1st Marine Division

 

1st Marine Division

1st Marine Division

Camp Pendleton, CA
Colonel Jason Q. Bohm relinquishes his role as the commanding officer of the 5th Marine Regiment to Col. Kenneth R. Kassner aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 24, 2015. Kassner most recently served as the assistant chief of staff, programming and requirements, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
Kassner assumes command of 5th Marine Regiment
Colonel Jason Q. Bohm relinquishes his role as the commanding officer of the 5th Marine Regiment to Col. Kenneth R. Kassner aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 24, 2015. Kassner most recently served as the assistant chief of staff, programming and requirements, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
A mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, establishes the direction of fires for his 60 millimeter mortar team during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015.  Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
7th Marines train to support Inherent Resolve
A mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, establishes the direction of fires for his 60 millimeter mortar team during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015. Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
A sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, directs his Marines into position atop a berm during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015.  Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
7th Marines train to support Inherent Resolve
A sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, directs his Marines into position atop a berm during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015. Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
Marines with the 1st Marine Division explain the capabilities of different weapon systems and gear they use to community leaders from across Southern California aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 13, 2015. The guests were given an opportunity to experience the training and atmosphere the Marines and Sailors endure on deployment through a demonstration at the Infantry Immersion Training Facility.
1st Marine Division hosts appreciation dinner for community leaders
Marines with the 1st Marine Division explain the capabilities of different weapon systems and gear they use to community leaders from across Southern California aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 13, 2015. The guests were given an opportunity to experience the training and atmosphere the Marines and Sailors endure on deployment through a demonstration at the Infantry Immersion Training Facility.
Sergeant Major David L. Jobe relinquishes the role as senior enlisted advisor of 1st Marine Division to Sgt. Maj. William T. Sowers aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers most recently served as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sowers takes charge as 1st Marine Division's Sgt. Maj.
Sergeant Major David L. Jobe relinquishes the role as senior enlisted advisor of 1st Marine Division to Sgt. Maj. William T. Sowers aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers most recently served as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sergeant Major William T. Sowers receives a Marine non-commissioned officer’s sword as he takes over the role of 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers most recently served as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sowers takes charge as 1st Marine Division's Sgt. Maj.
Sergeant Major William T. Sowers receives a Marine non-commissioned officer’s sword as he takes over the role of 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers most recently served as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sergeants Major David L. Jobe (left) and William T. Sowers (right) salute as the National Flag passes during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers took charge as the senior enlisted advisor of the 1st Marine Division after completing his last assignment as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Sowers takes charge as 1st Marine Division's Sgt. Maj.
Sergeants Major David L. Jobe (left) and William T. Sowers (right) salute as the National Flag passes during a relief and appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. Sowers took charge as the senior enlisted advisor of the 1st Marine Division after completing his last assignment as the sergeant major for the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va.
Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, congratulates Marines chosen from the division to attend the new Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. The program will allow qualified Marines to develop a career path as an infantry squad leader.
General Nicholson congratulates Marines selected for new Squad Leader Development Program
Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, congratulates Marines chosen from the division to attend the new Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. The program will allow qualified Marines to develop a career path as an infantry squad leader.
Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, congratulates a Marine chosen from the division to attend the new Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. The program will allow qualified Marines to develop a career path as an infantry squad leader.
General Nicholson congratulates Marines selected for new Squad Leader Development Program
Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, congratulates a Marine chosen from the division to attend the new Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 12, 2015. The program will allow qualified Marines to develop a career path as an infantry squad leader.
Lieutenant Col. Steven M. Sutey, newly appointed battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, speaks to the Marines and loved ones of the battalion after formally receiving his command. Sutey has several past deployments with the 1st Marine Division and said he is proud to command and serve once again with the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carson A. Gramley/Released)
1/1 Change of Command Ceremony
Lieutenant Col. Steven M. Sutey, newly appointed battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, speaks to the Marines and loved ones of the battalion after formally receiving his command. Sutey has several past deployments with the 1st Marine Division and said he is proud to command and serve once again with the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carson A. Gramley/Released)
Tony Horton, the creator the fitness program P90X, speaks to Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Tony Horton, Creator of P90X, visits the Marines and Sailors of Dark Horse
Tony Horton, the creator the fitness program P90X, speaks to Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks at a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luis Vega/Released)
Sgt. Rafael Peralta Navy Cross Ceremony
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks at a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luis Vega/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, Commanding General of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks during a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony held in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luis Vega/Released)
Sgt. Rafael Peralta Navy Cross Ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, Commanding General of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks during a Navy Cross Presentation Ceremony held in honor of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luis Vega/Released)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Trevino/Released)
Sgt. Rafael Peralta Navy Cross Ceremony
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Trevino/Released)
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, during ceremony held in his honor aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in support of Operation Al Fajr in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, where he covered an enemy grenade with his body protect his fellow Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
Sgt. Rafael Peralta Navy Cross Ceremony
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presents the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, during ceremony held in his honor aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015. Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in support of Operation Al Fajr in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, where he covered an enemy grenade with his body protect his fellow Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence A. Leake/Released)
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1/7 Attend Pre-Scout Sniper Course
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Master Sgt. David Jarvis, a reconnaissance Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and Capt. Patrick Zuber, a company commander for 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, are awarded for winning the 7th Annual Recon Challenge aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 15, 2015. The Marines received this honor from Col. Christopher J. Williams, the commanding officer of School of Infantry-West, and Master Gunnery Sgt. Brian Yarolem, the operations chief for Reconnaissance Training Company and event coordinator.
Setting the Recon Standard at the Recon Challenge
Master Sgt. David Jarvis, a reconnaissance Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, and Capt. Patrick Zuber, a company commander for 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, are awarded for winning the 7th Annual Recon Challenge aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 15, 2015. The Marines received this honor from Col. Christopher J. Williams, the commanding officer of School of Infantry-West, and Master Gunnery Sgt. Brian Yarolem, the operations chief for Reconnaissance Training Company and event coordinator.
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
1st Marine Division commemorates the 97th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
Clockwise from top left, 1st Lieutenant John Neail, tank commander, Cpl. Christian Bills, gunner, Lance Cpl. Robert Benaridez driver, Lance Cpl. Patrick Bellinger, loader, the crew for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank named “Star Lord” participated in Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Desert Scimitar enables 1st Marine Division to test and refine its command and control capabilities and ensures 1st Marine Division units remain committed to consistently improving the quality of their training efforts and their resultant warfighting capabilities.
“Star Lord” blasts through Desert Scimitar
Clockwise from top left, 1st Lieutenant John Neail, tank commander, Cpl. Christian Bills, gunner, Lance Cpl. Robert Benaridez driver, Lance Cpl. Patrick Bellinger, loader, the crew for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank named “Star Lord” participated in Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Desert Scimitar enables 1st Marine Division to test and refine its command and control capabilities and ensures 1st Marine Division units remain committed to consistently improving the quality of their training efforts and their resultant warfighting capabilities.
PFC Michael Ainsworth, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares to drop a mortar round during a combined-arms raid at Army National Training Center Fort Irwin, April 11, 2015. The raid was conducted by 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion as part of exercise Desert Scimitar 2015.
Combined-Arms raid demonstrates the Corps’ combat prowess
PFC Michael Ainsworth, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares to drop a mortar round during a combined-arms raid at Army National Training Center Fort Irwin, April 11, 2015. The raid was conducted by 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion as part of exercise Desert Scimitar 2015.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
1/7 Participates in Urban Leaders Course
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
Corporals Augusto R. Carlin and Deneaga D. McMillian, supply Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, take a moment during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 to take a photo before both Marines return home as the exercise comes to a close aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 15, 2015 . Carlin was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, George Carlin, who was a general in the Peruvian army. Although he was originally inspired to join the military by his family, he never anticipated the family he would find in the Marine Corps.
Family Inspiration drives supply clerk to succeed
Corporals Augusto R. Carlin and Deneaga D. McMillian, supply Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, take a moment during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 to take a photo before both Marines return home as the exercise comes to a close aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 15, 2015 . Carlin was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, George Carlin, who was a general in the Peruvian army. Although he was originally inspired to join the military by his family, he never anticipated the family he would find in the Marine Corps.
Marines with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division provide direct fire support during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 20, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Battery A remains on-target for Exercise Desert Scimitar
Marines with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division provide direct fire support during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 20, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Lance Cpl. Anthony Teyuca, a team leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, bounds toward a notional objective during a notional mechanized raid during Exercise Desert Scimitar 15, April 16, 2015. Desert Scimitar is designed to provide tough, realistic live-fire training that allows the 1st Marine Division to improve combat effectiveness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
'Ridge Runners' build foundation at Desert Scimitar
Lance Cpl. Anthony Teyuca, a team leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, bounds toward a notional objective during a notional mechanized raid during Exercise Desert Scimitar 15, April 16, 2015. Desert Scimitar is designed to provide tough, realistic live-fire training that allows the 1st Marine Division to improve combat effectiveness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Corporal Osmar S. Gorish, a section chief for Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, returns to his team with the new orders from his executive officer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 20, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
From Bare Feet to Combat Boots
Corporal Osmar S. Gorish, a section chief for Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, returns to his team with the new orders from his executive officer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 20, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 howitzer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 7, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
11th Marines supports Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015
Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 howitzer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 7, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 howitzer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 7, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
11th Marines Supports Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015
Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 howitzer during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., April 7, 2015. The tough, realistic live-fire training central to Desert Scimitar allows Division units to train in order to maintain readiness and meet current and real-world operational demands.
Sergeant Michael V. Hall II, a field radio operator with 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, listens to remarks from his commanding officer during his Purple Heart ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 11. Hall sustained wounds in Afghanistan while serving with Georgia Liaison Team 10 in November 2013.
1/1 Marine awarded Purple Heart
Sergeant Michael V. Hall II, a field radio operator with 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, listens to remarks from his commanding officer during his Purple Heart ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 11. Hall sustained wounds in Afghanistan while serving with Georgia Liaison Team 10 in November 2013.
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, teach Basic Maneuver Techniques for the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 28, 2015, during Exercise Iron Fist 2015 to help develop the Self-Defense Force’s understanding of amphibious operations. Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. IF15, currently in its tenth iteration, is scheduled from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015, in southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Serna/Released)
Japanese forces train with 1st Recon to enhance amphibious capabilities
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, teach Basic Maneuver Techniques for the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 28, 2015, during Exercise Iron Fist 2015 to help develop the Self-Defense Force’s understanding of amphibious operations. Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. IF15, currently in its tenth iteration, is scheduled from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015, in southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Serna/Released)
Mission
Today, 1st Marine Division is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. The Division is employed as the ground combat element (GCE) of I MEF or may provide task-organized forces for assault operations and such operations as may be directed. The 1st Marine Division must be able to provide the ground amphibious forcible entry capability to the naval expeditionary force (NEF) and to conduct subsequent land operations in any operational environment.
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