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Dec

2014

Burundi, US forces enhance regional security for Somalia

1st Lt. Madia Kalic, Marine Corps Forces Africa

The Burundi National Defense Force are preparing their soldiers for deployment to Somalia with the help of U.S. Marines and Sailors from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa.“The benefit of our training engagement is building partnerships and capacity with Burundi and the African Union Mission to Somalia,” said Major




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Dec

2014

U.S. Marines, Spanish soldiers train in mountain warfare

1st Lt. Gerard Farao, Marine Forces Europe and Africa

U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa conducted mountain warfare training with 1st Mountain Troops Command in Candancu, Spain.From Dec. 15 - 19, 2014, the Marines and Spanish soldiers trained in cold weather survival techniques, snowshoeing, offensive operations in mountainous




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Dec

2014

Swim to survive: Marines tackle MCIWS training

Christine Cabalo, Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Marines dived in to the face the challenges of Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival course, which concluded Dec. 19, 2014 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s pool.




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Dec

2014

VMU-2 hones aerial reconnaissance skills with MARSOC

Cpl. J. R. Heins, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 conducted integrated training with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 and HMLA-467 at Bombing Target Range 11, Piney Island, N.C., Dec. 18.VMU-2 supported Marine special operators, trained as joint terminal attack controllers, by providing unmanned aerial




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Dec

2014

Marines, Ugandan service members complete joint training engagement

Cpl. Shawn Valosin, Marine Corps Forces Africa

U.S. Marines and Sailors with SPMAGTF Crisis Response-Africa completed a joint training engagement with service members of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force in Camp Singo, Uganda.The engagement, which spanned from Oct. - Dec., covered basic infantry tactics, civil engineering, demolitions, logistical support, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device




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Dec

2014

24th MEU: On shoulders of giants

Sgt. Devin Nichols, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit began a fresh chapter by embarking on its 2015 deployment Dec. 16. The MEU’s crisis response mission is scheduled to last around seven months and remains similar to those of the last several decades—to provide the President with a forward-deployed, flexible, sea-based force tasked and ready to respond to wherever




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Dec

2014

Forest Light 15-1 marked success at closing ceremony

Cpl. Drew Tech, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines closed out Forest Light 15-1 with a ceremony Dec. 12 at Camp Kita Kumamoto in Kumamoto, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and




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Dec

2014

Air Support: US 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




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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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