PhotoLibrary-MovinOnUp_image1_180x102Sgt George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014. The Marines participated in a visit, board, search and seizure operation as part of Interoperability Maritime Training evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise simulated a potential mission the 11th MEU might encounter during their deployment this summer. Photo by Sgt Melissa Wenger.
BlastedU.S. Marines shield themselves from the blast of a breaching charge explosion Feb. 17 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold. The day's training was intended to demonstrate how explosive ordinance disposal units prepare, construct and detonate some of their breaching charges and explain their underlying fundamentals. Photo by Cpl Adam B. Miller.
Ammo Can LiftRecruit Thomas Minnick Jr., Platoon 1014, Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, lifts a 30-pound ammunition can during his combat fitness test Feb. 11, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The recruits had two minutes to lift the can above their heads and lower it below their chins as many times as possible. The CFT, a combined assessment of combat readiness and physical fitness, is a graduation requirement for recruits and an annual training event for Marines. Minnick, an 18-year-old from Pittsburgh, is scheduled to graduate Feb. 28, 2014. Photo by Cpl Octavia Davis.
PhotoLibrary-GroundRunning_image1_180x102U.S. Marines evacuate the area as an MV-22B Osprey comes into land at Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 18 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. Cobra Gold, in its 33rd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Cpl Zachary W. Scanlon.
Drill at DuskRecruits of Platoon 1022, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation during their initial drill evaluation Feb. 10, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. During the evaluation, recruits performed a series of precision drill movements and could only move when ordered. The platoons will be evaluated again a week before graduation. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate April 4, 2014. Photo by Cpl Octavia Davis.
MCMAP LeadershipSgt Ryan-Michael Daffin, an avionic technician with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, mentors his Marine Corps Martial Arts Program students after a session aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 28.
Environment TrainingMarines from Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 272 conduct gas chamber training aboard Camp Geiger as part of their chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) environment training, Feb 6. Photo by LCpl Andy J. Orozco.
To the SkiesUH-1Y Huey, AH-1W Cobra and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters prepare to land on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Feb. 13, 2014. Marine Aircraft Group 24 conducted a max launch of 13 helicopters assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463. The two units coordinated with each other to fly the aircraft to Kauai, Hawaii before returning to Oahu. Photo by LCpl Matthew J. Bragg.
In the JungleMarines climb ashore Feb. 12 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center after passing through one of several obstacles during their endurance test. The test is part of the unit's jungle training and designed to test its physical and mental capabilities while in a jungle environment. Photo by LCpl David N. Hersey.
MCMAP DrillSgt Felipe Acevedo III, ammunition chief, Logistics Support Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, drives his elbow into the pad during Security Augmentation Force training. Photo by Nathan L. Hanks Jr.
Winter TrainingMarines from Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division watch the sun set from their patrol base atop a mountain during the final six-day field exercise for Mountain Exercise winter training package at MCMWTC Bridgeport, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014. The Warlords and its attached units underwent the winter training package at MCMWTC to prepare for the upcoming a multi-lateral joint and combined exercise Cold Response, which will take place in March of 2014 in Norway. Photo by LCpl Cesar N. Contreras.
Osprey Displays CapabilitiesAn MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, flies over islands in the Republic of the Philippines on the way to the Singapore, Feb. 6, 2014. Three Ospreys from VMM-262 and two KC-130J Super Hercules planes of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, part of the 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Okinawa, Japan, are participating in the Singapore Air Show 2014 to display their unique capabilities at the diverse international defense technology forum. Photo by Capt Caleb Earnes.
Missile CommandPFC Cristian Mejia, javelin gunner, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Raleigh, N.C., shoots a javelin missile during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 26, 2014. Bravo Co. is dedicated to helicopter operations during their upcoming combat deployment to Afghanistan. Photo by Cpl Joseph Scanlan.
Rocket RangeU.S. Marines with Bravo and Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct rocket range outside of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Photo by Sgt Eric S. Wilterdink.
Lava ViperU.S. Marine Corps LCpl Fernando Franco, a rifleman with 1st platoon, charlie company, 1st Battalion, 3D Marines, fires the M-32 grenade launcher as suppressive fire during a live fire exercise at Range 1, aboard Camp Pohakuloa, Hawaii, Jan. 27th, 2014. The Marines with 1st platoon, charlie company, attend Range 1 to improve squad maneuverability and critical thinking skills while facing simulated heavy enemy fire in support of operation Lava Viper. Photo by LCpl Aaron S. Patterson.
Exercise Iron FistA U.S. Marine sentry circles a 7-Ton Truck Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. Photo by Sgt Jamean R. Berry.
SnowsuitGySgt Matthew C. Luckey provides cover while Republic of Korea Marines radio for assistance prior to a raid in an area where simulated enemy activity was spotted Jan. 22 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-3 at the Mountain Warfare Training Camp in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. As part of KMEP, the Marines cross-trained in a multitude of cold-weather skills and missions such as skiing, assaults, patrols and raids. The raid is part of the training evolutions leading up to a 400-kilometer hike. Photo by LCpl Matt Myers.
RocketeerU.S. Marines with Bravo and Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct rocket range outside of Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 31, 2014. The Marines used the range to keep their knowledge sharp on the different weapon systems they use. Photo by Sgt Eric S. Wilterdink.
Lead With HonorPFC Jason W. Hoover, honor graduate for platoon 1002, stands at parade rest before graduation here, Jan. 24, 2014. Hoover, a native of Arlington, Tx., was recruited by Sgt. Colbert J. Jackson, a recruiter from Recruiting Station Baton Rouge. Hoover will be able to enjoy some much deserved leave with his family as he prepares for Marine combat training in Camp Geiger, N.C. Photo by LCpl Stanley Cao.