In the Air, On Land and SeaMarines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a CH-46E Sea Knight during Exercise Red Reef 13, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jan. 7, 2013. Red Reef is a bilateral amphibious exercise between the 15th MEU and Saudi forces that focuses on expanding levels of cooperation, enhancing mutual maritime capabilities, as well as promoting long-term regional stability and interoperability between U.S. forces and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the USS Peleliu Group, and is scheduled to complete its eight-month deployment and return to Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Sept. 13. Photo by Cpl Bobby Gonzalez.
Chin UpJiawei Fan, a 19-year-old Milford, Conn., native, grimaces while preforming pull-ups during the 2013 Annual Field Meet, at Chicopee High School's Football Field, May 4, 2013. Approximately 600 newly enlisted men and women from across New England, to include; Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island, attended the event. The annual Marine Corps event is designed to test the Poolees' physical fitness with a pull-up and sit-up competition to ensure that they are prepared for the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training. Photo by Sgt Richard Blumenstein.
On the RoadU.S. Marine vehicles assigned 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8), Regimental Combat Team 7 travel to a mortar range near Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 4, 2013. The Marines provided security for the Regional Corps Battalion School instructors who trained the Afghan National Army soldiers on the 60mm mortar weapons system. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel Kitandwe.
Faster, StrongerDrill instructors of Company C, 1st Recruit Trianing Battalion, encourage recruits to exert maximum effort to excel during the quarter-mile sprint exercise aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego April 16. Photo by LCpl Bridget M. Keane.
Pull the CordMarines with Battery N, 5th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, fire an M777 A2 howitzer during a series of integrated firing exercises at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms' Quakenbush Training Area April 26, 2013. Photo by Cpl Ali Azimi.
Green Amphibious MonsterU.S. Marines from Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), drive their AAVs from the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) to shore during a simulated mechanized amphibious assault in the 5th Fleet Area of Operation, April 20, 2013. The 26th MEU is currently deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. Photo by SSgt Edward Guevera.
All Aboard26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force Marines climb aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat after conducting scout swimming exercises at sea, April 24, 2013. Eagle Resolve is an annual multilateral exercise designed to enhance regional cooperative defense efforts in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations and U.S. Central Command. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. Photo by Cpl Christopher Q. Stone.
PhotoLibrary-SeeMeRolling_image1_180x102Marines roll by on their Light Armored Vehicle during qualifications at Range 500 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 12, 2013. The mechanics of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance are responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all their LAVs, from the engineering aspects to the optics and weapons systems. Photo by Cpl Ali Azimi
I Can FlyMSgt Cory Paskavan, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force platoon sergeant, reenlists at 10,000 feet above sea level during a parachute operation during Exercise Eagle Reslove over Qatar, April 26, 2013. Eagle Resolve is an annual multilateral exercise designed to enhance regional cooperative defense efforts in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations and U.S. Central Command. The 26th MEU is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. Photo by Cpl Christopher Q. Stone.
Night FireFlames light up the sky as a Marine launches a PL-87 Stinger Missile at a flying drone over Onslow Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 16, 2013. The Marines were training for the night fire portion of the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion's live stinger fire exercise. Photo by LCpl Cory D. Polom.
In Our SightsU.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Boarder Patrol Advisor Team and Combat Service Support Kandak, Regimental Combat Team 7 conduct live-fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2013. The training was conducted to prepare the Marines for situations they may encounter while conducting their routine missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel R. Kitwande.
OverseasMarine pilots conduct familiarization flights over various locations of the Republic of the Philippines April 5 in preparation for operations during exercise Balikatan 2013. Throughout the exercise, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, and other elements of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing will conduct various flight operations with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo by 1stLt Breck Archer.
Making the CallSgt Pancho A. Valladolid Jr. prepares to call in a 9-line casualty evacuation message for a simulated improvised explosive device threat during convoy operations April 5 inside the Combat Convoy Simulator on Camp Hansen. One of the key focuses during the training was ensuring the Marines were able to maintain proper lines of communication during the convoy. Valladolid is a heavy equipment mechanic with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl Matthew Manning.
In the WeedsSSgt Owen I. Wood leads his Marines in a raid April 8 during final field exercises on Andersen South during Exercise Guahan Shield. The exercises consisted mainly of raids and patrols in and around abandoned housing areas and the surrounding jungle, in which logistics Marines went toe-to-toe with Infantrymen. Guahan Shield will facilitate multiservice engagements, set conditions for bilateral and multilateral training opportunities, and support rapid response to potential theatre crises and contingency operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by LCpl Pete Sanders.
MotivationSgt Juventino Camarillo, a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., motivates an officer candidate on April 6 during a Mini Officer Candidates School in Eastover, S.C. The Marines used the event to introduce candidates to the rigors of OCS. Photo by Sgt Aaron Rooks.
Physical TrainingRecruits of Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, run a half-mile sprint during a physical training session aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego March 25. Recruits ran four half-mile sprints to help condition their bodies for a timed three-mile run. Photo by Cpl Benjamin E. Woodle
Need a LiftLanding support specialists back away after connecting a Humvee to a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during external lift training at Subic Bay, Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. The training was the first time an Osprey has conducted an external lift with the Sacagawea. Photo by PFC Kasey Peacock.
Get MotivatedSgt Alejandra Hernandez, a drill instructor from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., motivates a female enlistee during the Initial Strength Test on Feb. 23 in Fort Jackson, S.C. Drill instructors attended the event to help enlistees understand the rigors of Recruit Training. Photo by Sgt Aaron Rooks.
Through the SnowLCpl Justin Hoppis, a machine gun squad leader with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, skis with his fellow Marines during ski tour training conducted at Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., April 3, 2013. Photo by LCpl Suzanna Lapi.
So I Says to the GuyU.S. Marines LCpl Victoria A. Pierce (left), a flightline mechanic and Sgt Matthew R. Mawhorr, a crew chief, both with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461), check a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. The aircraft checks were performed as part of a turnaround inspection. Photo by Sgt Gabriela Garcia.