POTD: “Enemies in the Open” at Camp Hansen, Japan

    Camp Hansen is a United States Marine Corps base located in Okinawa, Japan.

    The camp got its name after Dale M. Hansen who earned a Medal of Honor, unfortunately posthumously as he was killed by an enemy sniper in 1945.

    In Today’s Photo Of The Day you can see US Marines with the 3rd Maintenance Battalion, as they fire a Mk 19 grenade launcher (above) during a live-fire familiarization range at Camp Hansen earlier this year.

    You can see the 40 mm grenade as it leaves the barrel, pretty cool. Almost like a piece of sushi being propelled.

    The training was conducted in preparation for their culminating event at the Jungle Warfare Training Center.

    Below: A 3rd Maintenance Battalion Marine loads a chain link belt of 7.62 mm ammunition on an M240H machine gun (FN MAG).

    I am not sure what the horizontal wooden stick is trying to simulate. How much the barrel moves while shooting?

    All photos by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. André T. Peterson Jr.