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A Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion jumps from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helocast exercise with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina June 25, 2015. Marines with HMH-464 provided aerial support to reconnaissance Marines during the exercise, which was designed to maintain readiness and provide newly certified pilots an opportunity to enhance their skills.
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Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion prepare to load a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft onto a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helocast exercise with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina June 25, 2015. Marines with HMH-464 provided aerial support to reconnaissance Marines during the exercise, which was designed to maintain readiness and provide newly certified pilots an opportunity to enhance their skills.
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Sailors and Marines man the rails as they pull into their first port call of their Summer deployment on board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
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Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch the sunset as the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima sails through the Suez Canal, June 21, 2015. The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group transited through the canal, a 120-mile long waterway connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, and entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The 24th MEU is deployed on the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in support of U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
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Cpl. Chris R. Dalessandro, a low-altitude air defense gunner with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security while the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima steams through the Suez Canal, June 21, 2015. The 24th MEU and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group transited through the canal, a 120-mile-long waterway connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, and entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The 24th MEU is deployed on the ships of the Iwo Jima ARG in support of U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
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Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, leap from a C130J and into the Atlantic Ocean during intentional water jump training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina June 24, 2015. The training evaluated the Marines’ ability to properly insert via  parachute into an aquatic environment.
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Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, perform last minute checks to their equipment aboard a C130J during intentional water training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina June 24, 2015. The training prepared the Marines for situations that require them to dive in an aquatic environment.
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Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, prepare to jump from a C130J during intentional water training at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina June 24, 2015. Marines used hand signals to communicate what actions need to be performed prior to leaping from the aircraft.
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Lance Cpl. Alex Rowan, a combat engineer with 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, stationed out of Bessemer, Alabama, runs to take cover before the Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System detonates during the SAPPER Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 26, 2015. During the course, the Marines used assault and breaching techniques to clear a wire obstacle using line charges that utilized C4 explosives and their APOBS. 
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An Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System detonates during the SAPPER Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 26, 2015. The course was taught by Marines from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division for service members from 4th CEB, 4th Marine Division, stationed in various parts of the U.S., and the 119th Engineer Company with the West Virginia Army National Guard. “This is more for conventional warfare, not like you would see in Iraq or Afghanistan, but down the road we need to be prepared for anything that could pop up at any time,” said Cpl. Ian Jennings, a fire team leader with 4th CEB and the course’s honor graduate. “As engineers, we need to be able to breach that obstacle so we can get the infantry in so they can do their jobs.”
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Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, instruct service members from 4th CEB, 4th Marine Division, stationed in various parts of the U.S., and the 119th Engineer Company with the West Virginia Army National Guard during the SAPPER Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 26, 2015. During the course, they used assault and breaching techniques to clear a wire obstacle using line charges with C4 explosives.
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Marines with 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, stationed in various parts of the U.S., prepare a C4 line charge to clear a wire obstacle during the SAPPER Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 26, 2015. The course was taught by Marines with 2nd CEB, 2nd Marine Division, and included everything from patrolling to sweeping with metal detectors.
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U.S. Marines with the night crew, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (REINFORCED), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, adjust the rotors on a CH-53 Super Stallion prior to take-off during an Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARG/MEU-Ex) aboard the USS Kearsarge, June 25, 2015. The night crew conducts scheduled maintenance and pre-flight checks on aircraft during night operations. The 26th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 4 are conducting an ARG/MEU-Ex in preparation for their deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)
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A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1 Super Cobra with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (REINFORCED), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies off the flight-line during an Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARG/MEU-Ex) aboard the USS Kearsarge, June 25, 2015. The 26th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 4 are conducting an ARG/MEU-Ex in preparation for their deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)
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Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment make adjustments on a 61mm mortar system during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 25, 2015.  This live-fire range was conducted to better train the Marines in using the direct lay method of fire.  The direct lay method requires the Marines to do all their own adjustments and not relying on a Fire Direction Center.
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Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment fire a 60mm mortar during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 25, 2015.  The unit conducted the training to better prepare the Marines for the use of the direct lay method of fire.  The direct lay method requires the Marines to make all their adjustments themselves and not rely on a Fire Direction Center.
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