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All Marines have a specific role for which they are optimally trained in support of the overall mission.  And while each role comes with different responsibilities, the end results are accomplishing the mission.

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See the largest offensive campaign of the war in Afghanistan, filmed on the front lines by the Marines fighting on them.

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With the most advanced and armored vehicles in the military, Marines can take on any terrain and any mission imaginable. From 70-ton M1A1s to blast-resistant MRAPs, see why Marines call their tanks the beast of the battlefield.

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    2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion Conducts Ship-To-Shore Exercise - News

    An AMTRAC (Amphibious Tractor) is an amphibious assault vehicle used to provide the necessary transportation of troops from land to sea, and vice versa. Not only do AAV operators bring Marines where they need to go, but they can also fight alongside their brothers-in-arms.

     
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    Marines Train in Amphibious Assault - News

    Amphibious assault and movement to contact training was conducted by Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, on Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 9, 2015.

     
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    Future Marine Officers Get a Taste of OCS - News

    More than 160 officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County traveled to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton April 10 for a three-day training event to prepare for Officer Candidates School.
     

     
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    From Foster Homes to Marine Corps Family, Newark Native's Future Looks Bright - News

    Whether it was moving foster home to foster home, living out of his car, leaving college after one year, or deciding to join the United States Marine Corps, one thing is for sure; PFC Michael D. Dickens has more life experience than most 19-year-olds.

     
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    VMM-163 Commanding Officer Goes Out With Large Scale Training Op - News

    Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds.

     
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    U.S. Marines Train Tanzanians In Fight Against Trafficking - News

    More than 40 Tanzanian park rangers graduated from a counter illicit-trafficking course on the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 27, 2015.

     
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    2nd Recon Takes Leap - News

    Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Bn. conducted their monthly airborne military free-fall and double-bag static line jumps at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 31 through April 2, 2015.

     
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    MARSOC Marine to Receive Navy Cross - News

    GySgt Brian C. Jacklin, a critical skills operator with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, will be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

     
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    Republic of Korea, U.S. Marines Coordinate Fire During Exercise - News

    U.S. Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company completed integrated fire support coordination and close air support training with Republic of Korea Marines March 23-28 at Susungri Range and Pilsung Range in South Korea.

     
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    What I've Learned: Ra'Anna L. Gordon - News

    LCpl Ra'Anna L.Gordon shares what she's learned through Marine Corps service. Gordon has participated in various sports since the age of 12. She attributes her involvement in sports to setting her up for the Marine Corps. 

     
  • Marines, this week is your last chance to sign up for MCI courses. Courses will transition to MarineNet later this year. Read More in MARADMIN 209/15: http://go.usa.gov/3BbXB

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines storm beaches of the Pacific during Exercise Balikatan 2015. Exercise Balikatan is an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military.

    Perfect Spot for a Nap — — — Lance Cpl. Curtis E. Sledge, a machine gunner assigned to Weapons Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, relaxes on a rock wall prior to participating in a night raid aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows , April 17, 2015. The training was in preparation for Operation Lava Viper. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

    What began as a stealthy advance through the trees turned into a barrage of copper, lead and brass as machine guns found their targets. When the machine-gun fire ceased, rifles opened up while teams of Marines bounded forward to their objective.Marines,

    Light Armored Reconnaissance Marines push through the trees and assault their objective during live-fire training at Camp Lejeune. “LAR rarely has time to completely plan an attack due to our reconnaissance mission. We end up having to make up things on the fly as we move forward with whatever we’ve been tasked to do.” — 1st Lt. Bryan Mellon, platoon commander

    Pair of Aces — — — Naval aviators with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 fly above Eastern North Carolina inside of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter’s during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

    Portuguese and U.S. Marines recently exchanged crisis response tactics during an exercise here that could be used to protect other NATO countries.Approximately 60 U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa joined,

    Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa and Portuguese Fuzileiros strengthen their NATO partnership and familiarize each other with weapons and tactics. “We’re going to need you guys, as you will probably need us, one day. We are all NATO, so we have to help each other.” — 2nd Sgt. Nunoel Faustino, assaultman with the Fuzileiros

    Danger Zone — — — A naval aviator with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 flies above North Carolina during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. The nearly 33,000 pound aircraft is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing, enabling the Marine Corps to expand its expeditionary force projection capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

    “My AMTRAC and I are the defenders of our country. We are the masters of gunnery. We are the saviors from the ocean.” Marines from 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division know these lines well because it comes from their AMTRAC creed.An AMTRAC,

    Amphibious Assault Vehicles transport Marines from ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship and even join in the fight. “I transport troops, I’m able to shoot, move and communicate, and I take the fight closer than what other people can.” — Lance Cpl. Jorge De Jesus, AAV operator

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Pfc. Casey Scarpulla. She captured a photo of a Harrier pilot reuniting with his wife after a six-month deployment. Capt. Devin Taylor, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 211, returns home from a six-month deployment to his wife at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

    In this episode, lock and load with Staff Sgt. Tim Cunningham as you tag along with one the most high-speed units in the Marine Corps - Force Recon. #usetheforce

    Applying Force Check out the Force Recon Marines in action in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Marines who report a criminal offense – including sexual assault – deserve respect. If you see or experience any form of retaliation, which is prohibited by SECNAVINST 5370.7D, contact your SARC, your UVA, the IG, or someone in your chain of command. In addition, Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.

    It's Hump Day, and We're Thrilled — — — U.S. Marine Corps officers assigned to Company A, The Basic School (TBS), listen in on a confirmation brief for "The War" field training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 16, 2015. "The War" was the final field exercise that all the officers participated in before their graduation from TBS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/ Released)

    This is what Chesty had to say about the "Old Corps, New Corps" nonsense — end of debate.

    Marines have landed! Today, infantry Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment stormed the beaches of the Philippines during an amphibious landing as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Exercise Balikatan is an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military and kicked off yesterday. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3ZZTT (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Matthew Bragg/Released)

    Dust in the Wind — — — Marines assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division brace themselves against rotor wash from a CH-53E Super Stallion during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 2-15 at Del Valle Park, Twentynine Palms, California, April 17, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves/Released)

    During the light of day and the cover of darkness, Marines with 2nd Platoon, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force conducted close-quarters combat tactics training at range K-501A aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 14-15,,

    Force Recon Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force sharpen their close quarters combat tactics during day and night live-fire drills. “The Marines will be ready to go in a live-shoot house or onto a vessel with the confidence that they can shoot, move and communicate successfully in a combat environment.” — Capt. Tebias Mason, platoon commander

    Out of the Woodwork — — — A U.S. Marine with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to clear the roof of a building during an urban assault course at Fort Pickett, Virginia, April 14, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)

    Monday got you down? Give us 25 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Team work makes the dream work. Marines with Special Purpose MAGTF-CR-AF train with Portuguese Marines in an assault training exercise.

    Presidential Pilots HMX-1 is the Presidential support squadron based at Quantico, Virginia. Only Marine Corps Officers with strict security clearances may apply to fly with HMX-1. Full video: http://ow.ly/LK24Q

    Maybe He's Born With it, Maybe He's A Marine — — — Lance Cpl. Patrick Defile applies camouflage during an exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, California, April 10, 2015. Defile is a scout with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines of the 1st LAR Det train in harsh environments to hone their skills and improve combat effectiveness as a unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

    Reconnaissance and surveillance patrols are one of a few crucial missions reconnaissance Marines are assigned. They typically involve a clandestine insertion, movement under darkness, surveillance from concealed positions, and an expeditious extraction,

    Recon Marines brave the elements to conduct a 48-hour patrol during a 10-day combat readiness evaluation aboard Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. “The best way to get intelligence is to get eyes on the ground. So recon teams go out and their job is to build a situational awareness for the commander that owns the battle space." — 1st Lt. Patrick O’Mara, platoon commander

    Honey, I'm Home — — — Capt. Devin Taylor, an AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 211, returns home from a six-month deployment to his wife at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Casey Scarpulla/Released)

    Searching and sniffing for anything suspicious, military working dog teams provide a unique layer of security for Marines while forward deployed, operating alongside as their handlers clear patrol routes and conduct vehicle searches on the front,

    Military working dogs and their handlers with 1st Marine Division sniff out danger during exercise Desert Scimitar 15. “I need to know that when I send my dog to a certain location, not only will he go there, but he will stay there." — Cpl. Gerard V. Scparta, military policeman

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Cpl. Todd F. Michalek. He captured this photo of a field radio operator communicating with the USS New York off the shore of Djibouti, March 27, 2015. Lance Corporal Seth Taylor, a field radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th MEU, communicates over radio with Marines on the USS New York as a Landing Craft Air Cushion transports Marines and equipment assigned to CLB 24 ashore, Djibouti, March 27, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines went ashore in Djibouti to conduct scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of operations.

    Amphibious assault and movement to contact training was conducted by Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, on Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 9, 2015.The Marines used ten Assault Amphibious Vehicles, operated by,

    Marines go from shore to ship and back again during amphibious assault training. “If we are ever in the scenario where we need to do an operation similar to this then the skills are a good asset to have.” — Cpl. Kyle N. Boeck, machine gunner

    Get your knife-hands ready, it's National High Five Day!

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This episode of the Corps Report includes a MARSOC Marine being awarded the Navy Cross, Exercise Balikatan kicks off, and Civil Affairs Marines head to Belize. Link to full video: http://ow.ly/LF69a

    Marine veteran, survivor of the 1983 Beirut bombing and a New York firefighter said this for the 225th Marine Corps birthday in 2000. He was later killed while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at Tower 2 of the World Trade Center.

    Safe Helpline provides sexual harrassment, rape and assault help alongside a SARC search to members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.

    April is both Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. If you have experienced unwanted sexual contact – whether you were drinking or not – talking to someone may help. The DoD Safe Helpline (https://www.safehelpline.org/) can provide secure and confidential support. Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Substance Abuse Program (SAP) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.

    The Doc with a Glock: In this episode, we take a behind the scenes look at the highly trained corpsmen who serve in the recon community - the Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC).

    "To me, a SARC is someone who puts in time and effort, on top of his heart and soul, in to his job for the sole purpose of taking care of your Marines." — HM2 Matt Carlson, Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman Be high-speed, low-drag alongside a SARC in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

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    On this day 11 years ago, Cpl. Jason Lee Dunham saved the lives of at least two other Marines when he shielded them from a grenade by covering it with his helmet and body. He was the first and only Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He died of his wounds eight days later at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 22. Semper Fidelis, Marine. Read his story:

    Smoke poured out of the front doors of St. Elizabeth’s East hospital, Washington, D.C. Marines and corpsmen with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force took over the grounds and cleared the four-story building, room by room.The force was responding to,

    Marines and corpsmen with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force respond to a simulated attack during Exercise Silent Ghost. “Each section figures out exactly what they have to do to work seamlessly together to start effectively and quickly pulling victims out and getting the situation under control.” — Lance Cpl. Levi Schalot, CBIRF Marine

    Monday got you down? Give us 30 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines showcase the lethal combination of hueys and howitzers.

    Blue Sky Bullseye — — — Scout snipers fire down range at Range 10 aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2015. Marines improve their sniper proficiency by utilizing the base's natural resources to execute their training exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Temblador/Released)

    Yeah Bro, Park Your LCAC Anywhere — — — Lance Corporal Seth Taylor, a field radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th MEU, communicates over radio with Marines on the USS New York as a Landing Craft Air Cushion transports Marines and equipment assigned to CLB 24 ashore, Djibouti, March 27, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines went ashore in Djibouti to conduct scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek/Released)

    Marines with a scout sniper platoon take aim from elevated positions and learn the challenges elevation brings. “Getting correct formulas is absolutely critical. If they don’t know how to do this, (they are ineffective shooters).” — 1st Lt. Jeff Diprimio, scout sniper platoon commander Full story: http://go.usa.gov/3DwJj

    Six Stallions on a Hill — — — Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, participate in a heavy helo raid during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 at K-9 Village, Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 8, 2015. The exercise is part of a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Starlite. We're looking for veterans of the operation to feature in an anniversary video. Did you serve, or do you know someone who served in Starlite? Please direct message our page with your story.

    Welcome to the Gear Locker. Each month, we'll share key stats for gear that enables Marines to reach out and touch someone. This month's highlighted weapon of choice is the M32 multiple grenade launcher.

    An urban training town at Camp Pendleton, California, was tranquil during the afternoon of April 1, 2015. Targets were spread across the town to simulate enemy insurgents, but they remained in position without harassment. Only small gusts of wind were,

    Recon Marines make quick work of this urban training town before they deploy in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. "So we go in, find a high-value individual, high-value target, or sensitive materials, and head out.” — Gunnery Sgt. David Kahill, platoon sergeant

    You voted and this week's Corps top shot comes from Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves. He captured this photo of officers preparing to conduct a fast rope exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 27, 2015. U.S. Marines attending the infantry officer course prepare to conduct a fast rope exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

    Earlier today, Gunnery Sgt. Brian C. Jacklin was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward critical skills operator orchestrated a counterattack after his unit began taking heavy enemy fire. The MARSOC Raider prosecuted direct, indirect and aviation fires on the enemy while coordinating evacuation of the casualties. While securing a landing zone, he remained in the open and rained M203 grenades on the enemy until the aircraft could land and evacuate the wounded. He voluntarily stayed behind, and provided vital intelligence, tactical assistance and deadly accurate personal fires during a raging battle all the next day. Give one to the Gunny, Ooh-rah!

    #OTD in 1942, Filipino and American POWs began a forced 60-mile march during WWII, now known as the Bataan Death March. Marines took to the desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to honor the service members who lost their lives during the march in 1942. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3bQYw "My lower body ached and all I could think about was, 'What if I had to march knowing I may never see my loved ones again, like the prisoners, who walked the 60 miles urged on by the Japanese Imperial Army?" — Sgt. Justin Boling's experience from the Bataan Memorial Death March.

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Starlite — the first major offensive operation by a purely American unit during the Vietnam War. We're looking for veterans of the operation to feature in an anniversary video. Did you serve, or do you know someone who served in Starlite? Please direct message our page with your story.

    America's deadliest sniper, Chris Kyle, had this to say after fighting alongside Marines. Marines never fail to impress.

    Sexual assault affects both men and women. If you have questions about an unwanted sexual experience, contact the DoD Safe Helpline: https://www.safehelpline.org/ The Safe Helpline has no connection to your base or chain of command. You can also contact your Uniformed Victim Advocate. Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) experts are on hand now to respond to your questions and comments below.

    Top Off the Humvee While You're At It — — — A CH-53E Super Stallion conducts an aerial refuel while executing an external lift near Yuma, Ariz., April 3, 2015. The exercise was part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15. The goal of the exercise was to provide standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assist in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jorge A. Dimmer/ Released)