7/14/2012 By Staff Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook
Recruiting Station Twin Cities
Lance Cpl. Andy Ness shows his mother, Cindy, the inside of an M249 squad automatic weapon during his unit's family day on July 14. Ness, a 20-year-old sophomore at Normandale Community College, is a reserve Marine with Military Police Company Twin Cities.
7/13/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan Wright
Marines with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, launch a volley of mortars for suppression during a live-fire exercise here, July 13. Following the conclusion of Exercise Hamel 2012, the Marines of Co. G. engaged in movement to contact drills, using what they learned from living in a woodland environment for the past three weeks. Exercise Hamel 2012 is a multi-national training evolution between the U.S. Marine Corps, Australian Army and New Zealand Army, aimed at certifying the Australian 1st Brigade for operational deployment. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
7/12/2012 By Cpl. Jonathan Wright
A Marine with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes cover during a live-fire exercise here, July 13th 2012
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2012) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Krystal Sams assists Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Joseph Leblanc in directing Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, into the welldeck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandra M. Palumbo/Released)