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A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, provides security with his M240B medium machine gun during Crisis Response Exercise II in Kuwait, June 19, 2021. CRX II is a long range assault in which Marines simulate taking over and occupying a forward operations base in a hostile environment. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a crisis response force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the region.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Willow Marshall

20 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOS FROM JUNE 2021

1 Jul 2021 | Courtesy Story Defense Media Activity

From Marines in the was of the Philippine Sea to those in the forests of Australia, these are 20 of the most influential photos from around the Marine Corps during the month of June.

 

 

Area Secure Photo by Cpl. Lydia Gordon
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Hunter Johnson, a gunner with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, center; Sgt. 1st Class Akito Yagi, a sniper with 50th Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, left; and Australian Army Pvt. Lochlan Bryden, a rifleman with Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, assume a tactical position during the closing ceremony of exercise Southern Jackaroo at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, June 24, 2021. U.S. Marines, Australian Army soldiers and JGSDF soldiers commemorated the completion of exercise Southern Jackaroo with a closing ceremony. Defense ties between the United States, allies and partner nations are critical to regional security, cooperation and integration of our combined capabilities.

 

A U.S. Marine, a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and a member of the Royal Australian Regiment, assume a tactical position at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, June 24.

 

 

Behind Cover Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Aubuchon
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, conduct a demolition range during Fuji Viper 21.4 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, June 21, 2021. During this exercise, Marines honed tactics, techniques, and procedures to support expeditionary advanced base operations at the platoon and company level. 2/2 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.

 

U.S. Marines conduct a demolition range during Fuji Viper 21.4 at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, June 21.

 

 

Rise from the Waters Photo by Lance Cpl. Alex Fairchild
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joseph Colvin, the storage staff noncommissioned officer in charge with Ammunition Company, 3rd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducts push-ups during the water survival advanced course on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 17, 2021. WSA is the highest swim qualification Marines and sailors can obtain before moving onto the next echelon of becoming a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival. The week-long course kicks off with a water survival pre screening event, and the remainder of the course consists of numerous endurance swims, life-saving techniques and applications, physical and mental conditioning, and countless swimming drills to ensure students have the confidence to not only maintain themselves but others’ lives while in the water. Colvin is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

A U.S. Marine conducts push-ups during the water survival advanced course on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 17.

 

 

Eyes from Above Photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly
A U.S. Marine with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sights into his M1110 semi-automatic sniper system to provide security during a Maritime Interdiction Operation training exercise aboard the USS Germantown in the Philippine Sea, June 24, 2021. The MIO consisted of Force Reconnaissance Marines fast roping on to the USS Germantown and executing a search and seizure scenario with support from the Battalion Landing Team 3/5 as the security element. The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

A U.S. Marine sights in to provide security during a Maritime Interdiction Operation training exercise in the Philippine Sea, June 24.

 

 

Ascending The Mountain Photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Bray
Navy Seaman Kevin Unwin, a corpsman with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, ascends a cliff at the Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., June 16, 2021. U.S. Sailors, Soldiers and Marines learned how to use rope systems to transport themselves and patients through technical terrain during the Mountain Medicine Course.

 

A U.S. sailor ascends a cliff at the Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., June 16.

 

 

Calling In The Goods Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Parsons
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Elvis Agosto-Santiago, a native of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, and a transmissions system operator with 2nd Landing Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, exchanges radio transmissions during a training event on Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 16, 2021. 2nd LSB led a training event for Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, to observe and gain further knowledge on aerial delivery logistics and operations.

 

A U.S. Marine exchanges radio transmissions during a training event on Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 16.

 

 

Deep Jungle Photo by Sgt. Hailey Clay
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Corey Slayman, a combat engineer with the Littoral Engineer Reconnaissance Team, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, posts security for a reconnaissance patrol during exercise Poseidon’s Watchtower on Ukibaru Island, Okinawa, Japan, June 8, 2021. Marines with 3d Marine Logistics Group and Sailors with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 and UCT-2 conducted a reconnaissance of the island to hone their skills in assessing terrain for suitability of supporting maritime operations. NMCB-4 is forward deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and United States, ready to support major combat operations, theater security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. UCT-2 provides a capability to support a Fleet Marine Force amphibious assault, subsequent combat service support ashore, and construction, inspection, repair and maintenance of ocean facilities in support of Navy and Marine Corps operations.

 

A U.S. Marine posts security for a reconnaissance patrol during exercise Poseidon’s Watchtower on Ukibaru Island, Okinawa, Japan, June 8.

 

 

Through the Smoke Photo by Sgt. Micha Pierce
A U.S. Marine with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (Reinforced), Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, wafts smoke onto himself during a smoking ceremony after the opening events of exercise Southern Jackaroo at Robertson Barracks, June 15, 2021. Marines, Australian Army soldiers and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers come together to commemorate an official opening ceremony for the beginning of exercise Southern Jackaroo. Defense ties between the United States, allies, and partner nations are critical to regional security, cooperation, and integration of our combined capabilities.

 

A U.S. Marine wafts smoke onto himself during a smoking ceremony at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, June 15.

 

 

Remember The Fallen Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Parsons
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment 2/6, 2nd Marine Division, hangs dog tags on a memorial monument during a ceremony on Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 4, 2021. Each dog tag symbolizes a fallen Marine from 2/6 in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Several members across the community and across the Marine Corps attended the event, honoring Marines like Cpl. Albert Gettings, a 2/6 Marine who was killed by enemy fire during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.

 

A U.S. Marine hangs dog tags on a memorial monument during a ceremony on Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 4.

 

 

Rear Security Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Andries
A Marine in a joint light tactical vehicle, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides rear security aboard dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) while transiting the Suez Canal, June 1. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

 

A U.S. Marine provides rear security aboard dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) while transiting the Suez Canal, June 1.

 

 

Safe Landing Photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly
A U.S. Marine with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds security after fast roping off of a CH-53E Super Stallion on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 3, 2021. The Marines train to fast rope in case they are required to depart from the aircraft in a timely manner or a possible landing in uneven terrain. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

A U.S. Marine holds security after fast roping off of a CH-53E Super Stallion on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 3.

 

 

Take to the Sea Photo by Cpl. Karis Mattingly
The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) sails in formation with landing craft, air cushions assigned to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during a bilateral exercise in the Philippine Sea, June 13, 2021. Bilateral exercises further demonstrate command control and interoperability between allies ultimately enhancing future operations. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is operating aboard ships of the America Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Ships of the U.S. Navy America Amphibious Ready Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force conduct a bilateral exercise in the Philippine Sea, June 13.

 

 

Clear Out Photo by Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla
Royal Marines assigned to Royal Marine Boat Team simulate clearing a room during close-quarters battle training with U.S. Marines assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Central Company onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, June 19. FASTCENT provides expeditionary anti-terrorism and security forces to embassies, consulates, and other vital national assets throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

 

Royal Marines simulate clearing a room during close-quarters battle training with U.S. Marines onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, June 19.

 

 

Casualty Evac Photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell
Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit carry a simulated casualty to an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a quick reaction force drill as part of a theater amphibious combat rehearsal at Tabuk Training Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 12. TACR integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets to exercise a range of critical combat-related capabilities, both afloat and ashore. 24th MEU is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

 

U.S. Marines carry a simulated casualty to an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Tabuk Training Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 12.

 

 

Canine Security Photo by Lance Cpl. Justin Marty
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Corado, a military working dog with Headquarters and Support Battalion Provost Marshal Office, poses for a photo in front of a F-35B Lightning II after providing security for a change of command ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 11, 2021. During the ceremony, Corado and his handler Cpl. Alec Schneppenheim supported the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing change of command to ensure a safe transition.

 

A U.S. Marine Corps military working dog sits in front of a F-35B Lightning II on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 11.

 

 

Soaring Shells Photo by Lance Cpl. Samuel Fletcher
U.S. Marines with the Special Response Team and police officers with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team participate in joint training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 14, 2021. The training included practical application drills that simulated real world scenarios and were designed to increase the proficiency of both units.

 

U.S. Marines and police officers participate in joint training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 14.

 

 

Corps Tradition Photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Kolela
Marines with the Silent Drill Platoon march for “Pass in Review” during a Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 8, 2021. The hosting official for the evening was Mr. Robert D. Hogue, counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and The Honorable Kirsten E. Gillibrand, U.S. Senator for New York, was the guest of honor.

 

U.S. Marines march for “Pass in Review” during a Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va., June 8.

 

 

Forest Fishing Photo by Lance Cpl. Courtney Robertson
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Michael Segul, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with EOD Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, fishes during Jungle Survival Training on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, June 8, 2021. EOD Marines support Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations by practicing survival methods in areas where logistical support may not be accessible, but mission completion is still the priority. 3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III Marine Expeditionary Force’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility.

 

A U.S. Marine fishes during Jungle Survival Training on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, June 8.

 

 

Drop In Photo by Sgt. Daisha Ramirez
U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast rope off a CH-53E Super Stallion, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 3, 2021. The Marines conduct fast rope training in case they are required to depart from an aircraft in a timely manner or a possible landing in uneven terrain. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

U.S. Marines fast rope off a CH-53E Super Stallion, on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 3.

 

 

Sunlight Security Photo by Lance Cpl. Willow Marshall
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, provides security with his M240B medium machine gun during Crisis Response Exercise II in Kuwait, June 19, 2021. CRX II is a long range assault in which Marines simulate taking over and occupying a forward operations base in a hostile environment. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a crisis response force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the region.

 

A U.S. Marine provides security with his M240B medium machine gun during Crisis Response Exercise II in Kuwait, June 19.


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