U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 locate their landing zone during a maximum aircraft launch exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020. VMM-268 conducted the training in order to showcase their ability to fly with a large amount of aircraft and increase combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob Wilson)
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VMM-268 max launch

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 locate their landing zone during a maximum aircraft launch exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020. VMM-268 conducted the training in order to showcase their ability to fly with a large amount of aircraft and increase combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob Wilson)

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3d Marine Division as a part of the Unit Deployment Program, set security after fast-roping from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on Nov. 24 2020. The Marines conducted unit level training integrated with air assets, improving 3d Marine Division’s capability to operate in a distributed environment across the INDO-PACIFIC region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Aubuchon)
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3/8 conducts fast rapelling techniques

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3d Marine Division as a part of the Unit Deployment Program, set security after fast-roping from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, on Nov. 24 2020. The Marines conducted unit level training integrated with air assets, improving 3d Marine Division’s capability to operate in a distributed [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Albert Villalobos, an infantry rifleman with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, as part of the Unit Deployment Program, fires an M240B machine gun in a live-fire range during exercise Fuji Viper 21.1 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, on Oct. 8, 2020. During this evolution of Fuji Viper, Marines demonstrated their proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics through a series of distributed lethality exercises. Villalobos is a native of Miami, Florida. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ujian Gosun)
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U.S. Marines participate in a live-fire machine gun range during exercise Fuji Viper 21.1

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Albert Villalobos, an infantry rifleman with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, as part of the Unit Deployment Program, fires an M240B machine gun in a live-fire range during exercise Fuji Viper 21.1 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, on Oct. 8, 2020. During this [Read More …]

Jennifer Mangan, a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni resident, handles a Shirohebi, also known as the Iwakuni white snake, during the Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine visit in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. The Marine Corps Community Services Cultural Adaptation Program coordinated the Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine visit for MCAS Iwakuni residents in order to give them the opportunity to visit the shrine participate in traditions and interacted with the white snakes that live there.
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MCAS Iwakuni Residents Visit The Shirohebi (Whitesnake) Shrine

Jennifer Mangan, a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni resident, handles a Shirohebi, also known as the Iwakuni white snake, during the Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine visit in Iwakuni City, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. The Marine Corps Community Services Cultural Adaptation Program coordinated the Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine visit for MCAS Iwakuni residents in order to give them the opportunity to visit [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, fires at enemy targets with an M27 infantry automatic rifle during a cold weather live-fire training event in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 20, 2020. Reindeer II is a bilateral training exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO allies in extreme conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Chockey)
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MRF-E 21.1 Cold Weather Live-Fire

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, fires at enemy targets with an M27 infantry automatic rifle during a cold weather live-fire training event in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 20, 2020. Reindeer II is a bilateral training exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, conduct a safety of use memorandum (SOUM) on an assault amphibious vehicle in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II, Reindeer I, and Joint Viking in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 19, 2020. The SOUM test assesses the watertight integrity of AAV’s hull and is part of a continuing effort to ensure the equipment is safe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Chockey)
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AAVs in the Arctic

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, conduct a safety of use memorandum (SOUM) on an assault amphibious vehicle in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II, Reindeer I, and Joint Viking in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 19, 2020. The SOUM test assesses the watertight integrity of AAV’s hull and is part of a continuing effort to ensure [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division and U.S. Airmen with the 320 Special Tactics Squadron board a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan on Nov. 17, 2020. MCCRE is a training evaluation designed to test Marines in combat scenarios, increasing their survivability and lethality while operating in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo Lance Cpl. Alexis Moradian)
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Marines with 3D Reconnaissance Battalion participate in MCCRE training alongside Airmen with 320 Special Tactics Squadron

U.S. Marines with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division and U.S. Airmen with the 320 Special Tactics Squadron board a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan on Nov. 17, 2020. MCCRE is a training evaluation designed to test Marines in combat scenarios, increasing their survivability and [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine-Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response - Central Command, holds security at a vehicle checkpoint inside a simulated forward operating base at a training range in Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2020. The purpose of rehearsing FOB operations is to stay proficient in austere, expeditionary operations. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a crisis response force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Skiver)
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SPMAGTF-CR-CC 20.2 : Forward Operating Base Training

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine-Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, holds security at a vehicle checkpoint inside a simulated forward operating base at a training range in Kuwait, Nov. 16, 2020. The purpose of rehearsing FOB operations is to stay proficient in austere, expeditionary operations. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, fire a 120 mm mortar round during a joint live-fire range in Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2020. Marines and soldiers with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, assigned to U.S. Army Central, conducted joint live-fire training to familiarize themselves with common infantry weapon systems and increase joint readiness. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is an agile crisis response force, prepared to quickly deploy a variety of capabilities across the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Skiver)
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SPMAGTF-CR-CC: Joint Mortar Range

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, fire a 120 mm mortar round during a joint live-fire range in Kuwait, Nov. 17, 2020. Marines and soldiers with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, assigned to U.S. Army Central, conducted joint live-fire training to familiarize themselves with common [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, stands watch during a cold weather training package in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 12, 2020. Reindeer II is a bilateral training exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO allies in extreme conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Chockey)
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MRF-E 21.1 Cold Weather Training

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, stands watch during a cold weather training package in preparation for Exercise Reindeer II in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 12, 2020. Reindeer II is a bilateral training exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO allies in extreme conditions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by [Read More …]