Marines with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct a night live-fire shoot through barricades during close-quarters tactics course at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov.15, 2016. The CQT course teaches Marines basic marksmanship fundamentals progressively until Marines reach an advanced level and can operate confidently in real-life operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Frank Cordoba)
Taken: 11.15.2016 | Video by Lance Cpl. Frank Cordoba
Maxine Russell and her friends and family pose for a photo with Sgt. Maj. William T. Sowers and the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue after a ceremony held for Russell’s selfless work aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., on Nov. 30, 2016. Since Operation Desert Storm, Maxine has been sending care packages to Marines overseas and on deployments for nearly 30 years in remembrance of her deceased son Darren “White Rabbit” Russell. She has sent over 7,200 packages thus far. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Prado)
Taken: 11.30.2016 | Photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Prado
Marines often find themselves in foreign lands fighting to ensure safety at home. This selfless devotion to patriotic duty takes them far away for extended periods of time. Their resilient spirits and sense of brotherhood keep them in good spirits, but nothing excites a Marine more, other than a good fire fight, than receiving a care package from loved ones. This simple act has the ability to bring out tears of joy from some of the most fearless warriors history has seen. Unfortunately, for reasons ranging from financial strain to the absence of family, some Marines never experience the pure elation of receiving even a single letter. And while they are always willing to share what they receive with each other, it’s the knowing that...
11.09.2016 | CAMP PENDELTON , CA, US | Story by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos