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Marines with the scout sniper platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire at targets from the rear of the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while underway.  San Diego is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
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U.S. Marines with the scout sniper platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire at targets from the rear of the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while underway. San Diego is part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
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Sgt. Mark A. Washburn, center prone, adjusts the sights on an M40A5 sniper rifle based off the recommendations of his spotter, Cpl. Chris B. Harubin, left, Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines trained in a variety of shooting techniques to include known and unknown distances, alternative firing positions and rapid target engagement. Washburn is a Pensacola, Florida, native, and Harubin is a Pembroke, Massachusetts, native. Both are riflemen with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.
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Cpl. Dustin K. Davis, right, uses his spotter, Cpl. Rafael A. Dehoyos, to stabilize his M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. Marines sometimes use natural or inanimate objects to stabilize their rifles when the prone position is not an option. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. Both Marines are reconnaissance men with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Sgt. Mark A. Washburn, a Pensacola, Florida, native, fires an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines trained in a variety of shooting techniques to include known and unknown distances, alternative firing positions and rapid target engagement. Washburn is a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Lance Cpl. Seth M. Richardson, a Carbondale, Illinois, native, ejects a round from the chamber of an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 during preparation for the Scout Sniper Basic Course at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. Accuracy is a key element of a scout sniper’s mission as they will sometimes only have one shot to accomplish a mission. Richardson is a reconnaissance man with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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U.S. Marines fire M40A5 sniper rifles Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. This course of fire prepares the Marines for the Scout Sniper Basic Course. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. The Marines are with various units assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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U.S. Marines fire M40A5 sniper rifles Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The course of fire introduced the Marines to the M40A5 sniper rifle and prepared them for the Scout Sniper Basic Course. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. The Marines are with various units assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Lance Cpl. Seth M. Richardson, a Carbondale, Illinois, native, prepares to fire an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. Richardson is a reconnaissance man with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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A U.S. Marine ejects a round from the chamber of an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. The Marines are with various units assigned to 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Cpl. Rafael A. Dehoyos, left, a San Antonio, Texas, native, fires an M40A5 sniper rifle Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. The Marines sometimes use natural or inanimate objects to stabilize their rifles when the prone position is not an option. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. Dehoyos is a reconnaissance man with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Lance Cpl. Seth M. Richardson, left, fires an M40A5 sniper rifle while Cpl. Aaron A. Gobidas spots the rounds and provides corrections Aug. 17 at the Central Training Area in Okinawa, Japan. Teamwork can mean the difference between mission accomplishment and mission failure. The M40A5 rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second and an effective firing range of up to 900 meters. Richardson is a Carbondale, Illinois, native, and Gobidas is a Cleveland, Ohio, native. Both are reconnaissance men with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
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Retired Sgt. Maj. Mike Zacker, secretary of the board of directors and docent at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and Historical Foundation, reminisces with Dwight Griffin, a former force reconnaissance sniper, at the museum aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Sept. 10. The two Marines spoke at length about their tours in Vietnam and compared some of the actions their individual units took.
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Sgt. Justin K. Clark, a Marine sniper with the Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to board an MH-60S Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) aboard the USS Makin Island for an aerial gun shoot Sept. 11, 2014. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)
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Marines and Sailors from Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division participated in several live-fire exercises July 21-22 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The service members were part of the Scout Sniper platoon, and were broken into two 4-man teams. The teams consisted of a team leader, an assistant team leader, a light machine gunner and a rifleman. Each team completed drills ranging from observation and photography to elimination of enemy targets. Many scenarios ended with the teams providing suppressive fire, and doing a shoot, move, communicate style of withdrawal. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Ryan Young/ released)
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Marines and Sailors from Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division participated in several live-fire exercises July 21-22 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The service members were part of the Scout Sniper platoon, and were broken into two 4-man teams. The teams consisted of a team leader, an assistant team leader, a light machine gunner and a rifleman. Each team completed drills ranging from observation and photography to elimination of enemy targets. Many scenarios ended with the teams providing suppressive fire, and doing a shoot, move, communicate style of withdrawal. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Ryan Young/ released)
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