Published in the summer of 2019, the 38th Commandant’s Planning Guidance provides strategic direction for the Marine Corps...
Dynamic force employment describes the priority of maintaining the capacity and capabilities for major combat, while providing options for proactive and scalable employment of the Joint Force. ...
Force Design 2030 is our latest effort to adapt, remain relevant, and out maneuver our adversaries. It is an extension of legal requirements suited to current and future operating environments...
The Naval Service — forward deployed and capable of both rapid response and sustained operations globally — remains America’s most persistent and versatile instrument of military influence. ...
Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations is a form of expeditionary warfare that involves the employment of mobile, low-signature, operationally relevant, and relatively easy to maintain and sustain...
Distributed operations see small, dispersed land and sea detachments threaten the ability of adversary forces to concentrate from within their anti-access/area denial umbrella...
Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE) is a concept that describes the integrated application of Navy and Marine Corps capabilities to overcome emerging threats within littoral areas...
Stand-in Forces are designed to generate technically disruptive, tactical stand-in engagements that confront aggressor naval forces with an array of low-signature and affordable platforms and...
A Marine Littoral Regiment will be a self-deployable, multi-domain force optimized for the contact and blunt layers. It will persistently operate across the competition continuum to support the Joint...
The Light Amphibious Warship is designed to fill the gap in capability between the Navy’s large, multipurpose amphibious warfare / L-class ships and smaller short-range landing craft such as the...
The 2030 Marine infantry battalion will contribute to joint and naval combined-arms formations that are essential components of the future, persistently forward-deployed, naval expeditionary force...
Reconnaissance operations, in any domain, use the full range of available detection methods to obtain information about the activities and resources of an adversary. Counter-reconnaissance seeks to...
Jul 26 2021
Through the Fog
Cpl. Aaron Patterson
U.S. Marine Cpl. James K. Gordan II, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, reacts to a surprise gas attack during the Advanced Infantry Course aboard Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 20, 2016. AIC is intermediate training designed to enhance and test the Marine's skills and leadership abilities as squad leaders in a rifle platoon.
On the Move
Cpl. Savannah Mesimer
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, patrol at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, Jan. 21, 2021. Marines patrolled in disaggregated units towards a common objective for Joint Exercise Littoral Strike, the culminating event for Fuji Viper 21.2, that strengthened interoperability and challenged infantry formations to facilitate joint force multi-domain maneuver in support of naval operations. 3/8 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Sgt. Alexis Flores
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Jacob Gastelum, a rifleman with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds security for an amphibious landing as part of an expeditionary advance base exercise, May 15. Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU and Essex Amphibious Ready Group are conducting integrated training on and off the coast of southern California.
Long Range Strike
Cpl. Seth Rosenberg
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elias Munoz, a launcher chief with Bravo Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System for a simulated long-range strike mission at San Clemente Island, Calif., May 20, 2021. The Battery went ashore in support of an expeditionary advanced basing exercise, targeting simulated enemy on the island, and enemy vessels nearby. The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU and Essex Amphibious Ready Group are conducting routine training off the coast of southern California.
March on the Colors
Lance Cpl. Alison Dostie
U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, march on the colors during a change of command ceremony for Marine Corps Installations West, MCB Camp Pendleton, at the Santa Margarita Ranch House on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 23, 2021. During the ceremony, U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Dan Conley relinquished command of MCI-West to Brig. Gen. Jason Woodworth. Woodworth is the first Marine in history to command an MCI-West installation and then return to take command of the region.
Leading the Corps
Chief Warrant Officer Pete Thibo
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jade Nichols, a senior drill instructor with Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, discusses reasons for joining the Marine Corps with her recruits during the Crucible at Parris Island, S.C. April 20, 2018. The four phase recruit training model, implemented in November 2017, allows the drill instructors the opportunity to transition to a role of coach and mentor.
Plan for Perfection
U.S. Marine Corps infantry squad leaders assigned to School of Infantry West, Detachment Hawaii, use a terrain model during the Advanced Infantry Course aboard Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 20, 2016. AIC is intermediate training designed to enhance and test the Marine's skills and leadership abilities as squad leaders in a rifle platoon.
Shots at Sea
Sgt. Isaiah Campbell
Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in a live-fire range aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), April 16, 2021. 24th MEU, embarked with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is forward-deployed in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Jun 28 2021
Take to the Sea
Lance Cpl. Grace Gerlach
Marines with Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to board the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) after executing an amphibious raid rehearsal in the Philippine Sea, June 17, 2021. Marines with the 31st MEU conduct amphibious raid rehearsals in order to test maritime readiness, refine standard operating procedures, and sustain proficiency in small boat handling fundamentals. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Jun 16 2021
Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment
Cpl. Kallahan Morris
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provide security during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb. 18, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program.
Distributed Maritime Operations
A U.S. Marine with Marine Air Control Squadron 4 establishes communications during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb 18, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program.
Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations
Cpl. Donovan Massieperez
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Tyler Ochs, a platoon commander with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division under the Unit Deployment Program, sets up defensive positions during an Expeditionary Advance Base Operation exercise at the Northern Training Area, Okinawa, Japan, June 17, 2020. This 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment-led exercise also features participation from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. Training events like this strengthen 3rd Marine Division’s ability to control key terrain in a contested battlespace. Ochs is a native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Jun 08 2021
Sgt. Micha Pierce
Australian Army soldiers carry their gear off a landing zone during exercise Crocodile Response at Point Fawcett, NT, Australia, May 24, 2021. Exercise Crocodile Response tested the ability of MRF-D and the Australian Defence Force to provide disaster relief in the Indo-Pacific region. The rotational deployment of U.S. Marines affords a combined training opportunity with Australia and improves cooperation and integration between the two country’s forces.
May 27 2021
On the move
Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck
Lance Cpl. Nathan M. Sorenson, a data systems administrator with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Ubly, Michigan, tests the connectivity of the Networking On-the-Move Airborne communications system during flight operations from the amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), Sept. 22, 2020. The NOTM-A provides the mission commander the ability to command and control forces on the ground while flying above the battlefield. America, flagship of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, along with the 31st MEU, is operating in the 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
May 18 2021
Lance Cpl. Courtney Robertson
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Calvin Gravette III, a bulk fuel specialist with Bulk Fuel Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, instructs Marines on the Expeditionary Mobile Fuel Additization on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 12, 2021. Gravette is a graduate from the EMFAC New Equipment Training, and is the lead EMFAC training instructor for III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III MEF’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility.
Apr 27 2021
Ready for Rockets
Pfc. Sarah Pysher
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, load a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System with 227mm rockets during Exercise Rolling Thunder 21.2 on Fort Bragg, N.C., April 26, 2021. This is a live-fire artillery exercise where 10th Marines employed distributed fires via simulated Expeditionary Advanced Bases. The training increased 2nd MARDIV’s combat readiness against a peer competitor. HIMARS are an advanced long-range and mobile rocket system that allows 2nd MARDIV to employ precision fires onto a target.
Apr 26 2021
Sgt. Devin Andrews
A U.S. Marine with Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fires an M98A2 Javelin missile system during a live-fire exercise in preparation for Exercise Cold Response 20 near Setermoen, Norway, March 3, 2020. Exercise Cold Response 20 takes place across northern Norway involving 15,000 participants from ten allied and partner nation’s military services.
Sgt. Jeremy Laboy
A U.S. Marine combat instructor with Alpha Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry - West, fires an M72 light anti-tank weapon during fire and maneuver drills as part of the seventh week of the Infantry Marine Course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 11, 2021. IMC is a 14-week pilot course designed to create better trained and more lethal entry-level infantry Marines prepared for near-peer conflicts. The course uses a redesigned learning model for students intended to develop their capabilities for independent and adaptive thought and action. The program of instruction for IMC has been in development for a year and follows guidance from the 2019 Commandant's Planning Guidance and Force Design 2030.
Secure the Area
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. William Martin, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb. 17, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program.
Eyes in the Sky
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Braxton Lee, a rifleman with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, utilizes a drone at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan on Jan. 22, 2021. Marines used drones to scan for enemy positions from the defense during Joint Exercise Littoral Strike, the culminating event for Fuji Viper 21.2. The exercise strengthened interoperability and challenged infantry formations, demonstrating that marines can facilitate joint force multi-domain maneuver in support of naval operations. 3/8 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Lee is a native of Florence, South Carolina.
Aim to Fire
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Fernando Castro, a low altitude air defense gunner with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, aims an FIM-92 Stinger missile on a combat rubber raiding craft during exercise Hagåtña Fury 21 on Ukibaru, Japan, Feb. 18, 2021. The exercise demonstrated that Marines are capable of seizing, defending, and providing expeditionary sustainment for key maritime terrain in support of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. 3/8 is attached to 3rd Marine Division as a part of the unit deployment program. Castro is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.
Apr 01 2021
Advantage at Sea
Cpl. Elijah Abernathy
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeramiah Meade, a section chief with 2nd Radio Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, uses a electronic warfare system during a joint-service training exercise on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., March 26, 2021. The purpose of the week-long training was to increase interoperability with the U.S. Coast Guard and provide 2nd Marine Division reconnaissance battalions with the opportunity to become familiarized with quick reaction and counter electronic warfare concepts.
Mar 18 2021
Hit the Sand
Lance Cpl. Brandon Aultman
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, unload a joint light tactical vehicle from a U.S. Army logistics support vessel attached to 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during the Spartan Fury 21.1 training exercise, March 3, 2021, Major's Bay, Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. Exercise Spartan Fury demonstrates 1/12's ability to conduct distributed operations inside an adversary's sensors and weapons engagement zone, attain and defend key maritime terrain, and conduct sea denial in support of fleet operations.
Oct 22 2020
Into the Sea
Cpl. Matthew Kirk
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ruben Arzate, attached to the "Lucky Red Lions" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lowers a payload from an MV-22B Osprey to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands. Underway replenishment sustains the fleet anywhere/anytime. This event was designed to test and evaluate the tactics, techniques, and procedures of U.S. Strategic Command's expeditionary logistics and enhance the overall readiness of our strategic forces.
Jun 10 2020
U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, traverse through water during an amphibious assault exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 28, 2020. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, conducted an amphibious assault exercise and military operations in urban terrain to increase littoral mobility proficiency in 3d Marine Regiment and advance the goals of the Commandant of the Marine Corps 2030 Force Design.
Jan 28 2020
To the Waters
Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels
U.S. Marines and sailors observe as Marines assigned to Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, maneuver an amphibious combat vehicle onto the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) as part of the vehicle’s developmental testing off the shore of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 28, 2020. The Marines of AVTB are currently testing the Marine Corps’ newest amphibious vehicle, which will replace the current amphibious assault vehicle. The testing consisted of entering and departing a naval vessel to assess and verify how well the ACV can integrate with naval shipping. This was the first time Marines have operated the new vehicle while boarding and departing a ship.
Jul 11 2019
Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Knapp
General Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, passes the Marine Corps Battle Color to Gen. David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 11, 2019. General Neller relieved his duties as commandant of the Marine Corps to Gen. Berger.