Reaching New HeightsForce Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a diving exit while conducting an initial High Altitude Low Opening jump out of an MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue Field, N.C. Photo by Cpl Todd F. Michalek.
Sights SetRoyal Australian Army Lt Stephen D. Weir, right, and LCpl Nicholas W. Boston, left, post perimeter security for a stand-to drill August 24 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, during Exercise Koolendong 14. The focus of KD-14 is to establish a bilateral expeditionary command and control element in austere conditions, directing all maneuver elements in execution of the exercise. Photo by LCpl Joey S. Holeman.
Recon OpsA Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a partner nation force training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 17 - 27. The Marines of 2/8 joined forces with Critical Skill Operators with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command to strengthen the process-driven capability integration process between Special Operations Forces and the Marine Air Ground Task Force and to increase the Marine Corps' and MARSOC's ability to partner with foreign counterparts to advise, train and assist allied security forces. Photo by Capt Barry Morris.
AMPHEX 14Amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) return to the USS Comstock with members of the Malaysian Armed Forces during Malaysia-U.S. Amphibious Exercise Aug. 28. MALUS AMPHEX 14 is a bilateral exercise between the 11th MEU and Malaysian Armed Forces that includes operational and tactical level training in planning, command and control, and combat service support using both ground and sea assets. Photo by Sgt Melissa Wenger.
Push ItMembers of the Marine Corps Recruiting Substation Riverside Delayed Entry Program, complete a variety of exercises during a physical training event at Xtreme Solutions Gym in Riverside, Calif., Aug. 23. Sean Lynch, Xtreme Solutions gym owner and former Navy corpsman, volunteered his facility to help future Marines become more physically prepared before attending recruit training. Photo by Sgt Erica Kirsop.
Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughLCpl Julio C. Miranda Jr. rappels down a cliff during Mountain Exercise 2014, aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Miranda is an infantry rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's ground combat element in October. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
Pull UpRct Alan Makovkin, Platoon 2076, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, completes a pull-up during a combat conditioning session July 30, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Sessions such as this are meant to help strengthen recruits to meet the Marine Corps' high physical fitness standards and prepare them for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, which are both graduation requirements. Photo by Cpl Caitlin Brink.
Unload Show ClearMarines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle exit the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1stClass RJ Stratchko.
U.S. Marine Corps Color GuardThe U.S. Marine Corps color guard presents the nation's colors at National Park in Washington, Aug. 20, 2014. The Washington Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was held in honor of all members of the United States Marine Corps. Photo by Sgt Gabriela Garcia.
GAU-11 MinigunLCpl Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, mounts a GAU-11 Minigun during a moving target exercise at the Yodaville Urban Target Complex, located in the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The crew chiefs expended more than 6,000 rounds during the exercise, building proficiency in their gunnery skillsets. Photo by Cpl James Marchetti.
Landing at LejeunePFC Corey Sullivan, a landing support specialist with Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group guides a CH-53E Super Stallion during helicopter support team operations at a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2014. The HST operation allowed landing support Marines to gain valuable experience. Photo by LCpl Sullivan Laramie.
M1859 NCO SwordThree Marine noncommissioned officers formerly deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) were presented personalized Marine NCO swords by the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club for achievements during three separate Corporal's Courses. Photo by Sgt Paris Capers.
Meritorious PromotionThe Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen James F. Amos, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Michael P. Barrett, promote Gabriela Pasillas, an administrative non-commissioned officer, at National Harbor, Md., Aug. 11, 2014. Pasillas was promoted to the rank of sergeant during the 2014 Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium. Photo by Sgt Gabriela Garcia.
Banners in the BreezeU.S. Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, carry the colors during the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific change of command ceremony on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, August 15, 2014. LtGen John A. Toolan Jr. assumed command from LtGen Terry G. Robling during the ceremony. Photo by LCpl Wesley Timm.
Boots on the GroundMarines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin conduct a helicopter insert during a live-fire exercise at Bradshaw Field Training Area during Exercise Koolendong, August 2014. Photo by Cpl Scott Reel.
PhotoLibrary-HideSeek082214_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the Western Army Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct boat operations as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program on Kin Blue, Okinawa, July 11, 2014. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations. Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena.
PhotoLibrary-DrumBugleCorps082114_image1_180x102The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps performs during a Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by SSgt Paula Reth.
PhotoLibrary-Inspection082014_image1_180x102Recruit Benjamin J. Flores, Platoon 1003, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, gets corrected by his drill instructor after he got a question wrong during the Series Commander Inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 4. Before the commander steps in front of recruits, their drill instructors inspect them to ensure that they are ready. Photo by Cpl Tyler Viglione.
PhotoLibrary-MakingWaves_image1_180x102LCpl Garrick R. Upton, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, shouts a warning back to his crew as he splashes into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean in an AAV aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Photo by LCpl Alex W. Mitchell.