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U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, repel an attack from a defensive position during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, December 13, 2019. SK20 increases the ability of all participants to plan, communicate and conduct operations against a capable near-peer adversary with a focus on major combat maneuvers and sustainment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo Sgt. Miguel A. Rosales)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, posts 360-degree security during Steel Knight 2020 (SK20) at an undisclosed location, Dec. 8, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tayler P. Schwamb)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conduct an amphibious landing and assault through a combat town during Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on 6 Dec. 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ana Madrigal)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. John Glatt, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, rehearses a counter-attack drill during exercise Steel Knight (SK20) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division's ability to fight and win against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez)
U.S. Marines with Company C, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, prepare and execute training during Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California on Dec. 2, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Aulick)
U.S. Marines with Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, fire an M777 Howitzer during exercise Steel Knight 20 (SK20) on Marine Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 9, 2019. SK20 increases the ability of all participants to plan, communicate and conduct operations against a capable and near-peer adversary with a focus on a major combat maneuvers and sustainment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sabrina Candiaflores)
A U.S. Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion conducts a night raid during Steel Knight 20 (SK20) at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Dec. 12, 2019. SK20 is an annual training exercise executed by approximately 13,000 Marines and Sailors designed to improve and assess the 1st Marine Division’s ability to fight and win a complex, dispersed fight against a peer or near-peer threat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Teagan Fredericks)
Steel Knight 2020
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Aussies visit 11th Marines
U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Corpsman with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, participate in a simulated casualty evacuation during the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 18, 2019. 5th Marines conducted a regimental-sized MCCRE that included 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, and the Regimental Headquarters to increase the combat proficiency and readiness of the regiment. The MCCRE took place over a 10-day period and served as a proof of concept for future regimental-sized MCCREs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez)
U.S. Navy HM3 Ruben De La Torre, a corpsman with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, posts security during the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 21, 2019. 5th Marines conducted a regimental-sized MCCRE that included 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, and the Regimental Headquarters to increase the combat proficiency and readiness of the regiment. The MCCRE took place over a 10-day period and served as a proof of concept for future regimental-sized MCCREs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez)
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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