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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.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Thornhill

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.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Thornhill

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.
Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl

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.

Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl

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.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth)

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.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth)

Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Sippl fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A Minigun during a live-fire combat training mission during the Rim of the Pacific 2012 over the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii, July 22, 2012. The exercise involves 22 nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth

Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Sippl fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A Minigun during a live-fire combat training mission during the Rim of the Pacific 2012 over the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii, July 22, 2012. The exercise involves 22 nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth

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.

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.

Still want to know more about the explosive tandem team? Read here.

Graduates in the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2012 toss their covers following the school’s annual graduation and commissioning ceremony. The Class of 2012 graduated 810 ensigns and 267 Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge / Released (DVIDS)

Graduates in the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2012 toss their covers following the school’s annual graduation and commissioning ceremony. The Class of 2012 graduated 810 ensigns and 267 Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge / Released (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)

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. 
U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder (DVIDS)

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. 

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder (DVIDS)