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Marines Qualify With M203 Grenade Launcher

Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, loaded 40 mm rounds into their M203 grenade launchers and fired them at targets resulting in an explosion of dirt and debris during a M203 grenade launcher qualification aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 5, 2015.

Marines Visit Ninninger Veterans' Nursing Home

U.S. Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, paid a visit to veterans living at the Alexander Nininger State Veterans' Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines, Florida, May 7 during Fleet Week 2015.

India and Papa Companies Face the Confidence Chamber

Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, gained confidence in their abilities to don and clear a gas mask March 24, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C.

U.S. Marines Fly Critical Supplies To Nepal Earthquake Survivors

U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 and Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 262, flew relief supplies in UH-1Y Hueys and MV-22 Ospreys to Charikot, Nepal, from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, May 7. 

Sacramento Marine recruiter honored for work in Iraq

Maj Daniel Grainger, currently the commanding officer of Marine Recruiting Station Sacramento, earned the Lt Col William Leftwich Jr. Trophy for Outstanding Leadership for his actions last year in an increasingly chaotic Iraq.

Papa Company Learns Marksmanship Fundamentals

Recruits of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, learned the fundamentals of marksmanship March 30 - April 3, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C.

Marines, Community Make Improvements At Bellows

The wind whipped around Marines and civilians at Bellows Field Beach Park as they scraped, painted and cleaned the comfort stations, April 28, 2015.

NATO Marine Forces Work With West African Partners

A team of approximately 21 Marines, 10 representing the United States, six from Great Britain, and five from Spain, conducted training in countries along the West African coast February through April 2015. 

Marines Arrive in Kathmandu To Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Four MV-22B Ospreys arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport May 3 to support relief efforts in central Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.

U.S. Marines Volunteer at Historic Spanish Convent

Nestled away in the city, it's easy to pass by the courtyard entrance that leads into the Santa Clara convent. A small, serene haven for the Poor Clare Sisters of Moron, Spain, the compound has been a staple of the community for nearly five centuries.

Marine Takes Flight, Makes History With Blue Angels

Since 1946, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, or Blue Angels, has performed jaw-dropping shows all across America. However, in the nearly 70 years the squadron has been around, there have been several females on the team who were left out of the cockpit during the performances - that is, until now.

Alpha and Oscar Companies First Drill

Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, displayed teamwork during their initial drill evaluation March 9, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C.

2nd Recon Performs Helocast, Parachute Certification Landings

The countdown began in the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as a reconnaissance Marine held up three fingers signaling how much time remained before the drop. A Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, large enough to fit the six Marines and their combat gear, was packed in the aircraft with Marines in anticipation of employing it.

Marines Share Communications Practices with Armed Forces of the Philippines

U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade based out of Camp Pendleton, California, spent the day sharing communications practices with Philippine Marines from 3rd Marine Brigade, Western Command today.

From Bare Feet to Combat Boots

People come from different climes and places, from around the world, to join the ranks of the Unites States Marine Corps. For one Marine in particular, earning the title meant the biggest opportunity of his life. 

A Pilot's Rare Flight Through the Corps

Playing a favorite instrument, kicking in doors, and flying an aircraft are some of the different career opportunities in the Marine Corps. In the case of Capt Sean M. Stephenson, he would do a little bit of everything, or so it would seem, on his journey to his current rank and position.

8th ESB Marines Conduct Live-Fire Exercise

Marines with Engineer Support Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted a live-fire training exercise at the SR8 multipurpose machine gun range aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 14-15, 2015.

Building Schools Shoulder-To-Shoulder During Balikatan 2015

Balikatan, which translates to "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board.

2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion Conducts Ship-To-Shore Exercise

An AMTRAC (Amphibious Tractor) is an amphibious assault vehicle used to provide the necessary transportation of troops from land to sea, and vice versa. Not only do AAV operators bring Marines where they need to go, but they can also fight alongside their brothers-in-arms.

Marines Train in Amphibious Assault

Amphibious assault and movement to contact training was conducted by Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, on Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 9, 2015.

Future Marine Officers Get a Taste of OCS

More than 160 officer candidates from Marine Corps Recruiting Stations San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County traveled to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton April 10 for a three-day training event to prepare for Officer Candidates School.

From Foster Homes to Marine Corps Family, Newark Native's Future Looks Bright

Whether it was moving foster home to foster home, living out of his car, leaving college after one year, or deciding to join the United States Marine Corps, one thing is for sure; PFC Michael D. Dickens has more life experience than most 19-year-olds.

VMM-163 Commanding Officer Goes Out With Large Scale Training Op

Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds.

U.S. Marines Train Tanzanians In Fight Against Trafficking

More than 40 Tanzanian park rangers graduated from a counter illicit-trafficking course on the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 27, 2015.

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