23 Apr 2019

Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Marines and Sailors are currently training at locations across the
southwestern United States as part of the 1st Marine Division’s annual Exercise Steel Knight. The
exercise takes place every year to refine the unit’s fundamental warfighting capabilities and
ensure that the 1st Marine Division remains a ready, prepared and decisive force against global
Steel Knight is taking place at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms,
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and San Clemente Island from Nov. 27 to Dec. 14.
Steel Knight is designed to enhance the command and control, interoperability, and fundamental
warfighting capabilities within the 1st Marine Division, its adjacent units and naval support
forces. The exercise will train the unit in the planning, deployment and command and control of
Marines against a near-peer combat force to enhance the maneuver capabilities of the ground
combat force. This year’s exercise demonstrates a wide array of Marine Corps capabilities which
include: amphibious breaching and landing operations at MCB Camp Pendleton and San
Clemente Island; a battalion sized, air assault at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms; and a combined
arms assault and Regimental Combat Team combat maneuvers at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms.
Photo, video package, and video B-Roll imagery from all of these events will be released by the
1st Marine Division Press Office and made available for media use. This imagery can be found on
the 1st Marine Division page at https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/1MD.
For additional queries, please contact the 1st Marine Division press officer 1stLt. Samuel Banks at
(760) 725-9915 (office), (760) 846-3099 (mobile) or email samuel.banks@usmc.mil

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