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The largest Marine Corps air assault exercise on the east coast took place Tuesday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. 

Marines with 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Aircraft Wing conducted Exercise Steel Pike 19. 

An exercise transporting groups of people on helicopters from one place to another in a hostile landing zone. 

Officials said it has been more than ten years since an operation of this type and magnitude has been conducted. 

The operation is different compared to others because it involves multiple agencies and air and ground combat tactics. 

More than a thousand personnel and 20 aircraft participated in Steel Pike 19. The name has historical significance as it was the name used during an operation in Vietnam.
The largest Marine Corps air assault exercise on the east coast took place Tuesday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. 

Marines with 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Aircraft Wing conducted Exercise Steel Pike 19. 

An exercise transporting groups of people on helicopters from one place to another in a hostile landing zone. 

Officials said it has been more than ten years since an operation of this type and magnitude has been conducted. 

The operation is different compared to others because it involves multiple agencies and air and ground combat tactics. 

More than a thousand personnel and 20 aircraft participated in Steel Pike 19. The name has historical significance as it was the name used during an operation in Vietnam.
The largest Marine Corps air assault exercise on the east coast took place Tuesday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. 

Marines with 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Aircraft Wing conducted Exercise Steel Pike 19. 

An exercise transporting groups of people on helicopters from one place to another in a hostile landing zone. 

Officials said it has been more than ten years since an operation of this type and magnitude has been conducted. 

The operation is different compared to others because it involves multiple agencies and air and ground combat tactics. 

More than a thousand personnel and 20 aircraft participated in Steel Pike 19. The name has historical significance as it was the name used during an operation in Vietnam.
A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E) 19.1 sets up an AN/152 Field Radio Exercise Winter Warrior in Haltdalen, Norway, Dec. 2, 2018. The three-week exercise tested the Marines’ abilities to adapt to harsh weather conditions, move across long distances in the snow and push themselves to complete the mission despite austere situations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elijah Abernathy/Released)
A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E) 19.1 maintains a defensive security position during Exercise Winter Warrior in Haltdalen, Norway, Dec. 5, 2018. The three-week exercise tested the Marines' abilities to adapt to harsh weather conditions, move across long distances in the snow and push themselves to complete the mission despite austere situations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elijah Abernathy/Released)
U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E) 19.1 hike during Exercise Winter Warrior in Haltdalen, Norway, Dec. 3, 2018. The three-week exercise tested the Marines’ abilities to adapt to harsh weather conditions, move across long distances in the snow and push themselves to complete the mission despite austere situations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elijah Abernathy/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Jacob Martin, the team leader of Fire Support Team, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8), 2nd Marine Division, plans a time on target schedule during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-19 at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct 23, 2018. The large-scale exercise allows infantry units to bolster their combat capabilities in a desert environment in preparation for potential global contingencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler M. Solak)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sarah Brinkerhoff, a forward observer with Fire Support Team, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (1/8), 2nd Marine Division, communicates with the mortar gun line during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-19 at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct 19, 2018. The large-scale exercise allows infantry units to bolster their combat capabilities in a desert environment in preparation for potential global contingencies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler M. Solak)
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 20, 2018) – A soldier with 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps fires an SPG-9 recoilless rifle during a live-fire range supervised by ANA instructors at Camp Shorabak. ANA soldiers fired live rounds to familiarize themselves with the weapon system while simultaneously building their confidence and enhancing the unit’s overall proficiency for future operations in the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luke Hoogendam)
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 20, 2018) - Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps soldiers bound as a squad toward a notional enemy during a range at Camp Shorabak. The ANA soldiers conducted squad attacks during a training exercise as part of the Operational Readiness Cycle, which is a training segment designed to enhance ANA soldiers’ infantry skills and bolster overall unit effectiveness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luke Hoogendam)
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 21, 2018) – U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, the commanding general of Task Force Southwest, and Maj. Gen. Wali Mohammed Ahmadzai, the commanding general of the Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps, attend a brigade commander’s conference at Camp Shorabak. The commander’s conference was held by Ahmadzai to develop the Corps’ leadership and provide a shared vision moving forward. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Luke Hoogendam)
Afghan children follow Marine advisors with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) during a patrol to 6th Sub District Headquarters in Bost Kalay, Afghanistan, March 17, 2018. The movement allowed Marine advisors with TFSW to build rapport with their counterparts in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to enhance the unit’s train, advise and assist mission in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sean J. Berry)
A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security during a key-leadership engagement at Camp Nolay, Afghanistan, April 7, 2018. TFSW advises at the brigade level to enable the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces during near continuous combat operations to increase the stability for the local populace.
 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Conner Robbins/ Released)
U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) ride aboard a CH-47 Chinook after a security shura at the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, March 27, 2018. The meeting allowed Marine advisors with TFSW to build rapport with their counterparts to further the train, advise, assist mission in preparation for Operation Nasrat I in Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sean J. Berry)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, conduct pre-deployment training aboard Twentynine Palms, Ca.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, conduct pre-deployment training aboard Twentynine Palms, Ca.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, conduct pre-deployment training aboard Twentynine Palms, Ca.
The 3-D printer from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment begins to form the base layer of pack clips
A retired Marine who served with 8th Marine Regiment is escorted to place a banner on the 8th Marine Regiment flag during the unit’s 100th anniversary ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 6, 2017. Marines of past and present gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inception of 8th Marine Regiment. The unit was established Oct. 9, 1917. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas Guevara)
Maj. Gen. John K. Love, the 2nd Marine Division Commanding General, speaks to Marines with the 2nd Marine Division Band after an anniversary ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 6, 2017. Marines of past and present gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inception of 8th Marine Regiment. The unit was established Oct. 9, 1917. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas Guevara)