Photo Information

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, move to their firing positions prior to conducting a multiple target, live-fire range on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima, Aug. 19, 2012. The Marines conduct various live fire ranges while underway to keep their skills sharp during deployment. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command and is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl

U.S. Marines conduct live-fire training aboard USS Iwo Jima

19 Aug 2012 | Gunnery Sgt. Chad Kiehl

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a multiple target, live-fire training on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima, Aug 19, 2012.  Marines are constantly training whether on land or sea and executing live-fire ranges at sea is commonplace for Marine Expeditionary Units.  The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command and is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility. “It is important that we as the ground combat element for the 24 MEU maintain our shooting proficiency, no matter the environment.  It does not matter if we are firing ranges on shore or at sea, it is paramount to ensure that shoots are creative, challenging, and keep our Marines’ warfighting edge sharp,” said Capt. Jeremy Wilkinson, operations officer, BLT 1/2.