Smoke DetectorGySgt Jhimelle Sepulveda, training chief with a fire fighting unit on Camp Pendleton, California, emerges from a fire training facility during an exercise conducted by the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton's Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting unit on a controlled burn training facility. Photo by Sgt Christopher Duncan.
MALUS AMPHEX 2014Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and members of the Malaysian Armed Forces participate in jungle survival training during Malaysia-United States Amphibious Exercise 2014. Photo by Cpl Jonathan Waldman.
Aiming For AccuracyCpl Tevin Murphy, 21, from Atlanta, an Ammunition Technician with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, sends rounds down range during an unknown distance shoot aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo by LCpl John Baker.
Spartan FuryU.S. Marine LCpl Cameron Belk, a Artillery Cannoneer assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Alpha Battery, awaits for a fire mission aboard Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hawaii. Photo by LCpl Victor A. Mancilla.
Reaching New HeightsForce Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a diving exit while conducting an initial High Altitude Low Opening jump out of an MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue Field, N.C. Photo by Cpl Todd F. Michalek.
Sights SetRoyal Australian Army Lt Stephen D. Weir, right, and LCpl Nicholas W. Boston, left, post perimeter security for a stand-to drill August 24 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, during Exercise Koolendong 14. The focus of KD-14 is to establish a bilateral expeditionary command and control element in austere conditions, directing all maneuver elements in execution of the exercise. Photo by LCpl Joey S. Holeman.
Recon OpsA Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a partner nation force training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 17 - 27. The Marines of 2/8 joined forces with Critical Skill Operators with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command to strengthen the process-driven capability integration process between Special Operations Forces and the Marine Air Ground Task Force and to increase the Marine Corps' and MARSOC's ability to partner with foreign counterparts to advise, train and assist allied security forces. Photo by Capt Barry Morris.
AMPHEX 14Amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) return to the USS Comstock with members of the Malaysian Armed Forces during Malaysia-U.S. Amphibious Exercise Aug. 28. MALUS AMPHEX 14 is a bilateral exercise between the 11th MEU and Malaysian Armed Forces that includes operational and tactical level training in planning, command and control, and combat service support using both ground and sea assets. Photo by Sgt Melissa Wenger.
Push ItMembers of the Marine Corps Recruiting Substation Riverside Delayed Entry Program, complete a variety of exercises during a physical training event at Xtreme Solutions Gym in Riverside, Calif., Aug. 23. Sean Lynch, Xtreme Solutions gym owner and former Navy corpsman, volunteered his facility to help future Marines become more physically prepared before attending recruit training. Photo by Sgt Erica Kirsop.
Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughLCpl Julio C. Miranda Jr. rappels down a cliff during Mountain Exercise 2014, aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Miranda is an infantry rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's ground combat element in October. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
Pull UpRct Alan Makovkin, Platoon 2076, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, completes a pull-up during a combat conditioning session July 30, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Sessions such as this are meant to help strengthen recruits to meet the Marine Corps' high physical fitness standards and prepare them for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, which are both graduation requirements. Photo by Cpl Caitlin Brink.
Unload Show ClearMarines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle exit the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1stClass RJ Stratchko.
U.S. Marine Corps Color GuardThe U.S. Marine Corps color guard presents the nation's colors at National Park in Washington, Aug. 20, 2014. The Washington Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was held in honor of all members of the United States Marine Corps. Photo by Sgt Gabriela Garcia.
GAU-11 MinigunLCpl Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, mounts a GAU-11 Minigun during a moving target exercise at the Yodaville Urban Target Complex, located in the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The crew chiefs expended more than 6,000 rounds during the exercise, building proficiency in their gunnery skillsets. Photo by Cpl James Marchetti.
Landing at LejeunePFC Corey Sullivan, a landing support specialist with Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group guides a CH-53E Super Stallion during helicopter support team operations at a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2014. The HST operation allowed landing support Marines to gain valuable experience. Photo by LCpl Sullivan Laramie.
M1859 NCO SwordThree Marine noncommissioned officers formerly deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) were presented personalized Marine NCO swords by the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club for achievements during three separate Corporal's Courses. Photo by Sgt Paris Capers.
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.