200803-N-AT101-2108 ARABIAN GULF (August 3, 2020) A Mark VI patrol boat, attached to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 conducts a live-fire exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 3, 2020. CTF 56 is responsible for planning and execution of expeditionary missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Maddelin Hamm/Released)
U.S. Navy

CTF 56 Live-Fire Exercise

200803-N-AT101-2108 ARABIAN GULF (August 3, 2020) A Mark VI patrol boat, attached to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 conducts a live-fire exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 3, 2020. CTF 56 is responsible for planning and execution of expeditionary missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Maddelin Hamm/Released)

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 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 Cpl. Brandon Salas)
U.S. Marine Corps

BLT 2/4, 31st MEU machine gun live fire

Lance Cpl. Matthew Lusak, a Field Artillery Cannoneer with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), looks through binoculars to provide shot corrections to Marines during a live fire range at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2020. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fire 7.62mm rounds at targets downrange during a low-light, live-fire machinegun range at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 28, 2020. During the training, the Marines employed the M240B machinegun and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
U.S. Marine Corps

MRF-D’s GCE lights up the night

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fire 7.62mm rounds at targets downrange during a low-light, live-fire machinegun range at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 28, 2020. During the training, the Marines employed the M240B machinegun and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)

An AH-64 Apache helicopter with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade flies above horizon with U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, during the gunnery training in Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, July 16, 2020. The gunnery training concluded with the squadron’s table VIII and IX live-fire certifications. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. LaShic Patterson)
U.S. Army

1/2CR executes Apache gunnery training

An helicopter with the flies above horizon with U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 1st Squadron, , during the gunnery training in , Germany, July 16, 2020. The gunnery training concluded with the squadron’s table VIII and IX live-fire certifications. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. LaShic Patterson)

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, prepare for low-light, live-fire training conducted at the Battle Inoculation Range, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 27, 2020. During the training, MRF-D’s GCE and LCE came together to shoot live rounds in low-light conditions and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
U.S. Marine Corps

MRF-D conduct low-light, live-fire range

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, prepare for low-light, live-fire training conducted at the Battle Inoculation Range, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 27, 2020. During the training, MRF-D’s GCE and LCE came together to shoot live rounds in low-light conditions and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Zachary Johnson, a UH-1Y Venom crew chief with Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fires a GAU-17/A minigun during Exercise Summer Fury 20 at El Centro, Calif., July 16, 2020. Summer Fury is designed to enhance Marine-Air-Ground Task Force integration and increase aviation operations proficiency with realistic, relevant training to ensure the Marine Corps’ largest aircraft wing remains operationally excellent, interoperable, deployable on short notice and lethal when called into action. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Elliott-Drouin)
U.S. Marine Corps

Summer Fury 20

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Zachary Johnson, a UH-1Y Venom crew chief with Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fires a GAU-17/A minigun during Exercise Summer Fury 20 at El Centro, Calif., July 16, 2020. Summer Fury is designed to enhance Marine-Air-Ground Task Force integration and increase aviation operations proficiency with realistic, relevant training [Read More …]

A U.S. Marine with Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment (V22), 2d Marine Division, oversees a night live-fire range at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, July 19, 2020. Marines with V22 are training in a simulated realistic setting and environment to improve combat effectiveness and readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Reine Whitaker)
U.S. Marine Corps

Bound to the Night

A U.S. Marine with Golf Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment (V22), 2d Marine Division, oversees a night live-fire range at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, July 19, 2020. Marines with V22 are training in a simulated realistic setting and environment to improve combat effectiveness and readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Reine Whitaker)

U.S. Marines with the Infantry Unit Leader Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry - West, fire a round from an M224 60 mm mortar during live-fire training at Mortar Position 6 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 30, 2020. Marines with IULC utilized various weapons systems during the training to increase proficiency and readiness. The Marines participating in the course will leave as 0369 infantry unit leaders. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Cortez)
U.S. Marine Corps

IULC: Building infantry platoon sergeants

U.S. Marines with the Infantry Unit Leader Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry – West, fire a round from an M224 60 mm mortar during live-fire training at Mortar Position 6 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 30, 2020. Marines with IULC utilized various weapons systems during the training to increase proficiency and readiness. The Marines [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, prepare to fire an M252 81mm medium weight mortar during a machine gun live-fire exercise at the Haltdalen training facility, Norway, June 22, 2020. The range was conducted to enhance small unit defensive skills in mountainous terrain. MRF-E conducts various exercises including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare training, as well as military-to-military engagements throughout Europe that enhance cooperation among partners and allies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Abrey Liggins)
U.S. Marine Corps

There’s No Umbrella for this Type of Rain

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, prepare to fire an M252 81mm medium weight mortar during a machine gun live-fire exercise at the Haltdalen training facility, Norway, June 22, 2020. The range was conducted to enhance small unit defensive skills in mountainous terrain. MRF-E conducts various exercises including arctic cold-weather and mountain-warfare [Read More …]

2000611-N-VP266-1257 RED SEA (June 11, 2020) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Drew Krieger, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), fires a Mark 38 25 mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise, June 11, 2020. Oak Hill, with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical choke points to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Griffin Kersting)
U.S. Navy

Oak Hill Deployment

2000611-N-VP266-1257 RED SEA (June 11, 2020) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Drew Krieger, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), fires a Mark 38 25 mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise, June 11, 2020. Oak Hill, with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed to the [Read More …]