U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sam Lavanway, a field radio operator with 9th Communication (9th Comm) Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, sets up an AL3 Golden Series Mast antenna at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 29, 2020. 9th Comm is working in conjunction with MCTSSA to test the new AL3 Golden Series Mast to determine its capabilities and practical employment opportunities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason Monty)
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9th Comm Bn tests the new AL3 Golden Series

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Sam Lavanway, a field radio operator with 9th Communication (9th Comm) Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, sets up an AL3 Golden Series Mast antenna at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 29, 2020. 9th Comm is working in conjunction with MCTSSA to test the new AL3 [Read More …]

Airmen and Solders from the Utah National Guard, compete in the annual Best Warrior competition at Camp Williams, Utah July 7, 2020. The competition includes marksmanship, a physical fitness challenge, ruck march, exams, and more and usually spans over a week. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge was limited to one day of activities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn)
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Airmen and Soldiers compete for Best Warrior

Airmen and Solders from the Utah National Guard, compete in the annual Best Warrior competition at Camp Williams, Utah July 7, 2020. The competition includes marksmanship, a physical fitness challenge, ruck march, exams, and more and usually spans over a week. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge was limited to one day of activities. (U.S. Air National Guard [Read More …]

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A Green Beret assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) helocasts into American Lake from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, June 30, 2020. A helocast is an airborne technique that allows Special Operation forces to insert into an area by jumping directly from a helicopter into water. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Hohman)
U.S. Army

1st SFG (A) Green Berets helocast at American Lake

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A Green Beret assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) helocasts into American Lake from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, June 30, 2020. A helocast is an airborne technique that allows Special Operation forces to insert into an area by jumping directly from a helicopter into water. (U.S. Army photo by [Read More …]

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, practice at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 2, 2020. The team brings years of training and experience into every hour-long demonstration, showcasing what the Air Force is all about. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)
U.S. Air Force

Air Force Thunderbirds train and recertify at Langley

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, practice at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 2, 2020. The team brings years of training and experience into every hour-long demonstration, showcasing what the Air Force is all about. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

On Wednesday 1st July 2020, the Surface and Submarine Task Force involved in this year's Exercise Dynamic Mongoose met off the coast of Iceland. Pictured is Norwegion Submarine HNoMS Utsira (S 310). HMS Kent and her sister ship HMS Westminster met with the USS Roosevelt, USS Indiana, HNOMS Otto Sverdrop, HNOMS Utsira, HMCS Frederiction, FGS U36, and FS Casabianca Rouge off the Icelandic coast during a dark and overcast Thursday afternoon. Exercise Dynamic Mongoose will see the sister ships from HMNB Portsmouth participate along with other countries including Iceland, Norway and Canada during extensive serials practicing the art of close proximity sailing, anti-submarine warfare drills, surface engagement drills (quickdraw exercises) and also photographic exercises showing all units from the air. HMS Kent has been involved in a wide array of operations over the last three months, from exercising with the Americans in the Arctic Circle, taking part in Exercise BALTOPS 20 with numerous NATO units to working alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth in the North Sea.
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NATO exercise Dynamic Mongoose started in the High North on 29 June 2020

On Wednesday 1st July 2020, the Surface and Submarine Task Force involved in this year’s Exercise Dynamic Mongoose met off the coast of Iceland. Pictured is Norwegion Submarine HNoMS Utsira (S 310). HMS Kent and her sister ship HMS Westminster met with the USS Roosevelt, USS Indiana, HNOMS Otto Sverdrop, HNOMS Utsira, HMCS Frederiction, FGS U36, and FS Casabianca Rouge [Read More …]

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. 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 Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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Force Reconnaissance Platoon conducts combat marksmanship training

Sgt. John Marks, an explosive ordnance disposal Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Platoon (FRP), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his M4A1 service rifle during combat marksmanship training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 30, 2020. During the training, Marines of the FRP focused on shooting fundamentals in order to increase their speed and lethality while engaging close range targets. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct standard maintenance on M1A1 Abrams tanks at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, June 25, 2020. Members of the tank community are preparing to deactivate ahead of the Marine Corps force redesign. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Miguel A. Rosales)
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Turning Wrenches with Tanks

U.S. Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct standard maintenance on M1A1 Abrams tanks at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, June 25, 2020. Members of the tank community are preparing to deactivate ahead of the Marine Corps force redesign. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Miguel A. Rosales)

An MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lifts an M777 Howitzer during an external hoist exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 30, 2020. Marines from VMM-363 worked with Marines from 1st Battalion, 12th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion 3 to improve their ability to transport fire support assets around the battlespace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Tso)
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VMM-363 conducts howitzer lift

An MV-22B Osprey, from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, lifts an M777 Howitzer during an external hoist exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 30, 2020. Marines from VMM-363 worked with Marines from 1st Battalion, 12th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion 3 to improve their ability to transport fire support assets around the battlespace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 approach the water with a CH-53E during helicopter casting training with U.S. Navy sailors off the island of Oahu, Hawaii, June 30, 2020. As the nation’s only heavy lift sea-to-shore connector, the CH-53E is the perfect complement to the mission of infiltrating contested littoral areas throughout the Pacific for the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Wilson)
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HMH-463: Helocasting

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 approach the water with a CH-53E during helicopter casting training with U.S. Navy sailors off the island of Oahu, Hawaii, June 30, 2020. As the nation’s only heavy lift sea-to-shore connector, the CH-53E is the perfect complement to the mission of infiltrating contested littoral areas throughout the Pacific for the U.S. Navy. [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and the ADF to enhance regional security, strengthen alliances and partnerships, and increase the ability to rapidly respond to crises throughout the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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Marines gear up for first field exercise in Australia

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and [Read More …]