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  1. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday released his initial guidance to the fleet, Dec.
    A Force Reconnaissance Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit clears the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay. Ashland, part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency, while simultaneously providing a flexible and lethal crisis response force ready to perform a wide range of military operations.
  2. Along with a base game warden, U.S. Marines launched an RQ-20 Puma unmanned aircraft system as part
    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dannie Barnes, a mortarman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, checks the location of an RQ-20 Puma unmanned aircraft system during Operation Buck Rogers on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 3, 2019. Operation Buck Rogers is used to count the mule deer population on Camp Pendleton and the use of Pumas is a cheaper and more effective alternative to complete the task. The survey of Camp Pendleton’s deer population is done once a year. Barnes is a native of Wataga, Illinois.
  3. U.S. Marines participated in an active shooter training Nov. 26, on Camp Foster. Marines with
    U.S. Marines Corps Lance Cpl. William Anderson with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Provost Marshal Office, Operations, participates in an active shooter, training Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 26, 2019. Marines with PMO conducted the training to ensure readiness and reliability in the event of an active shooter.
  4. U.S. Marines and Soldiers from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will conduct training exercise Forest
    Approximately 275 U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve, currently assigned to 3d Marine Division as part of the Unit Deployment Program, and Marines from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, will join their Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterparts from the 8th Regiment, 13th Brigade, Middle Army. Their deployment validates the readiness and skill of the reserves to augment their active duty counterparts.
  5. The day before Thanksgiving is a time many people spend with family and friends. This year, Marines
    U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division participate in charity ruck march in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nov. 27, 2019. The Marines hiked from the Camp Lejeune main gate to the United Way's Children Healthy Eating on the Weekend house. The march supports CHEW! program which provides underprivileged children with donated food every weekend.