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Sep 20, 2016

Mortarmen with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, await a fire mission during 81 mm mortar-fire training on Farallon de Medinilla Range, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands, Sept. 16, 2016. The mortarmen fired nearly 100 81 mm mortar rounds during training on the uninhabited targeting range as part of Valiant Shield 16. Valiant Shield 16 is a biennial field training exercise designed to develop the integration of joint U.S. forces. The training enables real-world proficiency of joint forces to detect, locate, track and engage units – at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace – to prepare for a range of possible military operations.

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