PhotoLibrary-BeautyBeast_image1_180x102Marines with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to receive a fire mission during MEU Exercise 14 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. The purpose of MEUEX is to train the different elements of the 15th MEU to work together to complete a wide variety of missions. Photo by Sgt Jamean R. Berry.
PhotoLibrary-UpTheRope_image1_180x102Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, make their way up the last obstacle, the 20-foot rope climb, during the Obstacle Course II event aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Nov. 20. When recruits reached the top of the rope they had to slap the wood beam, that the rope is attached to, and scream their name, platoon number and senior drill instructor's name, which indicated the completion of the course. Photo by Sgt Benjamin E. Woodle.
PhotoLibrary-Aerial_image1_180x102LCpl Donshae Lawson, a Trenton, N.C., native, watches from the rear window of a Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 KC-130J as an MV-22 pulls away from his aircraft after aerial refueling Nov. 8. Marines and aircraft from VMGR-152, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 and VMM-262 flew approximately 4,700 miles from Okinawa, Japan to Brisbane, Australia to provide aerial support for President Barack Obama and Marine Helicopter Squadron One during the G20 Summit. Photo by SSgt Zachary Dyer.
PhotoLibrary-RunSwimRappell_image1_180x102LCpl Thomas Kang crawls through mud and under barbed wire Nov. 25 while going through the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves. Thomas and the rest of his unit went through a week of classes before their final test, the endurance course. The course is four miles long that includes rappelling, rope bridges, water obstacles and a simulated casualty station. Photo by Cpl Thor J. Larson.
PhotoLibrary-NightShift_image1_180x102A Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced)(VMM-163 [REIN], secures the blades of an AH-1Z Super Cobra after flight quarters on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Nov. 20. The 11th MEU is embarked with the San Diego as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by GySgt Rome M. Lazarus.
PhotoLibrary-Buddy_image1_180x102Marines and sailors of 3rd Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, conduct buddy push-ups during the first event of the 3rd LAR field meet aboard the Combat Center. Photo by PFC Medina Ayala-Lo.
PhotoLibrary-NightLight_image1_180x102Marines with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to receive fire missions during MEU Exercise 14 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014. The purpose of MEUEX is to train the different elements of the 15th MEU to work together to complete a wide variety of missions. Photo by Sgt Jamean R. Berry.
PhotoLibrary-ReliefAppointment_120514_image1_180x102SgtMaj Angela Maness accepts a noncommissioned officer sword from Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region Parris Island, during a relief and appointment ceremony Nov. 21, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The passing of the sword symbolizes the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from the outgoing senior-enlisted advisor to the incoming. Maness replaced Sgt. Maj. Chet Houston as Williams' senior enlisted advisor. She came to the depot from Marine Barracks 8th & I, and Houston will assume the post of sergeant major for the Recruit Training Regiment. Photo by LCpl Allison Lotz.
PhotoLibrary-Howitzer_120414_image1_180x102Marines fire an M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzer Nov. 4 at the North Fuji Maneuver Area during Artillery Relocation Training Program 14-3. ARTP is a regularly scheduled training event that increases and maintains combat readiness of U.S. Marine forces and supports the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-Osprey_120314_image1_180x102An MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 soars over the Pacific Ocean during a flight from the Philippines to Australia Nov. 8. Marines and aircraft from VMM-262, VMM-265 and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 flew approximately 4,700 miles from Okinawa, Japan to Brisbane, Australia to provide aerial support for President Barack Obama and Marine Helicopter Squadron One during the G20 Summit. When paired with the KC-130J, the Osprey is able to provide assault support to any location in the 105 million square miles that comprise the Marine Forces Pacific area of responsibility. Photo by SSgt Zachary Dyer.
PhotoLibrary-HotShooting_120214_image1_180x102A combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 maneuvers through a close-quarters combat firing exercise at the Western Barry M. Goldwater Range near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, June 4. Photo by Cpl Zachary Scanlan.
PhotoLibrary-BestFriend_120114_image1_180x102A Multi-Purpose Canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command carries his canine up a grated ladderwell during training aboard Stone Bay, Sept. 16, 2014. As MARSOC continues to demonstrate their capabilities and versatilities, MPC handlers with the command are preparing themselves and their canines for new areas of operation in which they'll be operating. Photo by Sgt Scott A. Achtmeier.
Tomadachi Relief ExerciseAn MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies to a casualty evacuation drill Nov. 8 during Tomodachi relief exercise 15.2 near Izu Oshima Island, Tokyo Metropolis Prefecture, Japan. TREX 15.2 is an annual, bilateral training exercise that simulates humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in the Asia-Pacific region while forging a stronger U.S. and Japanese alliance. The exercise also included an HADR training mission, an in-flight demonstration for the Japanese Minister of Defense and additional Japanese politicians, and a static display and press conference for the Japanese media. Photo by LCpl Matt Myers.
PhotoLibrary-FightFires_112514_image1_180x102Aircraft rescue and firefighting Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., extinguish fires on a mobile aircraft firefighting training device as a demonstration for aviation ground support (AGS) students of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-15 on MCAS Yuma's flight line. The demonstration acquainted the AGS students, who come from a variety of technical backgrounds and military occupational specialties, with the flight line's terminology, markings and resident services. Photo by Cpl James Marchetti.
PhotoLibrary-DoubleTime_112414_image1_180x102Marines, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, conduct Military Operations in Urban Terrain training during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. Photo by LCpl Cedric R. Haller.
PhotoLibrary-BoldAlligator_112114_image1_180x102U.S. Marines Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Lopez, an intelligence specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, listens to a radio message during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission part of Exercise Bold Alligator on Atlantic Airfield, N.C. Photo by LCpl Jodson B. Graves.
PhotoLibrary-Djibouti_112014_image1_180x102U.S. Marine machine gunners with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide precision fires during a live-fire and maneuver exercise as part of sustainment training at D'Arta Plage, Djibouti. Photo by GySgt Rome M. Lazarus.
PhotoLibrary-Pull_111914_image1_180x102Marines with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, conduct a direct fire exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2014. The training re-established specific close-quarters firing skills with the Marines, ensuring successful future combat operations. Photo by Cpl Jonathan Boynes.
PhotoLibrary-LightBright_111814_image1_180x102LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles from Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire on fixed targets as part of a combined arms engagement range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti. Photo by Cpl Jonathan R. Waldman.
Golf Company Initial Drill InspectionSgt Silvio Castaneda, a drill instructor with Platoon 2089, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, steps forward to assess his platoon during an initial drill evaluation Sept. 29, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drillmasters, experts on the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies manual, graded Castaneda, 28, from San Francisco, on his military appearance and ability to command his platoon. Photo by Cpl Caitlin Brink.