PhotoLibrary-Rapidly_Effectively_thumbnail_180x102U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Kyle Hancock, a fire team leader with Company C, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 16.2, fires an M249 light machine gun during a familiarization range at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 8, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is forward deployed in several host nations, with the ability to respond to a variety of contingencies rapidly and effectively. Photo by Sgt Donald Holbert.
PhotoLibrary-Man_on_Wire_thumbnail_180x102Marines assigned to Officer Candidate School (OCS) participate in the Combat Course aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, May 11, 2016. The mission of OCS is to educate and train candidates in order to evaluate and screen individuals for qualities required for commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Photo by Cpl Laura Mercado.
PhotoLibrary-Got_Your_Back_thumbnail_180x102Marines with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, go through mock breachings as part of group training. The training includes working with simulated explosives as well as breaching doors and windows at Camp Pendleton, California, May 25, 2016. Photo by LCpl Salmineo Sherman, Jr.
PhotoLibrary-Montford_Point_Challenge_thumbnail_180x102Marines assigned to Officer Candidate School participate in the Montford Point challenge aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, May 19, 2016. The challenge consisted of a supply run where the Marines went through obstacles and faced similar physical challenges as the Montford Point Marines. Photo by Cpl Laura Mercado.
PhotoLibrary_ThroughTheSmoke_thumbnail_180x102A Marine attending the Military Police Basic Course, runs to cover during a field training exercise at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., May 11, 2016. The purpose of the course is to provide entry level pipeline and lateral move Marines the knowledge and skills to become disciplined, motivated and capable of performing the duties and responsibilities of military occupational specialty 5811, Military Police. Marine Corps photo by Sgt James R. Skelton.
PhotoLibrary_FastRope_thumbnail_180x102A Marine attending the Military Police Basic Course, runs to cover during a field training exercise at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., May 11, 2016. The purpose of the course is to provide entry level pipeline and lateral move Marines the knowledge and skills to become disciplined, motivated and capable of performing the duties and responsibilities of military occupational specialty 5811, Military Police. Marine Corps photo by Sgt James R. Skelton.
PhotoLibrary_Targets_thumbnail_180x102Cpl Matthew Waltzer, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, fires a round from close range at a target during a combat marksmanship range near Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, May 16, 2016. Part of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, the company enhanced their proficiency with the M4A1 service rifle in squad-based scenarios and dynamic shooting drills. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Alexander Mitchell.
PhotoLibrary_AllTiedUp_thumbnail180X102A reconnaissance man with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, secures his parachute after an air insert into a reconnaissance and surveillance mission at a MEU field exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 12, 2016. The Maritime Raid Force provides a unique capability to the MEU commander and can respond to a number of mission requirements the MEU may respond to such as visit, board, search and seizure, reconnaissance and surveillance, and direct action raids. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Devan K. Gowans.
PhotoLibrary-Triple_Rope_River_Crossing_thumbnail_180x102A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, also known as "The Lava Dogs", conducts a triple rope river crossing drill at the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps Ranger Course as a part of the Korea Marine Exchange Program (KMEP) in South Korea, March 31, 2016. KMEP is a program designed to increase interoperability and camaraderie between U.S. Marines and ROK marines. The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations. Photo by LCpl Sean M. Evans.
PhotoLibrary-Deck_Shoot_at_Night_thumbnail_180x102Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a deck shoot at night during their Western Pacific Deployment 16 aboard the USS New Orleans, April 1. More then 4,500 Marines and sailors from the Boxer ARG, 13th MEU team are currently transiting the Pacific Ocean toward the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations during a scheduled deployment. Photo by Sgt Hector de Jesus.
PhotoLibrary-Aircraft_Rescure_Fire_Fighting_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting extinguish a fuel fire in a training pit March 24 during live burn training on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The training provided a real-life scenario to improve ARFF Marines' vital teamwork and communication skills. During the training, bulk fuel specialists dispensed fuel into the training pit, which was then ignited by an ARFF Marine. ARFF Marines entered the training area and used hand lines, also known as a fire hoses to control and extinguish the fire. The Marines are with ARFF, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Futenma, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Photo by Cpl Janessa Pon.
PhotoLibrary-Water_Hazard_thumbnail_180x102Marines assigned to Marine Air Control Group 28, conduct an underwater gear shed during a basic swim qualification course at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, March 16, 2016. Marines are required to demonstrate proficient combat water survival skills to complete the basic qualification. Photo by LCpl Jered T. Stone.
Gallery_SapperSquad_041816thumbnailA Marine with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion engages targets with an M240B machine gun during the machine gun range portion of the battalion's sapper squad competition at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 23, 2016. During this event, squads worked together to engage targets at ranges up to 800 meters. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.
Gallery_SDP_041116thumbnailSSgt Daniel Robert, platoon sergeant, leads the Silent Drill Platoon off Liversedge Field during the Battle Colors Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Mar. 17, 2016 . One hundred and thirty Marines from The Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. 8th & I, performed for hundreds of service members and their families at Camp Lejeune as the last stop of their spring 2016 tour. Photo by LCpl Sean Berry.
Gallery_DoubleDragon_040416thumbnailFrom left, U.S. Marine Corps LCpl Dave Hermansen and LCpl Jabril Giannotti, mortarmen, and Sgt Jack Williams, a squad leader, all assigned to Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a 81mm training mortar with the M252A2 mortar system during Ssang Yong 16 at Suseongri, South Korea, March 15, 2016. Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and contributes to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Hermansen is a native of Westbrook, Connecticut. Giannotti is a native of Highland Park, New Jersey. Williams is a native of Pilot Point, Texas. Photo by Cpl Darien Bjorndal.
PhotoLibrary-Cold_Refueling_thumbnail_180x102SSgt Samuel J. Galan Jr. and LCpl Gerald J. Demontmollin III refuel a UH-1Y Venom Feb. 24, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Demontmollin and his squadron performed simulated assault and close air support training to maintain unit readiness. "We can shut the aircraft down and turn the engines off [and then fuel the aircraft]. That's called cold refueling. What we did today was hot refueling. We can leave the aircraft running while we fuel, getting us ready to get back in the fight," said 1st Lt. David W. Few, a UH-1Y Venom copilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Air Wing. Galan, a native of Houston, Texas, is a crew chief with HMLA-169. Demontmollin, from Grass Valley is a crew chief with HMLA-169. Photo by LCpl Justin Bowles.
PhotoLibrary-Support_Squadron_thumbnail_180x102A group of Marines simulate spraying fuel away from them as they move closer to an engulfed aircraft during a training event as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 16 at Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 19, 2016. Marines and Royal Thai sailors worked together throughout the exercise to build bonds and skills. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations between participating nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl William Hester.
PhotoLibrary-Birds_Eye_View_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Rommi S. Swelam observes his fellow crew chiefs in a UH-1Y Huey during a flight as part of Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey gives crew chiefs the advantage of having a "Bird's eye" view of the environment below. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and cooperation of participating nations by working toward solutions to common challenges. Swelam, from Raleigh, N.C., is a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 which is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stj Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program. Photo by Cpl William Hester.
PhotoLibrary-Basilones_Challenge_thumbnail_180x102Private First Class Jonghyun Lee, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, leads his squad up a hill with ammunition cans to resupply their fighting positions during the Basilone's Challenge Crucible event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20, 2016. Recruits are expected to run up and down the hill multiple times to create fatigue and imitate combat. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 29. Photo by Cpl Tyler Viglione.
PhotoLibrary-High_Grass_Stalk_thumbnail_180x102A Marine student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center's Pre-Scout Sniper Course prepares to move during a stalking exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 22, 2016. The exercise required students to traverse approximately 1,000 meters of high grass and fire on a target, all without being detected. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.