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Cpl. Joshua Villada, the assistant chief of Guns Platoon,

Cpl. Joshua Villada, the assistant chief of Guns Platoon,

Cpl. Joshua Villada, the assistant chief of Guns Platoon, Romeo Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, says good bye to his family aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune N.C., March 8... More

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 10 Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division scales a cliff face during mountaineering training while participating in Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training from Aug. 14 through Sept. 1... More

Corporal Gregory L. Cole, a Tampa, Fla., native and

Corporal Gregory L. Cole, a Tampa, Fla., native and

Corporal Gregory L. Cole, a Tampa, Fla., native and the current operations manager for the Combat Operations Center, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), is responsible for tracking all significant events that happen... More

An Iraqi army soldier repairs a broken window during

An Iraqi army soldier repairs a broken window during

An Iraqi army soldier repairs a broken window during a school clean-up by the Iraqi army and Company I of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, in the village of Al Tuzliyah, Iraq. The I... More

The Few, the Proud

The Few, the Proud

Wendell V. Perkins, a World War II veteran poses for a photo during a reunion of the 2nd Marine Division Association, recently in Reno, Nevada. Perkins served as a machine gunner for Company A, 1st Battalion, ... More

A combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion

A combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion

A combat engineer with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion attached to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment yells for Marines to stay on the white line, marking a safe area to run. The engineers held an esse... More

Runners cross the starting line during the Marine Corps

Runners cross the starting line during the Marine Corps

Runners cross the starting line during the Marine Corps Community Services’ Beirut Memorial 10K race aboard Camp Johnson, Oct. 9. Service members, families, retired military personnel, civilians and children p... More

Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd

Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd

Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, don the French fourragere on their service alpha uniforms, recently. The Marines of the 6th Marine Regiment wear the braided green rope on t... More

PATROL BASE JAKER, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

PATROL BASE JAKER, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

PATROL BASE JAKER, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Jon A. Rolfes, a team leader assigned to G Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrols through the area south of Patrol Base Jaker in Hel... More

Lt. Col. Daniel A. Schmitt, the battalion commander

Lt. Col. Daniel A. Schmitt, the battalion commander

Lt. Col. Daniel A. Schmitt, the battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, presents the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, the armed service’s fourth highest aw... More

Sergeant Maj. Michael D. Johns, battalion sergeant

Sergeant Maj. Michael D. Johns, battalion sergeant

Sergeant Maj. Michael D. Johns, battalion sergeant major for Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, ceremoniously receives the noncommissioned officer's sword from the unit's commanding officer, Col. Jame... More

Sailors with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st

Sailors with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st

Sailors with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, pull a simulated casualty from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for a casualty evacuation, recently. The corp... More

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, conduct a counter insurgency exercise aboard Fort Pickett, Va., recently. The Marines conducted the excercie as part of a ful... More

Navy Lt. Charles R. Ferguson, the chaplain for 1st

Navy Lt. Charles R. Ferguson, the chaplain for 1st

Navy Lt. Charles R. Ferguson, the chaplain for 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, speak to the non-commisioned officers of Headquarters and Service Company about warrior ethics. The progra... More

Marine Maintenance Chief deploys to Afghanistan

Marine Maintenance Chief deploys to Afghanistan

Maintenance Management Chief, Staff Sgt. Martha Avellanet, physically inspects a recently repaired Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle February 23. The Wauconda, Ill., native is taking over as the maintenan... More

FORT PICKETT, VA - Sgt. Charles R. McNeil (center),

FORT PICKETT, VA - Sgt. Charles R. McNeil (center),

FORT PICKETT, VA - Sgt. Charles R. McNeil (center), a squad leader with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, speaks to several squad leaders with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regimen... More

Navy Seaman Matthew A. Dishmon, a corpsman with 3rd

Navy Seaman Matthew A. Dishmon, a corpsman with 3rd

Navy Seaman Matthew A. Dishmon, a corpsman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, is congratulated by Sgt. Maj. Jim E. Lanham, the battalion’s sergeant major, after Dishmon was awarded th... More

A rifle detail prepares to give a 21-gun-salute to

A rifle detail prepares to give a 21-gun-salute to

A rifle detail prepares to give a 21-gun-salute to honor their fallen comrades, 14 Marines and one sailor, who died during their battalion's most recent deployment to Afghanistan. Marines and sailors of 2nd Bat... More

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion,

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion,

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, rehearse breaching drills during their week at MOUT Town, aboard Fort Pickett, Va., March 1. “We have to practic... More

Sailors must serve for at least one year in a Marine

Sailors must serve for at least one year in a Marine

Sailors must serve for at least one year in a Marine Corps command to qualify for the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer program and earn the insignia. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Marco Mancha)

Marines from the Color Guard march down the streets

Marines from the Color Guard march down the streets

Marines from the Color Guard march down the streets of New Orleans while supporting the 2nd Marine Division Band during their trip to Mardi Gras March 8. The parade, known as Zulu, was the final parade the band... More

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and 3rd

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and 3rd

Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, set up a hasty security checkpoint, March 9. The checkpoint would later be turned into a patrol base to support future ... More

Afghan uniformed police from Nawa practice magazine

Afghan uniformed police from Nawa practice magazine

Afghan uniformed police from Nawa practice magazine changes on their weapons while attending the Patrol Base Jaker AUP Academy in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The academy offers entry-level police training fo... More

Chicago native Sgt. Quinton King stands proudly holding

Chicago native Sgt. Quinton King stands proudly holding

Chicago native Sgt. Quinton King stands proudly holding the ranks that sat on his collar throughout his promising Marine Corps career. The adjutant non-commissioned officer in charge for the administration sec... More

Lt. Col. Kyle B. Ellison, the commanding officer of

Lt. Col. Kyle B. Ellison, the commanding officer of

Lt. Col. Kyle B. Ellison, the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, gives a lesson on Afghan culture to wives deployed Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2... More

Master Sgt. Russell J. Normandin, the communications

Master Sgt. Russell J. Normandin, the communications

Master Sgt. Russell J. Normandin, the communications chief for 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, talks about the Marine Corps with a videographer from the Golf Channel aboard Marine Corps... More

Sgt. Ricky Johnson, 24, an Assault Breacher Vehicle

Sgt. Ricky Johnson, 24, an Assault Breacher Vehicle

Sgt. Ricky Johnson, 24, an Assault Breacher Vehicle maintainer from Ganado, Ariz., repairs a wheel on an ABV, March 12. Marines with the ABV platoon, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion have had to work late nights i... More

An Assault Breacher Vehicle fires a mine clearing line

An Assault Breacher Vehicle fires a mine clearing line

An Assault Breacher Vehicle fires a mine clearing line charge during operation Rawhide, March 14. ABV's from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion launched MiCLC's to breach a path into a city used by enemy insurgents ... More

The 2nd Marine Division (Forward) color guard posts

The 2nd Marine Division (Forward) color guard posts

The 2nd Marine Division (Forward) color guard posts colors at the transfer of authority ceremony, March 15. Brig. Gen. Joseph Osterman, the commanding general for 1st MarDiv (Fwd), relinquished his command to B... More

Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine

Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine

Marines with Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force, prepare to board an MV-22 Osprey aboard one of the training fields around Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, to conduct a f... More

Marines of Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division,

Marines of Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division,

Marines of Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, play a game of trash ball, March 18, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Trash ball is an original game thought up by Sgt. Maj. Charlie D. Stanfor... More

Assisting in the shop

Assisting in the shop

Sgt. Samir Awadallah (right) leans over to assist one of the junior Marines working in his shop. The Berlin Center, Ohio, native is in charge of managing the Marines who maintain the communication and informat... More

Sgt. Jason T. Durkaj helps operate his amphibious assault

Sgt. Jason T. Durkaj helps operate his amphibious assault

Sgt. Jason T. Durkaj helps operate his amphibious assault vehicle during a training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 24. Durkaj is a section leader with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalio... More

An amphibious assault vehicle with Company E, Assault

An amphibious assault vehicle with Company E, Assault

An amphibious assault vehicle with Company E, Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, splashes into the waters of Onslow Beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 24. Six vehicles with... More

Franklin Grove, Ill., native Cpl. Kevin C. Danekas,

Franklin Grove, Ill., native Cpl. Kevin C. Danekas,

Franklin Grove, Ill., native Cpl. Kevin C. Danekas, right, assists his fellow Marines in installing a gate at the Regimental Combat Team 8 motor pool. Danekas is a general vehicle mechanic for Headquarters Comp... More

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Pellon, a saxophonist for the 2nd

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Pellon, a saxophonist for the 2nd

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Pellon, a saxophonist for the 2nd Marine Division Band, orchestrates fellow band members through a ceremonial piece aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 22. Pellon has made the ... More

Cpl. Christopher Conley, a crew chief with 2nd Assault

Cpl. Christopher Conley, a crew chief with 2nd Assault

Cpl. Christopher Conley, a crew chief with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, poses with the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Medal during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery March 25... More

Cpl. Joshua E. Berryhill oversees one Afghan National

Cpl. Joshua E. Berryhill oversees one Afghan National

Cpl. Joshua E. Berryhill oversees one Afghan National Army soldiers demonstrating the proper way to mark a possible Improvised Explosive Device threat to his peers. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native is an IED lan... More

Dalton, Ga., native Cpl. Matthew T. Williams (left)

Dalton, Ga., native Cpl. Matthew T. Williams (left)

Dalton, Ga., native Cpl. Matthew T. Williams (left) explains some of the things to look for when selecting material for a project. The heavy equipment operator with Company C, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, has... More

Staff Sgt. Garrett Cheatum (front) shakes hands with

Staff Sgt. Garrett Cheatum (front) shakes hands with

Staff Sgt. Garrett Cheatum (front) shakes hands with Marines of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, after being promoted to staff sergeant April 2. The Niceville, Fla., native is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal... More

Cpl. Jarrod Knorr interacts with Afghan children at

Cpl. Jarrod Knorr interacts with Afghan children at

Cpl. Jarrod Knorr interacts with Afghan children at the Marjah District Center, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 3. The 22-year-old Adrian, Mich., native is a vehicle commander for the Personal Security Det... More

Cpl. Tevin Johnson, a Mansfield, Ohio, native and a

Cpl. Tevin Johnson, a Mansfield, Ohio, native and a

Cpl. Tevin Johnson, a Mansfield, Ohio, native and a motor tranportation operator, 3rd Battalion, 8th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), poses for a photo on top of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicl... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Afghan Local Police (ALP) graduates march on stage to receive their certificates and patches during a graduation ceremony. After three weeks of tra... More

Sarber, Pa., native Cpl. William Betush (center) and

Sarber, Pa., native Cpl. William Betush (center) and

Sarber, Pa., native Cpl. William Betush (center) and his interpreter talk with Afghan National Army soldiers about the plans for class that day. Betush is one of two Marine instructors giving a course on vehicl... More

Staff Sgt. Maximo Veliz, the Personal Security Detachment

Staff Sgt. Maximo Veliz, the Personal Security Detachment

Staff Sgt. Maximo Veliz, the Personal Security Detachment commander for 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, provides security for his team while they park their vehicles during a movement through Marjah Distric... More

Lance Cpl. Terrance Babin, left, New Orleans native,

Lance Cpl. Terrance Babin, left, New Orleans native,

Lance Cpl. Terrance Babin, left, New Orleans native, and Cpl. Xavier Williams, a native of Houston, work together to bundle up razor wire near the district center in Delaram. Marines with the Police Advisor Tea... More

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a field during a clearing mission April 9. Marines wit... More

Cpl. Matthew Morales, the non-commissioned officer

Cpl. Matthew Morales, the non-commissioned officer

Cpl. Matthew Morales, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Landing Zone, Forward Operating Base Geronimo, directs a forklift while arranging incoming supplies. Morales is stationed with Combat Logistic... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Sgt. Tony Jago, a Rushsylvania, Ohio, native and the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Information Management Office, delivered two ... More

New York resident Pfc. Norberto Ariza tightens the

New York resident Pfc. Norberto Ariza tightens the

New York resident Pfc. Norberto Ariza tightens the strap atop a truck bed holding a damaged mine roller April 14. Ariza is a motor transport operator with Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division (Forward)... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Terry Chapel and Ralph Perkuhn, volunteers with Steak Team Mission, grill appetizers while preparing to serve a home-cooked meal for the Mar... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Gunnery Sgt. Christopher McDougal, the lead instructor of a battalion MCMAP course, demonstrates the proper technique for tapping out durin... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Cpl. Jonathan Booth, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native stops to observe the area on a recent security patrol in southern Helmand province. Howev... More

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion roll out on a mission recently. Marines with 2nd LAR Battalion used similar veh... More

Texas Marine Earns Marine of the Quarter

Texas Marine Earns Marine of the Quarter

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Ivan Salinas, a McAllen, Texas, native, stands in front of a map of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, April 18. The 20-year-ol... More

Michigan Native Fights Past Obstacles, Discovers Career

Michigan Native Fights Past Obstacles, Discovers Career

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Staff Sgt. Michael Price (right), Benton Harbor, Mich., native, takes time to talk with a junior Marine during a break. The casualty watch staff non-commissio... More

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Hutchinson, Minn., native Cpl. John Lamecker responds to a call over the radio during an overwatch mission April 22. The communicati... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Kearny, Ariz., native Cpl. Matthew E. Jenkins is an intelligence specialist for 2nd Marine Division (Forward), collecting information about ... More

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE JAKER, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Pomona, Calif., native Cpl. Oscar Llamas surveys a building with a collapsed roof in Nawa, Helmand province. The building was planned to ... More

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines unwind and play a friendly game of cards while listening to music after a hard day’s work. This scene is a common nightly ri... More

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic

COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Brandon Chisholm pulls hard on a wrench to remove a track pad. The Abbot, Maine, native is a tank operator with 1st Tank ... More

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, help unload water and food from a combat vehicle. The Combined Anti-Armor Teams with the ... More

Sniper Platoon Keeps Cool Under Fire

Sniper Platoon Keeps Cool Under Fire

Marines with the Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, have accomplished a great deal in northern Marjah. The platoon has provided critical support to the battalion by providing long-range fire on... More

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Tulsa, Okla., native Cpl. Daniel Blesi points out the projected route for the interpreter near the base April 27. Blesi is a squad leader ... More

Marines Keep Watch From Afar

Marines Keep Watch From Afar

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - The Marines watched as the dust flitted across the barren dirt road. They looked on with interest as a truck drove past them ... More

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

PATROL BASE SHARK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A small child curiously peaks around the corner as Marines patrol through the local area outside the base. Marines in Company L, 3rd Battal... More

Swansboro, N.C., native Cpl. Phillip Coutts stands

Swansboro, N.C., native Cpl. Phillip Coutts stands

Swansboro, N.C., native Cpl. Phillip Coutts stands at attention as his superiors remove his corporal chevrons to make way for his new sergeant chevrons. Coutts was meritoriously promoted to sergeant while on hi... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Tony Palomo of Winnfield, La., stands in front of a small memorial of fallen Marines with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company... More

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A small formation

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A small formation

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A small formation stands at parade rest just before the 2nd Marine Division Band plays the Star Spangled Banner, May 13, 2011. The monument honors the Marines of Force Re... More

Buffalo Marine Leads Recon Through Danger Zone

Buffalo Marine Leads Recon Through Danger Zone

PATROL BASE ALCATRAZ, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Buffalo, N.Y., native Cpl. Jebediah Stevens stands beside B Company’s flag. The reconnaissance Marine with B Company, 2nd Reconnaissan... More

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of

CAMP DWYER, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan —Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion look at the estimated 1,200-1,500 lbs. of desert sand compacted on top of a Light Armored V... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -Burkburnett, Texas, native Lance Cpl. Christopher Stutz is currently on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Stutz first visited a Marine r... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Lieutenant Col. Jonathan Hitesman, the 2nd Marine Division (Forward) staff judge advocate, answers another Marine’s legal questions. He’s b... More

KHAN NESHIN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of

KHAN NESHIN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of

KHAN NESHIN, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Willy Pete takes a moment to rest during a patrol with the Marines of Company D, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division ... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Broadview Heights, Ohio native, 2nd Lt. John Suschak performs warm-up curls as he prepares to take on his physical training regiment. The lo... More

WASHIR, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WASHIR, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WASHIR, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Two Husky mine detection vehicles scan Route 612 toward the village of Washir. The Marines with Route Clearance Platoon, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion... More

WASHIR, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WASHIR, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WASHIR, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A Marine with Route Clearance Platoon, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion drives his Husky mine detection vehicle and scans Route 612 for improvised explos... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – A linguist interprets a conversation between 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment commanding officer Lt. Col. Tyler Zagurski, a... More

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A patrolman

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A patrolman

NAWA DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – A patrolman with the Afghan Uniform Police stands guard outside a refurbished precinct. He is one of several AUP patrolmen who eat, sleep, and work alongside Marin... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Milwaukee, Wis., native, Maj. Steve Shultz, lifts a bar over his head in preparation for his final set of shoulder presses. The member of th... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Andrew Fuller of Germantown, Md., and Cpl. Samuel Penaloza of Centerville, Va., work on a broken down generator. T... More

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A portrait

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A portrait

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A portrait sketched by Lance Cpl. Rob Bates shows a scene from one of his deployments to Afghanistan. Bates, a rifleman by trade and now a combat illustrator, has recentl... More

San Jose Native Carries Orders From Frontlines

San Jose Native Carries Orders From Frontlines

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Sergeant Enrique Hurtado, the contracting open purchase request noncommissioned officer for Regimental Combat Team-1, reviews a request for ... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- Fallsington, Penn., native Maj. Kevin Bicking completes his daily tasks on the computer. The family man always keeps his six-month-old son’... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Infantry Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, patrol through an Afghan farm field. These Marines must wear the ballistic underw... More

Petty Officer 3rd Class Avery Alejandro, the preventative

Petty Officer 3rd Class Avery Alejandro, the preventative

Petty Officer 3rd Class Avery Alejandro, the preventative medicine specialist with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), evaluates a patient. Alejandro has been a corpsman f... More

WAZIRABAD, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WAZIRABAD, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

WAZIRABAD, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A Marine takes an Afghan man’s picture during a recent operation as part of the routine identification process used to detect potential insurgents.... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan—A battlefield memorial is set up in memory of Pfc. Josue Ibarra. A ceremony was held June 28 in memory of Ibarra, a cannoneer with 2nd Battalion, ... More

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province,

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province,

FOWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBURGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan —Sgt. Christopher Gonzales, a Baltimore native, takes a drink from his hydration pack as he rests on a security patrol. Gonzales, the Civil Affairs... More

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan -

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan -

PATROL BASE MEHRAJ, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, patrol toward Observation Post Padlek. The Marines built the post with their combat shovels an... More

Willimasport, Ind., native Sgt. Thomas Marshall is

Willimasport, Ind., native Sgt. Thomas Marshall is

Willimasport, Ind., native Sgt. Thomas Marshall is a light armored vehicle mechanic with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward). He followed in his parents’ footsteps to becom... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — The four Marines who make up the Kajaki Civil Affairs Team take time for a group photograph. The CAT will spend the next six months laying the f... More

PATROL BASE TALIBJAN, Helmand province, Afghanistan

PATROL BASE TALIBJAN, Helmand province, Afghanistan

PATROL BASE TALIBJAN, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, render a salute during a memorial ceremony for Cpl. Michael C. Nolen of Spring Va... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan —Lance Cpl. Leo Ostrolencki, a Grandview, Mo., native, holds the end of the national ensign after it is taken down for the afternoon. Ostrolencki,... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Cpl. Israel W. Owens, a field artillery radar operator with 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, folds the United States national ensign. Owens ... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Second Lt. Daniel A. Ealy, a Moundsville, W.Va., native is the platoon commander for 3rd Platoon, Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regim... More

Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Helmand province,

Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Helmand province,

Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Cpl. Nicholas Lavery (left) of Akron, Ohio, refuels dozens of fuel cans during a convoy mission. He and the two other fuel drivers with the logi... More

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province,

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Olathe, Kan., native Lance Cpl. Daniel Korb works on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. The Motor Transport mechanic with 3rd Battalion... More

Pittsburgh native Zachary Beamer (center), an assaultman

Pittsburgh native Zachary Beamer (center), an assaultman

Pittsburgh native Zachary Beamer (center), an assaultman with the Personal Security Detachment of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, stands with members of the PSD, Shelton, Neb., native Cpl. Ryan Volf (left)... More

PATROL BASE MEIS, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

PATROL BASE MEIS, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

PATROL BASE MEIS, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Endicott, N.Y., native Lance Cpl. Zachary Reardon, a rifleman with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, poses for a photo and jokes with the Marines... More

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