2013 Year in Photos (July) (On Target)

Improvised Gym

1st Sgt. Arturo Blanco, company first sergeant for Company G., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Buena Park, Calif., uses an improvised bench press with 40-pound water jugs at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 22. Company G is conducting blocking and patrolling operations in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial training exercise between U.S. and Australian forces, aimed at improving combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan Wright/Released)

First Sgt. Arturo Blanco, company first sergeant for Company G., Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and native of Buena Park, Calif., uses an improvised bench press with 40-pound water jugs at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 22. Company G is conducting blocking and patrolling operations in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial training exercise between U.S. and Australian forces, aimed at improving combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jonathan Wright/Released)

Night Flights

U.S. Marines participating in Talisman Saber 2013 prepare to fast-rope from an HH-60H Sea Hawk assigned to the Firehawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 85, July 15. Talisman Saber is a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces in support of future combined operations, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg/Released)

U.S. Marines participating in Talisman Saber 2013 prepare to fast-rope from an HH-60H Sea Hawk assigned to the Firehawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron (HSC) 85, July 15. Talisman Saber is a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces in support of future combined operations, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg/Released)

Marine’s Best Friend

Lance Cpl. Joseph Nunez from Burbank, Calif., interacts with Viky, a U.S. Marine Corps improvised explosive device detection dog, after searching a compound while conducting counter-insurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 17, 2013. The Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment conducted operations to deter insurgent activity, establish a presence and gather human intelligence. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)

Lance Cpl. Joseph Nunez from Burbank, Calif., interacts with Viky, a U.S. Marine Corps improvised explosive device detection dog, after searching a compound while conducting counter-insurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 17, 2013. The Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment conducted operations to deter insurgent activity, establish a presence and gather human intelligence. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)

Starry Starry Night

U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to collect simulated enemy casualties and weapons during a mechanized raid at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 26. The 31st MEU is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a bilateral training exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force of readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to collect simulated enemy casualties and weapons during a mechanized raid at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, July 26. The 31st MEU is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a bilateral training exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force of readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera/Released)

Heads Up

Marines with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, attach an oversized tire to a CH-46E Sea Knight assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 during helicopter support team training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 25, 2013. The team of 10 practiced aerial lifts well into the night, lifting a cargo net filled with more than 700 pounds of oversized tires to help keep their skills sharp. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Gauna/Released)

Marines with Transportation Support Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, attach an oversized tire to a CH-46E Sea Knight assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 during helicopter support team training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 25, 2013. The team of 10 practiced aerial lifts well into the night, lifting a cargo net filled with more than 700 pounds of oversized tires to help keep their skills sharp. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Gauna/Released)

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2013 Year in Photos (July) (On Target)