Tomadachi Relief ExerciseAn MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies to a casualty evacuation drill Nov. 8 during Tomodachi relief exercise 15.2 near Izu Oshima Island, Tokyo Metropolis Prefecture, Japan. TREX 15.2 is an annual, bilateral training exercise that simulates humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in the Asia-Pacific region while forging a stronger U.S. and Japanese alliance. The exercise also included an HADR training mission, an in-flight demonstration for the Japanese Minister of Defense and additional Japanese politicians, and a static display and press conference for the Japanese media. Photo by LCpl Matt Myers.
PhotoLibrary-FightFires_112514_image1_180x102Aircraft rescue and firefighting Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., extinguish fires on a mobile aircraft firefighting training device as a demonstration for aviation ground support (AGS) students of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-15 on MCAS Yuma's flight line. The demonstration acquainted the AGS students, who come from a variety of technical backgrounds and military occupational specialties, with the flight line's terminology, markings and resident services. Photo by Cpl James Marchetti.
PhotoLibrary-DoubleTime_112414_image1_180x102Marines, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain training during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. Photo by LCpl Cedric R. Haller.
PhotoLibrary-BoldAlligator_112114_image1_180x102U.S. Marines Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Lopez, an intelligence specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, listens to a radio message during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission part of Exercise Bold Alligator on Atlantic Airfield, N.C. Photo by LCpl Jodson B. Graves.
PhotoLibrary-Djibouti_112014_image1_180x102U.S. Marine machine gunners with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide precision fires during a live-fire and maneuver exercise as part of sustainment training at D'Arta Plage, Djibouti. Photo by GySgt Rome M. Lazarus.
PhotoLibrary-Pull_111914_image1_180x102Marines with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, conduct a direct fire exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2014. The training re-established specific close-quarters firing skills with the Marines, ensuring successful future combat operations. Photo by Cpl Jonathan Boynes.
PhotoLibrary-LightBright_111814_image1_180x102LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles from Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire on fixed targets as part of a combined arms engagement range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti. Photo by Cpl Jonathan R. Waldman.
Golf Company Initial Drill InspectionSgt Silvio Castaneda, a drill instructor with Platoon 2089, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, steps forward to assess his platoon during an initial drill evaluation Sept. 29, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drillmasters, experts on the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies manual, graded Castaneda, 28, from San Francisco, on his military appearance and ability to command his platoon. Photo by Cpl Caitlin Brink.
Photolibrary-airbornesustainment-thumbnail-180x102U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, load onto a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne-sustainment training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014. The Force Recon Detachment is scheduled to deploy with the 15th MEU next spring. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
Photolibrary-lejeunelegacy-thumnbnail-180x102Ayden J. Lejeune, whose great-great-great uncle is the former 13th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps , Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, poses for a photo with his recruiter Sgt. Dallas Allen, Recruiting Substation Oklahoma City South, Recruiting Station Oklahoma City. Lejeune, a Norman, Oklahoma native is set to ship to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego for recruit training on Nov. 3. Photo by Sgt Lucas Vega.
Photolibrary-birthday-thumbnail-180x102U.S. Marine SSgt Stephen E. Howell, Drum Major of Marine Corps Band New Orleans, stands at attention during the celebration of the 239th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Riverside Hilton Hotel, New Orleans, La., Nov. 1, 2014. This year marks the 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball Celebration honoring those past, present and future Marines throughout history. Photo by LCpl Mackenzie Schlueter.
Field-Related SkillsRct Tevin Wiggins, Platoon 2086, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, aims at a simulated enemy while on a combat training course Sept. 30, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits learn during the ninth week of training basic field-related skills all Marines must know. These skills will be broadened after boot camp during follow-on training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Asia-Pacific PatrolAn AAV from BLT 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines departs USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an equipment offload to Okinawa after the 31st MEU's regularly-scheduled Fall patrol of the Asia-Pacific Region. Photo courtesy 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
UH-1Y Fast RopingU.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and various units practice fast roping from a UH-1Y Huey aircraft during a helicopter rope-suspension techniques masters course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014. BLT 3/1 is scheduled to deploy as the ground combat element with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit next spring. Photo by SSgt Miguel Carrasco.
Kilo CompanyRct Jonathan Sholik, Platoon 3085, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, charges forward on a combat training course Oct. 7, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. During Basic Warrior Training, recruits hone newfound tactical skills by crawling under, jumping over and weaving their way through battlefield obstacles on the course. Photo by Cpl Caitlin Brink.
Heavy CargoLance Cpl. Christopher Gauntt, a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, prepares to connect simulated cargo to a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 23. The training helped the Marines experience the effects of the aircraft while trying to attach the cargo. Photo by Cpl Owen Kimbrel.
Airborne-Sustainment TrainingA U.S. Marine with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, jumps out of a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne-sustainment training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014. The Force Recon Detachment is scheduled to deploy with the 15th MEU next spring. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
Pool FunctionSgt Brenda Carino, a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., teaches Marine Corps Drill to female poolees, women currently enrolled in the Marine Corps' Delayed Entry Program, on Westover Air Reserve Base, Oct. 18. The poolees spent the day conducting an Initial Strength Test and learning drill. Photo by Sgt Richard Blumenstein.
Evening ColorsMarines fold the American flag during an evening colors ceremony at the historical Santa Margarita Ranch House on Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 9, 2014. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton hosted the annual ceremony celebrating its 72-year history. Photo by Sgt Trevon Peracca.