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Feb

2015

3/5 machine gunners refresh their skills

Pfc. Alvin Pujols, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

Machine gun sections with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division began a refresher course on machine gun nomenclature, optics and operations aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 2, 2015. The fire command and control class is conducted the first week of the three-weeklong course and is vital to the foundational




13

Feb

2015

Marines prepare AAVs for Cobra Gold

Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office

Marines with the Offload Preparation Party performed pre-operation checks on Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Feb. 6, in order to support Exercise Cobra Gold 2015. The mission of the OPP on board the Maritime Prepositioning Force ship, USNS Pililaau, is to prepare and offload support equipment and supplies from ship to shore. The Marines and the ship’s




12

Feb

2015

Gunfighters live up to name supporting Scorpion Fire

Sgt. Raquel Barraza, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Pilots and crew chiefs from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 “Gunfighters” took part in the annual exercise Scorpion Fire at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 26 – Feb. 6. Marines with both tiltrotor and fixed-wing squadrons within the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing participate in the exercise, which provides a realistic environment




12

Feb

2015

Marines, Danes give Iraqi leaders C-IED training

Cpl. William Perkins, Marine Corps Forces Central Command

U.S. Marines and Danish soldiers with Task Force Al Asad gave Iraqi leaders counter – improvised explosive device training aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 31, 2015. The training allowed the Iraqi brigade and battalion-level staff members to experience what their soldiers were learning and would be tested on. The staff received the same formal




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Feb

2015

Survival, spiders, cobras in Thailand

Cpl. Isaac Ibarra, III Marine Expeditionary Force

My journey begins on a small island named Okinawa, south of mainland Japan. I’ve been stationed there as a Marine for close to nine months now and, finally, got the chance to deploy.I received orders to support exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand -- a country I’ve always wanted to visit. Soon thereafter, I stepped off a plane in Utapao, Thailand. I was




11

Feb

2015

MAGTF Materiel Distribution Company activates

Cpl. Elizabeth Case, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Air Ground Task Force Materiel Distribution Company was activated during a ceremony, Feb. 10, 2015, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.The company has been created within 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, to establish a proof of principle on the reorganization of intermediate supply and




11

Feb

2015

Logistics Combat Element returns from Africa deployment

1st Lt. Maida Kalic, II Marine Expeditionary Force

After conducting missions in Africa and remaining alert to respond to crises, the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, also known as Detachment A (Det A), safely returned home to Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb 5.Based out of Naval Air Station Sigonella, the unit conducted training engagements with




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Feb

2015

HMH-464 battle cold weather during DFT

Cpl. Scott Whiting, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 executed a deployment for training exercise aboard Camp Dawson, W. Va., recently.The exercise, designed to increase HMH-464’s operability, also doubled as a cold-weather exercise due to the freezing conditions in West Virginia.“The goal of this training is to work with our squadron back




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Feb

2015

Hook, line, take-off; Marines practice skills aboard ship

Lance Cpl. Ryan Mains, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

With the sound of a UH-1Y Huey approaching, Staff Sgt. Davon Simmons eagerly watches his Marines get ready to attach cargo to the bottom of the hovering aircraft for the first time at sea. Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, honed their skills during a helicopter support team exercise with Marine Medium




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Feb

2015

MPF responds to Cobra Gold 15

Courtesy Story, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The maritime prepositioning ship, U.S. Naval Ship Pililaau, sails across the pacific ocean February 6 with equipment and supplies for exercise Cobra Gold 2015 in Thailand.The Pililaau is one of many ships which make up the Marine Corps' Maritime Prepositioning Force. The MPF provides the Marine Air-Ground Task Force essential equipment and supplies





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