Marine Corps Installations West

 

Marine Corps Installations West

Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is comprised of five Marine Corps bases and stations in Southwestern United States. We provide the installation and training infrastructure to enable Marine Corps air and ground forces to develop and sustain operational readiness. To this end, our primary mission is to support training, sustaining, and deploying the warfighter, and to provide their families with services that enrich their lives.



Marines fire a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. The Marines are assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div.
5/11 blasts rockets for Steel Knight
Marines fire a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System in support of Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Marines and sailors to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. The Marines are assigned to Battery Q, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Mar. Div.
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 takes off to load the bucket while performing firefighting training while the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters watch from below aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, Calif., Feb. 11. The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base to perform bucket dips in an effort to prove the aircraft was capable of such training while supporting Cal Fire.
VMM-165 proves Osprey can support Cal Fire
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 takes off to load the bucket while performing firefighting training while the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters watch from below aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, Calif., Feb. 11. The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base to perform bucket dips in an effort to prove the aircraft was capable of such training while supporting Cal Fire.
Marines with Search and Rescue, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., wait as a casualty is rushed to their HH-1N “Huey” helicopter during simulated medical and casualty evacuations in support of the Special Operations Terminal Air Control Course at Yuma Proving Ground, Friday, March 4, 2016.
SAR Conducts SOTACC Simulated Medical and Casualty Evacuations
Marines with Search and Rescue, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., wait as a casualty is rushed to their HH-1N “Huey” helicopter during simulated medical and casualty evacuations in support of the Special Operations Terminal Air Control Course at Yuma Proving Ground, Friday, March 4, 2016.
Amphibious Assault Vehicles assault the beach after launching from the USS Essex (LHD 2) during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation Feb. 25, 2016. The MCCRE evaluates the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
Marines take on the sea, shore, air
Amphibious Assault Vehicles assault the beach after launching from the USS Essex (LHD 2) during a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation Feb. 25, 2016. The MCCRE evaluates the readiness of the Marines of Company A, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion prior to their deployment to Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Valero/ Released)
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
F-35 refuels at Red Beach during exercise Steel Knight 16
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 takes off from Red Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10. This is the first time that the F-35 conducted close air support missions in support of exercise Steel Knight. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Brian Marion/Released)
Marines Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Marines conducted a foreign object debris walk on the flight line at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 8. Foreign object debris walks promote safety on the flight line by ensuring that the area is free of objects that might cause damage or injury to aircraft and personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea)
Air station Marines conduct FOD walk
Marines Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton Marines conducted a foreign object debris walk on the flight line at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 8. Foreign object debris walks promote safety on the flight line by ensuring that the area is free of objects that might cause damage or injury to aircraft and personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea)
Sgt. Benjamin Hebert, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., observes and verifies hits as Sgt. Daniel O’Niel, an aerial observer, fires a GAU-21 machine gun from a UH-1Y “Venom,” during exercise “Scorpion Fire,” at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
HMLA-469: In Flight & In The Fight
Sgt. Benjamin Hebert, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), based out of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., observes and verifies hits as Sgt. Daniel O’Niel, an aerial observer, fires a GAU-21 machine gun from a UH-1Y “Venom,” during exercise “Scorpion Fire,” at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
Marines stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar prepare the American flag for presentation to the daughter of the deceased at a funeral aboard Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, Feb. 16. Funeral detail honors a military tradition for fallen active-duty members and veterans alike. The tradition includes the playing of “Taps,” the folding of an American flag to be presented to the next-of-kin of the deceased, and the 21-gun salute. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)
Marines take pride in honoring the fallen
Marines stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar prepare the American flag for presentation to the daughter of the deceased at a funeral aboard Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, Feb. 16. Funeral detail honors a military tradition for fallen active-duty members and veterans alike. The tradition includes the playing of “Taps,” the folding of an American flag to be presented to the next-of-kin of the deceased, and the 21-gun salute. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson/Released)
Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion test Improved Ribbon Bridge components with representatives from Marine Corps Systems Command, and Marine Corps Engineer School, at the test pond aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow’s Yermo Annex, Calif., Jan. 25. Function checks are performed on the IRB before it is sent to the Operating Forces in order to ensure that they receive properly working equipment, said Gunnery Sgt. Quinton Shearer, Bridging Project Officer with Marine Corps Systems Command.
7th ESB Marines test Improved Ribbon Bridge
Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion test Improved Ribbon Bridge components with representatives from Marine Corps Systems Command, and Marine Corps Engineer School, at the test pond aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow’s Yermo Annex, Calif., Jan. 25. Function checks are performed on the IRB before it is sent to the Operating Forces in order to ensure that they receive properly working equipment, said Gunnery Sgt. Quinton Shearer, Bridging Project Officer with Marine Corps Systems Command.
Active duty members along with their spouses speak regarding the importance of the school liaison program. Its mission is to identify and coordinate community resources that reduce the impact surrounding the mobile military lifestyle of military school-aged children. Additionally, other initiatives facilitate support services that assist children/youth with relocation, life transitions and achieving academic success.
PCS "Positive Change of Schools" Video
Active duty members along with their spouses speak regarding the importance of the school liaison program. Its mission is to identify and coordinate community resources that reduce the impact surrounding the mobile military lifestyle of military school-aged children. Additionally, other initiatives facilitate support services that assist children/youth with relocation, life transitions and achieving academic success.
Camp Pendleton hosts the 71st Iwo Jima Commemoration, Feb. 18-20, 2016. The Iwo Jima Commemoration included a tour of various units and facilities, a Sunset Memorial involving the laying of the commemorative wreath and a banquet. (Marine Corps Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Leo Salinas/RELEASED)
Camp Pendleton Hosts 71st Iwo Jima Commemoration
Camp Pendleton hosts the 71st Iwo Jima Commemoration, Feb. 18-20, 2016. The Iwo Jima Commemoration included a tour of various units and facilities, a Sunset Memorial involving the laying of the commemorative wreath and a banquet. (Marine Corps Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Leo Salinas/RELEASED)
Amphibious assault vehicles proceed to assault their objective after conducting an amphibious landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Getting feet wet during opening of Steel Knight 2016
Amphibious assault vehicles proceed to assault their objective after conducting an amphibious landing during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue to combine efforts to revitalize, refine and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities, and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps team. Steel Knight will test the Marine Air Ground-Task Force’s expeditionary capabilities through realistic, scenario-driven training.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton Hosts Warrior Training Advancement Course Graduation

By Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Necoechea | April 30, 2016

Camp Pendleton held a graduation for 19 students who graduated the Warrior Training Advancement MORE
Exercise Semper Durus 2016 Coming to a Close

By Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs | April 28, 2016

Marine Corps Installations - West is conducting Exercise Semper Durus 2016, a full-scale, MORE
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
MCAS Miramar, 3rd MAW recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Sgt. Michael Thorn | April 29, 2016

Personnel with Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the 2016 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Walk aboard MCAS Miramar, California, April 22. MORE
Marines, Sailors complete Basic Brig Escort Course

By Story by Sgt. Lillian Stephens | April 26, 2016

Marines and Sailors from Southern California completed a Basic Brig Escort course, also known as a brig chaser course, at the Naval Consolidated Brig aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, April 19. MORE
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
Captain David Coleman: A Name in the Lanes Record Book

By Pfc. George Melendez | March 15, 2016

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz - Marines are known for making history on the battlefield, but one Marine also believes in making history elsewhere. MORE
Combat Readiness: Back to Basics with MWSS-371

By Pfc. George Melendez | March 10, 2016

In order to maintain combat readiness, Marines must use every moment to hone their warfighting skills. For the Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371), based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, a four-day training exercise at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground training facility is serving as that opportunity, March 8-11. MORE
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
2015 USMC Civilian Logistician of the Year: Chad Hildebrandt

By Laurie Pearson | April 21, 2016

MCLB Barstow's supervisor's tenacity, creativity, and innovative thinking earns him 2015 Civilian Logistician of the Year honors. MORE
CLB 453, Marine Reserve Unit, Tours MCLB Barstow

By Laurie Pearson | March 2, 2016

Combat Logistics Battalion 453 spends weekend drill touring MCLB Barstow, gets educated on the installation's mission and operation, while building working relationships. MORE





 

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