Stars and StripesThe 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's color guard lines up along the baseball field before the Padres' pre-game ceremony here, Aug. 2, 2013. The 11th MEU's color guard performed precision drill and honors to the colors during the pre-game ceremony. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
Promotion at SeaU.S. Marine Corps Cpl Cameron Burton, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), supply noncommissioned officer in charge and native of Memphis, Tenn., promotes Cpl Bruce Ivory, CLB-22 supply clerk and native of Atlanta, to his current rank aboard the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). Photo by Cpl Manuel A. Estrada.
Now BoardingMarines with Co. E, 2nd battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment board a CH-53 helicopter for extraction after multiple patrols throughout the Mountain Warfare Training Center's training area, June 21, 2014. Marines participated in night movements and patrols through the morning of their extraction day. Photo by Cpl Charles Santemaria.
Through the MistRepublic of Korea and U.S. Marines advance through a haze of smoke June 12, 2014 during military operations on urbanized terrain training at the MOUT training center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The two-day training evolution covered the basics of patrolling through an urban environment, reacting to enemy contact, crossing danger areas, as well as clearing out rooms, stairwells and buildings. Photo by LCpl Drew Tech.
PhotoLibrary-WithHonor071014_image1_180x102SgtMaj Micheal P. Barrett, 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, attends the Medal of Honor Parade and Flag Ceremony for Cpl Kyle Carpenter, Marine Barracks Washington, Washington D.C., June 20, 2014. Photo by LCpl Samantha Draughon.
Pets From the PresidentPresident Barack Obama greets LCpl Chesty XIV, official Marine Corps mascot, during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., June 27. Photo by Cpl Larry Babilya.
Slippery When WetCpl Connor J. Adlington climbs over a wall after emerging from a river during the Jungle Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves, June 14, 2014. Adlington is a machine gunner with Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Multiple obstacles make up the endurance course, which tests physical and mental stamina, as well as unit cohesion. Photo by Cpl Henry Antenor.
Just Hanging OutA Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a fast rope and rappel training exercise aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, June 24, 2014. Photo by Sgt Alisa J. Helin.
PhotoLibrary-InOut070414_image1_180x1021stLt Melanie Helmer, the adjutant for Black Sea Rotational Force 14, from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, explains small arms protective insert plates to a child in Constanta, Romania during Children’s Day weekend with the community May 31, 2014. Marines and sailors participated in Romania’s Children’s Day with a showcase of standard-issued equipment and military vehicles for children to interact with first-hand. Photo by LCpl Scott W. Whiting.
I’ve Got StripesSgtMaj Micheal Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, shakes hands with a Marine prior to a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., June 20, 2014. Photo by Cpl Dan Hosack.
Ready, Aim, Fire!Marines fire an M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzer at dusk June 10 during Artillery Relocation Training Program 14-1 at the Ojojihara Maneuver Area, Japan. During the exercise, artillery Marines trained in relocating artillery positions, artillery live-fire, small-arms weapons tactics and other sustainment events. Photo by Sgt Jose O. Nava.
PhotoLibrary-MissionReady070114_image1_180x102Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, load onto a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 prior to a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 5, 2014. The company conducted disruption operations in a known Taliban bed-down location for two days. During the previous mission May 29, the company discovered a drug production lab and removed more than one metric ton of narcotics from the battlefield. Photo by Cpl Joseph Scanlan.
PhotoLibrary-GotAir063014_image1_180x102A shallow water egress trainer observes as a Marine goes upside down and attempts to breath compressed air from an emergency breathing system at the base pool on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Photo by Cpl Matthew Callahan.
In and OutMarines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, run from an MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), to the entry control point during a simulated non-combatant evacuation operation at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 5, 2014. The training was part of a larger field exercise which served to better prepare CLB-24 for their upcoming deployment with the 24th MEU at the end of the year. Photo by Cpl Devin Nichols.
Suit UpU.S. Marine Corps Cpl Linden Munro, left, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) corporals course student and native of Athens, Ga., prepares Cpl Angel Gaspar, 22nd MEU corporals course student and native of Los Banos, Calif., for a pugil stick match as part of a corporals course combat conditioning session aboard the USS Mesa Verde. Photo by SSgt Lukas Atwell.
Earning Gold WingsMarines with 1st Air Delivery platoon conducted static line jumping out of a CH-46 Sea Knight aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 5, 2014. The Marines conducted two day jumps and two night jumps at around 1,500 feet. Three Marines jumped with full combat gear in order to complete the requirements for their gold wings. Photo by LCpl Ashton Buckingham.
Cleared!U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3D Battalion, 3D Marine Regiment, enter a compound gate during a search and rescue mission at the Boondocker Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, May 29th, 2014. The Marines from 3/3 conducted Amphibious, Offensive, and Stability Operations which developed small unit level leadership and increased their lethality and ability to fight whenever the battalion is called upon. Photo by LCpl Aaron Patterson.
PhotoLibrary-DownAndDirty062014_image1_180x102Marines and sailors competed in the Commanding General's Cup Mud Run at Lake O'Neill June 6. The run is a 10K with militaristic obstacles including a rope net, wall climb and low crawling through a mud pit. The Commanding General's Cup is a series of athletic events for units on base to compete in. 1st Combat Engineer Battalion were the winners of the run. Photo by Sgt Derrick K. Irons.
Since I first joined the Marines, I have advocated aggressiveness in the field and constant offensive action. Hit quickly, hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you.
LtGen H. M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith: "Coral and Brass," 1949