U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Alexander Mastel, a flight deck officer, directs a MH-65E Dolphin helicopter onto the flight deck of the USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 2, 2022. The Stratton crew conducted flight operations to maintain operational capabilities and increase readiness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Stegall)
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USCGC Stratton Crew Conduct Flight Deck Operations

U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Alexander Mastel, a flight deck officer, directs a MH-65E Dolphin helicopter off the flight deck of the USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 2, 2022. The Stratton crew conducted flight operations to maintain operational capabilities and increase readiness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Stegall)

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) load an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point on le Shima Island, in Okinawa Japan, Jan. 6th 2022. The Marines conducted what is known as a hot load, refueling and loading ordinance while the helicopters are still under power. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premiere crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher W. England)
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Ammo Run

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) load an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point on le Shima Island, in Okinawa Japan, Jan. 6th 2022. The Marines conducted what is known as a hot load, refueling and loading ordinance while the helicopters are still under power. The [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Samuel Foss, a UH-1 helicopter crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), surveys the waters during a live fire range at Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Danny Gonzalez)
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UH-1Y Huey Live Fire Shoot

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Samuel Foss, a UH-1 helicopter crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Rein.), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires an M240D machine gun during a live fire range at Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Force Company, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division, recover from helocasting in preparation for Littoral Exercise I (LEX I) in Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2022. During LEX I, Marines and Sailors aboard the Wichita and on various bases throughout the East Coast will be conducting new types of training to prepare for future scenarios in littoral environments. They will be experimenting with new tactics and training with multi-domain reconnaissance and counter-reconnaissance teams in accordance with Force Design 2030.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bolin Jr.)
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Pool Party: Littoral Exercise I with 2D Recon Bn.

U.S. Marines with Force Company, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division, helocast as part of Littoral Exercise I (LEX I) in Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2022. During LEX I, Marines and Sailors aboard the Wichita and on various bases throughout the East Coast will be conducting new types of training to prepare for future scenarios in littoral environments. They [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 7th Marines operate a combat rubber raiding craft during an amphibious raid on Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022. These amphibious raid rehearsals were conducted during both the day and nighttime to maintain proficiency in small boat operations. 2/7 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division as a part of the Unit Deployment Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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V2/7 Boat Raid Rehearsals

U.S. Marines with 2d Battalion, 7th Marines operate a combat rubber raiding craft during an amphibious raid on Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022. These amphibious raid rehearsals were conducted during both the day and nighttime to maintain proficiency in small boat operations. 2/7 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division as a part of [Read More …]

A Landing Craft Air Cushion departs the shore during a Type Commander’s Amphibious Training (TCAT) on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 20, 2022. TCAT is a mobility exercise ashore that allowed Marines with 2d Marine Logistics Group and 2d Marine Division to gain the requisite skills and experience to integrate with the U.S. Navy in follow-on exercises and real-world operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Megan Ozaki)
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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

A Landing Craft Air Cushion departs the shore during a Type Commander’s Amphibious Training (TCAT) on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jan. 20, 2022. TCAT is a mobility exercise ashore that allowed Marines with 2d Marine Logistics Group and 2d Marine Division to gain the requisite skills and experience to integrate with the U.S. Navy in follow-on exercises and real-world operations. [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit looks around a corner during a training raid at Wet n’ Wild Water Park, part of Realistic Urban Training Exercise 22.1 in Kapolei, Hawaii, Jan. 10-12, 2022. The purpose of RUTEX is to incorporate the specialized individual and small unit skills of the MEU and conduct high-intensity, advanced, and complex Marine Air Ground Task Force operations in order to prepare MEUs and other designated forces to support the geographic combatant commanders. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chandler Stacy)
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RUTEX 22.1: Wet n’ Wild Waterpark

A U.S. Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit provides security during a training raid at Wet n’ Wild Water Park, part of Realistic Urban Training Exercise 22.1 in Kapolei, Hawaii, Jan. 10-12, 2022. The purpose of RUTEX is to incorporate the specialized individual and small unit skills of the MEU and conduct high-intensity, advanced, and complex Marine Air Ground [Read More …]

Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, conduct log drills during a physical training event at Fort Pickett, Virginia on Jan. 16, 2022. The training event consisted of several practical application stations with a log sprint of 400 meters inbetween each station. Marines not participating in the practical application were required to conduct log drills until the station scenario was completed. The Department of Defense, through the U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Intriago)
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Snow Drills

Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, conduct log drills during a physical training event at Fort Pickett, Virginia on Jan. 16, 2022. The training event consisted of several practical application stations with a log sprint of 400 meters inbetween each station. Marines not participating in the practical application were required to conduct log drills [Read More …]

Recruits from India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in pugil stick bouts aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Jan. 7, 2022. The crucible is a culmination of all the recruits' previous training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lcpl. Colin Harper)
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India Company Crucible

Recruits from India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in pugil stick bouts aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Jan. 7, 2022. The crucible is a culmination of all the recruits’ previous training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lcpl. Colin Harper)

U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force patrol while conducting a training raid at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii, a local water park, during Realistic Urban Training Exercise 22.1 (RUTEX) in Kapolei, Hawaii, Jan. 11, 2022. The purpose of the RUTEX is to incorporate the specialized individual and small-unit skills of the MEU and conduct high-intensity, advanced and complex Marine Air Ground Task Force operations in order to prepare MEUs and other designated forces to support the geographic combatant commanders. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Haley Fourmet Gustavsen)
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RUTEX 22.1 Raid

U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Maritime Raid Force patrol while conducting a training raid at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii, a local water park, during Realistic Urban Training Exercise 22.1 (RUTEX) in Kapolei, Hawaii, Jan. 11, 2022. The purpose of the RUTEX is to incorporate the specialized individual and small-unit skills of the MEU and conduct high-intensity, [Read More …]