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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.
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.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Zachary Campbell, aircraft rescue and firefighting specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, supervises 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. Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting 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.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Nathan Piltz, a crew chief with Helicopter Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303, serves as a second pair of eyes when landing the Bell UH-1Y Venom aircraft during Assault Support Tactics 4, as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-19 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 9, 2018. WTI, a seven week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. This year, Marines and Sailors with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command 19.1 served as the command element for WTI.
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.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Nery Diffenderfer, a mortar Marine with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fights off two attackers during a Martial Arts Instructor course culminating event aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore, Oct. 11, 2018. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th MEU are 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.
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon move towards 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 Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a life-fire “deck shoot” to enhance their combat effectiveness and readiness aboard the flight deck of the USS Arlington during Amphibious Ready Group/MEU Exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 2, 2018. This training exercise enhances joint integration, lethality, and the collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios in preparation for their upcoming deployment.
ARABIAN SEA-Two CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 Reinforced, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, launch flares during a training exercise, Oct. 7, 2018. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. Fifth 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.
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One conduct flight operations during a long range raid in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-19 in Yuma, Arizona, Sept. 28, 2018. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. WTI provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness, and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom aircraft assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One flies in front of a sunset while conducting battle drills during Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-19 at K-9 Village, Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, Sept. 21, 2018. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. WTI also provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness, and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in combat knife sparring during martial arts training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 2, 2018. The sparring exercise allows the Marines to work on close quarters combat knife techniques.