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Jul

2015

Whatever it takes: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron – 165 celebrates 50 years of aviation

Lance Cpl. Garrett White, I Marine Expeditionary Force

 Marines pride themselves on being willing to take the fight to the enemy in any clime and place, but will never complain about getting a lift. Since the introduction of helicopter squadrons in military operations, Marines have been able to go farther and faster to protect America’s interests. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 is one such




22

Jul

2015

Lance Cpl. Squire Wells honored at Sprayberry High School

Cpl. Sara Graham, Headquarters Marine Corps

Family, friends, Marines, veterans and community members poured in by the hundreds to line the stadium bleachers at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia on July 21, 2015. Looking at the bleachers a sea of flags waved in the wind as those who came to honor Lance Cpl. Squire Wells stood and showed their thanks for the sacrifices he gave to his




21

Jul

2015

Marines honored during Washington National’s baseball game

Sgt. Terry Brady, Defense Media Activity

The Washington National’s baseball team held a Marine Corps Day July 21, at National’s Park in Washington.For four years, the team has hosted Marine Day to honor Marines and the sacrifices they have made for the country.“It is one of our best traditions,” said Gregory McCarthy, the Vice President of Community Engagement for the Washington




21

Jul

2015

From sea to land: 2nd AA Battalion maintains amphibious readiness

Cpl. Sullivan Laramie, II Marine Expeditionary Force

The whisper of engines slowly grew louder until it was a roar over the crash of waves on sand. Dots on the horizon, dwarfed by the silhouette of the USS Whidbey Island, crawled along in the ocean until the distinct shapes of assault amphibious vehicles formed and appeared larger than the landing ship in the distance.The AAVs left spouts of water




21

Jul

2015

U.S. Marines, Ghanaian Soldiers refine infantry skills

Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman, Marine Corps Forces Europe

More than 40 Ghanaian infantrymen traditionally participate in United Nations peacekeeping operations. These operations require the Ghanaian service members to be proficient in infantry skills—something the U.S. Marines know well.A team of approximately 15 U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis




21

Jul

2015

Marines band together

Cpl. Sara Graham, Headquarters Marine Corps

As the morning sun began to rise on the Chickamauga National Military Park, the Marines and sailors of Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, assembled on the hallowed grounds of this hotly contested Civil War battlefield to reflect and to bond.  Better known as Mike Battery, members of the unit saw the hike symbolically as the first steps




21

Jul

2015

‘1st Tanks’ demonstrates tactical efficiency

Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marines of Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, conducted a rare tactical refueling exercise at Acorn Training Area, July 16, 2015.The exercise was conducted in conjunction with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 during the company's gunnery. A gunnery is a series of tests conducted by a tank company to evaluate platoon leaders and the Marines under




20

Jul

2015

Platinum Lion 15-3 comes to a close

Staff Sgt. Wayne Edmiston, Marine Corps Forces Europe

Marines and sailors with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Black Sea Rotational Force spent two weeks alongside soldiers from Bulgaria, Albania, United Kingdom and Romania during Platinum Lion 15-3, a multi-national NATO training exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.Service members were placed in groups with their international




20

Jul

2015

U.S. Marines set the example with FET

Cpl. Anna Albrecht, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

“Shooters, stand by… Targets!” A U.S. Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announces during a deck shoot aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) July 8, 2015.A row of Marines lined up in front of their targets present their M9 Beretta pistols and take their shots. Although deck shoots are a regular training event aboard the ship, this shoot in




20

Jul

2015

1st Recon conducts static line into the ocean

Cpl. William Perkins, 1st Marine Division

Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, performed parachute jumps into the ocean at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 14-15, 2015.The Marines and sailors conducted low-level parachute operations with intentional water landings to make insertions, where other means such as boats or high-altitude





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