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Marines conduct a fast-rope exercise out of an MV-22B Osprey during the Fast-Rope Operator Course at Stone Bay aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 5, 2015. Learning the techniques needed to conduct a safe and efficient fast-rope insertion gives units more options to insert when conducting operations.
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Marines guide a rope as an MV-22B Osprey prepares to land during a Fast-Rope Operator Course training exercise at Stone Bay aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 5, 2015. Proper guiding of the rope is vital because it keeps it from becoming an obstruction for the Osprey while it is trying to land.
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A Marine uses his newly learned helicopter rope suspension techniques while fast roping out of an MV-22B Osprey during a Fast Rope Operator Course training exercise at Stone Bay aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 5, 2015. Helicopters cannot always land in a landing zone and the squad must fast rope into an LZ in order to conduct operations in the area. The Fast-Rope Operators Course is a one week course that teaches Marines these needed techniques.
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edgar P. Marty, right, helps Muraoka Satoshi, a Japan Self-Defense Force Officer Candidate, operate a U.S. Marine Corps forklift, during a U.S. Marine vehicle and equipment display Feb. 26 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Marines from 12th Marines and 3rd Battalion 12th Marines displayed eight different vehicles and over ten weapons, for more than 300 JSDF Officer Candidates. Satoshi, from Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, is a member of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program. JOEP provides opportunities for III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and JSDF personnel to observe training of their counterparts in order to increase mutual understanding and interoperability. Marty, from Bronx, New York, is an engineer equipment operator with 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF.
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U.S. Marines and Sailors await Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III to speak aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) at sea Feb. 26, 2015. Mundy is the commander, Task Force 51. Mundy spoke about the future missions the 15th MEU may encounter while forward deployed. The 15th MEU will fall under Task Force 51 while deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez/Released)
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Sgt. Kelly Brown, team leader with Provisional Rifle Platoon, Company A, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, sends rounds downrange with the M4 Modular Weapon System during a target confirmation at Range 107, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Feb. 26, 2015, in preparation for the upcoming assessment. From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards-based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
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Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, prepare to practice section-level formations at Training Area Acorn, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Feb. 25, 2015. From October 2014 to July 2015, the GCEITF will conduct individual and collective level skills training in designated ground combat arms occupational specialties in order to facilitate the standards-based assessment of the physical performance of Marines in a simulated operating environment performing specific ground combat arms tasks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released)
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An Iraqi squad leader assigns a soldier his area of responsibility during defense training aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 08, 2015. The training gave the soldiers a greater understanding of basic ambush and defense maneuvers.
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An Iraqi squad leader assigns a soldier his area of responsibility during defense training aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 8, 2015. The training gave the soldiers a greater understanding of basic ambush and defense maneuvers.
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The QRF security element posts up four-corner security around an objective site during a Quick Reaction Force drill, as part of Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2015 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 22, 2015. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion employed a QRF to combat imminent “enemy threats” during MEFEX-15.
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Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2015 captured all of the training Marines conducted throughout the last two weeks including machine gun drills, vehicle formations, tactical site exploitation, gathering evidence and QRF rundown drills. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I MEF, employed a Quick Reaction Force, QRF, to combat imminent “enemy threats” during MEFEX-15 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 22, 2015.
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The QRF security element posts up four-corner security around an objective site during a Quick Reaction Force drill, as part of Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2015 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 22, 2015. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion employed a QRF to combat imminent “enemy threats” during MEFEX-15.
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Cpl. Joseph Howell, a tactical switching operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 4, 4th Marine Logistics Group, kneels down and takes account of his surroundings on a patrol during the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 22, 2015. Howell was part of the acting guard force during the exercise with I MEF. The exercise enabled Marines to improve interoperability between the active and Reserve component, while preparing them with a realistic training environment at the force level.
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Sgt. John Duwe (center), a data network specialist with the Combat Logistics Regiment 4, 4th Marine Logistics Group, reviews basic hand and arm signals before he takes his platoon on a patrol during the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 22, 2015. Duwe was the acting platoon leader in a guard force during the exercise with I MEF. The exercise enabled Marines to improve interoperability between the active and Reserve component, while preparing them with a realistic training environment at the force level.
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Marines compete in the Western Division Matches that are being held at Wilcox Range in the 33-area of Camp Pendleton from Feb. 25 to March 3. Marines will learn how to enhance their marksmanship proficiency within the Marine Corps by refining precision marksmanship skills through advanced marksmanship training and competition.
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Cpl. Larry W. Danley prepares to shut down equipment following live-burn training Feb. 21 at the training pit on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Bulk fuel specialists dispensed fuel into the pit, and a Marine with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting ignited the fluid. ARFF and bulk fuel specialist Marines then worked together to contain and extinguish the fire while enhancing communication and teamwork.  Danley is a Houston, Texas, native and a truck master with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Futenma.
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