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UH-1Y Huey helicopter crew members with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced) watch a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter in flight during a simulated high altitude, low opening parachute jump and Reconnaissance and Surveillance mission as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s MEU Exercise, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 8, 2018. Marines with the 31st MEU’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon 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 and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, performs a radio check prior to executing river crossing operations during the 6th Marine Regiment field exercise (FEX) aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 7, 2018. The regimental FEX utilizes combat capabilities from across the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, enhancing mission readiness.
Cpl. Renilo Maglaya, center, a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) instructor with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), leads a “ring of fire” exercise during a MCMAP course aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), Dec. 4, 2018. The Anchorage and embarked 13th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as a crisis response force in support of regional partners as well as to promote U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, provides security during breaching operations as part of 6th Marine Regiment field exercise (FEX) aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 4, 2018. The regiment FEX utilizes combat capabilities from across the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, enhancing mission readiness.
U.S. Marines with the Marine Aircraft Group 24 colorguard march during the 2018 Waimanalo Christmas Parade, Dec. 8, 2018. The parade is held annually and supported by U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. William Thurber (right), the sergeant major of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, holds the Purple Heart citation for Cpl. Brendon Hendrickson (left), an anti-tank missile Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, Oct. 22, 2018. Hendrickson received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Syria while deployed in support of operations for SPMAGTF-CR-CC.
Cpl. Tyler A. Frazier, a mortar Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, is awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Lt. Col. Steven M. Ford, commanding officer, 3/7 at Victory Field aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 7, 2018. Frazier was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Syria while 3/7 was deployed with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command.
U.S. service members with the Ceremonial Honor Guard carry the casket to Air Force One, Andrews Air Base, Maryland, Dec. 05, 2018.
U.S. service members support the departure of former President George H. W. Bush on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 5, 2018.
A Marine guides a light armored vehicle onto Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Nov. 30, 2018.
Former Marine LCpl. David Roach, author of the "Marauder" Viking fantasy series, hands his new book, "Runebinder" to Navy Lt. Rosert Pfeiffer, Office Naval Intelligence, Washington, D.C., at Vikings Con in LaPlata, Maryland, Oct. 20, 2018.
An F-35B Lightning II jet refuels at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 27, 2018.  The F-35B landed, refueled and took off for the first time at MCAS Futenma. The F-35B belongs to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. An F-35B landing at MCAS Futenma demonstrates the air warfighting capability, operational flexibility and tactical supremacy that this platform brings to the Indo-Pacific region, our allies and our partners.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chase Alumbaugh, a rifle Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, provides security during a simulated patrol November 17, 2018.
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistic Detachment 34 and 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepare to breach a door while executing a demolition range during Exercise Cunning Seahorse November 18, 2018.
An F-35B Lightning II jet takes off at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 27, 2018.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Eisel, a rifleman with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast ropes out of an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex, Nov. 20, 2018. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex ARG and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Heavy Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 462, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Peru, stands ready for flight operations aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 16, 2018. The goal of SPMAGTF-Peru is to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training with Peruvian naval forces to improve the interoperability between the U.S. and Peru. The deployment is the latest in a long line of humanitarian assistance-themed events U.S. service members have conducted with their Peruvian counterparts.
U.S. Marines stand next to a CH-53E Super Stallion with Heavy Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 462, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Peru, aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 16, 2018. SPMAGTF-Peru is part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative and reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.
Lance Cpl. Andrew Tocko, a low altitude air defense gunner with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163,11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operates a radio from a Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 13, 2018. The VMM-163 Marines supported Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment’s operations at the combat center, employing the LMADIS to defeat unmanned aircraft systems via electronic attack.
Ten Marine veterans received awards at Hadnot Point parade ground Saturday morning as a result of performances in engagements in the Pacific theater of war. Eight received Gold Stars in lieu of a second Purple Heart, one received a Bronze Medal heroic and meritorious performance of duty and one received a Purple Heart. The presentations were made by Lt. Col. T. M. Sheffield, Infantry Training Regiment, and Maj. L. G. Ditta, Infantry Schools Battalion, prior to a “pass in review” of men serving in the Officer Candidate Applicants’ Battalion. 

Shown in above photo, left to right, are Lt. Col. Sheffield, Maj. Ditta, Sgt. Lawrence Gerkin, Platoon Sgt. Robert Levy, Sgt. Robert Sadler, Sgt. Harry Smith, Sgt. Louis Cozzens, Sgt. Herbert Meza, and Cpl. Calvin Lawson, Cpl. Robert Heard, Cpl. William Hinkle and Cpl. Robert Radish.