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Dec

2014

Bombs away: EOD disposes of explosive threats

Lance Cpl. Kirsten Merrimarahajara, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Thick gray smoke filled the air after the loud bang. But, don’t worry; explosive ordnance disposal technicians actually produced the blast to make the area safer.Marines from EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, participated in their end of the year field training exercise Dec. 8-17, 2014, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, combining




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Dec

2014

1/8 improves knowledge with M249

Lance Cpl. Alex W. Mitchell, 2d Marine Division Band

As multiple M249 light machine guns line the berm,Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment grab belts of 5.56 mm roundsfor their weapon systems.  The machinegun teams see their targets in the distance as they climb the berm andapproached their M249, which are positioned on a tripod at G-21 Machine GunRange, Dec. 11, 2014.  As they load




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Dec

2014

Marines team up with Singaporean Armed Forces for Valiant Mark

Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, Ist Marine Division

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, alongside elements of the 7th Singaporean Infantry Brigade cleared a simulated combat town while utilizing rocket assets as part of Exercise Valiant Mark 14.2 at Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 15, 2014.Exercise Valiant Mark is a continuous bilateral training exercise between




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Dec

2014

'Ditching, ditching, ditching!': Marines complete underwater egress training

Lance Cpl. Ryan Mains, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

As the fuselage filled up with water, Staff Sgt. Mikal A. Bowman braced himself and took one last breath just before the water covered his face.“The first thing that was going through my mind was that I wanted it to be over,” said Bowman, a warehouse chief for Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “It sucks doing it, but it




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Dec

2014

Sniper alley: Marines participate in urban sniper course

Cpl. Michael Dye, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Shots rang out through the combat town as the Marines continued to put rounds through their targets. Impact after impact, the bullets tore through the metal targets and disappeared into the vast expanse of the Dodge City range.Scout snipers with second and fourth Reconnaissance Battalions along with Marines from 2nd Marine Division and II Marine




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Dec

2014

U.S. Forces, Beninese Navy collaborate on Small Boat Maintenance

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Marines and Coast Guardsmen from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa worked alongside the Beninese Navy on Nov. 17-27. U.S. service members instructed Beninese Sailors on mechanical procedures, techniques and maintenance skills while conducting small boat maintenance on Honda BF225 outboard engines.“During our time




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Dec

2014

U.S. Marines, Moldovan Army partnerships strengthened through Advanced Weapons Workshop

Master Sgt. Chad McMeen, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

One week after the November 30th Moldovan elections, pro-European parties maintained their majority in parliament, and a military unit hosted an anti-armor workshop with U.S. Marines in Balti, Moldova.“We had about 50 [Moldovan] soldiers from three or four different units around the country. We brought 15 Marines here. Some assault men and




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Dec

2014

U.S. Marines, Benin, Togolese Armed Forces enhance regional security

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Gate sentries are the first line of defense, not only for force protection but also for enforcement of base orders. A strong show of force not only deters potentially dangerous activity but it creates overall stability, safety and security for the base being protected.Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response -




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Dec

2014

Air Support: U.S. Marines, JGSDF look to sky for Forest Light’s culminating event

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force troops simulated a movement to contact and assault on an objective Dec. 9-10 while participating in Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Japan.Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security




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Dec

2014

Marines, JGSDF rapidly respond to simulated contaminations

Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Giguere,

A field and an abandoned structure sustain an unknown, potentially dangerous, contamination leak. U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members hastily suit up in Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear in preparation for their mission. They rushed off to the contaminated zone to save lives and contain the leak, requiring both





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