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A Marine M60 tank crew discusses their strategy in an upcoming tank "battle" during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

An Army M60 main battle tank moves across the Mojave Desert during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

Marine PFC Michael F. Darche lifts his goggles after a successful tank assault against "opposition forces" during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

A Marine motorcycle scout leads a jeep patrol across the Mojave Desert during Exercise BRAVE SHIELD XVI

Some of what are many more than 29 palm trees in Twentynine Palms, California

Palm and other trees in Twenty-Nine Palms, California, which has many more than that number of palm trees

Some of the palms in 29 Palms, California

Two of what are many more than 29 palms in the desert community of Twenty-Nine Palms, California

Palm oasis at a spot called Mara provided sustenance for Native Americans and early settlers of the California high desert, Twentynine Palms, California

Cactus in the Joshua Tree National Forest near Twenty-nine Palms, California

An Army parachutist from 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces, Georgia, is the first soldier to land to participate in Operation GABLIN WATER. A Marine runs to give the soldier assistance

Brigadier General Harold G. Glasgow, First Lieutenant Sparks, and the family of Second Lieutenant Richard J. Matteson stand in front of the plaque mounted on the new counter intelligence (CIT) building at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The building was named in the memory of Matteson who died in the fire that destroyed the old CIT building

General Paul X. Kelley speaks with members of the press during a visit to the Marine Base

A switchboard (SB-22) operator establishes land line communications with the other units during a 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade exercise

Two Canadian test vehicles (Cougar and Grizzly) on loan to the Marine Corps, are used by the 3rd Tank Battalion during a 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade exercise

Marines of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, prepare to set-up camp around their M-60A1 tank. These men are a part of Operation CAX-4-81

During a break period on a 120-mile hike, LCPL Fred Spurlin, Combat Service Support Detachment 17, takes a quick nap while holding his M-16A1 rifle close. A total of 130 Marines are marching from Twentynine Palms to Camp Pendleton

Two Marines wear their field protective masks as they participate in a gas alert during a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare training exercise at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center

A Marine lieutenant colonel gives a briefing to members of one of his company during Operation CAX-1-2-82

An artillery gun team from Btry. C, 5th Bn., 10th Marines, prepares to fire their 105mm howitzer during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four combat ready Marines assault their objective by using live fire from their M-16A1 rifles and M-203 40mm grenade launchers mounted on their rifles. The Marines are a part of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines and are participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161) brings Marines of Company L into the area for Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Five M60A1 tanks move into position for an assault on a bunker during Operation CAX 1-2/82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine from Weapons Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, looks through the sight of the M-203 grenade launcher 40mm that is attached to his M-16A1 rifle. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82 held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Three combat-ready Marines prepare an M-60A1 machine gun for firing on range 410. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles are used to transport the infantry from place to place during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Commanders of two M60A1 tanks stop and check their locations during Operation CAX 1-2/82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Flight line crew members prepare a bomb-loaded A-6E Intruder aircraft for a mission during Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

One of the M-109 155mm self-propelled howitzers used by the 2nd Marine Division during Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A line of Marines from Co. B, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Div., walk toward an enemy position. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A Marine A-6A Intruder aircraft is directed to park next to another A-6A aircraft and behind two AV-8A Harrier aircraft during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter sits down in a cloud of dust. The helicopter is bringing Marines in to participate in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine, LCPL Williams, checks the scope of the M-151 jeep-mounted heavy anti-tank weapon (TOW) during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

In preparation for setting up the 105mm howitzer, LCPL Hodges digs a fire pit for his gun team. These Marines are participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

A combat-ready Marine, PFC Williams, prepares to fire the light anti-armor weapon (LAW) during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine fire team runs and hits the deck as they assault an enemy position. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Prior to firing, CPL Williams checks the sight on this 105mm howitzer gun for correct alignment. These Marines are participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

Combat-ready Marines from 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, fire the 105mm gun on their M-60A1 tank. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two combat ready fire teams debark an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle and assault a hill during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Two M60A1 tanks from the 2nd Marine Division, are on the move to their new objective. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2/82 held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Pilots from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161) use a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter to airlift a communications trailer to a command post. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

This Marine A-6A Intruder aircraft has just been loaded with bombs. The A-6A aircraft are flying missions in support of Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

An M-60A1 tank, with an earthmover on its front, travels at a moderate speed during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

While these two M-60A1 tank crews are on standby, they relax on the back of their tank. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two combat-ready Marines, an M-60A1 gunner and his assistant, are practice-firing the M-60A1 machine gun. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Three combat ready Marines of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, take up the firing position with their M-16A1 rifles and M-60A1 machine gun during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Two combat ready Marines are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are approaching their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

A combat-ready fire team from Co. C, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles, as they prepare to assault an enemy bunker. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A squad of combat-ready Marines debark a personnel tracked landing vehicle 7 (LVTP-7) and climb a hill as part of the assault phase during Operation CAX-1-2-82

An artillery gun team from Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, reload their 105mm howitzer during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Part of 3rd Plt., Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, debark an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle and prepare to assault their objective. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four Marines from Bravo Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles during an assault. This is a part of Operation CAX-1-2-82

This LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle is the command post for the Bravo command group and is traveling at a moderate speed during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Combat-ready Marines from Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, disembark an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle as they prepare to assault a hill during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine, armed with an M-16A1 rifle, is partly in the prone position as he and the rest of his fire team assault an enemy bunker. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two combat-ready Marines help a buddy who could possibly have a leg or foot wound using the two-man support carry. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier aircraft is on the runway waiting for clearance from the control tower. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A combat-ready Marine, LCPL Jones, armed with an M-16A1 rifle, is in the prone position behind a rock to shield his body from possible enemy fire. The Marine is a participant in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A close-up view of a combat-ready Marine (CPL Williams) as he uses a pair of binoculars to look at the next objective. The Marine is standing inside the turret of an M-60A1 tank. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

PFC James of the 2nd Marine Division, armed with an M-16A1 rifle, positions himself behind a boulder during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

An explosion is set off in front of an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during Operation CAX-1-2-82. The three Marines standing behind the LVTP-7 protect ears from the noise

A 105mm howitzer crew from Charlie Company, 1ST Battalion, 10th Marines, prepare for a fire mission. The company is participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

During Operation CAX-1-2-82, MGEN Alfred M. Gray Jr, commanding general, 2nd Marines Division, is briefed by the commanding officer of the 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, on the present situation

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are assaulting their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

An artillery gun team from Btry. C, 5th Bn., 10th Marines, fires their 105mm howitzer during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Three M60A1 tanks from 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, prepare to move to their new objective. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2/82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A Marine A-6A Intruder aircraft loaded with bombs, is given a last minute check prior to take-off. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A Marine A-6A Intruder aircraft is given the final check by a lineman and the crew chief prior to take-off during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

An LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle loaded with troops speeds across the desert during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two fire teams from Co. A,1ST Bn., 8th Marines, debark an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle and assault a hill during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Some members of Co. L, 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, move out and over a hill during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Many pieces of Marine Corps equipment such as M60A1 tanks, LVTC7 track landing vehicles, M109 155 mm self-propelled howitzers and M151 jeeps, are staged here during a commander's briefing. The equipment is being used in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Combat-ready LCPL Davis and other members of his fire team from Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, have just left an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle and are in the prone position, armed with M-16A1 rifles, on the crest of a hill. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

During Operation CAX-1-2-82, LCPL Jones of Hotel Company, 1ST Battalion, 10th Marines, prepares the rounds (ammunition) for his 105mm howitzer team

A combat-ready Marine, PFC Jones, fires his M-16A1 rifle from a prone position at a bunker during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

All of the combat-ready Marines in Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, get a chance to fire the M-60A1 machine gun on Range 190 during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two combat-ready Marines from Weapons Co., 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, armed with M-60A1 machine guns, man an observation post during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two combat-ready Marines are standing side-by-side as they prepare to fire the members of Co. B, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Div., participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Three members of the Combat Engineers Battalion are in the offensive position on a mountain during Operation CAX-1-2-82. They are equipped with a M-60A1 machine gun and M-16A1 rifles

Combat-ready engineers from the 2nd Marine Division, in an LVTP7 tracked landing vehicle, follow two M60A1 tanks. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2/82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Members of Co. M, 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, are on line in the prone position during assault on an enemy bunker. The assault took place during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161) bring troops in and airlift troops of Co. L, 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, out of Landing Zone Wilson (Range 410) during Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two 81mm mortar sections from Weapons Co., 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, prepare to fire during Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Combat-ready Marines from Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Div., disembark an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle to assault an enemy bunker on the beach. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

A squad of Marines from Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, disembark from an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle to begin an assault on objective Delta. This is part of Combined Arms Exercise 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

The 2nd Marine Division personnel take time out from their training in Operation CAX-1-2-82 and watch a show put on by the USO

A 105mm howitzer team from Btry. H, 1ST Bn., 10th Marines, stands by for the next fire mission. The battery is participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four combat ready Marines from Weapons Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles and an M-203 40mm grenade launcher attacked to the first rifle. The Marines are assaulting their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82

Four combat ready Marines assault their objective by using live fire from their M-16A1 rifles and M-203 40mm grenade launchers mounted on their rifles. The Marines are a part of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines and are participating in Operation CAX-1-2-82

Two Marine AV-8A Harrier aircraft prepare to take off from Wilson Field during Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

PVT Davis of Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, is the anchor man for his squad as they get back aboard an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle at the end of Operation CAX-1-2-82

A Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter prepares to pick up a huge crate of supplies for the resupply of Marines in the field. The resupply operation is a part of Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Combat-ready Marines in this 105mm howitzer section load the gun during a live fire mission. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Two Marines from Weapons Company prepare to fire their M-29 81mm mortar. The Marines are participating in Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

SGT Smith and CPL Davis assist a third Marine from Alpha Company, 1ST Battalion, 8th Marines, by using the two-man carry. This is part of their training in first-aid during Operation CAX-1-2-82

During Operation CAX-1-2-82, CPL Smith of Co. A, 1ST Bn., 8th Marines, moves into position to assault the objective

One of the Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters taking part in a vertical envelopment (infantry landing) is unloaded. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-To-Ground Combat Center

An AMTRAC (LVTP-7) that is used as a field mobile command center is moving very slowly as its crew communicates with other units. This is part of Operation CAX 1-2-82, held at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center

Three combat ready Marines from Co. K, 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines, are in the prone position with their M-16A1 rifles. They are awaiting word to move forward and assault their objective during Operation CAX-1-2-82