photolibrary_ospreysovercampfiji_thumbnail_180x102MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft return after a long-range raid from Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa as part of Blue Chromite 2017, Nov. 4, 2016. The Marines honed their ability to project forces from afar by executing a long-range raid over 1,000 miles via MV-22B Osprey to include an aerial refueling by KC-130J Super Hercules. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Ospreys are part of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by SgtMaj Michael Cato.
photolibrary_amphibiousopps_thumbnail_180x102As the sun sets over the Gulf of Aden, U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), position their rigid-hulled inflatable boat to conduct a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) mission as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 17. The unilateral exercise provides an opportunity for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU to train in amphibious operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by GySgt Robert B. Brown Jr.
photolibrary_aerialrefuel_thumbnail_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, conducts an aerial refuel near Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Nov. 15, 2016. Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 participated in an aerial refueling exercise with VMA-223, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 to maintain interservice operability. Photo by LCpl Anthony J. Brosilow.
photolibrary_rifleinspection_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Colton J. Cavill, a small arms technician with the Armory, Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, inspects a M16A4 rifle at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25, 2016. Cavill ensures that the bolt carrier group of each rifle is returned in a serviceable condition. Photo by LCpl Robert G. Gavaldon.
photolibrary_icytakeoff_thumbnail_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 taxis down the runway at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 8, 2016. Four of VMA-542's Harriers are conducting flight training daily out of Chitose as part of the Aviation Training Relocation Program. The ATR is an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan. Photo by Cpl James A. Guillory.
photolibrary_climbaboard_thumbnail_180x102Maritime Raid Force Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit demonstrate how to conduct visit, board, search, and seizure of a vessel for Sri Lankan Navy Special Boat Squadron Sailors during a Theater Security Cooperation training event at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee, Nov. 24, 2016. This bilateral training allows the two militaries to share tactics and procedures that help build and maintain military readiness, and increase humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness. The 11th MEU, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Photo by GySgt Robert Brown.
photolibrary_everythingunderthesun_thumbnail_180x102Marines suppress simulated objectives at Range 410A Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California, Oct. 21, 2016. The exercise is part of a qualification for deployment in which Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment are slated to integrate as a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Photo by LCpl Juan A. Soto-Delgado.
photolibrary_wemakemarines_thumbnail_180x102Drill instructors of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, retire the guidons Dec. 2, 2016. The guidons are retired after each platoon graduates.
photolibrary_finalexercise_thumbnail_180x102A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives orders to his team during the final exercise of Exercise Tiger Strike 2016, in Sabah Province, Malaysia, Nov. 13, 2016. The final exercise served as a demonstration of U.S. and Malaysian bilateral capabilities to plan, communicate and execute amphibious operations. Photo by Cpl Devan K. Gowans.
photolibrary_teamwork_thumbnail_180x102Marines remove a tree from main road aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, Oct. 8. Marines and sailors with MCAS Beaufort worked to return the air station and Laurel Bay to normal operations. They removed debris and cleaned up main access roads to establish infrastructure after Hurricane Matthew. Photo by SSgt Dengrier Baez.
photolibrary_toysfortots_thumbnail_180x102Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million children in need. This charitable endeavor has made the Marine Corps the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. To donate, visit www.toysfortots.org/. Photo by Mark Fayloga.
photolibrary_thruthemud_thumbnail_180x102Candidates with Delta Company, Officer Candidate School (OCS) conduct the Fireteam Assault course aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 13, 2016. The mission of OCS is to educate and train officer candidates in order to evaluate and screen individuals for qualities required for commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Photo by LCpl Jose Villloboshrocha.
photolibrary_inworkingorder_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), the "Black Knights", 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted CH-53 Super Stallion recovery operations April 12, 2016 aboard the USS San Antonio (LPD-17). The 22nd MEU and Amphibious Squadron Six (PHIBRON-6) are underway for Amphibious Ready Group/MEU exercises. Photo by Sgt Ryan Young.
photolibrary_onlandoratsea_thumbnail_180x102Lance Cpl Ryley Sweet drives an assault amphibious vehicle onto amphibious assault ship USS San Diego, off the coast of Hawaii. The Marines are participating in the Rim of the Pacific 2016, a multinational military exercise, from June 29 to Aug. 8 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Photo by SSgt Christopher Gianetti.
photolibrary_strafingfire_thumbnail_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One engages targets during an urban close air support exercise at Yodaville, Yuma, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2016. The urban close air support exercise was part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-17, a seven-week training event, hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. Photo by LCpl Danny Gonzalez.
photolibrary_oldglory_thumbnail_180x102The sun sets over the USS Green Bay (LPD-20) at White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Japan, August 21, 2016. Marines of the 31st MEU are currently embarked on ships of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group for a scheduled fall patrol of the Asia-Pacific Region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Photo by Cpl Darien J. Bjorndal.
PhotoLibrary_Vertical_Assault_Raid_thumbnail_180x102A Marine with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, exits a MV-22 Osprey during a vertical assault raid at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 23, 2016. The raid was part of their pre-deployment training in preparation for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's upcoming deployment. Photo by LCpl Melanye E. Martinez.
PhotoLibrary_Laser_Sharp_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Login Loftis, a machine gunner with Company F, 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, fires a M240 medium machine gun as LCpl Krikland Harrington, a machine gunner with Company F, 2/5, looks through his night vision optic to guide Loftis onto his target during Integrated Training Exercise 5-16 aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms California, August 18, 2016. Photo by Cpl Timothy Valero.
PhotoLibrary_Devil_Dog_Challenge_thumbnail_180x102Marines and sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, participated in a Teufel Hunden, or Devil Dog, challenge August 12, 2016, on Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Companies competed against each other in sprint relays, pugil stick fighting, a pull-up and push-up competition, ground fighting and a high-intensity tactical training course. The field meet was organized to build camaraderie among the Marines and sailors. BLT 3/6 is a part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Photo by LCpl Brianna Gaudi.
PhotoLibrary_Osprey_Landing_1st_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), set up security around the back of an MV-22 Osprey during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Composite Training Unit Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, August 23, 2016. TRAP is one of the standing missions a MEU must be capable of executing during its deployment. Photo by LCpl Brandon Maldonado.