PhotoLibrary-FaceDanger_042715_image1_180x102U.S. Marine Corps officers assigned to Company A, The Basic School (TBS), listen in on a confirmation brief for "The War" field training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 16, 2015. "The War" was the final field exercise that all the officers participated in before their graduation from TBS. Photo by Sgt Ezekiel R. Kitandwe.
PhotoLibrary-ShipShore_042415_image1_180x102A Marine with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (AABn), looks to the sailors guiding his vehicle in the well deck of the USS Kearsarge, April 13, 2015. The platoon transported Marines from 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment from the ship to the shore of Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, N.C. More than 200 Marines from 1/6 traveled to Norfolk, Va., to board the USS Kearsarge, April 9-13, 2015, in support of Joint Operations Access Exercise (JOAX) 15.1. Photo by Cpl Kristin Merrimarahajara.
PhotoLibrary-HighAngle_042315_image1_180x102Marine scout snipers with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct high angle shooting on Range 10 aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 8, 2015. The training was different from their typical flat level or slight elevation ranges. The high angle is considered anything 30 degrees or greater. Photo by Sgt Sarah Dietz.
PhotoLibrary-SightingSaber_042215_image1_180x102Sgt Debra Riddle, anti-tank missileman, Anti-Armor Section, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, sights in on targets using an M41A4 Saber missile launcher during a Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity assessment at Range 110, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, March 28, 2015. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-Harrier_042115_image1_180x102Plane captain LCpl Joseph Crescenzo, of Ocala, Fla., signals stand clear to maintainers while directing an AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Bulldogs of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 at Key West, Florida March 24. Naval Air Station Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class pierside support to U.S. and foreign naval vessels. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales.
PhotoLibrary-MakeSplash_042015_image1_180x102A Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, dives underwater to perform a self-rescue drill during a swim qualification course aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 18, 2015. The purpose of the course was to maintain proficiency, and enhance the Marines skills in water survival techniques. Photo by LCpl Andre Dakis.
PhotoLibrary-AlwaysReady_image1_04172015_180x102LCpl Charles Detz III, a machine-gunner with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, fires a tracer round from an M240B during a live-fire training exercise in Sierra Del Retin, Spain, March 24, 2015. Marines stationed at Moron Air Base utilized the Spanish training facility to conduct a variety of training missions to maintain their infantryman skills. Photo by LCpl Christopher Mendoza.
PhotoLibrary-ThroughSmoke_image1_04162015_180x102Smoke grenades thrown by course instructors envelop Marines with Golf Company and Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, in thick, green smoke during a non-lethal weapons training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 25, 2015. The Marines participated in a two-week NLW course that teaches various riot-control methods. Photo by LCpl Fatmeh Saah.
PhotoLibrary-StayConnected_image1_04152015_180x102SSgt Matthew D. Faust speaks with pilots via radio March 27 at Pilsung Range in South Korea. The Marines completed a week of fire support coordination training with Republic of Korea Marines as part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-14.2, a small-unit training exercise, which enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of the two forces. Faust, from Clayton, New York, is a joint terminal attack controller with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. Photo by Cpl Drew Tech.
PhotoLibrary-CobraStrike_image1_04142015_180x102A U.S. Marine AH-1W Cobra provides close air support March 24 at Susungri Range in Pohang, South Korea. U.S. Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, completed a week of fire support coordination training with Republic of Korea Marines, coordinating close air support with both ROK and U.S. aircraft for the training. The training is part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-14.2, a small-unit training exercise, which enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of ROK-U.S. forces. Photo by Cpl Drew Tech.
PhotoLibrary-CH53Tactics_image1_180x102LCpl Meagan C. O'Connor, left, and Alex M. Geyer, both landing support specialists assigned to Landing Support Company, 1st Transportation Support Battalion, attach chains to a Humvee during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) Course 2-15 at Auxiliary Airfield 2 near Yuma, Ariz., April 3, 2015. WTI is a seven-week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. Photo by LCpl Jodson B. Graves.
PhotoLibrary-COMPUTEX_040915_image1_180x102GySgt Mickey Eaton sights in with his M1911 .45 caliber pistol at a target during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) off the coast of San Diego March 23, 2015. Eaton is the assistant operations chief of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force. The 15th MEU's MRF Marines constantly sharpen their skills with different weapon systems to maintain a high level of readiness. Photo by Sgt Jamean Berry.
PhotoLibrary-EagleResolve_040815_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to assault a simulated objective during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2015 at Failaka Island, Kuwait, March 24, 2015. Eagle Resolve is the premiere Arabian Peninsula/gulf region exercise among the United States, Gulf Cooperation Council nations, and international partners. It serves to address regional challenges associated with asymmetric/unconventional warfare in a multi-national environment. Photo by Sgt Devin Nichols.
PhotoLibrary-SkilledCrossing_040815_image1_180x102U.S. Marine PFC Zach C. Hagestad crosses a single-rope bridge March 19 at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, South Korea. The Marines completed a five day mountain warfare training course led by ROK Marines with Mountain Warfare Training Unit, 1st ROK Marine Division as part of Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-14.2, a small-unit training exercise, which enhances the combat readiness and interoperability of the two forces. Hagestad, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a fire support man with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF. Photo by Cpl Drew Tech.
PhotoLibrary-UnderSea_040715_image1_180x102A 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion critical skills operator surfaces from the ocean and advances up a beach during a combat dive exercise in Key West, Fla., Feb. 18, 2015. The operator's team spent a week in Key West practicing various maritime operations skill sets, further solidifying the development of their techniques, tactics and procedures and their standard operating procedures. Photo by LCpl Steven Fox.
PhotoLibrary-StarryNight_040615_image1_180x102U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, Calif., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. Photo by Sgt Daniel D. Kujanpaa.
PhotoLibrary-DrumBugle_040315_image1_180x102MGySgt Keith G. Martinez, assistant drum major of The Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, instructs the Marines of the Drum and Bugle Corps during a performance aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., March 23, 2015. Photo by Cpl Patrick J. McMahon.
PhotoLibrary-SelfConfidence_040215_image1_180x102Cpl Cory A. Leister, a primary marksmanship instructor, shows Rct. Emmett J. Stewart Williams, Platoon 1025, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, a correct firing position Feb. 23, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. For one week, recruits learn and practice the fundamentals of marksmanship before firing the following week. Leister, 23, is from Waymart, Pa. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Schubert.
PhotoLibrary-SpittingVenom_040115_image1_180x102A U.S. Marine engages targets from a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) above San Clemente Island, Calif., March 20, 2015. COMPTUEX gives the Marines of VMM-161 (Rein) the opportunity to practice real-world scenarios and hone their skill sets. Photo by Sgt Jamean Berry.
PhotoLibrary-ShootingQual_033115_image1_180x102Cpl Direll McKnight, a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, holds onto the Marine in front of him during the movement portion of the table-three shooting qualification aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2015. The table is a yearly requirement for Marines in certain units, and it assists in teaching them how to fire on targets while maneuvering. Photo by Cpl Scott Whiting.