U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division fire an M252 81mm mortar during Exercise Fireball Eagle at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, February 5, 2020. The training consisted of multiple scenarios using aircraft and ground support fire to simulate real warfighting situations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bolin Jr.)
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U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division fire an M252 81mm mortar during Exercise Fireball Eagle at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, February 5, 2020. The training consisted of multiple scenarios using aircraft and ground support fire to simulate real warfighting situations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bolin Jr.)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 7, 2020) Lance Cpl. Caleb Woelk, an infantry assault Marine with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Battalion Landing Team, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sights in with a shoulder launched multi-purpose assault weapon during weapon familiarization training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship 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. Kevan Dunlop)
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31st MEU Marines conduct weapon familiarization training aboard USS America

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 7, 2020) Lance Cpl. Caleb Woelk, an infantry assault Marine with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Battalion Landing Team, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sights in with a shoulder launched multi-purpose assault weapon during weapon familiarization training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, [Read More …]

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon; “The President’s Own” Marine Band; and Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (8th and I) conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Edward Nalazek in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 10, 2020. From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency press release: In November 1943, Nalazek was a member of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Nalazek was killed on the second day of the battle, Nov. 21, 1943. His remains were reportedly buried in the Central Division Cemetery 8th Marines #2 on Betio Island. In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (604th GRC) centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa to Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation; however, almost half of the known casualties were never found. No recovered remains could be associated with Nalazek, and in October 1949, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable.” In June 1967, construction at the site of the Marine/Customs office block at the Betio Wharf uncovered multiple sets of remains, as well as American equipment. The remains were sent to the U.S. Army Mortuary at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, and accessioned as Unknown XJ-1323. A number of remains were identified as Japanese. However, XJ-1323A-G were determined to be American. The remains could not be identified, and were subsequently buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In 2015, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit orga
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Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort Were Conducted for U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Edward Nalazek in Section 60

ARLINGTON, VA, UNITED STATES 02.10.2020 Photo by Elizabeth Fraser Arlington National Cemetery Subscribe9 The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon; “The President’s Own” Marine Band; and Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (8th and I) conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Edward Nalazek in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, [Read More …]

U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Air Control Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing, guides an UH-1Y helicopter attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 after being successfully refueled on a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) during exercise Northern Viper on Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Jan. 25, 2020. FARPs give Marines the capability to rapidly re-arm munitions and refuel aircraft while forward deployed. Northern Viper is a regularly scheduled training exercise that is designed to enhance the collective defense capabilities of the U.S. and Japan Alliance by allowing infantry units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Dukes)
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FARP Northern Viper 2020

U.S. Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Air Control Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing, guides an UH-1Y helicopter attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 after being successfully refueled on a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) during exercise Northern Viper on Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Jan. 25, 2020. FARPs give Marines the capability to [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) All Type-model Series Armament Team load ordance on to an AV-8B Harrier II at a training event during exercise Winter Fury in El Centro, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020. The training was to increase lethality by giving 3rd MAW commanders flexibility when arming various types of aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandria Blanche)
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U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) All Type-model Series Armament Team Load Ordance

U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) All Type-model Series Armament Team load ordance on to an AV-8B Harrier II at a training event during exercise Winter Fury in El Centro, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020. The training was to increase lethality by giving 3rd MAW commanders flexibility when arming various types of aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff [Read More …]