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Marines and Australians train together in the Top End

By Cpl. James Gulliver | April 17, 2014

Marines slowly edge their way to the firing line as adrenaline courses through their veins. Assuming their firing positions, they insert their magazines and prepare to fire. As the command was given, the sharp crack of rifles could be heard through the jungle as Marines and Australian Soldiers sent rounds downrange towards their targets.  Marines MORE
Marines increase presence in Australia with third iteration of MRF-D Marines increase presence in Australia with third iteration of MRF-D

By Lance Cpl. Erik Estrada | March 26, 2014

Service members at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay departed here, March 25, to begin a six-month deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory as part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. Approximately 100 Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), as well as four CH-53E MORE
130905-M-AL626-1149 Sallyman raises morale in field

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | September 08, 2013

After a long day of training in full gear with temperatures breaking 100 degrees, there’s nothing quite like a cold drink.  A chilled refreshment can be hard to come by out in the field, but not when the Sallyman, short for Salvation Army man, drives his truck to training areas all over the Top End simply to deliver iced beverages and snacks to MORE
130901-M-AL626-0200 MRF-D trains with Aussies, MEU ‘out bush’ during Exercise Koolendong

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | September 04, 2013

Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin moved through the extreme heat and dry terrain of the Australian Outback to send rounds flying at a simulated militia group of rebels armed with 82mm mortars, two vehicles and other weaponry.  This movement-to-contact exercise was just one of three ranges in which Marines with Lima Company, 3rd MORE
MRF-D Marines take off to Bradshaw MRF-D Marines take off to Bradshaw

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | August 28, 2013

Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin took off to Bradshaw Field Training Area for Exercise Koolendong on four MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, here, Aug. 28. Exercise Koolendong is a bilateral training evolution in which Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and the 31st MEU MORE
130820-M-AL626-0181 MRF-D Marines physically train the Aussie way

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | August 20, 2013

For the first time in Marine Rotational Force – Darwin history, two Marines traded their average day of work to participate in an Australian Army program – the Combat Fitness Leadership Course.  From Aug. 12 – Sept. 6, students attending the course will endure anywhere from eight-10 physically taxing workout sessions on a daily basis. These MORE
130730-M-AL626-0356 MRF-D Marines break barriers in Aussie fitness test

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | July 30, 2013

Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin competed for two spots in an Australian Combat Fitness Leadership Course during a barrier test at the Northern Gym, here, July 30.  A total of seven grueling exercises make up the test that is designed to measure physical fitness. The test begins with a maximum set of pushups in two minutes, followed by MORE
130626-M-AL626-001 Home away from home

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | June 26, 2013

For most Marines who arrived in the Northern Territory only a few months ago as part of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, the Australian culture has been a foreign concept.   From the accents and wildlife, to the traffic laws and climate, it was apparent they had definitely traveled far from home.  However, for Sgt. Ian Polhamus, squad leader, 3rd MORE
130618-M-AL626-0877 Corporals Course not just for Marines

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | June 20, 2013

Corporals Course became a melting pot of military services with members of the Australian Army, Navy and Marine Corps in attendance, here, June 17 to July 2.  Throughout the 12-day course, service members will participate in physical exercise, leadership classes, land navigation, sword and guidon manual training, and complete testing on MORE
MRF-D ‘Docs’ celebrate 115 years of US Navy Hospital Corps

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | June 19, 2013

Navy Corpsman attached to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, celebrated 115 years of the US Navy Hospital Corps, here, June 17.  For three sailors, this day marked more than just the birthday of the Hospital Corps. It doubled as their promotion day.  “You don’t usually remember the specific date you MORE
130530-M-AL626-1763 MRF-D Marines and NT students build garden

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | May 30, 2013

Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin got their hands dirty as they helped Casuarina Senior College students with the Clontarf Foundation build a vegetable garden, funded by the United States Consulate General, Melbourne, at the school, here, May 30. The Clontarf Foundation engages young indigenous men attending school. The foundation began MORE
130528-M-AL626-0061 III MEF CG visits Darwin

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | May 28, 2013

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force, visited Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, here, May 28. His two-day visit consisted of speaking to Marines about the MRF-D initiative at a brief, touring surrounding Australian military facilities and eating lunch with sergeants and below. During his brief, MORE
130523-M-AL626-0956 MRF-D Marines beat the heat at KFTA

By Sgt. Sarah Fiocco | May 25, 2013

The intense Northern Territory heat and an arduous 4.5-mile run in full combat gear were only some of the obstacles Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, faced as they completed a squad competition, wrapping up their four days in the field, here, May 23.  Throughout their run, Marines also MORE
Aussies, Kiwis elebrate ANZAC brotherhood Aussies, Kiwis celebrate ANZAC brotherhood

By Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez | April 30, 2013

Kiwi’s, Aussies, Americans and other attendees from around the world gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific here April 25 during a solemn ceremony commemorating Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day. Originally, April 25 honored the members of ANZAC who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Today, the holiday is MORE
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