Marines of Headquarters Battalion participated in physical training held by their battalion sergeant major and members of the High Intensity Tactical Training staff at Del Valle Field April 15.
Girl Scout Troop 1744 visited the Combat Center’s Tortoise Research and Captive Rearing Sight and the Archeology and Paleontology Curation Center to learn about the native desert tortoise, Sunday and Tuesday.
Marines from installations across the western United States came to the Combat Center to test their combat shooting skills in the annual Western Regional Combat Match April 4-8. The match was held to enhance combat marksmanship abilities of individual Marines.
The Combat Center’s qualified recycling program, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Division, is committed to providing the installation with the best recycling program in the Department of Defense and Marine Corps. A recycling program that provides effective education to all of the installation’s population and develops effective and efficient measurable waste reduction practices to meet Federal, State and local waste reduction requirements. A recycling program that effectively conserves our environment and natural resources, extending the life of the base landfill by diverting identifiable recyclables and locating the best methods and markets for selling material to contribute to quality of life programs.
As the largest combined arms, live-fire training facility in the Marine Corps, the Combat Center has the responsibility of ensuring Marines remain a force in readiness. The installation does this by utilizing more than 1,100 square miles of training area to prepare forces up to a Marine Expeditionary Brigade-level for deployments.
Maj. Chad E. Craven relinquished command of Company D, Communication Training Battalion, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, to Capt. Dimitri Stephanoff during a change of command ceremony at the Combat Center theater, April 1. Within CTB, it is Delta Company’s task to oversee the training of commissioned Marine officers in the communication field.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif., - A spotlight shined on the Combat Center Color Guard as they proudly held the National and Marine Corps colors. The sounds of cheering fans echoed throughout the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where television cameras internationally broadcasted the presentation of the colors.
The Marines of Communication Training Battalion, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, celebrated the successful completion of the battalion’s inaugural year with a banquet dinner and three-mile motivational run March 10-11.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Small unit leaders in the infantry are called upon to carry out orders and make decisions on the battlefield, and at times making the seemingly impossible possible. This is because of the rigorous training in their craft and the development of their leadership skills. It’s that dedication that has been a hallmark of the Marine’s ethos since the Corps’ inception.
When visiting Section 33, a 623-acre site, Morongo Basin residents and visitors can behold stretches of serene hiking trails and a natural habitat teeming with native plants and animals. Few would guess that the acreage was once used as illegal dumping ground and targeted for a 2,400-unit housing development.
The Marines, sailors and family members of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment attended a pre-deployment brief held by the 2/7 Family Readiness Officer and battalion leadership at building 1707, March 2.
The crowd of spectators swelled with anticipation as a formation of Marines, dressed in pristine blue dress uniforms and brandishing M1 Garand rifles, took the field. As the platoon commenced their unique precision drill routine, no verbal commands were necessary and only a cadence of acute clacks from the rifles broke their silence.
She pushes the trigger and feels the recoil from the .50-caliber machine gun as she lays down some rounds on the desert valley below. The adrenaline rush goes threw her veins as the bullets pelt the ground.
Each tragic loss due to suicide has far-reaching impacts on families, friends and the Marines and sailors left behind. At the unit level it affects morale, unit cohesion, and ultimately combat readiness.
In the desert sand and wind, the Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Battalion 5, test their combat skills during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 aboard the Combat Center. Since mid-January, the Marines have refined their skills as a cohesive unit through various scenario-based exercises.
>I’m a really big sports fanatic and love to work out so that takes up all my time. Sports seasons are held throughout the year, so there is always something to keep me busy. Football, basketball and baseball are my favorites.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The Combat Center Color Guard presented the national colors and the Marine Corps colors during the unveiling ceremony of a veterans’ memorial wall in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday.
Keeping military assets in tip top condition and mission ready day to day, especially in a high tempo environment, is a team effort. The quality assurance representatives of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, work hand-in-hand with aircraft maintainers to accomplish mission objectives during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16, aboard the Combat Center, Jan. 20 - Feb. 20.
Last week, Ocotillo and Fairway Heights residents experienced an extended power outage. Multiple installation and local entities joined forces and worked diligently to restore power and accommodate Combat Center residents in their time of need.
The cadence of artillery and mortar fire echoing off the hillside was accompanied by a melody of humming engines as Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, engaged a notional adversary over a vast desert landscape.
Laying on the icy-cold rocks upon a ridgeline overlooking the valley, a small contingent of U.S. Marines have come together to lay waste to a simulated enemy under the watchful eye of a cadre of coyotes, also known as range controllers. It’s fire support coordination training time at Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 aboard the Combat Center, Jan. 23.
The Combat Center Veterinary Treatment Facility, located in building 1028 on Calcite Street, is a little-known resource available to military families aboard the installation. The VTF underwent an extensive renovation this past fall and is now able to provide a wide range of veterinary health care services.
As the largest Marine Corps base in the world, the Combat Center utilizes approximately 1,100 square miles of training area to conduct relevant live-fire combined arms training, urban operations, and Joint/Coalition level integration training that promotes operational force readiness. The installation manages to do this while maintaining an awareness of the environment, shared land and the creatures that inhabit it.
Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, Combat Center Commanding General, presented Ronald Genet, former deputy assistant chief of staff, G5, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, Monday.
Marines, covered head-to-toe in sweat and sand from a long day of training, gathered around a makeshift table, composed of boxes, to sing and pray together aboard the Combat Center’s Prospect training area, Saturday.
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 performed the first ever expeditionary test of the F-35B Lightning II during Exercise Steel Knight aboard the Combat Center, Dec. 10.
The base encourages all service members and civilians to watch, report, and protect their community with the United States Marine Corps Eagle Eyes program. The program allows users to report any suspicious and potentially dangerous activities.
The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter personifies great strides in modern air dominance capability. Among its characteristics of radar-evading stealth, supersonic speeds, fighter agility and advanced logistical support comes the capability to perform vertical take-off and landings.
Young men and women file off a bus in Marine Corps Combat Utility uniforms and quickly get into formation. Each individual takes in the brisk morning air, standing expressionless with postures akin to those of statues. When given the command they begin to sound off.