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Mesmerizing halo effect caused by blades of landing combat helicopters named in honor of two fallen soldiers


27 July 2013

  • The Kopp-Etchells Effect was named in honor of two soldiers - one British and one American - who were killed in Afghanistan in 2009
  • The dazzling photos were taken by a photojournalist who covered the war, and who decided to start calling the halos the Kopp-Etchells Effect
  • When the two soldiers died, they were just 21 and 22 years old.

By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 22:32 EST, 26 July 2013  | UPDATED: 23:56 EST, 26 July 2013

Until recently, the dazzling visual effect caused by helicopter blades hitting sand and dust - and creating mesmerizing halos described as 'one of the most beautiful things you'll ever see in a war zone - had no specific name; observers would simply marvel at the breathtaking sight without an understanding of what was causing it - or what to call it.

Now, however - to honor the memories of two soldiers killed in the war in Afghanistan - the physics that create these types of breathtaking halos has a name: The Kopp-Etchells Effect.

The effect is named for U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp and British soldier Joseph Etchells, and was given its title by a photojournalist Michael Yon - who was covering the war and captured the effect in dozens of photos - as a way to honor the fallen soldiers.

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Special Report: How the Pentagon's payroll quagmire traps America's soldiers

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17 July 2013

By Scot J. Paltrow and Kelly Carr

EL PASO, Texas | Tue Jul 9, 2013 6:11pm EDT

(Reuters) - As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan - enemies he had already encountered with distinguished bravery.

This time, he was up against the U.S. Defense Department.

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Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt


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July 3, 2013

Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people.  The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law.  Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

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Combat Tracking IX

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02 July 2013


Combat Tracking IX, modern Combat Tracking for the 21st Century.

02-13 September 2013

We are now taking bookings for our next Combat Tracking IX Class. This Class is crucial training for all Military (Conventional and SoF), Law Enforcement, Border Patrol and Anti Poaching Units. and will be delivered at our exclusive New Mexico (USA) training site, accommodation and food provided.

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