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Master Sgt. Duane King, drum major, “The President’s Own”U.S. Marine Corps Band, salutes the hosting official and guests of honor during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington D.C., May 5, 2017. The guests of honor for the parade were the Honorable Paul Cook, California’s 8th Congressional District Congressman, the Honorable Jack Bergman, Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Congressman, and the Honorable Salud Carbajal, California’s 24th Congressional District Congressman. The hosting official was Gen. Glenn Walters, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.(Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damon Mclean/Released)
Major Christopher Hall, commanding officer, U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, salutes the parade commander during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington D.C., May 5, 2017. The guests of honor for the parade were the Honorable Paul Cook, California’s 8th Congressional District Congressman, the Honorable Jack Bergman, Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Congressman, and the Honorable Salud Carbajal, California’s 24th Congressional District Congressman. The hosting official was Gen. Glenn Walters, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.(Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damon Mclean/Released)
Master Sgt. Hector Vicente, parade staff senior, stands at ceremonial position during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington D.C., May 5, 2017. The guests of honor for the parade were the Honorable Paul Cook, California’s 8th Congressional District Congressman, the Honorable Jack Bergman, Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Congressman, and the Honorable Salud Carbajal, California’s 24th Congressional District Congressman. The hosting official was Gen. Glenn Walters, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.(Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damon Mclean/Released)
Crowd educators with Marine Barracks Washington D.C. interact with guests during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington D.C., May 5, 2017. The guests of honor for the parade were the Honorable Paul Cook, California’s 8th Congressional District Congressman, the Honorable Jack Bergman, Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Congressman, and the Honorable Salud Carbajal, California’s 24th Congressional District Congressman. The hosting official was Gen. Glenn Walters, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Knapp/Released)
A Marine observes his target after firing during the Marine Corps Shooting Team Championships on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. May 4, 2017. Each year, the Marine Corps Shooting Team hosts the championship matches for medalists from each regional Marine Corps Markmanship Competition site to compete in individual and team matches.
A Marine aims down his sights during the Marine Corps Shooting Team Championships on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. May 4, 2017. Each year, the Marine Corps Shooting Team hosts the championship matches for medalists from each Marine Corps Markmanship Competition site to compete in individual and team matches.
Marines prepare to fire in the prone position during the Marine Corps Shooting Team Championships on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. May 3, 2017. Each year, the Marine Corps Shooting Team hosts the championship matches for medalists from each regional Marine Corps Markmanship Competition site to compete in individual and team matches.
Marines fire down the pistol range during the Marine Corps Shooting Team Championships on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. May 3, 2017. Each year, the Marine Corps Shooting Team hosts the championship matches for medalists from each regional Marine Corps Markmanship Competition site to compete in individual and team matches.
1stLt Philip Urban, a Far East Team competitor, fires down range during the Marine Corps Championships on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. May 4, 2017. Each year, the Marine Corps Shooting Team hosts the championship matches for medalists from each regional Marine Corps Markmanship Competition site to compete in individual and team matches.
U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force Darwin and Australian Defence Force service members render a salute during the playing of Last Post at memorial for the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7, 2017. MRF-D Marines took time from training to pay their respects alongside their Australian counterparts at the ceremony.
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Brian Middleton, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, and Nigel Scullion, senator for the Northern Territory, lay a wreath at a memorial for the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7, 2017. The battle, which took place from May 4-8, 1942, was between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia.
Nigel Scullion, senator for the Northern Territory, speaks on the bravery of service members that fought valiantly at a memorial ceremony honoring the service of U.S. and Australian forces during the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7, 2017. U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force Darwin attended the memorial to pay their respects. While training in Darwin the Marines will continue their long history of serving with their Australian counterparts.
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson speaks during the Balikatan 2017 opening ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 8, 2017. Nicholson is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine and U.S. color guards present the colors during the Balikatan 2017 opening ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 8, 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Philippine and U.S. color guards present the colors during the Balikatan 2017 opening ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 8, 2017. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Oscar T. Lacto, left, The Honorable Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Under Secretary Ariel y. Abadilla, AFP Gen. Edruardo M. Año, and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” and shake hands during the opening ceremony for Balikatan 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 8, 2017. Lacto is the Philippine exercise director for Balikatan. Kim is the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. Lorenzana is the Philippine Secretary of National Defense. Abadilla is the Philippine Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns. Año is the Chief of Staff of the AFP. Nicholson is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
Maj. Chris Cotton, commanding officer of Recruiting Station Montgomery, presents the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to the family of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 7, 2017. Cotton is the former Inspector-Instructor for Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, the unit that Sullivan was assigned to.
Col. Joseph Russo, command officer of 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, along with Col. Jeffrey Smitherman, commanding officer for 6th Marine Recruiting District, greet the family members of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 7, 2017. Sullivan and Wyatt were posthumously awarded the medal for their actions during the July 16, 2015 shooting that occurred at the Naval Reserve Center Chattanooga that left two other Marines and a sailor dead.
Attendees stand for the posting of the colors during a ceremony posthumously awarding the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 7, 2017. Attendees of the ceremony included Maj. Gen. Burke W. Whitman, commanding general of 4th Marine Division, Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Miller, sergeant major of 4th MARDIV and family members of GySgt Thomas Sullivan and SSgt David Wyatt.
U.S. Marines with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a convoy of LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles at Strategic Mobility Exercise 17  near Stjordal, Norway, May 3, 2017. STRATMOBEX prepared and moved equipment from cave sites of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program in Norway to test the ability to rapidly deploy forces anywhere in Europe to defend NATO allies. MCPP-N equipment is located in Norway to reduce reaction times for operations across the region.