U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean Kloc, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment from Los Angeles, Calif., provides security on a corner during danger-crossing scenarios during UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012 on Sept. 5.
UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas gives the participating multinational troops from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay an opportunity to exercise critical thinking based on realistic scenarios, reinforce essential tactics and techniques and build on a strong foundation of professional cooperation.
Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, replace their targets after conducting a multiple target, live-fire range on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima, Aug. 19, 2012. The Marines conduct various live fire ranges while underway to keep their skills sharp during deployment. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command and is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
CH-53D Sea Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 launch flares during a flight over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9. After 60 years of service, the squadron, known as the ‘Ugly Angels,’ will be deactivated upon returning to their home station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii later this year.
Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, suppress simulated targets in a building during live-fire sustainment training at Udairi Range in Kuwait, July 12, 2012.
Charlie Company spent the day focusing on squad-level tactics in military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, environments. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Lance Cpl. Jeremy Corea, an assaultman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and Lance Cpl. Cameron Brown, a combat engineer with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, talk about their role as an explosive team.
The two Marines partner together when their squad needs to destroy enemy fighting positions, enter compounds and employ demolitions.
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Indonesian Marines practice dry-fire drills alongside Tonga Defense Services and U.S. Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines at Puuloa Range Training Complex in Ewa Beach, Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian islands.
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire M240B machine guns during live-fire training aboard USS Pearl Harbor. The unit embarked the ship, as well as USS Makin Island and USS New Orleans in San Diego, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tommy Huynh – DVIDS)
Marines stand in formation as Commanding Officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Col. Michael R. Hudson, speaks to them after crossing the equator aboard USS Makin Island May 15. The unit embarked USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego Nov. 14, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.
U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam (DVIDS)
The Marine Corps body bearers have one of the most unique duties in the Corps. They belong to the group of 13 Marines who carry the caskets of fellow Marines through the streets of Arlington National Cemetery and surrounding National Capital region Cemeteries, (sometimes up to a mile,) as the last salute to the fallen members of the 234-year-old brotherhood.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Phil Schiffman, a mortarman with the 81mm Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 22-year-old Phoenix native, waves to two Afghan men on a motorcycle after searching them at a vehicle checkpoint here, Dec. 1, 2011.
In November 2011, the Marines and sailors of America’s Battalions began their final Afghanistan deployment to Helmand province’s Garmsir district. After six combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2004, they’re finally coming home. During their seven months in Garmsir, they advised and developed Afghan forces preparing to take the lead in providing security for the district.