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Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Skaggs teaches Lance Cpl. Michael Jacobsen how to properly load casualties onto aircraft during a simulated casualty evacuation scenario at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Jan. 27, 2016. This training was part of the newly formed combat operation medical emergency transport training. COMETT exposes the aircrew to medical emergencies and procedures they may encounter in combat and non-combat environments. Jacobsen is an ordnance technician with Marine Aircraft Group 29. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
New medical training bridges gap between aircrew, care providers
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Skaggs teaches Lance Cpl. Michael Jacobsen how to properly load casualties onto aircraft during a simulated casualty evacuation scenario at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Jan. 27, 2016. This training was part of the newly formed combat operation medical emergency transport training. COMETT exposes the aircrew to medical emergencies and procedures they may encounter in combat and non-combat environments. Jacobsen is an ordnance technician with Marine Aircraft Group 29. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Sgt. Yoichi Nasu sights-in with the special application scope rifle during a static display for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. The static display was set up to show the capabilities of varying optics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Reconnaissance Field Craft
Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Sgt. Yoichi Nasu sights-in with the special application scope rifle during a static display for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. The static display was set up to show the capabilities of varying optics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) 2nd Lieutenant Issei Shima dons the MK-25 underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) during training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016. The training is a part of Exercise Iron Fist 2016, an annual bilateral training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to improve planning, communication, and conducting of amphibious operations between the two militaries. The MK-25 UBA is employed for clandestine reconnaissance missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016 Dive Study
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) 2nd Lieutenant Issei Shima dons the MK-25 underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) during training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016. The training is a part of Exercise Iron Fist 2016, an annual bilateral training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to improve planning, communication, and conducting of amphibious operations between the two militaries. The MK-25 UBA is employed for clandestine reconnaissance missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Maj. Tomotake Nagamura (left), company commander with Western Army Infantry Regiment, shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Eric J. Dougherty, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at Range 223B, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. Marines with Dougherty’s battalion facilitated the use of the range, both allowing the soldiers of Nagamura’s unit to practice their skills in an unfamiliar training environment as well as share tactics and skills with their U.S. counterparts.
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Bilateral Attack at Range 223B
Maj. Tomotake Nagamura (left), company commander with Western Army Infantry Regiment, shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Eric J. Dougherty, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at Range 223B, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. Marines with Dougherty’s battalion facilitated the use of the range, both allowing the soldiers of Nagamura’s unit to practice their skills in an unfamiliar training environment as well as share tactics and skills with their U.S. counterparts.
Lt. Gen. David Berger, I Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General, speaks to a group of retired general officers about current news and events that affect the Marine Corps during a symposium, Jan. 22, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. During the symposium, the men who served as Marine Corps generals over the last few decades gathered together to brainstorm solutions for the problems of today and bring their ideas to the current Marine Corps commandant, General Robert Neller. “The feedback you have for General Neller is priceless,” said Berger. “Your thoughts are incredible and the way you see the world matters.”
Generals Symposium brings together great minds of past, present
Lt. Gen. David Berger, I Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General, speaks to a group of retired general officers about current news and events that affect the Marine Corps during a symposium, Jan. 22, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. During the symposium, the men who served as Marine Corps generals over the last few decades gathered together to brainstorm solutions for the problems of today and bring their ideas to the current Marine Corps commandant, General Robert Neller. “The feedback you have for General Neller is priceless,” said Berger. “Your thoughts are incredible and the way you see the world matters.”
Harry H. Horinouchi (left), the Consul-General of Japan, Los Angeles, speaks with Japan Ground Self Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto, Western Army Infantry Regimental Commander, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual, U.S. Pacific Command, Commander Marine Forces Pacific directed, I Marine Expeditionary Force executed, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
The Honorable Harry H. Horinouchi and Col. Yoshiyuki Gato
Harry H. Horinouchi (left), the Consul-General of Japan, Los Angeles, speaks with Japan Ground Self Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto, Western Army Infantry Regimental Commander, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual, U.S. Pacific Command, Commander Marine Forces Pacific directed, I Marine Expeditionary Force executed, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
United States Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers stand side-by-side in formation during the opening ceremony commemorating the beginning of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, between the USMC and the JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
Exercise Iron Fist Opening Ceremony
United States Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers stand side-by-side in formation during the opening ceremony commemorating the beginning of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, between the USMC and the JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
Marines and Sailors practice clearing rooms and detaining non-combatants as a part of the Raid Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016. While the course emphasizes combat marksmanship fundamentals, Marines must be able to identify and properly handle non-combatants in urban military operations. The Marines participating in the training course are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Corps Regiment. The Raid Leaders Course is run by Expeditionary Operations Training Group, I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
More tools for the toolbox, Raid Leaders Course teaches Marines urban combat skills
Marines and Sailors practice clearing rooms and detaining non-combatants as a part of the Raid Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016. While the course emphasizes combat marksmanship fundamentals, Marines must be able to identify and properly handle non-combatants in urban military operations. The Marines participating in the training course are with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Corps Regiment. The Raid Leaders Course is run by Expeditionary Operations Training Group, I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marines unfurl the Big Flag during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 30, 2015. It takes a minimum of 250 people to present the 850 pound flag, which spans 100 yards by 50 yards, covering the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Marines unfurl the Big Flag during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 30, 2015. It takes a minimum of 250 people to present the 850 pound flag, which spans 100 yards by 50 yards, covering the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Marines support the unfurled American flag over the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show at the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while fully unfurled and covers the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Marines support the unfurled American flag over the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show at the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while fully unfurled and covers the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag weighs 850 pounds and spans the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag weighs 850 pounds and spans the entire field. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Ball Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Approximately 250 Marines carry the Big Flag onto the field of Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif., during the pre-game show of the 38th annual Holiday Ball Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines hold the Big Flag at Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif, during the pre-game show at the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines stand together to unfurl Old Glory at 38th annual Holiday Bowl
Marines hold the Big Flag at Qualcomm Stadium at San Diego, Calif, during the pre-game show at the 38th annual Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 2015. The flag, weighing 850 pounds, spans the entire field and requires a minimum of 250 people to support it while unfurled. The Marines are with I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The University of Wisconsin Badgers emerged victorious over the University of Southern California Trojans with a final score of 23-21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Marines pass the decontamination line to enter a building contaminated with black mold at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 17.  Once inside, the Marines identified other potentially dangerous substances as part of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Assessment and Consequence Management training. The training included CBRN defense specialists and other Marines from Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, who learned how to perform decontamination procedures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel).
Marines combat and unseen enemy
Marines pass the decontamination line to enter a building contaminated with black mold at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 17. Once inside, the Marines identified other potentially dangerous substances as part of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Assessment and Consequence Management training. The training included CBRN defense specialists and other Marines from Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, who learned how to perform decontamination procedures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel).
Cpl. Dominique A. Sparacino is welcomed home by his loving wife, Victoria Sparacino, upon return from a seven-month deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. While deployed, the 15th MEU participated in more than 15 different theater security cooperation or bi-lateral exercises including combined arms and desert survival training with French forces in Djibouti, the Malaysia-US Amphibious Exercise, Combined Afloat Readiness and Training in Brunei, and more than 12 subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations throughout the Middle East. Sparacino is an infantryman with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price/ Released)
From ship to shore, the 15th MEU returns home
Cpl. Dominique A. Sparacino is welcomed home by his loving wife, Victoria Sparacino, upon return from a seven-month deployment with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. While deployed, the 15th MEU participated in more than 15 different theater security cooperation or bi-lateral exercises including combined arms and desert survival training with French forces in Djibouti, the Malaysia-US Amphibious Exercise, Combined Afloat Readiness and Training in Brunei, and more than 12 subject matter expert exchanges with partner nations throughout the Middle East. Sparacino is an infantryman with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. April L. Price/ Released)
Marines from Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group connect couplings from two Mark III improved ribbon bridges across a body of water. The battalion trained in tandem with Marines from 6th ESB out of Battle Creek, Mich., aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Dec. 12, 2015. The IRB is a more improved version of the original and is used to move personnel and tactical vehicles over non-passable waterways.
7th ESB: Bridging the Gap
Marines from Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group connect couplings from two Mark III improved ribbon bridges across a body of water. The battalion trained in tandem with Marines from 6th ESB out of Battle Creek, Mich., aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Dec. 12, 2015. The IRB is a more improved version of the original and is used to move personnel and tactical vehicles over non-passable waterways.
Staff Sgt. Evan Eldridge provides watch for his team as they prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey during the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel portion of the battalion’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenynine Palms, California, Dec. 3, 2015. TRAP’s placement in a MCCRE is meant to evaluate Marines on this mission set which is performed for the specific purpose of the recovery of personnel, equipment, and/or aircraft by the insertion of a TRAP force. Staff Sgt. Eldridge is a platoon sergeant with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
2/7 springs into TRAP
Staff Sgt. Evan Eldridge provides watch for his team as they prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey during the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel portion of the battalion’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenynine Palms, California, Dec. 3, 2015. TRAP’s placement in a MCCRE is meant to evaluate Marines on this mission set which is performed for the specific purpose of the recovery of personnel, equipment, and/or aircraft by the insertion of a TRAP force. Staff Sgt. Eldridge is a platoon sergeant with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
Kaden Jeide (left) and Cpl. Matthew Franzoni, pose for a picture after spending the night shopping for Christmas presents as part of a “holiday with Heroes” event held in Poway, California, December 10. During the city-funded event, children purchased presents for their families and friends, took holiday photos with Santa, built arts and crafts, and participated in other events throughout the Night. (USMC photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
1st LAR gives back to Poway children during holiday season
Kaden Jeide (left) and Cpl. Matthew Franzoni, pose for a picture after spending the night shopping for Christmas presents as part of a “holiday with Heroes” event held in Poway, California, December 10. During the city-funded event, children purchased presents for their families and friends, took holiday photos with Santa, built arts and crafts, and participated in other events throughout the Night. (USMC photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
Marines and Sailors with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, pose for a photo atop of the USS Mississippi, a Virginia Class Block 5 submarine aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 17, 2015. Company A toured the ship as part of a one-day Special Operations Forces capabilities training event, where they learned about lock-out submarine insertions. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tony Simmons)
Recon Locks Out Under the Sea
Marines and Sailors with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, pose for a photo atop of the USS Mississippi, a Virginia Class Block 5 submarine aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 17, 2015. Company A toured the ship as part of a one-day Special Operations Forces capabilities training event, where they learned about lock-out submarine insertions. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tony Simmons)
Lance Cpl. David Wadleigh, a military working dog handler and Nicky, a military working dog with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, provide security during a simulated mass casualty drill during Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. Steel Knight prepares Marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Division and adjacent I Marine Expeditionary Force units with the skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Paws on the ground: Steel Knight 2016
Lance Cpl. David Wadleigh, a military working dog handler and Nicky, a military working dog with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, provide security during a simulated mass casualty drill during Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. Steel Knight prepares Marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Division and adjacent I Marine Expeditionary Force units with the skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Brig. Gen. David A. Ottignon addresses the Expeditionary Warfare School graduates during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 11, 2015. During his speech, Ottignon spoke about the importance of formal education to further Marines’ professional development. “Continue to seek knowledge,” Ottignon said. “Educate yourself as much as you can so that as an officer of Marines you can provide that scope and understanding of what’s going on in the world around you.” Ottignon is the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Captains Graduate Expeditionary Warfare School
Brig. Gen. David A. Ottignon addresses the Expeditionary Warfare School graduates during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 11, 2015. During his speech, Ottignon spoke about the importance of formal education to further Marines’ professional development. “Continue to seek knowledge,” Ottignon said. “Educate yourself as much as you can so that as an officer of Marines you can provide that scope and understanding of what’s going on in the world around you.” Ottignon is the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Capt. Brittany McCullough, a student of the Expeditionary Warfare School, shakes hands with Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Bootsma, before she receives her diploma for graduating the Expeditionary Warfare School, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Throughout the course, McCullough and her fellow classmates worked with officers from across a range of Marine Corps military occupational specialties and experienced course instructors. By doing so, they were able to help each other understand all elements that go into planning within each individual’s respective sector. McCullough is a family readiness officer with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303.
Captains Graduate Expeditionary Warfare School
Capt. Brittany McCullough, a student of the Expeditionary Warfare School, shakes hands with Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Bootsma, before she receives her diploma for graduating the Expeditionary Warfare School, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Throughout the course, McCullough and her fellow classmates worked with officers from across a range of Marine Corps military occupational specialties and experienced course instructors. By doing so, they were able to help each other understand all elements that go into planning within each individual’s respective sector. McCullough is a family readiness officer with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303.
Capt. Chad O. Carlson shakes hands with Brig. Gen. David A. Ottignon as he receives his diploma for graduating the Expeditionary Warfare School, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. During the course, they discussed the current state of the Marine Corps as well as its future. Carlson and his fellow classmates learned about how plans in process now will positively affect the Marine Corps’ ability to complete its missions in the future. Carlson is a maintenance management officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Ottignon is the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Captains Graduate Expeditionary Warfare School
Capt. Chad O. Carlson shakes hands with Brig. Gen. David A. Ottignon as he receives his diploma for graduating the Expeditionary Warfare School, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. During the course, they discussed the current state of the Marine Corps as well as its future. Carlson and his fellow classmates learned about how plans in process now will positively affect the Marine Corps’ ability to complete its missions in the future. Carlson is a maintenance management officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. Ottignon is the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Marines and guests of the Expeditionary Warfare School graduation stand for the "Marines’ Hymn," Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Singing the hymn is one of many well-kept traditions of the Marine Corps. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Marines are released back to their parent commands as more mission capable and well-rounded officers.
Captains Graduate Expeditionary Warfare School
Marines and guests of the Expeditionary Warfare School graduation stand for the "Marines’ Hymn," Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Singing the hymn is one of many well-kept traditions of the Marine Corps. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Marines are released back to their parent commands as more mission capable and well-rounded officers.
Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Bootsma says a prayer for the Marines and families of the Expeditionary Warfare School, Class 2-15, at their graduation ceremony, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The career-designated officers who attended this class faced a variety of decision making scenarios and learned how to incorporate all the elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force in their planning. Through the completion of this course, the Marine Corps is able to return officers to their parent commands as well-rounded and mission-capable officers. Bootsma is a chaplain with Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Captains Graduate Expeditionary Warfare School
Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Bootsma says a prayer for the Marines and families of the Expeditionary Warfare School, Class 2-15, at their graduation ceremony, Dec. 11, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The career-designated officers who attended this class faced a variety of decision making scenarios and learned how to incorporate all the elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force in their planning. Through the completion of this course, the Marine Corps is able to return officers to their parent commands as well-rounded and mission-capable officers. Bootsma is a chaplain with Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct a vertical landing at Red Beach in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conduct a vertical landing at Red Beach in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 taxis down the runway at Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 taxis down the runway at Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning/Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducts a refueling on Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 conducts a refueling on Red Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 taxis down the runway after refueling at Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
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An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 taxis down the runway after refueling at Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
Two F-35B Lightning II aircrafts stand ready for flight operations during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Adding Lightning to Steel Knight
Two F-35B Lightning II aircrafts stand ready for flight operations during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Marines hook up a hose for a power cart before a weapons functional test during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The Marines are with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for VMFA-121 and VMX-22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Adding Lightning to Steel Knight
Marines hook up a hose for a power cart before a weapons functional test during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The Marines are with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for VMFA-121 and VMX-22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Cpl. Luke Somers links a power cord to an F-35B Lightning II aircraft in preparation for a weapons functional test during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. Somers is an ordinance technician with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and VMX-22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Adding Lightning to Steel Knight
Cpl. Luke Somers links a power cord to an F-35B Lightning II aircraft in preparation for a weapons functional test during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 10, 2015. Somers is an ordinance technician with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22. The F-35B is a single seat, single engine stealth multi-role fighter bringing the Marine Corps into a whole new generation of aircraft. Exercise Steel Knight allowed for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and VMX-22 to train on integrating the F-35B and find its place in the Marine Air Ground Task Force, while giving the ground forces of 1st Marine Division the ability to become familiar with it.
Marines with Company D, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion guide an amphibious assault vehicle into position during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 9, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise, which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic environment to develop skill sets necessary to maintain a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force.
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion supports 1st Tanks during Exercise Steel Knight
Marines with Company D, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion guide an amphibious assault vehicle into position during Exercise Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 9, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise, which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic environment to develop skill sets necessary to maintain a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force.
Marines with Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 Howitzer¬ during the opening day of live-fire operations for Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on Dec. 10, 2015. The tough, realistic training is intended to develop combat skills necessary to operate as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Artillery Launches Steel Knight at MCAGCC
Marines with Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 Howitzer¬ during the opening day of live-fire operations for Steel Knight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, on Dec. 10, 2015. The tough, realistic training is intended to develop combat skills necessary to operate as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Members of the U.S. Army 772nd Forward Surgical Team and 115th Combat Support Hospital, attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum, Combined Joint Force Land Component Command-Iraq perform surgery on an Iraqi soldier injured in combat, Nov. 28 2015. Wounded Iraqi soldiers are occasionally transported from battlefields in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq, to Al Taqaddum to receive medical treatment from U.S. personnel. These personnel are currently deployed in support of Combined-Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, a multinational coalition of military forces who have joined to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
US Navy Corpsmen, Marines Contribute to Life-Saving Efforts in Iraq
Members of the U.S. Army 772nd Forward Surgical Team and 115th Combat Support Hospital, attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum, Combined Joint Force Land Component Command-Iraq perform surgery on an Iraqi soldier injured in combat, Nov. 28 2015. Wounded Iraqi soldiers are occasionally transported from battlefields in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq, to Al Taqaddum to receive medical treatment from U.S. personnel. These personnel are currently deployed in support of Combined-Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, a multinational coalition of military forces who have joined to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
U.S. Navy corpsmen with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, and a member of the U.S. Army 772nd Forward Surgical Team, attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum, aid an Iraqi soldier that sustained combat-related injuries, Iraq, Nov. 28, 2015. Wounded Iraqi soldiers are occasionally transported from battlefields in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq, to Al Taqaddum to receive medical treatment from U.S. personnel. U.S. Navy corpsmen with “Bravo” Company, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, are the first responders to attend to the casualties. U.S. Marines and Sailors with SPMAGTF-CR-CC are currently deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, which focuses on defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community.
US Navy Corpsmen, Marines Contribute to Life-Saving Efforts in Iraq
U.S. Navy corpsmen with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, and a member of the U.S. Army 772nd Forward Surgical Team, attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum, aid an Iraqi soldier that sustained combat-related injuries, Iraq, Nov. 28, 2015. Wounded Iraqi soldiers are occasionally transported from battlefields in Ramadi and Fallujah, Iraq, to Al Taqaddum to receive medical treatment from U.S. personnel. U.S. Navy corpsmen with “Bravo” Company, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, are the first responders to attend to the casualties. U.S. Marines and Sailors with SPMAGTF-CR-CC are currently deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, which focuses on defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community.
The 2015 San Diego Sea Service Marine Corps Spouse of the Year recipient, Amanda McMillan, poses with her husband, Chief Warrant Officer Christopher McMillan, after being awarded at the San Diego Council Navy League monthly luncheon in San Diego, Dec. 4.  As a I Marine Expeditionary Force spouse, Amanda was awarded for her dedication to educating and volunteering with groups such as special needs children and fellow military families. The award was presented to McMillan by Jon Berg-Johnson (left), council president of San Diego Council Navy League of the United States. This is the fifth consecutive year a I MEF spouse has won the award. Nominees were selected by their respective commands for exhibiting a balance in their military community, their work and home life, and for serving their local community. Both Amanda and Christopher are Zephyrhills, Florida, natives. Christopher is a bulk fuel officer with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I MEF. “I’m more than honored to receive the award, but I know I could have done, can do so much more for the community. I can never express how thankful I am for the serves the military has provided me and my family,” Amanda said.
2015 San Diego Sea Services Spouse of the Year
The 2015 San Diego Sea Service Marine Corps Spouse of the Year recipient, Amanda McMillan, poses with her husband, Chief Warrant Officer Christopher McMillan, after being awarded at the San Diego Council Navy League monthly luncheon in San Diego, Dec. 4. As a I Marine Expeditionary Force spouse, Amanda was awarded for her dedication to educating and volunteering with groups such as special needs children and fellow military families. The award was presented to McMillan by Jon Berg-Johnson (left), council president of San Diego Council Navy League of the United States. This is the fifth consecutive year a I MEF spouse has won the award. Nominees were selected by their respective commands for exhibiting a balance in their military community, their work and home life, and for serving their local community. Both Amanda and Christopher are Zephyrhills, Florida, natives. Christopher is a bulk fuel officer with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I MEF. “I’m more than honored to receive the award, but I know I could have done, can do so much more for the community. I can never express how thankful I am for the serves the military has provided me and my family,” Amanda said.
The 2015 San Diego Sea Service Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy Spouses of the Year recipients Cutter Boutwell, Amanda McMillan and Candace McVey pose with the council president and vice president of the San Diego Council Navy League of the United States after being awarded at the SDCNL monthly luncheon in San Diego, Dec. 4.  Nominees were selected by their respective commands for exhibiting a balance in their military community, their work and home life, and for serving their local community.
2015 San Diego Sea Services Spouse of the Year
The 2015 San Diego Sea Service Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy Spouses of the Year recipients Cutter Boutwell, Amanda McMillan and Candace McVey pose with the council president and vice president of the San Diego Council Navy League of the United States after being awarded at the SDCNL monthly luncheon in San Diego, Dec. 4. Nominees were selected by their respective commands for exhibiting a balance in their military community, their work and home life, and for serving their local community.
Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF attempt to de-escalate a hostile exchange with role-players during mobile immersion training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. Mobile immersion training is a scenario-based training exercise in which the Marines engage in locating, apprehending and transporting a high-value individual.
Law enforcement battalion extends arm of the law
Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF attempt to de-escalate a hostile exchange with role-players during mobile immersion training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. Mobile immersion training is a scenario-based training exercise in which the Marines engage in locating, apprehending and transporting a high-value individual.
Lance Cpl. Taylor Drake, a combat engineer with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepares for breaching and room clearing drills aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 8, 2015. Drake, a Phoenix native, joined the Marine Corps to carry on the legacy of his family.
Phoenix area combat engineer continues legacy
Lance Cpl. Taylor Drake, a combat engineer with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepares for breaching and room clearing drills aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 8, 2015. Drake, a Phoenix native, joined the Marine Corps to carry on the legacy of his family.
Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan Patawaran, the command master chief of 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, the 1st MLG sergeant major, speak to junior enlisted service members at an awards breakfast aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. The breakfast was held at the house of Brig. Gen. David Ottignon’s, commanding general of 1st MLG, and honored the dedication shown by the service members who were present.
MLG leaders host awards breakfast for exemplary Marines and sailors
Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan Patawaran, the command master chief of 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, the 1st MLG sergeant major, speak to junior enlisted service members at an awards breakfast aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. The breakfast was held at the house of Brig. Gen. David Ottignon’s, commanding general of 1st MLG, and honored the dedication shown by the service members who were present.
Marines and Sailors prepare for the 2015 Orange County Veteran’s Day Stand Down Opening Ceremony on Oct. 23 inside Hangar No. 2 aboard former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin. From Oct. 23 to 25, Hangar No. 2, measuring 1,072 feet long, 292 feet wide, and 192 feet tall, filled with hundreds of tables, stands, and people prepared to provide veterans in attendance with an abundance of resources and basic social services.
Honoring Service Through Service: A Veterans Day Manifesto
Marines and Sailors prepare for the 2015 Orange County Veteran’s Day Stand Down Opening Ceremony on Oct. 23 inside Hangar No. 2 aboard former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin. From Oct. 23 to 25, Hangar No. 2, measuring 1,072 feet long, 292 feet wide, and 192 feet tall, filled with hundreds of tables, stands, and people prepared to provide veterans in attendance with an abundance of resources and basic social services.
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force detonate a charge while practicing explosive breach during the Urban Leaders Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 30. Prior to the breach, the front man shielded the Marines from the explosion in order to prevent injury from the debris.
Bringing knowledge to new urban leaders
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force detonate a charge while practicing explosive breach during the Urban Leaders Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 30. Prior to the breach, the front man shielded the Marines from the explosion in order to prevent injury from the debris.
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Lt. Col. Eric J. Penrod and Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Weeks led their Marines on a nine-mile hike through the Juliet Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. The unit hike brought Marines together in order to boost morale, maintain physical fitness and collect canned goods for local charities. The canned goods collected from the Marines were donated to the Women’s Resource Center and Brother Benno’s organizations in Oceanside, Calif. The organizations’ mission is to help those less fortunate in the community. The Marines are with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, aboard MCB Camp Pendleton. Penrod is the commanding officer and Weeks is the sergeant major of the battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Hiking to help those in need
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Lt. Col. Eric J. Penrod and Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Weeks led their Marines on a nine-mile hike through the Juliet Training Area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. The unit hike brought Marines together in order to boost morale, maintain physical fitness and collect canned goods for local charities. The canned goods collected from the Marines were donated to the Women’s Resource Center and Brother Benno’s organizations in Oceanside, Calif. The organizations’ mission is to help those less fortunate in the community. The Marines are with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, aboard MCB Camp Pendleton. Penrod is the commanding officer and Weeks is the sergeant major of the battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero)
Lance Cpl. Alexander Sieck, a Greenville, Calif., and data network specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, remains vigilant on a patrol during the certification portion of the Basic Combat Skills Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. BCSC serves as a refamiliarization course for non-infantry Marines, teaching the fundamental skills needed to operate in a deployed environment.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devan K. Gowans/Released)
Combat Skilled, Combat Ready
Lance Cpl. Alexander Sieck, a Greenville, Calif., and data network specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, remains vigilant on a patrol during the certification portion of the Basic Combat Skills Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2015. BCSC serves as a refamiliarization course for non-infantry Marines, teaching the fundamental skills needed to operate in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Devan K. Gowans/Released)
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, hike up Engineer Hill on their way to conduct land navigation as part of the Basic Combat Skills Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 16, 2015. Hiking and patrolling serve as an integral part of BCSC, which allows the Marines to integrate tactical communication and the countering of improvised explosive devices. The culminating event of the course takes place on the final day of the week and incorporates explosive counter measures, enemy contact drills and room clearing in small team elements.
A step in the right direction
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, hike up Engineer Hill on their way to conduct land navigation as part of the Basic Combat Skills Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 16, 2015. Hiking and patrolling serve as an integral part of BCSC, which allows the Marines to integrate tactical communication and the countering of improvised explosive devices. The culminating event of the course takes place on the final day of the week and incorporates explosive counter measures, enemy contact drills and room clearing in small team elements.
Photos of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, are displayed in front of an F/A-18C Hornet during a memorial ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Maj. Sareen remembered during memorial aboard MCAS Miramar
Photos of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, are displayed in front of an F/A-18C Hornet during a memorial ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Lt. Col. Jerry Estell, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, speaks during a memorial ceremony in honor of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with VMFA-232, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Maj. Sareen remembered during memorial aboard MCAS Miramar
Lt. Col. Jerry Estell, commanding officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, speaks during a memorial ceremony in honor of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with VMFA-232, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. Maj. Michael Walton, sergeant major of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, salutes the battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with VMFA-232, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Maj. Sareen remembered during memorial aboard MCAS Miramar
Sgt. Maj. Michael Walton, sergeant major of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, salutes the battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of Maj. Taj Sareen, a pilot with VMFA-232, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 13. Sareen died on Oct. 21 when his jet crashed during his return flight following a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force--Crisis Response--Central Command, fire a M252A2 81 mm mortar system during a live-fire training mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Oct. 24, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to maintain proficiency while also expanding their knowledge on the new weapons system.  These Marines are supporting Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, which has 65 coalition partners who are committed to the goals of eliminating the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
US Marines get hands on with new mortar system
U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force--Crisis Response--Central Command, fire a M252A2 81 mm mortar system during a live-fire training mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Oct. 24, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to maintain proficiency while also expanding their knowledge on the new weapons system. These Marines are supporting Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, which has 65 coalition partners who are committed to the goals of eliminating the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sergeant Major Darryl Sisneros, sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, prepares to address his Marines during a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Sergeant Major Darryl Sisneros, sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, prepares to address his Marines during a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group stand at attention before a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group stand at attention before a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group perform warm-up exercises before a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group perform warm-up exercises before a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group stretch in formation after completing a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group stretch in formation after completing a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
Lieutenant General David H. Berger (right), Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, congratulates the Marines of I MEF Headquarters Group as they finish a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Lieutenant General David H. Berger (right), Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, congratulates the Marines of I MEF Headquarters Group as they finish a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. More than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated in the run.
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group begin a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. The run was led by Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated.
240th Marine Corps Birthday motivational run
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group begin a motivational run celebrating the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. The motivational run is a I MHG tradition that commences the morning of the Marine Corps ball and serves to reaffirm every Marine’s sense of honor, courage and commitment. The run was led by Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors participated.
Captain Elliot Parks is congratulated by Col. Roberta L. Shea during the I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015. During his time, Parks commanded more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors.
Parks relinquishes command of MHG
Captain Elliot Parks is congratulated by Col. Roberta L. Shea during the I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015. During his time, Parks commanded more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors.
Marines learn how to build a raft made out of bamboo during a training exercise in Namosi Province, Fiji, Oct. 14. Marines trained with members of the Republic of Fiji Military Force.
KOA MOANA completes jungle training in Fiji
Marines learn how to build a raft made out of bamboo during a training exercise in Namosi Province, Fiji, Oct. 14. Marines trained with members of the Republic of Fiji Military Force.
Cpl. Renatto Aguilar, administrative clerk for KOA MOANA 15-3, takes a break after hiking in the jungle during a training exercise in Namosi Province, Fiji, Oct. 13. Marines also helped build up the local communities during the evolution.
KOA MOANA completes jungle training in Fiji
Cpl. Renatto Aguilar, administrative clerk for KOA MOANA 15-3, takes a break after hiking in the jungle during a training exercise in Namosi Province, Fiji, Oct. 13. Marines also helped build up the local communities during the evolution.
Lt. Col. Demetrius Bolduc, commanding officer for Koa Moana 15-3, prepares Tahitian food during a cultural event in Tahiti, Oct. 1. Marines also shared warfighting techniques and tactics during the training evolution with French forces.
Koa Moana 15-3 Marines conduct training exercise in Tahiti
Lt. Col. Demetrius Bolduc, commanding officer for Koa Moana 15-3, prepares Tahitian food during a cultural event in Tahiti, Oct. 1. Marines also shared warfighting techniques and tactics during the training evolution with French forces.
Marines and their military working dogs  with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, explore the deck of a Landing Craft Air Cushion before searching for explosives on the beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2015. Exposing dog teams to working with different equipment and scenarios enhances their skills across a range of secuirty threats in support of Marine Air Ground Task Force operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Marine dog teams sniff out trouble
Marines and their military working dogs with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, explore the deck of a Landing Craft Air Cushion before searching for explosives on the beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2015. Exposing dog teams to working with different equipment and scenarios enhances their skills across a range of secuirty threats in support of Marine Air Ground Task Force operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel)
Students of Combat Logistics Battalion 1 Corporals Course find points on a map and determine their relative direction during a land-navigation exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2015. The first CLB-1 Corporals Course class is scheduled to graduate Oct. 30, and is designed to help noncommissioned officers learn new leadership techniques.
NCOs find their way at CLB-1 Corporals Course
Students of Combat Logistics Battalion 1 Corporals Course find points on a map and determine their relative direction during a land-navigation exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2015. The first CLB-1 Corporals Course class is scheduled to graduate Oct. 30, and is designed to help noncommissioned officers learn new leadership techniques.
Cpl. Ritchie Leal, a motor transport operator for Koa Moana 15-3, practices sword manual during Corporal's Course aboard the USNS Lewis and Clark, Sept. 12. Leal also serves as a messman for the exercise.
Marines graduate Corporal’s Course aboard USNS Lewis and Clark
Cpl. Ritchie Leal, a motor transport operator for Koa Moana 15-3, practices sword manual during Corporal's Course aboard the USNS Lewis and Clark, Sept. 12. Leal also serves as a messman for the exercise.
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