flight operations gives all related personnel real-world experience to stay prepared for contingency situations and regular operations.

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USAF/Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker

Gunnery Sgt. Eddie Myers, a parachute-safety officer assigned to 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, jumps out of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during airborne-insertion training at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay on June 10, 2015.

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Lance Cpl. Zachery Johnson prepares to engage targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training above San Clemente Island, California, on February 28, 2015.

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National Guard and US Army Reserve soldiers, assigned to Kosovo Force Multinational Battle Group-East’s Task Force Hurricane, hike to the peak of Mount Ljuboten in southern Kosovo. Led by German members of MNBG-E’s headquarters, these soldiers earned Germany’s Edelweiss Badge by successfully completing the 8,000-foot trek, August 23, 2015.

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US Army/1st Lt. Krista Yaglowski

Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a high-altitude low-opening (HALO) jump during category 3 sustainment training in Louisburg, North Carolina, June 2, 2015.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/Released

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 367 sits on the ramp of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after completing a portion of a joint Downed Aircraft Recovery Team exercise aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, on July 30, 2015.

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US Army soldiers, assigned to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves,” transport equipment using snowshoes and ahkio sleds during an arctic-mobility squad competition in the Yukon Training Area, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

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US Army/1st Lt. James Gallagher

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, participates in an exercise off the coast of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 on July 14, 2014.

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Ensign Joseph Pfaff/US Navy

The crew of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton posted a sign reading “North Pole,” made by the crew, after surfacing in the polar-ice-cap region.

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US Navy/Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott

A naval air crewman assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9 jumps from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during simulated search-and-rescue operations, Norfolk, Virginia, October 22, 2012.

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US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR transiting Glacier Bay National Park on July 22, 2012, in southeast Alaska. The SPAR is a 225-foot buoy tender stationed in Kodiak, Alaska.

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