A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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. The 31st MEU has implemented strict health protection measures and will continue to conduct mission essential training in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kolby Leger)
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Cheeto puffs and tracers: Marines with 2/4 fire rounds down range

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to load 40mm practice M781 rounds into an Mk-19 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 29, 2020. 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 [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, complete an open circuit dive during a Diver Propulsion Device certification course at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 23, 2020. The course certified the Marines in the use of the DPD, which increases their proficiency in covertly meeting mission objectives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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3rd Reconnaissance Battlion Diver Propulsion Device (DPD) Training

U.S. Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, complete an open circuit dive during a Diver Propulsion Device certification course at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 23, 2020. The course certified the Marines in the use of the DPD, which increases their proficiency in covertly meeting mission objectives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Colton Morgan, a reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, prepares to fire his M4 service rifle during a night close-quarters range on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 4, 2020. The training was deigned to engage close range targets at night to increase Marines’ speed and lethality by allowing them to focus on shooting fundamentals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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3rd Recon Close Engagement Range

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Colton Morgan, a reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, prepares to fire his M4 service rifle during a night close-quarters range on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 4, 2020. The training was deigned to engage close range targets at night to increase Marines’ speed and lethality by allowing them to focus on shooting [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Colton Morgan, a reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, fires his M4 service rifle during a close-quarters range on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 4, 2020. The training was designed to engage close range targets at night to increase Marines’ speed and lethality by allowing them to focus on shooting fundamentals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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3rd Recon Close Engagement Range

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Colton Morgan, a reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, fires his M4 service rifle during a close-quarters range on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, June 4, 2020. The training was designed to engage close range targets at night to increase Marines’ speed and lethality by allowing them to focus on shooting fundamentals. (U.S. Marine [Read More …]

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Hale (left), a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Trevor Lynch (right), a reconnaissance Marine assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, wearing their underwater equipment during a Marine Corps Combat Diving Supervisors Course on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, May 20, 2020. The course lasts two weeks and allows the Marines to be supervisors in charge of their platoon while conducting diving operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)
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3rd Reconnaissance Battalion divers

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Hale (left), a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Trevor Lynch (right), a reconnaissance Marine assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, wearing their underwater equipment during a Marine Corps Combat Diving Supervisors Course on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, May 20, 2020. The course lasts two weeks and allows [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Garrett J. Moore fires an M4 Carbine during a marksmanship drill on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 13, 2020. One of the drills Marines utilize to maintain their lethality involves firing at close ranges as well as gradual movements towards a target to simulate closing with the enemy. This drill is being executed by an activated reserve unit, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division, as part of the unit deployment program. Moore, a Royersford, Pa. native, is an infantry rifleman. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ujian Gosun)
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U.S. Marines conduct marksmanship drills

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Garrett J. Moore fires an M4 Carbine during a marksmanship drill on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 13, 2020. One of the drills Marines utilize to maintain their lethality involves firing at close ranges as well as gradual movements towards a target to simulate closing with the enemy. This drill is being executed by an [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathan Schiel, a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division, adjusts an 81 milimeter mortar during a crew-served weapons competition at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2020. A crew-served weapon is any weapon that requires two or more people to operate. The competition was held to identify the best crew-served weapons teams in the battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)
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3rd Marine Division- Brilliance in the Basics

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathan Schiel, a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division, adjusts an 81 milimeter mortar during a crew-served weapons competition at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 3, 2020. A crew-served weapon is any weapon that requires two or more people to operate. The competition was held to identify [Read More …]

U.S. Marines assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, prepare 7.62 ball rounds at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 5, 2020. 7.62 ball rounds are used for the M240B medium machine gun. The Marines were participating in a mixed weapons range held for Marines who are attached to security platoon. During the range, the Marines fired thousands of rounds to increase and maintain proficiency with a variety of weapons systems. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)
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3rd Marine Division sends rounds down range

U.S. Marines assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, prepare 7.62 ball rounds at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 5, 2020. 7.62 ball rounds are used for the M240B medium machine gun. The Marines were participating in a mixed weapons range held for Marines who are attached to security platoon. During the range, the Marines fired thousands of rounds to [Read More …]