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A Soldier playing the role of opposition forces watches

A Soldier playing the role of opposition forces watches

A Soldier playing the role of opposition forces watches from the roof of a building as Marines disembark from a U.S. Marine Corps Assault Amphibious Vehicle in a combat training engagement during Network Integr... More

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham shakes hands with U.S.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham shakes hands with U.S.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham shakes hands with U.S. Marine Lt. Col. David L. Odom, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, the ground combat element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-... More

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Mueske, an engineer with Route

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Mueske, an engineer with Route

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Mueske, an engineer with Route Clearance Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Afghanistan, tightens part of a wheel module to a "Husk... More

Smoke from illumination flares hangs in the night sky

Smoke from illumination flares hangs in the night sky

Smoke from illumination flares hangs in the night sky over Camp Barber Dec. 9. U.S. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, the ground combat element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Ta... More

Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Swoboda (left) and

Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Swoboda (left) and

Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Swoboda (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Shaw (right) organize boxes donated by citizens across America on Camp Barber, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dec. 12. Swoboda ... More

Farah province bazaar, Afghanistan

Farah province bazaar, Afghanistan

A young Afghan boy works in a garage as U.S. Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and Afghan National Police officers patrol through a bazaar in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2009.... More

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to the family of Cpl. Michael Ouellette during a ceremony at the Marine Reserve Support Center in Londonderry, N.H. Ouellette, assigned to 3rd Battalion, ... More

Sgt. Ali Javied, the civil affairs team chief with

Sgt. Ali Javied, the civil affairs team chief with

Sgt. Ali Javied, the civil affairs team chief with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battlion, 8th Marines, hands a gift bag to an Afghan villager during a Greater Eid gift distribution in Musa Qal’eh, Nov.... More

Afghan government brings progress to Musa Qal’eh

Afghan government brings progress to Musa Qal’eh

Sgt. Ali Javied, team leader with Civil Affairs Group attached to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, speaks with Musa Qal’eh District Gov. Naimatullah Sameem about building a new traffic circ... More

An Afghan National Army soldier holds up his certificate

An Afghan National Army soldier holds up his certificate

An Afghan National Army soldier holds up his certificate during a graduation ceremony held in Musa Qal’eh, Jan. 27. The certificates were given in recognition of completing the Advanced Training Course. The Afg... More

First Lt. Christopher Hayes with 1st Battalion, 8th

First Lt. Christopher Hayes with 1st Battalion, 8th

First Lt. Christopher Hayes with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, adjusts a National Directorate of Security soldier’s positioning during a weapons handling class in the Afghan National Arm... More

The guidon for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being unsheathed

The guidon for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being unsheathed

The guidon for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being unsheathed by Sgt. Maj. David Jobe and Col. Eric Smith, aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan, signifying the transfer of authority from RCT-2 to... More

The battle colors for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being

The battle colors for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being

The battle colors for Regimental Combat Team 8 is being unsheathed by Sgt. Maj. David Jobe, the regiments sergeant major, and Col. Eric Smith, the regiments commander, aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II, ... More

Marines help ANA take aim during a platoon training course

Marines help ANA take aim during a platoon training course

Cpl. Shane Cruz, a native of Agat, Guam, adjusts the front iron sights of an M16-A2 rifle for an Afghan National Army soldier, before taking aim at a live fire range in Musa Qal'eh, Afghanistan, Feb. 9. Twenty ... More

Master Sgt. Angel Otero, a native of Avondale, Pa.,

Master Sgt. Angel Otero, a native of Avondale, Pa.,

Master Sgt. Angel Otero, a native of Avondale, Pa., teaches weapons safety to Afghan National Army soldiers, before taking aim at a live fire range in Musa Qal'eh, Afghanistan, Feb.9. The firing range was a par... More

Marine performs tactical vehicle maintenance

Marine performs tactical vehicle maintenance

Lance Cpl. Theodore Wagner, a motor transportation mechanic with Regimental Combat Team 8, changes oil on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle, Feb. 10, aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II... More

Cpl. Jamarious Miller, an administrative specialist

Cpl. Jamarious Miller, an administrative specialist

Cpl. Jamarious Miller, an administrative specialist with Regimental Combat Team 8, folds the American flag to be retired for the night aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan, Feb. 13. The Montgom... More

ANA teachers soldiers to read

ANA teachers soldiers to read

An officer with the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army aboard Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan, instructs a class teaching other Afghan soldiers how to read, March 16. The class ... More

An Afghan soldier with the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps

An Afghan soldier with the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps

An Afghan soldier with the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army, works on learning material given to him to help him learn to read and write. The soldier is participating in the ANA Literacy Pro... 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

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

Afghan local citizens learn a new trade

Afghan local citizens learn a new trade

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Nimroz province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - A local citizen of Delaram practices using a level during a mentoring course, May 7, provided to the citizens by the 4th Civ... More

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Senior

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Senior

MARJAH DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Senior leaders with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, attend a shura with local leaders here, July 30, 2011. Marines wi... More

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon,

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon,

Sgt. Phil Farmer, a squad leader, with 3rd platoon, Bravo Co., 1st Bn., 8th Marines gives orders to his Marines during a patrol of a suspected insurgent fighting position, March 5. Farmer, a Matawan, N.J., nati... More

Female Enagement Team Marines in Afghanistan

Female Enagement Team Marines in Afghanistan

Sergeant Christina Scott, a Female Engagement Team member in direct support of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, comforts an Afghan baby while visiting the small town of Kightewahn in the Kajaki District, Mar... 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

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 conduct a security patrol through Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2012. Marines conducted ... More

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician,

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician,

A U.S. Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal technician, right with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 checks an empty enemy fighting position for improvised explosi... More

Combat Camera Marine documents war, progress in Kajaki, Afghanistan

Combat Camera Marine documents war, progress in Kajaki, Afghanistan

Sergeant Albert “Combat” Carls, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6 combat camera team chief from Sacramento, Calif., is on his third combat deployment and documents the history of the battalio... More

Corporal Jordi Inoke, radio operator, 1st Battalion,

Corporal Jordi Inoke, radio operator, 1st Battalion,

Corporal Jordi Inoke, radio operator, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, programs a radio near the Kajaki Dam, in Helmand Province Afghanistan, July 1, 2012. Inoke, 24, from Pohnpei Island, M... More

Afghan forces increasingly in security lead in southern Helmand province

Afghan forces increasingly in security lead in southern Helmand provin...

Lance Cpl. Jorg Esquivel, infantryman, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, stands guard on post at Forward Operating Base Marjah, Afghanistan, July 26, 2012. Esquivel is... More

Troy native serves with Marines in southern Afghanistan

Troy native serves with Marines in southern Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Joshua Taylor, assaultman, 2nd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, stands outside of his tent at Combat Outpost Jaker, Afghanistan, July 27, 2012. Tay... More

Afghan combat support soldiers work with Marine advisors

Afghan combat support soldiers work with Marine advisors

Colonel John R. Shafer, commanding officer, Regimental Combat Team 6, shakes hands with Maj. Sadik, operations officer, 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps, after a meeting July 27, 2012. Members of RCT-6 met ... More

U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Support Company,

U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Support Company,

U.S. Marines with Headquarters and Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 construct wooden tent bases on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Geronimo, Helmand province, Afghanist... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Timothy Mcguire, an improvised

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Timothy Mcguire, an improvised

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Timothy Mcguire, an improvised explosive device detection dog (IDD) handler with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat team 6 walks alongside his IDD a... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Edward J. Healey, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Edward J. Healey, left,

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Edward J. Healey, left, battalion commander of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), Regimental Combat Team 6 greets Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, right, commanding general Task For... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Breck Perry, back left, officer

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Breck Perry, back left, officer

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Breck Perry, back left, officer in charge of 1st Toli. 1st Kandak, 215th Corps Kandak Advisor Team (KAT) in support of 3D Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 congrat... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gar Ayscue, a motor

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gar Ayscue, a motor

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gar Ayscue, a motor transportation mechanic with Motor Transportation Platoon, Headquarters & Support Company, 3D Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 repairs a ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Rhye A. Polk, center, radio

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Rhye A. Polk, center, radio

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Rhye A. Polk, center, radio chief with Communications Platoon, Headquarters & Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 stands at the position of atten... More

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment,

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment,

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 pick up a water bottle using the PACKBOT-510, an improvised explosive device (IED) disarming robot, as part of a class on Forward O... More

U.S. Marines with Headquarters & Support Company, 3rd

U.S. Marines with Headquarters & Support Company, 3rd

U.S. Marines with Headquarters & Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 perform various warm up exercises during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program black belt course on F... More

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jesse M.

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jesse M.

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jesse M. Schertz, front right, battalion gunner with 3D Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), Regimental Combat Team 6 gives an safety brief on the M9 Beretta pistol b... More

U.S. Marines with 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Kilo Company,

U.S. Marines with 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Kilo Company,

U.S. Marines with 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Kilo Company, 3D Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrol in the Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2012. Marines conduct... More

A U.S. Marine with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3D Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3D Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3D Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, provides over watch during a dismounted security patrol in the Nawa District, Helmand province, Afghani... More

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Marines

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Marines

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Oct. 28. Secretary Mabus spoke of the drastic changes... More

A U.S. Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th

A U.S. Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th

A U.S. Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7 exits a vehicle during Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle egress training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghan... More

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Christopher Meiers, from

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Christopher Meiers, from

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Christopher Meiers, from Spokane, Wash., assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8) provides security while conducting mission rehearsals on Camp Leatherneck,... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Mashburn, assigned

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Mashburn, assigned

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Mashburn, assigned to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security while conducting mission rehearsals at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghani... More

A gunner peers out the back of an MV-22B Osprey during

A gunner peers out the back of an MV-22B Osprey during

A gunner peers out the back of an MV-22B Osprey during a flight to Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2013. Maj. Gen. Walter Miller, commanding general Regional Command (Southwest), visited Camp Dwyer during a b... More

Staff Sgt. John Forero, a native of Queens, N.Y., and

Staff Sgt. John Forero, a native of Queens, N.Y., and

Staff Sgt. John Forero, a native of Queens, N.Y., and the S-2 chief for 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, greets his wife and daughter after returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, Sept. 23, 201... More

Brian Kirkpatrick, a 6th and 8th grade history teacher

Brian Kirkpatrick, a 6th and 8th grade history teacher

Brian Kirkpatrick, a 6th and 8th grade history teacher at Bolden Elementary/Middle School in Beafort, S.C., is one of few survivors of the 1983 Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. On Oct. 23,1983, a sui... More

Major General Raymond C. Fox, the commander of U.S.

Major General Raymond C. Fox, the commander of U.S.

Major General Raymond C. Fox, the commander of U.S. Marine Forces Africa, talks to Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1, Jan. 11, 2014, aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Ital... More

A member of the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine

A member of the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine

A member of the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos studies a map as U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dewayne Gregory observes his technique. The commandos were trained by a team of U.S. Marines from Special... More

Kentucky Marine trains Senegalese Commandos

Kentucky Marine trains Senegalese Commandos

United States Marine Lance Cpl. Dewayne Gregory teaches land navigation techniques to members of the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos. The commandos were trained by a team of U.S. Marines from S... More

Senegalese Commandos train in basic infantry tactics

Senegalese Commandos train in basic infantry tactics

Senegalese Commandos train in basic infantry tactics during a theater security cooperation mission in Senegal in February. The commandos were trained by a team of U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Gr... More

Soldiers, Sailors join forces to keep MK healthy

Soldiers, Sailors join forces to keep MK healthy

Navy HN Mathew B. Wahrman, center, a Navy corpsman assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, assists Army Pfc. Michael C. Thomas, right, a medic assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainmen... More

Philippine and U.S. Marines discuss the differences

Philippine and U.S. Marines discuss the differences

Philippine and U.S. Marines discuss the differences between their mortar systems May 5, 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines during exercise Balikatan 2014. Marines from both countries conducted a dry-run in prepar... More

Philippine Marines raise their thumb to signal their

Philippine Marines raise their thumb to signal their

Philippine Marines raise their thumb to signal their weapons are clear after performing squad fire and maneuver training events May 8, 2014, at Crow Valley, Philippines, during Balikatan 2014. The Philippine Ma... More

U.S. Marines brief Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson in the field during Balikatan 2014

U.S. Marines brief Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson in the field during Balik...

U.S. Marines brief Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson about a training event which includes Philippine and U.S. Marines shooting and maneuvering May 9, 2014 at Crow Valley, Philippines during Balikatan 2014. Balikatan i... More

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson shakes

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson shakes

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson shakes hands with Philippine Marine 1st Lt. Carlo Glenn A. Capunihan May 9, 2014 at Crow Valley, Philippines during Balikatan 2014. Nelson stopped by the range where ... More

A bulldozer is pulled out of the mud by a second bulldozer

A bulldozer is pulled out of the mud by a second bulldozer

A bulldozer is pulled out of the mud by a second bulldozer during a training exercise May 11, 2014 in Crow Valley, Philippines as part of Balikatan 2014. The bulldozer was stuck, allowing Philippine and U.S. Ma... More

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines Provide Instruction to Three Countries during Platinum Eagle

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines Provide Instruction to Three Countr...

(Left to Right) LCpl Zach Warford and LCpl Cody Purciello, Riflemen, Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2 of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, cross a simulated danger area while training Romanian and Macedonian L... More

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Joseph Jansen, drinks water from

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Joseph Jansen, drinks water from

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Joseph Jansen, drinks water from vine as part of the jungle survival course June 1 during Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2014 at Teluk Gorek Beach, Malaysia. This year ma... More

Lance Cpl. Spencer Ray, a Marine with Special-Purpose

Lance Cpl. Spencer Ray, a Marine with Special-Purpose

Lance Cpl. Spencer Ray, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, discusses cover and concealment with members of a task force in Gabon, June 3, 2014. A team of 15 Marines and sailor... More

Marines and sailors finish the stretcher carry portion

Marines and sailors finish the stretcher carry portion

Marines and sailors finish the stretcher carry portion of a jungle endurance course June 20 at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Instal... More

Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Hargrove is placed

Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Hargrove is placed

Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Hargrove is placed on an improvised stretcher July 11 during the Jungle Medicine Combat Course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves. The other corpsmen constru... More

Lance Cpl. Matthew L. Jolley, a rifleman with Headquarters

Lance Cpl. Matthew L. Jolley, a rifleman with Headquarters

Lance Cpl. Matthew L. Jolley, a rifleman with Headquarters Company, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, stands at attention while Col. Kenneth M. Detreux, the commanding officer of the 8th Marines, pins a... More

Lance Cpl. Jacob Jones, front, and Lance Cpl. Cody

Lance Cpl. Jacob Jones, front, and Lance Cpl. Cody

Lance Cpl. Jacob Jones, front, and Lance Cpl. Cody Troxel, rear, both rifleman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis-Response, Detachment A, carry a crate out of the Church of San Nicolo in C... More

First Lieutenant Paul Stephens, centered left, the

First Lieutenant Paul Stephens, centered left, the

First Lieutenant Paul Stephens, centered left, the adjutant for 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, salutes the American and Marine Corps flags during a change of command ceremony, Feb. 11, 2015, aboard Camp Le... More

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conduct patrolling exercises on Rota Naval Base, Spain, Feb. 23, 2015. The Marines maintain their infantrymen skills as a vi... More

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Russell Blackledge, a

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Russell Blackledge, a

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Russell Blackledge, a rifleman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, fast ropes down a tower during a fast-rope qualification on Rota Naval Base,... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response- Africa, receive a familiarization class on the B1 Centauro reconnaissance vehic... More

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Rollie Pennington, a platoon

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Rollie Pennington, a platoon

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Rollie Pennington, a platoon sergeant with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, demonstrates a rope-climbing technique on Rota Naval Base, Spain, Feb... More

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Stevenson, commanding officer of the

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Stevenson, commanding officer of the

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Stevenson, commanding officer of the Black Sea Rotational Force 15.1, discussed the short and long term training schedules during the Lance Corporals Leadership and Ethics Seminar 15-2, at Miha... More

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa board an MV-22 Osprey during an alert force drill on Moron Air Base, Spain, March 13, 2015. The alert force tested its capab... More

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines and sailors competed

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines and sailors competed

Black Sea Rotational Force Marines and sailors competed against Latvians on the Challenge Course at Adazi Military Base, March 23, 2015. The Latvian soldiers had the clear home-team advantage but the Marines pu... More

Latvian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, and their

Latvian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, and their

Latvian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, and their U.S. Marine counterparts from Black Sea Rotational Force, plan live-fire training during Exercise Summer Shield, March 24, 2015, at Adazi Military Base, Latv... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Smoker, an infantry assaultman

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Smoker, an infantry assaultman

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Smoker, an infantry assaultman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, looks through binoculars to get eyes on a target down-range in Sierra Del R... More

U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Joseph Finn and Cpl. Alexandre

U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Joseph Finn and Cpl. Alexandre

U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Joseph Finn and Cpl. Alexandre Tsyboulski establish communications during Exercise Summer Shield, March 26, 2015, at Adazi Military Base, Latvia. Communication with other nations can be... More

U.S. Marine Maj. Luke Pernotto, operations officer

U.S. Marine Maj. Luke Pernotto, operations officer

U.S. Marine Maj. Luke Pernotto, operations officer for Black Sea Rotational Force, explains the Marines’ role during the field exercise portion of Exercise Summer Shield, March 29, 2015. The Marines were tasked... More

U.S. and Portuguese Marines walk to a live-fire range

U.S. and Portuguese Marines walk to a live-fire range

U.S. and Portuguese Marines walk to a live-fire range near Lisbon, Portugal, April 7, 2015. The nations trained side-by-side on a series of live-fire ranges in order to learn from each other, build upon tactics... More

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, maneuver towards an objective during a simulated room clearing training exercise near Lisbon, Portugal, April 8, 2015. The ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Perez, a squad leader

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Perez, a squad leader

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Perez, a squad leader with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa guides Portuguese Marines, Fuzileiros, during a fast rope training exercise near Lisbo... More

Pfc. Brandon Swanger, a mortarman with 1st Battalion,

Pfc. Brandon Swanger, a mortarman with 1st Battalion,

Pfc. Brandon Swanger, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, checks and adjusts an 81 mm mortar’s aim during a live-fire range aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 21-22, 2015. To ensure their readine... More

Romanian Army Paratroopers jumped into their landing

Romanian Army Paratroopers jumped into their landing

Romanian Army Paratroopers jumped into their landing zone from a U.S. Marine KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa during a multilateral training exercise at Mihail Ko... More

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, demonstrate room clearing procedures during a bilateral training exercise on Quartier Colonel de Chabrieres, France, May 28... More

Maj. Buck Sessons, the Air Officer for Expeditionary

Maj. Buck Sessons, the Air Officer for Expeditionary

Maj. Buck Sessons, the Air Officer for Expeditionary Operations Training Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, role-plays with pilots over a radio during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel course, Ju... More

U.S. Marine Corporal Edward A. Canas (right) dribbles

U.S. Marine Corporal Edward A. Canas (right) dribbles

U.S. Marine Corporal Edward A. Canas (right) dribbles the ball past an opponent during an exhibition soccer game against local Romanian children. The children are part of boys group home that falls under the Ch... More

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force and U.S.

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force and U.S.

U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force and U.S. soldiers with Black Sea Area Support Team, opened up the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania to hundreds of local children, July 3 to celebrate the Inde... More

A U.S. Marine anti-tank missile man with Weapons Company,

A U.S. Marine anti-tank missile man with Weapons Company,

A U.S. Marine anti-tank missile man with Weapons Company, Black Sea Rotational Force, fires the tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided anti-tank missile (TOW), during the combined anti-armor team sustain... More

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and 1st

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and 1st

Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, measure detonation cord and create breaching charges during the urban breaching portion of a demolition package aboard Camp Lej... More

U.S. Marines start training with Benin National Surveillance

U.S. Marines start training with Benin National Surveillance

U.S. Marines start training with Benin National Surveillance Police after opening ceremony.

Marines with 8th Marine Regiment and supporting units

Marines with 8th Marine Regiment and supporting units

Marines with 8th Marine Regiment and supporting units received a cultural brief on the Mediterranean basin during Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 Oct. 22, 2015, aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentyni... More

Before the start of the 32nd Beirut Memorial Observance

Before the start of the 32nd Beirut Memorial Observance

Before the start of the 32nd Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony, a prior-service Marine fixes an American flag above the Marine Corps seal at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Jacksonville, N.C., Oct. 23, 2015.... More

Lieutenant Richard Bartol, officer in charge of the

Lieutenant Richard Bartol, officer in charge of the

Lieutenant Richard Bartol, officer in charge of the dental team, provides dental treatment to a Marine during Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., O... More

A corpsman with the 8th Regimental Aid Station, writes

A corpsman with the 8th Regimental Aid Station, writes

A corpsman with the 8th Regimental Aid Station, writes downs the symptoms of an injured Marine during Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 24, ... More

2nd Marine Division Commanding General, Brian Beaudreault,

2nd Marine Division Commanding General, Brian Beaudreault,

2nd Marine Division Commanding General, Brian Beaudreault, right, hikes with Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment as they get ready to start a company live-fire range during Integrated Training Exercis... More

Marines with the Logistics Combat Element of the Marine

Marines with the Logistics Combat Element of the Marine

Marines with the Logistics Combat Element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force practice vehicle recovery operations during Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentyni... More

Major Joshua Plummer, intelligence officer for 8th

Major Joshua Plummer, intelligence officer for 8th

Major Joshua Plummer, intelligence officer for 8th Marine Regiment, briefs the intelligence considerations of the Battalion Assault Course during Integrated Training Exercise 1-16 aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground... More

1st Lt. Stephen Smith, V-22 Osprey pilot, Marine Medium

1st Lt. Stephen Smith, V-22 Osprey pilot, Marine Medium

1st Lt. Stephen Smith, V-22 Osprey pilot, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, communicates with a rescue squadron at Morgan’s Well training area aboard the Combat Center, Nov. 5, 2015. Smith acted as a downed... More

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