U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Tresse King, a recovery noncommissioned officer assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), passes buckets to local workers during a joint field activity (JFA) in Khammouan province, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Jan. 18, 2020. During the JFA, a group of more than 70 personnel, both assigned to DPAA and augmented from military units around the globe, came together to help fulfill our nation's promise to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacqueline Clifford)
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DPAA searches for missing in Laos

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Tresse King, a recovery noncommissioned officer assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), passes buckets to local workers during a joint field activity (JFA) in Khammouan province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Jan. 18, 2020. During the JFA, a group of more than 70 personnel, both assigned to DPAA and augmented from military units [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 3rd platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company (FORECON), 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division pose for a group photo prior to inserting into a force-on-force exercise during Mountain Exercise 2-20 aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California, Feb. 16, 2020. The exercise provided FORECON the ability to further their competency in cold weather environments and increase their mobility, effectiveness, and warfighting excellence in the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick King)
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Force Reconnaissance Company (FORECON) in force-on-force exercise during Mountain Exercise 2-20

U.S. Marines with 3rd platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company (FORECON), 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division pose for a group photo prior to inserting into a force-on-force exercise during Mountain Exercise 2-20 aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California, Feb. 16, 2020. The exercise provided FORECON the ability to further their competency in cold weather environments and increase their mobility, [Read More …]

Sgt. Sebastian Villagomez, an explosive ordnance disposal team member with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistic Group, maneuvers a small unmanned ground vehicle through snow while familiarizing himself with equipment in an arctic environment at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 17, 2020, in preparation for exercise Arctic Edge 2020. Arctic Edge 2020 enables Marines to quickly identify threats in the arctic, respond promptly and effectively, and shape security to mitigate future threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jose Gonzalez)
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SPMAGTF-AE: EOD familiarize equipment in the arctic environment

Sgt. Sebastian Villagomez, an explosive ordnance disposal team member with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistic Group, maneuvers a small unmanned ground vehicle through snow while familiarizing himself with equipment in an arctic environment at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 17, 2020, in preparation for exercise Arctic Edge 2020. Arctic Edge 2020 enables Marines to quickly identify threats in the [Read More …]

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 4, 2020) A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force provides security during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) full mission profile aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). VBSS incorporates air, ground and surface combat assets from across the Blue-Green team to quickly interdict adversary ships at sea. Germantown, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)
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Stand by to be boarded: 31st MEU Maritime Raid Force conducts VBSS training

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 4, 2020) A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) Maritime Raid Force provides security during a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) full mission profile aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). VBSS incorporates air, ground and surface combat assets from across the Blue-Green team to quickly interdict adversary ships at [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force offloads a tactical vehicle from lighterage that was transported by U.S. Sailors from USNS 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez (T-AK 3010) to Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Florida, Feb. 17, 2020 during Maritime Prepositioning Force Exercise (MPFEX) 20. Lighterage allows cargo to be ferried to shore in areas where ports are non-existent or in poor condition and gives the nation's military forces the ability to operate in both developed and undeveloped areas of the world. MPFEX 20 is a military exercise in which Marines and Sailors worked together to offload and process military equipment from a single MPF ship, the Lopez. The exercise is a rehearsal of the Marines and Sailors’ ability to conduct safe, efficient offloads while in a tactical environment while working in close coordination with its 2nd and 6th Fleet counterparts to enhance the rapid and scalable deployment of naval expeditionary forces in the European theater. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rachel K. Young-Porter)
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U.S. Marines and Sailors Offload Tactical Vehicles During MPFEX 20

A U.S. Marine with II Marine Expeditionary Force offloads a tactical vehicle from lighterage that was transported by U.S. Sailors from USNS 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez (T-AK 3010) to Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Florida, Feb. 17, 2020 during Maritime Prepositioning Force Exercise (MPFEX) 20. Lighterage allows cargo to be ferried to shore in areas where ports are non-existent [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214), Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, taxies during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 12, 2020. ITX is the most comprehensive exercise conducted at MCAGCC and focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver and offensive and defensive operation during combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Corey A. Mathews)
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VMA-214 Support SLTE 2-20

A U.S. Marine AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214), Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, taxies during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 12, 2020. ITX is the most comprehensive exercise conducted at MCAGCC and focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver and offensive [Read More …]