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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)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf

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

3 Dec 2012 | Capt. Robert Shuford 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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