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U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1/9) run towards a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) at Gurjat Village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. HMH-462 provided aerial support for 1/9 during an interdiction operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1/9) run towards a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) at Gurjat Village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2013. HMH-462 provided aerial support for 1/9 during an interdiction operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
 Lance Cpl. Andres Rodriguez uses his scope to locate a sniper who was firing on his platoon's position during an early morning patrol near Patrol Base Boldak July 31, 2013. Rodriguez is an infantryman with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.(Photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
Manning the Wall
Lance Cpl. Andres Rodriguez uses his scope to locate a sniper who was firing on his platoon's position during an early morning patrol near Patrol Base Boldak July 31, 2013. Rodriguez is an infantryman with 1st Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.(Photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
A U.S. Marine with Georgia Liaison Team 10, Regional Command (Southwest), peers around the corner of a desert compound during a patrol near Combat Outpost Eredvi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2013. Marines joined forces with Georgian soldiers from the Batumi Light Infantry Battalion to conduct a patrol into an area known to have Taliban activity.
A U.S. Marine with Georgia Liaison Team 10, Regional Command (Southwest), peers around the corner of a desert compound during a patrol near Combat Outpost Eredvi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2013. Marines joined forces with Georgian soldiers from the Batumi Light Infantry Battalion to conduct a patrol into an area known to have Taliban activity.
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Donnie Farmer, a Grants Pass, Ore., native serving with Georgia Liaison Team 10, Regional Command (Southwest), provides security during a combined Georgian-Marine security patrol near Combat Outpost Eredvi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2013. Daily security patrols improved security around the base and connected base personnel with the concerns of local Afghans.
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Donnie Farmer, a Grants Pass, Ore., native serving with Georgia Liaison Team 10, Regional Command (Southwest), provides security during a combined Georgian-Marine security patrol near Combat Outpost Eredvi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2013. Daily security patrols improved security around the base and connected base personnel with the concerns of local Afghans.
Lance Cpl. Nathan Chandler, a Logan, Ohio, native and machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, hunkers down behind a compound wall during a firefight with insurgents near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4. Nearly 100 Marines and coalition allies engaged in a prolonged firefight with insurgents while patrolling the area to interdict Taliban movements and weapons caches and gather intelligence around the bazaar. The interdiction force landed by helicopter during the cover of night and began sweeping through the area with the help of Afghan forces and interpreters before engaging Taliban fighters in a firefight that lasted nearly four hours.
Lance Cpl. Nathan Chandler, a Logan, Ohio, native and machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, hunkers down behind a compound wall during a firefight with insurgents near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4. Nearly 100 Marines and coalition allies engaged in a prolonged firefight with insurgents while patrolling the area to interdict Taliban movements and weapons caches and gather intelligence around the bazaar. The interdiction force landed by helicopter during the cover of night and began sweeping through the area with the help of Afghan forces and interpreters before engaging Taliban fighters in a firefight that lasted nearly four hours.
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7 and Afghan National Security Forces, run out of a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461), in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. HMH-461 provided aerial support for Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7 and Afghan National Security Forces during an International Security Assistance Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7 and Afghan National Security Forces, run out of a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461), in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2013. HMH-461 provided aerial support for Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7 and Afghan National Security Forces during an International Security Assistance Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
Lance Cpl. Dustin Dodd, a Habersham, Ga., native and turret gunner with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), looks through the sights on his machine gun during a combat logistics patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 28, 2013. Dodd commonly stands in the turret for more than eight consecutive hours at a time on convoys that can last for days.
Lance Cpl. Dustin Dodd, a Habersham, Ga., native and turret gunner with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), looks through the sights on his machine gun during a combat logistics patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 28, 2013. Dodd commonly stands in the turret for more than eight consecutive hours at a time on convoys that can last for days.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Alberto Boy, a platoon sergeant with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, kneels during a security patrol near Forward Operating Base Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2013. The Marines of 3/7 patrolled to reduce enemy activity in the area. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Mast / Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Alberto Boy, a platoon sergeant with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, kneels during a security patrol near Forward Operating Base Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2013. The Marines of 3/7 patrolled to reduce enemy activity in the area. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Mast / Released)
Cpl. Charles Kristel, a Schenectady, N.Y., native and team leader with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), radios another section of Marines during an interdiction operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2013. Kristel, an anti-tank missileman by trade, lead a section of infantry Marines during the clearing operation.
Cpl. Charles Kristel, a Schenectady, N.Y., native and team leader with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), radios another section of Marines during an interdiction operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2013. Kristel, an anti-tank missileman by trade, lead a section of infantry Marines during the clearing operation.
Lance Cpl. Brandon Bowker, a Roberta, Ga., native and rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, scans the desert for threats during a firefight with insurgents near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2013. Nearly 100 Marines and coalition allies engaged in a prolonged firefight with insurgents while patrolling the area to interdict Taliban movements and weapons caches and gather intelligence around the bazaar. The interdiction force landed by helicopter during the cover of night and began sweeping through the area with the help of Afghan forces and interpreters before engaging Taliban fighters in a firefight that lasted nearly four hours.
Lance Cpl. Brandon Bowker, a Roberta, Ga., native and rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, scans the desert for threats during a firefight with insurgents near the Bari Gul Bazaar, Nad Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2013. Nearly 100 Marines and coalition allies engaged in a prolonged firefight with insurgents while patrolling the area to interdict Taliban movements and weapons caches and gather intelligence around the bazaar. The interdiction force landed by helicopter during the cover of night and began sweeping through the area with the help of Afghan forces and interpreters before engaging Taliban fighters in a firefight that lasted nearly four hours.

The Marine Corps stood up the Marine Enhancement Program (MEP) in 1989 in response to congressional guidance to establish a program dedicated to improving the “lethality, comfort and survivability” of the individual Marine. Items procured and fielded by MEP seek to reduce the load, increase the survivability, enhance the safety, and improve the lethality of the individual Combat Arms Marine. Because MEP has the ability to rapidly procure commercially available items that meet this criteria, we are constantly seeking ideas from Marines about the gear they buy personally, gear they have modified or made themselves, and gear they wish existed, in order to determine how to improve their currently issued gear-set.


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