2013 Year in Photos (October) (On Target)

A Warm Welcome Home

Marines and sailors with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, return home to their friends and family after about an 8 month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 18 2013.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael C. Dye/Released)

Marines and sailors with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, return home to their friends and family after about an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 18 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael C. Dye/Released)

Come at Me, Bro

Marines with Africa Partnership Station participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills and more October 18, 2013. Each exercise, led by British Marine forces, challenged the Marines through different scenarios focusing on all aspects of military tactics.  APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released)

Marines with Africa Partnership Station participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills and more Oct. 18, 2013. Each exercise, led by British Marine forces, challenged the Marines through different scenarios focusing on all aspects of military tactics. APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released)

Manning the Gun

Lance Cpl. Chris Eichelberger, a Huey door gunner with a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, and a native of San Diego, Calif., unloads on a target at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Wednesday. Huey door gunners participated in the close-air support exercise as supporting gunners for the student pilot to be able to learn to communicate and coordinate with the two gunners on the helicopter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlon/Released)

Lance Cpl. Chris Eichelberger, a Huey door gunner with a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, and a native of San Diego, Calif., unloads on a target at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 2, 2013. Huey door gunners participated in the close-air support exercise as supporting gunners for the student pilot to be able to learn to communicate and coordinate with the two gunners on the helicopter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlon/Released)

Now You See Me …

Marines patrol through the forest of Camp Geiger, N.C. during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion on Oct. 31, 2013. Patrol week is a five-day training event that teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive and patrolling techniques. Delta Company is the first infantry training company to fully integrate female Marines into an entire training cycle. This and future comanies will evaluate the performance of the female Marines as part of ongoing research into opening combat-related job fields to women. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler L. Main/Released)

Marines patrol through the forest of Camp Geiger, N.C. during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion on Oct. 31, 2013. Patrol week is a five-day training event that teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive and patrolling techniques. Delta Company is the first infantry training company to fully integrate female Marines into an entire training cycle. This and future comanies will evaluate the performance of the female Marines as part of ongoing research into opening combat-related job fields to women. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler L. Main/Released)

Going Down

The Basic Reconnaissance Course class familiarizes themselves with Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction rigging southeast of Las Flores in an open field within the 41-area on Oct. 22. The training, also known as SPIE rigging, gives the students hands-on experience while hanging from the helicopter. "The biggest preparation for SPIE rigging was learning the knots, other than that it's all practical application," said HM2 Dustin Green, a student in the Basic Reconnaissance Course. The Marines will tie in on the ground and walk forward as the pilot gently takes off and lifts each student one by one until all are in the air. "It's kind of unexplainable, you can't really do anything besides stabilize while on the rope," said Lance Cpl. Kyle Lopez, a student in the Basic Reconnaissance Course. The Basic Reconnaissance Course provides students with the basic knowledge of reconnaissance doctrine, concepts, and techniques with emphasis on amphibious entry, extraction, beach reconnaissance, Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) operator skills and ground reconnaissance patrolling skills. The course combines lecture, demonstration, and practical application in communications, land navigation, supporting arms, rough terrain skills, patrolling information reporting, M18A1 claymore mine, nautical navigation, coxswain skills, scout swimmer techniques and physical training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer/Released)

The Basic Reconnaissance Course class familiarizes themselves with Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction rigging southeast of Las Flores in an open field within the 41-area on Oct. 22. The training, also known as SPIE rigging, gives the students hands-on experience while hanging from the helicopter. “The biggest preparation for SPIE rigging was learning the knots, other than that it’s all practical application,” said HM2 Dustin Green, a student in the Basic Reconnaissance Course. The Marines will tie in on the ground and walk forward as the pilot gently takes off and lifts each student one by one until all are in the air. “It’s kind of unexplainable, you can’t really do anything besides stabilize while on the rope,” said Lance Cpl. Kyle Lopez, a student in the Basic Reconnaissance Course. The Basic Reconnaissance Course provides students with the basic knowledge of reconnaissance doctrine, concepts, and techniques with emphasis on amphibious entry, extraction, beach reconnaissance, Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) operator skills and ground reconnaissance patrolling skills. The course combines lecture, demonstration, and practical application in communications, land navigation, supporting arms, rough terrain skills, patrolling information reporting, M18A1 claymore mine, nautical navigation, coxswain skills, scout swimmer techniques and physical training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer/Released)

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2013 Year in Photos (October) (On Target)