I Marine Expeditionary Force

 

I Marine Expeditionary Force

In Every Clime and Place

Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Martinez, left, a corpsman, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Quintanilla, a platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, brace as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 takes off after inserting the company into a landing zone aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 26. The Marines were inserted to conduct ground air integration training.
Lava Dogs go wheels up
Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Martinez, left, a corpsman, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Quintanilla, a platoon sergeant, both with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, brace as a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 takes off after inserting the company into a landing zone aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 26. The Marines were inserted to conduct ground air integration training.
Marines with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepare to load onto a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 26. The Marines were inserted into an urban terrain to cordon and search the area for possible threats.
Lava Dogs go wheels up
Marines with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepare to load onto a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 26. The Marines were inserted into an urban terrain to cordon and search the area for possible threats.
U.S. Marines with 2nd platoon, Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, conduct vehicle recovery lane training during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2015. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. CLB-1 is currently training to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
Need a tow: CLB-1 conducts vehicle recovery training
U.S. Marines with 2nd platoon, Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, conduct vehicle recovery lane training during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2015. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. CLB-1 is currently training to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Ammunition Detachment, and 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, load a 7-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle with ammunition during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 22, 2015. Ammunition distribution is performed at the field ammunition supply point, which is set-up and operated by CLB-1, Ammunition Detachment. CLB-1 is currently training to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado / Released)
FASP: Field Ready; Ammo Loaded; Supply for ITX made Possible
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Ammunition Detachment, and 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, load a 7-ton Medium Tactical Vehicle with ammunition during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 22, 2015. Ammunition distribution is performed at the field ammunition supply point, which is set-up and operated by CLB-1, Ammunition Detachment. CLB-1 is currently training to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado / Released)
Lance Cpl. Colin Brennan, an assault man with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepares to insert a blasting cap into a claymore during training as the battalion prepares for an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21. ITX focuses on the tactical application of combined arms maneuver warfare during global contingency operations.
1/3, 2nd CEB train to keep Marines ready
Lance Cpl. Colin Brennan, an assault man with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepares to insert a blasting cap into a claymore during training as the battalion prepares for an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21. ITX focuses on the tactical application of combined arms maneuver warfare during global contingency operations.
1st Lt. Ian Simpson, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion platoon commander, inspects the Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) missile before conducting high explosive training with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2015. ITX focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver warfare and is a platform for demonstrating warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
2nd CEB gets explosive on live fire range
1st Lt. Ian Simpson, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion platoon commander, inspects the Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) missile before conducting high explosive training with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 21, 2015. ITX focuses on the tactical application of combined-arms maneuver warfare and is a platform for demonstrating warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct security patrols during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 14. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/ Released)
Integrated Training Exercise (ITX)
Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct security patrols during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 14. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and warfighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/ Released)
Family and friends prepare to greet the Marines and sailors of Task Force Al-Asad 15.1 during a homecoming celebration aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The task force, made up of Marines and Sailors from nine units within I Marine Expeditionary Force, returned home after a seven-month mentoring an training mission with Iraqi forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Task Force Al-Asad 15.1 returns home
Family and friends prepare to greet the Marines and sailors of Task Force Al-Asad 15.1 during a homecoming celebration aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The task force, made up of Marines and Sailors from nine units within I Marine Expeditionary Force, returned home after a seven-month mentoring an training mission with Iraqi forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Major Asa Warrington, the fires officer-in-charge with Task Force Al-Asad 15.1, hugs his family during a homecoming celebration aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The task force, made up of Marines and Sailors from nine units within I Marine Expeditionary Force, returned after more than seven months in Iraq, where they helped advise and train Iraqi soldiers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Task Force Al-Asad 15.1 returns home
Major Asa Warrington, the fires officer-in-charge with Task Force Al-Asad 15.1, hugs his family during a homecoming celebration aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The task force, made up of Marines and Sailors from nine units within I Marine Expeditionary Force, returned after more than seven months in Iraq, where they helped advise and train Iraqi soldiers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct unknown distance shooting while their instructors watch during the Pre-Scout Sniper Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The six-week long course is designed to prepare and screen students for the follow-on training at Scout Sniper Basic School. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines with 1st Recon participate in Pre-Scout Sniper Course
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct unknown distance shooting while their instructors watch during the Pre-Scout Sniper Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, 2015. The six-week long course is designed to prepare and screen students for the follow-on training at Scout Sniper Basic School. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines with 2nd Brigade Platoon, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force, wait to be medically evacuated during a force-on-force training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 14, 2015. The training event aimed to enhance ANGLICO’s capabilities in urban environments, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission by integrating close air support assets, joint terminal attack controllers and joint fire observers development. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Release)
A Look Inside ANGLICO's TRAP Training
Marines with 2nd Brigade Platoon, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force, wait to be medically evacuated during a force-on-force training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 14, 2015. The training event aimed to enhance ANGLICO’s capabilities in urban environments, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission by integrating close air support assets, joint terminal attack controllers and joint fire observers development. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Release)
A clown paints Marine family members’ faces at the 1st Intelligence Battalion family fun day aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2015. The family fun day allowed Marines and families of 1st Intel Battalion to celebrate their success and build camaraderie within the unit.
1st Intel builds camaraderie with family fun day
A clown paints Marine family members’ faces at the 1st Intelligence Battalion family fun day aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2015. The family fun day allowed Marines and families of 1st Intel Battalion to celebrate their success and build camaraderie within the unit.
Wil Myers, a player of the San Diego Padres, answers questions from children of a servicemembers during a Military Kids Baseball Clinic, July 2, 2015 in San Diego. Among the children who participated in the event, 50 are dependents of Marines and Sailors currently serving with I Marine Expeditionary Force. The day at the ballpark included batting, pitching and out-fielding drills. The event has taken place three years in a row and is sponsored by the United Services Automobile Association. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
SD Padres host I MEF Kids during Baseball Clinic
Wil Myers, a player of the San Diego Padres, answers questions from children of a servicemembers during a Military Kids Baseball Clinic, July 2, 2015 in San Diego. Among the children who participated in the event, 50 are dependents of Marines and Sailors currently serving with I Marine Expeditionary Force. The day at the ballpark included batting, pitching and out-fielding drills. The event has taken place three years in a row and is sponsored by the United Services Automobile Association. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
Patrick Coghlan, an intern with the scouting team for the San Diego Padres, tosses a baseball to the daughter of a servicemember during a Military Kids Baseball Clinic July 2, 2015, in San Diego. Among the children who participated in the event, 50 were dependents of Marines and Sailors currently serving with I Marine Expeditionary Force. The day at the ballpark included batting, pitching and out-fielding drills. The event has taken place three years in a row and is sponsored by the United Services Automobile Association. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
SD Padres host I MEF Kids during Baseball Clinic
Patrick Coghlan, an intern with the scouting team for the San Diego Padres, tosses a baseball to the daughter of a servicemember during a Military Kids Baseball Clinic July 2, 2015, in San Diego. Among the children who participated in the event, 50 were dependents of Marines and Sailors currently serving with I Marine Expeditionary Force. The day at the ballpark included batting, pitching and out-fielding drills. The event has taken place three years in a row and is sponsored by the United Services Automobile Association. (Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
Lieutenant Col. Brian Russell, the outgoing commanding officer of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, prepares to turn over the company colors to the incoming commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jonathan Sims, at a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 18, 2015.
1st ANGLICO welcomes new commanding officer
Lieutenant Col. Brian Russell, the outgoing commanding officer of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, prepares to turn over the company colors to the incoming commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jonathan Sims, at a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 18, 2015.
Sergeant Maj. Darryl Sisneros, the sergeant major of I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and the president of the mess, presents a token of appreciation to the guest of honor, Col. James H. Herrera, the I MHG commanding officer, during a mess night in Carlsbad, California, June 18, 2015. Sisneros described mess night as a time for Marines to strengthen the customs and traditions of the corps and reaffirm their common bonds as Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Mess night honors commanding officer
Sergeant Maj. Darryl Sisneros, the sergeant major of I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and the president of the mess, presents a token of appreciation to the guest of honor, Col. James H. Herrera, the I MHG commanding officer, during a mess night in Carlsbad, California, June 18, 2015. Sisneros described mess night as a time for Marines to strengthen the customs and traditions of the corps and reaffirm their common bonds as Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Lieutenant Col. Peter J. Lang II, officer in charge, Georgia Deployment Program, International Security Assistance Force-Rotation 14, and mentor to the 51st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion commander, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal by Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, June 29, 2015. The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the U.S. armed forces that may be awarded for acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Recognizing Meritorious Service
Lieutenant Col. Peter J. Lang II, officer in charge, Georgia Deployment Program, International Security Assistance Force-Rotation 14, and mentor to the 51st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion commander, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal by Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, June 29, 2015. The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the U.S. armed forces that may be awarded for acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Lieutenant Col. Peter J. Lang II, officer in charge, Georgia Deployment Program, International Security Assistance Force-Rotation 14, and mentor to the 51st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion commander, is congratulated by fellow Marines after being awarded the Bronze Star Medal, June 29, 2015. The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the U.S. armed forces that may be awarded for acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Recognizing Meritorious Service
Lieutenant Col. Peter J. Lang II, officer in charge, Georgia Deployment Program, International Security Assistance Force-Rotation 14, and mentor to the 51st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion commander, is congratulated by fellow Marines after being awarded the Bronze Star Medal, June 29, 2015. The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the U.S. armed forces that may be awarded for acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.
U.S. Marines participate alongside joint and multinational service members in the command post exercise portion of Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 24, 2015. In its 34th iteration, Khaan Quest is a multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. The command post exercise trains participants to establish and globally deploy battalion assets during peacekeeping operations through exercising scenario-based missions. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay/Released)
Peacekeeping scenario exercise strengthens multilateral operations during Khaan Quest 2015
U.S. Marines participate alongside joint and multinational service members in the command post exercise portion of Khaan Quest 2015 at Five Hills Training Area in Tavantolgoi, Mongolia, June 24, 2015. In its 34th iteration, Khaan Quest is a multinational exercise hosted annually by Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army, Pacific, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. The command post exercise trains participants to establish and globally deploy battalion assets during peacekeeping operations through exercising scenario-based missions. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Marisa Lindsay/Released)
Colonel James H. Herrera, the outgoing commanding officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, passes the unit colors to Col. Roberta L. Shea, the newly-appointed commanding officer of I MHG, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2015. The passing of the colors is symbolic of the outgoing officer passing command to the incoming officer. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
I MHG welcomes new commanding officer
Colonel James H. Herrera, the outgoing commanding officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, passes the unit colors to Col. Roberta L. Shea, the newly-appointed commanding officer of I MHG, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2015. The passing of the colors is symbolic of the outgoing officer passing command to the incoming officer. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Colonel James H. Herrera, commanding officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, relinquished command to Col. Roberta L. Shea aboard Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2015. I MHG provides intelligence, communications, supporting arms liaison, and law and order capabilities in order to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force Command Element. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
I MHG welcomes new commanding officer
Colonel James H. Herrera, commanding officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, relinquished command to Col. Roberta L. Shea aboard Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2015. I MHG provides intelligence, communications, supporting arms liaison, and law and order capabilities in order to support the Marine Air Ground Task Force Command Element. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines with 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, search a downed UH-1 Huey helicopter for sensitive electronic components during a training exercise in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where they were tasked with sanitizing a wreckage site of any intelligence or ordnance an enemy force could use to their advantage, June 17, 2015. The Marines of 1st EOD Co. are preparing for an upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command where they will participate in a fast reaction force role.
1st EOD Company Gets Versatile with Pre-Deployment Training
Marines with 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, search a downed UH-1 Huey helicopter for sensitive electronic components during a training exercise in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where they were tasked with sanitizing a wreckage site of any intelligence or ordnance an enemy force could use to their advantage, June 17, 2015. The Marines of 1st EOD Co. are preparing for an upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command where they will participate in a fast reaction force role.
Navy divers and Marines with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and 4th Reconnaissance Battalion participate in a dive supervisor course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 17, 2015. The two-week long course focuses on preparing students with the necessary training to operate the Mark 25 and scuba diving gear in multiple scenarios and settings in order to qualify as dive supervisors. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines and Sailors Qualify as Dive Supervisors
Navy divers and Marines with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and 4th Reconnaissance Battalion participate in a dive supervisor course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 17, 2015. The two-week long course focuses on preparing students with the necessary training to operate the Mark 25 and scuba diving gear in multiple scenarios and settings in order to qualify as dive supervisors. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, members of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security team, and Air Force Pararescuemen trained together during Exercise Angel Thunder off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9-11, 2015. Exercise Angel Thunder is a joint personnel recovery operation designed to provide military branches and partner nations the opportunity to train together in order to prepare for times of war and crisis. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1st Recon conducts joint training during Angel Thunder
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, members of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security team, and Air Force Pararescuemen trained together during Exercise Angel Thunder off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9-11, 2015. Exercise Angel Thunder is a joint personnel recovery operation designed to provide military branches and partner nations the opportunity to train together in order to prepare for times of war and crisis. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Sergeant Major William T. Sowers speaks after taking over as the senior enlisted advisor of the 1st Marine Division during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers recently completed his last assignment as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sowers takes charge as 1st Marine Division's Sgt. Maj.
Sergeant Major William T. Sowers speaks after taking over as the senior enlisted advisor of the 1st Marine Division during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers recently completed his last assignment as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Lieutenant Col. Damon K. Burrows, left, the newly-appointed commanding officer of 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, receives the battalion colors from Lt. Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. Burrows most recently served as the assistant chief of staff, G-6, for the 1st Marine Logistics Group, I MEF, and said he plans to increase the battalion’s cyber operations presence and effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
9th Communication Battalion opens chapter with new commander
Lieutenant Col. Damon K. Burrows, left, the newly-appointed commanding officer of 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, receives the battalion colors from Lt. Col. Matthew R. Simmons, outgoing commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. Burrows most recently served as the assistant chief of staff, G-6, for the 1st Marine Logistics Group, I MEF, and said he plans to increase the battalion’s cyber operations presence and effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Lieutenant Col. Seth E. Anderson, the new commanding officer of 1st Intelligence Battalion, and Lt. Col. William T. Wilburn, the previous commanding officer of 1st Intel, observe the pass in review during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 11, 2015. The pass in review allows the incoming commanding officer to inspect the Marines in his charge as they march past.
1st Intel welcomes new commanding officer
Lieutenant Col. Seth E. Anderson, the new commanding officer of 1st Intelligence Battalion, and Lt. Col. William T. Wilburn, the previous commanding officer of 1st Intel, observe the pass in review during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 11, 2015. The pass in review allows the incoming commanding officer to inspect the Marines in his charge as they march past.
Lieutenant Col. William T. Wilburn, the outgoing commanding officer of 1st Intelligence Battalion,  passes the colors to the incoming commanding officer, Lt. Col. Seth E. Anderson, during the 1st Intel change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 11, 2015. Wilburn passed the colors to Anderson to signify the handing over of authority as the commanding officer of 1st Intel.
1st Intel welcomes new commanding officer
Lieutenant Col. William T. Wilburn, the outgoing commanding officer of 1st Intelligence Battalion, passes the colors to the incoming commanding officer, Lt. Col. Seth E. Anderson, during the 1st Intel change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 11, 2015. Wilburn passed the colors to Anderson to signify the handing over of authority as the commanding officer of 1st Intel.
Sailors from units across Camp Pendleton attend the Petty Officer Selectee Leadership Course June 3, 2015, at Field Medical Training Battalion-West aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. The course is designed to equip Sailors with the skills and information they need to be effective leaders.
Petty officer selectees prepare for new role, responsibilities
Sailors from units across Camp Pendleton attend the Petty Officer Selectee Leadership Course June 3, 2015, at Field Medical Training Battalion-West aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. The course is designed to equip Sailors with the skills and information they need to be effective leaders.
Marines with Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, provide security during an amphibious training evolution aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. The week-long training focused on preparing the Marines for reconnaissance missions from the sea. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues)
Marines with 1st Radio Recon conduct amphibious training
Marines with Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, provide security during an amphibious training evolution aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. The week-long training focused on preparing the Marines for reconnaissance missions from the sea. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues)
Lieutenant Col. Shawn Beltran, outgoing commanding officer of 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, salutes during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. Lt. Col. William Weis relieved Beltran during the ceremony and said he looks forward to his new duties.
5/11 bids farewell to commanding officer, welcomes new leadership
Lieutenant Col. Shawn Beltran, outgoing commanding officer of 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, salutes during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 4, 2015. Lt. Col. William Weis relieved Beltran during the ceremony and said he looks forward to his new duties.
Service members pay respects to fallen Marines at a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
HMLA-469 hosts memorial ceremony
Service members pay respects to fallen Marines at a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
Lt. Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, speaks during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
HMLA-469 hosts memorial ceremony
Lt. Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, speaks during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
Lt. Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, gives his condolences to families and friends of fallen Marines during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
HMLA-469 hosts memorial ceremony
Lt. Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, gives his condolences to families and friends of fallen Marines during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
Family and friends gather in front of a display dedicated to fallen Marines at a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
HMLA-469 hosts memorial ceremony
Family and friends gather in front of a display dedicated to fallen Marines at a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored six Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 conduct a 21-gun salute during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
HMLA-469 hosts memorial ceremony
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 conduct a 21-gun salute during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. The ceremony honored Marines killed in a UH-1Y helicopter crash while conducting relief efforts in Nepal.
Instructors of Division School’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course search for their students aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The six students are well camouflaged as they practice stalking. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1/7 Attend Pre-Scout Sniper Course
Instructors of Division School’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course search for their students aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The six students are well camouflaged as they practice stalking. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1/7 Attend Pre-Scout Sniper Course
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Major Jonathan Brown, a deputy officer in command for the Pacific Command coordination liaison with Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Instructors with MCSCG, stationed at Joint Expeditionary base Little Creek- Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Va., visited Camp Pendleton to give periods of instruction to Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion. The purpose of MCSCG is to discuss Pacific Command security cooperation as well as work with students and with the Marine Corps on how to engage in the PACOM environment.
1st LEB Marines Enhance Basic OPSEC Skills through Operational Environment Training
Major Jonathan Brown, a deputy officer in command for the Pacific Command coordination liaison with Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Instructors with MCSCG, stationed at Joint Expeditionary base Little Creek- Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Va., visited Camp Pendleton to give periods of instruction to Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion. The purpose of MCSCG is to discuss Pacific Command security cooperation as well as work with students and with the Marine Corps on how to engage in the PACOM environment.
Marines with Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, display the national colors on their LAV-25 light armored vehicle during the 56th annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Torrance, Calif., May 16, 2015. The Marine Corps contributed a marching element of approximately 30 Marines, LAV-25 light armored vehicles, an M777 Howitzer, and a medium tactical vehicle to the parade and used the opportunity to represent the Marine Corps in the community and share their pride. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Marines help City of Torrance celebrate US armed forces
Marines with Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, display the national colors on their LAV-25 light armored vehicle during the 56th annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Torrance, Calif., May 16, 2015. The Marine Corps contributed a marching element of approximately 30 Marines, LAV-25 light armored vehicles, an M777 Howitzer, and a medium tactical vehicle to the parade and used the opportunity to represent the Marine Corps in the community and share their pride. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
A CH-147F Chinook with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, prepares to transport Soldiers from the Canadian Army during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 aboard Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 16, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week, high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of  I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel, U.S. Marine Corps)
Situation Resolved: 1st ANGLICO concludes Maple Resolve
A CH-147F Chinook with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, prepares to transport Soldiers from the Canadian Army during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 aboard Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 16, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week, high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel, U.S. Marine Corps)
Tom Lindsey, left, City of Yorba Linda mayor pro tem, and Col. Matthew Trollinger, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit commanding officer, exchange gifts during the 11th MEU adoption ceremony in the city of Yorba Linda, Calif. May, 16, 2015. The adoption represents a pledge to support service members and their families when the unit is deployed and at home, and maintains a constant link between Yorba Linda and the military community. The 11the MEU is a flexible, adaptable, and persistent force capable of rapidly responding to crises and contingencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
11th MEU Makes New Friends, Strengthens Ties with Local Community
Tom Lindsey, left, City of Yorba Linda mayor pro tem, and Col. Matthew Trollinger, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit commanding officer, exchange gifts during the 11th MEU adoption ceremony in the city of Yorba Linda, Calif. May, 16, 2015. The adoption represents a pledge to support service members and their families when the unit is deployed and at home, and maintains a constant link between Yorba Linda and the military community. The 11the MEU is a flexible, adaptable, and persistent force capable of rapidly responding to crises and contingencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Rick Hurtado/Released)
Sergeant Maj. Keith Massi, left, salutes Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, commanding officer of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 14, 2015. Massi relieved Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black as the 11th MEU sergeant major.
11th MEU relief and appointment
Sergeant Maj. Keith Massi, left, salutes Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, commanding officer of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 14, 2015. Massi relieved Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black as the 11th MEU sergeant major.
Cpl. William Thornton, (front), a forward observer, and Capt. Aaron Tyler, a joint terminal air controller, both with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, pass and receive key information during a key operation of Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 aboard Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 10, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of  I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel, U.S. Marine Corps)
Marines of 1st ANGLICO play key role in Maple Resolve’s main effort
Cpl. William Thornton, (front), a forward observer, and Capt. Aaron Tyler, a joint terminal air controller, both with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, pass and receive key information during a key operation of Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 aboard Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 10, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (Photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel, U.S. Marine Corps)
Families of Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), gather to watch ships depart at Embarcadero Park in San Diego, May 11, 2015. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from the ARG and 15th MEU faced their families before beginning their voyage at sea for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy.
15th MEU and Essex Amphibious Ready Group set sail
Families of Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), gather to watch ships depart at Embarcadero Park in San Diego, May 11, 2015. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from the ARG and 15th MEU faced their families before beginning their voyage at sea for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy.
A woman displays a handmade signs for her son, a Marine crew chief with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Embarcadero Park in San Diego, May 11, 2015. The family members of more than 4,500 Marines and Sailors gathered to watch ships depart the San Diego Harbor for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy.
15th MEU and Essex Amphibious Ready Group set sail
A woman displays a handmade signs for her son, a Marine crew chief with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Embarcadero Park in San Diego, May 11, 2015. The family members of more than 4,500 Marines and Sailors gathered to watch ships depart the San Diego Harbor for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy.
Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, meet with the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 9, 2015. Heyman visited Camp Wainwright to meet with the U.S. troops participating in Exercise Maple Resolve, a multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, as a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis)
U.S. ambassador to Canada visits Camp Wainwright, Marines in Maple Resolve
Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, meet with the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 9, 2015. Heyman visited Camp Wainwright to meet with the U.S. troops participating in Exercise Maple Resolve, a multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, as a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis)
Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force are welcomed by a tour guide aboard the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, May 6, 2015. The USS Midway served for 47 years, having seen action in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, it is now a museum ship.
Marines connect with heritage aboard USS Midway
Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force are welcomed by a tour guide aboard the USS Midway Museum, San Diego, May 6, 2015. The USS Midway served for 47 years, having seen action in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, it is now a museum ship.
Rounds fired from a Canadian Armed Forces aircraft impact on targets during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 5, 2015. The Marines and Sailors of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group teamed up with members of the Canadian Armed Forces and conducted a series of close air support missions from fixed and rotary wing aircraft using live munitions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis)
1st ANGLICO, Canadian Armed Forces call down lightning from the sky
Rounds fired from a Canadian Armed Forces aircraft impact on targets during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 5, 2015. The Marines and Sailors of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group teamed up with members of the Canadian Armed Forces and conducted a series of close air support missions from fixed and rotary wing aircraft using live munitions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobbie Curtis)
A military spouse appreciation ceremony was held on to the baseball field at Petco Park Stadium, San Diego, May 3, 2015. The San Diego Padres honored the spouses before the game. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. April Price)
Military spouse appreciation day
A military spouse appreciation ceremony was held on to the baseball field at Petco Park Stadium, San Diego, May 3, 2015. The San Diego Padres honored the spouses before the game. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. April Price)
The view outside of the exercise command post prior to the launch of Exercise Maple Resolve 15 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, April 30, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of  I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
US Marines work with British, Canadian Forces
The view outside of the exercise command post prior to the launch of Exercise Maple Resolve 15 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, April 30, 2015. The multi-national exercise, conducted annually by the Canadian Army, is a three-week high-readiness validation exercise for Canadian Army elements designated for domestic or international operations. This year, the 1st Canadian Army Division and the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group (5 CMBBG) are being supported by the British 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, various U.S. Army elements, and for the first time, members of I MEF’s 1st ANGLICO who bring a unique capability to the table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Commander, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, shakes hands with Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, the Philippine Secretary of Defense, after viewing a static display of mechanized military vehicles at the conclusion of the Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX) during Balikatan 2015 at Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 30. The CALFEX is the culminating event for Balikatan which demonstrates the relationship and teamwork between the United States and the Philippine military.
Exercise Balikatan comes to a close
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Commander, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, shakes hands with Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, the Philippine Secretary of Defense, after viewing a static display of mechanized military vehicles at the conclusion of the Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX) during Balikatan 2015 at Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 30. The CALFEX is the culminating event for Balikatan which demonstrates the relationship and teamwork between the United States and the Philippine military.
Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Tellez, battalion Sergeant Major, delivers the unit colors to Lt. Col. John J. Lynch during 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion’s change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 1, 2015. Lt. Col. Lynch passed the colors and relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Andrew R. Christian. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues)
1st MSOB Change of Command
Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Tellez, battalion Sergeant Major, delivers the unit colors to Lt. Col. John J. Lynch during 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion’s change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 1, 2015. Lt. Col. Lynch passed the colors and relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Andrew R. Christian. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues)
Sgt. Timothy Shirey, the data chief with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, evaluates and checks signal strength on a Rapid Response Kit during Exercise Maple Resolve 15 aboard Camp Wainwright Canadian Maneuver Training Center, Alberta, May 3, 2015. The Marines used the exercise to develop a knowledge platform to train for future operations and integrate with allied forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo  by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
Huge Enabler in a Small Package
Sgt. Timothy Shirey, the data chief with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, evaluates and checks signal strength on a Rapid Response Kit during Exercise Maple Resolve 15 aboard Camp Wainwright Canadian Maneuver Training Center, Alberta, May 3, 2015. The Marines used the exercise to develop a knowledge platform to train for future operations and integrate with allied forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, speaks to Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, the Secretary of Defense for the Philippines, prior to the start of the Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX) during Balikatan 2015 at Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 30. The CALFEX was the culminating event for Balikatan which involved the armed services of both the Unites States and the Philippines.
Exercise Balikatan comes to a close
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, speaks to Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, the Secretary of Defense for the Philippines, prior to the start of the Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX) during Balikatan 2015 at Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines, April 30. The CALFEX was the culminating event for Balikatan which involved the armed services of both the Unites States and the Philippines.
Corporal Tyler Viglione and Smedley Butler, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Mascot, stand at home plate during a military appreciation day at Petco Park, April 26, 2015. The San Diego Padres held the ceremony before playing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Padres hold appreciation ceremony for military members
Corporal Tyler Viglione and Smedley Butler, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Mascot, stand at home plate during a military appreciation day at Petco Park, April 26, 2015. The San Diego Padres held the ceremony before playing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit enjoy a day on the beach with their friends and families April 24, 2015, for a pre-deployment beach luau. The Marines and families were treated to complimentary food, massages, a volleyball tournament, a bounce house, face painting, and a Polynesian dance performance by Island Inspiration Dancers. The Marines remain in high spirits and are prepared to sail off in the coming months to train and operate abroad.
15 MEU Beach Luau
Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit enjoy a day on the beach with their friends and families April 24, 2015, for a pre-deployment beach luau. The Marines and families were treated to complimentary food, massages, a volleyball tournament, a bounce house, face painting, and a Polynesian dance performance by Island Inspiration Dancers. The Marines remain in high spirits and are prepared to sail off in the coming months to train and operate abroad.
Sergeant Joshua L. Donald, section chief for Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, shows off a howitzer to local Boy Scouts aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 25, 2015. Donald and other Marines displayed the  weaponry and its capabilities for the 2015 Spring Camporee.
2/11 Marines show off capabilities to local Boy Scouts
Sergeant Joshua L. Donald, section chief for Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, shows off a howitzer to local Boy Scouts aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 25, 2015. Donald and other Marines displayed the weaponry and its capabilities for the 2015 Spring Camporee.
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