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.
PhotoLibrary-Chain_Reaction_120315_180x102Marines with 8th Communication Battalion compete in squad push-ups during a field meet at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 6, 2015. 8th Comm. Bn. provides the unique ability to deploy task-organized communication detachments capable of installing, operating, maintaining and defending communication networks in support of II Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Cpl Paul S. Martinez.
PhotoLibrary-Quick_Reaction_Force_Rehearsal_120215_180x102Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, offload from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Photo by Cpl Elize McKelvey.
PhotoLibrary-Fire_Rounds_120115_180x102A Marine with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires off rounds to check the functions of his M4 carbine during a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Photo by Cpl Elize McKelvey.
PhotoLibrary-Final_Inspection_of_Gear_113015_180x102Cpl Lydia Judge, a crew master with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, performs a final inspection of gear aboard a KC-130J Hercules, Nov. 9, in Zaragoza, Spain. The Marines spent a week training with Spanish counterparts, providing air delivery of gear and personnel. Photo by SSgt Vitaliy Rusavskiy.
PhotoLibrary-Support_by_fire_position_112015_180x102Marines prepare to take a support by fire position during a platoon-reinforced attack aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 28, 2015. The battalion is conducting this training as they prepare to deploy on the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit next year. Photo by Cpl Joey Mendez.
PhotoLibrary-Exercise_trident_juncture_111915_180x102A Light Armored Vehicle attached to 4th Marine Division, sits on the horizon during exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Almería, Spain, Oct. 30, 2015. The exercise provided an opportunity for Reserve Marines to gain experience within their military occupational specialty and demonstrates their readiness in conjunction with other foreign nationals. Photo by Cpl Gabrielle Quire.
PhotoLibrary-Lava_Viper_110915_180x102Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fire the BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided missile during exercise Lava Viper, one of the staples of their pre-deployment training, at Range 20 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Oct. 24, 2015. Lava Viper provides the Hawaii-based Marines with an opportunity to conduct various movements, live-fire and tactical training before departing for Integrated Training Exercise at Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where the battalion will train and be evaluated as a whole. "Trinity" strives to fight and win on both the tactical and ethical battlefield, always cultivating the values of honor, courage, and commitment, ultimately producing morally guided citizens whose obligations and responsibilities supersede rights and privileges. Photo by LCpl Harley Thomas.
PhotoLibrary-hike_out_110615_180x102Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment hike out to a live fire and maneuver exercise course during the Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Oct. 23-24. During ITX, Marines demonstrate core infantry mission essential tasks while conducting offensive and defensive stability operations. Photo by Cpl Tyler Andersen.