1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Steel Knight 20

An M777 howitzer with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, is fired during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division's ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)
An M777 howitzer with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, is fired during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division's ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, assemble an antenna during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 7, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, assemble an antenna during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 7, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, assemble an antenna during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 7, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, adjust their gas masks during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 7, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jordan Metheny, a gunner with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, walks with his gear during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 7 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

An observation post is used by 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 8, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ricardo Miagany, commanding officer, 11th Marine Regiment, left, and Col. Kevin Clark, commanding officer, 1st Marine Regiment, discuss the status of their units during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on Dec. 8, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, operates a radio during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 8, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, load an M777 howitzer during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 8, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Derek Crosbie, a field artillery cannoneer with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, rides in a 7-ton truck during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Devon Bates, left, and Caleb Herrera, both artillery fire control Marines with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, confirm coordinates during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Devon Bates, an artillery fire control Marine with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, plots numbers during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, ram a round into an M777 howitzer during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 howitzer during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

An M777 howitzer with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, is fired during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zachary Thompson, a field artillery cannoneer with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, sits on an M777 howitzer during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

U.S. Marines with India Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, participate in exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 10, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

Artillery rounds hit the target during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 11, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roxanna Ortiz)

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