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One team, one fight: African-Americans in the Marine Corps

One team, one fight: African-Americans in the Marine Corps

Marines, following the rapid Japanese retreat northward on Okinawa, pause for a moment's rest at the base of a Japanese war memorial during the Battle of Okinawa, April 12, 1945. They are (on steps) Pfc. F. O. ... More

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169's

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169's

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169's outgoing commanding officer, Lt.Col. Joseph Lagoski, relinquishes command to Lt. Col. Everett M. Good during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air... More

The Breitling Jet Team performs during the 2016 MCAS

The Breitling Jet Team performs during the 2016 MCAS

The Breitling Jet Team performs during the 2016 MCAS Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Sept. 23. Breitling is a European team that performs aerobatic maneuvers in seven L-39C Alb... More

AL ASAD, Iraq (June 18, 2006) - Lance Cpl. Deek B.

AL ASAD, Iraq (June 18, 2006) - Lance Cpl. Deek B.

AL ASAD, Iraq (June 18, 2006) - Lance Cpl. Deek B. Beachman checks oil pressure on an EA-6B Prowler belonging to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine ... More

A piece of cake is cut and dished out during Chief

A piece of cake is cut and dished out during Chief

A piece of cake is cut and dished out during Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wayne H. Silva's 40th anniversary with the Marine Corps at Al Asad, Iraq, July 8. Silva is a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear d... More

Dressed in random uniforms and clothing as part of

Dressed in random uniforms and clothing as part of

Dressed in random uniforms and clothing as part of their maintenance day, 11 Marines pose as a group in front of their commanding officer's CH-53D Sea Stallion at Al Asad, Iraq, July 8. The 11 Marines are with ... More

Sgt. Maj. Don W. Gallagher swings to hit the ball at

Sgt. Maj. Don W. Gallagher swings to hit the ball at

Sgt. Maj. Don W. Gallagher swings to hit the ball at Al Asad, Iraq, July 10, during a softball game between the champions of softball league B, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38, and the runners up in soft... More

Maintenance Marines 'make it happen'

Maintenance Marines 'make it happen'

Lance Cpl. William T. Schultz, a CH-53E Super Stallion engine mechanic with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361, reassembles the wiring on a gear box on the flight line March 3, 2008. The flight line crew of ... More

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing prepare to leave the wire on the early morning of Jan. 31. MWSS-372 is in charge of entry control points, guard towers and interior securi... More

The Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey,

The Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey,

The Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey, which belongs to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, was involved in transporting and inserting members of the 27th Iraqi Infantry Brigade, 7th Iraqi Div... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion arrives on the flight line

A CH-53E Super Stallion arrives on the flight line

A CH-53E Super Stallion arrives on the flight line March 17, 2008 to transport supplies to the Marines at Combat Outpost Timberwolf. Because of the mountainous terrain surrounding the outpost, airlifting suppli... More

A Marine assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter

A Marine assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter

A Marine assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), test fires his weapon from his seat aboard a UH-1N Huey before an aerial-reconnaissance mission.

Four CH-53-E Super Stallions fuel up after completing

Four CH-53-E Super Stallions fuel up after completing

Four CH-53-E Super Stallions fuel up after completing missions at Al Asad Air Base April 5. The Super Stallions refuel after every mission insuring the aircrafts are ready to fly at a moment's notice.

Two MV-22 "Osprey" aircraft from Marine Tiltrotor Squadron

Two MV-22 "Osprey" aircraft from Marine Tiltrotor Squadron

Two MV-22 "Osprey" aircraft from Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 161 take off from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Feb. 12. Almost a dozen CH-53E "Super Stallion" aircraft preceded the Osprey aircraft as part of Th... More

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the commanding general of

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the commanding general of

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, pins a Distinguished Flying Cross to Maj. Tres Smith, a UH-1Y Huey pilot, who flew with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 3... More

The 3rd Low Altitutde Aerial Defense Battalion unveils

The 3rd Low Altitutde Aerial Defense Battalion unveils

The 3rd Low Altitutde Aerial Defense Battalion unveils a new “Wall of Warriors” at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27. The wall features 3rd LAAD Marines who’ve distinguished themselves valorously... More

Marines push one of Marine Heavy Helicopter 363's

Marines push one of Marine Heavy Helicopter 363's

Marines push one of Marine Heavy Helicopter 363's refurbished CH-53D helicopters on the flight line after rolling it out of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III. The squadron is now preparing to redeploy to Marine... More

Thousands of pounds of food and water bundled together

Thousands of pounds of food and water bundled together

Thousands of pounds of food and water bundled together hang underneath a CH-53D Sea Stallion July 27. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 used three helicopters to move 10,000 pounds of food and water to an ar... More

Lt. Col. Michael Moore, commanding officer of Marine

Lt. Col. Michael Moore, commanding officer of Marine

Lt. Col. Michael Moore, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, addresses the crowd during a memorial service Aug. 2 honoring two pilots who died in combat July 22. Maj. James "Weasel... More

Two CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter

Two CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter

Two CH-53E Super Stallions with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, the "Pinup," launch on an early morning mission Aug. 6. The Pinup recently arrived, replacing HMH-466 in a transfer of authority ceremony Au... More

Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of Regional

Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of Regional

Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, left, speaks with an AH-64 Apache pilot while touring the United Kingdom's Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) flight line here August... More

Master Sgt. Adrian Sena, the operations chief for 3rd

Master Sgt. Adrian Sena, the operations chief for 3rd

Master Sgt. Adrian Sena, the operations chief for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), right, tries to get a rear choke on Master Gunnery Sgt. Brad Brock, the communications chief for Marine Air Support Squadron... More

Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 Celebrates End of Summer

Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 Celebrates End of Summer

Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) pile their plates during a barbecue in the 3rd MAW (FWD) compound here Aug. 13. MWHS-3 hosted the barbecue to celebrate the e... More

Rags to Riches: How a Bronx Youth Transformed Into a U.S. Marine

Rags to Riches: How a Bronx Youth Transformed Into a U.S. Marine

Cpl. Randy Rivera, an intelligence analyst with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), poses for a photo in the 3rd MAW (FWD) compound here Aug. 13. Rivera was raised in the projects in Bronx, N.Y, which is arguab... More

Petty Officer 3rd Class Donte Veals, a corpsman with

Petty Officer 3rd Class Donte Veals, a corpsman with

Petty Officer 3rd Class Donte Veals, a corpsman with the 1st Marine Division (Forward)'s Personal Security Detachment, provides security at helicopter landing zone Barton as a CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine ... More

Sgts. Cory Neal and Vincent Laughlin, step brothers

Sgts. Cory Neal and Vincent Laughlin, step brothers

Sgts. Cory Neal and Vincent Laughlin, step brothers from Bronx, N.Y., are deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, together. Neal is serving with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)'s Personal Security Detachm... More

Pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron

Pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron

Pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), fire a 2.75-inch rocket from a rocket pod on their UH-1Y Huey while training on a range outside Camp Bastion, Sept. 3... More

Pfc. Cory Precher, a heavy equipment operator for Marine

Pfc. Cory Precher, a heavy equipment operator for Marine

Pfc. Cory Precher, a heavy equipment operator for Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), uses a road grater to mix thousands of pounds of concrete mix into the soil that will serv... More

The color guard from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The color guard from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The color guard from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), marches onto the flightline during their Transfer of Authority ceremony with VMU-... More

Career planner of the year award

Career planner of the year award

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, presents Sgt. Charles M. Zolotas, a career planner for the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Group-38, 3rd MAW,... More

Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Casey, a corpsman

Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Casey, a corpsman

Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Casey, a corpsman at the Flightline Aid Station, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, talks to Lance Cpl. Niki Brown, a CH-53D crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Ma... More

Brig. Gen. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr., the 3rd Marine

Brig. Gen. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr., the 3rd Marine

Brig. Gen. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr., the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) commanding general, awards five Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd MAW (Fwd), their combat aircrew wings at the fli... More

CH-53D crewmen earn combat aircrew wings

CH-53D crewmen earn combat aircrew wings

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) commanding general stands with the senior leadership of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd MAW (Fwd), and the five Marines who received their combat aircrew wings a... More

Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Band perform a medley

Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Band perform a medley

Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Band perform a medley of Christmas songs during the holiday concert held at the Living Sustainment Area 7 Chapel aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Dec. 21. The five-member b... More

First Lt. Russell W. Hromadka, a UH-1Y Huey pilot with

First Lt. Russell W. Hromadka, a UH-1Y Huey pilot with

First Lt. Russell W. Hromadka, a UH-1Y Huey pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), gives the commandant of Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, a demonstration ... More

A MH-60S from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 was

A MH-60S from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 was

A MH-60S from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 was one of the helicopters on display for the crowd during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Feb. 12.

Marines and sailors with the Aviation Logistics Department

Marines and sailors with the Aviation Logistics Department

Marines and sailors with the Aviation Logistics Department of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, hold up Valentine's cards and candy they received from the Poway, Calif., 4... More

Anthony Aranda, eight, discusses film with Danny Gokey,

Anthony Aranda, eight, discusses film with Danny Gokey,

Anthony Aranda, eight, discusses film with Danny Gokey, a former "American Idol" contestant, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar April 2. Gokey and fellow American Idol alumna Brooke White performed at the Bob ... More

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, has its first UH-1Y helicopter designated with the squadron's tail code, SE, on the tail boom, April 13. HMLA 469... More

U.S. Navy Commander Terry Stevenson with Marine Aviation

U.S. Navy Commander Terry Stevenson with Marine Aviation

U.S. Navy Commander Terry Stevenson with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, guides two Marines how to assist a pregnant woman during Humanitarian Assistance Training at Kiwanis Park, Yuma, Ariz., 1... More

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing signs a proclamation recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and declaring his support to eliminate the problem. Leader... More

Marines huff and puff to pull a humvee across a parking

Marines huff and puff to pull a humvee across a parking

Marines huff and puff to pull a humvee across a parking lot at the Bob Hope Theater May 26. Marines aboard Miramar spent the afternoon testing their fitness at various stations as part of their summer health, f... More

Col. Wayne R. Steele, officer in charge, general staff,

Col. Wayne R. Steele, officer in charge, general staff,

Col. Wayne R. Steele, officer in charge, general staff, 3rd Marine Air Wing was one of the many patrons that came out from the western region to support their regional food service team. The supporters got to a... More

Marines earned plaques and trophies for their overall

Marines earned plaques and trophies for their overall

Marines earned plaques and trophies for their overall and team scores at the 52nd Annual Interservice Pistol Championship awards banquet in Columbus, Ga., June 17. Twenty Marines from various shooting teams rep... More

Bright fireworks explode above Del Mar Resort aboard

Bright fireworks explode above Del Mar Resort aboard

Bright fireworks explode above Del Mar Resort aboard Camp Pendleton during an Independence Day celebration here July 4. Hundreds of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Camp Pendleton families visited the beach to part... More

Sgt. Benjamin Webdell, a Gary, Ind., native who serves

Sgt. Benjamin Webdell, a Gary, Ind., native who serves

Sgt. Benjamin Webdell, a Gary, Ind., native who serves as a heavy equipment operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, helps unroll a tent at San Diego High School, July 11. The Marines of MWSS-373 will pu... More

Naval Academy midshipmen prepare to board a CH-53E

Naval Academy midshipmen prepare to board a CH-53E

Naval Academy midshipmen prepare to board a CH-53E Super Stallion here July 13. The midshipmen are scheduled to spend a week experiencing the various aspects of Marine life, including hiking to firing ranges, r... More

Marines from squadrons under Marine Aircraft Group

Marines from squadrons under Marine Aircraft Group

Marines from squadrons under Marine Aircraft Group 16, start their engines before a three hour, round-trip group motorcycle ride here July 15. The Marines took curvy roads to a restaurant near Lake Henshaw for ... More

Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Marines transformed

Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Marines transformed

Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Marines transformed an athletic field at San Diego High School to house nearly 1,000 homeless veterans July 15. The squadron spent a week constructing tents for sleeping, dining... More

U.S. Navy Capt. Irving A. Elson, a chaplain for the

U.S. Navy Capt. Irving A. Elson, a chaplain for the

U.S. Navy Capt. Irving A. Elson, a chaplain for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and his son Jacob, 19, stand holding an Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund Flag at Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro. Their climb to Uhuru ... More

The KC-130J Harvest Hawk with Marine Aerial Refueler

The KC-130J Harvest Hawk with Marine Aerial Refueler

The KC-130J Harvest Hawk with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, prepares for touch down here July 22. The Harvest Hawk landed here after its nine month deployment to Afghanistan. Twelve Marines dep... More

Adamari Muniz, 10, sits with a service dog at the Defense

Adamari Muniz, 10, sits with a service dog at the Defense

Adamari Muniz, 10, sits with a service dog at the Defense Commissary Agency here July 29. Milk-Bone and the DCA will donate a dog to Adamari, who suffers from epilepsy. A service dog can alleviate many of the t... More

Sgt. Christina G. Thuman, the Marine Corps Air Station

Sgt. Christina G. Thuman, the Marine Corps Air Station

Sgt. Christina G. Thuman, the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Provost Marshal’s Office crime prevention non-commissioned officer in charge and an Earlville, Iowa, native, pins a special deputy badge on Amina, ... More

Guests select donated school supplies at the Headquarters

Guests select donated school supplies at the Headquarters

Guests select donated school supplies at the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Family Day here Aug. 5. Marines and their family members took the afternoon off to try their hands at rock climbing, flag foot... More

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 gets a big hug Aug. 6. The Marines with HMH-465 returned home from a six-month deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan. HMH–465 conducted operations from C... More

An Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting crewman extinguishes

An Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting crewman extinguishes

An Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting crewman extinguishes a simulated fire on a training aircraft here Aug. 15. The crewman, from Miramar station, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing ARFF, spent the afternoon rehe... More

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, shakes hands with Coast Guard Lt. Dave McCarthy, a MH-60T Jayhawk pilot, at Coast Guard Sector San Diego Aug. 18. Conant visited the Coa... More

An F/A-18C belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron

An F/A-18C belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron

An F/A-18C belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All-Weather) 225 sits on the flight line here. The squadron used this aircraft during training at Avon Park Air Force Range, Aug. 1 through 26.

Commanders welcome Howie Mandel

Commanders welcome Howie Mandel

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, right, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Col. Frank A. Richie, center, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, present Howie Mandel with an aviator jac... More

HMH-466 receive safety award

HMH-466 receive safety award

Col. Patrick Gramuglia, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 16, presents Lt. Col. Joseph K. Decapite, commanding officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, with the Chief of Naval Operations Aviat... More

Sgt. David Garcia, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack

Sgt. David Garcia, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack

Sgt. David Garcia, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 and Phoenix native, prepares a can of 7.62mm ammunition in flight above Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, C... More

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant prepares to fly his last AH-1W

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant prepares to fly his last AH-1W

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant prepares to fly his last AH-1W Super Cobra as the commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Sept. 22. Conant will relinquish command o... More

3rd MAW bids farewell to Maj. Gen. Conant

3rd MAW bids farewell to Maj. Gen. Conant

Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, former commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, thanks Marines, sailors and families in attendance of his change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Cali... More

Marines ‘throw down’ during MCMAP

Marines ‘throw down’ during MCMAP

Cpl. James Rader, an air control electronics operator with Marine Air Control Squadron 1 and Colorado Springs, Colo., native, performs the shoulder throw on Lance Cpl. Michael Hoxie, an air control electronics ... More

Marines move into place for air show

Marines move into place for air show

Marines from 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, move a Light Armored Vehicle into position on the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Sept. 28. The Marines here spent the days prior to th... More

A CH-53E prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard

A CH-53E prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard

A CH-53E prepares to land aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in preparation for Exercise Dawn Blitz Sept. 28, 2011. The CH-53E brought Marines of Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, 3rd Marine Air Wing and their gear f... More

Lance Cpl. Dylan Wolff, a chemical, biological, radiological

Lance Cpl. Dylan Wolff, a chemical, biological, radiological

Lance Cpl. Dylan Wolff, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist and a Manitowoc, Wisc., native, and Pfc. Alexis Satterwhite, a heavy equipment operator and a Downey, Calif., native, both wit... More

Several CH-46E Sea Knights from Marine Medium Helicopter

Several CH-46E Sea Knights from Marine Medium Helicopter

Several CH-46E Sea Knights from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163, ‘Evil Eyes,’ returned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after a seven-month deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit serving in... More

Sgt. Dante Collins, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance

Sgt. Dante Collins, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance

Sgt. Dante Collins, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and a San Diego native, guides a team member onto the fast rope during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration at the 2011 Marine Corps... More

An MV-22B Osprey helicopter takes part in the Marine

An MV-22B Osprey helicopter takes part in the Marine

An MV-22B Osprey helicopter takes part in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration during the 2011 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show Oct. 1 aboard MCAS Miramar. The MAGTF demonstrated the capabili... More

3rd MAW meets new CG

3rd MAW meets new CG

Maj. Gen. Andrew O’Donnell Jr., commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks to Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 16, MAG-11 and Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 during an introduction brief a... More

Maj. Jesse Sjoberg (left center), Marine Forces Central

Maj. Jesse Sjoberg (left center), Marine Forces Central

Maj. Jesse Sjoberg (left center), Marine Forces Central Command Forward, leads the way as Marines and sailors with Marine Forces Central Command Forward run alongside during a 65 mile run, Oct. 6-7, at Naval Su... More

A drill instructor races around a formation of spouses

A drill instructor races around a formation of spouses

A drill instructor races around a formation of spouses at the 2011 Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Jane Wayne Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 7. The recruit indoctrination was t... More

‘Janes’ learn to sound off

‘Janes’ learn to sound off

Staff Sgt. Ruben Acosta, an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting section leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and El Paso, Texas, native, motivates H&HS Jane Wayne Day participant Stephanie Douglas, ... More

VMM-165 ready for operational training

VMM-165 ready for operational training

An MV-22B Osprey sits on the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before a short ceremony officially beginning Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165’s operational training Oct. 14. The squadron re... More

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Chesler, an endodontist and

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Chesler, an endodontist and

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Chesler, an endodontist and a Minneapolis native, and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dean Fowler, a dental technician and a Honesdale, Pa., native, both with 13th Dental Company, perform a ... More

Marines mark 236th birthday

Marines mark 236th birthday

Col. Frank A. Richie, center, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, cuts the first slice of Marine Corps birthday cake as the air station and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing celebrated the Marine... More

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 present the colors, officially opening the squadron’s 50th anniversary ceremonies aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 10. The squadron... More

Tree lighting illuminates Miramar

Tree lighting illuminates Miramar

Col. Frank A. Richie, Santa Clause, Dr Seuss' The Grinch and Maj. Gen. Andrew O'Donnell Jr. prepare to light the tree during the annual tree lighting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., No... More

Last CH-46E flight before re-designation

Last CH-46E flight before re-designation

Lt. Col. Joseph Levreault, the commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 and a South Hadley, Mass., native, lands a CH-46E Sea Knight after a ceremonial final flight from Marine Corps Air Stat... More

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar sign

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar sign

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar sign in at the Summit for Children Worldwide Holiday with Heroes event Dec. 7 in Poway, Calif. This annual event pairs one of more than 50 Marines, sailors and poli... More

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of Representatives, People’s New Party for Okinawa district one, observes a pilot operating the MV-22B Osprey simulator aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif... More

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of

Mikio Shimoji, member of the Japanese House of Representatives, People’s New Party for Okinawa district one, boards an MV-22B Osprey for his first flight in the aircraft, Jan. 19. Japanese dignitaries visited t... More

Maj. Gen. Andrew O’Donnell Jr., commanding general

Maj. Gen. Andrew O’Donnell Jr., commanding general

Maj. Gen. Andrew O’Donnell Jr., commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, speaks with Shozo Azuma, member of the Japanese House of Representatives, Democratic Party of Japan, before Azuma’s first flight a... More

Aaron, son of Capt. David Coleman, a CH-53E pilot with

Aaron, son of Capt. David Coleman, a CH-53E pilot with

Aaron, son of Capt. David Coleman, a CH-53E pilot with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, checks the position of his sign during a welcome home celebration aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Fe... More

Cpl. Dawson Yeakel, a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band

Cpl. Dawson Yeakel, a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band

Cpl. Dawson Yeakel, a 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band musician, plays a bass drum during a band performance at Crown Point Junior Music Academy here, Feb. 24. The annual event was part of the academy’s “Music Fri... More

The sun sets as UH-1Y Huey crews with Marine Light

The sun sets as UH-1Y Huey crews with Marine Light

The sun sets as UH-1Y Huey crews with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, the “Gunfighters,” fly across the flight line on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, April 1. The Gunfighters continued combat operation... More

Sgt. Tom Debaker, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance

Sgt. Tom Debaker, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance

Sgt. Tom Debaker, a team leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), is one of the five Marines deployed to Afghanistan who qualified for the Asia Regional Finals of the CrossFit Wo... More

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine

Staff Sgt. Hugo Paniagua, an Aerial Observer with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 and Brooklyn, N.Y., native, helps Marines from Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, get seated as they boar... More

Sgt. David Garcia, a Crew Chief with Marine Light Attack

Sgt. David Garcia, a Crew Chief with Marine Light Attack

Sgt. David Garcia, a Crew Chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 and Glendale, Ariz., native, flies an American flag over Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 9, 2012. The helicopter is en route... More

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., air traffic

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., air traffic

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., air traffic control tower overlooks the base airfield and a sizeable portion of the air station. The Marines with air traffic control are responsible for seperating... More

Lance Cpl. Luis Bustillos (left), from San Diego, and

Lance Cpl. Luis Bustillos (left), from San Diego, and

Lance Cpl. Luis Bustillos (left), from San Diego, and Lance Cpl. Heather Armstrong, from Durant, Okla., landing support specialist Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward)... More

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines extinguish

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines extinguish

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines extinguish a fire during a training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 27. This training helps build unit morale and individual confidence.

Pride in country and Corps is displayed on a motorcycle

Pride in country and Corps is displayed on a motorcycle

Pride in country and Corps is displayed on a motorcycle ready to ride in a memorial ride starting on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., to Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif., May 3. The memor... More

Crew members with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

Crew members with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron

Crew members with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 “Heavy Haulers” stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., prepare and inspect a CH-53E Super Stallion before departing for training, May 3... More

Donald L. Versaw, a retired master sergeant and the

Donald L. Versaw, a retired master sergeant and the

Donald L. Versaw, a retired master sergeant and the last surviving member of the 4th Marine Regiment Band, the Last China Band, poses with Staff Sgt. Joshua Lively, a percussionist with the 3rd Marine Aircraft ... More

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 “Evil

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 “Evil

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 “Evil Eyes” participate in High Intensity Tactical Training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 7.

Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 step

Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 step

Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 step off to a 5.6-mile hike around the flight line and fish pond aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 9. The motivational hike served not only t... More

Lance Cpl. Karyna J. Macias, a warehouse clerk with

Lance Cpl. Karyna J. Macias, a warehouse clerk with

Lance Cpl. Karyna J. Macias, a warehouse clerk with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 and a Rockford, Ill., native, executes a counter to a choke against Sgt. Erik Dewhurst, a musician with the 3rd Marine Air... More

3rd MAW showcases helicopter firefighting capabilities

3rd MAW showcases helicopter firefighting capabilities

A Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter gathers water in a bucket during a Wildland Firefighting Exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 10. The exercise was presented in t... More

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