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Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Anderson and AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Gonzales from Detachment 75, 6th Weather Squadron, Special Operations, prepare to release a weather balloon to check the winds during Exercise CABANAS '86

AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Gonzales from Detachment 75, 6th Weather Squadron, Special Operations, uses a theodolite to track a weather balloon during Exercise CABANAS '86

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air top front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Members of Detachment 2 (Special Operations), 1722nd Combat Control Squadron prepare for a flight during Exercise COBRA GOLD'87

A member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) looks out from the open batch of an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

An AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) comes ashore during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) cross the desert in an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

A member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) looks out from the hatch of an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle as he takes part in maneuvers during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) charge across the desert during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined servcice exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) move out across the desert during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, shakes hands with Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), after he presented her with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, presents the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service to Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, poses with Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), for an official photograph after he presented her with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) charge out of an AAVP-7A1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Timothy G. Connolly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict

Portrait of DoD Mr. Timothy G. Conolly, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, (U.S Army photo by Mr. James E. Jackson) (Released) (PC-192171)

Two U.S. Air Force MH-53J combat search and rescue helicopters from the 20th Special Operations based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. are spotted on elevator #2 on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) during the joint special operations Fleet Exercise 2-94

United States Air Force Combat Controllers deployed from the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, compete against other combat control teams in the grueling obstacle course during the annual mobility competition, RODEO '94 held at McChord Air Force Base, Washington

US Air Force Airmen from the 16th Security Police Squadron (SPS) at Hurlburt Field, FL, take part in the16th Special Operations Wing Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), responding to a mock terrorist hostage situation. The Policemen ware protective body armor and are armed with 9mm M9 Beretta pistols and one carries the 5.56mm colt M4 carbine rifle

A sniper from the 16th Special Operations Wing (SOW) Security Police Squadron observes a mock terrorist during the 16th SOW Operational Readiness Inspection at Hurlburt Field, Florida

Members of the 16th Aerial Transportation Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, pull, push and haul equipment onto both C-141 Starlifter and C-5 Galaxy cargo aircrafts in preparation for the 16th Special Operations Wing's (SOW) deployment to Jacksonville, Florida. Thus beginning the second and most critical phase of the 16th SOW Operational Readiness Inspection

At the Evacuation Control Center, a Marine searches and screens evacuees prior to movement from the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, to the USS Nassau during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of U. S. citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

An American child awaits the evacuation flight from the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, to the USS Nassau during Operation SILVER WAKE. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

A CH-46E "Sea Knight" helicopter lifts out of the evacuation site at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, on its way to the USS Nassau during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) (Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

A 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) CH-53E "Super Stallion" lifts off to transport American citizens from Tirana, Albania, to the USS Nassau. 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

American citizens buckle into a CH-46E "Sea Knight" helicopter from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) for transport out of Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

American citizens are escorted to a CH-46E "Sea Knight" helicopter by a 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) Marine, during Operation SILVER WAKE. 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Sergeant David Smith, a Military Policeman assigned to the 26th MEU (SOC) (Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)), escorts a woman and her child towards a waiting helicopter during Operation SILVER WAKE. 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Michael Skinton and LCPL Christopher Hinebaugh, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) man a rooftop post at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Marines from Charlie Company, 1ST Batttalion, 8th Marines, fill sandbags to reinforce defensive positions inside the compound at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Lance Corporal Binh Tran, 3rd Platoon, "B" Co., Battalion Landing Team 1/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) maintains his watch at post alongside the embassy housing complex in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Corporal Nathan Church, 3rd Platoon, "B" Co, Battalion Landing Team 1/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), sits with fixed bayonet on his M16A2 assault rifle behind a sandbagged defense position in the US Embassy housing complex in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

A Fast Attack Vehicle Crew from "B" Co., Battalion Landing Team 1/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), provides heavy weapons support with an M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun for security at the US Embassy housing complex in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Armed with an M16A2, Corporal James Kendrick, Command Element, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), provides the communications link from ship to shore for ground commanders during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th MEU (SOC) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Sergeant Kevin Clifton, Evacuation Control Center team member and Platoon Sergeant for MSSG-26's Landing Force Shore Party Platoon, stands by with his M16A2 assault rifle to provide security for an incoming helicopter near the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

A CH-53 "Super Stallion", from HMM-365, the 26th MEU's Avaition Combat Element, lands at the evacuation site inside the compound at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

Lance Corporal Eric Davis (l), armed with an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and Corporal Jason Greer, with an M16A2 with attached M203 40mm Grenade Launcher, from 2nd Platoon, "C" Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/8, provide security for the northern section of the US Embassy housing complex in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) was called upon to perform a NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) of US citizens that desired to leave Albania, due to the current civil strife

SMSGT Paul Miller (left) and SSGT Ishmael Antonio (right), assigned to 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, check out their equipment prior to ascending to the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak

SMSGT Paul Miller, a pararescueman assigned to 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, configures equipment prior to ascending to the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak

SSGT Ishmael Antonio (right, with climbing gear), a pararescueman assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, leans against the UH-1N helicopter and stretches before his initial reconnaissance of the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak. A helicopter crewmember walks by in his flight suit

SSGT Keith Severance (left) and SSGT Ishmael Antonio (right), pararescuemen assigned to 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, configure their equipment prior to ascending to the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak

Members of the civilian media document the pararescuemen from the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico as they load equipment from a Jeep into the UH-1N helicopter in preparation for their initial reconnaissance of the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak. The helicopter belongs to the Army's High Altitude Training Squadron

A sound technician from a civilian press records sounds as SSGT Keith Severance loads equipment he needs to ascend to the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak. Severance is a pararescueman assigned to 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Members of the military and civilian media with video cameras document the necessary preparations required before ascending to the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak by pararescuemen like SSGT Ishmael Antonio (right) who is assigned to 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Pararescuemen SSGT Ishmael Antonio (center), assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is assisted through the floor opening of a CH-47 helicopter by one of the crewmembers just prior to being lowered to the A-10 crash site. The CH-47, which increases productivity of the A-10 recovery effort, belongs to Detachment 1, Company G, 140th Aviation, Nevada Army National Guard

Pararescuemen SSGT Ishmael Antonio (center) and SMSGT Paul Miller (right), both assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, practice hoisting procedures prior to taking off for the A-10 crash site near Gold Dust Peak in a CH-47. The helicopter, belonging to Detachment 1, Company G, 140th Aviation, Nevada Army National Guard, will increase productivity of the A-10 recovery effort

Pararescueman SSGT Keith Severance, assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is lowered from a CH-47 to the A-10 crash site. The CH-47, which increases productivity of the A-10 recovery effort, belongs to Detachment 1, Company G, 140th Aviation, Nevada Army National Guard

Civil Engineer, STAFF SGT. Todd Hoffman assigned to the 31st Expeditionary Air Base Squadron works overtime to maintain a Skilsaw. San Vito AS, which was officially closed in October 1994, is used to support troops deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and aircrews monitoring a no-fly zone above that volatile country. The 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, England and the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. comprise most of the joint task force. Exact Date Shot Unknown . Published in AIRMAN Magazine November 1997

Air Force translator SENIOR MASTER SGT. Eddie Alicea talks to Italian LT. Antonio Tursi during a small open house at San Vito Air Station. San Vito AS, which was officially closed in October 1994, is used to support troops deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and aircrews monitoring a no-fly zone above that volatile country. The 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, England and the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. comprise most of the joint task force. Exact Date Shot Unknown . Published in AIRMAN Magazine November 1997

AIRMAN 1ST Class Caleb Ware (right) and AIRMAN 1ST Class Bradley Miller both with the 31st Expeditionary Air Base Squadron unload munitions at San Vito Air Station. San Vito AS, which was officially closed in October 1994, is used to support troops deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and aircrews monitoring a no-fly zone above that volatile country. The 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, England and the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. comprise most of the joint task force. Exact Date Shot Unknown . Published in AIRMAN Magazine November 1997

STAFF SGT. Thomas Stark inspects propeller blades on an MH-53 Pave Low at San Vito Air Station. San Vito AS, which was officially closed in October 1994, is used to support troops deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and aircrews monitoring a no-fly zone above that volatile country. The 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, England and the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. comprise most of the joint task force. Exact Date Shot Unknown . Published in AIRMAN Magazine November 1997

TECH. SGT. Jeff Haynes (right) and AIRMAN 1ST Class Kathleen Teal-Serrano plot a Bosnian flight with French CAPT. Daniel Arnaud and SGT Therry Saludas at San Vito Air Station. San Vito AS, which was officially closed in October 1994, is used to support troops deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and aircrews monitoring a no-fly zone above that volatile country. The 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, England and the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. France's Armee de L'Air (air force) and a few U.S. soldiers and sailors comprise most of the joint task force. Exact Date Shot Unknown . Published in AIRMAN Magazine November 1997

An MH-53J PAVE LOW III helicopter assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing, which supported President Clinton's visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, sits on the flight line near Air Force One

US Marines, Special Operations Capable, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GUAM (LPH 9) receive weapons training, on the M2 HB (Heavy Barrel).50 caliber heavy machine gun, while the ship moves closer to the Persian Gulf. The GUAM deployed to the gulf as part of an increased military presence in response to a US Central Command (US CENTCOM) request for additional forces, 10 February 1998

Special Operations Capable Marines from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS GUAM (LPH 9) conduct Fast Rope training in the hangar bay. GUAM is in transit to the Persian Gulf in response to a U.S. Central Command request for an increased military presence in the region under Operation Southern Watch

Captain (CPT) John Delapp, a pilot with the 16th Airlift Squadron, gazes through a pair of night-vision goggles while landing his C-141 Starlifter on a blacked out runway, during Special Operations training

US Marine Corps Sergeant Christian Boles and US Marine Corps Lance Corporal's Raymond J. Thomas, Robert D. Waltz and Donny Solano from company "B" 1/3, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), pause during a security patrol to check their position during exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1. (Substandard image)

As the sun sets over the Australian coast, USS VINCENNES (CA 44) (left) is fueled up by USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). The RAS (Refueling At Sea) took place as the ships of the Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group, embarked with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), traveled to Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia to participate in exercise VALIANT USHER 98-1, a combined exercise with the Australian Defense Force

Marines from Company B, 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), give a class on the characteristics and capabilities of an M240G medium machine gun to a group of local media. The media was on-hand for VALIANT USHER 98-1, a live-fire, combined-arms exercise recently conducted in Australia

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Randy Dobbins, senior medical officer attached to the 16th Special Operations Wing (SOW), Hurlbert Field, Florida, simulates a crushed leg by applying a special makeup to United States Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Alan Cunningham, an Airborne Radio Operator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Randy Dobbins, senior medical officer attached to the 16th Special Operations Wing (SOW) and Major (MAJ) Carol Vaughan-Evans, an Australian Special Air Service Regiment medical officer, simulate a chin laceration by applying a special makeup to US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Blaine Holman, with the 8th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Hurlbert Field, Florida, at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH 1998

A Marine from the 1ST Battalion 5th Marines calls for medical and evacuation assistance after finding a wounded Navy corpsman during a week of Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

A Navy medical corpsman cares for a downed Marine pilot during Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

Marines from the 1ST Battalion 5th Marines protect their wounded in a 360-degree fashion during a week of training evolution with the Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) force

Warriors from the 1ST Battalion 5th Marines extract a wounded victim from a Nuclear Warfare situation during a week of training evolution with the Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) force

Marines and Navy Corpsman practice evacuating casualties via the United States Navy Assault Crash Unit-5, during a week of Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

Marines with the 1ST Combat Engineers Battalion regroup all three of their Assault Amphibian Vehicle Personnel Model 7A1 (AAVP7A1) after an intense amphibious assault at Red Beach, during a week of Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

Marines with the 1ST Combat Engineers Battalion maneuver their Assault Amphibian Vehicle Personnel Model 7A1 (AAVP7A1) over an enormous sand barrier during a week of Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

Marines and Navy Corpsman practice evacuating casualties via the United States Navy Assault Crash Unit-5, during a week of Special Operations Training Group (SOTG)

Hospital Corpsman Third Class (HM3) Jacob Davenport, US Navy, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), prepares to give an Anthrax vaccine shot to a US Marine deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) aboard USS BOXER (LHD-4) during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1. A second CH-46E is parked on flight deck

A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Reinforced) (HMM-364), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) takes off from the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) during routine flight operations. A CH-46E Sea Knight is parked on elevator. Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marine plane captains from the Air Combat Element (ACE) of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) preflight an AV-8B2 Harrier as it prepares to take off from the USS Kearsarge for the last time. Kearsarge is enroute to the U.S. after a six month Mediterranean deployment

Hospital Corpsman Third Class (MH3) Chris Lugo, US NAVY (USN), assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) gathers vital information from a Kenyan man during humanitarian assistance operations conducted during Operation EDGE MALLET at Mombassa, Kenya

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Dan Sewell, Military Policeman (MP), Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group (SSG) 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), stands guard duty at the base camp at the Udari Range during Exercise Eager Mace 99-1 during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. LCPL is armed with a 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle. (SUBSTANDARD)

Dangling from a US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), SPIErig (Special Insertion Extraction rigging) in from a Helicast as part of the ongoing training to maintain readiness during WEST PAC 99-1. (SUBSTANDARD)

An AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), the Air Combat Element (ACE) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), lands aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) during the ACE fly on in preparation for Special Operations Capable qualification Exercise (SOCEX). The SOCEX training exercise prepares the MEU for special missions including humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, non-combatant evacuations, tactical recoveries of aircraft and personnel, amphibious raids, and show-of-force operations

An AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 (HMM-365), attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (26th MEU(SOC)) as the ocean's mist creates streaks in the air around the helicopters rotor blades as it lifts off the USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3)

During Operation AVID RESPONSE (OAR) Marine Corps Lance Corporal Phillip Bunch of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) teaches Turkish workers at the naval base in Topel, Turkey how to heat Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MRE) using water added to a crystalline heat pack to create a chemical reaction. The workers stand in front of some of more than 1000 tents they unloaded at the storage site. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town of Izmit. Turkish officials estimate about 600,000 people are homeless

The last of the U.S. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) working with the Turkish government on earthquake relief during operation AVID RESPONSE (OAR), board a waiting CH-53E helicopter at Topel, Turkey, taking them back to the waiting Kearsarge Amphibious Readiness Group on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999. The ARG sailed out of the Sea of Marmara to resume its patrol duties in the Mediterranean, after a short ceremony turning the earthquake relief equipment and supplies over to the government of Turkey. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town...

During Operation AVID RESPONSE (OAR), Lance Corporal Jeremy S. Demarco tests the purity of water that has just been run through a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) in Degirmendere, Turkey. These Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), (MEU(SOC)), are helping provide water to victims of the August 17 earthquake here. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town of Izmit. Turkish officials estimate about 600,000 people are homeless

The Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) sits by the shore providing 6000 gallons of fresh water a day to the citizens of Degirmendere, Turkey. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) during Operation AVID RESPONSE (OAR) are helping provide water to victims of the August 17 earthquake here. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town of Izmit. Turkish officials estimate about 600,000 people are homeless

Engineers from MEU Service Support Group-26 (MSSG-26), during Operation AVID RESPONSE (OAR), prepare a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) for the process of filtering fresh drinking water for the people of Degirmendere, Turkey. These Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), (MEU(SOC)), are helping provide water to victims of the August 17 earthquake. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town of Izmit. Turkish officials estimate about 600,000 people are homeless

Resembling giant water balloons, these 3000 gallon water bags hold purified water for the citizens of Degirmendere, Turkey. During Operation AVID RESPONSE, Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) ,(MEU(SOC)), are helping provide water to victims of the August 17 earthquake here. OAR is the US European Command contribution to relief efforts following the earthquake that struck about 65 miles east of Istanbul near the town of Izmit. Turkish officials estimate about 600,000 people are homeless

The beach head at Cape Ince is the scene of a mock amphibious assault. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15) are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

Marines from 1ST Platoon, Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, silently approach the beach in the twilight at dusk.Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15), are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

CAPE INCE, TURKEY (September 11, 1999)--Marines from Lima Company, Battalion landing Team 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, rush from a British Hellcat, Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) and storm their objective. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) ((MEU(SOC)), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15), are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

Utilizing rubber raider craft, Marines from 1ST Platoon, Lima Company, Battalion landing Team, 3rd Battlaion, 8th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), silently approach the beach in the twilight at dusk. Marines from the 26th MEU (SOC), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15), are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

Trusting in British pilots in their Westland Sea King MK4 Helocopter, Marines from Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, practice helicopter extract drills. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15), are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

British Royal Marine Sergeant Nobby Hall, standing in front of a Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), from 539th Assault Squadron explains British assault procedures to United States Marines. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), embarked aboard the USS PONCE (LPD-15), are participating in the NATO exercise, NORTHERN APPROACH, with British and Turkish forces

United Staes Marines from Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, ride an elevator into the vast hangar bay of the British amphibious assault ship HMS OCEAN (L12), during NORTHERN APPROACH, a NATO exercise.Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) are here in Turkey to participate in the NATO exercise with amphibious forces from the United Kingdom and host nation Turkey

Using the M16A2 rifle and an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), Marines from 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, return fire against an aggressor during NORTHERN APPROACH, a NATO exercise.Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) are here in Turkey to participate in the NATO exercise with amphibious forces from the United Kingdom and host nation Turkey

United States Marine and British Royal Marine commanders (With Enfield 5.56mm L85A1 Assault Rifle) discuss battlefield strategy during NORTHERN APPROACH, a NATO exercise. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) are here in Turkey to participate in the NATO exercise with amphibious forces from the United Kingdom and host nation Turkey