The iconic photograph of James Blake Miller of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, a unit which took part in the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. He was later diagnosed with having PTSD.
Throwback Thursday: Back when I was a 21 year old Devil Pup serving with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment in Monrovia, Liberia in the summer of 1996 as part of an embassy reinforcement operation during the Liberian civil war. This was one of our .50 cal machine gun positions on the roof of the main building in the embassy compound.
Warrior Wednesday: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit (left) and Cpl. Matthew Miller with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, fire on Taliban positions during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2009.
A platoon sergeant with Scout Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, prepare to fire his M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System out the side of a UH-60 Black Hawk during aerial engagement training, at Range 62, on Fort Bliss, Texas, April 14, 2014.
Warrior Wednesday: U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Burks, a squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, provides security during a mission rehearsal at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2013. The unit was preparing for a partnered operation with Afghan National Army soldiers.
FARAH PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Jan. 24, 2009) Hospital Corpsman Seaman Apprentice Brian Uibel, right, and Cpl. Kevin Johnson, assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (Reinforced), check stores during a patrol with Afghan National Police. The 3rd Battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment is the ground combat element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Pete Thibodeau/Released)
A Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, provides security during a partner nation force training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 17 – 27. The Marines of 2/8 joined forces with Critical Skill Operators with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command to strengthen the process-driven capability integration process between Special Operations Forces and the Marine Air Ground Task Force and to increase the Marine Corps’ and MARSOC’s ability to partner with foreign counterparts to advise, train and assist allied security forces. Throughout the 10-day training evolution, Marines with 2/8 played the role of a notional partner nation force, while MARSOC Critical Skills Operators and Special Operations Officers advised, trained and assisted 2/8, increasing both MARSOC’s and 2/8’s ability to advise, train and assist partner nation forces throughout the globe.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Barry Morris/Released)
Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, capture a role player identified as a notional high value target during a partner nation force training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug 17 – 27
U.S Marines with Weapons company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and part of Black Sea Rotational Force 14, firing their rifles down range during a course of fire that included controlled pairs and single-fired shots while live-fire training during exercise Agile Spirit 14 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, June 10, 2014.
Two US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines, 3rd Battalion (BN), 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), confer about their units next move during a small unit tactics exercise while on a Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Ternate Marine Base, Cavite Province, Philippines (PHL), participating in a Marine Interoperability Exercise (MIX), which is a joint training exercise between USMC and Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Marines, 02/13/2003
A U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6 provides security with his M240B machine gun during a halt in a patrol in Gorazan Valley, Helmand province, Afghanistan April 17, 2012.