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U.S Marines with Company G, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, patrol during Mountain Training Exercise 2-19, at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., March 24, 2019.  The purpose of MTX is to prepare Marines for harsh weather conditions while enhancing  winter warfare skills in cold weather environments.
A U.S Marine with Company G, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, poses for a photo before a hike, during Mountain Training Exercise 2-19, at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., March 24, 2019.  The purpose of MTX is to prepare Marines for harsh weather conditions while enhancing winter warfare skills in cold weather environments.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Susan Plunkett, left, and Capt. John Coutoumas prepare for take off in a KC-130J Super Hercules at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 4, 2019, during Exercise Balikatan. Balikatan is an annual exercise between the U.S. and the Philippines and comes from a Tagalog phrase meaning "shoulder-to-shoulder," representing the partnership between the two countries. The exercise promotes regional security and humanitarian efforts for U.S. allies and partners. Plunkett and Coutoumas are KC-130 pilots with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Austin Wright, tiltrotor airframe mechanic, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, walks across the wing of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, April 4, 2019. Maintenance is performed around-the-clock to ensure aircraft operating out of MCAS Camp Pendleton are at maximum readiness for future flight operations.
A CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, lifts a Humvee with during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel training event with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 2, 2019. 2nd TSB held the training to maintain proficiency in day-to-night-external lifts.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christian R. Smith observes a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lift a training block on Landing Zone Swan, Okinawa, Japan March 29, 2019. Helicopter Support Team operations are conducted to train landing support specialists and pilots for transferring heavy equipment and supplies using helicopters. Smith, a landing support specialist with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, is a native of Gainesville, Georgia.
U.S. Marines Corps landing support specialists with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepare a training block to be lifted by a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on Landing Zone Swan, Okinawa, Japan March 29, 2019. Helicopter support team operations are conducted to train landing support specialists and pilots for transferring heavy equipment and supplies using helicopters.
U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron and U.S. Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp prepare for flight operations in international airspace March 29, 2019 in the Philippine Sea. The U.S. is proud to participate in the Philippines-led exercise in order to conduct capabilities development training that enhances our forces' tactics, techniques and procedures across a wide range of military operations.
U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Naomi L. Polumbo, a motor transport mechanic with Combat Logistics Detachment 34, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, checks a seal for leakage on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle in Southwest Asia Jan. 26, 2019. As a quick reaction force, the SPMAGTF-CR-CC is capable of deploying aviation, ground and logistical forces forward at a moment’s notice.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Naomi L. Polumbo, left, Lance Cpl. Jacob Walton, center, motor transport mechanics, and Lance Cpl Edgar Garcia, right, a small arms repairman, all with Combat Logistics Detachment 34, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, pose for a photo with a mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle, Southwest Asia, February 10, 2019. As a quick reaction force, the SPMAGTF-CR-CC is capable of deploying aviation, ground and logistical forces forward at a moment’s notice.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Koman, multi-purpose canine handler with Delta Company, 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, awaits command during the retirement ceremony of his multi-purpose canine, Roy, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 29, 2019. Koman and Roy have served together with 1st MRSB for five years. Upon his retirement, Roy was adopted by Koman.
Lance Cpl. Samuel Flores, a heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, mans a firing position during machine gun training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, March 29, 2019. Flores, a native of Miami, graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in September 2016 before enlisting in January the following year. CLB-31 is the Logistics Combat Element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU partnering with the U.S. Navy's Amphibious Squadron 11, 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.
Cpl. Dylan Frank, a crew master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, watches as two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One perform a high altitude aerial refuel in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-19 in Yuma, Arizona, March 27, 2019. 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 readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, commander, Southern Luzon Command, and Philippine Exercise Co-Director; Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, Undersecretary of the Department of National Defense; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., AFP Chief of Staff; and U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips, commanding general, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade stand shoulder-to-shoulder at Tejeros Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2019. The ceremony represented the official commencement of Balikatan 2019 and the continued partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. Balikatan 19, in its 35th 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 April 1 to April 12.
Sgt. Joseph Torres, the noncommissioned officer in charge of quality assurance with Installation Personnel Administration Center, Marine Forces Reserve, holds a low plank at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, March 29, 2019, during a Total Force Fitness event. The MARFORRES Marines conducted various physical activities, such as tug-of-war, buddy carries, high-intensity suicide drills, medicine ball exercises and the dissemble and assembly of a M4 Service Carbine. The event promoted physical fitness, unit cohesion and esprit de corps.
A U.S. Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 19.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, links 7.62 mm ammunition during a live-fire range in Sierra De Retin, Spain, March 26, 2019. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Africa and promote regional stability by conducting military-to-military training exercises throughout Europe and Africa.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One performs a high altitude aerial refuel in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 2-19 in Yuma, Arizona, March 27, 2019. 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 readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
Kelly, a military working dog with the Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, brings down U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnanthony Anayaburgos, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a demonstration of the installations MWDs, MCBH, Mar. 28, 2019. The MWDs capabilities were presented to U.S. Marine Corps riflemen to have a better understanding of working alongside a K-9 unit in a deployed environment.
U.S. Marines with the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific band perform on stage at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Mar. 26, 2019. The performance served as a dress rehearsal for the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific brass and rock band as well as entertain family, friends, and guests.
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