1st Marine Division

 

1st Marine Division

1st Marine Division

Camp Pendleton, CA
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Kathy Sims gazes at San Mateo from the top of First Sergeant’s Hill while Marines honor their fellow comrades during the Dark Horse Reunion at Camp Pendleton April 29, 2016. Sims is the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion organizer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Kathy Sims gazes at San Mateo from the top of First Sergeant’s Hill while Marines honor their fellow comrades during the Dark Horse Reunion at Camp Pendleton April 29, 2016. Sims is the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion organizer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Eddie Palos encourages fellow Marines up First Sergeant’s Hill during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Palos served as a rifleman with Company I during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Eddie Palos encourages fellow Marines up First Sergeant’s Hill during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Palos served as a rifleman with Company I during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sgt. Marcus Chischilly makes his way up the side First Sergeant’s Hill to honor his fallen comrades during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Chischilly served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sgt. Marcus Chischilly makes his way up the side First Sergeant’s Hill to honor his fallen comrades during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Chischilly served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – 1st Sgt. Chris Carlisle listens to Col. Jason Morris during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Carlisle served as the Company K company gunnery sergeant during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – 1st Sgt. Chris Carlisle listens to Col. Jason Morris during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Carlisle served as the Company K company gunnery sergeant during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Ryan Provasi accepts a challenge coin from Col. Jason Morris at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Provasi served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Ryan Provasi accepts a challenge coin from Col. Jason Morris at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Provasi served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Family and friends walk past the Patriot Guard Riders before entering the San Mateo Memorial Garden on Camp Pendleton April 29, 2016. The family and friends attended the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion to honor the Marines who were deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Family and friends walk past the Patriot Guard Riders before entering the San Mateo Memorial Garden on Camp Pendleton April 29, 2016. The family and friends attended the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion to honor the Marines who were deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Jim Reed bows his head in prayer during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Reed, a retired Navy master chief and Vietnam War veteran, served 23 years and is now a Patriot Guard Rider. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Jim Reed bows his head in prayer during the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Reed, a retired Navy master chief and Vietnam War veteran, served 23 years and is now a Patriot Guard Rider. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Juan Dominguez accepts a challenge coin from Col. Jason Morris at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Dominguez served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Cpl. Juan Dominguez accepts a challenge coin from Col. Jason Morris at the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Dominguez served as a rifleman with Company K during the battalion’s deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Bob Pruitt speaks with a Marine before the start of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Pruitt, a Vietnam War veteran and former Navy petty officer, is now a Patriot Guard Rider. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Marines and friends of “Dark Horse” remember Sangin
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Bob Pruitt speaks with a Marine before the start of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment “Dark Horse” Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden April 29, 2016. Pruitt, a Vietnam War veteran and former Navy petty officer, is now a Patriot Guard Rider. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall/Released)
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, speaks with a mix of entry-level Marine students from the School of Infantry-West and mid-career enlisted leaders studying at the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., about opening all occupational specialties to qualified Marines of either gender April 12, 2016.
Mabus sets standards, expectations at town hall
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, speaks with a mix of entry-level Marine students from the School of Infantry-West and mid-career enlisted leaders studying at the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., about opening all occupational specialties to qualified Marines of either gender April 12, 2016.
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, speaks with a mix of entry-level Marine students from the School of Infantry-West and mid-career enlisted leaders studying at the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., about opening all occupational specialties to qualified Marines of either gender April 12, 2016.
Mabus sets standards, expectations at town hall
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, speaks with a mix of entry-level Marine students from the School of Infantry-West and mid-career enlisted leaders studying at the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., about opening all occupational specialties to qualified Marines of either gender April 12, 2016.
Lieutenant General David H. Berger, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, presents Marines assigned to Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, with the Marine Corps Motor Transportation Unit of the Year award, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, March 25, 2016. The Marines with Truck Co. demonstrated exceptional technical and tactical proficiency and dependability which earned them the award.
Truck Company named Marine Corps Motor Transportation Unit of the Year
Lieutenant General David H. Berger, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, presents Marines assigned to Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, with the Marine Corps Motor Transportation Unit of the Year award, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, March 25, 2016. The Marines with Truck Co. demonstrated exceptional technical and tactical proficiency and dependability which earned them the award.
Marines refuel an Amphibious Assault Vehicle from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation Feb. 25, 2016. The MCCRE evaluates the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. Refueling from an aircraft is a unique capability for the AAV crew as it is not a commonly trained skill. The aircraft is from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Marines take on the sea, shore, air
Marines refuel an Amphibious Assault Vehicle from a CH-53E Super Stallion during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation Feb. 25, 2016. The MCCRE evaluates the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. Refueling from an aircraft is a unique capability for the AAV crew as it is not a commonly trained skill. The aircraft is from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Amphibious Assault Vehicles set a defense as the remaining AAV-7s assault the beach on Camp Pendleton Feb. 25, 2016. The exercise evaluated the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Marines take on the sea, shore, air
Amphibious Assault Vehicles set a defense as the remaining AAV-7s assault the beach on Camp Pendleton Feb. 25, 2016. The exercise evaluated the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Rear Adm. Brent Scott gives the opening remarks for the first Professional Naval Chaplaincy Excellence award ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Feb. 23, 2016. The ceremony recognized Lt. Michael Kennedy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide spiritual guidance and renewed faith to Marines and sailors serving I Marine Expeditionary Force. Scott is the 19th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains. Kennedy is a chaplain with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Farr is a religious program specialist with 1st Bn., 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Robert Bliss/Released)
Awards for the Chaplain Corps
Rear Adm. Brent Scott gives the opening remarks for the first Professional Naval Chaplaincy Excellence award ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Feb. 23, 2016. The ceremony recognized Lt. Michael Kennedy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide spiritual guidance and renewed faith to Marines and sailors serving I Marine Expeditionary Force. Scott is the 19th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains. Kennedy is a chaplain with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Farr is a religious program specialist with 1st Bn., 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Robert Bliss/Released)
Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue presents the Naval Chaplaincy Excellence award to Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr at Camp Pendleton, Feb. 23, 2016. The ceremony recognized Lt. Michael Kennedy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide spiritual guidance and renewed faith to Marines and sailors serving I Marine Expeditionary Force. O’Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, was a guest speaker and presented awards to the recipients.  Kennedy is a chaplain with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div. Farr is a religious program specialist with 1st Bn., 4th Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Robert Bliss/Released)
Awards for the Chaplain Corps
Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue presents the Naval Chaplaincy Excellence award to Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr at Camp Pendleton, Feb. 23, 2016. The ceremony recognized Lt. Michael Kennedy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dawaylon Farr for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide spiritual guidance and renewed faith to Marines and sailors serving I Marine Expeditionary Force. O’Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, was a guest speaker and presented awards to the recipients. Kennedy is a chaplain with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div. Farr is a religious program specialist with 1st Bn., 4th Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Robert Bliss/Released)
Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Martin Vasquez (left) and Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, attach campaign streamers to the division colors during a Battle Colors Rededication Ceremony in honor of the division’s 75th anniversary, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016.  Veteran and active duty Marines and Sailors who served in the division over the years participated in the ceremony, celebrating the oldest, largest, and most decorated division in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
1st Marine Division Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Martin Vasquez (left) and Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, attach campaign streamers to the division colors during a Battle Colors Rededication Ceremony in honor of the division’s 75th anniversary, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016. Veteran and active duty Marines and Sailors who served in the division over the years participated in the ceremony, celebrating the oldest, largest, and most decorated division in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
A Marine with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, establishes communications with the combat operation center in a Combat Convoy Simulator aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Feb. 2, 2016. The CCS at first glance looks like an expensive, high-tech video game, but its primary use is preparing Marines for real-world combat missions with simulations of realistic scenarios.
The Future is Now: 5/11 Convoy Training Goes Virtual
A Marine with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, establishes communications with the combat operation center in a Combat Convoy Simulator aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Feb. 2, 2016. The CCS at first glance looks like an expensive, high-tech video game, but its primary use is preparing Marines for real-world combat missions with simulations of realistic scenarios.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel O'Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, shakes hands with Sgt. Maj. Chuong Nguyen, 5th Marine Regiment Sergeant Major, during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016. Maj. Gen. O'Donohue visited the 1st MARDIV units participating in ITX 2-16. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trever A. Statz/Released)
1st MARDIV Commanding General and Sergeant Major visit ITX 2-16
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel O'Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, shakes hands with Sgt. Maj. Chuong Nguyen, 5th Marine Regiment Sergeant Major, during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016. Maj. Gen. O'Donohue visited the 1st MARDIV units participating in ITX 2-16. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Trever A. Statz/Released)
Captain Scott Williams, company commander of Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, dives out of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat to conduct underwater search operations training, Jan. 28, 2016. The Marines and Sailors of Co. A will use their dive ability to give the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit a valuable underwater search tool when it deploys later this year.
1st Recon searches the Pacific
Captain Scott Williams, company commander of Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, dives out of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat to conduct underwater search operations training, Jan. 28, 2016. The Marines and Sailors of Co. A will use their dive ability to give the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit a valuable underwater search tool when it deploys later this year.
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Paul J. Nugent, commanding officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, relinquishes command to Lt. Col. Michael Nakonieczny during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Castillo, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
1st Marine Division Change of Command
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Paul J. Nugent, commanding officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, relinquishes command to Lt. Col. Michael Nakonieczny during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Castillo, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel O'Donohue, left, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, and Col. Paul Nugent, right, commanding officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, lead a conditioning hike at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016. Headquarters Battalion conducted a conditioning hike to maintain combat and physical fitness standards. (U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera photograph by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln/RELEASED)
Headquarters Battalion conditioning hike
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel O'Donohue, left, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, and Col. Paul Nugent, right, commanding officer, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, lead a conditioning hike at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016. Headquarters Battalion conducted a conditioning hike to maintain combat and physical fitness standards. (U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera photograph by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln/RELEASED)
Master Gunnery Sgt. Bruce Knapp, the operations chief with 1st Marine Division, speaks to Marines with 5th Marine Regiment about the Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 20, 2016. The SLDP is one of the various tools the Marine Corps uses to build stronger small unit leadership, while presenting Marines the opportunity to further their career. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released)
SLDP for You and Me
Master Gunnery Sgt. Bruce Knapp, the operations chief with 1st Marine Division, speaks to Marines with 5th Marine Regiment about the Squad Leader Development Program, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 20, 2016. The SLDP is one of the various tools the Marine Corps uses to build stronger small unit leadership, while presenting Marines the opportunity to further their career. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released)
Marines assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire on an objective during a company-level assault, as part of combined arms live-fire, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin exercise, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2016. The Marines completed the training as part of their preparations for an upcoming deployment to Australia.
Marines of 1/1 blast through predeployment training
Marines assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire on an objective during a company-level assault, as part of combined arms live-fire, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin exercise, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 18, 2016. The Marines completed the training as part of their preparations for an upcoming deployment to Australia.
Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Lemons (center), the command master chief of the 1st Marine Division, salutes alongside Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue (left), commanding general of the 1st Mar. Div., during Lemons’ retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 8, 2016. Lemons enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986 and served a majority of his time in the service as a corpsman.
Anchors Aweigh: 1st Marine Division Bids its Top Enlisted Sailor Farewell
Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Lemons (center), the command master chief of the 1st Marine Division, salutes alongside Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue (left), commanding general of the 1st Mar. Div., during Lemons’ retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 8, 2016. Lemons enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986 and served a majority of his time in the service as a corpsman.
Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue and Sgt. Maj. William T. Sowers stand for a quick photo opportunity following a ceremony with the San Diego Nice Guys charity group, Dec. 16, 2015. During the ceremony, the San Diego Nice Guys presented their annual contribution from the Marine Family Christmas Fund to assist local military families in their holiday grocery shopping. Since 1997, the MFCF has supported thousands of families, primarily those who have forward deployed Marines and sailors of the Blue Diamond division, with generous donations for the holiday season.
Selfless Service: Marine Family Christmas Fund Carries on Tradition
Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue and Sgt. Maj. William T. Sowers stand for a quick photo opportunity following a ceremony with the San Diego Nice Guys charity group, Dec. 16, 2015. During the ceremony, the San Diego Nice Guys presented their annual contribution from the Marine Family Christmas Fund to assist local military families in their holiday grocery shopping. Since 1997, the MFCF has supported thousands of families, primarily those who have forward deployed Marines and sailors of the Blue Diamond division, with generous donations for the holiday season.
Kaden Jeide (left), Spencer Jeide (center), and Cpl. Matthew Franzoni, stand outside of a shopping center during a “holiday with Heroes” event held in Poway, California, December 10. During the city-funded event, children purchased presents for their families and friends, took holiday photos with Santa, built arts and crafts, and participated in other events throughout the night. Franzoni is a gunner with 1st LAR. (USMC photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
1st LAR gives back to Poway children during holiday season.
Kaden Jeide (left), Spencer Jeide (center), and Cpl. Matthew Franzoni, stand outside of a shopping center during a “holiday with Heroes” event held in Poway, California, December 10. During the city-funded event, children purchased presents for their families and friends, took holiday photos with Santa, built arts and crafts, and participated in other events throughout the night. Franzoni is a gunner with 1st LAR. (USMC photo by Cpl. Jonathan Boynes)
John Tey, center, a U.S. Marine infantryman with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands at attention while two of his mentors salute their commander before Tey's promotion at his ceremony during Certification Exercise, Dec. 3, 2015. Corporal is the first noncommissioned officer rank in the Marine Corps, and comes with increased authority as well as increased responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/RELEASED)
2/1 Ghost Company promotes new NCO
John Tey, center, a U.S. Marine infantryman with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands at attention while two of his mentors salute their commander before Tey's promotion at his ceremony during Certification Exercise, Dec. 3, 2015. Corporal is the first noncommissioned officer rank in the Marine Corps, and comes with increased authority as well as increased responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/RELEASED)
Lance Cpl. David Wadleigh, a military working dog handler and Nicky, a military working dog with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, provide security during a simulated mass casualty drill during Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. Steel Knight prepares Marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Division and adjacent I Marine Expeditionary Force units with the skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Paws on the ground: Steel Knight 2016
Lance Cpl. David Wadleigh, a military working dog handler and Nicky, a military working dog with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, provide security during a simulated mass casualty drill during Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2015. Steel Knight prepares Marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Division and adjacent I Marine Expeditionary Force units with the skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Lance Cpl. Travis DeShazo, a rifleman assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, prepares a computer to control a Raven unmanned aerial system to establish the location of notional enemy units aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The Marines employed the Raven UAS as part of Steel Knight to gain a better understanding of it and develop a higher proficiency of what it takes to operate as a more effective as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Steel Knight: 2/4’s eyes in the sky
Lance Cpl. Travis DeShazo, a rifleman assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, prepares a computer to control a Raven unmanned aerial system to establish the location of notional enemy units aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, California, Dec. 10, 2015. The Marines employed the Raven UAS as part of Steel Knight to gain a better understanding of it and develop a higher proficiency of what it takes to operate as a more effective as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marines and Sailors with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, pose for a photo atop of the USS Mississippi, a Virginia Class Block 5 submarine aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 17, 2015. Company A toured the ship as part of a one-day Special Operations Forces capabilities training event, where they learned about lock-out submarine insertions. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tony Simmons)
Recon Locks Out Under the Sea
Marines and Sailors with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, pose for a photo atop of the USS Mississippi, a Virginia Class Block 5 submarine aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 17, 2015. Company A toured the ship as part of a one-day Special Operations Forces capabilities training event, where they learned about lock-out submarine insertions. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tony Simmons)
Amphibious assault vehicles proceed to assault their objective after conducting an amphibious landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Getting feet wet during opening of Steel Knight 2016
Amphibious assault vehicles proceed to assault their objective after conducting an amphibious landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
A rifleman holds security outside a simulated combat town after conducting a beach landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Getting feet wet during opening of Steel Knight 2016
A rifleman holds security outside a simulated combat town after conducting a beach landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment infantrymen tactically move from building to building in a simulated combat zone during Exercise Steel Knight 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. 1st Marine Division has conducted Steel Knight for the past three years, making this the fourth iteration of the exercise. Steel Knight will test I Marine Expeditionary Force’s amphibious capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Getting feet wet during opening of Steel Knight 2016
1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment infantrymen tactically move from building to building in a simulated combat zone during Exercise Steel Knight 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. 1st Marine Division has conducted Steel Knight for the past three years, making this the fourth iteration of the exercise. Steel Knight will test I Marine Expeditionary Force’s amphibious capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Corporal Christan Curz observes a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System fire in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. Curz is an artilleryman assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
5/11 blasts rockets for Steel Knight
Corporal Christan Curz observes a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System fire in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. Curz is an artilleryman assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
Marines fire a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. The Marines are assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div.
5/11 blasts rockets for Steel Knight
Marines fire a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. The Marines are assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div.
Marines with 1st Marine Division take part in a Combined Armed Staff Trainer exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 17, 2015, in preparation for Exercise Steel Knight 2016. The CAST exercise was a division-level evolution, which allowed Marines to maintain designated skillsets in support of a simulated, large-scale operation.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)
1st Marine Division conducts CAST exercise
Marines with 1st Marine Division take part in a Combined Armed Staff Trainer exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 17, 2015, in preparation for Exercise Steel Knight 2016. The CAST exercise was a division-level evolution, which allowed Marines to maintain designated skillsets in support of a simulated, large-scale operation.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)
A Marine with Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, checks the straps to secure a rocket pod for a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during the 5/11 Command Post Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015. The CPX provided an opportunity for the Marines to refresh their skillsets in preparation for exercise Steel Knight 2016.
5/11 refreshes rocket and communication skills
A Marine with Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, checks the straps to secure a rocket pod for a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during the 5/11 Command Post Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015. The CPX provided an opportunity for the Marines to refresh their skillsets in preparation for exercise Steel Knight 2016.
Captain Brian Jaquith, company commander of Co. A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, cuts and presents cake in celebrate of the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday aboard Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2015. The Marines and Sailors celebrated the birthday as a culminating event to the 18-day field operation.
3rd AABn Celebrates Marine Corps’ 240th Birthday
Captain Brian Jaquith, company commander of Co. A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, cuts and presents cake in celebrate of the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday aboard Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., Nov. 10, 2015. The Marines and Sailors celebrated the birthday as a culminating event to the 18-day field operation.
U.S. 1st Marine Division, Alpha Company, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion conducts their Amphibious Assault Vehicle qualifications tables 1-9 for the first time at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2015.  Alpha Company is conducting this training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by LCpl. AaronJames B. Vinculado/Released)
1st MARDIV Alpha CO. 3D AABN qualifies at Yuma Proving Grounds
U.S. 1st Marine Division, Alpha Company, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion conducts their Amphibious Assault Vehicle qualifications tables 1-9 for the first time at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2015. Alpha Company is conducting this training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by LCpl. AaronJames B. Vinculado/Released)
U.S. 1st Marine Division, Alpha Company, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion conducts their Amphibious Assault Vehicle qualifications tables 1-9 for the first time at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2015.  Alpha Company is conducting this training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by LCpl. AaronJames B. Vinculado/Released)
1st MARDIV Alpha CO. 3D AABN qualifies at Yuma Proving Grounds
U.S. 1st Marine Division, Alpha Company, 3D Amphibious Assault Battalion conducts their Amphibious Assault Vehicle qualifications tables 1-9 for the first time at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., on Nov. 6, 2015. Alpha Company is conducting this training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by LCpl. AaronJames B. Vinculado/Released)
Corporal Brian Williams, the designated driver for the commanding general, 1st Marine Division, and wide receiver for the Headquarters Battalion Wolverines. While Williams is dedicated to his team, his duties as a Marine will always come first aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Atlanta native ties his life of wearing shoulder pads to his desire to wear his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
For love of the Corps and the game
Corporal Brian Williams, the designated driver for the commanding general, 1st Marine Division, and wide receiver for the Headquarters Battalion Wolverines. While Williams is dedicated to his team, his duties as a Marine will always come first aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Atlanta native ties his life of wearing shoulder pads to his desire to wear his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. (Official Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
Lance Cpl. Anthony Doyle, a warehouse clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, searches a role-playing suspect after searching his house during searchers and site exploitation training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015. Instructors with the Marines Corps Engineer Society taught the Marines the skills they need to locate and collect evidence on munitions or against suspected individuals in a realistic training environment.
1/5 hones advanced searching capabilities
Lance Cpl. Anthony Doyle, a warehouse clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, searches a role-playing suspect after searching his house during searchers and site exploitation training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015. Instructors with the Marines Corps Engineer Society taught the Marines the skills they need to locate and collect evidence on munitions or against suspected individuals in a realistic training environment.
Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, insert into the ocean from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron-465, during helocast training off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. Helocasting allows Marines to swiftly and stealthily insert from a helicopter into any body of water in order to then utilize Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to conduct amphibious beach reconnaissance and raids. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
1st Recon conducts helocast training
Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, insert into the ocean from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron-465, during helocast training off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015. Helocasting allows Marines to swiftly and stealthily insert from a helicopter into any body of water in order to then utilize Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to conduct amphibious beach reconnaissance and raids. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stand at attention in front of the memorial for HMLA 469 during Park Semper Fi’s 10th anniversary ceremony at San Clemente, Calif., Oct. 11, 2015. The ceremony paid tribute to Marines with HMLA 469 who gave their lives during a humanitarian mission in Nepal, May 12, 2015.
Immortalizing the fallen: San Clemente hosts 10th Anniversary of Park Semper Fi
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stand at attention in front of the memorial for HMLA 469 during Park Semper Fi’s 10th anniversary ceremony at San Clemente, Calif., Oct. 11, 2015. The ceremony paid tribute to Marines with HMLA 469 who gave their lives during a humanitarian mission in Nepal, May 12, 2015.
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct free fall jump training from a C-130 Hercules with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 16, 2015. 1st Recon conducted parachute operations in preparation for future deployments.
Recon falls into action: Marines execute parachute ops
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct free fall jump training from a C-130 Hercules with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 16, 2015. 1st Recon conducted parachute operations in preparation for future deployments.
Lance Cpl. Anthony Sarmiento, a rifleman assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, provides security while establishing a defensive position during Talon Exercise 1-16 at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2015. The training took place at Baker’s Peak, a rugged desert training area located on the approximately 1,700,000 acre Barry M. Goldwater Range and was part of a larger event called Talon Exercise, which focused on offensive and defensive operations in desert and urban environments.
2/7 Digs in for Talon Exercise
Lance Cpl. Anthony Sarmiento, a rifleman assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, provides security while establishing a defensive position during Talon Exercise 1-16 at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2015. The training took place at Baker’s Peak, a rugged desert training area located on the approximately 1,700,000 acre Barry M. Goldwater Range and was part of a larger event called Talon Exercise, which focused on offensive and defensive operations in desert and urban environments.
Lieutenant Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, unveils the HMLA 469 memorial during Park Semper Fi’s 10th anniversary ceremony at San Clemente, Calif., Oct. 11, 2015. The ceremony paid tribute to Marines with HMLA 469 who gave their lives during a humanitarian mission in Nepal, May 12, 2015.
Immortalizing the fallen: San Clemente hosts 10th Anniversary of Park Semper Fi
Lieutenant Col. Edward W. Powers, commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, unveils the HMLA 469 memorial during Park Semper Fi’s 10th anniversary ceremony at San Clemente, Calif., Oct. 11, 2015. The ceremony paid tribute to Marines with HMLA 469 who gave their lives during a humanitarian mission in Nepal, May 12, 2015.
An M1A1 Main Battle Tanks with Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, stops in order to provide fire support for British Royal Marines with 42 Commando Group during Exercise Black Alligator 2015 aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015. The exercise gave 1st Tanks an opportunity to hone and showcase their support capabilities, while building upon an already established relationship with the Royal Marines.     (U.S.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)
1st Tanks joins Royal Marines in live-fire exercise
An M1A1 Main Battle Tanks with Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, stops in order to provide fire support for British Royal Marines with 42 Commando Group during Exercise Black Alligator 2015 aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015. The exercise gave 1st Tanks an opportunity to hone and showcase their support capabilities, while building upon an already established relationship with the Royal Marines. (U.S.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)
Corporal Joshua Boozer, an ammunition technician assigned to Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, sprints on a track aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015. Boozer participated and won the U.S. Marine Corps High Intensity Tactical Training Ultimate Tactical Athlete Championship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz)
HITT Champion Corporal Boozer: Combat Fit, Combat Ready
Corporal Joshua Boozer, an ammunition technician assigned to Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, sprints on a track aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015. Boozer participated and won the U.S. Marine Corps High Intensity Tactical Training Ultimate Tactical Athlete Championship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz)
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speaks with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015.  Neller addressed training, readiness, Naval integration, modernization, and technology.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Commandant of the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Visit
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speaks with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015. Neller addressed training, readiness, Naval integration, modernization, and technology. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speaks with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015.  Neller addressed training, readiness, Naval integration, modernization, and technology.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Commandant of the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Visit
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, speaks with Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015. Neller addressed training, readiness, Naval integration, modernization, and technology. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln, 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue (left), Commanding General of 1st Marine Division receives a quilt from members of the Navajo Nation during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015. The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Navajo Nation Camp Pendleton Tour
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue (left), Commanding General of 1st Marine Division receives a quilt from members of the Navajo Nation during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015. The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Navajo Code Talkers Samuel T. Holiday (left), and Roy Hawthorn (center), speak with Ray Lebron (right) during a tour of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015.  The Navajo Code Talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.  They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Navajo Nation Camp Pendleton Tour
Navajo Code Talkers Samuel T. Holiday (left), and Roy Hawthorn (center), speak with Ray Lebron (right) during a tour of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015. The Navajo Code Talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue (left), Commanding General of 1st Marine Division receives a quilt from a member of the Navajo Nation during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sept. 28, 2015. The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Navajo Nation Camp Pendleton Tour
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel J. O'Donohue (left), Commanding General of 1st Marine Division receives a quilt from a member of the Navajo Nation during a visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sept. 28, 2015. The Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. They served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider Battalions and Marine parachute units, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language that enemy forces were never able to break. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Adrianna R. Lincoln 1st Marine Division Combat Camera/Released)
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, salutes the colors during the unit’s reactivation ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Thundering Third returns
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, salutes the colors during the unit’s reactivation ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Major General Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, addresses the crowd during the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division reactivation ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Thundering Third returns
Major General Daniel J. O’Donohue, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, addresses the crowd during the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division reactivation ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fills his canteen cup with French 75 during the unit’s  Thunder Mug Ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. 3/4 took part in the Thunder Mug Ceremony after the reactivation ceremony of the battalion. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Thundering Third returns
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fills his canteen cup with French 75 during the unit’s Thunder Mug Ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. 3/4 took part in the Thunder Mug Ceremony after the reactivation ceremony of the battalion. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, takes part in the unit’s Thunder Mug Ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. 3/4 took part in the Thunder Mug Ceremony after reactivating the battalion. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
Thundering Third returns
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, takes part in the unit’s Thunder Mug Ceremony aboard Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sept. 17, 2015. 3/4 took part in the Thunder Mug Ceremony after reactivating the battalion. The Marine Corps’ reactivation of the “Thundering Third” officially starts Oct. 1, 2015, which marks exactly 90 years of dedicated service within the Corps.
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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