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Making a hill to cover a gun position. Salonika Campaign

A Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter airlifts a 105mm howitzer from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) to a gun position ashore during Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A. The 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) is also participating in the operation

Midshipmen from many colleges receive a briefing on the operation of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile at Gun Position 7. The midshipmen are on their Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) spring break and are touring Camp Pendleton. The TOW is an anti-tank, ground-to-ground and air-to-air guided weapons system used by the infantry

A member of the 8th Marines wearing protective clothing prepares to defend his camouflaged gun position during a gas attack drill. The Marine is armed with an M-16A1 rifle

SPEC. 4 John R. Smith, an ammo (ammunition) bearer for a 4.2-inch mortar section of the Combat Support Company, 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., carries a 107mm mortar round to his gun position. His unit is participating in a live-fire training exercise and an Army Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) at the U.S. Army`s Pohkuloa Training Area

Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1ST Battalion, 377th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, ram a high explosive round into their M-198 Howitzer gun at Gun Position 3, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, during Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise, Joint Task Force Exercise 98-1. (Substandard image)

M-198 155mm howitzers, hidden under camouflage netting, from B Battery, 1ST Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment (Air Assault), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, fire from gun position 3 during Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise, JTFX 98-1

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Shamari R. Bethancourt, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attaches the lanyard before plugging the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Aldo R. Avegnorivera, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, receives Fire Direction Commands to relay to Marines manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Several M107 155mm High Explosive Projectiles with fused adapter, are ready to fire from the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, are served morning chow in the field, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, make ready to ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, make ready to ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Sergeant (SGT), Lawrence C. Salcido, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, verifies the lay with a M1A1 GUNNER's Quadrant, in preparation to fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Lance Corporal (LCPL), Joseph T. Flamand, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, digs a fox hole for his tripod mounted M-240G Automatic Machine Gun. He provides a defensive position for the M-198 155mm Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, ram a High Explosive M107 Round into the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Mount Fuji, Japan provides a scenic background for Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area of a nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, await the firing order on the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot (g), designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer. Marines at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan, are part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Tall grass and camouflage netting make excellent concealment as US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division fire the M198 155mm Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Shamari R. Bethancourt, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attaches the lanyard before plugging the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Enrique J. Cruz, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, looks through the M137 Panoramic Telescope while manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A close up view of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Enrique J. Cruz, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, as he looks through the M137 Panoramic Telescope while manning the M198 155mm Howitzer, at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, attend morning mass at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, set up camouflage netting over their M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

Members of the Japanese media photograph the M107 155mm High Explosive Projectiles, as US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, get ready to fire the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer at Gun Position 10, East Camp Fuji, Japan. The training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A close up of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Travis Bach, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as he cleans his 240G 7.62mm machine gun, located at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL), Charles Greer (right) and Private First Class (PFC), Aaron Colling, from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, man their 240G 7.62mm Machine Gun located at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. Training Area during the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A US Marine from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, is given assistance with his Mission- Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, perform Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear drill at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, participate in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear training, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, use the buddy system during Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear training, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, march out the birthday cake, during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A well camouflaged bunker position at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. Part of 3D Marine Division unit's, nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines Corps STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Summer O. Fields, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, serves cake to his Marines during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines Corps Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John H. O'Hey 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, speaks to his Marines following a Marine Corps 225TH Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Charles Kell, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, lays inside his bunker position aiming the tripod mounted M240G Machine Gun. Part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan

US Marines Corps First Sergeant (1SGT) Michael B. Gray, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, cuts pieces of birthday cake for waiting marines during the Marine Corps 225th Birthday, cake cutting ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, retire the colors from the Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

A view from outside the bunker, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan, as US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL), Charles Kell, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, aims his tripod mounted M240G Machine Gun. Part of the unit's nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

US Marine Corps Captain (CPT), Lacy S. Scott passes the first piece of cake to First Sergeant (1SGT)Michael B Gray, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division, during the Marine Corps 225TH Birthday Ceremony, at Gun Position 99, East Camp Fuji, Japan. This training area is part of the units nine firing day relocation shoot, designed to enhance military occupational specialty proficiency within the artillery field

On the top deck of the USS TORTUGA (LSD-46) Dock Landing ship, United States Marine Corps (USMC), Corporal (CPL) Ryan L. Marshall from Meridian, Texas, a first squad leader with the third platoon, Company "E" Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) moves into a gun position with an FNMI 7.62 mm M240 Machine Gun

A ZPU-1 14.5mm heavy anti-aircraft gun position captured by US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducting patrols the streets of Umm Qasr, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Aubrey T. Wrenn (left) and USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Samuel Q. Westerberg, both assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), use a tank-bar to drive an awning stake, as they set up a cover for a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) James A. Kerr, F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) sets up aiming posts for a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), enjoy a meal of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) in the shade of their Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) truck at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), set up projectile rounds for their M198 155 mm towed howitzer under a tarp to protect them from the sun at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (Substandard image)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Victor B. Almanzar, Battery/F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), clowns for the camera holding the skeletal remains of a dogs head, as he pretends to be a man dying of thirst at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), set up projectile rounds for their M198 155 mm towed howitzer under a tarp to protect them from the sun at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Aaron R. Jacobs, F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) mans a Mark 19 Mod 3 40mm automatic grenade machine gun, mounted atop a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) truck at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A US Marine Corps (USMC) MK-23 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTRV) cargo truck is used to tow a M198 155mm towed howitzer, as Marines assigned to Battery/F, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), set up a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Jeffery M. Belz, an ammunition crewman, assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), unloads 155 mm shells and propellant from a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) truck at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), check the maximum elevation their M198 155 mm towed howitzer at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Jeffery M. Belz, an ammunition crewman, assigned to F/Battery, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), unloads 155 mm shells and propellant from a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) truck at a gun position in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The temperature affects the explosive properties of the charge, which in turn effects the distance the round will travel when ignited

A US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter engages an enemy anti-aircraft gun position with AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles, while providing close air support for Delta/Company, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1ST Marine Division, in Northern Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (Substandard image)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jason Weatherby (left), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and a Thai Royal Marine Officer get their bearings before firing a M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jason Weatherby (center), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and a Thai Royal Marine Officer get their bearings before firing M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jason Weatherby (center), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, checks bearing with a Thai Royal Marines before firing M198 155mm Howitzers during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

A Royal Thai Marine MASTER Sergeant (right) gives emplacement instructions to US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Scott Dobson, before firing M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Scott Dobson (right) along with three Royal Thai Marines verify the position of the M198 155mm Howitzer, during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines set up a M198 155mm Howitzer emplacement during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jason Weatherby (right), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and a Thai Royal Marine Officer get their bearings before firing M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines set up a M198 155mm Howitzer emplacement during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens (left) shows two Royal Thai Marines how to check and verify coordinates for the firing position of the M198 155mm Howitzer, during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines prepare to set up a M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines remove the tow arm from the transport truck, while setting up a M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Landon Simmons (background) S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines and a Royal Thai Marine dig an emplacement footing for the M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines practice loading procedures on the M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines load an artillery shell into the M198 155mm Howitzer during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, and Royal Thai Marines practice loading procedures on the M198 155mm Howitzer during a dry fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jason Weatherby (center), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, verifies aiming coordinates as a Royal Thai Marine closes the breech on a M198 155mm Howitzer during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Royal Thai Marines prepare to fire the M198 155mm Howitzer during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Major General (MGEN) Joseph F. Weber (foreground center), Commanding General, 3rd Marine Division, poses for a photograph with Royal Thai Marines and USMC Marines from S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, during the Generals visit to Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Major General (MGEN) Joseph F. Weber (left), Commanding General, 3rd Marine Division, greets a MASTER Sergeant from the Royal Thai Marines during the Generals visit with USMC Marines from S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Zach Campbell, assigned to Sierra/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, mans an M2HB 0.50 caliber machine gun, mounted atop a MK-23 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTRV) 7-ton cargo truck, while providing security during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Operation COBRA GOLD. The exercise is an annual multi-national training exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Scott Dobson, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, stands atop a M198 155mm Howitzer, while waiting for a fire mission during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Zach Campbell, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, mans a M2HB .50 caliber machine gun mounted atop a cargo truck, while providing security at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Keith Cochran (foreground), S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, performs a sight survey from a gun emplacement, as a Royal Thai Marine provides security at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003. Both Marines are armed with 5.56mm M16A2 rifles

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, hooks the lanyard to the firing pin of a M198 155mm Howitzer during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens (left) and USMC Corporal (CPL) Phillip Park, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, as they prepare to fire a M198 155mm Howitzer during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Scott Dobson, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, as he verifies the alignment of the M198 155 Howitzer during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing a close up view of the muzzle blast from a US Marine Corps (USMC) M198 155mm Howitzer operated by S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens (left) and USMC Corporal (CPL) Phillip Park, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, as they prepare to fire a M198 155mm Howitzer during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing a US Marine Corps (USMC) M198 155mm Howitzer operated by S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, as he pulls the lanyard of a M198 155mm Howitzer during a night live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

Light enhanced photography showing US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) John Paul Brisson, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, as he records firing information received from Fire Direction Control during a live night fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, fire the M198 155mm Howitzer, and launch a projectile towards its target, during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Stephens, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, clears the smoke from the bore of a M198 155mm Howitzer, during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, fire the M198 155mm Howitzer, and launch a projectile towards its target, during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Peter Ospina, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, verifies the alignment of the M198 155mm Howitzer, during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) Peter Tierno, S/Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, simulates pulling the lanyard on a M198 155mm Howitzer, during a live fire exercise at Gun Position 10, Pong Nam Ran, Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2003