photolibrary_everythingunderthesun_thumbnail_180x102Marines suppress simulated objectives at Range 410A Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California, Oct. 21, 2016. The exercise is part of a qualification for deployment in which Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment are slated to integrate as a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Photo by LCpl Juan A. Soto-Delgado.
photolibrary_wemakemarines_thumbnail_180x102Drill instructors of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, retire the guidons Dec. 2, 2016. The guidons are retired after each platoon graduates.
photolibrary_finalexercise_thumbnail_180x102A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives orders to his team during the final exercise of Exercise Tiger Strike 2016, in Sabah Province, Malaysia, Nov. 13, 2016. The final exercise served as a demonstration of U.S. and Malaysian bilateral capabilities to plan, communicate and execute amphibious operations. Photo by Cpl Devan K. Gowans.
photolibrary_teamwork_thumbnail_180x102Marines remove a tree from main road aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, Oct. 8. Marines and sailors with MCAS Beaufort worked to return the air station and Laurel Bay to normal operations. They removed debris and cleaned up main access roads to establish infrastructure after Hurricane Matthew. Photo by SSgt Dengrier Baez.
photolibrary_toysfortots_thumbnail_180x102Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million children in need. This charitable endeavor has made the Marine Corps the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. To donate, visit www.toysfortots.org/. Photo by Mark Fayloga.
photolibrary_thruthemud_thumbnail_180x102Candidates with Delta Company, Officer Candidate School (OCS) conduct the Fireteam Assault course aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 13, 2016. The mission of OCS is to educate and train officer candidates in order to evaluate and screen individuals for qualities required for commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Photo by LCpl Jose Villloboshrocha.
photolibrary_inworkingorder_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), the "Black Knights", 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted CH-53 Super Stallion recovery operations April 12, 2016 aboard the USS San Antonio (LPD-17). The 22nd MEU and Amphibious Squadron Six (PHIBRON-6) are underway for Amphibious Ready Group/MEU exercises. Photo by Sgt Ryan Young.
photolibrary_onlandoratsea_thumbnail_180x102Lance Cpl Ryley Sweet drives an assault amphibious vehicle onto amphibious assault ship USS San Diego, off the coast of Hawaii. The Marines are participating in the Rim of the Pacific 2016, a multinational military exercise, from June 29 to Aug. 8 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Photo by SSgt Christopher Gianetti.
photolibrary_strafingfire_thumbnail_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One engages targets during an urban close air support exercise at Yodaville, Yuma, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2016. The urban close air support exercise was part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-17, a seven-week training event, hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. Photo by LCpl Danny Gonzalez.
photolibrary_oldglory_thumbnail_180x102The sun sets over the USS Green Bay (LPD-20) at White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Japan, August 21, 2016. Marines of the 31st MEU are currently embarked on ships of the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group for a scheduled fall patrol of the Asia-Pacific Region. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is task-organized to address a range of military operations in the Asia-Pacific region, from force projection and maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Photo by Cpl Darien J. Bjorndal.
PhotoLibrary_Vertical_Assault_Raid_thumbnail_180x102A Marine with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, exits a MV-22 Osprey during a vertical assault raid at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 23, 2016. The raid was part of their pre-deployment training in preparation for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's upcoming deployment. Photo by LCpl Melanye E. Martinez.
PhotoLibrary_Laser_Sharp_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Login Loftis, a machine gunner with Company F, 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, fires a M240 medium machine gun as LCpl Krikland Harrington, a machine gunner with Company F, 2/5, looks through his night vision optic to guide Loftis onto his target during Integrated Training Exercise 5-16 aboard Marine Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms California, August 18, 2016. Photo by Cpl Timothy Valero.
PhotoLibrary_Devil_Dog_Challenge_thumbnail_180x102Marines and sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, participated in a Teufel Hunden, or Devil Dog, challenge August 12, 2016, on Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Companies competed against each other in sprint relays, pugil stick fighting, a pull-up and push-up competition, ground fighting and a high-intensity tactical training course. The field meet was organized to build camaraderie among the Marines and sailors. BLT 3/6 is a part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Photo by LCpl Brianna Gaudi.
PhotoLibrary_Osprey_Landing_1st_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), set up security around the back of an MV-22 Osprey during the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Composite Training Unit Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, August 23, 2016. TRAP is one of the standing missions a MEU must be capable of executing during its deployment. Photo by LCpl Brandon Maldonado.
PhotoLibrary_SnipersofVMFT401_thumbnail_180x102LtCol William Sheridan pilots a F-5N above the grounds of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., on July 15, 2016. The "Snipers" of VMFT-401 are the United States Marine Corps' only adversary squadron. The squadron is manned by highly experienced Marine fighter pilots each averaging well more than 2,500 flight hours in tactical fighter aircraft. All "Sniper" pilots are air combat tactics instructors and most are graduates of "Top Gun" or the Marine Corp' Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. Photo by Cpl Conner Robbins.
PhotoLibrary_ShadowoftheOsprey_thumbnail_180x102An MV-22B Osprey takes flight to transport Marines to conduct a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel training mission during the Amphibious Squadron 5 and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) July 16, 2016. PMINT is a 2-week training evolution between the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU, allowing Marines and sailors to combine and employ their forces together for their first at-sea period in preparation for their Western Pacific 16-2 deployment. The Marines are with Alpha Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines; the Osprey and its crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163; both are currently assigned to the 11th MEU. Photo by LCpl Zachery C. Laning.
PhotoLibrary_TeufelHunden_090616_thumbnail_180x102Marines and sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, participated in a Teufel Hunden, or Devil Dog, challenge August 12, 2016, on Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Companies competed against each other in sprint relays, pugil stick fighting, a pull-up and push-up competition, ground fighting and a high-intensity tactical training course. The field meet was organized to build camaraderie among the Marines and sailors. Photo by LCpl Melanye Martinez.
PhotoLibrary_Turret_Duty_thumbnail_180x102LCpl Nick J. Padia, a gunner, stands turret duty at Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia, July 1, 2016. The Marines reached their first objectives during Exercise Hamel, a trilateral training exercise with Australian, New Zealand, and U.S. forces to enhance cooperation, trust, and friendship. Padia, from Chandler, Arizona, is with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin. Photoby LCpl Osvaldo L. Ortega III.
PhotoLibrary_Cultana_Training_Area_thumbnail_180x102Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, prepare for a possible attack at the break of dawn during Exercise Hamel in Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia, July 9, 2016. Exercise Hamel is a trilateral training exercise with Australian, New Zealand, and U.S. forces to enhance cooperation, trust, and friendship. Photo by LCpl Osvaldo L. Ortega III.
PhotoLibrary_Humvee_Repairs_thumbnail_180x102Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, fix a humvee during Exercise Hamel at Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia, July 8, 2016. Exercise Hamel is a trilateral training exercise with Australian, New Zealand, and U.S. forces to enhance cooperation, trust, and friendship. Photo by Cpl Mandaline Hatch.
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