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U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command get up early for a 4 mile hike, with packs, at exercise Eager Lion near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command get up early for a 4 mile hike, with packs, at exercise Eager Lion near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command get up early for a 4 mile hike, with packs, at exercise Eager Lion near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command get up early for a 4 mile hike, with packs, at exercise Eager Lion near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

Capt. Robert Monroe, a judge advocate, goes on an early morning 4 mile hike with fellow Marines, from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command (FWD), in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

Capt. Robert Monroe, a judge advocate, goes on an early morning 4 mile hike with fellow Marines, from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command (FWD), in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. Marine stands guard on a ridge, providing security for fellow Marines on a 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

A U.S. Marine stands guard on a ridge, providing security for fellow Marines on a 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez, from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command, motivates his fellow Marines on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez, from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command, motivates his fellow Marines on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command go on an early morning 4 mile hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Commandfinsh the final mile of a 4 mile hike as the sun rises over the mountains near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6.

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Commandfinsh the final mile of a 4 mile hike as the sun rises over the mountains near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. (Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Marines from Command Element Marine Forces Central Command (FWD), based in Bahrain, got up early for a 4 mile conditioning hike in a mountainous area near Aqaba, Jordan, June 6. The hike was considered the culminating event for the unit’s role in the Eager Lion exercise in Jordan. The two-week Jordanian-led drill, an annual event for the past four years, involved 12,000 personnel, about half of them American.

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