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Marines in a M925A2 5-ton cargo truck from Alpha Battery, Camp Pendleton, California, pull a M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, Towed to its firing position to support the Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX) portion of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) 29 Palms. KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Marines use an M925A2 5-ton cargo truck from Alpha Battery, Camp Pendleton, California, to tow an M198 155mm Medium Howitzer to its firing position to support the Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX) portion of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) 29 Palms. KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

A M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, Towed, from Bravo Battery,1ST Battalion, 11th Marines fires rounds during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. The exercise largely taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton, is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Marine Lance Corporal Jason Talley (in truck) hands an illumination round for the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, Towed to Private First Class Nat Stone. Both members of B Battery/1ST Battalion are supporting Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. The exercise largely taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton, is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

US Marine Corps Lance Corpral Jeffery S. Henderson (left), and USMC Corpral Joseph V. Leaston (center) hold their ears as USMC Lance Corpral Leslie J. Payne pulls the lanyard of an M198 155mm Medium Howitzer firing a round down range during Operation STEEL KNIGHT 97'

US Marine Corps Lance Corpral Jeffery S. Henderson holds on to the "Hooks" during a 16 round Fire mission, using a M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, during Operation STEEL KNIGHT 97' at Camp Pendleton, California

Corporal John Studer prepares the sights while his gun team set an M198, 155mm Medium Howitzer. Studer is attached to Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment who is setting at Camp Montieth near Cernica, Kosovo. The Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are helping to enforce the implementation of the military technical agreement and to provide peace and stability to Kosovo during Operation JOINT GUARDIAN

Marines from Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment leave a staging area in Kosovo enroute to Camp Monteith, Forward Support Base, near Cernica, Kosovo. M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, Towed is pulled by M813 Cargo truck. The Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during Operation JOINT GUARDIAN are helping to enforce the implementation of the military technical agreement and to provide peace and stability to Kosovo

Marines from Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment dig in next to an M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, Towed, after arriving at Camp Montieth near Cernica, Kosovo. The Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during Operation JOINT GUARDIAN are helping to enforce the implementation of the military technical agreement and to provide peace and stability to Kosovo

US Marine Lance Corporal Derrick Banner from Battery "L", Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, First Marine Division checks his aiming point on the collimator of the M198 155 mm Medium Howitzer, Towed. The Marines use a combination of variable timed fuses and different powered charges including super 8, green, white, and red bag, also an assortment of 155mm rounds including high explosive, concrete piercing, white phosphorous, illumination, killer junior, beehive, anti-tank and anti-personnel rounds to create specific effects on target. The entire weapons system, which weighs 16,000 pounds, is manned by 7 men and a chief and can fire up to 30,000 meters (18.64 miles) using a rocket-assisted ...

US Marines of Third Battalion, Eleventh Marines, First Marine Division use a collimator as a primary aiming reference for the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, during the final exercise of COMBINED ARMS EXERCISE (CAX) 2-01 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) 29 Palms, California

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) William Diaz (right), Gun CHIEF, instructs his Marines on the proper procedures of the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer. SSGT Diaz is assigned to Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment (3/12), and is among the 390 Marines from the Okinawa-based 3/12 who are deployed to Camp Fuji to conduct live-fire artillery drills at the East Fuji Maneuver Area

Japanese contractors use a Kato KR35-3 35-ton crane to unload the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer. The M198 will be used by Marines from 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment for the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise in Ojojihara, Japan

A close-up view of the business end of the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer used by Marines from 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment for the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise in Ojojihara, Japan

An M198 155mm Medium Howitzer loaded onto a Japanese contractor flatbed truck for movement to the Ojojihara Maneuvering Area. The M198 will be used by Marines from 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment for the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise in Ojojihara, Japan

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Gary Reyes, USMC, 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment swabs the barrel of the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer after it was fired during the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise in Ojojihara, Japan

An M107 155mm High Explosive Projectile with an M739A1 Point Detonating (PD) Fuse in place, used by Marines from 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3D Battalion 12th Marine Regiment, when firing the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer. The 95-pound projectile rests on two man carrier used to move it to the Howitzer

Marines from 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment fire the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer during the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise in Ojojihara, Japan

Group shot of Marines [top left to right] Corporal (CPL) Shane Loftin, Lance Corporal (LCPL) James Lewis, Sergeant (SGT) Lee Bronco, CPL Hamilton, LCPL John Nagel, CPL Hall, [bottom left to right] LCPL Rene Venagas, LCPL Gary Reyes, CPL Shultz, and CPL Kieth Bradshaw. All are Artillery Cannoniers with the 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program to Romeo Battery 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment pose at the business end of the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer and a couple of M107 rounds for a section photo in the field during the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise

Corporal (CPL) Jennings, USMC, (left), GUNNER, and Lance Corporal (LCPL) Summersel, USMC, number one Cannonier, 5th Battalion 10th Marine Regiment on a Unit Deployment Program [UDP] to 3d Battalion 12th Marine Regiment, level the alignment bubbles before firing the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer during the OJOJIHARA ARTILLERY LIVE FIRE Exercise

US Marine (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) Brad Menhorn, Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, performing preventive maintenance on a M198 155mm Medium Howitzer at Camp Coyote, Kuwait during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Timothy Behrle (foreground), Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, joining sections of camouflage netting used to cover the M198 155mm Medium Howitzer, in the background, at Camp Coyote, Kuwait, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM