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2013 Year in Photos (January)

Frozen Flags

Marines From Recruiting Station Lansing, Recruiting Sub-Stations Grand Rapids North and South, participate in the opening ceremony for the Grand Rapids Pond Hockey Classic, Jan 25. The Marines braved sub-zero wind chill temperatures to present the colors on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids, Mich. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kevin Maynard/Released)

Chop Circles

26th MEU COMPTUEX

An MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to takeoff during flight operations aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), while sailing off the coast of Onslow Beach, N.C., Jan. 29, 2013. The 26th MEU is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)

Push!

Marine Corps drill instructors bring boot camp to future Phoenix Marines

U.S. Marine Corps Drill Instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depots San Diego and Parris Island, S.C., physically train Marine Corps Recruiting Substation Chandler enlistees at the Arrowhead Meadows Park in Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2013. The enlistees are currently part of the delayed entry program and are awaiting their dates to ship to boot camp. The drill instructors are visiting the Phoenix region through Jan. 26 to provide enlistees and potential applicants a first-hand preview of what they may be able to expect once they step onto the yellow footprints. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken/Released)

Hangin’ Out with my Chute Out

Gravity does most of the work

A reconnaissance Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, parachutes to the ground after a low-altitude static line jump. The Marines recently participated in both high and low-altitude sustainment jumps in order to stay proficient. “We would like to get everybody to that military free-fall capability because you can’t hear the aircraft at that altitude; you can’t hear the Marines open their chutes at that altitude. We would like to get everyone to that level,” said Lt. Col. Robert Revoir, the commanding officer of 2nd Recon. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jeff Drew/Released)

Hose Down

Jan. 5

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., battle a fire during a live-fire training exercise, Jan. 17. The Marines took turns rotating through each role of the fire fighter, gaining valuable experience and confidence. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Payne)

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