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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick Lobitz, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) K9 handler and native of Neosho, Miss., arrives aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) with his military working dog Jony, off the East Coast, during the Amphibious Ready Group/MEU exercise, Oct. 26, 2013. ARG/MEU Ex is the second stage of the MEU's at-sea period. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released) - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick Lobitz, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) K9 handler and native of Neosho, Miss., arrives aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) with his military working dog Jony, off the East Coast, during the Amphibious Ready Group/MEU exercise, Oct. 26, 2013. ARG/MEU Ex is the second stage of the MEU's at-sea period. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

U.S. Marines and Navy corpsmen with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to load an MV-22 Osprey aircraft during a casualty evacuation drill as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 30, 2013. During the drill, the Marines and Sailors learned how to insert by air, secure an area, triage the wounded and transport them to the nearest medical facility. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada/Released) - U.S. Marines and Navy corpsmen with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepare to load an MV-22 Osprey aircraft during a casualty evacuation drill as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 30, 2013. During the drill, the Marines and Sailors learned how to insert by air, secure an area, triage the wounded and transport them to the nearest medical facility. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Chad Rudisill, left, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AH-1W Super Cobra pilot and native of Killeen, Texas, and Capt. Brett Collins, Super Cobra pilot and native of Portland, Ore., take off in support of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Sept. 3, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) - U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Chad Rudisill, left, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AH-1W Super Cobra pilot and native of Killeen, Texas, and Capt. Brett Collins, Super Cobra pilot and native of Portland, Ore., take off in support of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Sept. 3, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), train in riot control operations during a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 12, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released) - Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), train in riot control operations during a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 12, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attempts to cross an obstacle on a makeshift rope bridge during a leadership reaction course at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 27, 2013. The Marines completed the course in order to increase their small-unit leadership skills as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) - A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), attempts to cross an obstacle on a makeshift rope bridge during a leadership reaction course at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 27, 2013. The Marines completed the course in order to increase their small-unit leadership skills as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

Two U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide cover fire as Marines carry a simulated casualty to medical aid while conducting a platoon-sized raid on a simulated town during urban tactics training as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 31, 2013. More than 160 Marines from the BLT practiced fire team and squad-level room and building clearings before progressing to platoon-sized raids on the town. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) - Two U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), provide cover fire as Marines carry a simulated casualty to medical aid while conducting a platoon-sized raid on a simulated town during urban tactics training as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 31, 2013. More than 160 Marines from the BLT practiced fire team and squad-level room and building clearings before progressing to platoon-sized raids on the town. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin VegaNunez, Alpha Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), team leader and native of Louisville, Ky., rushes with his site exploitation team to enter a building during a vertical assault course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 17, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released) - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin VegaNunez, Alpha Co., Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), team leader and native of Louisville, Ky., rushes with his site exploitation team to enter a building during a vertical assault course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 17, 2013. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious mission across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Taffe III, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), intelligence analyst, launches an RQ-11 Raven small unmanned aircraft system during Raven sustainment and intelligence interoperability training as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 27, 2013. The Raven training allowed different elements within the battalion to learn how to effectively employ the vehicle’s capabilities. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada/Released) - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Taffe III, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), intelligence analyst, launches an RQ-11 Raven small unmanned aircraft system during Raven sustainment and intelligence interoperability training as part of the MEU’s Realistic Urban Training at Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 27, 2013. The Raven training allowed different elements within the battalion to learn how to effectively employ the vehicle’s capabilities. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada/Released)

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) light armored reconnaissance company raid a compound during a motorized raid course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2013. Approximately 120 Marines in more than 20 light armored vehicles worked alongside Alpha Co., BLT 1/6, during the weeklong field exercise. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) light armored reconnaissance company raid a compound during a motorized raid course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2013. Approximately 120 Marines in more than 20 light armored vehicles worked alongside Alpha Co., BLT 1/6, during the weeklong field exercise. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marines scale a rock wall at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 16, 2013. More than 20 battalion Marines completed the rigorous six-week assault climbers course, which culminated in three weeks of mountainous-terrain training at Camp Dawson, W.Va. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) - Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marines scale a rock wall at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 16, 2013. More than 20 battalion Marines completed the rigorous six-week assault climbers course, which culminated in three weeks of mountainous-terrain training at Camp Dawson, W.Va. The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

 

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