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U.S. Marines post security as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle, carrying Philippine and U.S. Marines, advances position on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which means “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise held since 1984, aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
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Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment provide cover fire during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marines, April 21, on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, Amphibious Assault Vehicles are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which translates to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board.
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Marines with 3rd Marine Regiment sprint to set up a firing line, April 21, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marines on North Beach at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, Amphibious Assault Vehicles are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which translates to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board.
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A Marine amphibious assault crewman with 3rd Marine Regiment communicates with other AAVs after landing ashore on North Beach, April 21, at the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales, Philippines, during a bilateral amphibious landing by the Philippine and U.S. Marines as part of exercise Balikatan 2015. Designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships, AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport Marines and cargo to and through hostile territory. Balikatan, which translates to “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, is an annual bilateral exercise between the AFP and the U.S. military, which focuses on improving security cooperation activities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and crisis response throughout the region in accordance with the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board.
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A Marine with the Advanced Machine Gunner Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion-East, sprints though water during a physical training squad competition event during AMGC, aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., April 20, 2015. Throughout the course Marines push their boundaries mentally and physically, to become more proficient in their military occupational specialty as machine gunners.
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Marines from various units with the Advanced Machine Gunner Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion-East, participate in a physical training event to begin their day during AMGC, aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., April 20, 2015. The purpose of this course is to bring the Marines back to the machine-gunner fundamentals and further develop their skills so they can bring this refreshed knowledge back to their units.
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Lance Cpl. Matthew Ross, a machine gunner and student at the Advanced Machine Gunner Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion-East, performs “burpees” in the mud as part of physical training during AMGC, aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., April 20, 2015. The goal of physical training throughout this course is to push the students past their limits to build a strong mind and body.
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Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion traverse the desert on the way to set up a forward combat operations center during Exercise Desert Scimitar, April 12, 2015, aboard the Combat Center. Division-level exercises, such as Desert Scimitar, allow division units to train in order to maintain mission readiness.
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Light armored vehicles with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion set up security during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard the Combat Center, April 13, 2015. Throughout the exercise, 3rd LAR provided security, reconnaissance and screening operations for larger forces.
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Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, prepare to fire rounds from a mounted M240B medium machine gun at a target down range during Exercise Desert Scimitar, April 14, 2015. The realistic live-fire training allowed 3rd LAR to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and future real-world operational demands.
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Light armored vehicle crewmembers with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion prepare their Anti-Tank LAV for the next exercise during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard the Combat Center, April 14, 2015.
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Marines with Company A, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, conduct a resupply during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard the Combat Center, April 12, 2015. The resupply provided Marines with ammo and fuel used during multiple live-fire exercises.
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Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion prepare their Light Armored Vehicle for night time live-fire exercises during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard the Combat Center, April 13, 2015. During the exercise, 3rd LAR performed security operations for 1st Tank Battalion and 11th Marine Regiment.
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Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion set up a communications network for a combat operations center during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard the Combat Center, April 12, 2015. The network enabled Marines to send imagery and video throughout the division during the exercise.
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U.S. Marines, students attending Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-15, are given a check-in brief by 1st Lt. Richard Hayek, Adjutant, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, Aug. 31, 2014.The course is a seven-week training event hosted by the squadron's cadre. The squadron provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
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Naval aviators with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 fly above Eastern North Carolina inside of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters during training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. VMFAT-501 is the Corps’ only active training squadron for the F-35B, which provides a multi-role, fifth-generation fighter attack capability for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. VMFAT-501 is based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., and VMGR-252 is based at MCAS Cherry Point.
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