11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Changes Command. .
Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, the incoming commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives the MEU battle colors from Maj. Michael N Estes, the outgoing commanding officer of the 11th MEU, as part of a change of command ceremony here, March 28. The passing of the colors symbolizes the passing of accountability, responsibility and well being of a unit from one commanding officer to another. Photo by Lance Cpl. Demetrius Morgan.
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 27, 2012) Sailors man the rails on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the ship pulls into San Diego. John C. Stennis is returning to homeport in Bremerton, Wash., after completing a seven-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Guillermo Floresmartines, an assistant squad leader with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and 25-year-old native of Menifee, Calif., wades through a canal during a patrol here, Feb. 16. Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder. Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain. Mobile units with1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Co., 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement. Photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez.
U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Awalt, assigned to Combat Camera Group Pacific, fires an M4 carbine during a field training exercise at Winter Quick Shot 2012 in Azusa, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Quick Shot is a semi-annual field exercise designed to train combat camera personnel to operate in a combat environment. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan David Chandler, U.S. Navy.
During Red Flag 12-2, an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 416th Flight Test Squadron rests before the backdrop of the nightlights of downtown Las Vegas. The 416th FLTS is out of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Courtesy photo by Chad Bellay.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Travion Humphrey, from Sacramento, Calif., renders a salute to an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 263 during the squadron's post-deployment fly-off from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, which is returning from a 10 1/2-month deployment, the longest for a U.S. Navy ship since the early 1970s. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Julio Rivera.
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) launches Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1635 off the coast of San Clemente Island for the beach assault phase of exercise Iron Fist 2012. The bilateral training exercise between U.S. Marines and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is designed to increase interoperability and amphibious capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeremy L. Wood.
CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2012) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, third from left, and distinguished Navy leadership, break ground for the Navy's newest solar farm at Naval Weapons Station China Lake. The 118-acre solar farm is expected to generate more than 30 percent of the facility's energy requirements. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Cassatt.
Staff Sgt. Michael Wang watches for the pararescueman aboard MSC Beijing to signal for pick up 200 miles off the coast of California on Feb. 4, 2012. The 129th Rescue Wing, out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., provided medical assistance to a 54-year-old male who had suffered stroke-like symptoms on the cargo ship. Wang is an aerial gunner assigned to the 129th Rescue Squadron. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jessica Green.
The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits San Diego Bay after pulling out of Naval Base San Diego on their way to participate in exercise Iron Fist 2012. Iron Fist is a bilateral exercise between U.S. military forces and the Japan Self-Defense Force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Laurie Dexter.
Navy Chief Warrant Officer Keith Pritchett, lower left, administers the oath-of-enlistment to Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Turner during an in-air reenlistment ceremony over Jamul, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012. Pritchett is the officer-in-charge of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, and Turner is a mass communication specialist. The Leap Frogs perform aerial parachute demonstrations across America in support of Naval Special Warfare. U.S. Navy photo by James Woods.
The USS Spruance sits pierside at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California, Jan. 9, 2012, where it will conduct ordnance operations. DOD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eli J. Medellin.
Army Spc. Michael L. Noel scans his sector from inside a gunner's turret during training at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011. Noel is a personal security detail soldier assinged to the Infantry Brigade Combat Team. His unit is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Lamb.
CORONADO, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2011) Sailors wave goodbye to loved ones on the pier while manning the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) prepares to depart Naval Air Station North Island for a western Pacific region deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans.
CORONADO, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Jarren Enriquez says goodbye to his family before the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs Naval Air Station North Island for a western Pacific deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans.
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 17, 2011) A Marine assigned to the Marine Corps Training Division at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific jumps from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to the "Knightriders" of Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron (HMMT) 164 during a training exercise. The exercise was the conclusion of the Infantry Company Small Boat Raid Course. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tim Godbee.
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 14, 2011) A Sailor assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) holds the national ensign for morning colors before the ship departs San Diego for a scheduled deployment as part of the Makin Island Apmbhibious Ready Group. This will be the first operational deployment for Makin Island, the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dominique Pineiro.
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 14, 2011) The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) departs Naval Base San Diego on its first operational deployment to the western Pacific region. Makin Island is the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd class Ian Campbell.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 8, 2011) A Sailor assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) guides amphibious assault vehicles into the well deck while underway conducting local operations. The Marines aboard the assault vehicles are from the Assault Amphibious Schools Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane.
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 18, 2011) Navy divers assigned to Southwest Region Maintenance Center at Naval Air Station North Island lower a cofferdam into the water so that it can be attached to the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 70). The cofferdam works as a watertight seal for the ship so maintenance can be performed. U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Amanda Huntoon.
San Diego (Sept. 30, 2011) The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns to Naval Base San Diego from a 7-month deployment to the western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Regan.