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Aug

2015

15th MEU Aircraft Support Operation Inherent Resolve

Capt. Brian Block, 10th Marine Regiment

AV-8B Harriers assigned to the “Greyhawks” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) began flying sorties from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) Aug. 16 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).The Harriers were prepared to execute strike missions in Iraq to dismantle and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of




19

Aug

2015

2nd MEB, Coalition partners execute Large Scale Exercise 15

Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade alongside service members with the British 3rd Commando Brigade and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group executed Large Scale Exercise 15 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 14-20.The exercise is a service-level assessment at the brigade-level, composed of all four




19

Aug

2015

Marine, Japanese police prepare for base intrusion

Lance Cpl. Samantha Villarreal, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine and Japanese police officers conducted a scenario-based bilateral exercise on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 5, 2015.The training, which included the Ishikawa Police Station and the Camp Hansen Provost Marshal's Office, honed the two organizations’ ability to cooperatively stop a base intrusion. “This exercise was made to provide




18

Aug

2015

13th MEU Marines get roped into good training

Sgt. Paris Capers, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Twelve Marines sat buckled into chairs mounted around the cabin of a CH53-E helicopter as it hovered 30 feet above the ground. The helicopter’s crew chief took his position at the center of two long rows of seats, standing over a large cutout in the floor—referred to as the “hellhole”— looking for the sign to begin training. He motioned for another




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Aug

2015

HMLA-469 quickly responds to fire on Pendleton

Cpl. Alissa Schuning, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Three UH-1Y Hueys with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 battled wildfires aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 16.The fires were located in a large ridgeline that was inaccessible by conventional, land-based firefighting equipment organic to Camp Pendleton.According to Capt. Marianne Sparklin, a pilot with




18

Aug

2015

Marines remain relevant to shifting battlefield

Courtesy Story, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines from 1st and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, participated in a Military Operations in Urban Terrain exercise during 1st Marine Division Schools’ Urban Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 12, 2015.The Urban Leaders Course is a 15-day period of instruction that includes classwork, combat marksmanship and




18

Aug

2015

New Bulgaria-based Marine unit to deter Russian aggression with tanks, artillery

Capt. Richard Ulsh, Marine Corps Forces Europe

U.S. Marines now have tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles in Europe to support NATO allies and international partner countries. The heavy equipment arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany, Sunday, and is bound for Bulgaria. The tanks, artillery, and light armored reconnaissance vehicles will be loaded on trains and moved across




18

Aug

2015

1/3 conducts movement to contact as part of LSE 15

Lance Cpl. Chris Garcia, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conducted a movement to contact exercise during Large Scale Exercise 15 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 14–15, 2015.The training helped the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade exercise command and control at the brigade level while allowing fire support teams




18

Aug

2015

Charlie Fink remembers Vietnam, Operation Starlite 50 years after

Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

Charles "Charlie" Darrow Fink never imagined that his good friend would be shot dead right next to him during a firefight in Vietnam during Operation Starlite. When Fink enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1964, the United States had increased its involvement in Vietnam. He realized that being deployed to a war was a very likely possibility. However,




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Aug

2015

1st Marine Division brings out the big guns: Summer Fire Exercise 15

Cpl. Demetrius Morgan, 1st Marine Division

The Marine Corps frequently trains Marines to hone unit capabilities and individual skill sets in order maintain its role as the nation’s rapid response force. From Aug. 6-17, Marines with 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conducted Summer Fire Exercise 15 (SUMMER FIREX 15) to sustain core proficiencies and further develop their ability to





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