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U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, observe an MH-60S Sea Hawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, during helocast training in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations, May 17, 2018. The MRF conducted the training in preparation of future operations and to maintain proficiency during a deployment at sea.
Sgt. Justin M. Logue (left) and Sgt. Scott C. Hunt (right), both assistant team leaders, Alpha Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, kneel in front of a battlefield cross during the 10th Annual Recon Challenge at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 17, 2018. The Recon Challenge is open to all reconnaissance Marines and Sailors from around the world.
Pfc. Connor Mize, a hazardous material entry team technician with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, douses Lance Cpl. Luis Da Luz, a HAZMAT entry team technician with ARFF, with a fire hose during the decontamination process of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive exercise conducted at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, May 17, 2018. The exercise simulated a bioterrorism attack and required several MCAS Miramar units to coordinate an effective response.
Lance Cpl. Luis Da Luz, a hazardous material entry team technician with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, passes HAZMAT samples to Lance Cpl. Alex Herrero, a HAZMAT entry team technician with ARFF, during an exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 17. The exercise simulated a bioterrorism attack and required several MCAS Miramar units to coordinate an effective response.
The first CH-53K King Stallion taxis across the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina May 16, 2018.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Travis J. Ganong, armorer with Inspector Instructor Staff, Engineer Support Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, punches the boar of the M16’s for an integrated platoon of Marines with 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, and commandos with 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, British army, during exercise Red Dagger at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., May 14, 2018.
Lance Cpl. Joshua Hill, an infantry Marine with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division stands by to move away from CS gas during Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 11, 2018.
U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 18.1 advance to their objective during a patrolling exercise at U.S. Army base Nova Selo Forward Operating Site, Bulgaria, May 10, 2018.
U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance students conduct an amphibious beach assault during the Reconnaissance Team Leader Course (RTLC) aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, May 3, 2018.  RTLC aims to improve independent and tactically sound decision-making, improving the readiness of forward deploying reconnaissance teams.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Randel McCellean, combat marksmanship instructor, Marksmanship Training Company, Weapons Training Battalion, sights in with a SA80 A2 assault rifle during the Royal Marine Operational Shooting Competiton (RMOSC) at Altcar Training Camp, Hightown, United Kingdom, May 8, 2018. The U.S. Marine Corps travels to the United Kingdom annually to compete in the (RMOSC) with the opportunity to exchange operational experiences, physical and marksmanship training.
Corporal Cody Hutto, uppers section, “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, performs musical ballads during a Battle Color Ceremony for the San Antonio Tricentennial Military Appreciation Day at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, May 6, 2018. The Military Appreciation Day was held in San Antonio to salute military history with a weekend of programming including special events, ceremonies and living history demonstrations.
Sgt. Randy Robles, Quantico Scout Sniper School instructor and Marine Corps Systems Command liaison, demonstrates the Mk13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle during training aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. MCSC will field the Mk13 in late 2018 and throughout 2019 to increase the lethality and combat effectiveness of scout snipers on the battlefield.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kreed Gentz, a main battle tank technician with 1st Tank Battalion and boxer with the 1st Marine Division boxing team, is declared the winner of the third bout against British Royal Marine 1st Class Aiden Thompson in a boxing competition at Commando Training Centre for the Royal Marines Lympstone, England, May 3, 2018. The 1st MARDIV boxing team and RMs were scheduled to compete in a friendly boxing exposition to strengthen the bond of both counterparts.
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Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, delivers his remarks during the Exercise Balikatan opening ceremony held at Tejeros Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2018. The ceremony represented the official commencement of Exercise Balikatan and the continued partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. Exercise Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations held from May 7 to May 18.
Marines execute vertical knife hand strikes during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program course May 3 aboard Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan. MCMAP is a continuously developing combat system that combines hand-to-hand and close quarter techniques with lessons on warrior ethos, leadership and teamwork. Many Marines on Camp Fujiuse the free time they have to participate in MCMAP to become more efficient and combat ready warfighters.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Christian Valdes, right, an aviation logistics information management and support specialist with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 and boxer with the 1st Marine Division boxing team, faces his opponent British Royal Marine 1st Class Danny Smith, during the official weigh-in at the Commando Training Centre for the Royal Marines Lympstone, England, May 3, 2018. The 1st MARDIV boxing team and RMs were scheduled to compete in a friendly boxing exposition to strengthen the bond of both counterparts.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Captain, boxing team co-captain, 1st Marine Division. The Marines are scheduled to compete in boxing contests against the Royal Marines May 3, 2018 at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, England, and May 8, 2018 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, England.
Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, stand by for a fire mission in a Light Armored Vehicle at Range 630 during Integrated Training Exercise 3-18 aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 30, 2018. The purpose of ITX is to create a challenging, realistic training environment that produces combat-ready forces capable of operating as an integrated Marine Air Ground Task Force.
Sgt. Michael Peers, a firepower control team chief with 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, pauses to check which direction his FCT plan on going during a land navigation exercise, in Durness, Scotland, April 30, 2018. 4th ANGLICO is in Scotland to take part in Joint Warrior 18-1, an exercise that furthers their readiness and effectiveness in combined arms integration, small unit tactics and land navigation. This training aims at improving their capabilities and combat effectiveness and ensures they're ready to fight tonight.