Gallery_SapperSquad_041816thumbnailA Marine with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion engages targets with an M240B machine gun during the machine gun range portion of the battalion's sapper squad competition at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 23, 2016. During this event, squads worked together to engage targets at ranges up to 800 meters. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.
Gallery_SDP_041116thumbnailSSgt Daniel Robert, platoon sergeant, leads the Silent Drill Platoon off Liversedge Field during the Battle Colors Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Mar. 17, 2016 . One hundred and thirty Marines from The Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. 8th & I, performed for hundreds of service members and their families at Camp Lejeune as the last stop of their spring 2016 tour. Photo by LCpl Sean Berry.
Gallery_DoubleDragon_040416thumbnailFrom left, U.S. Marine Corps LCpl Dave Hermansen and LCpl Jabril Giannotti, mortarmen, and Sgt Jack Williams, a squad leader, all assigned to Weapons Co., Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a 81mm training mortar with the M252A2 mortar system during Ssang Yong 16 at Suseongri, South Korea, March 15, 2016. Ssang Yong familiarizes American armed forces with the Korean Peninsula and contributes to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Hermansen is a native of Westbrook, Connecticut. Giannotti is a native of Highland Park, New Jersey. Williams is a native of Pilot Point, Texas. Photo by Cpl Darien Bjorndal.
PhotoLibrary-Cold_Refueling_thumbnail_180x102SSgt Samuel J. Galan Jr. and LCpl Gerald J. Demontmollin III refuel a UH-1Y Venom Feb. 24, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Demontmollin and his squadron performed simulated assault and close air support training to maintain unit readiness. "We can shut the aircraft down and turn the engines off [and then fuel the aircraft]. That's called cold refueling. What we did today was hot refueling. We can leave the aircraft running while we fuel, getting us ready to get back in the fight," said 1st Lt. David W. Few, a UH-1Y Venom copilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Air Wing. Galan, a native of Houston, Texas, is a crew chief with HMLA-169. Demontmollin, from Grass Valley is a crew chief with HMLA-169. Photo by LCpl Justin Bowles.
PhotoLibrary-Support_Squadron_thumbnail_180x102A group of Marines simulate spraying fuel away from them as they move closer to an engulfed aircraft during a training event as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 16 at Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 19, 2016. Marines and Royal Thai sailors worked together throughout the exercise to build bonds and skills. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and relations between participating nations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl William Hester.
PhotoLibrary-Birds_Eye_View_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Rommi S. Swelam observes his fellow crew chiefs in a UH-1Y Huey during a flight as part of Cobra Gold 16 in Utapao, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2016. The Huey gives crew chiefs the advantage of having a "Bird's eye" view of the environment below. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to increase interoperability and cooperation of participating nations by working toward solutions to common challenges. Swelam, from Raleigh, N.C., is a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 which is currently supporting Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1stj Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program. Photo by Cpl William Hester.
PhotoLibrary-Basilones_Challenge_thumbnail_180x102Private First Class Jonghyun Lee, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, leads his squad up a hill with ammunition cans to resupply their fighting positions during the Basilone's Challenge Crucible event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20, 2016. Recruits are expected to run up and down the hill multiple times to create fatigue and imitate combat. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 29. Photo by Cpl Tyler Viglione.
PhotoLibrary-High_Grass_Stalk_thumbnail_180x102A Marine student undergoing the 2nd Marine Division Combat Skills Center's Pre-Scout Sniper Course prepares to move during a stalking exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 22, 2016. The exercise required students to traverse approximately 1,000 meters of high grass and fire on a target, all without being detected. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-Casualty_Evacuation_thumbnail_180x102Cpl Joshua Payne, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 and a Spring, Texas, native, guides the pilots of an MV-22B Osprey to an unprepared field during casualty-evacuation training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20. Casualty-evacuation training prepares the Marines to land in a combat zone, pick up injured Marines and transport them to a safe area. Photo by LCpl Kimberlyn Adams.
PhotoLibrary-Gas_Mask_thumbnail_180x102PFC Jarett Houk, a motor transport mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 and a native of Virginia Beach, Va., gears up to begin Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) decontamination and reconnaissance training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2016. Photo by Cpl Travis Gershaneck.
PhotoLibrary-Engage_targets_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) 3 engage simulated targets with a M240B medium machine gun during their Command Post Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Jan. 19. Marines with MWHS-3 participated in a three-day, two-night CPX designed to instill and improve field and tactical skills of the Headquarter Marines, Jan. 19-21. Photo by LCpl Harley Robinson.
PhotoLibrary_Final_drill_eval_thumbnail_180x102Senior Drill Instructor Sgt Timothy C. Hang, Platoon 3008, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, yells commands during a final drill evaluation Jan. 20, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. Drillmasters, experts on the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, grade each platoon and its drill instructor on their ability to perform close-order drill movements. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.
PhotoLibrary-GySgt_thumbnail_180x102GySgt Christopher Mulcahy, a combat marksmanship trainer instructor with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, looks out of a UH-1Y Huey during a formation flight above Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 17. Mulcahy communicated the position of another Huey and other aircraft during the formation flight. Photo by Sgt Lillian Stephens.
PhotoLibary-1000_feet_above_thumbnail_180x102Marines with the 1st Expeditionary Operations Training free fall at 10,000 feet above Drop Zone Basilone, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 21. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 supported the 1st EOTG in their parachute-operations training. This training is intended to improve the Marines' skill for future uses of this knowledge, such as a deployment situation. Units like the 1st EOTG deploy often and this training allows the Marines to be ready to deploy at a moment's notice. Phot by LCpl Harley Robinson.
PhotoLibrary-Herculean_Vista_thumbnail_180x102Three Eurofighter Typhoons with the Spanish Air Force escort a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules during an aerial refueling mission, Aug. 13, in Spain. Bilateral exercises such as this one are how Spain and the U.S. foster one of the closest defense partnerships around the world. Photo by SSgt Vitaliy Rusavskiy.
PhotoLibrary-Visit_Board_Search_Seizure_010416_180x102A Marine Raiders with Marine Special Operations Company Charlie, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, breach a conex box with a saw during Visit, Board, Search and Seizure training, as part of a Company Collective Exercise, Oct. 15, 2015, in San Diego, California. Photo by Cpl Steven Fox.
PhotoLibrary-Undisclosed_Landing_Location_122115_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey with U.S. Marines embarked from Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, lands at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia to insert the Marines into a training area during a mission readiness exercise Nov. 23, 2015. The training exercise consisted of a scenario where a forward operating base in the area of responsibility required SPMAGTF-CR-CC reinforcement as part of its crisis response mission spanning 20 nations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Photo by Sgt Ricardo Hurtado.
PhotoLibrary-Constant_Vigilance_121415_180x102LCpl Alexander Sieck, a Greenville, Calif. and data network specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, remains vigilant on a patrol during the certification portion of the Basic Combat Skills Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. BCSC serves as a re-familiarization course for non-infantry Marines, teaching the fundamental skills needed to operate in a deployed environment. Photo by LCpl Devan Gowans.
PhotoLibrary_Rear_Hand_Punch_120915_180x102A recruit with Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, executes a rear hand punch during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program session at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Nov. 25. Although recruits will have several more MCMAP sessions before graduation, each is equally important because they will be tested on everything they learned in order to earn their tan belt in MCMAP, which is the first level and a graduation requirement. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 12. Photo by Sgt Tyler Viglione.
PhotoLibrary-AAV_Qualifications_120415_180x102Alpha Company, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducts their Amphibious Assault Vehicle qualifications Nov. 6, for the first time at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. Alpha Company is conducting this training in preparation for future deployments. Photo by LCpl Aaron James B. Vinculado.