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  1. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines conducted a tool familiarization range aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort July 11.
    Sgt. Derek Ford fastens a piece of equipment in place during a tool familiarization range aboard MCAS Beaufort July 11. This type of training is conducted regularly to ensure that each Marine is proficient and ready to use the equipment correctly. Ford is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marine with Marine Wing Support Detachment 31.
  2. The Marine Corps prides itself on being the world’s finest fighting force. To maintain this title, units and indiviudal Marines can utilize Force Fitness instructors and various Semper Fit programs to uphold the Corps’ physical fitness standards.
    Sgt. Jared Skelley is the Force Fitness instructor with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Skelley specializes in creating workout routines for individual Marines focusing on functional planes of motion, combat readiness and injury prevention.
  3. “We’re going condition one, move out!” said U.S.  Marine Corps Cpl. James Kretchman, a squad leader
    A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, provides overwatch during an integrated squad exercise with Mexican marines assigned to the Amphibious Marine Infantry Brigade as they navigate the infantry immersion trainer during Rim of the Pacific exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 9, 2018. The IIT provided the Marines with “hands on” practical application of tactical skills and decision making in an immersive, scenario-based training environment. RIMPAC demonstrates the value of amphibious forces and provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Forces enhancing the critical crisis response capability of U.S. forces and partners globally. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
  4. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 39 quickly took action when a large brush fire broke out at Camp Pendleton just before noon on July 6, forcing the evacuation of Lake O'Neil, Wounded Warrior Regiment and Deluz Housing.
    3rd MAW supports firefighting operations at Camp Pendleton
  5. Southern Command’s aviation detachment conducted deck landing qualifications with two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters aboard the USS Gunston Hall off the coast of Belize, July 7.
    A U.S. Navy sailor watches as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the USS Gunston Hall while conducting deck landing qualification training off the coast of Belize, July 7, 2018. The Marines of SPMAGTF-SC worked closely with Gunston Hall sailors to qualify six pilots and five enlisted aircrew members responsible for the helicopters’ safe operation. Having qualified Marines provides SPMAGTF-SC with helicopter movement capabilities of personnel and cargo between the shore and ship. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are conducting security cooperation training and engineering projects alongside partner nation military forces in Central and South America. The unit is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a hurricane or other emergency in the region.