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Celebrate The Marine Corps 244th Birthday With These Badass Shots

Happy birthday, Devil Dogs!
By Tim Malloy
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“…at the front door of crisis and conflict, we possess the finesse, the training and the tools to knock at the door diplomatically, pick the lock skillfully, or kick it in violently.”

Today marks the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. We wish those actively serving and those who have served a very happy birthday!

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Here are some quick facts from the source:

  • Marines are focused on combat; every Marine is a rifleman.

A U.S. Marine conceals his location by crouching in tall grass Oct. 31, 2017, on Ie Shima air field, Okinawa, Japan, during air assault training as part of Blue Chromite 18.

  • Marines are ready, relevant and forward deployed.
A Marine pulls a cord to fire a 120-mm mortar as part of Exercise Bold Alligator at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 23, 2017. Bold Alligator is designed to showcase the capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team, and demonstrate our cohesion with allied nations. The U.S. Marines and British troops gained camaraderie through integrated training, allowing them to familiarize themselves with each other’s capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Nicholas Guevara)

Photo by PFC Nicholas Guevara

  • Marines are innovative, adaptable and versatile; Marines win.
U.S. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Information Group, fire M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun during a live fire training exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017. The importance of this exercise was to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Photo by LCpl Anabel Abreu Rodriguez

  • Marines do what is right for the Nation.
U.S. Marines with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Information Group, engage targets with the M249 squad automatic weapon during a live fire training exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017. The importance of this exercise was to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Photo by LCpl Anabel Abreu Rodriguez

 

 

  • Marines keep their honor clean.
Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct a range.

Photo by Sgt Laura Gauna

  • Marines take care of their own.
Marine Corps scout snipers sight in during training in Vietnam. The first Marine Corps scout sniper platoon to be trained exclusively in combat would later be nicknamed ‘the Rogues.’ (Photo courtesy of Walt Sides)

Photo by Courtesy photo

  • The Marine Corps is a naval expeditionary force.
A crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 observes the ocean while sitting in a UH-1Y Venom over Okinawa, Japan, September 28, 2017. The squadron conducted aerial live-fire training in Okinawa, which is crucial to maintaining a stronger, more capable, forward deployed force in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft is assigned to HMLA-169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, currently forward deployed under the unit deployment program with MAG-36, 1st MAW.

Photo by LCpl Andy Martinez

  • The Marine Corps is an integrated combined arms organization of complementary air, ground and logistics components.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alfredo Sandoval, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, holds security for a rehearsal raid during Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-18 at Yuma, Ariz., on Sept. 27, 2017. WTI is a seven week training event hosted by Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron One cadre which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps Aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

Photo by LCpl Rhita Daniel

  • The Marine Corps is a good steward of the Nation’s resources.
Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, conduct Military Operations in Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) training at Andersen South Air Force Base, Guam, August 30, 2017

Photo by Cpl Amaia Unanue

 

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2019-11-10T09:42:37-04:00

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