Photos United States Marine Corps

1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division conduct a mechanized raid with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during their Marine Corps Combat Evaluation (MCCRE)
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MCAS IWAKUNI , YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN
On October 16, 2020 Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 re-designated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 as part of the Marine Corps’ ongoing transition process from legacy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to the newer 5th generation F-35B Lightning II. This transition is in accordance with mutual agreements between the U.S. and the Government of Japan, and occurred on schedule per the annual Marine Corps aviation plan.
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Idris Turray, left, Sergeant Major of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242, and Lt. Col. Michael Wyrsch, commanding officer of VMFA-242, unsheathe colors at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 16, 2020. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Andrew Kelemen, outgoing commanding officer of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242, relinquished command to Wyrsch during the re-designation and change of command of VMFA(AW)-242 to (VMFA)-242. VMFA-242’s transition to the F-35B Lightning II brings advanced avionics capabilities to joint, allied, and partner forces in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Idris Turray, left, Sergeant Major of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 242, and Lt. Col. Andrew Kelemen, commanding officer of VMFA(AW)-242, retire the colors at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 16, 2020.
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A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division provides security during a medical evacuation as part of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 27, 2020. The MCCRE is used to certify and evaluate reconnaissance Marines for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Israel Chincio)
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A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, secures equipment during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) resupply jump evaluation at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2020.
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A U.S. Marine with Charlie company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division provides medical treatment to a simulated casualty during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
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U.S. Marines and sailors with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct a conditioning hike during Integrated Training Exercise 1-21 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 30, 2020. ITX is the most comprehensive training conducted at MCAGCC and focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver, offensive and defensive operations during combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

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A U.S. Marine with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to put out a simulated aircraft fire during Integrated Training Exercise 1-21 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 26, 2020. ITX is the most comprehensive training conducted at MCAGCC and focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver, offensive and defensive operations during combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Sechser)

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Sending it by Marines, on Flickr

Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Motta, an infantry rifleman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division under the Unit Deployment Program, fires a rocket during live-fire rocket training on Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan, April 15, 2020. The Marines performed squad attack drills while utilizing the M72 light anti-armor weapon and the M69 training grenades. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ujian Gosun)

Dismount by Marines, on Flickr

A Marine assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, posts security during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) exercise on Karan Island, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 23, 2020. The exercise affords the SPMAGTF an opportunity to sustain its critical mission capabilities, demonstrate its ability to rapidly respond to emergent threats and crises, and improve its ability to project power in the maritime domain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot)

Lurking by Marines, on Flickr

A Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, scans his surroundings during an amphibious assault exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 28, 2020. Bravo Company conducted the boating event to increase proficiency in areas that are uncommon to infantry training within the Marine Corps while mitigating risks brought on by COVID-19. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Wilson)

Can You Hear Me? by Marines, on Flickr

A Marine assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, relays a message over a radio during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) exercise on Karan Island, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 23, 2020. The exercise affords the SPMAGTF an opportunity to sustain its critical mission capabilities, demonstrate its ability to rapidly respond to emergent threats and crises, and improve its ability to project power in the maritime domain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot)

Window Seat by Marines, on Flickr

Sgt. Eric Landin, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fires a GAU-17 machine gun from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during aerial gunnery training to meet annual qualifications over San Clemente Island, California, April 22, 2020. The qualifications are used to keep Marines proficient in certain skills within their military occupational specialty. Landin is a native of La Puente, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alison Dostie)

Launch that Bird by Marines, on Flickr

An F-35B with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes April 18 off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in the South China Sea. VMM-265 (Rein.), with F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, is currently serving as the aviation combat element for the 31st MEU. 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. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isaac Cantrell)

Heavy Fire by Marines, on Flickr

Cpl. Hayden M. Devenney fires an M2 machine gun out the rear of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a deployment for training exercise at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jan. 15, 2020. The purpose of the exercise is to increase the squadrons' proficiency in cold weather and high altitude aviation operations and to improve overall combat readiness. Devenney is a crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Elias E. Pimentel III)
 
Exercise Reindeer II in Setermoen, Norway, Nov. 20, 2020
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A Marine Recon platoon sergeant for Maritime Raid Force’s 1st platoon, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, jumps out of a MV-22 Osprey. CENTCOM. 2019
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A Recon Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Free-fall parachute operations. PACOM. 2019
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AAVs in the Arctic, Nov 2020
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A Marine with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fires a rifle during a live-fire exercise aboard the U.S. Navy's amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6).
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brienna Tuck)

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On Deck Force Reconnaissance Marines with Command Element, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit fast rope from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter onto USS Germantown’s flight deck during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the South China Sea. The MEU and U.S. Navy dock landing ship are operating in U.S. 7th Fleet as a ready response force to defend peace and stability for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)
 








































U.S. Marine Corps Raiders with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion ride on a 1st Special Operations Support Squadron watercraft at Eglin Range, Fla., May 30, 2018. The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron Operations Support Joint Office coordinates two-week training programs for U.S. Army, Navy and Marine special operations forces that provides live-fire ranges and familiarizes them with Air Force Special Operations Command assets to ensure global readiness.
 





















U.S. Marine Corps Raiders with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion ride on a 1st Special Operations Support Squadron watercraft at Eglin Range, Fla., May 30, 2018. The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron Operations Support Joint Office coordinates two-week training programs for U.S. Army, Navy and Marine special operations forces that provides live-fire ranges and familiarizes them with Air Force Special Operations Command assets to ensure global readiness.
 
























U.S. Marine Corps Raiders with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion perform close quarters battle training at Eglin Range, Fla., May 22, 2018. Close-quarters battle is a direct action tactical concept that involves physical confrontation between several combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)
 

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