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A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares for landing at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018, during Exercise Trident Juncture 18. Trident Juncture training in Iceland promotes key elements of preparing Marines to conduct follow-on training in Norway in the later part of the exercise.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares for landing at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018, during Exercise Trident Juncture 18. Trident Juncture training in Iceland promotes key elements of preparing Marines to conduct follow-on training in Norway in the later part of the exercise.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. David Porter's (retired) reflection is depicted on Sgt. Maj. Robert E. Porter's framed portrait during the rededication ceremony of Sergeant Major Robert E. Porter Field, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Oct. 17, 2018. Sgt. Maj. Robert Porter served 30 years in the Marines Corps, which included service in World War II, Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He was also the first sergeant major of Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe, Hawaii. Porter passed away at the age of 88 on July 28, 2013.
Lance Cpl. Ryan Beckstead, an rifleman with Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, loads an M4 carbine during marksmanship training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 16, 2018. Beckstead, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, graduated from Granger High School in May 2017; he enlisted November 2017. Company F, the helicopter-borne raid element with BLT 2/5, conducted this training to refine marksmanship skills during the fall patrol. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations.
Recruits with Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, compete against one another during pugil sticks III at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 16. The Recruits executed numerous Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques throughout the Pugil Sticks III event. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 30, 2018.
A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon fires an M1911 .45 caliber-pistol during marksmanship training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 17, 2018. Marines with ARP specialize in reconnaissance, surveillance and close-quarters tactics during amphibious operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
A Marine with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is flipped upside-down in a shallow water egress trainer at Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 12, 2018. The SWET prepares Marines to train in the Modular Amphibious Egress Trainer, a simulated sinking aircraft, and is a requirement for all Marines that will deploy with the 11th MEU.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares for landing at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 17, 2018, during Exercise Trident Juncture 18. Trident Juncture training in Iceland promotes key elements of preparing Marines to conduct follow-on training in Norway in the later part of the exercise.
Lance Cpl. Sierra Walker, supply specialist with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tests the Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps Release 12 upgrade while deployed before its official launch. The Marine Corps upgraded the system in August to strengthen the Corps’ cybersecurity posture and offer a more customizable tool to ensure Marines can easily and clearly report readiness to their commander.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, provide security from an observation post at Drop Zone Blackbird, during Mountain Training Exercise 6-19, at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 14, 2018. MWTC is the only installation across the Department of Defense that conducts unit-level mountain warfare training in addition to teaching mountaineering and related skills at its professional mountain warfare schools.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conduct a patrol at Drop Zone Blackbird, during Mountain Training Exercise 6-19, aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 14, 2018. MWTC is the only installation across the Department of Defense that conducts unit-level mountain warfare training in addition to teaching mountaineering and related skills at its professional mountain warfare schools.
A U.S. Marine with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Intelligence Group fires a Beretta M9 service pistol during pistol qualification at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. Pistol qualification is required annually to sustain the skills of pistol marksmanship.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Bradley Binder conducts pistol qualification with a Beretta M9 service pistol at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. Binder, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a squad leader with 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group. Pistol qualification is required annually to sustain the skills of pistol marksmanship.
A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon fires an M249 squad automatic weapon during marksmanship training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 16, 2018. Marines with ARP specialize in close-quarters tactics during amphibious operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
A reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon reloads an M1911 .45-caliber pistol aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 15, 2018. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Garald John, combat marksmanship trainer, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, assesses Marines while they “snap in” at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Oct. 5, 2018. "Snapping in" is the term used to describe practicing dry-firing with an empty weapon before live-firing.
U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon exit a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during Helocast and Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction training, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 14, 2018. The Seahawk belongs to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25. Helocasting and SPIE operations allow the recon Marines to enter and exit tactical landing zones that are inaccessible to helicopters during amphibious operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon carry a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft off a Landing Craft, Air Cushion hovercraft during Helocast and Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction training, underway in the East China Sea, Oct. 14, 2018. Helocasting and SPIE operations allow the recon Marines to enter and exit tactical landing zones that are inaccessible to helicopters during amphibious operations. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron conduct fire containment drills at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The training was conducted in order to maintain proficiency extinguishing aircraft fires in support of the air station's mission of launching and recovering aircraft. ARFF is a special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in a ground emergency.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron conduct fire containment drills at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The training was conducted in order to maintain proficiency extinguishing aircraft fires in support of the air station’s mission of launching and recovering aircraft. ARFF is a special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in a ground emergency.