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General William R. Etnyre (right), commanding general of the combat center and the 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade, fires the last round from an M107 175 mm self-propelled howitzer of the 3rd Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1ST Marine Division. The unit's M107s will be retired and the battery will convert to 8-inch howitzers

General William R. Etnyre (right), commanding general of the combat ce...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcagcc, Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT C. A. Luedke,Usmc Release Sta... More

Brigadier General William R. Etnyre (left), commanding general of the combat center and the 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade, retires the colors of the 3rd Battery, 4th Bn., 11th Marines, 1ST Marine Division, during their last formation as an M107 175 mm self-propelled howitzer unit. Their M107s (background) will be retired and the battery will convert to 8-inch howitzers

Brigadier General William R. Etnyre (left), commanding general of the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcagcc, Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT C. A. Luedke Release Status: ... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) comes in to land in a field at the combat center during Exercise Gallant Eagle '88

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GALLANT EAGLE '88 Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466)lifts off from a landing zone behind a row of barracks at the combat center during Exercise Gallant Eagle '88

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GALLANT EAGLE '88 Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) descends to a landing zone on a parade deck behind a row of barracks at the combat center during Exercise Gallant Eagle '88

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GALLANT EAGLE '88 Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

A pair of CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) pass over the combat center during Exercise Gallant Eagle '88

A pair of CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GALLANT EAGLE '88 Base: Twentynine Palms State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... More

A Marine attached with Golf Battery 2d Battalion 10th Marines pulls the lanyard for the M198 155 mm Medium Towed Howitzer while another Marine anticipates the earth shattering sound of the projectile leaving the tube during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5-6/97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air nd Task Force) level exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air nd Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the...

A Marine attached with Golf Battery 2d Battalion 10th Marines pulls th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: A Marine attached with Golf Battery 2d Battalion 10th Marines pulls the lanyard for the M198 155 mm Medium Towed Howitzer while ... More

Lance Corporal R. L. Molt, a Messman with CSSD-27 (Combat Service Support Detachment), prepares cantelope for the salad bar at the mess hall during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. The mess hall is capable of serving 3500 Marines per meal and serves two meals daily. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air d Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air d Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the...

Lance Corporal R. L. Molt, a Messman with CSSD-27 (Combat Service Supp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Lance Corporal R. L. Molt, a Messman with CSSD-27 (Combat Service Support Detachment), prepares cantelope for the salad bar at t... More

Sonar Technician Charles Jordan monitors the Joint Maritime Command Information System from the combat center of the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). George Washington is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch

Sonar Technician Charles Jordan monitors the Joint Maritime Command In...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SOUTHERN WATCH Base: USS George Washington (CVN 73) Country: At Sea Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Sammy Dallal Release Status: ... More

Amphibious Assault Vehicles with 3rd Battalion, 7th

Amphibious Assault Vehicles with 3rd Battalion, 7th

Amphibious Assault Vehicles with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, approach Range 220, a Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain facility, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Cali... More

Naval Hospital

Naval Hospital

The statue of Robert E. Bush, which stands in front of the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, Calif., depicts him in action that resulted in him receiving the Medal of Honor during the Battle of... More

Two tanks with Company D, 1st Tank Battalion, proceed

Two tanks with Company D, 1st Tank Battalion, proceed

Two tanks with Company D, 1st Tank Battalion, proceed to their next mission on Oct. 25, 2009, at the Combat Center during the combined arms exercise known as Steel Knight. The annual exercise was the largest it... More

Lance Cpl. Danial Farias, an expeditionary airfield

Lance Cpl. Danial Farias, an expeditionary airfield

Lance Cpl. Danial Farias, an expeditionary airfield systems technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, sends various signals to a NASA F/A-18 pilot, who landed in support of the squadron's arrestment tra... More

Staff Sgt. Elmer Estes, an instructor at the Staff

Staff Sgt. Elmer Estes, an instructor at the Staff

Staff Sgt. Elmer Estes, an instructor at the Staff Non-commissioned Officers Academy Twentynine Palms counsels a Marine in his Sergeant's Course class Feb. 15, 2011, in a Sergeant's Course barracks. Estes recen... More

1/3 Lava Dogs bring Hawaiian spirit to Southern California

1/3 Lava Dogs bring Hawaiian spirit to Southern California

Cpl. Douglas Nowak, embarker, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, native of Pound, Wis., works to build 1/3's combat operations center here, Feb. 21. The Lava Dogs arrived Feb. 19-21 to conduct the training exe... More

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of Alden, N.Y., pets Cpl. Jazz, the platoon's bomb sniffing dog, before training began here Feb. 28. The... More

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon,

Lance Cpl. Daniel Schueller, dog handler, 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of Alden, N.Y., yells to his squad leader that Cpl. Jazz, the platoon's bomb sniffing dog, found an impr... More

Brig. Gen. Stacy Clardy III, the Combat Center’s commanding

Brig. Gen. Stacy Clardy III, the Combat Center’s commanding

Brig. Gen. Stacy Clardy III, the Combat Center’s commanding general, escorts Sen. Jean Fuller, the California District 18 senator, around the co-generation plant during the senator’s first visit to the Installa... More

Sailors adopt Joshua Tree Elementary kids

Sailors adopt Joshua Tree Elementary kids

Sailors from the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital run laps with kids from Joshua Tree Elementary School in the kids physical education time, Jan. 25, 2012.

Marines of 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

Marines of 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

Marines of 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment prepare to shoot the shoulder-launched multipurpose assualt weapon on top of Machine Gun Hill during the first round of live fire exercises held at Ran... More

Live fire exercises

Live fire exercises

Staff Sgt. Orlando Avila, platoon sergeant, 2nd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, relays a message over the radio during the first round of live fire exercises held at Range 410, Jan. 25, 2012.

2012 California State Pankration Championships

2012 California State Pankration Championships

Arthur Powell blocks a kick from his opponent during a match at the 2012 California State Pankration Championships, in the Coast Guard Island Alameda gymasium, Jan. 28, 2012.

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 drive a decorated

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 drive a decorated

Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 drive a decorated Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement through the19th Annual Twentynine Palms Winter Light Parade and tree lighting ceremony in Twentynine Palms, Calif.... More

Marines with the Infantry Officers’ Course, carry a

Marines with the Infantry Officers’ Course, carry a

Marines with the Infantry Officers’ Course, carry a simulated casualty down a steep hill during a mountain attack in the Bullion training area, March 21, 2012. The mountain attack was part of their four-day cul... More

Luncheon

Luncheon

Marines laugh with members of the Lower Desert community during a luncheon held in honor of Women Marines, at the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, Calif., April 21, 2012. The luncheon was hosted by the... More

Seaman Parker Bachman, hospital corpsman, 2/7, carries

Seaman Parker Bachman, hospital corpsman, 2/7, carries

Seaman Parker Bachman, hospital corpsman, 2/7, carries Lance Cpl. Ryan Spencer, rifleman, 2/7, during the fireman carry portion of the Corpsman Race.

Ron Perlman, actor in the Sons of Anarchy TV series,

Ron Perlman, actor in the Sons of Anarchy TV series,

Ron Perlman, actor in the Sons of Anarchy TV series, shakes hands with Sgt. Derek Schaap, tank crewman, 1st Tank Battalion at the tank ramp, May 11. The Sons of Anarchy actors visited the battalion and took the... More

Dennis, military working dog, Provost Marshal's Office,

Dennis, military working dog, Provost Marshal's Office,

Dennis, military working dog, Provost Marshal's Office, waits for the next busload of passengers to arrive at the gate before he makes his rounds checking the vehicle and the luggage for contraband, May 14, 201... More

Marines reach out

Marines reach out

Cpl. Shawn Asencio, administative clerk, Headquarters and Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7, brings his “Orange Dinos” team in for some chants at Yucca Mesa Elementary School’s field day, June 1, 2... More

Loved ones embrace their Marines from Company B, 1st

Loved ones embrace their Marines from Company B, 1st

Loved ones embrace their Marines from Company B, 1st Tanks, who returned home from Afghanistan June 5, 2012.

3/11 returns from sea

3/11 returns from sea

Cpl. Don Robinson, artilleryman, Lima Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, reconnects with his 8-month-old daughter, Samira, June 4, 2012, during 3/11's homecoming celebration.

MCMWTC changes hands

MCMWTC changes hands

Col. Phillip W. Chandler hands the MWTC colors to Lt. Col. John J. Carroll, symbolizing the transfer of command of Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, June 5, 2012.

Lt. Col. Kevin F. Murray receives command of Marine

Lt. Col. Kevin F. Murray receives command of Marine

Lt. Col. Kevin F. Murray receives command of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 from Lt. Col. John B. Barranco, June 14, 2012, during a change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. The ... More

Marines and New Zealand Army soldiers, also known as

Marines and New Zealand Army soldiers, also known as

Marines and New Zealand Army soldiers, also known as Kiwis, sit in a circle on worn-out couches, chairs and benches as they wait for their next scenario in their counter insurgency exercise at Range 220A, June ... More

Children color pictures and clay pots during a Summer

Children color pictures and clay pots during a Summer

Children color pictures and clay pots during a Summer Reading Program session at the Combat Center’s LifeLong Learning Library, June 22, 2012.

Jason Micnuc, Mixed Martial Arts fighter, ramps up

Jason Micnuc, Mixed Martial Arts fighter, ramps up

Jason Micnuc, Mixed Martial Arts fighter, ramps up the crowd after his match at MMA Fight Night 3 at Felix Field, June 22. Micnuc, a service-disabled Army veteran, lost to Shane Kruchten, a Marine disabled vete... More

Naval Hospital Code Blue midfielder Bianca Valverde

Naval Hospital Code Blue midfielder Bianca Valverde

Naval Hospital Code Blue midfielder Bianca Valverde passes the ball up the field to her teammates during a game against HQBN Tuesday, at Felix Field.

Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank

Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank

Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion and get an inside look at the M1A1 Abrams Tank at the battalion's tank ramp June 28, 2012. The Marines also got an up close look at the officers' m... More

Lt. Col. Gregory T. Poland receives command of 1st

Lt. Col. Gregory T. Poland receives command of 1st

Lt. Col. Gregory T. Poland receives command of 1st Tank Battalion from Lt. Col. Timothy Barrick June 29, 2012, during the battalion's change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field.

2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, spouses and family

2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, spouses and family

2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, spouses and family members gear up shortly before loading the 7-ton vehicles to travel to Range 101 during the 2/7 Jayne Wayne Day event June 29.

Veteran of the Year

Veteran of the Year

Retired Col. Philip C. Cisneros (left), this year's Veteran of the Year recipient from the 65th Assembly District of the California Legislature, shows off his framed certificate, alongside Assemblyman Paul Cook... More

Col. Andrew Kennedy, assistant chief of staff, Combat

Col. Andrew Kennedy, assistant chief of staff, Combat

Col. Andrew Kennedy, assistant chief of staff, Combat Center Operations, has a few words with Maj. Ben Brown, exercise controller, LSE-1/Javelin Thrust 2012, at the exercise control center, July 3, 2012.

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, provides covering fire at Range 410A, July 6, 2012.

Teaching Green

Teaching Green

Lance Cpls. Chris Joe and Chris Bracco, data technicians, 6th Communications Battalion, connect solar panel components to the converter of the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System during a class... More

Naval Hospital Code Blue player, Jesus Gallardo, throws

Naval Hospital Code Blue player, Jesus Gallardo, throws

Naval Hospital Code Blue player, Jesus Gallardo, throws the ball onto the field June 26, 2012.

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, Company E, 2nd Battalion,

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, Company E, 2nd Battalion,

Cpl. John Belli, rifleman, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment gives his team the command to cease fire at the Combat Center’s Range 410A July 6, 2012, during Large Scale Exercise-1/Javelin Thrust 2012.

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, load

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, load

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, load onto a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to retrieve two Marines during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel exercise in the Combat Center training area... More

A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter belonging to Marine Medium

A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter belonging to Marine Medium

A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter belonging to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 flies over the Combat Center training areas with a load of 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Marines during a tactical recover... More

Billiard balls lay on the table after a game during

Billiard balls lay on the table after a game during

Billiard balls lay on the table after a game during the pool tournament at the Combat Center’s Zone.

A Marine waits patiently with seven medals about to

A Marine waits patiently with seven medals about to

A Marine waits patiently with seven medals about to be awarded to Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, during a ceremony at Del Valle Field July 13, 2012. The awards included two Bronze Star Medals,... More

Ride for Heroes

Ride for Heroes

The Ride for Heroes team travels down Adobe Road toward the Combat Center during their cross country trip July 31, 2012. The team has been riding for nearly two months and has raised approximately $68,000 for t... More

Retired Cpl. Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica,

Retired Cpl. Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica,

Retired Cpl. Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica, have been married for five years. More than half that time has been spent helping Anthony readjust to life after a June 2008 run-in with an improvised expl... More

Medal for Honor

Medal for Honor

Lance Cpl. Collin Goldsmith, rifleman, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with a combat distinguishing device Aug. 3, 2012, during a ceremony at the Combat Center’s Su... More

Lilly Abelson, 5, daughter of Capt. Pete Abelson, company

Lilly Abelson, 5, daughter of Capt. Pete Abelson, company

Lilly Abelson, 5, daughter of Capt. Pete Abelson, company commander, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, reads a book Aug. 3 at the last meeting of the Lifelong Learnin... More

Lance Cpl. Thomas Overzet, rifleman, 1st Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Thomas Overzet, rifleman, 1st Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Thomas Overzet, rifleman, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, conducts buddy rushes on Range 105, Aug. 14, 2012.

[kneeling] Lance Cpl. Luis Garces, rifleman, Company

[kneeling] Lance Cpl. Luis Garces, rifleman, Company

[kneeling] Lance Cpl. Luis Garces, rifleman, Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, kneels to the ground while conducting buddy rushes on Range 105, Aug. 14. Approximately 150 Marines visited the Combat... More

Hiring Heroes

Hiring Heroes

Jason Dickson, a former Marine and former law enforcement officer, shakes hands with Chuck McDaniel of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 440 in Riverside after a discussion about j... More

Staff Sgt. Anthony Richmond and his 1-year-old son

Staff Sgt. Anthony Richmond and his 1-year-old son

Staff Sgt. Anthony Richmond and his 1-year-old son Coleton applaud at the end of a song-and-dance routine Aug. 22, 2012.

60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary

Brig. Gen. George W. Smith, Combat Center Commanding General, and Sgt. Maj. Matthew Brookshire, Combat Center Sergeant Major, attach battle streamers onto the base's organizational colors during the commemorati... More

3/4's squad certifications

3/4's squad certifications

Cpl. Alex Naumovich, rifleman, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, sweeps through an improvised explosive device course filled with simulated IEDs Aug. 23, 2012 at the Noble Pass training area.

Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st

Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st

Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st Tank Battalion, helps the Motor T Team in the pull-ups portion of 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012. The Motor T team went on to win the m... More

Maj. Gen. Michael Dana, assistant deputy commandant,

Maj. Gen. Michael Dana, assistant deputy commandant,

Maj. Gen. Michael Dana, assistant deputy commandant, Installations and Logistics, shakes the hand of Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Dunaway, student, Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course, after giving him his c... More

Capt. Anthony Bariletti, ground combat element academic

Capt. Anthony Bariletti, ground combat element academic

Capt. Anthony Bariletti, ground combat element academic officer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group, receives a Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device at the MCTOG compound Aug. 31, 2012.

MWSS171 perfects skills

MWSS171 perfects skills

Lance Cpl. Mark Karwatka and Cpl. Joshua Velasquez, motor vehicle operators with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 hook up a humvee to tow back to their compound in an vehicle recovery exercise near the Combat C... More

Cpl. Albert Munoz, motor transport operator, Marine

Cpl. Albert Munoz, motor transport operator, Marine

Cpl. Albert Munoz, motor transport operator, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374, sits in the middle of a flag memorial in the Combat Center’s Heritage Park Sept. 11, 2012.The Armed Services YMCA set up the memori... More

Aircraft Recovery

Aircraft Recovery

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, of Iwakuni, Japan, look to recover a downed helicopter in the Combat Center’s Landing Zone Sand Hill training area Sept. 13, 2012.

Cpl. Jarrod Larosa, assistant team leader, scout sniper

Cpl. Jarrod Larosa, assistant team leader, scout sniper

Cpl. Jarrod Larosa, assistant team leader, scout sniper detachment, Co. E, 2/7, holds his sleeping 2-week-old son Kael, Sept. 12, 2012, during the last hour before Larosa had to board a bus and deploy to Afghan... More

Camp out

Camp out

Boy Scouts with the Combat Center’s Troop 78 camped out at Del Valle Field Sept. 7 as part of their monthly outdoor activity.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 based out of Marine

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 based out of Marine

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, practiced vehicle recovery operation near the Combat Center's Noble Pass training area Sept. 11, 2012.

Lance Cpl. Brian Smull, infantryman, 1st Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Brian Smull, infantryman, 1st Battalion,

Lance Cpl. Brian Smull, infantryman, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, meets his daughter, Kara, 2 months old, for the first time Sept. 8, 2012 during his unit's homecoming

Jose Linares performs a break-dance routine at Marines

Jose Linares performs a break-dance routine at Marines

Jose Linares performs a break-dance routine at Marines Got Talent Sept. 7, 2012.

A Marine hugs his wife during a 1st Battalion, 7th

A Marine hugs his wife during a 1st Battalion, 7th

A Marine hugs his wife during a 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, homecoming event Sept. 15, 2012 at Del Valle Field. He secured a teddy bear to his pack to give his son after 1/7’s seven-month long deploymen... More

Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion load up into

Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion load up into

Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion load up into a KC-130 after an air raid exercise at the Sweet Water training area, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012.

Combat Center keeps Marines on guard, riding safe

Combat Center keeps Marines on guard, riding safe

A motorcycle is parked in the Combat Center's parking lot, Sept. 19, 2012.

Commander's Challenge 2012

Commander's Challenge 2012

An unmanned aerial vehicle sits while airmen and civil service workers prepare to test their experiments detecting UAVs at Range 220. The workers teamed up for the Commander’s Challenge 2012. This years challen... More

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, evacuate

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, evacuate

Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, evacuate a simulated casualty during the unit’s Clear, Hold, Build-4 portion of their Enhanced Mojave Viper cycle at Range 215, Sept. 25, 2012.

Natasha Harth, mentor, Lifestyle Insights Networking

Natasha Harth, mentor, Lifestyle Insights Networking

Natasha Harth, mentor, Lifestyle Insights Networking Knowledge Skills, discusses appropriate behavior for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball Saturday with Combat Center wives and girlfriends during the first Belle ... More

Fans reach out to Hinder's lead singer, Austin Winkler,

Fans reach out to Hinder's lead singer, Austin Winkler,

Fans reach out to Hinder's lead singer, Austin Winkler, during the Sounds of Freedom Concert at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Sept. 29, 2012. One fan tried to reach out to Winkler using his crutch. Hinder and... More

Scouts with the Combat Center’s Cub Scout Pack 78 bag

Scouts with the Combat Center’s Cub Scout Pack 78 bag

Scouts with the Combat Center’s Cub Scout Pack 78 bag pieces of trash they found at Joshua Tree National Park Sept. 29 during National Public Lands Day. Hundreds of volunteers from the base and the local commun... More

Fire department hosts cook off

Fire department hosts cook off

Maddox Adcox, 2, hugs Sparky the Fire Dog, official mascot for the National Fire Protection Association at the Combat Center Fire Department Chili Luncheon Oct. 12, 2012.

Sgt. Wayne Gallagher, woodshed noncommissioned officer

Sgt. Wayne Gallagher, woodshed noncommissioned officer

Sgt. Wayne Gallagher, woodshed noncommissioned officer in charge, sights in on the 500 yard line on the practice firing day of his annual rifle qualification at the MTU rifle range Oct. 15, 2012.

Protecting the desert tortoise

Protecting the desert tortoise

The desert tortoise is one of many animals that call the Combat Center home. They are also the only species aboard the installation listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Tortoise Research a... More

Longnecks’ Lillian Abelson (right), fights Mammoth

Longnecks’ Lillian Abelson (right), fights Mammoth

Longnecks’ Lillian Abelson (right), fights Mammoth player Calvin Ronin for the ball during a game Oct. 12, 2012 at Felix Field.

Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford, anti-tank missileman, 3rd

Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford, anti-tank missileman, 3rd

Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford, anti-tank missileman, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, leads his pack mule during a hike at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 13, 2012.

Staff Sgt. Charles Case, platoon sergeant, 2nd platoon,

Staff Sgt. Charles Case, platoon sergeant, 2nd platoon,

Staff Sgt. Charles Case, platoon sergeant, 2nd platoon, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, provides security during the battalion’s final exercise Oct. 15 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Brid... More

Laura William, wife of Capt. Eric William, operations

Laura William, wife of Capt. Eric William, operations

Laura William, wife of Capt. Eric William, operations officer, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment straps on a flak jacket during the unit’s Family Fire Exercise Oct. 26, 2012. Family members fired their choice... More

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, patrol through the Sierra Nevada Mountains during their training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Oct. 13, 2012.

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, assemble

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, assemble

Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, assemble battlefield crosses at the battalion’s Remembrance Ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Nov. 2, 2012. Six members of “First Team” gave the ultim... More

Combat Center Marines and family members and personnel

Combat Center Marines and family members and personnel

Combat Center Marines and family members and personnel participate in the 2012 Coyote Mud Run Oct. 26 and 27. The Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School organized the 10 kilometer race with 29 obstacles ... More

Capt. Michael Gocke, inspector-instructor, 4th Tank

Capt. Michael Gocke, inspector-instructor, 4th Tank

Capt. Michael Gocke, inspector-instructor, 4th Tank Battalion, picks out toys from a Toys R’ Us as part of the Toys for Tots program Nov. 1, 2012. The store allowed Marines and sailors to pick out $18,000 worth... More

Staff Sgt. Arold Sylvain, motor transport chief, Marine

Staff Sgt. Arold Sylvain, motor transport chief, Marine

Staff Sgt. Arold Sylvain, motor transport chief, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, is out in the lead of the race. Sylvain won the race with a time of 36:40.

Marines with the Combat Center and 1st Marine Division

Marines with the Combat Center and 1st Marine Division

Marines with the Combat Center and 1st Marine Division Band represent the Marine Corps in the Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11.

1st Lt. Timothy Richardson, communications officer,

1st Lt. Timothy Richardson, communications officer,

1st Lt. Timothy Richardson, communications officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 talks to vendors at the Tech Expo at the Combat Center’s Officer’s Club Nov. 15.

3rd CEB's new commander

3rd CEB's new commander

Lt. Col. Brian Dwyer (left) receives command of 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion from Lt. Col. John Sullivan (right) during the unit's change of command ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Nov. 16. Behind... More

Marines of 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment came home

Marines of 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment came home

Marines of 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment came home after spending seven months in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Oct. 17 at Del Valle field.

A Marine with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion

A Marine with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion

A Marine with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion places a dog tag on one of the military crosses dedicated to the Marines and sailors who fell during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom Dec. 7, dur... More

1st Lt. Jake Crockett, executive officer, Company B,

1st Lt. Jake Crockett, executive officer, Company B,

1st Lt. Jake Crockett, executive officer, Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, waits at Range 410 before Co. B begins its platoon-sized combined arms live fire-maneuver exercise during Exercise Steel ... More

Maj. Richard Kohler, director, Marine Corps Food Service

Maj. Richard Kohler, director, Marine Corps Food Service

Maj. Richard Kohler, director, Marine Corps Food Service and Assistance Program, Headquarters Marine Corps, inspects how Littleton Chow Hall staff members prepare their food during his evaluation for the Maj. G... More

Sgt. Carlos Trejo, Wounded Warrior Battalion West,

Sgt. Carlos Trejo, Wounded Warrior Battalion West,

Sgt. Carlos Trejo, Wounded Warrior Battalion West, grooms his horse, Molly, during his visit at Sinwood Ranch Dec. 11, 2012, as part of the Horsemanship Program. The Marines visit their adopted horses twice a w... More

Marines with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment,

Marines with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment,

Marines with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, run through Range 210 Dec. 11, 2012, during Steel Knight 13.