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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nicholas Pirrone, a reconnaissance

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nicholas Pirrone, a reconnaissance

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nicholas Pirrone, a reconnaissance Marine with 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division, loads magazines on Stone Bay, North Carolina, Aug. 26, 2020. 2d Recon conducted Close Quart... More

Marines with the 2nd Marine Division use a captured

Marines with the 2nd Marine Division use a captured

Marines with the 2nd Marine Division use a captured Japanese tank in Saipan in 1944. Navy photo

Marine artillerymen from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force fire their M-198 155mm howitzer in support of the opening of the ground offensive to free Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm

Marine artillerymen from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force fire their...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: J. R. Ruark Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milit... More

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment,

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment,

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assist with the clean-up after Hurricane Florence at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 19, 2018. Marines have assiste... More

A U.S. Marine with Charlie company, 1st Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with Charlie company, 1st Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with Charlie company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa, discuss a scheme of maneuver to Spanish Marines with 7th company, 2nd... More

Marines load onto an MV-22B Osprey aboard USS Iwo Jima

Marines load onto an MV-22B Osprey aboard USS Iwo Jima

Marines load onto an MV-22B Osprey aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Nov. 29, 2018. The Ospreys are returning to their home station after successfully completing exercise Trident Juncture 18 in Iceland and Norway Oct... More

Official logo 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion

Official logo 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status... More

181006-N-XP344-2034 BALTIMORE (Oct. 6, 2018) Marines

181006-N-XP344-2034 BALTIMORE (Oct. 6, 2018) Marines

181006-N-XP344-2034 BALTIMORE (Oct. 6, 2018) Marines assigned to 2nd Marine Division describe precision guided missiles to Scout Pack 478 during a ship tour aboard the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landin... 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

Chad Shannon, quarterback/coach for the 2nd Marine

Chad Shannon, quarterback/coach for the 2nd Marine

Chad Shannon, quarterback/coach for the 2nd Marine Division Warriors, gets rid of the ball before being tackled by Eagles defenders at the all-purpose athletic field in front of the Naval Health Clinic, Oct. 5.

2nd MarDiv Previews Fight in Helmand Province

2nd MarDiv Previews Fight in Helmand Province

Col. Kenneth M. Detreux, the operations officer of 2nd Marine Division forward, visits the Afghan National Security forces compound in Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Oct. 12. Detreux said mentoring ANSF is one of t... More

Chief Petty Officer Robert Davis, assigned to 2nd Battalion,

Chief Petty Officer Robert Davis, assigned to 2nd Battalion,

Chief Petty Officer Robert Davis, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, holds an infant that was brought to the Afghan National Army medical outreach in Marjah, Afghanistan, to receive a physical exam... 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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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. 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

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

U.S. Marine, Lance Cpl. Alberto Vazquez, from Combat

U.S. Marine, Lance Cpl. Alberto Vazquez, from Combat

U.S. Marine, Lance Cpl. Alberto Vazquez, from Combat Camera, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, stands during a security holt in northern Marjah, Afghanistan on Apirl 5. Vazquez was documenting Civil Affairs M... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Evaristo Gonzalez with

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Evaristo Gonzalez with

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Evaristo Gonzalez with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, scans nearby areas while on a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, April ... 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

Hanahan, SC native recognized, awarded for being 2nd Marine Division’s Marine of the Year

Hanahan, SC native recognized, awarded for being 2nd Marine Division’s...

Hanahan, S.C., native and Hanahan High School class of 2007 graduate, Marine Sgt. Ricky T. Bergman, a communications technician, was presented with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Marine Corps Trai... 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

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

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 - 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

An Afghan boy gives a thumbs up during a shura on Patrol

An Afghan boy gives a thumbs up during a shura on Patrol

An Afghan boy gives a thumbs up during a shura on Patrol Base Fulod in Sangin, Afghanistan, May 3, 2011. The children were waiting outside while village elders met with Lt. Col. Thomas Savage, battalion command... 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

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

An Afghan boy watches as U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion,

An Afghan boy watches as U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion,

An Afghan boy watches as U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, patrol past him in Sangin, Afghanistan, May 15, 2011. The Marines are patrolling to an over watch position,where ... 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

A little bit of shade

A little bit of shade

COMBAT OUTPOST CASTLE, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- A young girl hides from the sun as she watches U.S. Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion patrol the area of Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, M... 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

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

U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion walk

U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion walk

U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion walk from one compound to the next aboard Patrol Base Alcatraz in Sangin, Afghanistan, June 29, 2011. With the large open areas and possible enemy contact, Marines... 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

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 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

NY native Navy corpsman reflects on 9/11

NY native Navy corpsman reflects on 9/11

Northport, Long Island, N.Y., native Seaman Darryl St. George, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, was a student at Marymount Manhattan College when the World Trade Center was attacked Sept. 11,... More

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (second from left), commanding

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (second from left), commanding

Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan (second from left), commanding general of Regional Command Southwest and II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), salutes as coalition forces officially transferred responsibility for s... More

Need a lift?, Afghanistan

Need a lift?, Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jeff Liddic (left) and Lance Cpl. Thelonious Riddick (right), escort Hayatullah, a 7-year-old Afghan boy, back to his village on a V-22 Osprey Aug. 2, 2011. Hayatullah was injured a... More

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Brewster, N.Y., native Pfc. Lance Longchamps sifts through his toolbox before working on a vehicle. Longchamps is one of eight mechanics responsible for... More

SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - An explosion

SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - An explosion

SHUKVANI, Helmand province, Afghanistan - An explosion rocks the ground in the Ladar Bazaar after a line charge is detonated. Second Combat Engineer Battalion leveled the marketplace to clear it of Improvised E... More

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Marines with Alpha Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), work on a tank part which allows the main gun to fully traverse. The ... More

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks sit parked under an Afghan sunset. Tankers with Alpha Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, regularly perform overwatch missions... More

U.S. Marines with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company,

U.S. Marines with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company,

U.S. Marines with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, conduct a security patrol out of Patrol Base Fulod in Sangin, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2011. Marine... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan --

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan -- Clear Lake, Iowa native Gunnery Sgt. Chad Trebil, the 2nd Marine Division (Forward) intelligence section operations chief, uses a rowing machine aboard Camp Le... More

Detroit native Lance Cpl. Alexander H. Brown helps

Detroit native Lance Cpl. Alexander H. Brown helps

Detroit native Lance Cpl. Alexander H. Brown helps to keep the Marines of Kilo Company motivated while on deployment by showing them how to focus on the positive parts of deployment. Brown, an assaultman with 3... More

Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan Uniformed

Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan Uniformed

Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan Uniformed Police joined Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, recently at a feast held by local leader Mohammad Razul. “Nothing could give a ... More

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Afghan Army soldiers walk through the streets of Marjah during a recent patrol. The ANA has set up new security checkpoints since last year which have made t... More

Belmont, Calif., native Sgt. Roberto Rayon, a squad

Belmont, Calif., native Sgt. Roberto Rayon, a squad

Belmont, Calif., native Sgt. Roberto Rayon, a squad leader with Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, speaks to village elders during a recent patrol. Afghan National Army soldiers and He... More

Sterling Heights, Mich., native Pfc. Robert A. Weimer

Sterling Heights, Mich., native Pfc. Robert A. Weimer

Sterling Heights, Mich., native Pfc. Robert A. Weimer suffered two heat-related injuries in the Afghan heat. He is no longer able to perform his duties as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, but... More

Wesson, Miss., native, Pfc. Caleb Broome, a machine

Wesson, Miss., native, Pfc. Caleb Broome, a machine

Wesson, Miss., native, Pfc. Caleb Broome, a machine gunner with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, helps stack care packages. The packages, once divided by section, will be delivered to indi... More

Cpl. Toney G. Watkins, a Davison, Mich., native, watches

Cpl. Toney G. Watkins, a Davison, Mich., native, watches

Cpl. Toney G. Watkins, a Davison, Mich., native, watches Lance Cpl. Kyle N. Hudson, a Belleview, Fla., native, as he sorts through spare wires recently while cleaning and organizing gear. The two communication... More

Cincinnati native Cpl. Clint Sahadi, a team leader

Cincinnati native Cpl. Clint Sahadi, a team leader

Cincinnati native Cpl. Clint Sahadi, a team leader with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, observes Afghan National Army soldiers as they patrol through Eastern Marjah. Only two Marines, acting ... More

Beaver Lake, Neb., native Cpl. Kristopher Kidd carries

Beaver Lake, Neb., native Cpl. Kristopher Kidd carries

Beaver Lake, Neb., native Cpl. Kristopher Kidd carries out a box of trash bags from a storage container. The supply warehouse noncommissioned officer with the Supply Section for Headquarters Battalion (Forward)... More

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle is staged

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle is staged

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle is staged outside the exterior wall of a patrol base for Bravo Company’s mobile unit to respond quickly when needed. The Marines of “Bad Mobile,” as they are called, ma... More

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Sgt. Tony L. Jago of Rushsylvania, Ohio is the assistant operations chief for the Operations Section of 2nd Marine Division (Forward). The 29-year-old is entrus... More

Seattle Marine trades desert uniform for scrubs

Seattle Marine trades desert uniform for scrubs

Corporal Gabriela Diaz of Seattle is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the warehouse chief for Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward). She has spent the last seven months managing millions of ... More

Lexington, Ky., native Cpl. Levi Carroll (left), a

Lexington, Ky., native Cpl. Levi Carroll (left), a

Lexington, Ky., native Cpl. Levi Carroll (left), a company clerk, and Ewing, N.J., native Cpl. Abdelbasset Jibbou, an administration clerk, both with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward)... More

Tennessee native finds adventure where the rubber meets the road

Tennessee native finds adventure where the rubber meets the road

Gallatin, Tenn., native Maj. Corey Collier is responsible for monitoring the operations of all service members within the division’s 25,000 square mile area of operations. Collier is the current operations offi... More

Cayey, Puerto Rico native Cpl. Alexis Lopez Alsina

Cayey, Puerto Rico native Cpl. Alexis Lopez Alsina

Cayey, Puerto Rico native Cpl. Alexis Lopez Alsina realized he wanted to join the Marine Corps in 2001. Lopez Alsina played soccer throughout high school and gave up the opportunity to play for the University o... More

Lance Cpl. Matthew T. Earle, a Manassas, Va., native

Lance Cpl. Matthew T. Earle, a Manassas, Va., native

Lance Cpl. Matthew T. Earle, a Manassas, Va., native and an assaultman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, returned to Marjah less than a year after he was shot in the side during an insurge... More

Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division

Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division

Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), prepare to fly an American flag Sept. 11 in remembrance of 9/11. The unit flew 50 flags at its headquarters that day to facilitate requests fr... More

An Afghan boy enjoys the playground of his new school

An Afghan boy enjoys the playground of his new school

An Afghan boy enjoys the playground of his new school in central Marjah. The Balakino School is one of many schools that have opened in the district within the past month.

Sergeant Christopher Holmstrom of Newnan, Ga., scans

Sergeant Christopher Holmstrom of Newnan, Ga., scans

Sergeant Christopher Holmstrom of Newnan, Ga., scans the area while on a convoy patrol. The Light Armored Vehicle mechanic with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion has been on dozens of convoy missions s... More

Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Stearrett, a Tazewell, Tenn.,

Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Stearrett, a Tazewell, Tenn.,

Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Stearrett, a Tazewell, Tenn., native and a motorman team leader with India Company, is on his second deployment in Marjah. He volunteered to return less than one year after his last deploym... More

M777 howitzers lie in wait at the end of another day,

M777 howitzers lie in wait at the end of another day,

M777 howitzers lie in wait at the end of another day, ready to send rounds down range at any moment. The artillerymen of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, are always on call. They live feet ... More

Tacoma, Wash., native Sgt. Mario Powers, a legal

Tacoma, Wash., native Sgt. Mario Powers, a legal

Tacoma, Wash., native Sgt. Mario Powers, a legal noncommissioned officer with 2nd Marine Division (Forward), does lateral raises at the gym. “I try and create my own workouts, and on my days off I do cardio,” s... More

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, work together to assemble a .50-caliber machine ... More

Stockton, Calif., native Lance Cpl. Joseph D. Ramirez,

Stockton, Calif., native Lance Cpl. Joseph D. Ramirez,

Stockton, Calif., native Lance Cpl. Joseph D. Ramirez, a rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, patrols through a field. The 19-year-old is a graduate of Manteca High School... More

Sergeant Paul Bushnell, a 29-year-old infantryman assigned

Sergeant Paul Bushnell, a 29-year-old infantryman assigned

Sergeant Paul Bushnell, a 29-year-old infantryman assigned as a Sergeant of the Guard with the base defense and operations center, poses in front the Regimental Combat Team 5 command post here, Nov. 3. Bushnell... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Doherty, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Doherty, a 20-year-old

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Edward Doherty, a 20-year-old native of Weymouth, Mass., and infantryman with Charlie Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, cuts a piece of cake from the 236th Marine Corps... More

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Steven Thomas, a platoon commander

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Steven Thomas, a platoon commander

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Steven Thomas, a platoon commander with Alpha Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1 and 25-year-old native of Lancaster, Calif., explains the importance of their project to a local here, Nov... More

Marines with 1st Battalion,9th Marine Regiment, clean

Marines with 1st Battalion,9th Marine Regiment, clean

Marines with 1st Battalion,9th Marine Regiment, clean their vehicles after arriving at Patrol Base Kharaman. The abandoned mansion turned into an outpost provided Marines a place to lay their heads as they fini... More

Desert training continues at Enhanced Mojave Viper: Marines collect biometrics evidence

Desert training continues at Enhanced Mojave Viper: Marines collect bi...

Lance Cpl. Mary C. McKenna (center) uses a HIDE system to document the iris of man displaying suspicious behavior here Nov. 18. The data would be entered into a biometrics database used to identify insurgents a... More

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion,

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Robert J. Powell, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Police Advisory Team staff non-commissioned officer in charge and native of Watertown, N.Y., assesses a target with an Afghan Local Po... More

A local citizen carries a bag of grain given to him

A local citizen carries a bag of grain given to him

A local citizen carries a bag of grain given to him by Afghan National Army soldiers following a shura, or meeting, held outside Patrol Base Transformer in the Upper Sangin Valley. District government officials... More

Marzia Dawlatzai, a linguist with Female Engagement

Marzia Dawlatzai, a linguist with Female Engagement

Marzia Dawlatzai, a linguist with Female Engagement Team 13, currently in support of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and native of Phoenix, speaks to a student during a class at Ekra Elemen... More

U.S. Marines from Military Police Company, Headquarters

U.S. Marines from Military Police Company, Headquarters

U.S. Marines from Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division kicks out a fire sparked during a live fire machine gun shoot aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 2, 2011. The training exercis... More

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th

An Afghan National Army soldier with 1st Brigade, 215th Corps Route Clearance Company sweeps a road for improvised explosive devices during a route clearance mission here, Dec. 12. The Afghan soldiers have take... More

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose R. Perez is a corpsman with the Regimental Combat Team 5 regimental aid station, in charge of casualty tracking operations here. Whether it’s getting them back to the fron... More

Corporal Brandy Bates, a member of Female Engagement

Corporal Brandy Bates, a member of Female Engagement

Corporal Brandy Bates, a member of Female Engagement Team 8, and a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., plays with a group of children on the sidelines of a soccer match played by Marines, interpreters and Afghan Nation... More

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd platoon, 1st

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd platoon, 1st

An Afghan National Army soldier with 2nd platoon, 1st Tolai, 3rd Kandak, searches vegetation near a local compound in eastern Marjah in August. Security in Marjah has improved greatly in the past two years sinc... More

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