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1st Marine Division (FWD)

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division attach packs to the outside of an amphibious assault vehicle during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. After navigating through the ocean on amphibious assault vehicles, the Marines moved inland with high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks to reach their objective. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division attach packs to the outside of an amphibious assault vehicle during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. After navigating through the ocean on amphibious assault vehicles, the Marines moved inland with high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks to reach their objective. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division enters an amphibious assault vehicle after providing security during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The amphibious assault training was the last event conducted during the week long exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division enters an amphibious assault vehicle after providing security during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The amphibious assault training was the last event conducted during the week long exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 lands during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The LCAC carries cargo, vehicles including high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks, and personnel for ship to shore movements.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 lands during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The LCAC carries cargo, vehicles including high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks, and personnel for ship to shore movements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division scan the horizon from an amphibious assault vehicle during amphibious assault training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. The Marines conducted the training during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation to prepare for a future deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division scan the horizon from an amphibious assault vehicle during amphibious assault training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. The Marines conducted the training during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation to prepare for a future deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment approach the shore in an amphibious assault vehicle as part of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment approach the shore in an amphibious assault vehicle as part of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division assault a beach during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion worked with U.S. Navy Sailors and pilots with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division assault a beach during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion worked with U.S. Navy Sailors and pilots with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Amphibious assault vehicles move into position after emerging from the sea during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion worked with U.S. Navy Sailors and pilots with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Amphibious assault vehicles move into position after emerging from the sea during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion worked with U.S. Navy Sailors and pilots with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division move across a beach in an M1A1 tank Abrams during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. After executing amphibious assault training, the Marines moved inland with high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks to reach their objective. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division move across a beach in an M1A1 tank Abrams during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. After executing amphibious assault training, the Marines moved inland with high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks to reach their objective. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division move quickly to provide security during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division move quickly to provide security during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Marines of 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment look out from the top of 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion Assault Amphibious Vehicle as a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Navy Assault Craft Unit 5, comes ashore bringing vehicles and Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016. This amphibious assault was part of 3rd Battalion’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation that will prepare the Marines for their upcoming Deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
Marines of 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment look out from the top of 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion Assault Amphibious Vehicle as a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Navy Assault Craft Unit 5, comes ashore bringing vehicles and Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016. This amphibious assault was part of 3rd Battalion’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation that will prepare the Marines for their upcoming Deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
A U.S. Navy pilot positions Landing Craft Air Cushion 73 next to Landing Craft Air Cushion 48 during amphibious assault training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. The LCAC carries cargo, vehicles like high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks, and personnel for ship to shore movements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
A U.S. Navy pilot positions Landing Craft Air Cushion 73 next to Landing Craft Air Cushion 48 during amphibious assault training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. The LCAC carries cargo, vehicles like high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles and M1A1 Abrams tanks, and personnel for ship to shore movements. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
A Marine with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division drives an M1A1 Abrams tank off of a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The LCAC is the only vehicle capable of transporting an M1A1 Abrams tank from an amphibious ship to land. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
A Marine with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division drives an M1A1 Abrams tank off of a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The LCAC is the only vehicle capable of transporting an M1A1 Abrams tank from an amphibious ship to land. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
A Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 approaches the shore during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The amphibious assault training was the last event conducted during the week long exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
Seawater, sand and swiftness: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines execute amphibious assaults
A Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit 5 approaches the shore during the amphibious assault training portion of a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation on Camp Pendleton, Calif., August 2, 2016. During a MCCRE, Marines perform various events to determine the combat readiness of the unit. The amphibious assault training was the last event conducted during the week long exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shellie Hall)
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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