U.S. Marines engage targets from the prone position during their annual rifle qualification at Range 116A on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 11, 2022. Camp Pendleton’s Marksmanship Training Division trains 22,000 Marines and sailors each year across the installation to effectively engage targets with both rifles and pistols. The ARQ is a timed course of fire, ranging from 500 yards down to 15 yards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Benjamin Whitehurst)
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Pendleton’s Marksmanship Training Division teaches thousands how to effectively engage targets

U.S. Marines engage targets from the prone position during their annual rifle qualification at Range 116A on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 11, 2022. Camp Pendleton’s Marksmanship Training Division trains 22,000 Marines and sailors each year across the installation to effectively engage targets with both rifles and pistols. The ARQ is a timed course of fire, ranging from [Read More …]

U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Detachment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct beach reconnaissance as part of amphibious operations training during exercise Alexander the Great 2022, Lido Beach, Greece, May 5, 2022. Alexander the Great 22 strengthens interoperability and force readiness between the U.S., Greece, and Allied nations, enhancing strategic defense and partnership while promoting security and stability in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Henry Rodriguez)
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RECON Amphibious Operations

U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Detachment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct beach reconnaissance as part of amphibious operations training during exercise Alexander the Great 2022, Lido Beach, Greece, May 5, 2022. Alexander the Great 22 strengthens interoperability and force readiness between the U.S., Greece, and Allied nations, enhancing strategic defense and partnership while promoting security and stability in the region. [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, posts security at a Casualty Collection Point during an Expeditionary Medical Integration Course (EMIC) on Camp Pendleton, California May 5, 2022. Expeditionary Operations Training Group conducted EMIC to lay a foundation of skills and knowledge required for 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit medical personnel to provide the highest levels of health service support capability in any operational environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley)
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EOTG Expeditionary Medical Integration Course

A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, posts security at a Casualty Collection Point during an Expeditionary Medical Integration Course (EMIC) on Camp Pendleton, California May 5, 2022. Expeditionary Operations Training Group conducted EMIC to lay a foundation of skills and knowledge required for 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit medical personnel to provide the highest levels [Read More …]

Sgt. Ismar Calderon, 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, displayed combat life saving skills at this year's Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift, Texas, May 5, 2022. The three day event challenges service members from the Texas Army and Air National Guards on their combat readiness skills. (U.S. Texas State Guard photo by Pvt. Carlos Arenas)
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Decontamination Exercise with Combat Logistics Regiment 27

Sgt. Ismar Calderon, 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, displayed combat life saving skills at this year’s Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift, Texas, May 5, 2022. The three day event challenges service members from the Texas Army and Air National Guards on their combat readiness skills. (U.S. Texas State Guard photo by Pvt. Carlos Arenas)

A U.S. Marine competitor dons a ghillie suit during the infiltration exercise portion of the School of Infantry-East Scout Sniper Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 27, 2022. The purpose of this challenge was to test snipers in communication, marksmanship and teamwork throughout various competitive relays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Antonino Mazzamuto)
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Scout Sniper Challenge 2022 – Infiltration Exercise

A U.S. Marine competitor dons a ghillie suit during the infiltration exercise portion of the School of Infantry-East Scout Sniper Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 27, 2022. The purpose of this challenge was to test snipers in communication, marksmanship and teamwork throughout various competitive relays. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Antonino Mazzamuto)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joshua A. Hayes, an expeditionary fire fighter and rescue specialist with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, removes a panel from a simulated downed aircraft during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 25, 2022. The TRAP course develops the Marines’ proficiency in recovery operations, enabling rapid, efficient, and safe recovery of personnel and equipment when necessary while forward deployed in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Quince D. Bisard)
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13th MEU TRAP Course

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joshua A. Hayes, an expeditionary fire fighter and rescue specialist with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, removes a panel from a simulated downed aircraft during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 25, 2022. The TRAP course develops the Marines’ proficiency in recovery operations, [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, enter a building during Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 25, 2022. The focus of the Maritime Raid Force Interoperability Exercise is to integrate all elements of the MRF into a comprehensive and cohesive raid force, capable of conducting and supporting MEU operations while forward deployed to the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nicolas Atehortua)
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Ground Interoperability Course

U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to breach a building during Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 25, 2022. The focus of the Maritime Raid Force Interoperability Exercise is to integrate all elements of the MRF into a comprehensive and cohesive raid force, capable of conducting and supporting MEU operations [Read More …]

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Christopher Hartl (left) and Lance Cpl. Austin Hurkmans, both Low Altitude Air Defense gunners with 3d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, provide surface-to-air defense using the FIM-92 Stinger on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. The training demonstrates the joint force’s ability to integrate command and control, expand battlefield awareness, and conduct long-range precision strikes as an enduring, stand-in-force. Hartl is a native of Mukilteo, Washington, and Hurkmans is a native of Marquette, Michigan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ujian Gosun)
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U.S. Marines Conduct EAB Operations

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Christopher Hartl (left) and Lance Cpl. Austin Hurkmans, both Low Altitude Air Defense gunners with 3d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, provide surface-to-air defense using the FIM-92 Stinger on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. The training demonstrates the joint force’s ability to integrate command and control, expand battlefield awareness, and conduct long-range [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Drizzt Garcia-Washburn, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System operator with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division, provides security from a hide site on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. The training demonstrates the joint force’s ability to integrate command and control, expand battlefield awareness, and conduct long-range precision strikes as an enduring, stand-in-force. Garcia-Washburn is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lorenzo Ducato)
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U.S. Marines conduct EAB operations on Ie Shima

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Drizzt Garcia-Washburn, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System operator with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division, provides security from a hide site on Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. The training demonstrates the joint force’s ability to integrate command and control, expand battlefield awareness, and conduct long-range precision strikes as an enduring, stand-in-force. Garcia-Washburn is a [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sgt. James Tomecek Jr., small arms weapons instructor, Weapons and Training Battalion (WTBN), fires his pistol during the WTBN Recreational Fire (Rec Fire) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Jan. 28, 2022. Rec Fire offers Marines and civilians the opportunity to fire their personal weapons in a safe and controlled environment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Mitchell Johnson)
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WTBN REC Fire

U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sgt. James Tomecek Jr., small arms weapons instructor, Weapons and Training Battalion (WTBN), fires his rifle during the WTBN Recreational Fire (Rec Fire) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Jan. 28, 2022. Rec Fire offers Marines and civilians the opportunity to fire their personal weapons in a safe and controlled environment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by [Read More …]