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A mobile radar installation in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

Tracking equipment and plotting boards in use in the AN/TSQ-91 Tactical Air Control Center during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of a camouflaged tent complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A view of a camouflaged tent complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

Two large dish-shaped radar antennas in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of the tent city complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A platform-mounted AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar antenna in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of camouflaged installation in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A view of a camouflaged tent complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

Tracking equipment and plotting boards in use in the AN/TSQ-91 Tactical Air Control Center during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of the tent city complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A TRC-97 communications antenna installation on the beach during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

Two large dish-shaped radar antennas in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A view of a camouflaged AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar antenna located behind the Tactical Air Control Center during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A plotting screen in the AN/TSQ-91 Tactical Air Control Center during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A truck-mounted AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar antenna in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A TRC-97 communications antenna installation on the beach during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A mobile radar installation is set up during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77. One truck-mounted AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar antenna is already up (lower left) while another is partially assembled (lower right)

A mobile communications station in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of a camouflaged tent complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of a platform-mounted AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar antenna in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of two large dish-shaped radar antennas in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of a camouflaged AN/TPS-43 tactical 3-D radar installation in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

An aerial view of the tent city and camouflaged installations in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A mobile radar installation in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

A view of a camouflaged tent complex in use during joint readiness training exercise SOLID SHIELD '77

Airmen service the radar system of an F-105 Thunderchief aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 78

An AIRMAN performs a preflight maintenance check on an aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 78

An air-to-air left side view of a Puerto Rico Air National Guard A-7D Corsair II aircraft during Exercise Solid Shield '78. The aircraft is armed with Mark 82 500-pound bombs

An AIRMAN checks a radar unit on an F-105 Thunderchief aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 78

An air-to-air right side view of two Puerto Rico Air National Guard A-7D Corsair II aircraft in formation during Exercise Solid Shield '78. The aircraft are armed with Mark 82 500-pound bombs

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, push a beam into position for the foundation of an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine, armed with an M16A1 rifle equipped with an M203 grenade launcher, participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A landing signal flag is displayed on the beach as Marines prepare to make an amphibious landing during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

The utility landing craft LCU 1643 comes ashore during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine wearing camouflage face paint participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from Company K,1ST Platoon, 8th Marine Division, offload from a truck during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. They are armed with M16A1 rifles, some of which are equipped with M203 grenade launchers, foreground

A Mark 8 mechanized landing craft (LCM), right, and the utility landing craft LCU 1643 come ashore during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. In the background is the Newport class tank landing ship USS MANITOWOC (LST 1180)

A Marine wearing camouflage face paint participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, pulls on a rope holding a pneumatic float in position as other members of his company lay the foundation for an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines move heavy equipment across the beach during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A member of the 2nd Marine Division uses a field radio during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Equipment is offloaded from a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine, armed with an M16A1 rifle equipped with an M203 grenade launcher, participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine wearing camouflage face paint participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83, on the side of the "aggressors"

Marines move their equipment across the causeway during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. The Marines are armed with M16A1 rifles

Marines participate in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Heavy equipment is moved inland during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. On the left is the utility landing craft LCU 1650

A Marine from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, pulls a pneumatic float into position during the construction of an M-4T6 floating bridge. The bridge is being built during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, holds a pneumatic float in position as other members of his company lay the foundation for an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A female Marine uses a field radio during her participation in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine wearing camouflage face paint participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Mark 8 mechanized landing craft (LCM), right, and a utility landing craft come ashore during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines armed with an M16A1 rifles from Company K,1ST Platoon, 8th Marine Division, climb off a truck and run for cover during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Heavy equipment is brought ashore from the Newport class tank landing ship USS MANITOWOC (LST 1180) during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine participates in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Preparations are made to lower the bow ramp of the Newport class tank landing ship USS MANITOWOC (LST 1180) during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine leans on an M151 4-wheel 1/4 ton light vehicle as he takes a break during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

A Marine from 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, holds the rope attached to a pneumatic float as an M-4T6 floating bridge is constructed during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines from the 8th Engineers Bridge Company, Headquarters and Service and Support Battalion, construct an M-4T6 floating bridge during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83

Marines march across the causeway during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. They are armed with M16A1 rifles

Marines participate in Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. In the foreground is an M151 4-wheel drive 1/4-ton light vehicle towing an M-100 trailer. In the background is a tow truck and other heavy equipment

Flags signal Marines waiting to come ashore during Exercise SOLID SHIELD '83. In the background is equipment being used for the exercise including a lighter, amphibious, resupply, cargo vehicle (LARC V), center

A member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, simulates the operation of a Soviet ZPU-2 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun during exercise Solid Shield '83 at Tactical Landing Zone Eagle

A causeway provides a path for vehicles to travel between a tank landing ship and the beach during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 1ST Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, wait at Tactical Landing Zone Albatross before taking their M-60 tank to new location during Exercise Solid Shield '83

A causeway provides a path for vehicles to travel between a tank landing ship and the beach during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Armored personnel carriers from the 2nd Amtrac Battalion en route to Combat Town during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 10th Marine Regiment position an XM-198 155mm howitzer at Tactical Landing Zone Cardinal during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 10th Marine Regiment camouflage an XM-198 155mm howitzer at Tactical Landing Zone Cardinal during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Trucks use beach matte for easier travel over the sand after they are offloaded from a utility landing craft during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 10th Marine Regiment examine an XM-198 155mm howitzer under camouflage during Exercise Solid Shield '83 at Tactical Landing Zone Eagle

Equipment from the 2nd Light Anti-aircraft Hawk Missile (LAAM) Battalion is set up at Onslow Beach to provide close air support during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Marines roll up a beach matte that was used for vehicles to travel over after being offloaded from a utility landing craft during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 2nd Combat Engineers Platoon construct a pontoon bridge across the inter-coastal waterways near Onslow Beach during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, examine a Soviet ZPU-2 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun during Exercise Solid Shield '83 at Tactical Landing Zone Eagle

Members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, position an 81mm mortar at Tactical Landing Zone Eagle during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 10th Marine Regiment examine an XM-198 155mm howitzer under camouflage during Exercise Solid Shield '83 at Tactical Landing Zone Eagle

Members of the 10th Marine Regiment use an M-35 truck to tow an XM-198 howitzer into camouflage position during Exercise Solid Shield '83

The 8th Marine Infantry Regiment marches through Combat Town en route to a training class during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade are directed by the beachmaster to the most secure position for their equipment during Exercise Solid Shield '83

Members of the 2nd Medical Battalion execute a "medical evacuation" at Onslow Beach during Exercise Solid Shield '83

An F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 16th Tactical Fighter Group, South Carolina Air National Guard, taxis on the flight line during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

An elevated view of soldiers carrying "wounded" into a C-130E Hercules aircraft on an unimproved runway during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

A ground crewmen carries an exposed film canister away from a 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron RF-4C Phantom II aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

An HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA-4) during exercise Solid Shield '85. In the background are CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters

C-130E Hercules aircraft are parked on an unimproved runway during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

An 82nd Airborne Division M-561 1-1/4 ton truck towing a trailer is driven off a C-130E Hercules aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

An M151 light vehicle towing a trailer comes ashore from a utility landing craft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

A service hatch is opened aboard an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter for a preflight inspection during exercise Solid Shield '85

A member of the 169th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron services an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during Exercise SOLID SHIELD 85

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