PhotoGallery_Shooting_063015_image2_180x102SSgt Byron England, a native of Johnson City, Kansas, and a member of the Marine Corps Shooting Team, shoots during the section match May 19 at the Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria, Australia, during the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2015. The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting is an annual, international combat-marksmanship competition hosted by the Australian Army, May 6-22. MCST is comprised of 12 Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico and Marine Rotational Force- Darwin to represent the Marine Corps in this year's competition. The team advances and promotes marksmanship to strengthen Marine Corps fighting capability in order to provide combat-capable Marines and Sailors to the operating forces so that they may respond worldwide across the range of military operations.
PhotoGallery-Jump_062915_image1_180x102GySgt Eddie Myers, parachute safety officer assigned to Detachment 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, prepares to jump out of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during airborne insertion training at the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay June 10th, 2015. The reconnaissance team conducted this training to refine their skills in airborne insertion to be ready when called upon for a future deployment.
PhotoLibrary-DI_062615_image1_180x102Sgt. Yonique R. Cousins, Platoon 4026, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, encourages a recruit to move faster during martial arts training June 16, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is designed to increase the warfighting capabilities of individual Marines and units, enhance Marines' self-confidence and esprit de corps and foster the warrior ethos in all Marines. Cousins, 25, is from McDonough, Ga. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 28, 2015. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Schubert.
PhotoLibrary-Helicopter_Lift_062515_image1_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, lifted and transported a U.S. Navy HH-60 Seahawk helicopter June 16 to Royal Australian Air force Base Darwin, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Two CH-53Es conducted the recovery operation, lifting and carrying the HH-60 from Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. The heavy-lift helicopter is capable of carrying up to 16 tons of cargo and despite its size is powerful enough to lift every rotary-wing aircraft in the Marine Corps inventory. The MRF-D six-month deployment demonstrates how the Marine Air Ground Task Force is equipped and organized to carry out national objectives in cooperation with our national and international partners. Photo by Cpl Reba James.
PhotoLibrary-Airborne_Insert_062415_inage1_180x102GySgt Eddie Myers, parachute safety officer assigned to Detachment 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, parachutes from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during airborne insertion training at the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay June 10, 2015. The reconnaissance team conducted this training to refine their skills in airborne insertion to be ready when called upon for a future deployment. Photo by LCpl Aaron Patterson.
PhotoLibrary-Close_Drill_062315_image1_180x102Platoon 2060, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, march during an initial drill evaluation June 15, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. The strict, particular nature of close-order drill teaches habits of discipline and reinforces teamwork in recruits. Hotel Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 7, 2015. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. Photo by Pfc Vanessa Austin
PhotoLibrary-Board_062215_image1_180x102Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit sprint to an MV-22B Osprey aircraft during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 5, 2015. Marines with the MEU were given a scenario to find, provide medical care for and evacuate stranded Marines while avoiding or neutralizing enemy threats. Photo by Cpl Shawn Valosin.
PhotoLibrary-EveningParade_061915_image1_highresU.S. Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon perform during an Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., May 29, 2015. Mr. James B. Cunningham, former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, was the guest of honor for the parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Gen Joseph Dunford, the 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, was the hosting official for that same parade. The Evening Parade summer tradition began in 1934 and features the Silent Drill Platoon, the U.S. Marine Band, and the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and two marching companies. More than 3,500 guests attend the parade every week. Photo by Sgt Melissa Marnell.
PhotoLibrary-Blaze_061815_image1_highresMarines with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting battle the blaze as part of monthly training to ensure they are always prepared in the event of an emergency on the flight line. The ARFF Marines are a part of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Photo by LCpl Samantha Torres.
PhotoLibrary-LavaDogs_061715_image1_highresA U.S. Marine fires a Javelin at a simulated enemy tank during Lava Viper aboard Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. Marines of Weapons Company train and conduct anti-armor procedures while at Lava Viper. Photo by Cpl Ricky S. Gomez.
PhotoLibrary-InstallationProtocol_061615_image1_180x102Airframe Mechanics reinstall a panel of an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter after maintenance aboard the USS Wasp, May 24, 2015. The Maintainers from VMFAT-501 are aboard the Wasp to support maintenance of the F-35B during the operational testing period. Photo by PFC Remington Hall.
PhotoLibrary-SeizeCapture_061515_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa move toward an objective during a training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France. Marines conducted a seize and capture training exercise with service members from the French Foreign Legion's 6th Light Armored Brigade to further improve interoperability between the two NATO forces as they concurrently deploy their service members to Africa. Photo by LCpl Christopher Mendoza.
PhotoLibrary-SevenTon_061215_image1_180x102Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 pull a seven-ton tactical vehicle during the bi-annual field meet against Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., May 22, 2015. Marines with H&HS and MWHS-2 went head-to-head in a tug-of-war, a 7-ton pull, relay races and other events to build teamwork and camaraderie. Photo by LCpl Jason Jimenez.
PhotoLibrary-FiringRange_061115_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire at targets aboard the USS Essex at sea in the Pacific Ocean, May 29, 2015. As part of the 15th MEU's ground combat element, these Marines continue to enhance their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions. Photo by Cpl Elize McKelvey.
PhotoLibrary-UpAndOver_061015_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force participate in a leadership reaction course aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 18, 2015. In this obstacle, the Marines had to get all personnel, gear, equipment, and the barrel over the bridge without letting the barrel touch the wood. This course is designed to make sure everyone can work as a leader and work with a team. Photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht.
PhotoLibrary-AAV_060915_image1_180x102U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Jimerson is splashed with water through the turret of an AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle during an amphibious movement to the USS Rushmore aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 19, 2015. Jimerson is a crew chief with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The training focused on amphibious and tactical troop transport using AAVs. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
PhotoLibrary-SkyLightning_060815_image1_180x102Sgt Benjamin Mcintire, a powerline mechanic with Training and Evaluation Squadron 22, helps inflate a new tire recently put onto an F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aboard the USS Wasp, May 27, 2015. Marines from Training and Evaluation Squadron 22; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing all boarded the Wasp to support the Operational Training of the F-35B. Photo by PFC Remington Hall.
PhotoLibrary-CulebraCoa_060515_image1_180x102Amphibious Assault Vehicles, launched from the USS Rushmore, demonstrated amphibious landings as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s joint sea-basing exercise, Culebra Koa 15, May 19, 2015, aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows. Photo by LCpl Harley Thomas.
PhotoLibrart-FastRope_060415_image1_180x102LCpl Jose Cortez fast ropes from a tower aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 12, 2015. Cortez is part of the security element with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force. These Marines practice fast roping to ensure they are prepared for any type of mission during deployment. Photo by Cpl Anna Albrecht.
PhotoLibrary-RomanianOsprey_060315_image1_180x102U.S. Marine MV-22B Ospreys from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa departed Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, with a platoon of Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force to support a multilateral training exercise during Platinum Eagle 15, May 26, 2015. The Ospreys left Morón Air Base, Spain, earlier in the week, and arrived to work with their allies from the Bulgarian and Romanian armed forces. The Ospreys delivered the Marines to the Babadag Training Area, where they demonstrated their ability to conduct security operations. Photo by Sgt Paul Peterson.