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As dawn breaks, soldiers from the Afghan National Army

As dawn breaks, soldiers from the Afghan National Army

As dawn breaks, soldiers from the Afghan National Army 215th Corps begin clearing the town of Kakaran during Operation Atash , June 18 through 20. The operation was an Afghan-led clearing operation to establish... More

Marines march out with a helmet, identification tags,

Marines march out with a helmet, identification tags,

Marines march out with a helmet, identification tags, boots and a rifle with bayonet for a memorial ceremony for four Marines, July 8, 2012. During the ceremony, Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimen... More

Lance Cpl. Brett Sloan, team leader, Alpha Company,

Lance Cpl. Brett Sloan, team leader, Alpha Company,

Lance Cpl. Brett Sloan, team leader, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, patrols through head-high corn stalks and ankle-deep mud during Operation Gospand-Sia in the Sangin Vall... More

Hasti Mohammed, an Afghan training to become an Afghan

Hasti Mohammed, an Afghan training to become an Afghan

Hasti Mohammed, an Afghan training to become an Afghan Local Policeman, talks to local Afghan children during a partnered patrol with Marines as part of a final exercise before graduation, July 16, 2012. Marine... More

An MV-22 Osprey carrying Gen. James F. Amos, commandant

An MV-22 Osprey carrying Gen. James F. Amos, commandant

An MV-22 Osprey carrying Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, prepares to land, July 17, 2012. During their visit, Gen. Amos ... More

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson conducts role call during

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson conducts role call during

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson conducts role call during a memorial ceremony in the Regional Command Southwest chapel, Aug. 17. During the ceremony, more than 100 coalition service members gathered to honor and pa... More

More than 300 Muslims from various countries bow their

More than 300 Muslims from various countries bow their

More than 300 Muslims from various countries bow their heads for prayer during a service to celebrate Eid al-Fitar, Aug. 19. Eid marks the end of Ramadan and is a time of celebration when Muslims hold a festiva... More

Through thick and thin: Husband, wife go through deployment together

Through thick and thin: Husband, wife go through deployment together

Through thick and thin, Staff Sgt. Luke Billingsley along with his wife Sgt. Nancy Billingsley, serve their country together during their seven-month deployment. Both are currently deployed with Marine Aviation... More

First Sgt. Demond Washington, company first sergeant,

First Sgt. Demond Washington, company first sergeant,

First Sgt. Demond Washington, company first sergeant, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, pays his respects to Cpl. Daniel L. Linnabary II, during a memorial ceremony in the sweltering Afghanistan sunlight, Sept... More

Marine creates own traditions, serves country in process

Marine creates own traditions, serves country in process

Spurred by the desire to create a better life, Cpl. Charlemagne Jennings, maintenance management clerk, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, decided to enlist in the Marine Corps during ... More

Georgia native, corpsman serves country on first deployment

Georgia native, corpsman serves country on first deployment

Motivated to better his life and receive an education, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Lattimore, a corpsman with 3rd platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 6, enlisted in the Navy a m... More

Commitment defines Marine through multiple deployments

Commitment defines Marine through multiple deployments

To pass the time while deployed, Master Sgt. Eric Johnson, current operations chief for Regional Command Southwest, participates in Cross-Fit on a daily basis. Johnson who enlisted as an infantryman in 1990 fro... More

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the food service contact team, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (Forward), cooks lobster for Marines and sailors at Combat Outpost Fiddlers Green,... More

Transitioning to training: Infantryman mentors ANA on 2nd combat deployment

Transitioning to training: Infantryman mentors ANA on 2nd combat deplo...

During his second combat deployment, Cpl. Micah Howard continues to faithfully serve his country. Howard, a squad leader with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, from Columbia, S.C., ... More

Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, deputy commanding general

Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, deputy commanding general

Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, deputy commanding general of operations, Installation Management Command, praises the efforts of Col. Bruce E. Pollard, outgoing commander of IMCOM (Fwd), and his ability to ensure qu... More

An M88A2 Hercules used for towing downed vehicles,

An M88A2 Hercules used for towing downed vehicles,

An M88A2 Hercules used for towing downed vehicles, stage and conduct general maintenance in the predawn hours before beginning Operation Helmand Viper, Oct. 20. During the operation, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Bat... More

More than 600 servicemembers and civilian contractors

More than 600 servicemembers and civilian contractors

More than 600 servicemembers and civilian contractors begin the five-kilometer Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 4. The event was held to raise money and awareness for brea... More

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is earned by Marines during

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is earned by Marines during

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is earned by Marines during Marine Corps recruit training. After weeks of training, the recruits earn the small piece of metal and the title United States Marine. Both active and ret... More

Dedicated father of two serves country on first deployment

Dedicated father of two serves country on first deployment

Lance Cpl. Christopher Souder knew a change needed to be made for his daughter and future wife. Now, the father of two daughters with a third child on the way, Souder, an armorer with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Ba... More

Motivated to pave his own path in life, Pfc. Clifford

Motivated to pave his own path in life, Pfc. Clifford

Motivated to pave his own path in life, Pfc. Clifford Dietrich decided to enlist in the Marine Corps once he graduated high school. The Marine Corps celebrated its 237th birthday, Nov. 10. As is tradition, Diet... More

From Iraq to Afghanistan Marine continues to keep tanks rolling

From Iraq to Afghanistan Marine continues to keep tanks rolling

Motivated to pave his own path in life, Sgt. Joshua Whiting became the first person in his family to join the military. Whiting is now serving on his second combat deployment. During this deployment, Whiting, a... More

Staff Sgt. Monica Paz, left, was Sgt. Brenna Aspera’s

Staff Sgt. Monica Paz, left, was Sgt. Brenna Aspera’s

Staff Sgt. Monica Paz, left, was Sgt. Brenna Aspera’s drill instructor when Aspera went through recruit training. Paz, a native of Miami, became a Marine because of the drive she had to become the best. A veter... More

Building on past traditions, legacy: Fox Company pushes forward in Afghanistan

Building on past traditions, legacy: Fox Company pushes forward in Afg...

Sergeant William Whetzel, left, squad leader, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, holds the company’s standard guidon while Sgt. Erik Frederiksen, squad leader, Fox Co., holds the... More

Yar Mohammed, center, the acting district governor

Yar Mohammed, center, the acting district governor

Yar Mohammed, center, the acting district governor of Musa Qal’ah, speaks with Catriona Laing, right, head of mission for the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team and the International Security Assistance For... More

Conrad, Iowa native serves country on first combat deployment

Conrad, Iowa native serves country on first combat deployment

Motivated to serve his country, Lance Cpl. Shane Kruse, a Conrad, Iowa, native, decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a Marine. Now a driver and machine gunner with the Combined Anti Armor Team... More

First deployment to Afghanistan sniper’s dream finally fulfilled

First deployment to Afghanistan sniper’s dream finally fulfilled

Motivated to serve his country, Cpl. Aaron Clote, a native of Wentzville, Mo., enlisted in the Marine Corps one month after graduating high school. Now serving on his third deployment as a sniper and as the rad... More

Paris, Texas, native follows in ancestors' footsteps, defends country on second deployment

Paris, Texas, native follows in ancestors' footsteps, defends country ...

Following in his ancestors' footsteps, Cpl. Wesley Giddens is currently serving on his second deployment. Giddens, an intelligence analyst with Regimental Combat Team 7, from Paris, Texas, is currently serving ... More

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost

Afghan National Army soldiers patrol over the frost covered ground during Operation New Hope, Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16. Moments after, they would receive fire from multiple enemy positions. During the opera... More

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion listen to personnal reflections during an induction ceremony here, Feb. 8. During the ceremony, soldiers honored Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli and Sgt.... More

Sgt. Maj. Adam Yakubsin, the battalion sergeant major

Sgt. Maj. Adam Yakubsin, the battalion sergeant major

Sgt. Maj. Adam Yakubsin, the battalion sergeant major for 1st Intelligence Battalion, from Gainesville, Fla., throws a pitch during the first regular season softball game at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 19. Th... More

A Navy corpsman with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment,

A Navy corpsman with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment,

A Navy corpsman with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, provides security while Marines rescue a simulated downed pilot during Tactical Rescue of Aircraft Personnel training, at Camp Pendl... More

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jorge Arreola (left), a corpsman

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jorge Arreola (left), a corpsman

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jorge Arreola (left), a corpsman with Georgian Liaison Team 8, from Corsicana, Texas, spends time with his sons Brandon (middle) and Travis (right) before departing for a seven-month dep... More

Sgt. Ronald Spaanstra, an engineer chief with 1st Air

Sgt. Ronald Spaanstra, an engineer chief with 1st Air

Sgt. Ronald Spaanstra, an engineer chief with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Randolph, N.J., fires his M4A1 service rifle during an enhanced marksmanship program, at C... More

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general of

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general of

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), presents and congratulates Petty Officer 1st Class Benny Flores, a corpsman serving with Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Co... More

Jim Reid, a Patriot Guard Rider, holds an American

Jim Reid, a Patriot Guard Rider, holds an American

Jim Reid, a Patriot Guard Rider, holds an American flag and patiently awaits the arrival of approximately 500 Marines and sailors with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Reinforced), the aviation combat ele... More

Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct

Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct

Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct rifle manual during a relief and appointment ceremony May 16, at the 21 Area parade deck on Camp Pendleton, Calif. During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Scott T... More

Children attending the 54th Annual Armed Forces Day

Children attending the 54th Annual Armed Forces Day

Children attending the 54th Annual Armed Forces Day learn about a light armored vehicle during a military exhibit at Torrance, Calif., May 18. Along with the exhibit, the event also featured a free concert and ... More

The color guard presents the colors during a change

The color guard presents the colors during a change

The color guard presents the colors during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, May 21. During the ceremony, Col. James H. Herrera relieved Col. Steven M. Hanson as the commanding officer of I Marine... More

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with Field Medical Training Battalion West, receives the Bronze star with the combat distinguishing “V” device, for valor at Camp Pendleton, May 23. Rettenberger... More

Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine

Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine

Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks with members of the I MEF/ I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group Motorcycle Club before a group ride at Camp Pendlet... More

Donovan Brown, the Sodexo West Coast Regional executive

Donovan Brown, the Sodexo West Coast Regional executive

Donovan Brown, the Sodexo West Coast Regional executive chef, from Washington, D.C., explains the rules to cooks competing in a knowledge-bowl during the Chef of the Quarter Culinary Competition at Camp Pendlet... More

The color guard presents the colors during a change

The color guard presents the colors during a change

The color guard presents the colors during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, June 7. Navy Capt. Dan Cornwell relieved Navy Capt. Michael Eby, as the commanding officer of Field Medical Training Ba... More

Able Diver Temana Tohiariki, with the New Zealand navy

Able Diver Temana Tohiariki, with the New Zealand navy

Able Diver Temana Tohiariki, with the New Zealand navy Operational Dive Team, puts on his diving suit in preparation for a mine countermeasure exercise during Dawn Blitz 2013 at Camp Pendleton, June 12. The ODT... More

Osprey lands on Japanese ship for first time

Osprey lands on Japanese ship for first time

An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 lands on board the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDG 181) as part of Dawn Blitz 2013 for the first time in history o... More

Sailors with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces raise

Sailors with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces raise

Sailors with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces raise the national flag of Japan is aboard the JS Hyuga (DDG-181), during Dawn Blitz 2013 at Naval Base San Diego, June 14. Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multin... More

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems are displayed at the

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems are displayed at the

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems are displayed at the official opening of the Training and Logistics Support Activity-West at Camp Pendleton, June 18. The TALSA provides Marines with a central location where the... More

The color guard marches out the colors during a change

The color guard marches out the colors during a change

The color guard marches out the colors during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, July 17. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III relieved Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow as the commanding g... More

Children stretch out before the start of a baseball

Children stretch out before the start of a baseball

Children stretch out before the start of a baseball clinic hosted by the Padres Foundation and USAA at Petco Park, Aug. 22. The clinic was designed to thank service members and their families from across San Di... More

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force gathered today aboard Camp Pendleton to pay their respects to the lives lost on 9/11. I MEF Commanding General, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan and Sgt. Maj. Ronald... More

British Army Private Richard Corbett, a medic with

British Army Private Richard Corbett, a medic with

British Army Private Richard Corbett, a medic with 4th Medical Regiment from Swansea, Wales posts security in the high grass, while soldiers from the Afghan National Army clear the town of Kakaran during Operat... More

Afghans training to become Afghan Local Police stand

Afghans training to become Afghan Local Police stand

Afghans training to become Afghan Local Police stand by during roll call before starting training, July 3, 2012. Marines with Police Advisor Team 2, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental... More

Marines prepare to place items to construct a field

Marines prepare to place items to construct a field

Marines prepare to place items to construct a field memorial, July 8, 2012. A helmet and dog tags are placed on an inverted rifle to signify a break in action and a time of prayer. Boots represent the Marines’ ... More

Seaman Christian Adkins, corpsman, Alpha Company, 1st

Seaman Christian Adkins, corpsman, Alpha Company, 1st

Seaman Christian Adkins, corpsman, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, scans the surrounding area during Operation Gospand-Sia in the Sangin Valley District, July 11, 2012. The ... More

Lieutenant. Col. David Bradney, commanding officer,

Lieutenant. Col. David Bradney, commanding officer,

Lieutenant. Col. David Bradney, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Keith Coombs, the battalion sergeant major, greet Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, July 1... More

Sergeant Maj. Harrison L. Tanksley, Regional Command

Sergeant Maj. Harrison L. Tanksley, Regional Command

Sergeant Maj. Harrison L. Tanksley, Regional Command Southwest sergeant major, pays his final respects to Sgt. Joshua R. Ashley during a memorial ceremony in the Regional Command Southwest chapel, Aug. 17. Ashl... More

A group of Jordanians bow their heads in prayer during

A group of Jordanians bow their heads in prayer during

A group of Jordanians bow their heads in prayer during a service to celebrate Eid al-Fitar, Aug. 19. During the service, more than 300 Muslims from various countries came together to celebrate Eid. Eid marks th... More

Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, pay

Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, pay

Marines with Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, pay their respects to Cpl. Daniel L. Linnabary II, during a memorial ceremony in the sweltering Afghanistan sunlight, Sept. 1. Linnabary, 23, from Hubert, N.C., w... More

Marines kneel down beside the battlefield cross to

Marines kneel down beside the battlefield cross to

Marines kneel down beside the battlefield cross to pay their final respects to Sgt. Bradley Atwell during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 20. During the ceremony, Marines paid tribute to Atwell, an aircraft electric... More

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the

Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a senior advisor with the food service contact team, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (Forward), cooks lobster for Marines and sailors at Combat Outpost Fiddlers Green,... More

Col. Bruce E. Pollard, outgoing commander of Installation

Col. Bruce E. Pollard, outgoing commander of Installation

Col. Bruce E. Pollard, outgoing commander of Installation Management Command (Forward), thanks his team and expresses his confidence in Col. Kevin Entwistle, incoming commander, IMCOM (Fwd), during a change of ... More

Tanks along with vehicles stage and prepare to launch

Tanks along with vehicles stage and prepare to launch

Tanks along with vehicles stage and prepare to launch their attack during Operation Helmand Viper, Oct. 20. During the operation, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, led the support mission for special forces. T... More

A Marine enjoys crossing the finishing line of the

A Marine enjoys crossing the finishing line of the

A Marine enjoys crossing the finishing line of the five-kilometer Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 4. During the event, approximately 600 personnel deployed to Afghanistan... More

Motivated to become a Marine and defend her country,

Motivated to become a Marine and defend her country,

Motivated to become a Marine and defend her country, Staff Sgt. Monica Paz, a Miami native, enlisted in the Marine Corps during July 2000. A veteran of two previous combat deployments to Iraq, Paz is currently ... More

Yar Mohammed, the acting district governor of Musa

Yar Mohammed, the acting district governor of Musa

Yar Mohammed, the acting district governor of Musa Qal’ah, speaks to members of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team during a meeting to assess governance, security and stability in Musa Qal’ah, Nov. 29. ... More

A soldier in the Afghan National Army takes cover behind

A soldier in the Afghan National Army takes cover behind

A soldier in the Afghan National Army takes cover behind a wall while receiving enemy fire during Operation New Hope, Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16. During the operation, the ANA partnered with the Afghan Nation... More

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion,

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion,

Soldiers with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, pay their final respects to two of their fallen brothers during an induction ceremony here, Feb. 8. During the ceremony, soldiers honored Staff Sgt. Rob... More

A Marine, with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268,

A Marine, with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268,

A Marine, with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268, winds up to hit a pitch during the first regular season softball game at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 19. The softball games are part of a competition know... More

Helicopter Ropes Suspension Training masters with 1st

Helicopter Ropes Suspension Training masters with 1st

Helicopter Ropes Suspension Training masters with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, help rescue a simulated downed pilot during Tactical Rescue of Aircraft Personnel training, at Camp Pen... More

Cpl. Ryan Hunter, a fire support man with 1st Air Naval

Cpl. Ryan Hunter, a fire support man with 1st Air Naval

Cpl. Ryan Hunter, a fire support man with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, from Orange County, Calif., spends valuable time with his wife and loved ones before departing for a seven-month deployment to Af... More

Sgt. Jesse Rodriguez, an optics technician with 1st

Sgt. Jesse Rodriguez, an optics technician with 1st

Sgt. Jesse Rodriguez, an optics technician with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Fallbrook, Calif., sights in on his target during an enhanced marksmanship program, at C... More

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus the commanding general

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), speaks about Petty Officer 1st Class Benny Flores’s heroic actions that led to being awarded the Silver Star durin... More

Family and friends of approximately 500 Marines and

Family and friends of approximately 500 Marines and

Family and friends of approximately 500 Marines and sailors with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Reinforced), the aviation combat element for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, welcomed home their loved... More

The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit color guard presents

The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit color guard presents

The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit color guard presents the colors during a relief and appointment ceremony May 16, at the 21 Area parade deck on Camp Pendleton, Calif. During the ceremony Sgt. Maj. Scott T. Pi... More

A joint service color guard carries each service flag

A joint service color guard carries each service flag

A joint service color guard carries each service flag along with the American flag at the start of the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade at Torrance, Calif., May 18. The parade is the nation’s longest running pa... More

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Rocquemore, sergeant major of I Marine

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Rocquemore, sergeant major of I Marine

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Rocquemore, sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, hands the colors to Col. Steven M. Hanson, outgoing commanding officer of I MHG, during a change of command cerem... More

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Rettenberger, an instructor with Field Medical Training Battalion West, receives the Bronze star with the combat distinguishing “V” device, for valor at Camp Pendleton, May 23. Rettenberger... More

Staff Sgt. Michael S. Almendarez, the subsistence chief

Staff Sgt. Michael S. Almendarez, the subsistence chief

Staff Sgt. Michael S. Almendarez, the subsistence chief with field mess I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, and the motorcycle club president, leads the way during a group ride at Camp Pendleton, M... More

Sgt. Sean Dodds, a chief cook with Team 2 from I Marine

Sgt. Sean Dodds, a chief cook with Team 2 from I Marine

Sgt. Sean Dodds, a chief cook with Team 2 from I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group field mess, prepares food during day two of the Chef of the Quarter competition at Camp Pendleton, June 5. Dodds te... More

Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan B. Patawaran, command

Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan B. Patawaran, command

Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan B. Patawaran, command master chief of Field Medical Training Battalion West, hands the colors to Navy Capt. Michael Eby, outgoing commander of FMTB-West, during a change of com... More

Able Diver Darren Shea, with the New Zealand navy

Able Diver Darren Shea, with the New Zealand navy

Able Diver Darren Shea, with the New Zealand navy Operational Dive Team, checks is oxygen tanks in preparation for a mine countermeasure exercise during Dawn Blitz 2013 at Camp Pendleton, June 12. The ODT speci... More

A sailor with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces

A sailor with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces

A sailor with the Japanese Maritime Defense Forces salutes while the national flag of Japan is raised aboard the JS Hyuga (DDG-181), during Dawn Blitz 2013 off the coast of Naval Base San Diego, June 14. Exerci... More

A group examines the operating system of Small Unmanned

A group examines the operating system of Small Unmanned

A group examines the operating system of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems during the official opening of the Training and Logistics Support Activity-West at Camp Pendleton, June 18. The TALSA provides Marines wi... More

Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III receives the colors from

Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III receives the colors from

Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III receives the colors from Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, July 17. During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III relieved Maj.... More

Children play a baseball game during a baseball clinic

Children play a baseball game during a baseball clinic

Children play a baseball game during a baseball clinic hosted by the Padres Foundation and USAA at Petco Park, Aug. 22. The clinic was designed to thank service members and their families from across San Diego,... More

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines and sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force salute during Taps at a morning 9/11 memorial ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Sept. 11, 2013. The service members came together to pay their respects to tho... More

Lance Cpl. Dakota Druce, rifleman, Police Advisor Team

Lance Cpl. Dakota Druce, rifleman, Police Advisor Team

Lance Cpl. Dakota Druce, rifleman, Police Advisor Team 2, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, leads Afghans in training to become Afghan Local Police in pushups, July 3,... More

Marines bow their heads in a moment of prayer during

Marines bow their heads in a moment of prayer during

Marines bow their heads in a moment of prayer during a memorial ceremony, July 8, 2012. During the ceremony, Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, paid tribute to Pfc. Steven P. Ste... More

Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to leave on patrol

Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to leave on patrol

Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to leave on patrol after a short water resupply stop during Operation Gospand-Sia in the Sangin Valley District, July 11, 2012. The Afghan-led operation was scheduled for 4... More

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

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

General James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speak with Lt. Col. David Bradney, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regi... More

Marines with Military Working Dogs Platoon, 2nd Law

Marines with Military Working Dogs Platoon, 2nd Law

Marines with Military Working Dogs Platoon, 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (Forward) pay their final respects to Sgt. Joshua R. Ashley during a memorial... More

Iman Suliman leads more than 300 Muslims from various

Iman Suliman leads more than 300 Muslims from various

Iman Suliman leads more than 300 Muslims from various countries in prayer during a service to celebrate Eid al-Fitar, Aug. 19. Eid marks the end of Ramadan and is a time of celebration when Muslims hold a festi... More

Marines and sailors bow their heads in prayer during

Marines and sailors bow their heads in prayer during

Marines and sailors bow their heads in prayer during a memorial ceremony in the sweltering Afghanistan sunlight, Sept. 1. The ceremony was held to pay final respects to Cpl. Daniel L. Linnabary II, 23, tank gun... More

Col. Kevin Entwistle, incoming commander Installation

Col. Kevin Entwistle, incoming commander Installation

Col. Kevin Entwistle, incoming commander Installation Management Command (Forward), expresses his appreciation and confidence in his ability to continue ensuring quality living conditions at Camp Leatherneck, d... More

A tank scans the surrounding area as it provides security

A tank scans the surrounding area as it provides security

A tank scans the surrounding area as it provides security for special forces during Operation Helmand Viper, Oct. 20. During the operation, Bravo Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, led the support mission for special... More

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson, the Camp Leatherneck provost

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson, the Camp Leatherneck provost

Gunnery Sgt. Allan Anderson, the Camp Leatherneck provost sergeant, from Lewiston, Maine, runs in the five-kilometer Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 4. The Susan G. Komen... More

Village elders from Musa Qal’ah speak with local Government

Village elders from Musa Qal’ah speak with local Government

Village elders from Musa Qal’ah speak with local Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials during a meeting to assess governance, security and stability in Musa Qal’ah, Nov. 29. During recent ... More

Lieutenant Colonel Jay M. Holtermann, commanding officer,

Lieutenant Colonel Jay M. Holtermann, commanding officer,

Lieutenant Colonel Jay M. Holtermann, commanding officer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), flies a CH-53E Super Stallion during Operation Lund Safar, to Camp Rhino, Afgh... More

Marine advisors attached with the Afghan National Army

Marine advisors attached with the Afghan National Army

Marine advisors attached with the Afghan National Army run to a compound to take cover while receiving enemy fire during Operation New Hope, Kajaki, Afghanistan, Jan. 16. During the three-day operation, more th... More

A soldier with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion,

A soldier with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion,

A soldier with 393rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, pays her final respects to two fallen brothers during an induction ceremony here, Feb. 8. During the ceremony, soldiers honored Staff Sgt. Robert A. Ma... More

Lance Cpl. Mathew Whaley, a training noncommissioned

Lance Cpl. Mathew Whaley, a training noncommissioned

Lance Cpl. Mathew Whaley, a training noncommissioned officer with 1st Intelligence Battalion, from Dandridge, Tenn., prepares to hit a pitch in an effort to help his team win their first regular season softball... More