PhotoLibrary-hook_inspection100815_180x102Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 inspect the hooks in a CH-53E Super Stallion. Marines with HMH-466 prepared to conduct nighttime external-lift training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo by Sgt Lillian Stephens.
PhotoLibrary-leadership_test_100715_180x102Recruits carry a barrel over a wall during the 12 Stalls event of the Crucible at Edson Range, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. For every task given, recruits were instructed to avoid the areas of the obstacles painted red. If the recruits or any part of their equipment touched the red areas, the squad was required to start the challenge over. Photo by LCpl Angelica Annastas.
PhotoLibrary-somewhere_at_sea_101615_180x102Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit sharpen their weapons handling skills during a marksmanship qualification course aboard the dock landing ship USS Rushmore. The marksmanship course focused on retaining basic marksmanship skills which prepares them for potential operations while deployed with the 15th MEU. The 15th MEU, embarked aboard the ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Photo by Sgt Emmanuel Ramos.
PhotoLibrary-close_order_drill_100515_180x102Recruits perform a close-order drill movement during the platoon's final drill evaluation on Parris Island, S.C. The strict, particular nature of close-order drill reinforces discipline and fosters unit cohesion. Photo by LCpl Vanessa Austin.
PhotoLibrary-Inside_the_cockpit_100215_180x102UH-1Y pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HMLA-169), Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, begin the dive toward their target aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. The flight was part of a weapons proficiency training designed to help new pilots become more comfortable employing the different weapons systems on the aircraft. Photo by LCpl Caitlin Bevel.
PhotoLibrary-Fast_rope_100115_180x102Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, conduct fast rope training from an MV-22 Osprey while deployed to Southwest Asia, Sept. 16, 2015. Fast roping allows Marines to insert ground forces quickly from the air, without the need for a stabilized landing zone. Photo by Cpl Leah Agler.
PhotoLibrary-Forest_light_093015_180x102Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during airlift operations for the final exercise of Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 15, 2015. Forest Light is a semi-annual, bilateral exercise conducted by elements of III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. Photo by Cpl Devon Tindle.
PhotoLibrary-Parachute_insertion_092915_180x102Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company and Reconnaissance Training Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, jump from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during High Altitude - High Opening parachute insertion training over Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The goal of the training was to sharpen a skill set that is of great advantage to expeditionary forces, allowing the jumpers to infiltrate locations where access would be too difficult for vehicles. Photo by PFC Devan Gowans.
Photolibrary-M1_Abrams_092815_180x102An M1 Abrams main battle tank provides security during the Combined Arms Company field exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Sept. 16, 2015. The CAC is a newly formed armor element supporting the Black Sea Rotational Force. Photo by Cpl Justin T. Updegraff.
PhotoLibrary-morning_reveille_092515_180x102Cpl Drew Blincoe plays morning reveille at Civic Space Park in Phoenix, Sept. 9, 2015, part of Marine Week Phoenix. Marine Week Phoenix gives the people of Phoenix an opportunity to see Marine Corps history, traditions, and values. Photo by Sgt Cuong Le.
PhotoLibrary-are_you_ready_092415_180x102Drill instructors of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, sprint toward a platoon of recruits to begin a formal inspection Aug. 15, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits are inspected three times in training; the first two prepare them for the battalion commander's inspection, which is their final graduation requirement. Formal inspections help ensure recruits have properly fitted uniforms as well as possess attention to detail, bearing, confidence and discipline. Photo by PFC Aaron Bolser.
PhotoLibrary-anti-tank_missile_092315_180x102Cpl Brandon Crain yells fire to LCpl Clayton Baker while demonstrating the capabilities of the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 7, 2015. The JGSDF and U.S. Marines took turns sharing knowledge about different anti-tank missile systems. After giving specifications of their respective weapon systems, the two forces used practice rounds to demonstrate how well the weapon systems work. Forest Light will take place Sept. 7-18 with approximately 240 Marines working next to 350 JGSDF members. The exercise will consist of mortar live fire, establishing forward arming and refueling points training, helicopter borne skills and combined arms procedures. Photo by Cpl Devon Tindle.
PhotoLibrary-weapons_inspection_092215_180x102Drill Instructor Sgt Jonathan B. Reeves inspects and disciplines recruits with Platoon 1085, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Photo by PFC Aaron Bolser.
PhotoLibrary-marching_twenty-four_092115_180x102The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon preforms a series of rifle maneuvers at Civic Space Park, Phoenix, Sept. 9, 2015, as part of the opening ceremony for Marine Week Phoenix. Marine Week Phoenix allows the local community to see the Marine Corps in a way that they would not normally be able to experience. Photo by Sgt Cuong Le.
Photolibrary-DawnBlitz_091815_180x102Marines with 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and Japanese soldiers coordinate plans during a combined arms shoot with naval gunfire, attack rotary aircraft and 120mm mortars at San Clemente Island, California, Sept. 1, 2015. ANGLICO Marines and Japanese soldiers conducted the live-fire shoot as part of Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015. Dawn Blitz is a multinational training exercise designed to enhance Expeditionary Strike Group Three and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade's ability to conduct sea-basing operations, amphibious landings, and command and control capabilities alongside Japan, Mexico and New Zealand.
PhotoLibrary-Physically_strong_091715_180x102Rct Anthony A. Rivera holds a striking pad as Rct Damian L. Cheffin, both with Platoon 1093, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, practices punching techniques during a martial arts training session Aug. 27, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. These techniques are part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which fuses martial arts techniques them with character development, helping transform recruits into physically strong, morally sound Marines. Rivera, 18, from Totowa, N.J., and Cheffin, 17, from Ruston, La., are scheduled to graduate Nov. 13, 2015. Photo by LCpl Vanessa Austin.
Photolibrary-RUT_091615_180x102U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/1, the ground combat element attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch from a distance as an MV-22 Osprey lands during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission at Realistic Urban Training (RUT) Exercise aboard Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Sept. 1, 2015. RUT is the final ground-based training requirement prior to deployment, as the 13th MEU moves toward operating embarked at sea. Photo by Sgt Paris Capers.
Photolibrary-Well_Deck_Operations_091515_180x102U.S. Marines assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion observe the approach of amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during well deck operations aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25). Somerset is currently participating in Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15). Exercise DB-15 is a multinational training conducted by Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1 MEB) to build U.S., Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand's amphibious and command and control capabilities through live, simulated, and constructive military training activities off the coast and ashore at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center 29 Palms, California. Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos.
Photolibrary-Dig_Deeper_091415_180x102Rct Lashantay N. Moyé, Platoon 4036, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, climbs a Confidence Course obstacle Sept. 2, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits tackle, scale and weave their way through the course's 15 obstacles, which are designed to increase self-confidence. Moyé, 19, from Albany, Ga., is scheduled to graduate Nov. 6, 2015. Photo by LCpl Aaron Bolser.
Photolibrary-emblem_091115_180x102Marine Corps recruits earn the title Marine and an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem only after successfully completing 12 weeks of training. The emblem is earned only by those who are imbued with the Corps' core values and have proven themselves worthy of belonging to the few and the proud. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 4, 2015. Photo by LCpl Vanessa Austin.