Apr 10, 2013

Corporal Michael E. Monk, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Palmdale, Calif., reloads his M40A5 sniper rifle after firing at a target during an unknown distance range as a part of exercise Balikatan 2013 here, April 9. The range tested the sniper’s ability to engage multiple targets at unknown distances. Monk scored a direct hit at 400 yards in this photo, which was one of many perfectly aimed shots the sniper took. Balikatan is an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise with the focus of improving interoperability to more effectively provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

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