U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Camp Lejeune, NC

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A Marine Raider with Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), conducted his re-enlistment ceremony while submerged underwater with his fellow Marine Raiders and re-enlistment officer at the MARSOC dive tank, aboard Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)
MARSOC Re-enlistment Marine Raider-style
A Marine Raider with Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), conducted his re-enlistment ceremony while submerged underwater with his fellow Marine Raiders and re-enlistment officer at the MARSOC dive tank, aboard Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)
The Marine Raider Memorial March closing ceremony concluded with a “25 and 5” push up event at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 21, 2016. The Marine Raider Memorial March was designed to honor the seven Marine Raiders who died on March 10th, 2015 and their families, as well as bring awareness to their sacrifice.
Marine Raiders march 770 miles in remembrance
The Marine Raider Memorial March closing ceremony concluded with a “25 and 5” push up event at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 21, 2016. The Marine Raider Memorial March was designed to honor the seven Marine Raiders who died on March 10th, 2015 and their families, as well as bring awareness to their sacrifice.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with Marine Raiders during a town hall meeting at the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) headquarters at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016.  During the town hall, Neller reinforced his area of effort in shaping the Marine Corps to operate as part of the Joint Force, to include leveraging and enabling the interoperability between the Marine Air Ground Task Force and Special Operations Forces (SOF), in order to develop and sustain a fully integrated and ready Navy and Marine Corps team.
CMC visits MARSOC
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks with Marine Raiders during a town hall meeting at the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) headquarters at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2016. During the town hall, Neller reinforced his area of effort in shaping the Marine Corps to operate as part of the Joint Force, to include leveraging and enabling the interoperability between the Marine Air Ground Task Force and Special Operations Forces (SOF), in order to develop and sustain a fully integrated and ready Navy and Marine Corps team.
Participants of the Marine Raider Memorial March begin their 770-mile ruck-march in honor of our seven Marine Raiders who died March 10, 2015.
Raiders step off for Marine Raider Memorial March
Participants of the Marine Raider Memorial March begin their 770-mile ruck-march in honor of our seven Marine Raiders who died March 10, 2015.
Master Sergeant Eden M. Pearl was deployed with Fox Company, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, to Herat Province, Afghanistan in 2009.
‘Viking’ Raider’s Legacy Remembered at Celebration of Life
Master Sergeant Eden M. Pearl was deployed with Fox Company, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, to Herat Province, Afghanistan in 2009.
Marine Raiders with Marine Special Operations Company Charlie, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, process intelligence and set up a visual tele-communication feed after a notional direct-action night raid, a part of a Company Collective Exercise, Oct. 20, 2015, along the Arizona-California state line.
Marine Raiders demonstrate competency and reliability during company collective exercise
Marine Raiders with Marine Special Operations Company Charlie, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, process intelligence and set up a visual tele-communication feed after a notional direct-action night raid, a part of a Company Collective Exercise, Oct. 20, 2015, along the Arizona-California state line.
A Marine with Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command fires at distant, static targets during a Company Collective Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015. Marine Special Operations Company C spent the first phase of their three-phase Company Collective Exercise practicing Foreign Internal Defense aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 5-8.
Raiders make FID a focus during deployment work-up
A Marine with Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command fires at distant, static targets during a Company Collective Exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015. Marine Special Operations Company C spent the first phase of their three-phase Company Collective Exercise practicing Foreign Internal Defense aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 5-8.
Lieutenant Cmdr. David Duprey, the Marine Raider Support Group chaplain, led the suicide awareness training at Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
Marine Raiders enhance family resiliency, conducts suicide awareness training
Lieutenant Cmdr. David Duprey, the Marine Raider Support Group chaplain, led the suicide awareness training at Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015.
Staff Sgt. Andres Rodriguez gives his acceptance speech after being named the USO North Carolina Marine of the Year at the 2015 Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Durham, N.C., Oct. 3, 2015. Congressman David Price, 4th District of NC presented each honoree with The U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in Washington DC.
Raider honored at Salute to Freedom Gala
Staff Sgt. Andres Rodriguez gives his acceptance speech after being named the USO North Carolina Marine of the Year at the 2015 Annual Salute to Freedom Gala in Durham, N.C., Oct. 3, 2015. Congressman David Price, 4th District of NC presented each honoree with The U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in Washington DC.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, hosted its first-ever Corporals Course on Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 11-25. Marines with 2nd Marine Raider Support Battalion ran the course, graduating 29 Marines, nearly half of whom are assigned to Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division. A lot of detailed planning was necessary prior to the course to alleviate any potential issues the instructors had anticipated, explained an instructor with 2nd MRSB. He said, “For the first (course), making everything happen from scratch, I think things went really well.” MARSOC plans to continue hosting Corporals Courses and making course seats available to other commands. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
MARSOC hosts its first Corporals Course
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, hosted its first-ever Corporals Course on Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 11-25. Marines with 2nd Marine Raider Support Battalion ran the course, graduating 29 Marines, nearly half of whom are assigned to Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division. A lot of detailed planning was necessary prior to the course to alleviate any potential issues the instructors had anticipated, explained an instructor with 2nd MRSB. He said, “For the first (course), making everything happen from scratch, I think things went really well.” MARSOC plans to continue hosting Corporals Courses and making course seats available to other commands. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, uses takes photographs a blood sample through a microscope during the practical application portion of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s Operational Clinical Infectious Diseases course held aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 10, 2015. Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsmen and MARSOC medical practitioners took advantage of the course to better prepare for future deployments. While forward deployed, medical personnel are advised to take photos of anything they deem questionable, and send the files to an expert for further examination.
Raider Corpsmen study tropical infectious diseases; prepare for AFRICOM deployments
A Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, uses takes photographs a blood sample through a microscope during the practical application portion of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s Operational Clinical Infectious Diseases course held aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 10, 2015. Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsmen and MARSOC medical practitioners took advantage of the course to better prepare for future deployments. While forward deployed, medical personnel are advised to take photos of anything they deem questionable, and send the files to an expert for further examination.
A Multi-Purpose Canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command prepares his canine for a parachute jump over Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 10, 2015. As MARSOC continues to demonstrate their versatile capabilities, MPC handlers with the command are preparing their canines to maneuver in new areas of operation.
Multi-Purpose Canines take to the skies
A Multi-Purpose Canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command prepares his canine for a parachute jump over Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 10, 2015. As MARSOC continues to demonstrate their versatile capabilities, MPC handlers with the command are preparing their canines to maneuver in new areas of operation.
Marine Raiders with 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, transition out of the water during a simulated underwater assault force night-raid in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 3, 2015. Training such as this is conducted to meet Special Operations Forces dive requirements and to enhance the understanding, planning and operational considerations when working in a joint operational environment with both special operations and conventional Marine Corps forces.
Marine Raiders Conduct Raids
Marine Raiders with 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, transition out of the water during a simulated underwater assault force night-raid in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 3, 2015. Training such as this is conducted to meet Special Operations Forces dive requirements and to enhance the understanding, planning and operational considerations when working in a joint operational environment with both special operations and conventional Marine Corps forces.
Lt. Col. Jack R. Christensen, retired, a World War II Marine Raider, holds a handmade staff under his arm at the 2015 Marine Raider Reunion in San Antonio, Aug. 30, 2015. An active duty Raider with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command whittled the staff himself, and included an ornate Raider insignia from World War II, as well as the MARSOC insignia into the walking-stick’s design. He donated the staff to the U.S. Marine Raider Association and Foundation to be used by a Raider in need of assistance while walking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
MARSOC, World War II Raiders celebrate Raider history at annual reunion
Lt. Col. Jack R. Christensen, retired, a World War II Marine Raider, holds a handmade staff under his arm at the 2015 Marine Raider Reunion in San Antonio, Aug. 30, 2015. An active duty Raider with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command whittled the staff himself, and included an ornate Raider insignia from World War II, as well as the MARSOC insignia into the walking-stick’s design. He donated the staff to the U.S. Marine Raider Association and Foundation to be used by a Raider in need of assistance while walking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
A Critical Skills Operator with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command uses a saw to cut through a metal door to gain entry on a building during Marine Special Operation School's Master Breacher's Course, at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2015. The Master Breacher course instructs Critical Skills Operators on how to overcome obstacles such as walls, fences and doors via a range of breaching methods including mechanical, ballistic, thermal and explosive. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)
Breacher's Course
A Critical Skills Operator with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command uses a saw to cut through a metal door to gain entry on a building during Marine Special Operation School's Master Breacher's Course, at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2015. The Master Breacher course instructs Critical Skills Operators on how to overcome obstacles such as walls, fences and doors via a range of breaching methods including mechanical, ballistic, thermal and explosive. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)
General Joseph L. Votel (front-left), commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, prepares to ride an M-RZR 4 all-terrain vehicle from the 1st Marine Raider Battalion headquarters building to the nearby beach to speak with critical skills operators, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. The ride allowed Gen. Votel to experience first-hand the capabilities of the unit's all-terrain vehicles.
1st Marine Raider Regiment hosts SOCOM Commander for capabilities visit
General Joseph L. Votel (front-left), commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, prepares to ride an M-RZR 4 all-terrain vehicle from the 1st Marine Raider Battalion headquarters building to the nearby beach to speak with critical skills operators, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. The ride allowed Gen. Votel to experience first-hand the capabilities of the unit's all-terrain vehicles.
Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, presents Col. Archibald M. Mclellan a Legion of Merit medal for his exemplary performance as the Marine Raider Support Group commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 2, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
Marine Raider Support Group changes commanders
Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, presents Col. Archibald M. Mclellan a Legion of Merit medal for his exemplary performance as the Marine Raider Support Group commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 2, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
Colonel Andrew Milburn, right, relinquishes command of Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, symbolized by the passing of the colors to Col. Peter Huntley during the change of command ceremony at the MARSOC headquarters at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 26, 2015.
Marine Raider Regiment changes commanders
Colonel Andrew Milburn, right, relinquishes command of Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, symbolized by the passing of the colors to Col. Peter Huntley during the change of command ceremony at the MARSOC headquarters at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 26, 2015.
Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, takes his position during the MARSOC re-designation ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 19, 2015. The ceremony was held to officially adopt the name Marine Raider, carrying on the heritage and legacy passed along by the Raiders of World War II. During the ceremony, the units' colors were cased and their new colors were unveiled.
MARSOC re-designation ceremony
Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, takes his position during the MARSOC re-designation ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 19, 2015. The ceremony was held to officially adopt the name Marine Raider, carrying on the heritage and legacy passed along by the Raiders of World War II. During the ceremony, the units' colors were cased and their new colors were unveiled.
Lieutenant Col. Brian Rideout passes the U.S. Marine Corps flag to Maj. Edward Norris during the 3rd Marine Special Operations Support Battalion, Marine Special Operations Support Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, change-of-command ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 12, 2015. Rideout relinquished command of the battalion to Norris during the ceremony. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
3rd MSOSB changes commanders
Lieutenant Col. Brian Rideout passes the U.S. Marine Corps flag to Maj. Edward Norris during the 3rd Marine Special Operations Support Battalion, Marine Special Operations Support Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, change-of-command ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 12, 2015. Rideout relinquished command of the battalion to Norris during the ceremony. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
Lieutenant Col. Benjamin J. Pappas relinquishes command of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, to Lt. Col. Craig A. Wolfenbarger during a ceremony atMARSOC headquarters on Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 12, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
2nd MSOB changes commanders
Lieutenant Col. Benjamin J. Pappas relinquishes command of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, to Lt. Col. Craig A. Wolfenbarger during a ceremony atMARSOC headquarters on Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 12, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox)
Corporal Rosalie Nolan, a motor transport operator with Marine Special Operations Support Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, poses for a photograph with Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, MARSOC, following a ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 1, 2015. Nolan was selected as Motor Transport Operator of the Year, one of the categories in the annual U.S. Marine Corps Motor Transport Association Awards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
MARSOC home to 'Motor-T' Operator of the Year
Corporal Rosalie Nolan, a motor transport operator with Marine Special Operations Support Group, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, poses for a photograph with Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, MARSOC, following a ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 1, 2015. Nolan was selected as Motor Transport Operator of the Year, one of the categories in the annual U.S. Marine Corps Motor Transport Association Awards. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)
Marines and sailors with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command gather at the MARSOC Memorial at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., to honor fallen service members May 22, 2015. The Marines and sailors rode motorcycles to the Jacksonville National Cemetery following a moment of prayer, reading of the names on the memorial, a moment of silence and a blessing of the bikes to honor all who have served as the Memorial Day weekend commenced. (USMC official photo by Sgt. Donovan Lee/released)
MARSOC Memorial Day motorcycle ride
Marines and sailors with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command gather at the MARSOC Memorial at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., to honor fallen service members May 22, 2015. The Marines and sailors rode motorcycles to the Jacksonville National Cemetery following a moment of prayer, reading of the names on the memorial, a moment of silence and a blessing of the bikes to honor all who have served as the Memorial Day weekend commenced. (USMC official photo by Sgt. Donovan Lee/released)
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2d MRB Raiders' skills tested at CCE

By Sgt. Donovan Lee | April 1, 2016

Marines Raiders from Company F, 2d Marine Raider Battalion (2 MRB), put their skills to the test during a Company Collective Exercise (CCE) aboard Fort Jackson, S.C. The Marine Special Operations Company and individual teams where tested on their execution of basic skills as well as learned and honed new tactic, techniques and procedures (TTPs). MORE
Marine Raiders march 770 miles in remembrance

By Sgt. Donovan Lee | March 21, 2016

A little over a year ago on March 10, 2015, seven Marine Raiders and four Louisiana Army National Guard soldiers lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. On March 10, 2016, 14 Marine Raiders from Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command met in Navarre, Fla., for a memorial service to honor there fallen brothers in arms. Following the memorial service, on March 11, 2016, the Marine Raiders began a 770-mile ruck-march from Navarre, Fla., to Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. MORE
‘Viking’ Raider’s Legacy Remembered at Celebration of Life

By Sgt. Lia Gamero | February 19, 2016

During a Celebration of Life ceremony, family, friends and fellow Raiders gathered to honor the life and legacy of retired Master Sgt. Eden M. Pearl, at the Base Theater aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 19, 2016. Master Sgt. Pearl succumbed to his wounds on Dec. 20, 2015, more than six years after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while deployed to Herat Province, Afghanistan in 2009. MORE
MARSOC corpsman awarded Silver Star

By Sgt. Lia Gamero | February 5, 2016

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandro Salabarria, a corpsman with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, was awarded the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 5, for his actions in Afghanistan. MORE
Marine Raiders demonstrate competency and reliability during company collective exercise

By Cpl. Steven Fox | November 24, 2015

Marine Special Operations Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special MORE
Marine Raiders enhance family resiliency, conducts suicide awareness training

By Sgt. Donovan Lee | October 29, 2015

Marine Raiders and their families gathered for suicide awareness training at Marine Corps Forces, MORE
Raiders make FID a focus during deployment work-up

By Cpl. Steven Fox | October 9, 2015

Marine Raiders on the West Coast focused on a core competency to kick off an exercise as they MORE
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