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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

TSGT Douglas Childress of the 363rd Air Transportable Hospital (ATH) beautifies the main entrance to the facility. The ATH, a component of the Shaw Air Force Base Hospital, provides medical service for participants of joint services exercise Solid Shield `77

A CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter, flown by the 703rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, prepares to land on the helipad next to the joint services exercise Solid Shield '77

LTJG Hugh O'Doherty, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, plots an air support operation in the Tactical Air Control Center during joint services exercise Solid Shield '77. Assisting him are CPT Kenneth LaPlante and MSGT Feliciano Guzman, both of the Army's Special Forces

A1C Parker Floyd and TSGT Richard Turner perform routine maintenance on a P-12 pumper at the Solid Shield fire station. Next to the wooden "barn" used to house the fire truck is the tent where the firemen sleep during joint services exercise Solid Shield '77

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

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 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

Technicians work at a radar site during operation SOLID SHIELD '79

Radar technicians scan scopes in an AN/TSQ-61 operations center van during operation SOLID SHIELD '79

Technicians help a fork lift operator guide a cargo carrier during operation SOLID SHIELD '79

The docking control officer communicates with the bridge of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD, taking place off the coast of North Carolina

A port quarter view of the tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197). The ship is one of about 30 participating in OPERATION SOLID SHIELD, taking place off the coast of North Carolina

A U.S. Marine shouts an order to his squad, following landing operations, during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD

An LCM-8 mechanized landing craft (Mark VIII) hits the beach during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD

U.S. Marines discuss strategy with the first lieutenant aboard the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD

A U. S. Marine aboard the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) scans the horizon with binoculars while participating in OPERATION SOLID SHIELD, underway off the coast of North Carolina

Members of the 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade perform maneuvers in their tracked landing vehicles off the coast of North Carolina during Operation Solid Shield

A U.S. Marine stands, holding a Marine Corps manual, observes OPERATION SOLID SHIELD taking place off the coast North Carolina

A U.S. Marine, part of the advance shore party, drinks from his canteen during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD

MGEN James McMonagle (left) presents a Joint Services Commendation Medal to MAJ William Derrick for services on Operation Solid Shield, during morning colors

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

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

A landing signal flag is displayed on the beach as Marines prepare to make an amphibious landing during 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

Army troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, use a Soviet Gaz truck during Operation 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

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

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

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