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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, NC
Photo Essay: 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit initiates training engagement team in Jordan; platoon-sized training events provide unique opportunity for junior Marines

By Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 06, 2012

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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012)  Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) 1st Lt. Neil Simmons, from Wausau, Wis., and  platoon commander assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, makes radio contact prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) 1st Lt. Neil Simmons, from Wausau, Wis., and platoon commander assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, makes radio contact prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012)  Lance Cpl. David Calle, from Miami, Fla., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, loads his magazine prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. David Calle, from Miami, Fla., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, loads his magazine prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012)  Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest City, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest City, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live-fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live-fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, review their targets after conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, review their targets after conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012)  Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012)  Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, checks his shot groups after conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 3, 2012) Lance Cpl. John Graham, from Southwest city, Mo., assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, checks his shot groups after conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 3, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012)U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012)U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a hike while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012)U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012)U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a safety brief prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 10, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a night patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 10, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 9, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a patrol while participating in a training exercise in Jordan, Oct. 9, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012)  U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

JORDAN (Oct. 11, 2012) U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Engagement Team from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to hand out ammunition prior to conducting a live fire training exercise, Oct. 11, 2012. The engagement team is a platoon-sized group of Marines from the 24th MEU who are conducting a variety of unilateral and bilateral training events with the Jordanian Marines in southern Jordan. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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Jordan -- Over the past couple of months approximately 150 Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit had the unique opportunity to participate in training events at the platoon level with members of the Jordanian Marine Corps in southern Jordan.

The Marines conducted a variety of training events while ashore that included live-fire ranges, land navigation, patrolling, offensive and defensive operations in mountainous and desert terrain all while furthering relationships with, and gaining a better understanding of, their Jordanian counterparts.

Starting in September the 24th MEU was able to send two rotations of Marines ashore along with a training cadre lead by a major to a pre-established base in southern Jordan. The units that conducted the training were platoon-sized with the senior Marine being a 1st Lt., with about 55 junior Marines ranked Sgt. and below from varying job fields, which included infantry, reconnaissance, communications and logistics.

The training initiated by the 24th MEU, called the MEU Engagement Team, or MET, provided a unique opportunity for these Marines who would’ve most likely spent this time embarked at sea aboard one of the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, the Navy’s 3-ship unit that the 24th MEU is deployed with.

“This training proved to be one of the better small-unit training events during our time in the Central Command theater,” said Col. Frank Donovan, commanding officer, 24th MEU. “Not only was the bilateral training with Jordanians fantastic, but the physically demanding, foot-mobile training and enhanced marksmanship ranges we conducted left our Marines better prepared for crisis response.”

The 24th MEU spent the past six months serving as a crisis response force in the U.S. Central Command and Navy’s 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. The 24th MEU completed this requirement Nov. 5 and is currently in the European Command and 6th Fleet area of responsibility on its eighth month of a deployment.


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  • Robert G Fuller Jr. 1 years 27 days ago
    My close friend was in the SF and worked with you guys. What he told me you guys are amazing! Just wanted to thankyou for all you do for our nation and the sacrifices you make for us.
    Thankyou!!!
  • Norma Lockwood 1 years 291 days ago
    Great job--keep up the good work--proud of you all.

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