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Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Jeremiah J. O'Keffe, taken at Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar, San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT O'Keffe is an ace pilot and is credited with 7 kills. His hometown is Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A photograph of a US Navy F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft hangs in the background. (Exact date shot unknown)

A member of the 7th Marines, armed with an M16A2 rifle equipped with the multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES), awaits transport back to Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California, at the conclusion of Operation WILD BOAR

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, stops in front of a corporal during an inspection of the air station's Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron personnel. BGEN Johnston is touri

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, goes through the serving line at the Southside Dining Facility during his tour of the air station as inspector general

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, speaks to Marines from the air station's Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron during his tour of the air station as inspector general

The US Navy (USN) Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH 11) underway. On the deck are US Marine (USMC) CH-46E Sea Knights, from the HMM-268 "Red Dragons", Tustin Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), California. On the hangar elevator is a USMC CH-46E Super Stallion

During water survival training at the station pool, eight Marines from Combat Service Support Detachment-36 (CSSD-36) are walking in waist deep water in column formation. They are wearing: helmet with chin strap, flak jacket, the all purpose, light weight, individual carrying equipment (ALICE) pack while carrying the M16A2 rifle at port arms

During water survival training at the station pool, a Marine from Combat Service Support Detachment-36 (CSSD-36) floats on his back in deep water during swimming qualification. He is wearing helmet with chin strap, flak jacket, and the all purpose, light weight, individual carrying equipment (ALICE) pack. He grips the sling of the M16A2 rifle with his teeth while treading water

During water survival training at the station pool, a Marine from Combat Service Support Detachment-36 (CSSD-36) floats on his back in deep water during swimming qualification. He is wearing helmet with chin strap, flak jacket, H-harness, and the all purpose, light weight, individual carrying equipment (ALICE) pack. He grips the sling of the M16A2 rifle with his teeth so that both hands are free to tread water

US Marine (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Eric Stapleton, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, California, directs USMC Colonel (COL) Andrew Dudley, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 134 (VMFA-134), onboard his USMC F/A-18 Hornet, to a parking spot at their new home: Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, CA. With the closure of MCAS El Toro the VMFA-134 is one of the units to relocate to NAS Miramar

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Eric Stapleton, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, California, and USMC Colonel (COL) Andrew Dudley, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 134 (VMFA-134), stand at Parade Rest next to the USMC F/A-18 Hornet, on the ramp at their new home: Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, CA. With the closure of MCAS El Toro the VMFA-134 is one of the units to relocate to NAS Miramar

USMC F/A-18D maintenance crew members from Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina, take a break and sit on top of drop tanks after preparing eight F/A-18's for an operation

A line of USMC F/A-18Ds with pilots in their seats, (VMFA(AW)-224 (Bengals) Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina) perform preflight inspections before take off

Marines of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA, armed with 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifles, assist two civilians to their feet during a simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. During Operation RIMPAC 96 Marines conducted training exercises in the evacuation of civilians from hostile foreign environments

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL) Doy Gorton armed with the M16A2 assault rifle and Marines atop a Light Assault Vehicles (LAV-25) guard wounded civilians inside a barricaded area during the simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. Part of Operation RIMPAC 96, Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA conducted training exercises in the evacuation of civilians from hostile environments

From atop a building designated as the American embassy US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL) Eric Folstad looks through the scope of a (12.7mm) .50 in Barrett Light Fifty Model 82A1 sniping rifle. CPL Travis Salvador (left) mans the a 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifle with a mounted scope and Lance Corporal (LCPL) George Boue carries the 5.56mm M16A2 with M203 grenade launcher attached. At Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station (MCS), HI Marines from 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA conducted training exercises in Hawaii as part of Operation RIMPAC 96

US Marine Lance Corporal (LCPL) Walter Embser (left) and Private First Class (PFC) John Petersen both armed with 5.56mm M16a2 assault rifles, provide perimeter security from a wooded area at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. Part of Operation RIMPAC 96, Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA conduct simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO). The US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC 33) is parked in the background

US Navy Hospital Corpsman Eric Carver armed with a 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifle, watches over two wounded civilians during a simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, Hi, during Operation RIMPAC 96. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA, conducted training in evacuation of civilians from hostile foreign environments

US Marine Lance Corporal (LCPL) Walter Embser armed with 5.56mm M16a2 assault rifle covers his face from a barrage of dust and debris stirred up by The US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC 73) departing from Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. Marine and Naval Personnel from conducted simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Exercises as part of Operation RIMPAC 96

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL) Daniel Ross armed with the M16A2 assault rifle stands guard as a member of the Light Assault Vehicle (LAV-25) crew searches the bags of civilians during simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operations at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. . The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Camp Pendleton, CA conducted training exercises in the evacuation of civilians from hostile foreign environments, as part of Operation RIMPAC 96

A front view medium close up of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCPL) Ryan Roth armed with a 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifle and Corporal (CPL) Mike Gaffey manning a 7.62mm M240G machine gun standing watch from a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25), at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station (MCS), HI. Marines from 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA conducted training exercises in Hawaii as part of Operation RIMPAC 96

US Marines use the Light Assault Vehicle (LAV-25) and a sniper position on the hoof to guard a building designated as the American Embassy. Marine from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, Ca trained in simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI during Operation RIMPAC 96. One Marine is armed with the 5.56mm M16A2 assault rifle with the M203 grenade launcher attached while the LAV-25 is armed with the 25mm M242 "Bushmaster" chain gun and a 7.62mm M240G machine gun atop the turret

US Marine Corps Corporal (CPL) Samuel Batts armed with the M16A2 assault rifle stand guard at the corner of a building during the simulated Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Station, HI. Part of Operation RIMPAC 96, Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Camp Pendleton, CA conducted training exercises in the evacuation of civilians from hostile environments. Marines used the Light Assault Vehicles (LAV-25) "pictured in the background" to assist in the Operation

A US Marine Corps MH-53E Sea Dragon of HM-365, USS Nassau, pulls into position behind the drogue (visible in lower right corner) of a USMC KC-130F Hercules of VMGR-252, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, North Carolina, over the ocean near the coast of Congo, Africa. A second helicopter, a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion waits in the background to refuel. All three aircraft are participants in PHOENIX GAUNTLET. PHOENIX GAUNTLET deployed enabling forces as part of contingency planning to prepare for a possible evacuation of Americans from Zaire, gripped in a civil war

Lance Corporal (LCPL) Pinacbavarria, US Marine Corps, Power Section, Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513) watches the Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Northing, USMC, climb out of the cockpit of an AV-8B Harrier, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

With US Marine Corps (USMC) Captains (CPT) John A. Pryce and Paul Mitchell at the controls, "Big Dog 23" a USMC CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-265 (HMM-265) (Reinforced), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, North Carolina (NC), lifts off from the flight line on its first flight with a newly-installed gearbox during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

A Marine from the Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371) lays prone next to his High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) with his M16A2 and M203 40 mm Grenade launcher during Weapons and Tactics Instructions Class (WTI) 2-99

Setup with the gun tube in the traversed position for transport the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank is guided into position by Lance Corporal Mike Velasco, USMC, from San Diego, California, for loading onto the C-5 Galaxy transport plane. The driver is in the shadow under the turret. The Abrams will leave Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to support Exercise FAST FOCUS 99

Corporal Antonio Medina, USMC, an Aviation Ordnance Loader from the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, loads inert tactical bombs on an F/A-18 Hornet at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia during exercise Crocodile '99 a combined U.S./Australian exercise

Lance Corporal Rice Williams, USMC, Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115), Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, transports tactical inert bombs for F/A-18 Hornets (Not shown) at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley during exercise Crocodile '99, a combined U.S./Australian exercise

Aviation Ordnance Loaders, Corporal Eric Hogue, USMC, (left) and Lance Corporal Antonio Medina, USMC, both from Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, load tactical inert bombs onto a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia during exercise Crocodile '99, a combined U.S./Australian exercise

Aviation Ordnance Loader Corporal Eric Hogue, USMC, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, guides an inert bomb to be loaded onto a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia during the combined U.S./Australian exercise Crocodile '99

Lance Corporal Antonio Medina, USMC, an Aviation Ordnance Loader from the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, is checking loaded inert tactical bombs on an F/A-18 Hornet at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia during exercise Crocodile '99, a combined U.S./Australian exercise

US Marine Corps CHIEF Warrant Officer Jones and USMC Private First Class Ericson from Electronic Warfare Squadron Marine Attack Squadron 4 (VMA-Q4) from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, take part in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical exercises during Operation MAPLE FLAG 00

US Marine Corps Major General Jospeh Anderson listens to the praises of USMC Lieutenant General Earl Hailston during the 1ST Marine Air Wing Change of Command. MGEN Anderson left with saying,"I'm proud of my troops. I've told them, that like all Marines they are doers not talkers." MGEN Jospeh Anderson was relieved by USMC Brigadier General James Cartwright on 9 August 2000 at Camp Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

US Marine Corps Major General Jospeh Anderson shakes hands with USMC Lieutenant General Earl Hailston during the 1ST Marine Air Wing change of command. MGEN Anderson left with saying,"I'm proud of my troops. I've told them, that like all Marines they are doers not talkers." MGEN Jospeh Anderson was relieved by USMC Brigadier General James Cartwright on 9 August 2000 at Camp Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Two United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters hover as they approach a hot pit refueling area set up on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line. The AH-1W's are from the Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina. USMC CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W's are being hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia for an exercise, 14 August 2000

A United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter hovers above the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line as it positions itself in a hot pit refueling area. The AH-1W is assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. USMC CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W's are being hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia for an exercise, 14 August 2000

A United States Marine Corps marine monitors hot pit refueling operations in progress on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line. The marine pictured is part of a KC-130 Hercules tanker crew from Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) 'Heavy Haulers' that have positioned themselves on a large section of open tarmac to hot pit refuel USMC helicopters. The KC-130 is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina while the CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W Super Cobras being refueled are from MCAS New River, NC, 14 August 2000

A United States Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight lifts off in the background while another waits on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line. The USMC CH-46E's, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Two (HMM-162), Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, have just been hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occurred as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia

Two United States Marine Corps marines move a fuel hose to a new position on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina flight line as an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon taxies in the background. Because of the busy airfield operations, the hot pit refueling area had to be moved away from the main taxiway on the base as the large USMC helicopters being refueled essentially blocked the taxiway and limited flight operations at the base. USMC CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W Super Cobras from Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, are being hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron (VMGR-252) from MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or...

Two United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters hover above the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina flight line as they await permission to take-off. The AH-1W's are assigned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. United States Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1Ws were hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia, for an exercise, 14 August 2000

Three United States Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters depart Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina after a brief refueling stop. The USMC CH-46E's, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Two (HMM-162), Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina, have just been hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia for an exercise, 14 August 2000

United States Marine Corps Corporal Lance Bergeron, a KC-130 Hecules Flight Mechanic, controls a hot pit refueling in progress on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line. CPL Bergeron is controlling the pumps that transfer fuel from the KC-130 to running helicopters positioned nearby. CPL Bergeron is part of a KC-130 tanker crew from Marine Aerial Refueler/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) 'Heavy Haulers' that have positioned themselves on a large section of open tarmac to hot pit refuel USMC helicopters. The KC-130 is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina while the CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W Super Cobras being refueled are assigned to ...

Four United States Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters line-up on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina flight line as they prepare to depart after a refueling stop. The USMC CH-46E's, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron One Six Two (HMM-162) 'Golden Eagles' at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, have just been hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Reueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia for an exercise, 14 August 2000

United States Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Tim O'Bryan, a Videographer with the 20th Communications Squadron, documents United States Marine Corps operations occuring on the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line. A USMC AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter is visible in the background being hot pit refueled. The AH-1W is assigned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. USMC CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W's are being hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252) from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the ...

A United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter hovers above the Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flight line as it positions itself in a hot pit refueling area. The AH-1W's are from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. USMC CH-46E Sea Knights and AH-1W's are being hot pit refueled by a USMC KC-130 of Marine Aerial Refueling/Transport Squadron Two Five Two (VMGR-252), MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The hot pit refueling, where one or more aircraft refuel with their engines running, occured as the helicopters transited the area while deploying to Naval Air Station Atlanta, Georgia for an exercise, 14 August 2000

The (USMC) Sillent Drill Team, from Marine Brks Washington DC, preformes for the Marines and Sailors of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC

USMC Marines and Saliors from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Cherry Point came out to show their support for the "Toys for Tots" toy drive

A USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA taxies onto the flight line at Fallon Naval Air Station, NV during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Sergeant (SGT), Todd Johnson, USMC, Communications/Navigation Division assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA replaces an antenna on a USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR), Jeff Bitterman, USN, Weapons SPECIALIST Officer (WSO), assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA prepares for a flight onboard a USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Lance Corporal (LCPL), Marshall Bryant, USMC, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA prepares to lock down a maintenance access panel on an USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Captain (CPT), John Andress, USMC, F-18D Hornet aircraft pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA adjusts his oxygen mask in preparation for a mission during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Lance Corporal (LCPL), Les Reeves, USMC, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA waits to marshal out an USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft at Fallon Naval Air Station, NV during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA locks down a maintenance access panel on an USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Lance Corporal (LCPL), Les Reeves, USMC, Aircraft Captain assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA communicates with the aircraft crew onboard a USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

Lance Corporal (LCPL), Les Reeves, USMC, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA checks to see if the refueling probe is working properly on an USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

USMC personnel assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) (VMFA "AW"-121), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar San Diego, CA finish their final maintenance checks on a USMC F-18D Hornet aircraft at Fallon Naval Air Station, NV during DESERT RESCUE IX. DESERT RESCUE IX is a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise involving all branches of the US Military in a real world rescue and combat scenario

At Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Technical Sergeant Cindy Laemmerhirt, USAF, (left), 4th Combat Camera, March Air Reserve Base, California, speaks the C-141 Starlifter loadmaster from the 615th Airlift Squadron about vidoetaping some sequences when the aircraft is uploaded as part of Exercise PATRIOT HOOK 2001. A USMC CH-53D Sea Stallion prepares to start up in the background. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of...

A silhouette of Lance Corporal (LCPL) Adam Marcotte, USMC, 11th Marine Counter Battery Radar, Camp Pendleton, California, with a USMC CH-53D Sea Stallion in the background. LCPL Marcotte is waiting for a load of High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to be loaded onto a C-141 Starlifter (out of frame) during Exercise PATRIOT HOOK 2001. PATRIOT HOOK 2001is a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and equipment during a wartime scenario

On approach a C-141 Starlifter from March Air Reserve Base, California, prepares to accomplish an engine running offload of its cargo into Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, as part of this years PATRIOT HOOK Exercise. USMC F/A-18 Hornets are parked on the ramp in the foreground. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and equipment during a wartime scenario

Corporal Fred Stockert, USMC, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 (MALS11), Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, waits to upload this pallet onto a C-5 Galaxy for transport out of the air station during this years PATRIOT HOOK Exercise. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and equipment during a wartime scenario

Corporal James Hale, USMC, (left), 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, and AIRMAN First Class Ryan Vanterpool, USAF, 615th Air Mobility Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, work together to secure a pallet during joint inspection training at this years PATRIOT HOOK Exercise. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and equipment during a wartime scenario

Lance Corporal Chris Walsh, USMC, (top), and Sergeant John Witalec, USMC, both with the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, conduct a balance test to find this amphibious assault vehicles center of gravity. The test, during joint inspection training with the 615th Air Mobility Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, for PATRIOT HOOK Exercise, is necessary to determine where to place the vehicle inside an aircraft and still maintain the aircrafts balance in flight. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air...

Private First Class John Carrol, USMC, (left), and Private First Class Casey Miller, USMC, Marine Air Group 11 S4, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, apply what theyve learned about pallet building. The Marines received training from members of the 615th Air Mobility Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, as part of this years PATRIOT HOOK Exercise. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and...

Lance Corporal Chris Walsh, USMC, (top), and Sergeant John Witalec, USMC, both with the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, conduct a balance test to find this amphibious assault vehicles center of gravity. The test, during joint inspection training with the 615th Air Mobility Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, for PATRIOT HOOK Exercise, is necessary to determine where to place the vehicle inside an aircraft and still maintain the aircrafts balance in flight. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air...

Lance Corporal Chris Walsh, USMC, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, waits to upload this amphibious assault vehicle onto a C-5 Galaxy for transport out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California, during this years PATRIOT HOOK Exercise. The PATRIOT HOOK Exercise 2001, a joint force exercise involving four separate airfields in Southern California - March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Los Alamitos Army Air Field, and San Clemente Naval Landing Field. At the four airfields units practice air deployment of fighting forces and equipment during a wartime scenario

Colonel (COL), P. Adams, USMC, Commander, Combat Service Support Group-Three (CSSG-3), and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), Captain I. Hyamamoto, Commanding Officer of the Japanese Naval Forces on the Island of Iwo Jima, shake hands after exchanging small welcoming gifts

USMC personnel assigned to Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment conduct interview training during the Marine Corp Combat Readiness Evaluation at Marine Corp Air Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

USMC personnel assigned to Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment wear riot control gear during the Marine Corp Combat Readiness Evaluation at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

Captain (CAPT) Arthur Dixon shakes hands with Lieutenant Colonel Tada (left), commander of the 304th Fighter Squadron (FS), Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), as United States Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 pilots assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, from Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Japan and JASDF F-15 Eagle pilots assigned to the 304th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, pose for a group photo during Exercise COPE NORTH 02-1

Lieutenant Colonel Tada (left), commander of the 304th Fighter Squadron (FS), Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and F-15 Eagle pilots from the 304th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), debrief with United States Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 pilots from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, from Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Japan, during Exercise COPE NORTH 02-1

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and F-15 Eagle pilot Captain (CAPT) Osamu "Dagger" Takizawa assigned to the 304th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, debriefs a four versus four sortie with United States Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 pilots assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, from Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Japan, during Exercise COPE NORTH 02-1

Private First Class (PFC) Chad Thomas, USMC, Head Quarters Battalion, Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay executes a blouse inflation maneuver while participating in swim qualification at the base swimming pool

USMC swimming Instructors and personnel assigned to Headquarters Battalion, conduct qualification training at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

USMC personnel assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay go through their annual swim qualification at the base swimming pool

USMC personnel assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay wear field packs and helmets as they go through their annual swim qualification at the base swimming pool

Sergeant (SGT) Rubel, USMC, Water Survival Instructor gives instructions to personnel assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay as they participate in swim qualification at the base swimming pool

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Christopher Adkins, Intelligence Officer (IO), Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Aircraft, Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), California, greets Thai civilians at the Royal Thai Air Force air show at Korat Air Base, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2002

US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Alejandro Rodriguez, Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO), Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Aircraft, Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), California, greets Thai civilians at the Royal Thai Air Force air show at Korat Air Base, Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2002

US Marine Corps (USMC) members assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), secure a pallet with deployable equipment during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Cornell S. Cornish, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, directs a forklift while loading deployable equipment, during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) members assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, secure a pallet with deployable equipment, during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) Chris P. Hatcher, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, joins a truck convoy of Logistics Vehicle Systems (LVS), during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) members assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, load a pallet on to a Logistics Vehicle System (LVS), using a TEREX 72-31F rough terrain forklift truck, during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Clinton M. Foster Jr. and Lance Corporal (LCPL) Howell, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, fix a broken tail light before joining a convoy in support of Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) Michael E. Ulloa and Corporal (CPL) Michael J. Berganio, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, check convoy gear during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) members assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, load a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), with deployable equipment, during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Michael J. Berganio, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, loads a pallet on to a Logistics Vehicle System (LVS), during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX)

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Michael J. Berganio, of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, (MWSS-171), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, loads a pallet on to a Logistics Vehicle System (LVS), during a Mobility Exercise (MOBEX). (Substandard image)

Brigadier General (BGEN) Jerry C. McAbee, USMC, Commanding General Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) and Retired USMC Lieutenant General (L GEN) Alpha Bowser stand in front of the newly renovated LEGEN Alpha L. Bowser building at Kaneohe, Hawaii. The temporary lodging facility, known as "The Lodge at Kaneohe" was recently renovated and dedicated in honor of Retired LGEN Bowser

During the Dedication Ceremony for the newly renovated LEGEN Alpha L. Bowser building at Kaneohe, Hawaii General Bowser presents Brigadier General (BGEN) Jerry C. McAbee, USMC, Commanding General Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) with a portrait of himself, painted by his daughter. The portrait will hang in the lobby of the newly renovated Temporary Lodging Facility

Flag raising on Iwo Jima, created and displayed by US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) David Lee Garcia, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina (NC)

Dressed in a Scottish Kilt, First Lieutenant (1LT) Justin Stodgehill, USMC plays the bagpipes for the Force Sergeant Major, Marine Forces Pacific, Post and Relief Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii. During the Ceremony Sergeant Major Royce G. Coffee assumed the position as Force Sergeant Major

During a five day training course, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, for the Heliborne Company, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Jonathan M. Walsh, Company "F" of 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, from the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD), sights in a PAS-18 thermal imaging scope on a Colt 5.56mm M16A2 Rifle during a daylight rehearsal for a night time raid

During a five day training course, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, for the Heliborne Company, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Scott A. Chaney, from Company "F" of 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, sights in a Colt 5.56mm M16A2 Rifle during a daylight rehearsal for a night time raid

Brigadier General (BGEN) Jerry C. McAbee, USMC, Commanding General Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) gives a speech before the performance of the Marine Forces Pacific Band, during the Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Spring Concert

CHIEF Warrant Officer (COW3) Alexander K. Gray (right), USMC, Conductor for the Marine Forces Pacific Band presents an award to Brigadier General (BGEN) Jerry C. McAbee, USMC, Commanding General Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) during the Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Spring Concert

CHIEF Warrant Officer (COW3) Alexander K. Gray, USMC conducts the Marine Forces Pacific Band during the Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Spring Concert