A Marine color guard stands statuesque on the grass of Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. Two Marines approach the color guard and ceremoniously remove the casing from each flag. The flags unfol…
The Combat Center showed its true colors Saturday when hundreds of runners, donning pristine white clothing, were bombarded by a kaleidoscope of colored powder during Condor Elementary School’s first 5 kilometer Color Run.
Yucca Valley, Calif.,− Sounds of laughter fill the classroom, as elementary students eagerly wait for their guest speakers to arrive. In walks a Marine, book in hand, and instantly captures their attention. He sits down and shares with them a story that has been passed down through the generations, The Cat in the Hat.
The Combat Center is known as the Marine Corps’ premier pre-deployment training venue. With more than 19,000 Marines, sailors and civilians calling the Combat Center home, an integral focus of the installation to ensure that its patrons continue to serve as good stewards of the environment.
The shooter raises the muzzle of his rifle into the air and takes in a deep breath. As he lowers his sights onto the target he, slowly exhales. The sights line-up on the silhouette, he pulls the trigger, marking the start of the 3rd Annual Nation Rifle Association Rifle Silhouette Smallbore and Air Rifle Competition.
A group of excited students mount a mock High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle to get a taste of what Marines experience. The glow from the screens surrounding the room illuminates the students’ faces as they watch in awe while the Combat Convoy Simulator generates an entire city, filled with people, before their eyes.
A gunner takes position, stoic and still, in a Light-Armored Vehicle as he spots an enemy. He engages the target, firing a Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided missile. As it propels through the air, the gunner maintains a steady aim, guiding the TOW missile until it impacts the target; confirmed hit.
It is mid-day and the unrelenting Mojave Desert sun beats down on the face of a young Marine. As he stands post at the entry control point, beads of sweat roll down his face and into his eyes. He adjusts his body ever so slightly and continues to watch his post. With every steady breath he is reminded of the role he plays in completing the task at hand.
The California Franchise Tax Board is sending letters to service members stationed in California demanding to know why they did not file a California tax return in 2014. The Combat Center is helping Marines and sailors respond to these letters and avoid being sent to collections.
One dozen Marines and sailors rushed through the artificial world of the Combat Convoy Simulator and mounted their vehicles, acting as a Quick Reaction Force. Their objective was to provide aid to their comrades located in another realm, that of the Deployable Virtual Training Environment. With new capabilities of the Battle Simulation Center, these two worlds converged for the first time, expanding the virtual battle field and improving upon the Corps’ training spectrum.
BARSTOW, Calif. - As the week came to an end, training was just beginning for the Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 15.2, as they took to the field to begin their Certification Exercise for their upcoming deployment.
Crisp, desert air greets the early rising Marines of Alpha Battery, as they prepare themselves and their M777A2 lightweight 155 mm howitzers for the long, draining day ahead. Digging holes for the “feet” of their weapon systems, and moving rounds that weigh near 80 pounds to different areas on the firing line is common during the average day of a cannoneer.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - In the Officers Club dining hall, elegant women swim in a sea of red satin and silk. A buzz of chatter fills the room and eventually dies down to a low murmur. When a mother escorted by her two daughters gracefully proceed through the hall, donning red gowns. They stand together in this color, which serves as a symbol of awareness for a leading killer in women, heart disease.
With its unforgiving climate and rugged terrain extending more than 1,100 miles into the Mojave desert, the Combat Center is the premier training facility of the Marine Corps. It is the largest live-fire combined arms training installation the Marine Corps has to offer to ensure our forces maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for worldwide deployment.
Marines walk into Bldg. 5407 at Camp Wilson, tired and hungry, and are greeted by a United Service Organization volunteer. They are offered a smorgasbord of food, including chips, hotdogs, popcorn and an assortment of drinks. They then take their seats and prepare to watch a free screening of “American Sniper.”
Smoke rises from the ground and tear gas billows out of canisters, engulfing the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Riflemen settle into fighting holes, amidst cold winds and harsh desert conditions, while quickly equipping their gas masks.
California State health officials have announced a measles outbreak that originated in southern California. As of January 21, a total of 59 cases have been confirmed. San Bernardino County currently has two confirmed measles cases.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Frank O. Robinson, Company A First Sergeant, headquarters battalion, native of Baltimore, Md., received a Purple Heart and a Navy Commendation Medal with valor aboard the Combat Center, Jan. 22.
A squad patrols through the desert, but this squad is unlike any other. As they patrol, everything is calm, until gun shots ring out. Members of the squad return suppressive fire and a religious program specialist quickly gets his chaplain to safety.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Energetic music fills the gymnasium as people look to get the New Year off to a healthy start. Inside, participants choose weights and prepare themselves for an hour of body strengthening. The Community Center hosted Body Blast, a low intensity exercise class, Jan. 12.
There is an excited murmur in the air as smiling men and women anticipate the night’s first item for auction. The chatter dies down as Combat Center Marines begin marching onto the stage. They come to a halt and the room bursts into applause. They are presenting the American flag.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted a live-fire exercise at Range SR-10 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Tuesday.
Cpl. Cicchino gripped tightly on CChaz’s collar outside of the Community Center. CChaz, a Military Working Dog, was focused and anxious to sniff out the intruder inside. On Cicchino’s command, CChaz was on the hunt and wouldn’t stop until his mark submitted.
Columns of Marines stood at the position of attention, at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray field, Jan. 9, with sunlight glinting off their ribbons and badges. They stood in formation representing the Marines of 1st Battallion, 7th Marine Regiment during the relief and appointment ceremony of their sergeant major.
CENTRAL COMMAND — The range was on the edge of the base’s defensive perimeter, atop a plateau overlooking the compounds. In the opposite direction, flat desert sand and rock as far as the eye could see. Through the breeze and swirling dust, two truck-sized targets could be seen in the distance about 1,200 meters away.
As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 peeks around the corner, the Combat Center prepares itself for a new year of hard work and dedication to the Corps. This past year has had its challenges and triumphs as Marines have gone through the training they need to stay prepared for the missions they will be tasked with. The ranges aboard the Combat Center are always ready to support the next task the Marine Corps has in store with the goal of maintaining a force of readiness. Although the Combat Center’s mission is still the same, the installation’s training command is always expanding its knowledge and ability. With 2014 slowly coming to its end, the Combat Center stands ready for all the challenges and opportunities the New Year has to offer.
The Combat Center trains more than just Marines, every year foreign militaries come to train aboard the installation. The Combat Center’s environment helps prepare any force, U.S. or international, for a variety of situations that can be encountered in a combat zone. These training events have given the base a chance to show how it keeps Marines ready for any mission. Whether the Marines are demonstrating the techniques they have been taught or performing bilateral movements with U.S. allies, the Combat Center has been ready to take on the challenges of training them. Units also have the opportunity to teach each other the techniques and strategies they use during missions The Combat Center continues to offer training to keep U.S. forces and its allies one step ahead of challenges yet to come.
Marines have been fighting our nation’s wars for more than 200 years. A Marine’s fierce warfighting is rooted in the Corps’ ability to prepare unit’s for “any climb or place.” It takes places like the Combat Center to facilitate the training and keep Marines at their best at all times. The Installation does training year-round to ensure the readiness of Marines for any combat situation they may encounter. The environment here tests every Marine with its harsh conditions and mountainous terrain. Units come to keep themselves one step ahead of the rest and conduct pre-deployment training. Units partake in vigorous Integrated Training Exercises that test the knowledge and capabilities of every member of the team from the commanding officers to the fire team leaders. The Combat Center is the only base of its kind in the Marine Corps and it continues to train Marines for any mission.
On June 19, 2014, President Barrack Obama presented Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter with the Medal of Honor for actions performed on Nov. 21, 2010 in Helmand province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor presented to a service member for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. Carpenter became the eighth recipient and the third Marine alongside Cpl. Jason Dunham and Sgt. Dakota Meyer presented with the Medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., − As the sunlight faded over Palm Canyon drive, floats draped in holiday multi-colored lights began to move and the crowd of more than 60,000 spectators grew louder as each passed, spreading holiday cheer at the 23rd annual Festival of Lights Parade in Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday.
There is a festive feel at Smith’s Ranch. Christmas lights hang from the rafters, illuminating the room. Whimsical notes of holiday music fill the air as volunteers prepare the final touches for the night’s events.
The faint sound of holiday music drifts through the air to greet all who walk through the doors. On the tables there are toys galore, dolls, footballs and action figures, all the things needed to make a child’s Christmas dream come true.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines eager to sew on that next chevron or rocker need to take a glance at the new promotion requirements put into effect with Marine Administrative Message 521/14.
A Marine finishes a bottle of water and in front of him is a decision. He can choose to throw his bottle in the trash can and leave, or he could throw his the bottle into the recycle bin. He chose to recycle his bottle, here is why.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with Engineer Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted an assault breaching exercise at Engineer Training Area 2 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 3.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines with Company A, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, embarked onto amphibious assault vehicles from Company B, GCEITF, and splashed across the New River en route to the Verona Loop training area, Dec. 2.
A light breeze blows across Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. Marines and their families greet one another as they enter the bleachers. Across the field, the band plays in preparation for the battalion to march. Soft rays of sunshine beam down on them, illuminating their instruments.
On a bright and sunny day, children from around the Combat Center could be heard running and playfully laughing across Felix Field during the Lifestyle Insights Networking Knowledge Skills’ Combined Arms Exercise for Kids at Felix Field, Nov. 25.
As Marines enter the mess hall, the savory aroma of bacon fills their nostrils. A clatter of cooking utensils and murmurs of hungry anticipation can be heard. As time progresses, the line of Marines grows longer and each one is there for one thing, Pink’s gourmet hot dogs.
PALM SPRINGS — As the sound of two Pratt and Whitney jet engines echoed through the San Jacinto Mountain Range, one of the last four Navy EA-6B ‘Prowler’ fixed-wing aircraft still in service, made its triumphant final fly-by over the Palm Springs Air Museum, Nov. 21.
MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT — At approximately 6,000 feet above sea level, the sun begins to crest over the mountain tops of northern California as Marines demonstrate different mountain survival skills to Tajik delegates during an international visit to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeportf.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marines with Tank Platoon, Company B, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, conducted a three-day field training exercise at Landing Zone Hawk aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 12-14.
The air was filled with anticipation as service members and civilians stood, waiting as Sgt. Maj. Karl Villalino, Combat Center sergeant major, aims an M14 service rifle from the 1,000-yard firing line. After a few seconds, the sergeant major pulled slowly on the trigger and fired the first round of the 55th Annual High Desert Regional Shooting Competition and with it, an explosion at the target line to start the competition off with a bang.