Rough RidingU.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dillion Cornn, vehicle commander, Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team, observes his surroundings as a Mobile Strike Force Vehicle assigned to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Mobile Strike Force Kandak, navigates through a series of obstacles at a rough terrain driving course on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2013. The course was part of a three-day training package that the Marines with Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team conducted for their ANA counterparts. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel Kitandwe.
In the Heat of the NightMarines with Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division load an M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer for firing during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. May 2, 2013. Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR was conducted to allow 1st Marine Division the opportunity to sustain their ability to plan and execute all aspects of its operations in offensive and defensive scenarios. Photo by Cpl John Clary.
Twin DragonsA Marine with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force as part of the Unit Deployment Program, provides suppressive fire with an Infantry Automatic Rifle during a combined arms live-fire exercise April 29 at Suseong-ri Firing Range. The exercise was conducted as one of the final training events of exercise Ssang Yong 13. Ssang Yong, which means "twin dragons," is an annual exercise designed to strengthen the interoperability and increase the capabilities of both Republic of Korea and U.S. forces. Photo by LCpl Donald T. Peterson.
Blowing SmokeMarines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire the M777A2 155mm howitzer April 17 in support of a combined arms live-fire exercise at Rodriguez Live-Fire Complex during Korean Marine Exchange Program 13-5, part of Ssang Yong 13. The CALFEX illustrates how the annual exercise Ssang Yong supports ongoing efforts to strengthen combat readiness in both U.S. and Republic of Korea forces. The Marines are currently deployed to Okinawa under the Unit Deployment Program. Photo by LCpl Jose Lujano.
Mine SweeperSgt Robert Toadacheene, from Farmington, N.M. with the Regional Corps Battle School (RCBS), sweeps for unexploded ordnance before conducting a 60mm high explosive mortar range near Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 5, 2013. The Marines with RCBS trained the ANA soldiers to improve on their proficiency with the 60mm mortar weapons system. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe.
In the Air, On Land and SeaMarines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a CH-46E Sea Knight during Exercise Red Reef 13, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jan. 7, 2013. Red Reef is a bilateral amphibious exercise between the 15th MEU and Saudi forces that focuses on expanding levels of cooperation, enhancing mutual maritime capabilities, as well as promoting long-term regional stability and interoperability between U.S. forces and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the USS Peleliu Group, and is scheduled to complete its eight-month deployment and return to Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Sept. 13. Photo by Cpl Bobby Gonzalez.
Chin UpJiawei Fan, a 19-year-old Milford, Conn., native, grimaces while preforming pull-ups during the 2013 Annual Field Meet, at Chicopee High School's Football Field, May 4, 2013. Approximately 600 newly enlisted men and women from across New England, to include; Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island, attended the event. The annual Marine Corps event is designed to test the Poolees' physical fitness with a pull-up and sit-up competition to ensure that they are prepared for the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training. Photo by Sgt Richard Blumenstein.
On the RoadU.S. Marine vehicles assigned 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8), Regimental Combat Team 7 travel to a mortar range near Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 4, 2013. The Marines provided security for the Regional Corps Battalion School instructors who trained the Afghan National Army soldiers on the 60mm mortar weapons system. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel Kitandwe.
Faster, StrongerDrill instructors of Company C, 1st Recruit Trianing Battalion, encourage recruits to exert maximum effort to excel during the quarter-mile sprint exercise aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego April 16. Photo by LCpl Bridget M. Keane.
Pull the CordMarines with Battery N, 5th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, fire an M777 A2 howitzer during a series of integrated firing exercises at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms' Quakenbush Training Area April 26, 2013. Photo by Cpl Ali Azimi.
Green Amphibious MonsterU.S. Marines from Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), drive their AAVs from the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) to shore during a simulated mechanized amphibious assault in the 5th Fleet Area of Operation, April 20, 2013. The 26th MEU is currently deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. Photo by SSgt Edward Guevera.
All Aboard26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force Marines climb aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat after conducting scout swimming exercises at sea, April 24, 2013. Eagle Resolve is an annual multilateral exercise designed to enhance regional cooperative defense efforts in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations and U.S. Central Command. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. Photo by Cpl Christopher Q. Stone.
PhotoLibrary-SeeMeRolling_image1_180x102.jpgMarines roll by on their Light Armored Vehicle during qualifications at Range 500 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 12, 2013. The mechanics of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance are responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all their LAVs, from the engineering aspects to the optics and weapons systems. Photo by Cpl Ali Azimi
I Can FlyMSgt Cory Paskavan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force platoon sergeant, reenlists at 10,000 feet above sea level during a parachute operation during Exercise Eagle Reslove over Qatar, April 26, 2013. Eagle Resolve is an annual multilateral exercise designed to enhance regional cooperative defense efforts in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations and U.S. Central Command. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. Photo by Cpl Christopher Q. Stone.
Night FireFlames light up the sky as a Marine launches a PL-87 Stinger Missile at a flying drone over Onslow Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 16, 2013. The Marines were training for the night fire portion of the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion's live stinger fire exercise. Photo by LCpl Cory D. Polom.
In Our SightsU.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Boarder Patrol Advisor Team and Combat Service Support Kandak, Regimental Combat Team 7 conduct live-fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2013. The training was conducted to prepare the Marines for situations they may encounter while conducting their routine missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel R. Kitwande.
OverseasMarine pilots conduct familiarization flights over various locations of the Republic of the Philippines April 5 in preparation for operations during exercise Balikatan 2013. Throughout the exercise, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, and other elements of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing will conduct various flight operations with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo by 1stLt Breck Archer.
Making the CallSgt Pancho A. Valladolid Jr. prepares to call in a 9-line casualty evacuation message for a simulated improvised explosive device threat during convoy operations April 5 inside the Combat Convoy Simulator on Camp Hansen. One of the key focuses during the training was ensuring the Marines were able to maintain proper lines of communication during the convoy. Valladolid is a heavy equipment mechanic with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl Matthew Manning.
In the WeedsSSgt Owen I. Wood leads his Marines in a raid April 8 during final field exercises on Andersen South during Exercise Guahan Shield. The exercises consisted mainly of raids and patrols in and around abandoned housing areas and the surrounding jungle, in which logistics Marines went toe-to-toe with Infantrymen. Guahan Shield will facilitate multiservice engagements, set conditions for bilateral and multilateral training opportunities, and support rapid response to potential theatre crises and contingency operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by LCpl Pete Sanders.
MotivationSgt Juventino Camarillo, a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., motivates an officer candidate on April 6 during a Mini Officer Candidates School in Eastover, S.C. The Marines used the event to introduce candidates to the rigors of OCS. Photo by Sgt Aaron Rooks.