3rd mef

Hell’s Bells.

Cpl. Calvin V. Montgomery uses his whole body to pull the lanyard of an M777 Howitzer, firing a 155 mm round March 11 during Dragon Fire Exercise 15-2 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. Howitzers are used by artillery batteries to provide suppressing fire for ground units. Montgomery, an Eatonton, Georgia, native, is a radio operator with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. William Hester, 13 MAR 2015.)


Celebrating thirty-three years of making China nervous.

[1] Royal Thai and Republic of Korea amphibious assault vehicles lay a smoke screen during an amphibious demonstration at Hat Yao Beach.

[2] A ROK Marine assists in securing the beachhead during the assault demonstration.

[3] U.S. Marine Cpl. Jacob Obrienflasch, left, and Sgt. David Wainright, stand in formation alongside Republic of Korea Marine Corps at Hat Yao Beach after conducting an amphibious demonstration during exercise Cobra Gold 2014. Cobra Gold, in its 33rd iteration, is designed to advance regional security in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. Marines are with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joy M. Kirch-Kelling, 14 FEB 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Won’t you stop and remember me.

U.S. Marines post security on patrol during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Peace, 9 DEC 2014. Title taken from lyrics of The Bangles’ cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter.”)

Marines with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, wait on a C-130 Hercules prior to taking part in night jump training over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 21, 2013. The training not only allowed the Marines to practice jumping, but it also allowed the Yokota aircrews to practice flight tactics and timed-package drops. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 3 inspect flood relief equipment offloaded from the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga. The III Marine Expeditionary Force Flood Relief Command Element, in coordination with the Thai Ministry of Defense, directed the Tortuga and CLR-3 to assist and support the Royal Government of Thailand in flood relief efforts.

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl, 28 November 2011. Laem Chabang, Thailand.)