The Absolute Best of US Marine Corps Photography, Part 1
The Absolute Best of US Marine Corps Photography, Part 1
Flames explode behind the U.S. Navy Blue Angels'  F/A-18 Hornets during the night portion of the 2014 Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The wall of fire is the last event of the night air show. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel/Released)

Flames explode behind the U.S. Navy Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornets during the night portion of the 2014 Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014. The wall of fire is the last event of the night air show. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Armando Perez, a motor transport mechanic with the Motor Transport Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), maneuvers through an obstacle during physical conditioning on an endurance course as part of sustainment training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 8, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by 1st Lt. Colleen B. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Armando Perez, a motor transport mechanic with the Motor Transport Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), maneuvers through an obstacle during physical conditioning on an endurance course as part of sustainment training at D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 8, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by 1st Lt. Colleen B. McFadden/Released)

LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles from Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire on fixed targets as part of a combined arms engagement range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 9, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles from Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fire on fixed targets as part of a combined arms engagement range during sustainment training in D'Arta Plage, Djibouti, Nov. 9, 2014. The 11th MEU is deployed as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

The Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 3, 2014. The Blue Angels is comprised of 16 officers who serve voluntarily. 
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza/Released)

The Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during the 2014 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, Oct. 3, 2014. The Blue Angels is comprised of 16 officers who serve voluntarily. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Raquel Barraza/Released)

Cpl. Uriah C. Patterson, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, steps out from the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet Oct. 1, 2014, during Forager Fury III. Aircraft maintenance Marines provide a major supporting role during FF III by inspecting, repairing and refueling aircraft. FF III is an overarching Marine Corps led exercise involving 1,300 personnel from Sept. 24 through Oct. 6 that emphasizes tactical aviation and aviation ground support on a unit level while training within the Marianas Island range complex. Patterson is a fixed wing aircraft airframe mechanic with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)

Cpl. Uriah C. Patterson, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, steps out from the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet Oct. 1, 2014, during Forager Fury III. Aircraft maintenance Marines provide a major supporting role during FF III by inspecting, repairing and refueling aircraft. FF III is an overarching Marine Corps led exercise involving 1,300 personnel from Sept. 24 through Oct. 6 that emphasizes tactical aviation and aviation ground support on a unit level while training within the Marianas Island range complex. Patterson is a fixed wing aircraft airframe mechanic with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei/ Released)

Marine Infantry Officer Course (IOC) students await a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter fast rope drill on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Auxiliary Landing Field 2, on Aug. 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James Marchetti/Released)

Marine Infantry Officer Course (IOC) students await a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter fast rope drill on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Auxiliary Landing Field 2, on Aug. 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James Marchetti/Released)

Force Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a diving exit while conducting an initial High Altitude Low Opening jump out of an MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue Field, N.C., Aug. 11, 2014. Air support for the training was provided by the MEU’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced). The training took place as part of pre-deployment training in preparation for the 24th MEU’s deployment at the end of the year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)

Force Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit perform a diving exit while conducting an initial High Altitude Low Opening jump out of an MV-22B Osprey at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue Field, N.C., Aug. 11, 2014. Air support for the training was provided by the MEU’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced). The training took place as part of pre-deployment training in preparation for the 24th MEU’s deployment at the end of the year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)

Lance Cpl. Julio C. Miranda Jr. rappels down a cliff during Mountain Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Miranda is an infantry rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Lance Cpl. Julio C. Miranda Jr. rappels down a cliff during Mountain Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Miranda is an infantry rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Lance Cpl. Garrick R. Upton, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, shouts a warning back to his crew as he splashes into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean in an AAV  aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 31, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by Lance Cpl. Alex W. Mitchell/Released)

Lance Cpl. Garrick R. Upton, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle operator with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, shouts a warning back to his crew as he splashes into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean in an AAV aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 31, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by Lance Cpl. Alex W. Mitchell/Released)

A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a rope ladder from the flight deck of the USS San Diego into a UH-1Y Super Huey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, eastern Pacific Ocean, July 30, 2014. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a rope ladder from the flight deck of the USS San Diego into a UH-1Y Super Huey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, eastern Pacific Ocean, July 30, 2014. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort as part of the Unit Deployment Program, July 9, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Released)

Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort as part of the Unit Deployment Program, July 9, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Released)

Cpl. David Merrifield, assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, puts the finishing touches on an obstacle course the U.S. Marines built at Price Barracks in Belize on June 30, 2014. The Marines were in Belize as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released)

Cpl. David Merrifield, assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, puts the finishing touches on an obstacle course the U.S. Marines built at Price Barracks in Belize on June 30, 2014. The Marines were in Belize as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014. Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces in Central and South America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Cote/Released)

Sergeant Louis Wood, scout sniper, Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Fort Worth, Texas, pays his respects to Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/released)

Sergeant Louis Wood, scout sniper, Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Fort Worth, Texas, pays his respects to Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer during a memorial ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, July 2, 2014. The memorial was in honor of Spitzer, a professionally instructed gunman with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, who was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/released)

A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a fast rope and rappel training exercise aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, June 24, 2014. (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), rappel out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a fast rope and rappel training exercise aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), at sea, June 24, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

Lance Cpl. Michael A. Elhaj rappels down the face of a cliff on June 10, 2014 as part of a Mountain Warfare Training Course at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)

Lance Cpl. Michael A. Elhaj rappels down the face of a cliff on June 10, 2014 as part of a Mountain Warfare Training Course at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses his Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device prior to escaping the simulated helicopter seat during Shallow Water Egress Training at the Camp Hansen pool, May 30, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/Released)

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, uses his Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device prior to escaping the simulated helicopter seat during Shallow Water Egress Training at the Camp Hansen pool, May 30, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Kuppers/Released)

Lance Cpl. Trevor Smitherman, TOW gunner with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, crawls under a cement block at an obstacle course during a week-long squad competition aboard Robertson Barracks, June 2, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Reel/Released)

Lance Cpl. Trevor Smitherman, TOW gunner with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, crawls under a cement block at an obstacle course during a week-long squad competition aboard Robertson Barracks, June 2, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Reel/Released)

Marines with the Provost Marshal's Office conduct a K-9 demonstration for Oasis Elementary School 6th-grade students at Felix Field on May 7, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi/Released)

Marines with the Provost Marshal's Office conduct a K-9 demonstration for Oasis Elementary School 6th-grade students at Felix Field on May 7, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi/Released)

U.S. Marines with Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Sytems from M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ismael E. Ortega/Released)

U.S. Marines with Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Sytems from M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ismael E. Ortega/Released)

Sgt. Caleb Sims, with the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon Color Guard, presents arms during the opening ceremony of the Healthy Lifestyle Expo at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, May 16, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/Released)

Sgt. Caleb Sims, with the Marine Corps Base Quantico Ceremonial Platoon Color Guard, presents arms during the opening ceremony of the Healthy Lifestyle Expo at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, May 16, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/Released)

Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, conduct monthly fuel burn training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, May 16, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aneshea S. Yee/Released)

Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, conduct monthly fuel burn training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, May 16, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aneshea S. Yee/Released)

U.S. Marines and fire crew on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., respond to wildfires ablaze in southern California May 14, 2014. The Tomahawk fire, in the northeast section of Camp Pendleton has burned more than 6,000 acres forcing evacuations of housing areas on base and various schools both on and off base. Aircraft from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department worked in coordination with CALFIRE to prevent fires from spreading off base. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray/Released)

U.S. Marines and fire crew on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., respond to wildfires ablaze in southern California May 14, 2014. The Tomahawk fire, in the northeast section of Camp Pendleton has burned more than 6,000 acres forcing evacuations of housing areas on base and various schools both on and off base. Aircraft from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department worked in coordination with CALFIRE to prevent fires from spreading off base. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray/Released)

Trucks wait in place as the sun sets on Forward Operating Base Nolay for the last time before Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 2-215 exits the Sangin Valley, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 4, 2014. The service members with SFAAT 2-215 were completing a seven-month deployment as the last advisors in support of the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, Afghan National Army. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua Young/Released)

Trucks wait in place as the sun sets on Forward Operating Base Nolay for the last time before Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 2-215 exits the Sangin Valley, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 4, 2014. The service members with SFAAT 2-215 were completing a seven-month deployment as the last advisors in support of the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, Afghan National Army. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua Young/Released)

Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, run to security positions after offloading from a CH-53E Super Sea Stallion helicopter during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2014. The company's mission was to disrupt Taliban forces in Larr Village and establish a presence in the area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Released)

Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, run to security positions after offloading from a CH-53E Super Sea Stallion helicopter during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2014. The company's mission was to disrupt Taliban forces in Larr Village and establish a presence in the area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Released)

Landing support Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit await a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for a helicopter supply transfer during a U.S.-French bilateral exercise on April 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

Landing support Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit await a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for a helicopter supply transfer during a U.S.-French bilateral exercise on April 25, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jace Manning, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), air traffic control staff noncommissioned officer in charge and native of Belton, Texas, squats 385 pounds during a weight-lifting competition aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on April 20, 2014. Manning placed first in the light-weight division of the competition, lifting 1,175 pounds between bench presses, dead lifts and squats. The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jace Manning, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), air traffic control staff noncommissioned officer in charge and native of Belton, Texas, squats 385 pounds during a weight-lifting competition aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) on April 20, 2014. Manning placed first in the light-weight division of the competition, lifting 1,175 pounds between bench presses, dead lifts and squats. The 22nd MEU is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon marches in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on their way to perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington April 12, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bryan Nygaard/Released)

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon marches in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on their way to perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington April 12, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bryan Nygaard/Released)

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch as MV-22B Ospreys take off from the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 15, 2014. PMINT is a two-week predeployment training event focused on the combined capabilities of the MEU and Amphibious Ready Group, conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch as MV-22B Ospreys take off from the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 15, 2014. PMINT is a two-week predeployment training event focused on the combined capabilities of the MEU and Amphibious Ready Group, conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez recieves an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendace at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Chester Nez recieves an American flag from Pfc. Tiffany Boyd, at Code Talker Hall, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., April 4, 2014. The flag was flown over the Marine Corps War Memorial, on the first day of spring in honor of Cpl. Nez's attendace at the Platoon 382 Hall rededication. Cpl. Nez is the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kathryn K. Bynum/Released)

Sgt. Michael Nygaard, a drill instructor for Platoon 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, roams the barracks moments before waking his recruits for their first official training day March 25, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The formal 70-day training schedule begins about one week after recruits arrive. Nygaard, 29, is from Cape Coral, Fla. India Company was scheduled to graduate June 13, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Sgt. Michael Nygaard, a drill instructor for Platoon 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, roams the barracks moments before waking his recruits for their first official training day March 25, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The formal 70-day training schedule begins about one week after recruits arrive. Nygaard, 29, is from Cape Coral, Fla. India Company was scheduled to graduate June 13, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

A UH-1Y Huey from VMM-163 (REIN) lands for a simulated casualty evacuation during a consulate reinforcement scenario as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 21, 2014. (U.S. Marines photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

A UH-1Y Huey from VMM-163 (REIN) lands for a simulated casualty evacuation during a consulate reinforcement scenario as part of Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 21, 2014. (U.S. Marines photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

A Norwegian helicopter lands near a dock in Soreisa, Norway, to deliver inspectors from Belarus during Cold Response 14, March 17, 2014, to evaluate the U.S. Marine component of the exercise. The inspection during Cold Response 14 is conducted under the auspices of the Vienna Document, which obligates signatories from more than 50 nation States to exchange information in regards to size, structure, training and equipment of its armed forces as well as related defense policy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda/Released)

A Norwegian helicopter lands near a dock in Soreisa, Norway, to deliver inspectors from Belarus during Cold Response 14, March 17, 2014, to evaluate the U.S. Marine component of the exercise. The inspection during Cold Response 14 is conducted under the auspices of the Vienna Document, which obligates signatories from more than 50 nation States to exchange information in regards to size, structure, training and equipment of its armed forces as well as related defense policy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda/Released)

Staff Sgt. Franklin Johnson, utilities chief, Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, represents his company in a Humvee-pull competition, during the St. Patrick's Day field meet, March 17, 2014. Engineer battalions and companies from 1st MLG, 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, meet annually near St. Patrick's Day to compete in number events. At the end of the field meet, one company or battalion is awarded the St. Patrick's Day trophy and bragging rights to be defended until next year. Franklin, 51, is from Sierra Leone. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers / Released)

Staff Sgt. Franklin Johnson, utilities chief, Engineer Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, represents his company in a Humvee-pull competition, during the St. Patrick's Day field meet, March 17, 2014. Engineer battalions and companies from 1st MLG, 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, meet annually near St. Patrick's Day to compete in number events. At the end of the field meet, one company or battalion is awarded the St. Patrick's Day trophy and bragging rights to be defended until next year. Franklin, 51, is from Sierra Leone. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers / Released)

Sgt. John Browning with the United States Marine Corps Combat Shooting Team, engages a target during a live-fire range at Camp Upshur, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 12, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/Released)

Sgt. John Browning with the United States Marine Corps Combat Shooting Team, engages a target during a live-fire range at Camp Upshur, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 12, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/Released)

Being a photographer in the United States Marine Corps comes with incredible access. Wherever Marines are, there you are too, documenting. 

Here we bring you some of the best works of Marine Corps official photographers. And as their work is extensive, there’s going to be part 2, and who knows how many more. Enjoy!

About the Marines

U.S. Marines were first established during the War of Independence though only two battalions of them. Over time, they’ve been involved, to a greater or lesser extent, in virtually every major armed conflict in American history.

For example, during the Spanish-American War at the turn of the last century, it was the Marines who seized a naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1898 and haven’t left since.

During the World War I, Marines gained reputation for their ferocity thanks to a far-sighted leadership. Expecting Japanese aggression, that Marines developed sophisticated amphibious combat techniques that became incredibly valuable during World War II, when the Marine Corps bore the main burden of the Pacific War. Little known is the fact that it was the Marine Corps, the so-called “China Marines,” who oversaw the surrender of Japan to China in 1945.

Almost 20,000 Marines laid down their lives in WWII.

The Marine were deployed in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and fought in the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and continue to be engaged in the War on Terrorism. Today, almost 200,000 men and women serve in active duty and 40,000 more are in reserve. On Nov. 10, 2015, Marines will celebrate their 240th birthday.

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