VMFA-121 Works Standard Ordinance Evolution

Marines from the ordnance section of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, load inert explosives into an F-35B Lightning II as part of a regularly scheduled aircraft training relocation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 15, 2018.  [maxgallery id="117647"] ATR's are designed to…

Working in Support of the Mobile Base

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 work on completing an expeditionary airfield maintenance exercise on Stoval Airfield during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-18 (WTI) at Dateland, Ariz., on March 15, 2018. WTI is a seven-week training even hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six…

Marines Work Winter Training with Norwegians

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 braved the cold during a winter warfare training exercise at Haltdalen Training Center, Norway, April 20, 2018.  More than 70 Marines and Sailors spent three weeks in the Norwegian wilderness learning cold weather survival techniques, which were taught by Norwegian Soldiers with…

The MEU’s Ground Combat Element

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 14, 2018)  U.S. Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) maintain mission readiness aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) April 14, 2018.  Marines conduct mission rehearsals to maintain a constant state of…

Arming the F-35 the Marine Corps Way

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 mount 1,000 pound Guided Bomb Units onto an F-35B Lightning IIs on the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD-1) while underway in the Philippine Sea, March 24, 2018.  This event marked the first time an F-35 has been loaded with live ordnance…

1 MEF 2017 Year in Review

1/8/2018: Marines and Sailors with I Marine Expeditionary Force close out the 2017 year, which saw the deployments of the 11th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command; Exercise Dawn Blitz; Seattle Seafair, LA Fleet Week, and San Francisco Fleet Week; as well…

Tactical Decision Kit System

12/22/2017: U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), use the Tactical Decision Kit (TDK) System at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The TDK allows Marines to use live Indirect Fire (IDF) assets and real-life Close Air Support (CAS) while maneuvering computer generated troops,…

Exercise Active Shield: US and Japanese Forces Train to Protect Iwakuni  

12/12/2017: Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers jumped into action to keep the air station safe during exercise Active Shield. Marine Cpl. Emily Kirk trailed the group to see how they keep the air station safe. IWAKUNI, YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN 10.25.2017 Video by Cpl. Emily Kirk American Forces Network Iwakuni, Japan