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Mar

2016

Twin Dragons: 31st MEU storms beaches, ranges during Ssang Yong 16

Cpl. Thor Larson, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

“Attention landing force, standby for call aways,” comes over the 1MC. Upon hearing the call, Marines and sailors begin hastily throwing packs on their backs and grabbing their weapons from the armory. The loud clang of metal hatches rings through the spaces of the ship and the thud of boots on the deck can be heard while people rush to get their




19

Mar

2016

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S. Casualty in Iraq

Courtesy, Defense Media Activity

Earlier today a U.S. Marine providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmur in northern Iraq was killed after coming under ISIL rocket fire.Several other Marines were wounded and they are being ‎treated for their varying injuries. ‎Additional identifying information will be provided after next of




18

Mar

2016

'America’s Battalion' concludes battalion field exercise

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 combined forces to execute a fire-support coordination exercise as part of a battalion field exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 15.The battalion began their FEX March 8 in preparation




18

Mar

2016

Black Knights fly beak-to-beak with Japanese aviators

Cpl. Nicole Zurbrugg, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 executed dissimilar air combat training and bilateral tactical mission training during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, March 7-18, 2016.Komatsu ATR is a dissimilar air combat training exercise allowing pilots with diverse aircraft to simulate aerial




17

Mar

2016

Sore, tired, yet driven: Marine ruckers nearing 770-mile goal

Katie Lange, Defense Media Activity

It’s Thursday, and you’ve been taking turns marching miles and miles for days, through Florida, Georgia, and now South Carolina. You’re exhausted and dealing with blisters, bruised legs, strained muscles, hip issues and neck and shoulder aches. But that’s what happens when you signed up to make a 770-mile trek in 11 days.That’s what a group of




17

Mar

2016

Game changing C2 software to aid Marines on tactical edge

Mathuel Browne, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication, Marine Corps Systems Command

Marine Corps System Command is nearing completion of the initial phase of fielding for the Tactical Service Orientated Architecture which allows users to share or request mission-critical information on-demand. TSOA is a collection of software that will provide a common, open architecture for command and control applications across the MAGTF. Instead of depending on multiple independent tactical data systems that are not always compatible with each other, Marines will subscribe to collective data, provided as a service via TSOA. The system will also save the Marine Corps money by replacing aging and obsolete software.




17

Mar

2016

Flying high: F-35B Lightning II conducts aerial refuel

Sgt. Lillian Stephens, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 supported the aerial refueling mission of two F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 during a training flight over Southern California, March 8, 2016.According to Sgt. Christopher Coxe, a crew master with VMGR-352 and a New Orleans native, a KC-130J Super




16

Mar

2016

Ashland embarks US Marine tanks, Royal Australian Regiment for Exercise Ssang Yong 2016

Seaman Kelsey Adams, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG), embarked M1A1 Abram tanks and Marines from Delta Company 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division along with members of the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) March 14 to prepare for the Assault Follow-On Echelon (AFOE) portion of Exercise Ssang Yong 16 (SY16).




16

Mar

2016

Marine Corps demonstrates upgraded AAV

Sgt. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

The Program Executive Officer, Land Systems Marine Corps hosted a media demonstration of the Corps’ upgraded amphibious assault vehicle at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, March 15, 2016.The Marine Corps has been using AAV’s since 1971, and they remain the primary general-support armored personnel carrier for Marine infantry. Currently, the




15

Mar

2016

13th MEU EOD lights fuses during Exercise Ssang Yong 16

Lance Cpl. Alvin Pujols, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

U.S. Marines with the explosive ordnance disposal teams of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 31st MEU swept Suseongri live-fire range to find, identify, approach, and then dispose of it in place or safely transport and dispose of it then during Exercise Ssang Yong 16 in Pohang, South Korea, Mar. 13, 2016.Ssang Yong is a biennial combined





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