Meritorious PromotionThe Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen James F. Amos, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Michael P. Barrett, promote Gabriela Pasillas, an administrative non-commissioned officer, at National Harbor, Md., Aug. 11, 2014. Pasillas was promoted to the rank of sergeant during the 2014 Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium. Photo by Sgt Gabriela Garcia.
Banners in the BreezeU.S. Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, carry the colors during the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific change of command ceremony on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, August 15, 2014. LtGen John A. Toolan Jr. assumed command from LtGen Terry G. Robling during the ceremony. Photo by LCpl Wesley Timm.
Boots on the GroundMarines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin conduct a helicopter insert during a live-fire exercise at Bradshaw Field Training Area during Exercise Koolendong, August 2014. Photo by Cpl Scott Reel.
PhotoLibrary-HideSeek082214_image1_180x102U.S. Marines with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Soldiers from the Western Army Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct boat operations as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program on Kin Blue, Okinawa, July 11, 2014. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations. Photo by GySgt Ismael Pena.
PhotoLibrary-DrumBugleCorps082114_image1_180x102The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps performs during a Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by SSgt Paula Reth.
PhotoLibrary-Inspection082014_image1_180x102Recruit Benjamin J. Flores, Platoon 1003, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, gets corrected by his drill instructor after he got a question wrong during the Series Commander Inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 4. Before the commander steps in front of recruits, their drill instructors inspect them to ensure that they are ready. Photo by Cpl Tyler Viglione.
PhotoLibrary-MakingWaves_image1_180x102LCpl Garrick R. Upton, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, shouts a warning back to his crew as he splashes into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean in an AAV aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Photo by LCpl Alex W. Mitchell.
PhotoLibrary-FastRope081814_image1_180x102A Marine with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, descends down a rope as part of fast-rope training during the 11th MEU's WESTPAC deployment aboard the USS Makin Island. Photo by LCpl Evan R. White.
OspreyAn MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies over the open sea between Iwo To and Chichi Jima, Japan, July 29. The Osprey flew to Iwo To and Chichi Jima to demonstrate the far-reaching and quick response capabilities of the aircraft. Photo by Adam Miller.
Corporals CourseSSgt Eric R. Cole, a warehouse chief with Combat Logistic Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates guidon manual during a period of instruction on drill at Corporals' Course aboard the USS San Diego, Pacific Ocean, July 30, 2014. Corporals' Course is a leadership course, providing the basic knowledge and skills necessary to assume greater responsibility as a Marine noncommissioned officer. Photo by GySgt Rome Lazarus.
PhotoLibrary-StarsStripes081314_image1_180x102BrigGen John W. Bullard relinquished command of Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to BrigGen Edward D. Banta during a Change of Command at the 11 Area Parade Field Aug. 1. Bullard who served as commanding general here since August 2013, acting as both the commanding general for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as well as commanding general for MCI-West, is retiring after 31 years of honorable and faithful military service. Photo by Sgt Valerie C. Eppler.
Leadership AcademyMaj Pauls Smith, staff member, Marine Corps Recruiting Command's Leadership Academy, motivates a participant of the Leadership Academy as she completes a portion of the Combat Fitness Test, here, July 31. The Leadership Academy helps local youth develop their leadership traits and principles so that they may return to the community as well-rounded quality citizens. Photo by Cpl Francisco Martinez.
‘Shutes and LaddersA Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a rope ladder from the flight deck of the USS San Diego into a UH-1Y Super Huey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, eastern Pacific Ocean, July 30, 2014. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations.
Controlling the BlazeMarines assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting conduct training aboard MCAS Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The training was designed to ensure familiarity with the gear and increase proficiency and response times within the unit. Photo by Cpl Jacob Prescott.
Prep WorkLCpl Nathan Strahle, a Marysville, Wash., native and machine gunner with India Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, directs LCpl Hunter Locklear's direction of fire during live-fire maneuver training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 22, 2014. The 24th MEU is currently conducting a Realistic Urban Training exercise, their first major pre-deployment training event in preparation for their deployment at the end of the year. Photo by Cpl Todd F. Michalek.
Steel RainU.S. Marine Corps LCpl William Melton, a field artillery fire controlman, with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment loads a M795 projectile artillery round into the chamber during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 24, 2014. RIMPAC trains and improves leadership at all levels, including individual proficiency, and sharpens command and control skills while challenging participants to adapt to changing conditions as part of a joint or combined force. Photo by LCpl Wesley Timm.
RIMPACA Landing Craft Air Cushion, embarked from the USS Rushmore, prepares to land during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercise aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows in Waimanalo, Hawaii, July 11, 2014. Held every two years, RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise. The exercise provides a unique training opportunity that strengthens international maritime partnership, enhances interoperability and improves the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations. Photo by Cpl Aaron Patterson.
On Land and SeaA U.S. Marine assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, signals an Amphibious Assault Vehicle to move alongside his own to transfer troops between the vehicles in Kaneohe Bay. Photo by Cpl Matthew Callahan.
GuidonLCpl Calvin J. Gutierrez, Platoon 2101, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, presents the guidon during graduation practice at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., July 15. Gutierrez is a El Monte, Calif., native and was recruited out of Recruiting Substation Montebello, Calif. Photo by Sgt Walter D. Merino II.