A US Marine photographer shot these beautiful portraits of troops overseas

A US Marine Corps photographer recently took some portraits of Marines assigned to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group “support[s] maritime security operations, provide[s] crisis response capability, and increase[s] theatre security cooperation while providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East,” according to the Navy.

The photographer, Sgt. Matthew Callahan, took portraits of Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Kuwait and in Romania, as well as the Marines’ Romanian counterparts with whom they were training.

Check out his photos below:

Pfc. Ken Sicard, a rifleman assigned to Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. He said his uncle, who has since passed away, worked to put his three kids to college. In honour of his uncle, Sicard said he puts a portion of every paycheck in a savings account for his cousins.

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US Marine Cpl. Rachel Warford is also part of the Female Engagement Team, which is deployed with male infantry units and tasked to help communicate with local families and women.

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Cpl. Sunsette Winsler, a military working dog handler assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. 'I knew I was going to be a Marine when I was 12 years old,' she said, despite what her mum imagined. 'I didn't tell (her) for about two months,' after enlisting.

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Winsler and her military dog, Bella, have been together 'since day one,' she said. 'I got to train with Bella for six weeks, certify her, bring her to the fleet and stay on her. I am her first handler and she's my first dog. I have to rely on her for my life and she has to rely on me for everything else.'

An Alabama native and gunner with Tank platoon, US Marine Sgt. Seth Mullins' duties are operating and firing the weapons systems on board the M1A1 Abrams.

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Lance Cpl. James Nemger, a dog handler assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses with his military dog, Caesar. 'Caesar has taught me to love life ... We can be in the field working on no sleep, out all day in the hot sun doing patrols and Caesar is always having a good time.'

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US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Santana Jimenez, platoon sergeant for Tank Platoon and an Arizona native, stands in front one of the Abrams Tank.

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US Marine Sgt. Elia Balbaloza, part of the Female Engagement Team, poses during a live-fire training exercise in Romania.

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For three days, the Marines participated in Spring Storm 2017 at Capu Midia, training with Romanian soldiers in radio communication, detainee handling, personal security detail, tactical site exploitation and more. It culminated in a live-fire rifle and pistol swap between the two forces.

Romanian Sailor Cpl. Pintilie Madalina, a communications specialist, poses during Spring Storm 2017.

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The purpose of the exercise was to provide US amphibious forces with operational training with Romanian Allies in order to enhance interoperability and strengthen enduring partnerships.

US Marine Sgt. Tyler Holcomb is an ordnance maintenance chief with Amphibious Assault Platoon. He's responsible for inspecting, repairing and maintaining weapons systems for the Marines.

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Cpl. Joshua Montgomery, an infantry team leader assigned to Lima Co., 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, poses at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. 'I didn't want to go to school. I wanted to travel the world and shoot big guns ... I got all my wishes,' he said with a laugh.

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US Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Hecht, an assault amphibian crewman, smokes a cigarette in front of an assault amphibious vehicle, which he's tasked with operating and maintaining.

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Romanian Navy Lt. Zbrnca Mariuta-Lucia was one of 750 Romanian soldiers to participate in Spring Storm 2017.

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US Marine Capt. Rebecca Bergstedt is the officer in charge of the Female Engagement Team.

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US Marine Lance Cpl. Clayton McCabe, a driver with Amphibious Assault platoon and Missouri native, poses in front one of his AAV.

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Romanian Army Lt. Preda Laura poses during Spring Storm 2017. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that Romania began making specialised flack jackets for female soldiers.

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Romanian Navy Sgt. Ramona Griguta poses during Spring Storm 2017. By 2008, more than 50 Romanian women had served in combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Romanian Sailor Cpl. Pintilie Madalina, a communications specialist, stands with her rifle during Spring Storm 2017.

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