Who is DOD?

Ever notice that picture or video clip in the news where in the credits it says “DOD”? Ever wonder who “DOD” is?  DOD must be someone, someone had to be there. Someone had to get the shot. Someone had to tell the story.
Senior Master Sgt. Shane Cuomo is that someone.

As a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) photographer and U.S. combat camera instructor, Shane tells stories no one wants to hear: stories about war, hardship, loss, suffering.  So he looked for someone else to tell the story of his castle wedding in Tuscany with Mary, and he hired Italian Wedding Photographer Rosapaola Lucibelli for the job.  She was honored and a little apprehensive too, “it’s always hard covering another photographer’s wedding, you know their expectations will be sky high but Shane was really sweet and told me to just ‘do my thing’… commented Rosapaola.

A DOD Destination Wedding

Getting married at home seems like an understatement for those in the service who move around all their lives.  Shane also has Italian roots so while he and Mary kept their wedding small, it took place in a grand location in Tuscany:  Castello Vicchiomaggio

A symbolic handfasting ceremony was held in the castle Italian gardens overlooking vineyards and olive groves, then cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served outside so guests could enjoy the setting sun.  A multi-course dinner was set up in one of the castle ballrooms and the greenery that Shane’s bride Mary chose for the center runner on the dinner table let off a fresh Tuscan fragrance all night.

See the wedding photos on our Real Italian Weddings page here.

What you should know about DOD photography

Photo and broadcast journalists are trained to survive and operate, just like soldiers, only their job is to capture imagery, embedding with different units while deployed.  “We are the eyes and ears for commanders,” Shane said during an interview for an article on the USAF website. “Scorpion Lens ensures we remain a force multiplier, keeping up with our capability to support strategic, operational and planning requirements during wartime, crises, contingencies, joint exercises, and humanitarian operations worldwide.”

Photographs labelled ‘DOD’ are copyright free per the Principles of Information published by the Department of Defense.

Here are some samples of Shane’s work:

US Army (USA) Specialists (SPC) Pedro Palomino (left), from the 1-20 Mechanized Infantry attached to 1-4 Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, places his 5.56mm M16A2 rifle in a ready position to poses for a photograph with local Iraqis during his break while conduction operations in Ad Duluyiah, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (USAF PHOTO BY SSGT SHANE A. CUOMO 041102-F-2034C-021)

Senior Airman Adam Hardy waits to marshal a forklift to the back of his C-17 Globemaster III during an Operation Deep Freeze winter fly-in mission Aug. 25 at Pegasus White Ice Runway, Antarctica. A C-17 and 31 Airmen from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., conducted the annual winter fly-in augmentation of scientists, support staff, food and equipment for the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Airman Martin Rygula an Air Transportation Craftsman take time to write a letter April 18, 2003 at Tallil Air Base, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and bring an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo) (Released)

US Army (USA) Soldiers assigned to Charlie Troop, 1-4 Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division take a break from a combat security patrol on their M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicles (CFV), outside of Samarra, near Ad Dwr, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (USAF PHOTO BY SSGT SHANE A. CUOMO 041117-F-2034C-019)