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Marines with aircraft rescue and firefighting, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, guide a simulated aircraft to the back of a 7-ton medium tactical vehicle replacement during exercise Thunder Horse 16.2 at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Haramura Maneuver Area in Hiroshima, Japan, May 11, 2016. Motor transportation operators, combat engineers, heavy equipment operators and aircraft rescue and firefighters worked together to recover the simulated downed aircraft. The exercise focuses on reinforcing skills that Marines learned during Marine Combat Training and throughout their military occupational specialty schooling in order to maintain situational readiness. The opportunity to train in this environment helps Marines within different squadrons enhance their technical skills, field experience and military occupational specialty capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Henson/Released)
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Lance Cpl. Ashley Tichensky, a motor-transportation operator with Transportation Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, poses beside her Purple Heart Medal painting at the battalion headquarters building at Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 5, 2016. During the past month, Tichensky spent roughly 15 hours drawing and painting a replica of the medal to represent her battalion’s Marines who have been awarded this military decoration during their service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kaitlyn V. Klein/Released)
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A Marine from 1st Marine Division participates in a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel mission with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integration Exercise in El Centro, Calif., April 28. As part of Marine Aircraft Group 39’s new integration effort, they conduct integration exercises quarterly that closely integrate ground and air assets allowing for a greater degree of symbiotic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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A Honduran Naval trainee performs a swimming aptitude test April 4, 2016 along the northern coast of Honduras. The test helped to establish proficiency in the water and to better develop the skills of the entire training class, during the first-ever consolidated infantry course hosted by the Honduran Navy.
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An enlisted Honduran Navy trainee jumps in the water during a swimming aptitude test April 4, 2016, on the northern coast of Honduras. The trainees took part in the first ever consolidated infantry training program in the Navy, giving them a common set of skills and knowledge to pull from in the future.
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Enlisted trainees with the Honduran Navy participate in a swimming test April 4, 2016, on the northern coast of Honduras, to determine their skill level in the water. The swimming test is used to help determine the amount of additional training the members require during the XX-week basic infantry course.
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A Honduran Naval trainee performs a swimming aptitude test April 4, 2016 along the northern coast of Honduras. The test helped to establish proficiency in the water and to better develop the skills of the entire training class, during the first-ever consolidated infantry course hosted by the Honduran Navy.
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A student in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course uses the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer during testing held at Quantico, Va., Nov. 5, 2015. The AITT allows Marines to transform any location into a dynamic training ground by injecting virtual images, indirect fire effects, aircraft, vehicles, simulated people, etc. onto a real-world view of one's surroundings. AITT will be part of the Marine Corps Systems Command display at Sea Air Space May 16-18.  (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)
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Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 wait to escape the cage during water survival training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Apr. 28, 2016. The Marines used a simulated helicopter body while training for different underwater escape scenarios as qualification to be attached to a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 prepare to plunge into the water during survival training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Apr. 28, 2016. The Marines used a simulated helicopter body while training for different underwater escape scenarios as qualification to be attached to a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 escape the cage after it sinks and flips upside down during water survival training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Apr. 28, 2016. The Marines used a simulated helicopter body while training for different underwater escape scenarios as qualification to be attached to a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 prepare to enter the helo dunker during water survival training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Apr. 28, 2016. The Marines used a simulated helicopter body while training for different underwater escape scenarios as qualification to be attached to a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 assemble and disassemble M240 Bravo Light-Machine Guns during exercise Thunder Horse 16.2 at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Haramura Maneuver Area in Hiroshima, Japan, May 9, 2016. The squadron plans to conduct various drills pertaining to aviation ground support forces, aircraft salvage and recovery, convoys, direct refueling, recovery and general engineering operations, establishing a tactical motor pool, providing air operations and planning expeditionary fire rescue services.
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Sgt. Jesus Alvarado with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 briefs his Marines in preparation for exercise Thunder Horse 16.2 at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Haramura Maneuver Area in Hiroshima, Japan, May 9, 2016. The squadron plans to conduct various drills pertaining to aviation ground support forces, aircraft salvage and recovery, convoys, direct refueling, recovery and general engineering operations, establishing a tactical motor pool, providing air operations and planning expeditionary fire rescue services. MWSS-171 conducts exercises such as this several times a year in order to train all the Marines within the squadron, enhance their technical skills, field experience and military occupational specialty capability.
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Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 assemble an M240 Bravo Light-Machine Gun on a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle during exercise Thunder Horse 16.2 at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Haramura Maneuver Area in Hiroshima, Japan, May 9, 2016. The squadron plans to conduct various drills pertaining to aviation ground support forces, aircraft salvage and recovery, convoys, direct refueling, recovery and general engineering operations, establishing a tactical motor pool, providing air operations and planning expeditionary fire rescue services. The exercise focuses on reinforcing skills that Marines learned during Marine Combat Training and throughout their military occupational specialty schooling in order to maintain situational readiness.
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Capt. Jean-Michel Caffin of the French Army Reserve pins the Legion of Honor Medal onto an American World War II veteran aboard the USS Bataan during the Legion of Honor Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 7, 2016. During the ceremony the Consulate General of France, Philippe Létrilliart, awarded nine American veterans with the Legion of Honor Medal for their heroic actions during the invasion of Normandy. The purpose of the event was to remember how important it is to pay tribute to the veterans who served so valiantly and also to highlight the long-standing friendship between the United States and France. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michelle Reif/Released.)
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