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The MK-2 Mod 1 Talon, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot controlled by Marines with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, is used instead of Marines to acquire initial visuals of an improvised explosive device during an IED access training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 29, 2016. During the exercise, evaluators assessed Marines on safely locating and disposing of an IED while suppressing the full capabilities of the threat.
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Staff Sgt. Chaz Carter, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, searches the area during an improvised explosive device access training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 29, 2016. During the exercise, evaluators assessed Marines on safely locating and disposing of an IED while suppressing the full capabilities of the threat.
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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Justin Urbany (Right,) 81mm mortar section leader, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, gives a range safety brief to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, prior to a live-fire mortar range, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. This mortar range is a part of the second of four phases of training the soldiers of the JGSDF and USMC will be conducting during Exercise Iron Fist. This phase focuses on small unit skills and tactics before moving on to larger scale operations.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force mortar team demonstrates misfire procedures during an Exercise Iron Fist 2016 training event, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share one another’s skills and tactics to improve their combined operational capabilities.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force mortarman sites in on a target during a live-fire exercise, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb 1, 2016. U.S. Marines facilitated the use of the range acting as safety personnel, to allow the Japanese soldiers to hone fundamental skills and techniques they would be using throughout Exercise Iron Fist 2016.
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Forward Observers, call out targets to their mortar teams during an Exercise Iron Fist 2016 training event, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 Exercise Iron Fist is the largest bilateral exercise conducted by I Marine Expeditionary Force and is aimed at improving the combined amphibious operation capabilities of the U.S. and Japan.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force mortar team adjusts their targeting stakes during a live-fire mortar range, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb 1, 2016. As a part of Exercise Iron Fist, this training was conducted to prepare the JGSDF soldiers for more advanced, bilateral combined arms training aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms later in the month.
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Bruyere, squad leader with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, discusses mortar skills and techniques with his Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterpart during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb 1, 2016 U.S. Marines facilitated the use of the range, acting as safety personnel to allow the Japanese soldiers the opportunity to hone the fundamental skills and techniques they will be using throughout the rest of Iron Fist.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force mortarman drops a round down the tube of an 81mm mortar, during a live-fire training exercise, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb 1, 2016. This mortar range is a part of the second phase of training the soldiers of the JGSDF and USMC will be conducting as a part of Exercise Iron Fist, which focuses on small unit skills and tactics before moving on to larger scale operations.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force mortar team fires an 81mm mortar during an Exercise Iron Fist 2016 training event, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb 1, 2016  Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share one another’s skills and tactics, and improve their combined operational capabilities.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper Program move out on a patrol through an area with mock enemies to practice breaking contact drills during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by U.S. Marine Corps instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 Break contact drills are important as sniper teams are typically small, with limited firepower and ammunition. During break contact drills, the team moves to a location where the enemy cannot observe and fire upon them.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper program get on line with each other to provide cover-fire during a walk-through of a break contact drill during an abbreviated scout sniper course instructed by Marine Corps scout sniper instructors during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise focused on the strengthening of amphibious operations between the U.S. Marine Corps and the JGSDF. Small scout sniper teams can be used prior to an amphibious assault to gather reconnaissance and eliminate key targets.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, a scout sniper instructor with 1st Marine Division Schools, discusses the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment’s Scout Sniper program with Sgt. First Class Kusumato at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. The two talked about different techniques and methods used to conduct tactical and speed ammunition reloads during an abbreviated scout sniper course at Exercise Iron Fist 2016.The abbreviated scout sniper course gave the U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge and increase camaraderie between the Marine Corps and JGSDF.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, scout sniper instructor, 1st Marine Division Schools, assists a soldier of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment’s Scout Sniper program with proper pistol grip during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by Marine Corps scout sniper instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve the Marine Corps and JGSDF’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. Operating in small teams, scout snipers can be used to conduct reconnaissance and eliminate targets prior to an amphibious assault.
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United States Marine Corps Sgt. Mason Wilhelmy, a scout sniper instructor with 1st Marine Division Schools, tries on a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment soldier’s flak jacket during a scout sniper course at Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist affords the Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge while increasing camaraderie between the U.S. Marine Corps and JGSDF.
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Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment Scout Sniper program assist a fellow soldier as he tries on a U.S. Marine Corps flak jacket during an abbreviated scout sniper course, instructed by Marine Corps Scout Sniper instructors, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Iron Fist affords U.S. Marines and JGSDF soldiers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge as they train alongside each other.
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