• Maintaining the Osprey while Forward Deployed
    During June and July 2018, Marines forward deployed to Iraq with an MV-22B detachment in support of
    U.S. Marines perform routine maintenance on the rotor blade of an MV-22B Osprey during routine maintenance in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, June 8, 2018. CTJF-OIR is the military arm of the Global Coalition to defeat ISIS in designated parts of Iraq and Syria.
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  • Back to the basics: EOD sharpens skills, increases readiness
    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines conducted a tool familiarization range aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort July 11.
    Sgt. Derek Ford fastens a piece of equipment in place during a tool familiarization range aboard MCAS Beaufort July 11. This type of training is conducted regularly to ensure that each Marine is proficient and ready to use the equipment correctly. Ford is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marine with Marine Wing Support Detachment 31.
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  • Semper Fit, FFI increase force readiness
    The Marine Corps prides itself on being the world’s finest fighting force. To maintain this title, units and indiviudal Marines can utilize Force Fitness instructors and various Semper Fit programs to uphold the Corps’ physical fitness standards.
    Sgt. Jared Skelley is the Force Fitness instructor with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Skelley specializes in creating workout routines for individual Marines focusing on functional planes of motion, combat readiness and injury prevention.
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  • Inside the Infantry Immersion Trainer
    “We’re going condition one, move out!” said U.S.  Marine Corps Cpl. James Kretchman, a squad leader
    A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, provides overwatch during an integrated squad exercise with Mexican marines assigned to the Amphibious Marine Infantry Brigade as they navigate the infantry immersion trainer during Rim of the Pacific exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 9, 2018. The IIT provided the Marines with “hands on” practical application of tactical skills and decision making in an immersive, scenario-based training environment. RIMPAC demonstrates the value of amphibious forces and provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Forces enhancing the critical crisis response capability of U.S. forces and partners globally. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
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  • 3rd MAW supports firefighting operations at Camp Pendleton
    Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 39 quickly took action when a large brush fire broke out at Camp Pendleton just before noon on July 6, forcing the evacuation of Lake O'Neil, Wounded Warrior Regiment and Deluz Housing.
    3rd MAW supports firefighting operations at Camp Pendleton
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  • SPMAGTF-SC conducts deck landing qualifications aboard Gunston Hall
    Southern Command’s aviation detachment conducted deck landing qualifications with two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters aboard the USS Gunston Hall off the coast of Belize, July 7.
    A U.S. Navy sailor watches as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the USS Gunston Hall while conducting deck landing qualification training off the coast of Belize, July 7, 2018. The Marines of SPMAGTF-SC worked closely with Gunston Hall sailors to qualify six pilots and five enlisted aircrew members responsible for the helicopters’ safe operation. Having qualified Marines provides SPMAGTF-SC with helicopter movement capabilities of personnel and cargo between the shore and ship. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are conducting security cooperation training and engineering projects alongside partner nation military forces in Central and South America. The unit is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a hurricane or other emergency in the region.
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  • 2/24 takes on MTX 3-18
    The Marine Corps is an expeditionary force designed to fight anywhere in the world.
    Marines with 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, begin their preparations of rappelling down a cliffside, during Mountain Exercise 3-18, at Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., June 22, 2018. After completing Integrated Training Exercise 4-17 last year, 2nd Bn., 24th Marines took part in MTX 3-18 to further develop small-unit leadership and build an understanding of the different climates and scenarios they could face in the future.
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  • Step One, check – 31st MEU completes MEUEX
    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the first in a series of pre-deployment training events at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 28, 2018.
    Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, riding Assault Amphibious Vehicles, head toward the shore during a mechanized assault as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s MEU Exercise, near Ginoza Village, Okinawa, Japan, June 28, 2018. Marines and Sailors with Echo Company performed the final training event of MEUEX, an assault launched from Camp Schwab and targeting Combat Town, part of Okinawa’s Central Training Area. Marines with Echo Company, the mechanized assault element with BLT 2/5, partner with AAV crews to perform raids and assaults launched from the sea. MEUEX is the first in a series of three pre-deployment training events that prepare the 31st MEU to deploy at a moment’s notice. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide-range of military operations.
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  • Aussies, Marines take on amphibious warfare
    The Australian Defence Force brought on a small group of U.S. Marines to take part in an amphibious raid training, Exercise Sea Series 18, in Australia from May 18 to June 26, 2018.
    Australian Royal Navy ship HMAS New Castle sails in the Pacific Ocean as part in Exercise Sea Series 18 June 17, 2018. U.S. Marines joined the Amphibious Task Group to assist in the exercise as part of bilateral training and to bolster partnerships.
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  • What it means to be a Lazy E
    Whether it’s building schools or changing battle space, Combat Engineers have always been there to pave the way.
    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Manzie, combat engineer with Marine Rotational Force Darwin, provides security during patrol sweeps at Koumac, New Caledonia, May 20, 2018. Sweeps are typically conducted to search for materials in the ground that may be used against friendly forces or be of intelligence value. “Being a CE is that my job is so versatile,” said Manzie. “I have to ability to perform actions that can change the battlespace, such as breaching, sweeping, or engineer reconnaissance.”
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