Scope It OutLCpl Junior Jack, machinegunner, Weapon's Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, sights in on a Latvian G36 rifle at a weapon's display during Summer Shield aboard Camp Adazi, Latvia. Photo by SSgt Tanner Iskra.
Pilot to Co-PilotMaj James Ford and Capt Jason Friday, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, fly a MV-22 Osprey over Pohang during exercise Ssang Yong 14, Pohang, South Korea. Photo by Cpl Lauren Whitney.
Horns UpThe U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps present their instruments at the conclusion of their performance during the Battle Color Ceremony on Shepherd's Field aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Photo by Cpl Benjamin E. Woodle.
PhotoLibrary-OvercomeObstacles_image1_180x102Cpl Katrina Tarak, an airframe mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, navigates the obstacle course during a Committed and Engaged Leadership Indoctrination course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo by LCpl Christopher Johns.
Coming In HotTwo Marine Corps V-22 Ospreys approach the landing zone in Tifnit, Morocco during a capabilities demonstration for distinguished visitors and participating multinational observers Apr 4, 2014 during Exercise African Lion 14.Exercise African Lion 14 is a multi-lateral and combined-joint exercise between the Kingdom of Morocco, the U.S. and other partner nations designed to strengthen relationships with participating countries by increasing understanding of each nation's military capabilities. Photo by MSgt Chad McMeen.
PhotoLibrary-RadioCheckOver_image1_180x102A Marine with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit participates in a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) exercise during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 25. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
PhotoLibrary-ThroughHaze_image1_180x102LCpl Alexandra Gehly, a signals intelligence specialist assigned to S-3 training with 3rd Radio Battalion, looks through the haze of CS gas after breaking the capsules during 3rd Radio Bn.'s annual gas chamber training at Boondocker Training Area, March 25, 2014. Photo by LCpl Matthew Bragg.
PhotoLibrary-PatrolBuddy_image1_180x102U.S. Marine LCpl Andrew Day a improvised explosive device detection dog handler, with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, works with his dog during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 27, 2014. The Marines patrolled with Afghan National Army soldiers as a part of their transition to becoming the primary security force in the area. Photo by LCpl Zachery B. Martin.
PhotoLibrary-GoingDown_image1_180x102U.S. Marine LCpl Justin A. Green rappels down 50-foot tower March 18 during the first day of the three-day Mountain Warfare Training Course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. Photo by LCpl Cedric R. Haller.
PhotoLibrary-InAirOnLandSea_image1_180x102Republic of Korea Marines with 7th Marine Regiment participate in a mock amphibious landing during exercise Ssang Yong 2014 March 29, 2014. Photo by MSgt Michael Schellenbach.
MEFEX 2014U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Nathan Zimmerman, rear crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, on an MV-22 Osprey supporting Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014 at South Korea, March 20, 2014. Photo by Cpl Sara A. Medina.
Mini-OCSSgt Christy Miller, a drill instructor, encourages an officer candidate to "sound off," March 21, 2014. The officer candidates were given an introduction to what Officer Candidates School would be like during the three-day Mini-OCS course. Many of the officer candidates that attended the course here will attend the real OCS in Quantico, Va., where they will endure ten weeks of grueling training and evaluation to determine their fitness to lead Marines as Marine officers. Photo by LCpl Stanley Cao.
Loyal CompanionCpl Garrett Peterson, a dog handler with the Law Enforcement Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, rides an MV-22 Osprey with his military working dog (MWD), Jackson, headed for a simulated long-range raid during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 14-1 (RUTMEUEX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 22, 2014. Photo by LCpl Laura Y. Raga.
Get in the ChopperCH-53E Super Stallions assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron - 367, land to refuel in preparation for Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, to conduct a 2 hour fast roping assignment at Bradshaw Air Station, Hawaii, Jan. 21, 2014. Marines are enhancing their skills of direct fire support in support of operation Lava Viper. Photo by LCpl Aaron S. Patterson.
Here Comes The BoomMarines with tank platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire the M256 smoothbore gun of an M1A1 Abrams tanks on static targets during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 14-1 (RUTMEUEX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 20, 2014. Photo by GySGt Rome M. Lazarus.
Upon the SeaU.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit an MV-22 Osprey aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), after completing a bilateral exercise in Greece with the Hellenic Army. The U.S. and Greece regularly conduct scheduled military exercises to strengthen professional and personal relationships. Photo by Sgt Austin Hazard.
PhotoLibrary-HearMeNow_image1_180x102U.S. Marine Corps Sgt Crystal A. Dodson tests the Secure Communications Controller at 1st Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps Base, Pohang, South Korea, March 15, 2014. This device crosslinks incompatible radio systems and makes communication possible without having to replace either system. Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) will enhance the interoperability between the U.S. Marine air-ground task force and ROK Marine task force while holding amphibious capabilities of each nation's Navy and Marine Corps. Photo by LCpl Andrew M. Blanco.
Heave-HoSSgt Franklin Johnson, utilities chief, Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, represents his company in a Humvee-pull competition, during the St. Patrick's Day field meet, March 17, 2014. Engineer battalions and companies from 1st MLG, 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, meet annually near St. Patrick's Day to compete in number events to determine the best engineer battalion or company and build camaraderie, communication and morale between the units. Photo by Cpl Timothy Childers.
PhotoLibrary-RoughRiding_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) as well as Sailors from the USS Ashland, launch Combat Rubber Raiding Craft out of the well deck of the USS Ashland, at sea, March 15, 2014. Marines and Sailors launched and recovered the Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts as part of Certification Exercise. Photo by LCpl Andrew Kuppers.
Snow PatrolA Marine from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, conduct a foot patrol through the snow-covered fields of northern Norway during Cold Response 14 March 15, 2014. Cold Response 14 brings together nearly 16,000 troops from 16 countries to train high-intensity operations in the unique climate above the Arctic Circle and strengthen the alliance of partners and their commitment to global security in any clime and place. Photo by Sgt Tatum Vayvananda.
If the Marines are abolished half the efficiency of the Navy will be destroyed. They are as necessary to the well being of a ship as the officers. Instead of decreasing the Corps, I would rather hope to see a large increase, for we feel the want of Marines very much.
RAdm David D. Porter in letter to Col Commandant John Harris, 6th CMC, 6 Dec. 1863