Evening ColorsMarines fold the American flag during an evening colors ceremony at the historical Santa Margarita Ranch House on Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 9, 2014. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton hosted the annual ceremony celebrating its 72-year history. Photo by Sgt Trevon Peracca.
Demolition MenU.S. Marine Corps Cpl Cory Stryker, middle, explains how to arm C4 explosives to LCpl Maxwell E. Ackerdeoliveira, left, and LCpl Christopher M. Medberry, right, at a demolitions range at Crow Valley in the Philippines during Amphibious Landing Exercise, PHIBLEX 15, Oct. 8, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Marines and sailors and Philippines forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Photo by SSgt Joseph Digirolamo.
CommitmentU.S. Marine Corps Commanding General of 2nd Marine Logistics Group (2nd MLG), BrigGen Charles G. Chiarotti, congratulates Cpl. Guillermo Shrader, after a reenlistment ceremony during his visit to see the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 6 (CLB-6) Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd MLG at Sardine Rock, Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Bridgeport, California. Photo by Cpl Desire M. Mora.
Row Your BoatMarines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) depart the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) in Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts (CRRC) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX)15. PHIBLEX15 is an annual bilateral training exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Patrick Dionne.
Helmand PatrolU.S. Marine Corps 1stLt Patrick Ford, left, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt Wilfredo Rios hand out meals to local Afghan children during a security patrol in Nad Ali district in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2014. Ford is a platoon commander, and Rios is a section leader assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. Photo by Cpl John A. Martinez Jr.
Crow ValleyU.S. Marines carry Bangalore torpedoes fused with detonation cord used to clear obstacles at Crow Valley, the Philippines, during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15, Oct. 8. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines alongside U.S. Marine and Navy forces focused on strengthening the partnership and relationships between the two nations across a range of military operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations. Photo by SSgt Jospeh Digirolamo.
The WeaverRecruits of Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, navigate through the Weaver obstacle during the Crucible Confidence Course at Edson Range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 30. The event is part of the Crucible, which is a 54-hour test of endurance in which recruits must conquer more than 30 different obstacles while they experience food and sleep deprivation. Photo by Sgt Benjamin E. Woodle.
FA-18 HornetCpl Uriah C. Patterson, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, steps out from the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet Oct. 1 during Forager Fury III. Aircraft maintenance Marines provide a major supporting role during FF III by inspecting, repairing and refueling aircraft. Photo by LCpl Tyler Ngiraswei.
Practice Makes PerfectMarines with Charlie Battery, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participate in close quarters tactics drills in the well deck of the USS Makin Island, Sept. 25. The purpose of the training was to hone weapons handling skills and rapid response techniques. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
PHILBEX AAVU.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, maneuver their assault amphibious vehicle during a simulated mechanized raid as part of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 at the Naval Education Training Command, Zambales, Philippines. Photo by LCpl Colby Cooper.
Rappelling TrainingA U.S. Marine with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 1st Marine Division, rappels from Sardine Rock, Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Bridgeport, California, Oct. 4, 2014. 2/5 and Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stayed at MWTC to attend the basic mobility course. Photo by Cpl Desire M. Mora.
Osprey OpsMV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take off from the flight deck of the USS Makin Island, Oct. 6 in support of ongoing operations. Photo by Cpl Laura Y. Raga.
CH-53 TacticsU.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force conduct fast rope tactics out of a CH-53E Super Stallion at Auxiliary Airfield 2, Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014. The exercise is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. Photo by Cpl Xzavior T. Neal.
Come Into FocusPFC Joshua E. Chacon, combat videographer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific Combat Camera, documents UH-1Y Venom with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 on the Luzon Island in the Philippines. Photo by Cpl Sara Medina.
Close Combat BayonetRecruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, are shown the proper stance prior to a bayonet strike at Marine Corps Recruit San Diego, Calif., Sept. 24. Recruits were given a class on how utilize their rifle in close quarters combat with a fixed bayonet. Photo by Sgt Walter D. Merino II.
Community ImpactU.S. Marine Corps Col John Armellino, chief of staff, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, speaks with local Philippine children during a community health engagement at San Rafael High School leading up to Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 15 in Palawan, Philippines, September 26, 2014. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. Marines and Navy to strengthen interoperability across a range of capabilities to include disaster relief and contingency operations. Photo by PFC Matthew Casbarro.
I Do Solemnly SwearCapt Chad Luebke, Officer Selection Officer of Recruiting Station Milwaukee, administers the Officer Oath of Office to 2ndLt Louise Nowak during her commissioning ceremony in Pound, Wis., on Sept. 20, 2014. Nowak, a recent graduate of Carroll University, was awarded the Commandant's Trophy earlier this year in recognition of her exceptional academic performance, physical fitness and leadership at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. Photo by Sgt Tia Nagle.
In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is "proud to bear the title of United States Marine."