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A U.S. Marine Corps Marine Raider with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion rides on a 1st Special Operations Support Squadron watercraft at Eglin Range, Fla., May 30, 2018.
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A U.S. Marine Corps Raider with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion participates in training at Eglin Range, Fla., May 30, 2018
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U.S. Marine Corps Raiders with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion participate in training at Eglin Range, Fla., May 30, 2018
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 6, 2020) Lance Cpl. Quentin Kachelmeier, a radio operator with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), uses an Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) during a Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) mission on a UH-1Y Venom helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st MEU, after taking off from amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). VBSS is part of Maritime Interception Operations that aim to delay, disrupt, or destroy enemy forces or supplies in the maritime domain. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Salas)
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U.S. Marines with 2d Light Armored Reconaissence Battalion participate in the Top Gun competiton at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept. 3, 2020. The Competition involves the most skilled vehicle crewmen on a range with randomized target positions, utilizing all weapons systems native to the Light Armored Vehicle 25. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bolin Jr.)
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Northern Territory, Australia. 1 - 11 September 2020. US Marines with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, receive a brief about the upcoming offensive and defensive operations missions during Exercise Koolendong.
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MARSOC Marine Raiders and Sailors Conduct HAVE ACE Training

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United States Marines and sailors with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command conduct two weeks of HAVE ACE training at Hurlbert Field, Fl. HAVE ACE provides Special Operations Forces personnel with air integration training. United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command that comprises the Marine Corps' contribution to SOCOM. Its core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance and foreign internal defense. MARSOC has also been directed to conduct counter-terrorism and information operations
 
Marine Raiders conduct vehicle interdiction exercise

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Marine Raiders with Marine Forces Special Operations Command conduct a vehicle interdiction exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-20 at K9 Village in Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, Oct. 8, 2019. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. WTI also provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness, and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.
 
“It was the fourth day after we landed, I was all alone, lying on a slope on the edge of an airfield, when I heard some ships’ horns sounding. And cheering started from guys in the foxholes.

I casted my eyes to the summit of Surabachi, and there was the flag! What a feeling that was! I felt ecstasy! I knew it was all over. So many of us had been killed. We made it through... I quickly realized it wasn't over at all.

I endured the entire 37-day fight, day after bloody day.

I hate to use this term, but Iwo Jima was really a killing ground. Hate to say that, but that’s exactly what it was.

I came across Marines sitting on the ground, hands to their faces, sobbing their hearts out. Their minds just snapped.

Toward the end we were told to go pick up the dead Marines and put them on the edge of the road to be picked up by truck and taken to the cemetery. Many of them have been laying there for a week or so. A lot of guys grabbed a dead Marine by the arm or leg—and it would come off.

Long trenches were scooped out in the ground, then row after row of dead Marines were wrapped in their ponchos and laid to rest. I remember looking for the grave sites of my buddies who were killed.. I then realized I was looking over the graves of thousands of young Americans who gave their lives, many too young to have learned what life was all about.

That wasn’t a pleasant sight, as a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever seeing a pleasant sight on Iwo. Except the ship when we left.

Out of the 50 men I landed with, only myself and 5 others survived." – PFC Bill Montgomery, 2nd Bn, 26th Marines, 5th MarDiv, Iwo Jima survivor.
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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 9, 2020) U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) gather in groups during a rehearsal for mechanized operations aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 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.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Danny Gonzalez)
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PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 3, 2020) A Marine with Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires a M45A1 pistol during a live fire exercise aboard USS America (LHA 6). Photo by: Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck
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(May 24, 2019) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Marines and Sailors of the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies, and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Teutsch)
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kristefor Nikolic, a forward observer with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, prepares to clear a room during Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training at the Jerry Crowe Tactical Training Facility in Irvine, California, Oct. 2, 2020. 1st ANGLICO Marines conducted the FBI CQB training to gain an understanding of the use and application of fundamental tactics in close range environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tia Carr)


U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Austin Kelly, a field radio operator with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, fires an M4 carbine during a weapons malfunction drill as part of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training at the Jerry Crowe Tactical Training Facility in Irvine, California, Oct. 2, 2020.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tia D. Carr)


U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Terrell Douglas, a radio operator with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, conducts Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training at the Jerry Crowe Tactical Training Facility in Irvine, California, Sept. 30, 2020. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jennessa Davey)


U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Abigayle Lewis, a radio technician with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, loads an M4 carbine during Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training at the Jerry Crowe Tactical Training Facility in Irvine, California, Sept. 28, 2020. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jennessa Davey)
 
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2019) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kody Ewing, left, and Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Axis Pagdilao, a rifleman, both assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, change positions while securing a beachhead during a small boat raid at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 10, 2019. 1st Battalion, 5th Marines conducted a realistic training exercise in cooperation with the Expeditionary Operations Training Group to increase unit preparation for future challenges across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin/Released)
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Marines with Marine Special Operations Command provides security while conducting a UH-1 battle drill exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-19 at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, April 5, 2019.
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A Marine Raider with Marine Forces Special Operations Command conducts high-value target detainment and evacuation operations during a multipurpose canine handler training course hosted by 1st Marine Raider Battalion on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 18, 2019.
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U.S. Marines with Charlie Battery, 3d Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, conduct "Live Fire" training with an M777A2 155mm Howitzer as a part of the Artillery Relocation Training Program 20.3 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, Oct. 20, 2020. Marines worked in teams to sharpen their skills with these weapons systems, strenthening combat readiness. This training contributes to the defense of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. The skills developed at ARTP increase the lethality and proficiency of the only permanently forward-deployed artillery unit in the Marine Corps, enabling them to provide precision indirect fires. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Savannah Mesimer)









 

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