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2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Unphased by First IED Attack

2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment Unphased by First IED Attack

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walked away from their first improvised explosive device attack unharmed when their MRAP was hit during a routine personnel convoy July 27, during combat operati... More

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, carefully

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, carefully

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, carefully dusts the ground after receiving a confirmation sound from his metal detector during 2/9’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Support Company’s advanced improvised ... More

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company,

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company,

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, scans the horizon for insurgents behind a canal bank while taking enemy contact in Marjah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16. The s... More

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sets up desks

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sets up desks

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sets up desks at Yellow School, Sept. 2, in Marjah. Yellow School is one of the many community restoration projects 3rd Civil Affairs Group, 2/9 has accomplished. The u... More

Cpl. Michael H. Whorton, an intelligence analyst with

Cpl. Michael H. Whorton, an intelligence analyst with

Cpl. Michael H. Whorton, an intelligence analyst with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, receives chili dogs from 2/9’s chow hall at Camp Hansen, Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010. Each morning food specialis... More

Afghan men, women, and children throughout northern

Afghan men, women, and children throughout northern

Afghan men, women, and children throughout northern Marjah gathered outside Forward Operating Base Sher Wali in Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, to attend an anti-drug summit that ultimately unified a plan for all... More

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, shovels dirt

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, shovels dirt

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, shovels dirt from a newly installed culvert pipe to help the flow of water in a clogged canal during the construction of Typhoon 3 in Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 8. Mari... More

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, shout “one minute” sign before landing on Orchard Beach, May 27. Various units from II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Reserve have org... More

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM), shakes hands with 2nd Lt. Michael Manson during a promotion ceremony at Battery Park, May 28. Manson, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was promo... More

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment , currently attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, maneuver off a V-22 Osprey during a simulated raid at Eisenhower Park, May 28, 2011. Vari... More

U.S. Marine Cpl. Austin Aliferis, a fire team leader

U.S. Marine Cpl. Austin Aliferis, a fire team leader

U.S. Marine Cpl. Austin Aliferis, a fire team leader with the Regimental Combat Team 5 Police Advisor Team working in support of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, applies a bandage to an Afghan child's foot d... More

Lance Cpl. Omar Jimenez, a radio operator with Headquarters

Lance Cpl. Omar Jimenez, a radio operator with Headquarters

Lance Cpl. Omar Jimenez, a radio operator with Headquarters and Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward), sorts and labels reusable communications gear at Camp Hanson, ... More

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and non-commissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System serving with Utilities Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 5, inspects a ... More

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, the Regimental

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, the Regimental

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, the Regimental Combat Team 5 sergeant major, talks to Cpl. Andrew Myers, a squad leader with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, about life at Patrol Base Huske... More

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator with 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, patrols through a main road in Marjah en route to the Afghan Uniformed Police precinct... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepare for a mission on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2013. The mission was conducted to disrupt enemy operations in the area. (Of... More

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jared G. Tape, weapons

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jared G. Tape, weapons

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jared G. Tape, weapons and tactics instructor with the air interdiction force (AIF) assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Mar... More

Sgt. Kurtis Eiswerth (left), squad leader in 3rd Battalion,

Sgt. Kurtis Eiswerth (left), squad leader in 3rd Battalion,

Sgt. Kurtis Eiswerth (left), squad leader in 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, and Maj. Brad Sams, project officer for Tactical Service Oriented Architecture, review the laptop display of the Patrol Planning and Asse... More

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, sits with family and friends before departing Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The 1/9 Marines deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring ... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines Regiment prepare for a training mission at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2013. The Marines were training to simulate a raid on an enemy compound.... More

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment prepare their trucks for a patrol at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2013. The Marines perform preventative maintena... 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, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepare for a convoy from Camp Leatherneck to Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2013. The convoy... More

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepear for a patrol near Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. The patrol was conducted to disrupt enemy activity in t... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, holds a shura on Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2013. The shura was ... More

Cpl. Eric Stump (center), a Uniontown, Pa., native

Cpl. Eric Stump (center), a Uniontown, Pa., native

Cpl. Eric Stump (center), a Uniontown, Pa., native and squad leader with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, reviews a map with his Marines prior to conducting interdiction operations near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali ... More

A combat engineer uses a metal detector to sweep for

A combat engineer uses a metal detector to sweep for

A combat engineer uses a metal detector to sweep for buried lethal aid and improvised explosive devices during a clearing operation conducted by Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment in... More

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), uses his rifle scope to scan distant buildings during an interdiction operation in... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, looks around a corner for insurgents firing on Marines during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22. (U.... More

Sergeant Marcus Myers, a food service specialist with

Sergeant Marcus Myers, a food service specialist with

Sergeant Marcus Myers, a food service specialist with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), carries pans of spaghetti he prepared for troops aboard Patrol Base ... More

A team of infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie

A team of infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie

A team of infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, patrols across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2014. Security patrol... More

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, transferred authority

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, transferred authority

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, transferred authority as commanding officer of Task Force Belleau Wood to Col. Pete B. Baumgarten aboard the Camp Bastion/Leatherneck complex, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. ... More

General James F. Amos, left, commandant of the Marine

General James F. Amos, left, commandant of the Marine

General James F. Amos, left, commandant of the Marine Corps, answers a question about rotational force structure during a town hall meeting held aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, ... More

Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general of

Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general of

Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general of Regional Command (Southwest), arrives at Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 25, 2014. Brigadier Gen. Yoo expressed how impressed he was... More

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon,

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon,

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, stands before Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, during an award ceremony aboard Cam... More

Navy Lt. Doyl E. McMurry, the chaplain for 1st Battalion,

Navy Lt. Doyl E. McMurry, the chaplain for 1st Battalion,

Navy Lt. Doyl E. McMurry, the chaplain for 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, offers the invocation during the memorial service for Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 7, 2... More

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company,

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company,

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, takes aim at a simulated enemy position during a life-fire training exercise aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, M... More

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task Force Belleau Wood, addresses multinational forces noncommissioned officers during a Coalition Committed and Engaged Leadership Symposium aboard Camp Leathe... More

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), assigned to the

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), assigned to the

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, depart Blue Kin Beach, Okinawa for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an equipment on-load for exercis... More

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, assigned to Naval

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, assigned to Naval

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, prepares to embark the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during exercise Blue Chromite. Blue Chromite ... More

Cpl. Billy J. Masek holds security for his squad while

Cpl. Billy J. Masek holds security for his squad while

Cpl. Billy J. Masek holds security for his squad while they clear a building of fictional enemies Nov. 4 during exercise Blue Chromite 15. Chromite demonstrates the Navy/Marine Corps’ amphibious and expeditiona... More

Col. David L. Odom, right, runs with Sgt. Maj. Mario

Col. David L. Odom, right, runs with Sgt. Maj. Mario

Col. David L. Odom, right, runs with Sgt. Maj. Mario P. Fields leading 4th Marine Regiment during the motivational run Nov. 14 as the initial event of the Shanghai Commanders’ Cup at Camp Schwab. Marines from C... More

Pfc. Joe Hall picks a student for a team competition

Pfc. Joe Hall picks a student for a team competition

Pfc. Joe Hall picks a student for a team competition at St. Paul’s Elementary School in Pohang, South Korea. The meeting was brought on by a volunteer opportunity for the Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 9... More

Lt. Col. Nicholas Davis (front, left), the commanding

Lt. Col. Nicholas Davis (front, left), the commanding

Lt. Col. Nicholas Davis (front, left), the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, stands with Sgt. Maj. Darrell Carver, the battalion sergeant major, and Marines and sailors with 2/9 before a deactiv... More

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, simulate the

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, simulate the

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, simulate the emplacement of an improvised explosive device, during 2/9’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Support Company’s advanced IED training course Aug. 5, aboard Forwa... More

Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine

Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, collect information from a local Afghan during a census operation in Marjah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16. The squad came under attack halfway through the ... More

A strong breeze blows through a battlefield memorial

A strong breeze blows through a battlefield memorial

A strong breeze blows through a battlefield memorial for Petty Officer 3rd Class James M. Swink II, a hospital corpsman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, during a memorial service at Combat... More

Cpl. Tyriek J. Clark, a field radio operator with 2nd

Cpl. Tyriek J. Clark, a field radio operator with 2nd

Cpl. Tyriek J. Clark, a field radio operator with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, grabs cold sodas for the unit’s chow hall at Camp Hansen, Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010. Each morning food specialists ... More

Afghan Uniformed Police, pat local Afghans down before

Afghan Uniformed Police, pat local Afghans down before

Afghan Uniformed Police, pat local Afghans down before entering Forward Operating Base Sher Wali in Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, to attend an anti-drug summit that ultimately unified a plan for all farmers to ... More

Sgt. Cody T. Romriell, a combat engineer with 2nd Battalion,

Sgt. Cody T. Romriell, a combat engineer with 2nd Battalion,

Sgt. Cody T. Romriell, a combat engineer with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, helps local farmers dig out a clogged canal during the construction of Typhoon 3 in Marja, Afghanistan, Sept. 9. Marine engineers with 2... More

Lance Cpl. Trenton Holbrook, an infantryman with Fox

Lance Cpl. Trenton Holbrook, an infantryman with Fox

Lance Cpl. Trenton Holbrook, an infantryman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, gets up after posting a 360 degree security perimeter at Orchard Beach, May 27. Various units from II Marine Exp... More

New Yorkers and tourists gather to see Marines and

New Yorkers and tourists gather to see Marines and

New Yorkers and tourists gather to see Marines and V-22 Ospreys after a simulated raid at Eisenhower Park , May 28, 2011. Various units from II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Reserve have organize... More

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces

Lt. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM), conducts a promotion ceremony for 2nd Lt. Michael Manson at Battery Park, May 28. Manson, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was promoted to first... More

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team 10 gathers evidence during a raid on a suspected opium production facility here, March 7, 2012. The raid was part of Operation Psarlay Taba, a partnered counte... More

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and non-commissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System serving with Utilities Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 5, inspects a ... More

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, the Regimental Combat

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, the Regimental Combat

U.S. Marine Col. Roger Turner, the Regimental Combat Team 5 commanding officer, greets Afghan National Army Col. Mohammad Sarwar Kushal, the 1st Brigade, 215th Corps executive officer, during a recent trip to ... More

An Afghan child watches as a squad of Marines patrol

An Afghan child watches as a squad of Marines patrol

An Afghan child watches as a squad of Marines patrol by the bazaar here, May 3, 2012, on their way to the Afghan Uniformed Police precinct. Recently, 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regimen... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Philip R. Lyon, left, and Maj.

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Philip R. Lyon, left, and Maj.

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Philip R. Lyon, left, and Maj. Patrick F. Lieneweg, UH-1Y Huey utility helicopter pilots with the air interdiction force (AIF) assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) ... More

Sgt. Joshua S. Tufts (right), squad leader in 3rd Battalion,

Sgt. Joshua S. Tufts (right), squad leader in 3rd Battalion,

Sgt. Joshua S. Tufts (right), squad leader in 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, and Maj. Brad Sams, project officer for Tactical Service Oriented Architecture, review the laptop display of the Patrol Planning and Ass... More

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, sits with family and friends before departing Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The 1/9 Marines deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring ... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines Regiment are transported by a CH-53 Super Stallion during a raid exercise over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2013. The training was conducted... More

A U.S. Marine with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

A U.S. Marine with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

A U.S. Marine with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment prepares his truck for a patrol at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2013. The Marines perform preventative maintenan... More

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company,

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company,

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, ground guides a vehicle at Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2013. A convoy was conducted to re... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepare for a mission on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2013. The mission was conducted to disrupt enemy operations in the area. (Of... More

A U.S. Marine with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion,

A U.S. Marine with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, prepares for a patrol near Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. The patrol was conducted to disrupt enemy activity in... More

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Haagenson, company commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, holds a shura on Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2013. The shura was ... More

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, uses a radio

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, uses a radio

A Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, uses a radio handset as the sun rises near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2013. Nearly 100 Marines and coalition allies e... More

A corpsman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine

A corpsman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine

A corpsman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment walks down a village road in front of a group of children during a clearing operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2013. The compa... More

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper

Cpl. Dennis Cox, a New York City native and scout sniper with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), patrols with a section of Marines during an interdiction operation in Helmand prov... More

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Tomassi, a grenadier with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, looks for insurgents firing on Marines during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22. (U.S. Marine Corps ... More

Sergeant Marcus Myers, left, a food service specialist

Sergeant Marcus Myers, left, a food service specialist

Sergeant Marcus Myers, left, a food service specialist with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), and Staff Sgt. Aviel Smith, right, food service specialist chi... More

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company,

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company,

An infantry Marine with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, walks across a field during a security patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2014. Security patrols take pla... More

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, shakes hands with Col.

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, shakes hands with Col.

Colonel Dan M. Sullivan, left, shakes hands with Col. Pete B. Baumgarten after transferring authority to him as the commanding officer of Task Force Belleau Wood, aboard the Camp Bastion/Leatherneck complex, He... More

Jacob Schlauder, center, a corpsman with 1st Battalion,

Jacob Schlauder, center, a corpsman with 1st Battalion,

Jacob Schlauder, center, a corpsman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, is about to be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a combat distinguishing device before a town hall meeting ab... More

Master Chief Frank Dominguez, left, command master

Master Chief Frank Dominguez, left, command master

Master Chief Frank Dominguez, left, command master chief, Regional Command (Southwest), talks to a corpsman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, during a visit aboard Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province,... More

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon,

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon,

Seaman Jacob M. Schlauder, a corpsman with 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, is congratulated by Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, during an award ceremony aboa... More

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

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

Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, salute the battlefield cross of Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 7. Erickson, of Waseca, Minn., a motor transportation me... More

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company,

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company,

A five-man team of infantry Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, runs to a firing position to defend against a simulated enemy insurgent attack during a life-fire training exercise ... More

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task

Sergeant Maj. Reginald Robinson, sergeant major, Task Force Belleau Wood, addresses multinational forces noncommissioned officers during a Coalition Committed and Engaged Leadership Symposium aboard Camp Leathe... More

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), assigned to the

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), assigned to the

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, prepare to embark the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during an equipment on-load for exerc... More

Seaman Marcelo Arriaga, from San Antonio, front, and

Seaman Marcelo Arriaga, from San Antonio, front, and

Seaman Marcelo Arriaga, from San Antonio, front, and Seaman Salvador Marquez, from San Diego, heave a mooring line to secure Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1666, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, in the well d... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion lands at LZ Dodo in the Central

A CH-53E Super Stallion lands at LZ Dodo in the Central

A CH-53E Super Stallion lands at LZ Dodo in the Central Training Area Nov. 4 to drop off Marines before they assault combat town during exercise Blue Chromite 15. Chromite demonstrates the Navy/Marine Corps’exp... More

Sgt. Joshua Houck, from Rochester, New York, disassembles

Sgt. Joshua Houck, from Rochester, New York, disassembles

Sgt. Joshua Houck, from Rochester, New York, disassembles a M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun Nov. 14 as part of the weapons relay event of the Shanghai Commanders’ Cup at Camp Schwab. The weapons relay teste... More

Lance Cpl. Kyle Thatch plays a game with students from

Lance Cpl. Kyle Thatch plays a game with students from

Lance Cpl. Kyle Thatch plays a game with students from St. Paul’s Elementary School in Pohang, South Korea. The meeting was brought on by a volunteer opportunity for the Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 9t... More

Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, the commanding general for 2nd Marine Division, speaks during a deactivation ceremony for 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 1, 2015. Beaudreault reminded a... More

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sweeps the

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sweeps the

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, sweeps the ground for an improvised explosive device using a metal detector, during 2/9’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Support Company’s advanced IED training course Au... More

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company,

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company,

Lance Cpl. Jack Hamilton, a rifleman with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, scans the horizon for insurgents behind a canal bank while taking enemy contact in Marjah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16. The s... More

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, scoops

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, scoops

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, scoops some applesauce after being served chili dogs at the unit’s chow hall at Camp Hansen, Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010. Each morning food specialists w... More

Local Afghans wait patiently for an anti-drug summit

Local Afghans wait patiently for an anti-drug summit

Local Afghans wait patiently for an anti-drug summit at Forward Operating Base, Sher Wali in Marjah, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, to begin. The event unified a plan for all farmers to give up the growth of illicit pla... More

Sgt. Jamie Balderrama, a squad leader with Fox Company,

Sgt. Jamie Balderrama, a squad leader with Fox Company,

Sgt. Jamie Balderrama, a squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, rallies the squad during a simulated raid at Orchard Beach, May 27. Various units from II Marine Expeditionary Force a... More

Cpl. Nicholas Caris, a native Ohio infantryman with

Cpl. Nicholas Caris, a native Ohio infantryman with

Cpl. Nicholas Caris, a native Ohio infantryman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, showcases his equipment to tourists after a simulat... More

Lance Cpl. Derrek Valimont, a member of the Combat

Lance Cpl. Derrek Valimont, a member of the Combat

Lance Cpl. Derrek Valimont, a member of the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sort lot team, helps load a 20-foot container of reusable gear during a retrograde operation at Cam... More

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team

A member of Afghan National Interdiction Unit Team 10 takes notes during a raid on a suspected opium production facility here, March 7, 2012. The raid was part of Operation Psarlay Taba, a partnered counternarc... More

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and

Corporal Ricardo J. Figueroa, an electrician and non-commissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System serving with Utilities Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 5, volunteers ... More

U.S. Marines serving with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Marines serving with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion,

U.S. Marines serving with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, to include their improvised explosive device detection dog, Cabella, prepare to go on shift at guard posts around the base here April ... More

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator

Lance Cpl. Taylor Adkins, a rifleman and radio operator with 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, monitors the field radio as he patrols through the bazaar here May 3, 2012. Adkins, 20... More

A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter

A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter

A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), lands at Camp Dwyer, Helmand... More

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment,

A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, sits with family and friends before departing Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The 1/9 Marines deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring ... More

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines Regiment are transported by a CH-53 Super Stallion during a raid exercise over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2013. The Marines were training ... More

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Roy Mcquaig with Alpha Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Roy Mcquaig with Alpha Company,

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Roy Mcquaig with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment provides security during the search of a compound in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2013. The search was conduc... More

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company,

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company,

A U.S. Marine with Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, ground guides a vehicle during a convoy at Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2013. The convoy w... More

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