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Major General (MGEN) J.J. McMonagle, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, attaches the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer to the colors of the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade as MGEN Gene A. Deegan, commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, and Sergeant Major (SGM) Doug Wildenhaus, look on

A group portrait of Command Element II, Marine Expeditionary Force, taken on the steps of Headquarters Building H-1

MGEN Royal N. Moore Jr., Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing/Deputy Commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, presents a commemorative plaque aboard the guided missile frigate USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG-48) during a ceremony at which the vessel is being dedicated to GEN Alexander A. Vandegrift, Medal of Honor recipient and 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Photographers take pictures as members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in the air-cushioned landing craft LCAC-6 during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

Members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in AAVP-7A1 tracked amphibious vehicles during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

Members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in AAVP-7A1 tracked amphibious vehicles during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

LT. GEN. Walter Boomer, commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force/commander, Marine Corps Force for the U.S. Central Command, converses with an officer aboard the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) which is in the region in support of Operation Desert Shield

LT. GEN. Walter Boomer, commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force/commander, Marine Corps Force for the U.S. Central Command, converses with an officer aboard the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) which is in the region in support of Operation Desert Shield

MAJ. GEN. John I. Hopkins, deputy commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, converses with officers aboard the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) which is in the region in support of Operation Desert Shield

LT. GEN. Walter Boomer, commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force/commander, Marine Corps Force for the U.S. Central Command, speaks to crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH-19) which is in the region in support of Operation Desert Shield

LT. GEN. Walter F. Boomer, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, walks beside President George Bush following the president's arrival at the 1ST Marine Division Combat Operations Center (COC). The president and his wife are paying Thanksgiving Day visits to U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield.

LT. GEN. Walter F. Boomer, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, greets first lady Barbara Bush as she steps off of a VH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the 1ST marine Division combat operations center (COC). Mrs. Bush is accompanying her husband, President George Bush, as he pays Thanksgiving Day visits to U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield.

LT. Gen Walter E. Boomer, commanding officer, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, converses with a Saudi Arabian prince at Jubail Commercial Port during Operation Desert Shield

LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, commanding officer, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, converses with Charles, Prince of Wales, following the prince's arrival at Jubail Commercial Port during Operation Desert Shield

Gerald McCraney, star of the television show "Major Dad", center, and his wife, actress Delta Burke, converse with MAJ. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). The two celebrities are in the region as part of a United Service Organizations' tour during Operation Desert Shield

A member of the 3rd Tank Battalion shows the interior of his M998 series High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to, from left to right, GEN. Alfred M. Gray, commandant of the Marine Corps, SGT. MAJ. David W. Sommers, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, and LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, commanding general, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF), during Operation Desert Shield

Marines of the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (1ST MEF) move across the Saudi desert back to their camp following a training exercise during Operation Desert Storm

Members of the Combat Camera Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), sit in a parked M-998 series vehicle at the 1ST Marine Division Combat Operations Center during Operation Desert Shield

Members of the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (1ST MEF) ride in an Iraqi MT-LB armored personnel carrier captured during Operation Desert Storm

Members of the staff of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) stand in front of a Iraqi Bell 214ST Super Transport helicopter captured by members of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF) during Operation Desert Storm. Two of the Marines are holding a Kuwaiti flag and one is holding a 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle

Marines of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, learn how to make a deadfall shelter during cold weather training at the fort

Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force ride in an M-939 5-ton cargo truck past an abandoned Iraqi MT-LB multipurpose tracked vehicle on the road to Kuwait City during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force ride in the back of an M-939 5-ton cargo truck on the road into Kuwait City during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

An M-60A1 main battle tank equipped with reactive armor and mine-clearing rollers and plows stands by at the head of a column of AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles as the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force prepares to enter Kuwait at the start of the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A Marine from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force holds an M-60E3 machine gun as he rides in the back of a truck during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A convoy of trucks from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force passes a destroyed Iraqi T-55 main battle tank during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A Marine stands behind an M-60E3 machine gun placed on the roof of an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force prepares to enter Kuwait at the start of the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A view of the artwork painted near the gunner's turret of a Marine Corps AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A view of the artwork painted on the side of a Marine Corps AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A Marine from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force mans a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher in a fighting position near the Kuwaiti border at the start of the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A M-60 armored vehicle launched bridge (AVLB) assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force stands by to enter Kuwait at the opening of the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm

A view of the Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted atop a vehicle of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force that is parked near the Kuwaiti border at the begining of the ground phase of Operation DESERT STORM

Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) General (GEN) Charles C. Krulak (left) talks with Colonel (COL) Farmer, US Marine Corps, (USMC), Commanding Officer, Jungle Warfare Training Center on Okinawa, Japan. GEN Krulak visited with 3RD Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Marines stationed on Okinawa

Maureen O'Connor, the Mayor of San Diego, sits in the reviewing stand between LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, left, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, and Vice Adm. Edwin R. Kohn, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during the "San Diego Salutes the Troops" parade. The parade is being held in honor of all veterans, with special recognition being given to units that took part in recognition being given to units that took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

Honored guests watch the "San Diego Salutes the Troops" parade, an event being held to honor all veterans, especially those units that took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The officers in the front row are, from left: MAJ. GEN. John C. Grinalds, commanding general (CG), Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.; LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, CG, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force; Vice Adm. Edwin R. Kohn, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and MAJ. GEN. James M. Myatt, CG, 1ST Marine Division

Honored guests applaud during the "San Diego Salutes the Troops" parade, an event being held to honor all veterans, especially those units that took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The officers in the front row are, from left: LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer, Commanding General, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force; Vice Adm. Edwin R. Kohn, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Rear Adm. (lower half) Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Between Boomer and Kohn is Maureen O'Connor, the Mayor of San Diego

LGEN Walter E. Boomer, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), addresses the guests assembled at the MCCDC change of command ceremony. Boomer relieved LT. GEN. Ernest T. Cok Jr. Cook was commanding general since August 1, 1990 and is retiring today. Boomer was promoted to LT. GEN. on August 8, 1990 and assumed duties as commanding general, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF), and commanding general, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif

LGEN Ernest T. Cook Jr., right, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) transfers the organization color to LT. GEN. Walter E. Boomer during the MCCDC change of command ceremony. Cook has been commanding general since August 1, 1990 and is retiring today. Boomer was promoted to LT. GEN. on August 8, 1990 and assumed duties as commanding general, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF), and commanding general, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif

LGEN Walter E. Boomer, left, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), and LT. GEN. Ernest T. Cook Jr., stand at attention as units pass in review during the MCCDC change of command ceremony. Boomer relieved Cook, who was commanding general from August 1, 1990 and is retiring today. Boomer was promoted to LT. GEN. on August 8, 1990 and assumed duties as commanding general, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF), and commanding general, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif

Members of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF) unload their gear after deploying to participate in the multinational relief effort OPERATION RESTORE HOPE

Marines from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, talk with two Somali men. The Somalis earlier turned in some weapons for food vouchers. They now want to turn in the vouchers for a bag of grain each. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

A US Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendeton, California hands out a small sack of grain to a Somali woman at a feeding center. Other locals gather for the hand out. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

A large crowd of Somali women and children gather around a US Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendeton, California. The crowd formed once word got out about the giving away of free food. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

A convoy of US Marines and Army personnel leave Mogadishu Airport on an arms for food exchange mission. Leading the convoy is a head on shot of a US Marine M54 Series 5-ton Cargo Truck with Marines from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, standing in the back carrying M16 rifles. A US Army M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) with PSYOPS personnel talking over load speakers to the Somali people turn around a corner behind the truck. Behind the PSYOPS vehicle is a desert camouflages Humvee with armed Marines sitting in the back. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Right Rear View of a US Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, kneeling down and inspecting a small box of grenades just handed over to him by a Somali boy. The boy will be given a "chit" and a bag of grain at a temporary distribution area that will be set up nearby. The boy and three other Somali civilians stand near the Marine looking down at what he's doing. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Two Somali men each hold a bag of grain they received from the back of a US Marine M54 Series 5-ton Cargo Truck manned by Marines from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendeton, California. The Marines are conducting an arms for food transfer with the Somalis in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Right side profile of US Marine GYSGT Charles Restifo, 1ST Combat Engineers, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, hands a sack of grain to a Somali woman who's also holding a baby. Other Marines, civilian United Nations relief workers and Somalis are in the background. After the food for guns exchange was completed, the surplus grain was handed out to women and old men in a effort to win over the people of Mogadishu. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Shot of a US Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, walking cautiously and carrying a M16 rifle through a civilian sector of Mogadishu, as there are reports that snipers are still in the area. Local residents gather as curious on-lookers. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

A US Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, and a Somali nervously greet each other as the man comes out of his house to see what the Marines are doing. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Shot down a Somali street as US Marines from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, patrolling the streets of Mogadishu in their arms for food mission. A US Marine UH-1N "Huey" helicopter flies overhead providing cover and dropping leaflets. The Marines prefer to have the Somalis give up their weapons for food, but have orders to take the arms by force if they see them. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

A Marine from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, stands back to camera, smoking a cigarette next to a row of buildings. He has a M136 (AT4) Light Anti-Armor Weapon slung over his left shoulder. He watches a Somali man deliver water from a horse-drawn water tank to a local residence. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Straight on shot down a Somali street at a convoy of US Marines and Army personnel on a arms for food exchange mission. US Marine M54 Series 5-ton Cargo Truck with Marines from Battalion Landing Team 29, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, leads the convoy. Several Marines walk down the sidewalk with M16 rifles. US Army PSYOPS personnel drop leaflets and talk through interpreters over vehicle loudspeakers to inform the crowd of the arms for food program. This mission is in direct support of Operation Restore Hope

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Force prepare to evacuate casualties during a simulated tactical recovery of aircraft personnel (TRAP) mission being conducted on the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4)

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Force render first aid to casualties during a simulated tactical recovery of aircraft personnel (TRAP) mission being conducted on the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4)

Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton inspects an light armored vehicle (LAV) during his visit to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)

Secretary of the Navy John D. Dalton speaks with LT. COL. Theeuwen, commanding officer of Combat Support Group during his visit to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)

Support Vehicles belonging to the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Camp Pendleton, Calif., are unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy at an airport in east Africa. U.S. Air Force aircraft are bringing in materiel and equipment to support Operation United Shield, which is the withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from Mogadishu, Somalia

Support Vehicles belonging to the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Camp Pendleton, Calif., are unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy at an airport in east Africa. U.S. Air Force aircraft are bringing in materiel and equipment to support Operation United Shield, which is the withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from Mogadishu, Somalia

Support Vehicles belonging to the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Camp Pendleton, Calif., are unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy at an airport in east Africa. U.S. Air Force aircraft are bringing in materiel and equipment to support Operation United Shield, which is the withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from Mogadishu, Somalia

Members of the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, G-7, Tactical Exercise Contingency Group played the roll of rebel forces and provided resistance to US forces arriving from the sea during RIMPAC '96 taking place at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii

Members of the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, G-7, Tactical Exercise Contingency Group with M16 rifles and gear prepare to play the roll of rebel forces and provided resistance to US forces arriving from the sea during RIMPAC '96 taking place at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii

A Marine from Third Plaoon, Charlie Company, Second Amphibious Assaul Vehicle (AAV) Baalion, gives correcions o his gunner, seaed in he oure, as he fires (secound barrel from fron) MK-19 40 mm rounds down range a Range Bravo in he Blackop Training Area a COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conduced a MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Comba Cener), 29 Palms, California. The command elemen for his exercise is MAGTF-6, buil around he 6h Marine Regimen, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, Norh Carolina. Many commands from II MEF (Marine Expediionary Force) have sen unis o his deser warfare exercise...

Lance Corporal B. S. Jones, with Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, manuevers his M9 Armored Combat Earth mover (Ace) while constructing a berm for the hazardous waste site during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element...

Lance Corporal J. E. Miller wih Headquarers Plaoon, Bravo Company, 2d Comba Engineer Baalion, heads back o base camp in his MC1150E afer excavaing a drainage dich during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conduced A MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Comba Cener), 29 Palms, California. The command elemen for his exercise is MAGTF-6, buil around he 6h Marine Regimen, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, Norh Carolina. Many commands from he II MEF (Marine Expediionary Force) have sen unis o his deser warfare exercise, o fill key billes in he Ground Comba Elemen (GCE), Air Comba Elemen (ACE) and...

Capian De Corbea (Lieuenan Commander) E. M. L. Brousson an Exchange Officer from Argenina wih he S-3, Headquarers Company, 6h Marine Regimen analyzes a documen from he S-3. The Commander is in charge of all augmenees, conrollers and roadguards hroughou he raining areas during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conduced A MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Comba Cener), 29 Palms, California. The command elemen for his exercise is MAGTF-6, buil around he 6h Marine Regimen, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, Norh Carolina. Many commands from he II MEF (Marine Expediionary Force) have sen unis o...

Lance Corporal (LCPL) J. J. Fuentes and LCPL C. E. Schie, Military Policemen with Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion aim in on a target with the M240G 7.62mm Machine G at Range 113 during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. Range 113 is a multi-purpose range featuring moving targets, pop-up targets and stationary targets. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Grod Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Grod Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built arod the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejee, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent...

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

Sergeant M. L. Carter an S-3 Operations Clerk with Headquarters Company, 6th Marine Regiment plots the location of various units during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The S-3 is responsible for the operations and planning of the exercise. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine r Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps r Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE),...

Corporal G. M. Fillion and Lance Corporal C. G. Velasquez artillerymen attached to Golf Battery 2d Battalion 10th Marines, plot their next target on the map during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE) and the Combat...

Navy Lieutenant T. V. Messe, HM3 (Hospital Corpsman Third Class J. R. Sexton USN, and HN (Hospitalman) D. S. French, USN, Corpsman with Regimental Aid Station, Headquarters Company, 6th Marine Regiment treat a Marine for heat exhaustion during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. Constant hydration is a key to maintaining fluids during the hot months in this desert environment. The annual average temperature is 72 degrees, and during the summer months, temperatures can soar to aboue 110 degrees. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is...

Corporal L. H. Gastin and Lance Corporal D. K. Stallworth, cannoneers attached to Golf Battery, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines provide perimeter security for the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBIND ARMS xercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MF (Marine xpeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat lement (GC), Air Combat...

Corporal M. T. Chastain, a cannoneer attached to Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines, Sites in on the proper grid coordinates for the fire mission on the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Element (GCE), Air...

Sergeant M. E. Jones and Lance Corporal D. K. Stallworth, cannoneers attached with Golf Battery, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, adjust the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer to get it on target during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat ment (GCE), Air Combat...

Sergeant M. E. Jones (Left), Corporal (CPL) D. E. Atkins (Right) and CPL C. Clyne (Center), Artillerymen attached with Golf Battery 2nd Battalion 10th Marines, confirm the grid coordinates for their M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer fire mission during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5-6/97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) level being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare...

Lance Corporal (LCPL) D. K. Stallworth and LCPL J. J., artillerymen attached to Golf Battery, 2d Battalion 10th Marines, load a 155 mm white phosphorus round into the M198 Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground t Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground t Element (GCE), Air...

Sergeant T. M. Dale Jr., a combat photographer with 2d Marine Division Combat Camera Unit, fires a round from the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE) and the Combat Service...

Corporal M. T. Chastain an artilleryman attached to Golf Battery, 2d Battalion, 10th Marines, observers the impact of a 155mm white phosphorus round fired from a M198 Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat ment (GCE), Air Combat...

Sergeant M. E. Jones and Corporal L. H. Gaskin, artillerymen attached to Golf Battery, 2d Battalion 10th Marines, check the fuse on a 155 mm white phosphorus round used in a M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted At MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element...

Lance Corporal D. K. Stallworth, a cannoneer attached to Golf Battery, 2d Battalion 10th Marines, carries a 155mm round to the ready table during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat (GCE), Air Combat (ACE) and the Combat Service Support...

An AV-8B Harrier lands at the air strip adjacent to Camp Wilson during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The Harrier is used for air to ground and air to air fighting. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE) and the Combat Service Support Element (CSSE)

A front end loader places a 1700 pound line charge at Range 114 (demolition range) during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The line charge was laid by 2d Platoon, Bravo mpany, 2d mbat Engineer Battalion. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine rps Air Ground mbat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground mbat Element (GCE), Air mbat Element (ACE) and the...

Marines from 2d Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion attach a fuse to a rocket for a line charge that will propel 1700 pounds of C-4 explosives in the air at Range 114 (demolition range) during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element...

A line charge explodes at Range 114 (demolition range) during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The line charge, containing over 1700 pounds of C-4 explosives was laid by 2d Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat nt (GCE), Air Combat...

A "Night Owl" from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadron-2, lands after a surveillance mission at airfield "Seagull" during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The "Night Owl", which replaced the OV-10 aircraft, is capable of providing units with ground reconnaissance, deep air support, mortar/artillery live fire adjustments, and Battle Damage Assessment. The aircraft is controlled by a technician and the use of several satellites. The maximum range of the aircraft is over 50 kilometers. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is...

An M1-A1 tank patrols near range 500, during COMBINED ARMS (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE) and the Combat Service Support Element (CSSE)

Lance Corporal D. F. Garrier, 3rd Squad "A" GUNNER for Weapons Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 2D Marine Regiment, prepares his M224 60 mm Mortar, to send rounds down range during the Mobile Assault Course at COMBINED ARMS Exercise CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element...

Light Armored Vehicle-25's (LAV-25's) from Alpha Company, 2nd L.A.R. (Light Armored Reconnaisance) Battalion standby for an attack on Range 400 during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat ment (GCE), Air Combat ment (ACE) and the Combat Service Support...

Marines from Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, change a Light Armored Vehicle-25 (LAV-25) flat tire in the midst of field training on Range 400 during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The comm element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many comms from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE)...

A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) from Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaisance (LAR) Battalion patrols the Black Top training area during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element (GCE), Air Combat Element (ACE) and the Combat Service Support Element (CSSE)

Lance Corporall J. A. Berry, a Combat Engineer with 2d Platoon Bravo Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, throws an MK-67 Fragmentation Grenade, while Sergeant Gain, an Engineer from the same Platoon ensures that his Marine us the proper throwing technique. The Marines were training at Range 104 during COMBINED ARMS Exerci (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exerci being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exerci is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have...

GUNNERY Sergeant G. L. Briddell from 2d Platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, throws an MK-67 Fragmentation Grenade at Range 104 during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat ement (GCE), Air Combat ement (ACE) and the Combat Service Support...

Marines o DRAGONS Section, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, get ready to ire the M47 Dragon Anti-Armor Missle system, ater a two click (two kilometer) patrolling movement over the Black Top training area, during the Final Exercise o COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, Caliornia. The command element or this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands rom the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warare exercise, to...

Lance Corporal T. A. Moore with the M47 Dragon Anti-Armor Missile System, Dragons section, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, patrols with his M16A2 assualt rifle in a squad column formation, during the Final Exercise at COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. The Final Exercise is a three day exercise that combines everything these Marines have practiced the month prior. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands...

Three Abrams M1A1 Tanks, part of Bravo Company, 2D Tank Battalion, roll through the blacktop training area, on route to the Delta traning area for the After Action brief, which was given after the Final Exercise at COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 5-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat Element...

Corporal T. V. Bradley, an Avionics repairman with HMM-264 (Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina) installs a distributor to the motor head of the CH-46 "Sea Knight" during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground Combat ent (GCE), Air Combat...

Corporal K. J. Childs, a radio technician with Maintenance Detachment, CSSD-27 (bat Service Support Detachment), repairs an RT-1209 (High Frequency Receiver/Transmitter) at the Electronics Maintenance pound during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground bat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warfare exercise, to fill key billets in the Ground...

Private First Class F. A. Spennato, a Cook attached with CSSD-27 (Combat Service Support Element), stirs a pot o boiled chicken breasts at the mess hall during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. The mess hall is capable o eeding over 3500 Marines per meal. The Marines prepare two meals daily. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, Caliornia. The command element or this exercise is MAGTF-6, built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands rom the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units to this desert warare exercise, to...

Sergeant C. M. Rogers, a Bulk Fuel Technician attached with CSSD 27 (Combat Service Support Detachment) inspects a 600 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) Pump at the Bulk Fuel site during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. The fuel site has a maximum fuel srage capacity of 40,000 gallons of fuel. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent units this desert warfare exercise,...

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

Lance Corporal D. E. Steltenkamp, a Water Purification Technician attached with Water Supply Detachment, CSSD-27 (Combat Service Support Detachment), operates a laundry Unit during COMBINED ARMS Exercise (CAX) 6-97. The system can handle 120 lbs. of laundry per machine and is capable of handling 500 lbs. of laundry per hour. CAX 5/6-97 is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) exercise being conducted at MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), 29 Palms, California. The command element for this exercise is MAGTF-6, which is built around the 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Many commands from the II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) have sent...