Here are the Most Stunning Images of the US Marines from 2017

The Marine Corps had a particularly active year in 2017, playing a significant role in the defeat of ISIS in its former capital city, having their first female infantry officer join their ranks, and even testing a completely autonomous helicopter. Numerous ground and air exercises were also completed in locations spread across the world.

With that in mind, Business Insider gathered some of the most amazing images of US Marines from the year. Here are some of the most impressive shots.

One photo shows a Crew Chief observing a landing zone while traveling in a UH-1Y Huey during a training mission taking place on March 9 at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, while another shows a UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper flying past Mount Fuji in Japan while working with Ill MEF Marines on March 22.

Here’s a Marine with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit firing an M777 Howitzer as part of a fire mission taking place in northern Syria on March 24, while the second image shows a Howitzer being fired in northern Syria on May 15.

On April 14, this F-35B Lightning II prepared to land at Marine Corps Station Beaufort as part of a training exercise with the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company.

During a French Memorial Day ceremony, held on May 28 at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in France, a color guard detail operating as part of Marine Forces Europe and Africa presented the colors.

Following the May 28 2017 Freedom Run, a Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed for a crowd at the New York 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

To help boost morale among the volunteers, Staff Sgt Caesar made an appearance at the K9 training facility during the upgrade project on June 7 at Camp Pendleton, California.

Here, on August 11, 1st Lt. Harry J.D. Walker (left) works to communicate with members of his platoon during simulated fire as part of the Korean Marine Exchange Program 17-14 while in the North West Islands in South Korea.

As part of a gender reveal party, Capt. Gregory Veteto punts a football that was provided by his wife, showing he was going to have a baby girl.