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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, NC
News: Photo Essay: Marines stick to the daily grind, remain ready while waiting for orders to go home

By Capt. Robert Shuford | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | December 03, 2012

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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis, a Benton, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates the basic stance of an M9 pistol during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis, a Benton, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates the basic stance of an M9 pistol during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis, a Benton, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates the basic M9 pistol carrying techniques during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis, a Benton, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, demonstrates the basic M9 pistol carrying techniques during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Marines with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, line up to practice M9 pistol techniques during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Marines with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, line up to practice M9 pistol techniques during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies behind an MV-22B Osprey during routine flight operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The harrier detachment is from Marine Attack Squadron 542 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Juri Theodore)

U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies behind an MV-22B Osprey during routine flight operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The harrier detachment is from Marine Attack Squadron 542 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Juri Theodore) (Photo by Sgt. Juri Theodore)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis(right), a Benton, Ark., native and Cpl. Michael Sanchez(left), a Lynn, Mass., native, both with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice the basic stance of shooting an M16A4 service rifle during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Staff Sgt. Aaron Davis(right), a Benton, Ark., native and Cpl. Michael Sanchez(left), a Lynn, Mass., native, both with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice the basic stance of shooting an M16A4 service rifle during a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Dustan Myers(left), a Gainsville, Ga., native and radio operator, and Gunnery Sgt. Domicas Perdue(right), a Tyler, Texas, native and combat marksmanship instructor, both with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice the basics of M9 pistol marksmanship aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Dustan Myers(left), a Gainsville, Ga., native and radio operator, and Gunnery Sgt. Domicas Perdue(right), a Tyler, Texas, native and combat marksmanship instructor, both with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice the basics of M9 pistol marksmanship aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Marines with 2nd Platoon, Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a class from crew members responsible for operating a Landing Craft Utility transport boat inside the well deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012.  The Navy and Marines use the LCU to transport troops and equipment from amphibious shipping to shore.  The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Marines with 2nd Platoon, Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a class from crew members responsible for operating a Landing Craft Utility transport boat inside the well deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The Navy and Marines use the LCU to transport troops and equipment from amphibious shipping to shore. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, right, a Branchville, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recites the Oath of Enlistment during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, right, a Branchville, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, recites the Oath of Enlistment during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Julian Valdez, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents a class to the Marines of 2nd Platoon on the Pacific Island Hopping Campaign of WWII on the mess deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 23, 2012.  Classes like these and other training events are a continuous for Marines while underway aboard the amphibious assault ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Julian Valdez, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents a class to the Marines of 2nd Platoon on the Pacific Island Hopping Campaign of WWII on the mess deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 23, 2012. Classes like these and other training events are a continuous for Marines while underway aboard the amphibious assault ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Marines with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Marines with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receive a combat marksmanship class aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Gunnery Sgt. Domicas Perdue, a Tyler, Texas, native and combat marksmanship instructor with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses the basics of combat marksmanship with Marines aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 30, 2012) - Gunnery Sgt. Domicas Perdue, a Tyler, Texas, native and combat marksmanship instructor with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses the basics of combat marksmanship with Marines aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 30, 2012. Combat marksmanship training is a continuous part of life for Marines, no matter what their military occupational specialty is, and regardless of whether they're stateside or deployed on a ship. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, right, a Branchville, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands at attention in front of his platoon commander, 1st. Lt. William Norris, of Naples, Fla.,during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, right, a Branchville, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands at attention in front of his platoon commander, 1st. Lt. William Norris, of Naples, Fla.,during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Marines with Combat Logisitcs Battalion 24 aboard USS Gunston Hall hold a class to discuss sexual assault prevention Nov. 28, 2012.  Sexual prevention classes are mandatory training requirements for all Marines whether stateside or deployed.The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Marines with Combat Logisitcs Battalion 24 aboard USS Gunston Hall hold a class to discuss sexual assault prevention Nov. 28, 2012. Sexual prevention classes are mandatory training requirements for all Marines whether stateside or deployed.The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies behind an MV-22B Osprey during routine flight operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The harrier detachment is from Marine Attack Squadron 542 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Juri Theodore)

U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies behind an MV-22B Osprey during routine flight operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The harrier detachment is from Marine Attack Squadron 542 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Juri Theodore) (Photo by Sgt. Juri Theodore)


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Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Elvis Fernandez, a Lisboa, Portugal, native with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares food aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Elvis Fernandez, a Lisboa, Portugal, native with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares food aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Joseph King, with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, works the steering as Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Perry, also with BLT 1/2, gives a class on the functions and use of the Internally Transportable Vehicle to Marines with BLT 1/2 and Combat Logistics Battalion 24 on the flight deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 27, 2012.  The ITV can fit into the MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and is used by Marines for transportation and movement of the 120 mm mortar system.  The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Joseph King, with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, works the steering as Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Perry, also with BLT 1/2, gives a class on the functions and use of the Internally Transportable Vehicle to Marines with BLT 1/2 and Combat Logistics Battalion 24 on the flight deck of USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 27, 2012. The ITV can fit into the MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and is used by Marines for transportation and movement of the 120 mm mortar system. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, a Branchvill, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to his platoon commander during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)

USS GUNSTON HALL, Mediterranean Sea - Cpl. Jesse Manno, a Branchvill, N.J., native with Charlie Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to his platoon commander during his reenlistment ceremony on USS Gunston Hall, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (Photo courtesy of Cpl. Jesse Pehrson) (Photo by Cpl. Jesse Pehrson)


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Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 30, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

A Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force conducts fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force conducts fast-rope training aboard the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Elijah Mercerjones, a Wynne, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs network maintenance aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Elijah Mercerjones, a Wynne, Ark., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs network maintenance aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Cpl. Rodrigo Restrepoosorio, an Orlando, Fla., native with Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, slices sandwich buns aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Cpl. Rodrigo Restrepoosorio, an Orlando, Fla., native with Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, slices sandwich buns aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Kristopher Walter, an Orlando, Fla., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs network maintenance aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 29, 2012) - Lance Cpl. Kristopher Walter, an Orlando, Fla., native with the Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs network maintenance aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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A Sailor with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group watches an MV-22 Osprey prepare to land on the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

A Sailor with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group watches an MV-22 Osprey prepare to land on the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group load gear into an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance.

Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group load gear into an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of the USS New York, Nov. 29, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 26, 2012) - Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct routine  maintenance on an M1A1 Abrams tank aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 26, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released)

USS IWO JIMA, Mediterranean Sea (Nov. 26, 2012) - Marines with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct routine maintenance on an M1A1 Abrams tank aboard USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 26, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility serving as an expeditionary crisis response force capable of a variety of missions, from full-scale combat to evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Since deploying in March, they have supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf)


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U.S. 6th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY -- Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit have continued their daily grind of staying prepared and staying busy aboard the amphibious assault ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as they continue on an extended deployment that was originally planned to end the last week of November. The Marines have taken the challenge of being extended in stride and have continued to make good use of their time to remain ready when their Nation calls. Aboard USS Iwo Jima, USS New York, and USS Gunston Hall flight operations, weapons handling training and live-fire ranges, various classes, maintaining equipment, and the everyday chores of cooking and cleaning are continuous actions for the Marines as they remain ready as an expeditionary crisis response force, ready for a variety of missions


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