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2016

Partner nations master peacekeeping operations

Sgt. Sara Graham , Marine Corps Forces Reserves

Following two weeks of extensive training in peacekeeping operations and non-lethal weapons, seven countries including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States, joined together during exercise Platinum Wolf 2016 for their final field exercise on Peacekeeping Operations Training Center South Base, Bujanovac,




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May

2016

Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers

Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte, Defense Media Activity

The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 17, 2016.In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military occupational specialty standards in order to graduate. This approach




20

May

2016

MEUEX - The journey of the thousand miles begins with a single step

Lance Cpl. Devan Gowans, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 For the first major training exercise of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s pre-deployment training regimen, Marines and Sailors with the MEU honed their warfighting capabilities and polished their standing operating procedures during a field training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 9-13, 2016.One of the main




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May

2016

Task Force Koana embarks from Okinawa

Cpl. William Hester, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Before any exercise or operational deployment there is always a rush of events happening to get the boat moving.“Even though it’s my first deployment, which made me really nervous, I was excited because I was ready to go to all these countries and to be a very important person to this exercise,” said Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Gibson, the




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May

2016

Eager Lion 16 begins with explosives range, MOUT tactics

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division began their training period alongside the Jordanian 77th Marines Battalion with a grenade range and military operations in urban terrain tactics exercise in in Al Quweyrah, Jordan, May 16, 2016.Marines began their day of training with MOUT tactics that included exterior to




19

May

2016

Military leaders discuss technology, maritime tactics at Sea, Air, Space Expo

Sgt. Cuong Le, Defense Media Activity

Marines, sailors and government employees gathered at the Gaylord National Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland, May 16-18 to participate in the Navy League of the United States Sea, Air, Space Exposition.Attendees had the opportunity to listen to senior leaders of the Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard as they discussed national defense




19

May

2016

One week down: 2nd MAW participates in training exercise for combat readiness

Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Gibson, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

When the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing battle staff took to the field on May 9, 2016, to participate in Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 16, commonly known as MEFEX, it didn't simply walk on the battlefield with a rifle, a laptop and a radio -- it was met by a side of the Wing that is rarely recognized for its ability to set up an air base away from




18

May

2016

Five NATO allies, one fight

2nd Lt. Kathleen OBrien, Marine Corps Forces Europe

Hundreds of troops from five different NATO nations came together May 9-13, 2016 and operating as a single Allied force at the Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria.The exercise is known as Platinum Lion and involves service members from Bulgaria, Romania, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. The allies trained side-by-side using tanks,




18

May

2016

1/2 prepares for Exercise Eager Lion 16 with squad exercise

Cpl. Paul S. Martinez, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division made their arrival in an allied nation known during a squad exercise in preparation for Exercise Eager Lion 16 in Al Quweyrah, Jordan, May 14.The unit, which arrived in the region May 9, used the days before the exercise to adjust to their environment and apply their infantry




18

May

2016

Exercise Eager Lion 2016, 5th MEB roaring in Kingdom of Jordan

Master Sgt. William Price, Marine Corps Forces Central Command

Marines and sailors from 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade are among 6,000 U.S. and Jordanian service members taking parting in Exercise Eager Lion 2016 in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, May 15-24.Exercise Eager Lion has been conducted annually since 2011, marking the 6th iteration of the exercise, and the 5th MEB has set their goals to make it





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