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Check out just a couple photos I uploaded. I have more on my website. One of my graphic designers asked that I shoot her wedding and well what better gift could I really give her? I have always talked a lot of smack to wedding photographers saying its not a real photography job. I didn't mind it so much but it's definitely not something I will do often (money of course would change my mind). It was great I could do it for her though! Check them out and check even more out on my website

Me shooting one of the photos

Me and the bride and groom!
But hey I took some interesting photos of myself. Fun what you can do with two 580EXII's mounted with softboxes against a green wall in your parents house while you're vacationing! Again check out my website to see work that is not on here because I am too lazy to update a big back log of work.
Okay, I my last journal update said I was in the Philippines.. Well I have returned, went to Thailand and went back to the Philippines and returned since then hah! I don't really update this anymore since I made my own webpage so I really want to have people check out my site. Please go to !
I'll update again with a flashier entry for links and what not.
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Deployed to the Philippines!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 24, 2011, 1:30 AM
Hey everyone! Sorry i never update on here. Life has been pretty hectic since I returned from Afghanistan last Feb. I appreciate all the love I got while I was deployed and well it looks like I have found myself on a deployment again! I am currently with the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines as part of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines. I'm based out of Zamboanga City. I travel all over though. I will try and upload as much as I can. It won't be anything as cool as my Afghanistan deployment but still lot's of things I have never experience! I'll be giving a lot of photography classes to people who work at the embassy and to Philippine military troops. Keep checking up I'll be uploading again real soon.

Here are some photos of me while I was doing a shoot on a Mark V Special Operations Craft (badass speed boat)

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Journal Entry: Sun May 29, 2011, 7:19 PM
Finally decided to make a quick website! Everyone check it out!

Matthew Troyer | Create Your Badge


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UPDATE! I'm out of Afghanistan!

Journal Entry: Tue May 24, 2011, 7:53 AM
I know I have slacked hard on updating my DeviantART page. I just wanted to let everyone know that I made it out of Afghanistan! I got back Feb. 17, 2011. Currently I am moving to Hawaii to a new duty station. Expect a lot of new photos once I move there. Not a whole lot to upload now that is anything real good. Since I have been back I've been managing photographers and sending them on shoots haha. I am also working on a real website to post my portfolio. So i'll post that when it is up!

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Navy Corpsman teach Afghan Soldiers

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 10, 2010, 7:17 AM
U.S. Navy Corpman attached to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment instruct Afghanistan National Army Soldiers in the Combat Lifesaver (CLS) course.

Doctor Artist by MattDestroyer Afghan Army Learns from Doc by MattDestroyer Navy teaches Afghan soldiers by MattDestroyer
Rescue Breathing training ANA by MattDestroyer Diaphram model Navy Corpsman by MattDestroyer
Look, listen, feel by MattDestroyer Navy Corpsman teaches Afghans by MattDestroyer Injured Afghan Solider carried by MattDestroyer

A Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is non-medic Marine/Soldier/Sailor with moderate emergency medical training to provide care at the point of wounding. Combat Lifesaver skills are intended for use in combat; however, the skills may be applied to military members in non-combat situations. The Combat Lifesaver is instructed in various techniques to treat and stabilize injuries related to combat. To include, but not limited to, blast injury, amputation, severe bleeding, penetrating chest injuries, simple airway management, and evacuation techniques. The Combat Lifesaver doctrine was developed as an effort to increase survivability in combat environments where the Corpsman may not be readily available. The Combat Lifesaver is a bridge between self aid or buddy aid, and the Corpsman.

*Random fact: I'm CLS qualified*

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Traveling Across the World

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 27, 2010, 6:42 AM
I have quite a bit of money in my savings and I have decided to plan a trip for myself to travel around the world. Mostly the European countries. I can hit a lot on the Eurorail. I have always wanted to travel and I think I had best do it while I can and while I am young so i can have some carefree fun! I'm not sure if I will be doing this when I get back from Afghanistan or if I will wait till 2013 (probly 2013 sadly) but I'm already planning for it! I'd like to take suggesting on countries and specific places within countries that you all think would make for an awesome trip! I wouldnt mind meeting up with friends from DA as well! Do a photoshoot or just hangout. So give me some feedback!

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Kajaki, Afghanistan

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 17, 2010, 12:31 PM
I have returned from my two and a half week trip to Kajaki, Afghanistan. A bit about the area I was at...Surrounded by enemy forces, the Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, work to keep the Kajaki Dam secure. The Kajaki Dam, built in 1953 by the U.S. government, is one of two major hydroelectric power dams in the Helmand province. The 320-foot-high and 887-foot-wide dam is a vital piece of terrain to millions of Afghans. Securing this vital piece of terrain is crucial to providing electricity to nearly a million Afghan homes, while irrigating more than 600,000 acres of otherwise arid land, but the road has not come without a price. Many Marines here have been shot at, or encountered improvised explosive devises, but they drive on. I got to patrol with the Marines of India Battery 3/12 and share in the fight. I have obviously returned back to my home base unharmed.
Machine gunner by MattDestroyer Jump out by MattDestroyer :thumb179562366:
Scanning by MattDestroyer Overwatch by MattDestroyer Marines taking fire by MattDestroyer
Marines taking cover by MattDestroyer SASR Barrett 50cal by MattDestroyer US Navy Corpsman overwatch by MattDestroyer
Turbin Child by MattDestroyer :thumb179562366: Kneeling patrol by MattDestroyer
Afghani Child eating candy by MattDestroyer Smoke by MattDestroyer

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Combat Fitness Test

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 27, 2010, 4:41 AM
The Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is intended to keep Marines ready for the physical rigors of contemporary combat operations. Individual readiness will be measured by requiring Marines in battle dress uniform to sprint a timed 880 yards, lift a 30-pound ammunition can overhead from shoulder height repeatedly for two minutes, and perform a maneuver-under-fire event, which is a timed 300-yard shuttle run in which Marines are paired up by size and perform a series of combat-related tasks. I documented Marines from Regimental Combat Team 2 performing the CFT in Afghanistan. (and yes even though I'm a photographer I am a Marine first and I am required to do the same test haha)

High Crawl by MattDestroyer High Crawling by MattDestroyer Low Crawl by MattDestroyer
Fireman carry by MattDestroyer Ammo Can Pushups by MattDestroyer Sprint by MattDestroyer
Ammo Can Lift by MattDestroyer Deep burn by MattDestroyer Go Crawl by MattDestroyer
Buddy Drag by MattDestroyer ready... set.... by MattDestroyer Ammo can UP by MattDestroyer

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Off to Kajaki! Okinawa, Japan in my future?

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 25, 2010, 12:05 AM
Well it looks like I've finally got a real mission again! It has been too long. I'll be heading off to Kajaki, Afghanistan for a couple weeks! Due to operational security I cannot say when I'm leaving but it is soon. Kajaki is a village in southern Afghanistan. It is the district centre of Kajaki District in Helmand Province. Near the village is an important hydro power station for electricity and irrigation projects, the Kajaki Dam. I'll be documenting combat operations (foot mobile/vechicled mounted patrols, construction, whatever else). I'm not sure how dangerous it is around there i'll get that brief soon but well it's Afghanistan haha! I'll  be fine though don't worry. There will be lot's of great photos being uploaded once I get back though!

Today I also sent an email to my job field monitor who determines where in the Marine Corps we go to get stationed. I have requestd Okinawa, Japan.. I still have about 5 1/2 months in Afghanistan though. We'll see what happens!

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Daily Deviation

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 11, 2010, 9:57 AM
I'm currently at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. It's the largest Marine Corps base in the country. I took a convoy out here a few days ago to participate in Corporals Course (a course for Corporals the fourth enlisted rank in the Marine Corps). We are here to help develop leadership skills, refine combat skills, practice drill, and many many other things. I won't be uploading imagery for another week. Tonight however I logged on to see nearly 300 feedback messages having absolutely NO CLUE why! I come to find out one of my photographs was awarded to be one of the daily deviations!

100711-M-7145T-182 by MattDestroyer

In the past 3 weeks since I have joined deviantart I wasnt sure how well people would take to my type of photography but I've gotten a great amount of comments, views, and support from you all! I just want to say thank you to everyone who has comment, added to favorite, and watched me! I will do my best to update and stay in contact with you! With this current burst of feedback I won't be able to thank you all personally but two names I really want to throw out here and say thanks is to Blademaster16 for suggesting my photo be a DD and for Timothy-Sim for featuring! Again i really appreciate all the support! OORAH! I'll get back to uploading as soon as this course is done!

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Wild Child Graphix

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 6, 2010, 12:27 AM
Featuring artwork from my boss out here in Afghanistan! Staff Sergeant Michael D. Brockelman!
Mike Brockelman has been in the Marine Corps going on 11 years now starting off as a Reproduction Specialist. Shortly after he changed his job to Combat Illustrator learning the finer points of illustration on paper and post processing on computer. Eventually the Marine Corps did away with the Combat Illustrator job field and moved everyone in it to Reproduction (his original job). He has also served as a Marine Corps Recruiter and is now the Combat Camera Chief of Regimental Combat Team 2 in Afghanistan. Mike is 30 years YOUNG and is married with 3 kids. He hails from Boston, Massachusetts. He specializes in portraiture drawings but is not limited to. Here is some of his work!

CLICK HERE to visit his page!

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News Worthy Photograph!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 4, 2010, 9:22 AM
Turns out one of my photographs has been picked up and will be on a few different news sites, facebook, and whatever else!
U.S. Sailor lends a hand by MattDestroyer
Navy Lt. Jessica Kazer, an Intensive Care Unit nurse, provides continuous
medical care to two local Afghans while awaiting a casualty evacuation at
Camp Delaram II, July 28. Kazer and a team of surgeons, nurses and various
technicians rallied to medical attention for a number of Afghan civilians
who were struck by an improvised explosive device while on a bus in Delaram,
Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Troyer)

Here is the email me and my boss got from the big boss man
"Gentlemen, There's been a lot to do today about the attached image--want to make sure
everyone was in the loop and aware. It has been pushed to IJC for
exploitation and will appear in Saturday's CUA as well as postings to the
IJC webpage, Facebook and to other external media outlets.  Trying to keep
the cowbell ringing. S/F Capt Lollar"

Pretty awesome stuff! You can just google CPL "MATTHEW TROYER" and see what sites I'm on.

I think I should be featured on DA. I mean my pictures are on the news. Maybe it's just a personal opinion ;] But regardless pretty awesome for me!

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Fallen Warrior: RIP SSgt Justus Bartelt

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 2, 2010, 11:34 AM
RIP SSgt. Justus Bartelt by MattDestroyer
SSgt. Justus Bartelt was on patrol with 40th Commando British Royal Marines in Sangin, Afghanistan 1 week ago. He stepped on a land mine which led to his death shortly after. SSgt Bartelt was an 0311, a Grunt. A Marine Corps Rifleman. The Main fighting force of the Marine Corps, of our country. He was a great funny guy from my section. Biggest smartass in the world. He could make anyone laugh no matter how professional you thought you were at work. He went out exactly how he would have wanted to fighting the enemy. You will be missed by many SSgt. I remember my first time outside the wire (in bad guy territory) you had said "don't worry just stick to me like glue. I got you". You were serious and had your game face on showing just how much you really did take your job serious. Rest in peace warrior.

Saluting Marine by MattDestroyer Fallen Marines Monument by MattDestroyer
Commanders voice by MattDestroyer Marine Rifle Bearers by MattDestroyer Gun Salute for a Fallen Marine by MattDestroyer   Saluting a fallen Marine by MattDestroyer
Paying final respects by MattDestroyer Let us pray by MattDestroyer

Just wanted to say thanks to Tao Yingarrani for the icon for my profile!
ICON FOR MATTHEW by Tao-Yingarrani

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Shock Trauma Platoon!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 29, 2010, 6:09 AM
July 28, 2010 outside Delaram Afghanistan a bus of local Afghan civilians was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (roadside bomb). Many people were not able to be treated at a nearby local hospital and were then transferred to Forward Operating Base Delaram II to the Shock Trauma Platoon to recieve medical attention. I was called to document the Marines,Sailors, and British helping these civilian casualties. Marines were called from all over the base to donate blood to help these civilians. There were a total of 20 Marines who gave blood that day to save these civilian casualties that were blown up by their own people. I left out a lot of photos because of their graphic nature. But please check out the photos from the event!
U.S. Sailor lends a hand by MattDestroyer 100728-M-7145T-267 by MattDestroyer 100728-M-7145T-107 by MattDestroyer Help has arrived by MattDestroyer MEDEVAC by MattDestroyer 100728-M-7145T-233 by MattDestroyer

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God Save the Queen!

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 25, 2010, 5:23 AM
Currently heading out to the #1 most dangerous place in all of Afghanistan which is a place called Sangin. I will be attached to 40th Commando British Royal Marines. I guess I have to serve the Queen in order to serve the U.S.! I will post picture in about 2 weeks. I also have some backdating to do on my journal just to show some of the things I've done here meeting Ollie North the FOX NEWS reporter, and Toby Keith. Just a few things. I may start a blog too or just use this to keep people up to date. I may even throw a picture of myself up on here soon. Keep checking for updates!

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