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    Filling in the gaps: ‘America’s Battalion’ begins final pre-deployment training exercise [Image 3 of 6]

    Filling in the gaps: ‘America’s Battalion’ begins final pre-deployment training exercise

    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, UNITED STATES

    08.27.2011

    Photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder  

    Marine Corps Base Hawaii

    Cpl. Steven McKinney, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, shows his cleared weapon to a marksmanship instructor following a battle sight zero exercise at Range 101 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 27, 2011. The Marines of 3/3 traveled from Hawaii to California last week to begin the 35-day Enhanced Mojave Viper training exercise. While 3/3's prior pre-deployment training in Hawaii focused on the battalion internally, EMV will allow them to combine with supporting arms, aviation and logistics units, and train to fight as a Marine Air Ground Task Force. This exercise will be their final evaluation before deploying to Afghanistan's Helmand province in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this fall.

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    Date Taken: 08.27.2011
    Date Posted: 08.28.2011 04:52
    Photo ID: 448829
    VIRIN: 110827-M-MM918-003
    Resolution: 3000x1736
    Size: 3.73 MB
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, US 

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