2013 Year in Photos (March) (On Target)

Take Off

Hand Launched

Lance Cpl. Nathan Bush, Lenox, Mass. and Sarasota, Fla., native, launches the Puma during an operation at Patrol Base Boldak March 4. To operate, the Puma must be launched by hand. Bush is a member of Weapons Company with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)

Sink or Swim

Keeping Afloat: Marines fight to earn title as water survival instructors

Gunnery Sgt. David D’Andrea, data chief with Headquarters Battallion, 2nd Marine Division, frees himself from an instructor simulating a panicking victim in the water as part of a rescue drill during the Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Johnson, N.C., March 12, 2013. The course creates instructors who can train Marines to react and survive life-threatening situations in the water. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel Wetzel)

Old Corps/New Corps

Old Corps/New Corps

Sgt. Chesty XIII, official mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps, right, stares down his successor Recruit Chesty, left, during training at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., March 20. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dengrier Baez/Released)

Light ‘Em Up

Night Fire

A Marine Special Operations Team member fires a M240B machine gun during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 28, 2013. Marine Special Operations Team members are deployed in Helmand province to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)

Life’s a Beach

BLT 3/2 Pre-Deployment Run

Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, conduct a Marine Corps Martial Arts grappling session during a motivational run on Onslow Beach, N.C., March 4, 2013. BLT 3/2, the ground combat element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted the run to generate esprit de corps and enhance unit cohesion before embarking on their deployment this month. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone)

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2013 Year in Photos (March) (On Target)