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New Zealand Army soldiers prepare to clear a room during a live-fire shoot house at range 216 during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 here, June 13. The range was designed to give the soldiers a chance to practice close quarter combat situations, and prepare themselves for future operations. Dawn Blitz 2013 is one of a series of amphibious training events on both coasts of the U.S. that take place annually. Exercises like Dawn Blitz provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps. - New Zealand Army soldiers prepare to clear a room during a live-fire shoot house at range 216 during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 here, June 13. The range was designed to give the soldiers a chance to practice close quarter combat situations, and prepare themselves for future operations. Dawn Blitz 2013 is one of a series of amphibious training events on both coasts of the U.S. that take place annually. Exercises like Dawn Blitz provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Staff Sgt. Edward Bruegman, an assistant platoon sergeant serving with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and a native of Denver Colo., gives shooting advice to a New Zealand Army sniper before he engages long-distance targets at Range 108 during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 here, June 12. New Zealand and Canadian Army snipers shot alongside Marines serving with 1st Recon Bn. as well as 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment throughout the day, engaging known distance, unknown distance and one-shot-one-kill targets up to 1,200 meters away. Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multinational amphibious exercise that promotes interoperability between the Navy and Marine Corps and coalition partners, June 11-28. Participating countries include Canada, Japan, New Zealand and military observers from seven countries. - Staff Sgt. Edward Bruegman, an assistant platoon sergeant serving with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and a native of Denver Colo., gives shooting advice to a New Zealand Army sniper before he engages long-distance targets at Range 108 during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 here, June 12. New Zealand and Canadian Army snipers shot alongside Marines serving with 1st Recon Bn. as well as 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment throughout the day, engaging known distance, unknown distance and one-shot-one-kill targets up to 1,200 meters away. Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multinational amphibious exercise that promotes interoperability between the Navy and Marine Corps and coalition partners, June 11-28. Participating countries include Canada, Japan, New Zealand and military observers from seven countries.

Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin W. Stryffeler, platoon sergeant serving with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" for valor here, June 11, 2013. Stryffeler was awarded for his heroic achievements while serving as a platoon sergeant during the battalion's deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. During the deployment, Stryffeler led his Marines during several fierce small-arms engagements, exposed himself to hostile fire to ensure the safety of his Marines and conducted four casualty evacuations for Marines and Afghans, helping to provide lifesaving aid to his wounded. - Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin W. Stryffeler, platoon sergeant serving with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" for valor here, June 11, 2013. Stryffeler was awarded for his heroic achievements while serving as a platoon sergeant during the battalion's deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. During the deployment, Stryffeler led his Marines during several fierce small-arms engagements, exposed himself to hostile fire to ensure the safety of his Marines and conducted four casualty evacuations for Marines and Afghans, helping to provide lifesaving aid to his wounded.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Sotelo, a platoon sergeant serving with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, holds the Afghanistan Campaign Streamer during a battle colors rededication ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 5, 2013. Marines serving with 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, added the Afghanistan Campaign streamer and rededicated streamers from previous campaigns to the regiment's battle colors during the ceremony. The Fighting Fifth is recognized as the most decorated regiment in the Marine Corps. Marines and sailors of the regiment earned the Afghanistan Campaign streamer during a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan as Regimental Combat Team 5 from August 2011 to August 2012. Sotelo, a San Mateo, Calif., native, is a Silver Star recipient and a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. - Staff Sgt. Ryan Sotelo, a platoon sergeant serving with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, holds the Afghanistan Campaign Streamer during a battle colors rededication ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 5, 2013. Marines serving with 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, added the Afghanistan Campaign streamer and rededicated streamers from previous campaigns to the regiment's battle colors during the ceremony. The Fighting Fifth is recognized as the most decorated regiment in the Marine Corps. Marines and sailors of the regiment earned the Afghanistan Campaign streamer during a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan as Regimental Combat Team 5 from August 2011 to August 2012. Sotelo, a San Mateo, Calif., native, is a Silver Star recipient and a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Marines, French soldiers participate in Marara 24
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U.S. Marines and Sailors with 1st Marine Division train with French soldiers during Marara 24 in Tahiti, French Polynesia, May 31-June 7, 2024. Marara is a multinational training exercise that enhances combined interoperability between the U.S. military and France’s Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters in French Polynesia. The training advances partners’ abilities to address complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Willow Marshall)

U.S. Marines and Sailors with 1st Marine Division train with French soldiers during Marara 24 in Tahiti, French Polynesia, May 31-June 7, 2024. Marara is a multinational training exercise that enhances combined interoperability between the U.S. military and France’s Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters in French Polynesia. The training advances partners’ abilities to address complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Willow Marshall)

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