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-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-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-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-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-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-OnslowBeach_033015_image1_180x102Cpl David Elliot, A Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division observes the beach for anomalies during an amphibious beach exercise at Onslow beach, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2015. Scout swimmers are dropped off about 500 meters away from the shore, where they swim in and secure a landing zone, and signal the boat teams to land on shore at the same time. Photo by Cpl Tyler Anderson.
PhotoLibrary-StairwaytoHeaven_032415_image1_180x102LCpl James Daves, with Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, climbs an obstacle on the confidence course during the unit's Warrior Day at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 9, 2015. The Warrior Day consisted of various team building exercises and obstacles in order to practice small unit leadership and enhance unit morale. Photo by LCpl Colby Cooper.
PhotoLibrary-ShipToShore_image1_180x102Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Maritime Raid Force depart the USS Essex (LHD 2) on a combat rubber raiding craft during Amphibious Squadron Three/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego March 4, 2015. The MRF used CRRCs during a precision raid exercise in preparation for their deployment later this spring. Photo by Cpl Elize McElvey.
PhotoLibrary-CloudCover_031015_image1_180x102An MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to land on the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego. Photo by Cpl Elize McKelvey.
PhotoLibrary-ProtectHouse_030315_image1_180x102A Marine with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs Marines on a maneuver path during a vertical assault raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait. Photo by Cpl Todd F. Michaelchek.
PhotoLibrary-RenderRespects_030215_image1_180x102A Marine salutes the American flag during a wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington. The ceremony commemorated the 70th anniversary of the battle for Iwo Jima. With most of the surviving veterans in their 80's and 90's, surviving Marines visited the memorial in remembrance of their brothers in arms. Photo by Cpl Clayton Filipowicz.
PhotoLibrary-JungleSurvival_022615_image1_180x102Cpl Kyleigh M. Porter, from Montross, Va., eats a scorpion Feb. 8 in Ban Chan Krem, Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold 2015. The Royal Thai Marines demonstrated several jungle survival tactics and asked for U.S. Marine volunteers to participate. Porter is a radio operator with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl Isaac Ibarra.
PhotoLibrary-SightingIn_022515_image1_180x102Cpl Justin M. Goodchild, right, assists PFC Luis A. Chavez with locating a simulated enemy target during ground-based air defense training at Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic, N.C., Feb. 3, 2015. Photo by Cpl J.R. Heins.
PhotoLibrary-FreshAir_021915_image1_180x102LCpl Darius Phillips, administrative specialist assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, prepares to break the seal of his M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask during annual training at Range 105-A aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Photo by LCpl Aaron S. Patterson.
PhotoLibrary-FrozenVoyage_021715_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct boat operations with a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft from the well deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard, at sea, Feb. 2, 2015. Marines and Sailors launched and recovered the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft in preparation for their upcoming patrol. Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena.
PhotoLibrary-PeasPos_021015_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in an AAV-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle dock aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47) off the coast of San Diego Jan. 23, 2015. The 15th MEU was embarked aboard the three ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group - the USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Anchorage (LPD 23), and USS Rushmore. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
Resolved, that two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors & Officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to office or inlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required. That they be inlisted and commissioned for and during the present war with Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by Congress. That they be distinguished by the names of the first & second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered a part of the number, which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.
Resolution of the Continental Congress on 10 November 1775