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1st Marine Division (FWD)

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U.S. Marines with Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 Howitzer in a 'Top Gun' competition between batteries during Fire Exercise (FIREX) 19 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 27, 2019. FIREX 19 is a regimental-level exercise designed to improve internal standard operating procedures and allow multiple batteries to train together in preparation for Steel Knight, an annual combat readiness exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ana S. Madrigal)
U.S. Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, 1st Marine Division, line the streets to give the Highlander salute during the arrival of the 1st LAR monument at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 24, 2019. The 1st LAR Marines were nicknamed the “Highlanders” in honor of the famous Scottish Soldiers of the past. The monument was donated by the 1st LAR Association in honor of their fallen brothers and proudly escorted by Marines with 1st LAR. (U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Tayler P. Schwamb)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 1, 2019) – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers move a combat rubber raiding craft in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 1, 2019) – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious assault vehicles approach the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2019) – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers receive a tour of the well deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 31, 2019) – Seaman Isacc Isbell, from Houston, stands starboard lookout as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) transits the Pacific Ocean during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2019) – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers receive a tour of the boat deck aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2019) – A landing craft, air cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, arrives ashore during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. Exercise Iron Fist 2019 is an annual, multilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together, share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combine operational capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel A. Vazquez, a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, looks out a window as he provides security during an integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, May 14, 2019. The exercise was designed to give the exercise force the opportunity to plan and execute multiple types of operations, conduct detailed fire support, planning and coordination for each operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert G. Gavaldon)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David J. Salazarquintero, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, patrols the urban training area while being yelled at by simulated local actors during an integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, May 14, 2019. The exercise was designed to give the exercise force the opportunity to plan and execute multiple types of operations, conduct detailed fire support, planning and coordination for each operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert G. Gavaldon)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Matthew A. Reed, an infantry officer with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, inspects a map to ensure their position is correct during an integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, May 14, 2019. The exercise was designed to give the exercise force the opportunity to plan and execute multiple types of operations, conduct detailed fire support, planning and coordination for each operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert G. Gavaldon)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, exit a CH-53E Super Stallion during an integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, May 5, 2019. The exercise was designed to give the exercise force the opportunity to plan and execute multiple types of operations, conduct detailed fire support, planning and coordination for each operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert G. Gavaldon)
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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