2013 Year in Photos (September) (On Target)

The Leaf Blower

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, fires a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon as part of a movement-to-contact training evolution during Exercise Koolendong, here, Sept. 3. This training evolution is the first of its kind here in which Marines with MRF-D and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit worked bilaterally with the Australian soldiers of Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a "proof of concept" to assess the capacity of the training ranges to support a battalion-sized live-fire event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco/Released)

Marines with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fires a Shoulder-Launched, Multipurpose Assault Weapon as part of a movement-to-contact training evolution during Exercise Koolendong, here, Sept. 3. This training evolution is the first of its kind here in which Marines with MRF-D and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit worked bilaterally with the Australian soldiers of Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as a “proof of concept” to assess the capacity of the training ranges to support a battalion-sized live-fire event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco/Released)

Women Attend Infantry Training

Students with Infantry Training Battalion practice basic marksmanship techniques at Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The students are part of the first ITB company to include 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)

Students with Infantry Training Battalion practice basic marksmanship techniques at Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013. The students are part of the first ITB company to include 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)

Makin’ It Rain

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 shield their faces as sand is stirred up after the take-off of a CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter at Range 800 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sep. 17, 2013. The Marines are practicing proper onload and offload procedures to ensure safety while boarding. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl John Tran/ Released)

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 shield their faces as sand is stirred up after the take-off of a CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter at Range 800 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Sep. 17, 2013. The Marines are practicing proper onload and offload procedures to ensure safety while boarding. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl John Tran/ Released)

Basic Motivation

Sgt. William Loughran currently serves as a Marine Corps drill instructor with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Loughran joined the Marine Corps in December 2004 and became a drill instructor in September 2012. “[Being a drill instructor] is the most demanding duty … yet probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done,” said Loughran, a Jacksonville, N.C., native. “Maybe it's because I feel strongly for the Corps, and knowing that I get to impart a little of me, my mentality, strength, morals and ethics into these recruits make it a good day by the end of the night. Also, to shake a new Marine’s hand and give him an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor after the Crucible hike is a feeling that can't be described. Finally watching them graduate and hearing them finally admit that it was all worth it lets me know that I've done what I was sent to do.” About 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Sgt. William Loughran currently serves as a Marine Corps drill instructor with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Loughran joined the Marine Corps in December 2004 and became a drill instructor in September 2012. “[Being a drill instructor] is the most demanding duty … yet probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done,” said Loughran, a Jacksonville, N.C., native. “Maybe it’s because I feel strongly for the Corps, and knowing that I get to impart a little of me, my mentality, strength, morals and ethics into these recruits make it a good day by the end of the night. Also, to shake a new Marine’s hand and give him an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor after the Crucible hike is a feeling that can’t be described. Finally watching them graduate and hearing them finally admit that it was all worth it lets me know that I’ve done what I was sent to do.” About 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Let the Casings Fall Where They May

A Marine with Africa Partnership Station 13 fires his weapon during a battle sight zero range September 8, 2013.  Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements throughout Africa, , to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released)

A Marine with Africa Partnership Station 13 fires his weapon during a battle sight zero range Sept. 8, 2013. Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements throughout Africa, , to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha/Released)

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