PhotoLibrary-Huey_012315_image1_180x102A UH-1Y Venom departs for a fast-roping mission during maritime interoperability training aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 9, 2015. MIT prepares the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels. Photo by 1stLt Allison Burgos.
PhotoLibrary-FootPatrol_012115_image1_180x102Marines lead a foot patrol Dec. 9 during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. Photo by SSgt Warren Peace.
PhotoLibrary-Portside_012115_image1_180x102LCpl Mohamad Jrad, a low-altitude air defense gunner with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, surveys the shores of Morocco aboard the USS New York, at sea, Dec. 25, 2014. Jrad was part of a defensive posture for the ship as it sailed through the Strait of Gibraltar on its way into the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by Cpl Todd F. Michaelchek.
PhotoLibrary-SnowySlopes_012015_image1_180x102LCpl Eleanor H. Roper (right), a Monroe, Wis., native and field radio operator with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, pulls a Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit, or MCCWIK sled up a slope during a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014. The MCCWIK allows service members to move equipment over snow-covered terrain that vehicles are unable to traverse. Photo by LCpl Sullivan Laramie.
PhotoLibrary-NewMarine_012015_image1_180x102A new Marine of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, greets his family following his graduation ceremony Jan. 9, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines spent nearly 13 weeks away from home training to earn their places in the Corps. Photo by Cpl Jennifer Schubert.
PhotoLibrary-Sunrise_011615_image1_180x102A CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter sits staged on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Jan. 5, 2015. Cherry Point is home to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and several of its squadrons. Its runways operate 24/7, 365 days each year, and the air station hosts squadrons that specialize in heavy helicopter lift and transport; air-to-ground attack support; electronic warfare; aerial transport and refueling; and sea and land search and rescue. Photo by Sgt T. T. Parish.
PhotoLibrary-IntoWild_011515_image1_180x102Marines with Company E, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sits still in the middle of a tree line during a vertical assault as part of MEU Exercise (MEUEX), in Combat Town, Okinawa, Japan, Dec 10, 2014. BLT 2/4 is conducting training in preparation of their upcoming spring patrol. Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena.
PhotoLibrary-Nest_011415_image1_180x102Sgt Alexander M. Tryon scans the surrounding area for enemy forces during a vertical assault Dec. 10 at Combat Town. After acquiring a strong foothold within the town, the Marines cleared all of the buildings and searched for simulated high-value individuals. Tryon, from Cortland, Ohio, is a scout sniper with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Photo by LCpl Ryan C. Main.
PhotoLibrary-HomeSweetHome_011315_image1_180x102Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off-load from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 12. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
PhotoLibrary-HitEmHigh_011215_image1_180x102Cpl. Cameron Castillo, center, a satellite communications operator with 8th Communication Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, attacks his opponent during the "Praetorian Challenge" field meet at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 10, 2014. During the challenge, the Marines participated in warrior events such as rock climbing, tire flipping, pulling a 7-ton truck, and tug-of-war. Photo by Cpl Elizabeth E. Case.
PhotoLibrary-BigGuns_image1_180x102Marines fire an M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzer Nov. 7 at the North Fuji Maneuver Area during Artillery Relocation Training Program 14-3. ARTP is a regularly scheduled training event that increases and maintains combat readiness of U.S. Marine forces and supports the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-BangBang_image1_180x102Sgt Margarita B. Valenzuela, rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company A, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, engages known-distance targets with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle from the standing position during a three-day field exercise at the Verona Loop training area on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Photo By Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders.
PhotoLibrary-LiveFire_image1_010615_180x102Cpl Corina Nunez, a motor transport Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participates in a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 5. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
PhotoLibrary-SPMAGTF_image1010614_180x102A Molotov cocktail, thrown by Mock rioters played by fire fighters, explodes in front of U.S. Marines with SPMAGTF Crisis Response - Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmeries Armored Group, as they train in crowd and riot control techniques at the National Gendarmerie Training Center in St. Astier, France, Dec. 2, 2014. Photo by Cpl Jeraco Jenkins.
PhotoLibrary-BlazingBullets_image1_180x102A Marine with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during realistic urban training aboard Camp Roberts, California, Dec. 7, 2014. RUT prepares the 15th MEU's Marines for their upcoming deployment, enhancing their combat skills in environments similar to those they may find in future missions. Photo by Cpl Steve H. Lopez.
PhotoLibrary-Howitzer_image1_180x102LCpl Johnathan Dowden, from Wichita Falls, cleans a spindle from an M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzer during a command post exercise Oct. 30 for Artillery Training Relocation Program 14-3 at Camp Fuji. The exercise focused on communications between the fire direction center and teams manning the howitzers. ARTP prepared artillery batteries for a smooth execution of training in the North Fuji Maneuver Area by affording teams a chance to troubleshoot any problems with their weapons before moving to the live-fire training. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-BlendingIn_image1_180x102U.S. Marine LCpl Jonas G. Dewald demonstrates the effectiveness of a ghillie suit Dec. 2 in the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. The concealment training was part of Forest Light 15-1, a semi-annual, bilateral exercise consisting of a command post exercise and field training events conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. Photo by Cpl Drew Tech.
PhotoLibrary-SidePlank_image1_180x102Marines perform a side plank in the shallow waters of Kin Blue, Okinawa, Nov. 21, during the culminating event for Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor course 1-15. The culminating event pushed the Marines and sailor to their limits mentally and physically, all while challenging them with MCMAP fundamentals. The Marines and sailor in the course trained for three weeks in order to earn their instructor tabs. After earning their tab, they now have the ability to practice and teach the disciplines and lessons they learned from the course. Photo by Cpl Joey Holeman.
PhotoLibrary-GetInStep_image1_18x102Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 371, based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., complete a hike at Telegraph Pass in Yuma, Arizona, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Photo by Cpl Zachary Scanlon.