U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
In Any Clime and Place
Photo By: Cpl. Aaron Hostutler
1st Lt. Nishan Campbell, AAV platoon commander, Landing Force CARAT, signals other Amphibious Assault Vehicles May 17 during a rehearsal for the final training exercise (FTX) in Thailand during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2011. CARAT is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Southeast Asia nations with the goals of enhancing regional cooperation, promoting mutual trust and understanding, and increasing operational readiness. U.S. and Thai militaries are using AAVs, Marines and Sailors for the beach assault on May 18. The majority of the U.S. Marines participating in CARAT are reserve Marines who volunteered for the training. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is an integral element of the Marine Corps Operating Forces and shares the expeditionary mindset that encompasses the Marines’ culture.
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