Photo-Gallery-AtTheReady_082715_180x102Marines with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion wait for the final check of their amphibious assault vehicles and then go ahead to conduct their training exercise on Onslow Beach aboard Camp Lejeune N.C. Aug. 17, 2015. Doing a double check of the AAVs is paramount for safety in making sure everything is in working order. Photo by Pfc Miranda Faugn.
Photo-Gallery-ConfidenceCourse_082615_180x102Rct Dakota M. Cruise, Platoon 2080, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climbs a Confidence Course obstacle Aug. 17, 2015. The course is comprised of 15 obstacles designed to help Marine Corps recruits build confidence by overcoming physical challenges. Cruise, 18, from Narrows, Va., is scheduled to graduate Oct. 23, 2015. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. Photo by Sgt Jennifer Schubert.
Photo-Gallery-AllLights_082515_108x102Marines with 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force conduct external lifts during helicopter support team training in Okinawa, Japan. The training helps increase proficiency in logistics tasks and enhance the ability to execute potential contingency missions. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Sean M. Evans.
Photo-Gallery-PushThrough_082415_108x102A Marine assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, climbs a rope as part of the Dark Horse Ajax Challenge aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 20, 2015. The eight-mile course tested the Marines' and Sailors' endurance and leadership skills with trials spread across the San Mateo area. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Will Perkins.
Photo-Gallery-Right-Behind-You_082115_180x102Elements of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supported by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), free fall out of an MV-22B Osprey aircraft during para-operations training aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 6, 2015. Reconnaissance Marines, rigged with parachutes, jumped from an altitude of 13,000 feet with the assistance of Marines with VMM-365 (Rein) to practice the airborne insertion. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Fatmeh Saad.
Photo-Gallery-Rise_Shine_082015_180x102A Marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, leads the Marines and sailors of the unit during a warm-up before beginning a three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 7, 2015. The Marines and sailors of CLR-25 also conducted a High Intensity Tactical Training session in order to build camaraderie and maintain physical fitness standards. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Chelsea D. Toombs.
Photo-Gallery-Drumline_081915_180x102U.S. Marines with the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps perform during an evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Aug. 7, 2015. The Honorable George P. Shultz,the 60th United States Secretary of State, was the guest of honor for the parade, and U.S. Marine Corps Gen Joseph F. Dunford Jr., 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, was the hosting official for that same parade. The Evening Parade began in 1934 and features the Silent Drill Platoon, the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, and two marching companies. More than 3500 guests attend the parade every week. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Alex A. Quiles.
Photo-Gallery-Just-Look-Down_081815_108x102A Marine onboard a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 directs movement during an external lift exercise with Combat Logistics Battalion 6 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 5, 2015. Two student pilots onboard the helicopter performed external lifts for the first time, an operation essential to deployed operations, and part of their pilot certification.
Photo-Gallery-Secure-Perimeter_081715_180x102LCpl Tayler Huey and LCpl Brandon Parmeter, both with 7th Marine Regiment, provide security while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission in response to a scenario-based incident during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 1, 2015. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Clarence A. Leake.
PhotoGallery-AtTheControls_081415_THUMBNAILSgt John Moreau, an airframes mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303, and a San Angelo, Texas, native, oversees an AH-1W Super Cobra static display as a Boy Scout sits in the aircraft's cockpit in Seattle, July 28. Members of the Boy Scouts of America toured static displays aboard the USS Boxer as it completed its journey to Seattle to participate in Sea Fair Fleet Week. Photo by Sgt Lillian Stephens.
PhotoGallery-AlwaysReady_081315_THUMBNAILMarines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, apply camouflage paint before conducting a helicopter raid, as part of the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE), aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 4, 2015. The MCCRE is used to evaluate the operational readiness of a designated unit. Photo by Cpl Demetrius Morgan.
PhotoGallery-CloserLook_081215_THUMBNAILCharles Perez, left, a 4th Marine Division Association member and WWII veteran, speaks with Sgt. Felipe A. Vasquez, an M1A1 tank crewman with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, about the equipment used in the Marine Corps today during a ground equipment display aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., August 5, 2015. The display allowed the veterans to view ground equipment and engage with the Marines about each operating system before the deactivation of the unit on August 7th. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Chelsea D. Toombs.
PhotoGallery-FireAway_081115_THUMBNAILAn M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew with Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, fires its 120 mm main gun during the company's pre-qualification tank gunnery at Range 500, Aug. 4, 2015. The live-fire exercise tests tank crews on their ability to work together on target acquisition and accuracy. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl Julio McGraw.
PhotoGallery-BirdWatching_081015_THUMBNAILA Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 367 sits on the ramp of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter after completing a portion of a joint Downed Aircraft Recovery Team exercise aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, July 30, 2015. The exercise was comprised of service members from all branches of the United States military. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Brittney Vito.
PhotoGallery_RemoteReach_080715_THUMBNAILPetty Officer 3rd Class Steven Martinez, left, a corpsman, and SSgt Joseph Quintanilla, a platoon sergeant, both with 3rd Marine Regiment, brace as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 takes off after inserting the company into a landing zone aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, July 26, 2015. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Owen Kimbrel.
PhotoGallery_MarineCorpsDay_080615_THUMBNAILMarines from the National Capitol Region salute during the playing of the National Anthem, July 21, 2015, at Nationals Park in Washington. The Washington Nationals hosted a Marine Corps Day to honor Marines who serve and who have served in the past. The event featured Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, deputy commandant, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, and SgtMaj Ronald L. Green, the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Photo by Sgt Terry Brady.
PhotoGallery_FreedomRide_080515_THUMBNAILMarines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit load gear onto an MV-22B Osprey before departing from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex. The Marines are flying to Kenya in support of President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Elize McKelvey.
PhotoGallery_ScarletResponse_080415_THUMBNAILMarines from the Search and Extraction Platoon carried out a civilian role player with a crushed pelvis inside a subway station where a train had derailed during the 36-hour continuous operation as part of Exercise Scarlet Response 2015 at Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia, July 23. The Search and Extraction Platoon is the second team to go into a building after the primary assessment team, who gathers the first wave of intelligence that will be used to define the manner in which the mission will be accomplished. They search and extract victims that can't move or are seriously injured. Photo by LCpl David Staten.
PhotoGallery_PlatoonAttack_080315_THUMBNAILLance Cpl Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 7th Marines, directs his Marines' fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Photo by Cpl Seth Starr.
PhotoLibrary-ForceonForce-073115-180x102Marines with 2nd Brigade Platoon, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force, wait to be medically evacuated during a force-on-force training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 14, 2015. The training event aimed to enhance ANGLICO's capabilities in urban environments, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission by integrating close air support assets, joint terminal attack controllers and joint fire observers development. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Ricardo Hurtado.
In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is "proud to bear the title of United States Marine."