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Members of Co. B, 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, (Battalion Landing Team 1/3), 3rd Marine Div., Fleet Marine Force, walk alongside a1st Marine Division M-60A1 tank during a live fire exercise. This composite group is Battalion Landing Team 1/3 (BLT 1/3)

Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from HMM (C) Squadron-265, makes an external airlift of supplies from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1), to one of the Marine units ashore. Marines from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3), and the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) are participating in operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Marine Corps infantrymen from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3) embark a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, that will take them from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1) to a point inland during Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Marines from Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 2/3), 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU), move along the beach in an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during Exercise '81-9

Marines of Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 2/3), 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU), take time out to eat Australian C-rations during Exercise Kangaroo 4

A Marine from Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 2/3), 31st Marine Amphibious Unit, walks along a road during Exercise Kangaroo 4

A Dragon anti-tank gun team from Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 2/3), 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU), gets ready to move out during Exercise Kangaroo 4

Marines from the Battalion Landing Team (BLT 1/3), 3rd Marine Division, take defensive positions after landing on the beach in an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during a routine training exercise

Fort Hasey-Marines from the Battalion Landing Team (BLT 1/3), 3rd Marine Division, move inland after landing on the beach in an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during a routine training exercise

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 1/3), land on the beach in the LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during a training exercise at Fort Hasey

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines (BLT 1/3), move inland after landing on the beach in an LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicle during a routine training exercise

Right side profile of two Marine Armored Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) emerges from the surf, from left to right, onto the beach at Mogadishu Airport. They are from the 15th Marine Expeditionary force unit BLT 2/9, Camp Pendleton, California. The AAVs were deployed from the Austin Class; Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) (not shown) as part of Operation Restore Hope

SGT Robert A. Ford, left, and CPL Reginald E. Harper of Headquarters and Service Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24TH MEU), look out the window of a former Iraq army building during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

An M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) stops at a position manned by Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), in a former Iraqi army compound. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Chaplain (LT.) William D. Devine, the Catholic chaplain for Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), looks out the window of his room in a former Iraqi army building during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

LCPL Dean Walker, left, and LCPL Kelly Lisciak of Headquarters and Service Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), finish eating lunch outside their position at a former Iraqi army compound. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

LCPL Brian Quinn, left, and LCPL Giacomo DiGiacomo of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), sit under the Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted on an M1038 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) parked in a former Iraqi army compound. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

LCPL Ed Misker of Headquarters and Service Co., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), looks out over a field while standing guard duty. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq. Misker is armed with an M-16A2 rifle equipped with an M-203 grenade launcher

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), climb aboard three LAV-25 light armored vehicles, left, right and center, and two LAV-AT light armored anti-tank vehicles as they prepare to move out on a patrol. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), ride aboard an LAV-25 light armored vehicle as it passes through a former Iraqi army compound. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), arrives at a former Iraqi army compound after riding aboard a cargo truck from Silopi, Turkey. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), disembark from the back of a cargo truck at a former Iraqi army compound upon their arrival from Silopi, Turkey. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

A Marine from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), mans the M-2 .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the roof of an M-923 5-ton cargo truck as the truck passes through the city. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Marines from Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), take a break to get their hair cut while occupying a former Iraqi army compound. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

STAFF SGT. Kenneth E. Rhodes, left, Lance CPL. Patrick A. Crim, second from left, and SGT. Andrew R. Goulding, right, of Headquarters and Service Co., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), talk with Chaplain (CMDR.) Skip E. Blancett, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) Protestant chaplain, outside coalition forces headquarters during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

CPL Mark Danielson of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Bn., 8th Marines (BLT 2/8), reads a book as he sits in the shade near two LAV-25 light armored vehicles, left, and two LAV-AT light armored anti-tank vehicles. Troops from the U.S. and other coalition nations are in Dahuk for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in southern Turkey and northern Iraq

Left side front view of a four US Marine Armored Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) with the closest one to the camera backing into a space next to the others. The Marine Corps Flag waves atop one of the AAVs. They are from the 15th Marine Expeditionary force unit BLT 2/9, Camp Pendleton, California. The AAVs were deployed from the Austin Class; Amphibious Transport Dock Ship; USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) (not shown) as part of Operation Restore Hope

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) backs into its position on the beach alongside other AAVs. The AAVs from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, (BLT 2/9), Camp Pendleton, CA, deployed on board USS JUNEAU is part of the operation

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) emerge from the surf onto the beach at the airport. The AAVs from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, (BLT 2/9), Camp Pendleton, CA, deployed on board USS JUNEAU is part of the operation

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) emerge from the surf onto the beach. The AAVs from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, (BLT 2/9), Camp Pendleton, CA, deployed on board USS JUNEAU is part of the operation

Acting as a forward air controller, Captain Christopher Mattei, Battalion Landing Team First Battalion/First Marines (BLT 1/1) Air Officer, talks to a pilot over the radio, vectoring him to a target at Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-Nine Palms (MAGCC 29 Palms) during the Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX) portion of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California, 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marines from the Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/1 Weapons Company, Camp Pendleton refresh at the 400-gallon M149A1 water trailer or water bull after completing the Supporting Arms Coordination Exercise (SACEX) portion of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) 29 Palms. The water bull is towed by a M939 series 6X6 5-ton tactical truck. KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines get their Christmas gift, a ride back to ship. As the sun rose on Christmas morning, an airlift brought these Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4, the MEU's ground combat element, back to the ships of the BELLEAU WOOD Amphibious Ready Group. The Marines spent the last seven days here in support of Operation DESERT FOX. DESERT FOX mission goals are to degrade Saddam Hussein's ability to make and to use weapons of mass destruction

A silhouetted US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion (BN)/4th Marine Regiment (MAR REGT) (2/4), the ground combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappels to the ground under the jungle sky during training exercises at Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC)

A US Marine CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365, deployed on the USS KEARSARGE (LHD3) (not shown), delivers supplies to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 3/8 at Fier, Albania, on May 7, 1999. The BLT 3/8 is providing security during the building of Camp Hope, the first Refugee camp built by the United States for ethnic Albanians forced from Kosovo. Camp Hope was erected as part of Operation Sustain Hope, the U.S. effort to bring in food, water, medicine, relief supplies, and to establish camps for the refugees (not shown) fleeing from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia into Albania and Macedonia

United States Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) Boat Company, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), carry a zodiac raft out to the waters of Freshwater Beach in Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, after an early dawn amphibious assault during exercise Crocodile '99

Battalion Landing Team (BLT), Bravo Company 1/5, prep their Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) before taking off to the range where they will fire at designated targets in the Shoalwater Training Area, Queensland, Australia in support of exercise Crocodile '99

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Jeff Dagenhart, Alpha Company (A CO) Battalion (BLT) 1ST Battalion (BN), 1ST Marines (1/1), looks on as a smoke grenade is set off by Saudi Arabian Marines during a combined assault for Exercise RED REEF during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

Lance Corporal Gregory Hughes a SAW GUNNER with Third Platoon, India Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/1, 13TH Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (13th MEU (SOC)), holds security at Arturo Island Beach Landing Zone during a Humanitarian Assistance Operation, East Timor, September 2000. The M249 SAW carried over Hughes right shoulder is a 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon. Marines and Sailors from Tarawa Amphibious Ready Group spent three days in East Timor providing Medical and Community Relations Services to help rebuild the war torn nation

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/2's Golf Company launch their Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Crafts (CRRC) from the well deck of the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Transport Dock, USS AUSTIN (LPD 4), during an amphibious landing on Zirje Island, Croatia. The raid is part of a bilateral training exercise held in Croatia between the Sailors and Marines attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEUSOC) and the Croatian military, participating in the bilateral training exercise Croatian Phiblex 2000

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Dennis Dodge, Golf Company (G CO), Baalion Landing Team 2nd Baalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2), 26h Marine Expediionary Uni (Special Operaions Capable) (MEU (SOC)), moves o he op of Landing Force Objecive (LD OBJ) One during he Comba Enhancemen Training (CET) phase of Exercise DESTINED GLORY 00. SGT Dodge is armed wih a 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle wih a M203 40 mm grenade launcher. DESTINED GLORY is designed o build ineroperabiliy and cooperaion beween miliary forces in he Medierranean Region. Elemens of he Unied Kingdom (UK), Germany (DEU), Unied Saes (USA), Ialian, Spanish, Greek and Turkish Air, Naval and Land forces are...

A USMC Marine CH-46 (Sea Knight) helicopter from Marine Helicopter Squadron Medium (HMM 262) hovers above the USS Essexs (LHD 2), flight deck while Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) practice fast roping. The Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

US Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) load into the rear of a US Marine CH-46 (Sea Knight) helicopter to go ashore for their mission during FOAL EAGLE 2000 exercise in Pohang, Korea. US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

US Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) load into the rear of a US Marine CH-46 (Sea Knight) helicopter to be flown ashore for their mission in the FOAL EAGLE 2000 exercise in Pohang, Korea. US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit spent two months participating in various training operations on and off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Sasebo, Japan, Pohang, Korea, and Hong Kong, China

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Mark Miller, Team Leader, Weapons Platoon, India Company (I CO), Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1ST Marines (BLT 3/1), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), stands his security post aboard Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS COLE (DDG 67) as it is towed to sea. LCPL Miller is armed with a 5.56 mm M16A2 rile. The wounded COLE will rendezvous with the Motor Vessel (MV) BLUE MARLIN for transport to its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), during Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Benjamin Heimerl, Section Leader, Weapons Platoon, India Company (I CO), Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1ST Marines (BLT 3/1), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), stands his security post aboard Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS COLE (DDG 67) as it is towed to sea. The wounded COLE will rendezvous with the Motor Vessel (MV) BLUE MARLIN for transport to its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), during Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) James Easter, Ammunition Technician, India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), lines up the sights for the M198 Howitzer during Exercise SLUNJ 2000. Exercise SLUNJ 2000, held at Slunj, Croatia, a bilateral exercise designed to improve cooperation and interoperability between US and Croatian military forces

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) David Krell, Armorer, 1ST Light Armored Reconnaissance Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1ST Marines (BLT 3/1), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), scrubs with a wire brush to a winch cable, attached to a USMC Light Armored Vehicle-Recovery (LAV-R), of rust and corrosion during a wash down at Camp Doha, Kuwait

Combat Engineer Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climb over obstacles to inspect for booby traps. Engineers with BLT 1/5, are responsible for the removal of all obstacles used to delay their unit's advance on their objectives during Exercise TANDEM THRUST 2001. TANDEM THRUST is a combined United States and Australian military training exercise. This biannual exercise is being held in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay training area, Queensland, Australia. More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are participating, with Canadian units taking part as opposing forces. The purpose of TANDEM THRUST is to train for crisis action planning ...

Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3/6 (BLT 3/6) "hump" towards their fighting foxholes just off the runway at the Khandahar International Airport, Khandahar, Afghanistan during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Positioned near a US Air Force (USAF) C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, US Marine Corps (USMC) troops from Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) Company, attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)(Special Operations Capable), prepares to conduct a patrol around Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Light enhanced photography, fisheye lens view, showing an explosion resulting after US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) destroyed a series of tunnels discovered in the Zhawar Kili area of Eastern Afghanistan, while conducting search and destroy missions, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) David Easter peers through binoculars while participating in a mounted patrol with Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) Company, attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)(Special Operations Capable), near Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Parked in line, near a US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, USMC troops from Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) Company, attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)(Special Operations Capable), stand prepared for a patrol around Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Parked in line, near a US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, USMC troops from Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) Company, attached to Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)(Special Operations Capable), stand prepared for a patrol around Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A, we're first, mural painted by Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, both with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Along an adobe wall a Marine fighting position constructed by members of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/6, both with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM

Lance Corporal Martin T. Couch, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), Alpha Co, 2nd Platoon, BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), Camp Pendleton, California, cuts wood to be used on the bridge into Faza. The bridge is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02 in Faza, Kenya

STAFF Sergeant Glen R. Lenocker, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), Camp Pendleton, replenishes his water supply as a local Kenyan looks on during the building of the schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02 in Faza, Kenya

Lance Corporal Johnny Pineda, USMC, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), along with a local Kenyan, puts nails into the tin roof on the schoolhouse in Faza, Kenya. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Johnny Pineda, USMC, (Left) & LCPL Jason S. Leonard, USMC (Right) Combat Engineers, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), work together hammering nails into the tin roof of the school house in Faza, Kenya. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02

Lance Corporal Antonio D. Rosado, USMC, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), Camp Pendleton, California, takes a moment to talk with a local Kenyan boy during the construction of the schoolhouse in Faza. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02 in Kenya

STAFF Sergeant Glen R. Lenocker, USMC, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) checks the inside of the schoolhouse to see what needs to be done next. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02 in Faza, Kenya. (Substandard image)

Lance Corporal Jaquaie L. McAter, USMC, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), Camp Pendleton, California, trims the tin roof used by the Marines of the 13th MEU when they built a schoolhouse in Faza, Kenya. The building occurred during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02

Lance Corporal Jason S. Leonard, USMC, Combat Engineer, 1ST CEB (Combat Engineer Battalion), BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) takes a moment to talk with his Kenyan co-worker while working on the roof of the schoolhouse in Faza. The schoolhouse is being built as part of community relations during Exercise EDGE MALLET 02 in Kenya

As seen through the green glow of a night scope, Lance Corporal James D. Matkin, Tanker, with BLT 1/4 (Battalion Landing Team), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)) writes a letter using only the light emanating from the Command Post in Kenya, Africa. The Marines are there as part of Exercise EDGED MALLET 02

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Jose A. Aguilera, Administrative Clerk, Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT 1/4), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (SOC), provides security as a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from the 13th MEU, SOC, Aviation Combat Element, prepares for a mission in support of Operation ANACONDA, in Afghanistan, as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Seen through a night vision scope, a makeshift "enemy" artillery position is secured by Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, during a helicopter raid held at Quantico, Virginia, as the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducts it's pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, a Marine from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, checks his watch after completing a helicopter borne raid on an "enemy" site in Quantico, Virginia. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is in pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, rush to a pick up point, after completing a raid on "enemy" positions at Quantico, Virginia. Inbound CH-53's and CH-46's will pick them up as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, relay time and coordinates during a helicopter raid conducted at Quantico, Virginia, as part of their pre-deployment training held at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, exit a CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopter during a raid conducted at Quantico, Virginia as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training held at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, a CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter waits at a landing zone at Quantico, Virginia, for Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, to return from a raid on an "enemy" communications and weapons site. This is one phase of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, Marines from Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2) make their way through a tree line during a helo raid at Quantico, Virginia, as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training conducted at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Seen through a night vision scope, Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, surround and secure an "enemy" position at Quantico, Virginia, during a Helicopter borne raid conducted as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Fox Company, rehearse squad rushes, with 5.56 mm M16A2 rifles and one with an M203 40 mm grenade launcher, at Fort A. P. Hill in preparation for a helicopter raid as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) pre-deployment training

Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia, students get a close look at a Light Armored Vehicles-25 (LAV-25). Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display at the high school

Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display of Light Armored Vehicles-25 (LAV-25) during visit to Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia

A Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia, student gets a close look at a Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) as Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display at the high school

Corporal (CPL) Daniel Nowak, USMC, and CPL Jon Hogan, USMC, both Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) Scouts with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2), explain the capabilities of their LAV-25 to Andrea Holden, a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR), during a static display at Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia

As some students watch, Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance (LAR) Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), set up a static display of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) during visit to Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Jason Klinger (right), USMC, Crewman, Light Amphibious Reconnaissance (LAR) Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2), shows Charles Cook, 15, how the night vision navigation system works on the vehicle. At the request of the school the Marines setup a static display at Patrick Henry Hill High School, Virginia, as Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), wind down their training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia, students get a close look at Marines and Light Armored Vehicles-25 (LAV-25). At the request of the school, the Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display at the high school

Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia, students get a close look at a Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25). At the request of the school, the Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display at the high school

Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display of Light Armored Vehicles-25 (LAV-25) during visit to Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia

Patrick Henry Hill High School, Ashland, Virginia, students get a close look at Marines and Light Armored Vehicles-25 (LAV-25). At the request of the school, the Marines of Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), set up a static display at the high school

Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Echo Company, receive a class in Mine Awareness as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Echo Company, receive a class in Mine Awareness from Major (MAJ) John Fasulo (USMC, retired) as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Marines from Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Echo Company, receive a class in Mine Awareness as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), pre-deployment training at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia

Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), head to their objective on a Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) on a raid conducted during Boat Raid Week

Marines from Weapons Platoon, Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), provide fire support with an M224 60mm Mortar during a daylight amphibious raid conducted during Boat Raid Week

After capturing an "enemy" position, Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), provide security during a daylight amphibious raid conducted during Boat Raid Week

Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), head to their objective on a Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) on a raid conducted during Boat Raid Week

Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), clear the area around their objective after completing a daylight amphibious raid during Boat Raid Week

Marines from Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), insert into the water from a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) before a raid conducted during Boat Raid Week

A riot is quelled by members of Company G, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), 24th Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), during a simulated Humanitarian Assistance operation

Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2), Weapons Company members Corporal (CPL) Felix Nole-Ortiz, USMC, GUNNER, Private First Class (PFC) Nick Perkins, USMC, A-GUNNER, and Sergeant (SGT) Sean Duncan, USMC, Squad Leader, practice firing the 81 mm rounds from the M252 Mortar during the 24th MEU's SUPPORTING ARMS COORDINATING Exercise

Together we are like a three-strand cord that is not easily broken, said 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Commander (CDR) Brian Weaver (center), USN, Chaplain, Command Element Chaplain. CDR Weaver is joined by MEU Service Support Group (MSSG) 24, Lieutenant Fitkin (left), USN, Chaplain, and Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (BLT 2/2) Chaplain, Lieutenant Onuh, USN, Chaplain

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Ryan A. Bishof, adjutant, Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) speaks with students from Ocean City Schools in New Jersey, via Video Teleconference from the US Navy (USN) Tarawa Class, USS NASSAU (LHA-4)

United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Justin Crawn (left) and LCPL Noah Lheureux, assault amphibian vehicle crewman from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Battalion Landing Team Second Battalion Second Marines (BLT 2/2), play chess at Camp Able Sentry, in Macedonia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia