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.
PhotoLibrary-Battery_B_110415_180x102A U.S. Marine with Battery "B", 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, fires a M777A2 Howitzer during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) at San Clemente Island, Calif., Oct. 22, 2015. COMPTUEX provides the PHIBRON-MEU the opportunity to integrate planning while also allowing focused, mission-specific training and evaluation for the Marines and their Navy Counterparts. Photo by Sgt Hector de Jesus.
PhotoLibrary-obstacle_course_II_110315_180x102Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, climb ropes during Obstacle Course II at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 8. They did not attempt this obstacle during Obstacle Course I and realized how much more difficult the ropes are to climb when they are fatigued from running the course. When recruits reached the top of the rope they yelled out their name, platoon number and senior drill instructor's name as part of their motivational climb. Today, all males recruited west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually. Photo by LCpl Angelica Annastas.
PhotoLibrary-morning_lift_110215_180x102U.S. Marine LCpl James Stamper (left) and LCpl James Stamper (right), landing support specialists, with the Landing Support Detachment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), hold slings connecting the M105 trailer to a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced) at Pinheiro da Cruz, Praia Da Raposa Beach, Portugal, Oct. 22, 2015, during Trident Juncture 15. Trident Juncture is a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO and partner nations. Photo by Sgt Austin Long.
PhotoLibrary-Max_Set_10302015_180x102LCpl Calvin Sawyers, sniper course screener candidate from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, conducts a max set of pull-ups after completing a 1.5 mile ruck run as part of a scout sniper screener at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015. The screener aims to prepare candidates for the Scout Sniper Basic Course. Photo by Cpl Kirstin Merrimarahajara.
PhotoLibrary-Set_up_Security_10292015_180x102Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment set up security during a training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015. The company executed lane training where the Marines visited four stations set up to hone in their basic infantry skills. The four stations consisted of patrolling, radio communications, grenade employment and emplacing M18 Claymores. Photo by Cpl Preston McDonald.
PhotoLibrary-Osprey_Approach_10282015_180x102A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey approaches the flight deck of the U.S.S. Boxer for a landing while being guided by a member of the flight crew on Oct 19, 2015 at San Diego, California. Marines with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 166 Reinforced (VMM-166 (REIN), the air-combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, works to land and stow aircraft in preparation for the Composite Training Unit Exercise which simulates a variety of missions as Marines with the 13th MEU Unit continues training for its upcoming tour at sea. Photo by Cpl Briauna Birl.
PhotoLibrary-Crew_Chief_10272015_180x102U.S. Marine Corps LCpl Alexia K. Booream, a crew chief assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464, conducts pre-flight maintenance at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015. HMH-464 supported 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, as they conducted helocast training. Photo by Cpl Jodson B. Graves.
PhotoLibrary-Atlantic_training_10262015_180x102Marines assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion (MSOB) load Zeppelin watercraft into a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464 near Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015. HMH-464 supported 2nd MSOB as they conducted helocast training. Photo by Cpl Jodson B. Graves.
PhotoLibrary-Gorge_Crossing_10232015_180x102LCpl John Whitlock, an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conducts a gorge crossing during phase two of Mountain Warfare Training Exercise 5-15 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 11, 2015. The training covered maneuvering throughout mountainous terrain features by rope climbing and rappelling as well as surviving in the rugged environment. Photo by Cpl Will Perkins.
PhotoLibrary-Leg_Lifts_10222015_180x102Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit training Battalion, conduct leg lifts during the Circuit Course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Sept. 29. Recruits were instructed to push themselves and test their limits so they got the most out of the workout. Photo by LCpl Angelica Annastas.
PhotoLibrary-At-Sea_Exercise_10212015_180x102A AH-1Z Cobra with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force lands aboard the USS New Orleans during the PHIBRON-MEU Integration exercise off the coast of San Clemente, California, Sept. 27, 2015. This marks the first at-sea exercise for the PHIBRON-MEU Marines and Sailors as they work together in preparation for deployment to the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility in early 2016. Photo by Sgt Tyler C. Gregory.
PhotoLibrary-Parris_Island_Centennial_10202015_180x102U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island participate in a centennial motivational run held aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Oct. 14, 2015. The Marines and Sailors ran 3.1 miles around the depot to celebrate 100 years of making Marines. Photo by Cpl Allison Lotz.
PhotoLibrary-Heavy_Huey_Raid_10192015_180x102Marines with 1st Marine Division provide security during a heavy Huey raid in Yuma, Arizona on October 7, 2015. This exercise was part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force. Photo by LCpl Roderick L. Jacquote.
PhotoLibrary-thumbs_up_10162015_180x102LCpl John Whitlock, an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, gives a thumbs-up after regaining his footing while rappelling during phase two of Mountain Warfare Training Exercise 5-15 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 10, 2015. The training covered maneuvering throughout mountainous terrain features by rope climbing and rappelling as well as surviving in the rugged environment. Photo by Cpl Will Perkins.
They told (us) to open the embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake."
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy, Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991